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Ho ho ho!

by Satu Vänskä-Westgarth December 23, 2014

And so the holidays started over a week ago, with me swerving into the Dalen parking lot outside Oslo’s Gardermoen Airport with two excited kids in the back, while my husband, who had made the trek from southwest England all the way to Norway that same morning already waited for […]

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Kehräsaari, Tampere Finland I @SatuVW I Destination Unknown

Finland Finland Finland: 24 Hours in My Hometown, Tampere

by Satu Vänskä-Westgarth October 23, 2014

Escape. That seems to be the recurring theme when I travel to my hometown, Tampere in Finland. Earlier this year I disappeared for a “night out in town”, mama style, with a friend of mine, now it was me and my husband who jumped on our borrowed bikes and left […]

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Little Escape in my Home Town – Why It’s Good to be a Selfish Mother

by Satu Vänskä-Westgarth July 27, 2014

I was planning to take a quick trip to Morocco, virtually at least, and cook some foreign foods here at home while all the same clearing a backlog of images I hoped to share one day. But all I can think of is Ireland. The route. The activities we can do […]

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Meanwhile at Home: Beautiful Winter Images from Scandinavia

by Satu Vänskä-Westgarth February 27, 2014

I am trying to be on denial. And I would be doing great if there was no Instagram. Shorts, T-shirt and sandals are my daily uniform here in New Zealand, coupled with regularly applied layers of factor thirty or fifty. The bright blue pair of runners is put to use […]

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The Naked Nation: How the Finnish Do the Sauna

by Satu Vänskä-Westgarth January 13, 2014

Take a typical Finn. Stoic. Man (or woman) of a few words. Unbeknown to the joys of small-talk but full of “sisu”, a quality Finns are said to possess and which, according to Wikipedia, entails “deciding on a course of action and then sticking to that decision against repeated failures”. […]

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Rediscovering Finland, the Land of Santa Claus

by Satu Vänskä-Westgarth November 14, 2013

Have you ever met Santa Claus? I have, several times. Looking back to my childhood, it is kind of strange how he looked slightly different every year, when he paid his visit to our home on Christmas Eve. There was one year we didn’t meet him at all, as he […]

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Finland in Five Days

by Satu Vänskä-Westgarth May 7, 2013

Foreword: It’s been a month (or two) of technical problems, changing hosts and what not, in which I have learned a whole deal of the technical side of blogging. The most important lessons? It is worth paying someone who knows what they are doing, AND going for the cheapest services […]

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