The Warmer Days

There has been a week of heat, again. There has not been a day without sunshine since we moved There has not been a day without sunshine since we moved to the Finnish side of Lapland. It has been a week of heat and it does not seem to stop. And when I am talking…

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New Address, New Neighbors

Rovaniemi. I have memorised our new address and navigated my way to closest supermarkets. We have walked around our block. We have found the longest and shortest ways to the city centrum. We have settled into our new home. Even Remu seems to be alright with this life changing move that we decided on without…

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Graduation Photos and Dreams

The best gift you could ever give “The best gift you could ever give me” Vilma said to me once we took her graduation pictures in Helsinki few weeks back. Why is she thanking me, I kept wondering. This is something that I love to do, in a place that I’ve always wanted to visit. In that…

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Thoughts about Jyväskylä

We thought about moving to Jyväskylä for a good while. It is Artos hometown and therefore was one of our options where to start building our life. It is one of the most beautiful and exciting summer cities in Finland. You have a lake, a harbour, centrum and Yläkaupunki which is something like Kallio, but a…

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Rhododendrons and Squirrels in Haaga

Oh my! This place has been so close to me for all my life and never have I had the chance to visit before. It is funny, that I’ve been living basically all my life next to Rhododendron Park and the one spring I live 900 km away, I get the chance to visit it…

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Traveling with the Puppy

Summer plus road trip equals fun, right? But when adding a huge puppy to the calculation it becomes more stressed than fun. Like I insinuated in the last Throwback Picture Attack, we were traveling the last two weeks. This was not a vacation per say. Arto was working the whole time, which left me on…

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Some Things Are Better on the Countryside

Last week I talked about missing the city, but there are a lot of things that I feel are better here on the countryside, in a small village and in Lapland. These things are starting to become a reason for me to hesitate moving back to city ever again. Every day here feels like a…

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Summer in Lapland?

Ever since my internship at Svanstein Ski ended, we’ve been planning on moving away from Sweden. We’ve looked for houses/apartments (and I have been looking also for jobs) from Rovaniemi so we could still be in Lapland, but it seems that the prices on terraced houses are pretty high there. We also thought about Jyväkylä,…

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Summer Nights

Living in Lapland has been so far amazing.   Living in Lapland has been so far amazing, though activities tend to change, when the snow melts away and snowboarding is no longer a option. Like I told you,  I miss summer nights in the city: sitting on the bar terrace with friends and listening to…

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What I Miss from the City

I feel that I cannot say that I miss Finland, since by car Finland is only 30 kilometers away, actually just across the river and everyone here speaks Finnish (at least to us). Do not get me wrong, still this has been a great cultural shock for me and I do miss Finland. I have indeed…

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