Category: Finland

City Surprises #8

The area just north of Helsinki’s central railway station (Rautatieasema) is currently being redeveloped (after some of the facilities –…

City surprises #6

Walking along Simonkatu (opposite Forum) recently I noticed that a few of the paving stones looked different from the rest…

Lahti, Heinola, Vääksy and Urajärvi

Lahti is the seventh largest city in Finland, lying about 100 km north of Helsinki. While visiting our friend Noora’s…

A correction: Raspberries

Just briefly… I was wrong when I said in an earlier blog post that I’d not seen many raspberry bushes…

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…

Finnish cuisine: berries, berries and more berries!

My guess is that the biggest difference between South African and Finnish food is the predominance of berries among the…

Finnish National Museum and the Tram Museum

We’ve recently visited two more museums in Helsinki for the first time: we made a special plan to carefully explore…

Helsinki Winter Gardens (again)

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

City surprises #5

A fair time ago, I spotted in the middle of Kampintori (central Helsinki; usually populated by skateboarders) a strange little…

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…

Finnish cuisine: petturieska and nokkonenleipä

At the Medieval Fair in Turku earlier in the month (see our blog post), we recently tried two unusual (but apparently…

A day visit to Turku

Last weekend we travelled to Turku with Noora, visiting this city on the south-western tip of Finland for the first…

Helsinki Olympic stadium: watching the European Athletics Championship

Last Thursday I went to watch an evening’s worth of events at the 2012 European Athletics Championships with Simon, a…

Outside Helsinki: Kirkkonummi and the Porkkala peninsula

In the last few weeks Brigitte and I have had two short trips to the municipality of Kirkkonummi (= church…

Spring melting and flooding

Two weeks ago my Dad and I took at walk through Paloheinä to the Pitkakoski rapids on the Vantaa river….

Porvoo – a quick visit from Helsinki

I recently had a quick visit to Porvoo, a small town located 50 km east of Helsinki. Porvoo was founded…

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…

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