Edinburgh Festival Fringe

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The world’s biggest international arts festival came and went. A month of madness in August when the city’s population triples and public transport becomes annoyingly slow. We spent the first two weeks of August in Finland, so we only took part during the two last weekends. Which was just enough for me.

A Day In Tallinn

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Tere!

While in Finland we decided to visit Tallinn for a day so Matthew would see something else than my lovely home country on his holiday. It’s only two hours away by ferry, and the tickets are quite cheap too, as are the prices in Tallinn. I can’t remember how many times I’ve visited the city, but I really like the old medieval town (that is also the main tourist trap.)

Forgotten Photos From 1970

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Hi all,

When we were in Finland and visiting our summer house (that we call ‘the Villa’) Matthew found an old film spool lying on the floor. He got a little bit obsessed with it and decided to get it developed here in Edinburgh. We found out that they stopped making this 120 mm film 20 years ago. It had to have belonged to my grandfather who was into his photography. As he passed away in 1988 the film must’ve been at least 30 years old.

My Brother’s Wedding

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My twin brother got married to his lovely wife on August 3rd in Porvoo cathedral, Finland. It was a sunny and warm summer day and I was so happy that both Matthew and I could be there! Here’s a few samples of the 400 photos we managed to take during the day.

Going to North Berwick Playa

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I’ve been missing the sea lately, so although the weather wasn’t great we took the train to North Berwick yesterday. It’s a lovely little coastal town only a 30-minute train ride from Edinburgh. It was low-tide when we were there, so it was perfect for some rockpooling. All we found was a drowned crab, lots of smaller crab carcasses and a few living ones. Plus a couple of golf balls from the nearby course (that we took home with us).

Roadtrip

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I was going through my photo folders on my laptop and came across some pics from last year’s birthday roadtrip to the Lake District in North West England. (I only now realise how far it is from London where I was living back then – I thought it was was in mid-England…) It was a sunny autumn day in great company and surrounded by beautiful nature – a perfect birthday!

Summer In The Burgh

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The best thing about where we’re living now is that it’s so close to Holyrood Park. It’s such a nice place to go for a run after work, a picnic or just for a walk across the hills. You can basically climb Arthur’s Seat (the highest peak) from any direction, and you don’t even have to go that high for a beautiful panoramic view of the city. The weather’s been quite nice for a while now, so we’ve spent a lot of time in Holyrood park. Last Friday was the hottest day so far, 27 degrees, so we decided to go for a picnic in the park and enjoy the view with a glass of wine.

My Precious

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Summer is here, finally! Sun is shining and it’s actually over 20 degrees. Our office gets quite hot though, but thankfully I can work from home if it gets too uncomfortable. (Which probably happens only a few times per year anyway.)

12 Hours In Oslo

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Frogner Park Oslo

We were pretty annoyed when we realised that we’d have to spend 12 hours in Oslo, Norway when flying home from Finland. I don’t understand why there are no straight flights between Finland and Scotland as at least Edinburgh seems to be a popular destination for Finns to travel to. (This assumption is based on the fact that I hear Finnish almost every time I’m in the city centre.) One or two flights per week would be a great improvement. Finnair, please?