Author: Peter & Brigitte

Dog sledding in Finnish Lapland – our little movie!

It’s taken longer than expected, but we’ve finally put together a little video of our husky sledding adventure (you can…

Finnish sauna for beginners: etiquette and terminology

Sauna a quintessential Finnish experience – and something that can cause unnecessary concern for newly arrived visitors to the country. Sauna is…

The Alvar Aalto home museum

During this year’s Open House Helsinki weekend, we visited Alvar Aalto’s house in Munkkiniemi (north-western Helsinki; see on our map). …

Paris: Day 2

Our second day in Paris (see photos from the first day in an earlier post) started with a walk around…

The Rock Church and the Chapel of Silence – unique spaces in Helsinki

Both the Rock Church (the Temppeliaukion kirkko) and the Chapel of Silence are beautiful and (at least in my opinion) iconic…

Mushroom-picking in Sipoonkorpi

It was with great excitement that Brigitte and I headed out to Sipoonkorpi National Park early on a chilly Saturday…

Late summer in central France: La Semnadisse in Guéret

So after two and a half days of running around Paris, we met up with our Dutch friend Annette and…

London in the spring

Last spring we had a quick trip to London, hanging out with family there before showing them around Helsinki. With…

Everyday Discoveries design exhibit

Last week the Suvilahti complex hosted the Everyday Discoveries exhibition, as part of the World Design Capital program. The exhibition’s aim…

Summer in Finland – life at the kesämöki

Summer in Finland is a time for holiday – and nothing much is better than enjoying having a sauna and…

Rauma and Kiukainen

Earlier in the month we spend a lovely weekend in the Satakunta region (south-western Finland), staying with our friend Kaisa…

Sammallahdenmäki bronze age burial site

While travelling to Rauma with our friends Kaisa and Marianne, we decided to quickly look around at Sammallahdenmäki. This bronze…

Helsinki Winter Gardens (again)

A few weeks ago we really enjoyed our first visit to the newly renovated Helsinki winter gardens – in fact…

Traditional Finnish games: Pesäpallo and Mölkky

Recently we’ve had opportunities to play two traditional Finnish games: pesäpallo and mölkky. Both were great fun – and I’d…

Porvoo in Spring: chocolates, cathedral and Ravintolapaiva

Last Saturday we travelled 50 km east of Helsinki to the little town of Porvoo, with our friend Nora. Pete…

Winter in Finland: coping with the dark

Before arriving in Finland, one of our biggest concern was the long winter darkness and the potential for developing SAD…

Winter in Finland: coping with the ice, cold and snow

Helsinki is one of the coldest capitals in the world, and Finland is the country with the largest population living…

One year in Finland!

Today we’re celebrating our first year in Finland – it’s been an amazing time, and we’re looking forward to seeing…

One of the Finnish Christmas traditions that has surprised us most is the pikkujoulu (“small Christmas”) – the office Christmas…

This Saturday is the third Ravintolapäivä (“restaurant day”) – a celebration of food across Helsinki (and Finland). We didn’t attend the two…

It’s been a busy few weeks for us: you’ve already heard that Pete’s been to the EEF conference and Brigitte’s…

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