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3 Years Later…


Today it’s been exactly 3 years since I packed my bags and moved to London. 3 years in the UK! And how things have changed: I left Finland single and free, only to find myself pram-shopping in John Lewis in Edinburgh 3 years later…But what can I say? I’m grateful to myself for making that crazy decision to quit my Spanish studies at Uni and buy a one way ticket to London without having a job or a flat in sight. Had I not done that I wouldn’t be where I am today. Sometimes it pays off to take the windy road instead of the straight one 🙂


Before heading to the airport I had to go and say goodbye to my dear 98-year old granny. She’s 101 now. (The subtle date settings on my mum’s camera prove that I’m not lying about the date.)


At Helsinki-Vantaa airport with my dad and younger bro. Luckily I had a good friend waiting in London with whom I could stay, so wasn’t too nervous. (Think I want to go back to being blonde…hmmm)


London was good to me, found a job straight away and a flat that I moved in to with my friend some weeks later. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in London, and felt like I would never want to leave…I spent the first 6 months socialising and going out a lot, like you’re supposed to in London. Around half a year after I left Finland I bumped into Matthew in a bar in Southwark, and the rest is history!


We felt quite silly and out of place trying out prams, especially since we’ve never been in that situation before and we had no idea how to fold up the damn frames (that turned out to be an extremely simple thing to do). Matthew had no idea how to hold a baby either, but just look how happy the little one looks anyway. (Don’t worry, we’re definitely doing some ante-natal classes before our girl arrives.)


Oh, and we saw the first Christmas trees – in September! Really?


Last but not least, look what I found on the wall in a tunnel on the way to the supermarket! Not sure what it’s referring to, but if it’s about the moomins it can’t be a bad thing! 🙂

We didn’t buy a pram btw, we were just getting a feel for the different makes out there. They’re so expensive that it’s not a decision you should hurry. We went to two different shops, and must say that the brands that have been recommended to us were the ones I preferred. I especially liked the super-light (we live on the 2nd floor) and super-easy to manoeuvre iCandy Cherry, which we found out they’re actually discontinuing and selling for half-price! So now we don’t know what to do, should we make a quick decision before they’re out of stock or keep looking and risk not finding something as good and “cheap”? What would you do??

x  Nina x

Nina Äikäs

<p>I’m a Swedish-speaking Finn who left Finland for the lovely and thrilling London town in 2011, but after meeting an equally lovely and thrilling Scotsman I somehow now find myself in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. In February 2015 our gorgeous little girl arrived and made us a happy family of three. Follow my blog and get to know us!</p>

  • Anonymous

    Ni är tidigt ute med att titta på vagnar, men lycka till! Det är ju en viktig sak, så det lönar sig att tänka på alla faktorer som spelar in. (Lätt att bära, enkel att använda, stadig så den inte stjälper – vi hade en vagn som var smal och hög, och den stjälpte en gång när Kim låg i den …) Ska det vara en kombinationsvagn som sedan kan användas som kärra?

    September 29, 2014 at 8:23 am
    • ninaaikas

      Ja kanske det ar lite tidigt att kolla vagnar, kanns bara som om man vill fa nagot gjort – listan ar ju inte kort precis…Ja en kombinationsvagn ska det nog vara, da kan den anvandas upp till 3 ar. Vi hade ocksa tankt att babyn kan sova i den de forsta manaderna sa vi inte behover kopa en moses-basket…Hur gammal var Kim nar vagnen stjalpte? Vagnen vi kollat ar ganska lag…

      September 29, 2014 at 10:30 am
  • Anonymous

    Men visst har Matthew ju erfarenhet av babyer! Tänk bara på Antonio. Har han glömt greppen?

    September 29, 2014 at 8:26 am
    • ninaaikas

      Sadar holl han nog Antonio nar ni inte sag pa…:P

      September 29, 2014 at 10:25 am
  • Anonymous

    Hehe. Minns inte hur gammal Kim var, men så liten att han låg i vagn och inte satt i kärra. Men jag tror nog inte han tog skada …

    September 29, 2014 at 12:11 pm
    • ninaaikas

      Hmm, sa kanske denna handelse tillsammans med Tjernobyl forklarar en hel del da 😀

      September 29, 2014 at 1:45 pm
      • Anonymous

        Men bra har det ju gått trots vagn och Tjernobyl. Tänk så fina barn han har …

        September 30, 2014 at 9:15 am
  • Lin

    Hei Nina,
    Kiitos mahtavasta blogista! Löysin tänne ihan sattumalta ja jäin heti koukkuun 🙂
    Olisitko jossain vaiheessa voinut tehdä jonkinlaisen jutun tai vaikka vain kertoa minulle lyhyesti työnhausta Skotlannissa näin Suomalaisen/Ulkomaalaisen perspektiivistä? (Mielestäni tällaista ei vielä ollut?)
    Löytyykö töitä helposti, mistä etsiä ja lisäksi minua kiinnostaisi kuulla kielitaitovaatimuksista (onko ollut ongelmia ja vaaditaanko työnhaussa täydellistä kielipäätä yms..)
    Kiitos hurjan paljon vastauksesta jo etukäteen ja aurinkoista viikkoa!

    October 15, 2014 at 6:35 pm
    • ninaaikas

      Hej Lin, ja kiitos itse – tosi kiva kuulla että olet jaksanut lukea blogiani 🙂 Autan mielelläni vastaamalla kysymyksiisi, jos vaikka laitat viestiä niin että saan sun sähköpostin niin vastaan tätä kautta. Minkä alan töitä olet miettinyt?

      October 15, 2014 at 6:45 pm
      • Lin

        Kiitos nopeasta vastauksesta, laitoin sulle sähköpostia!

        October 15, 2014 at 7:50 pm
        • ninaaikas

          Thanks,tuli perille!vastaan vloppuna kun on enemmän aikaa 🙂

          October 16, 2014 at 9:09 pm
  • Annika B

    I can imagine the 2 of you just crazily giggling like teenagers in the children stuff shops, making fun of every item. I remember the summer, before you left, like yesterday!

    October 26, 2014 at 6:35 pm
    • ninaaikas

      Me too, it was a good summer! Yeah, we’re not the most grown-up people 😛

      October 27, 2014 at 9:55 am
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