Ten Things I Love About Finland

Ten Things I Love About Finland

Finland is quite an extraordinary place. Today, it celebrates its Independence Day, so here are ten things that I particularly love about my home country. The education system Not only does Finland have one of the world’s best education systems, but everything – from preschool…

I know what you did last summer: June, July & August 2018

I know what you did last summer: June, July & August 2018

I’ve been bad with monthly updates recently – in fact, I haven’t published one since February.  Autumn is the time to get back on course, so that’s what I’m going to do. To start off, here’s three months of summer in one mammoth of a…

Meeting Her Majesty the Queen and Other Travel Highlights of 2017

Meeting Her Majesty the Queen and Other Travel Highlights of 2017

It has become a tradition of mine to dedicate a couple of days around the turn of the year for looking back on the travels of the previous 12 months. Many of us travel so often these days that it can almost start feeling mundane, so…

Monthly roundup: December 2017

Monthly roundup: December 2017

December was a month of celebrations, beginning with Finland’s independence festivities and culminating in Christmas. It started in Helsinki with ten days filled with fieldwork and fun, continued in Amsterdam where I got to admire the picture-perfect city in its winter plumage, and concluded in…

Monthly roundup: November 2017

Monthly roundup: November 2017

It’s Christmas next week, and I’m publishing a roundup for November? Yep – I think one of my resolutions for next year will be to write these monthly reviews in a more timely manner.. Late or not, I think that looking back at the past…

Happy 100th Independence Day, (Ingrian) Finns!

Happy 100th Independence Day, (Ingrian) Finns!

Today Finland celebrates its 100th Independence Day. This day always makes me think of my Finnish grandfather, Pietari. He was a true Finn in the best possible sense of the word: hard-working, honest, resilient, calm and sincere. Moreover, he also possessed the qualities which I…