Becoming Finnish

Australia to Finland… From start to Finnish

Throwback Thursday: Nuuksio in spring

I decided to look back at the photos I took in late April during my exchange year, since it will be that time of year when we move to Finland. Happily, I noticed that was the time I visited Nuuksio... Continue Reading →

Throwback Thursday: Finnish ice cream

Anyone who has lived in Finland will know that Finns love their ice cream, any time of the year. In fact, Finland is one of the world's largest consumers of ice cream per capita. It was great fun as an... Continue Reading →

Throwback Thursday: Yyteri beach in July

Last week I shared my experience of visiting arguably Finland's best beach during the wintertime. Now it's only fair that I show some photos of Yyteri at its most popular time - summer. The sand dune landscape at Yyteri could... Continue Reading →

Throwback Thursday: Yyteri beach in March

As most of you have probably realised by now, I really love snow. I also don't find beaches to be particularly exciting, after growing up in coastal Australia. But visiting a beach in late winter/early spring in Finland when there... Continue Reading →

7 months to go: Sibelius & summer plans

This month feels feels like it has gone quickly because my last update was a bit late. I am getting quite excited now that we are nearing the 6 month mark! What have we been up to this month? Clearing... Continue Reading →

Learning Finnish: child’s review of Ekapeli Alku app

Our 7-year-old Little Moomin would like to share her review of the appĀ Ekapeli Alku, which is a game-based educational app for helping Finnish children read and write. She is a half Finnish/Australian child who has lived her whole life in... Continue Reading →

Throwback Thursday: Birds in the snow

Last week we had saunas and cemeteries and this week we have birds in the snow. Here is a jackdaw (naakka in Finnish) sitting on the fence of my mother-in-law's backyard. Such a piercing blue stare! And here is a... Continue Reading →

Throwback Thursday: Reindeer whisperer

Some of my most precious photo memories are from our first family holiday to Lapland in December 2012. Here, our 2-year-old shares a secret moment with one of the reindeer at Santa's Village.

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