Autumn In Our Finnish Paradise

October came, and like many Finns, us too needed to get to our summer cottage to make it ready to face the harsh months of winter.  Our journey was perhaps a little longer than most. The route went first by car from Belgium to Bremen, Germany and then an early morning flight with Ryanair to…

Visiting home – The part of the Cottage life

In the previous post I left you hanging, as we were speeding up north through the countryside of Finland. It was me having the wheel as Waffle was peacefully sleeping, missing dozens of moose and a bear running across the road (just kidding Waffle, just kidding, you only missed some bush). We arrived at my…

Visiting Home – The part of the Baltic road trip

The last week of work before the summer vacation was going fast. I was shipped off to Luxembourg for meetings and Waffle had stress for transferring his knowledge to the people who would be replacing him for the coming 17 days. As Friday came, it did not feel much like a start of a holiday,…

A little piece of paradise – In Finland!

A while ago I wrote about our holiday plans for this summer. We were a bit sad to miss the mountain hikes this year, since Finland was calling. The plan was to do a road trip through Latvia, Estonia, Finland and Norway. Visit friends, family and some icy mountains at the Barents sea. Did we…

A Christmas in Finland

Oh, if this wasn’t a trip I had been looking forward to a long time! A Christmas in Finland with all the traditions that make Christmas so special to me! And now hopefully for Waffle too; this would be his very first Finnish Christmas. Latvia, Riga Well, we did not make our way directly to Finland….

Finland, all by myself

I found myself packing again. Putting stuff together for a short trip to Finland. My dear friend Miia had organized a sauna evening for the bunch of girls we survived through the university studies with. That was enough for me to hunt down a plane and go. Waffle would be staying home. That felt odd….

Finland – Once more

I missed winter so bad I had to go to Finland to hunt down some snow, friends and family.

Koli – How I got hooked to Hiking

This is the story of my first ever over night hiking trip. The trip, that got me hooked to this style of life. In the landscape that is so dear to Finnish people, Koli national park.

The hidden pleasures of Finnish kitchen

Us Finns, we are a humble nation. We rarely think that we should be proud of our accomplishments. We hush down people who are trying to tell us, that something we did is great or amazing! “It is nothing special” or “It is just something small like that”, “I don’t know, I just made it”….

Finnish Beer in Brussels

I got a hint about a Finnish beer festivity in Brussels. As a Finn, I felt obliged to attend to this event since Finland is absolutely not famous for its beers. Or anything else food related, which is a pity. We have a perfectly fine cuisine! It has been a while since the last time I…

Sauna – The gateway to Finnishness

In the heart of Finnish culture you will find sauna. That hot, steaming, hissing, dim and smoky room, where Finns go to shed the dusts of life off of their shoulders. The Finnish mind relaxes and the bruised body heals in sauna. The secrets of ones mind open there. It is a place of self…

Back to the Beginning

The day finally came! Me and the Waffle boarded a plane to head for Finland for the first time in 6 months! This was one of the trips we actually had to plan. I mean really, make a schedule and route plan and all that junk. We only had a week to spend in my home…