Yet another visit to Finland is now over, sadly. This was the first visit with Lana, who was a little angel on all four flights with no signs of ear pain during take off and landing, pfeew! Lana got to meet so many new people and see so many new places that she’s all exhausted now and has done nothing but slept all day yesterday – I didn’t know what to do with myself with all the free time haha.
Johan Ludvig Runeberg (1804-1877) is Finland’s national poet, and we celebrate him today on the 5th of February. He was actually a Swedish speaking Finn like me, who wrote in Swedish and lived in my home town Porvoo. He taught Latin literature at the same high school I went to, Borgå Gymnasium. I’ve always liked the day – mainly because you get to have one of these delicious Runeberg’s tarts created by his wife, Fredrika Runeberg…:)
Most of my friends are at that stage of their lives where they have small children, who are stealing all the attention at our gatherings – but who can blame them when they’re this cute? Neither Matthew nor I could resist taking out our new camera every 5 minutes when meeting up with my friends in Finland during our holiday, so I thought I’d share some here on the blog as well.
About a month ago, on August 23rd 2014 my second oldest brother got married to his partner and the mother of their two beautiful children – my only niece and nephew so far. All in all it was a day of happiness and family and friends getting together, just like a wedding should be! Here are some of the pics from the day.
I don’t know if it’s because I hadn’t been to Helsinki for a year and therefore was seeing it through new eyes, but it was sooo nice to be back this summer, and the city has never looked so beautiful. I had really been looking forward to showing the city I (more or less) lived in from the age of 19 to 28 to Matthew. He seemed to appreciate Helsinki and kept going on about how good-looking the people were. I completely agree 🙂
Just a quick post with a few photos from the wedding we attended in Finland a couple of weeks ago. The wedding was so much fun and it was so nice to see everyone in the same place for once. It made me think (once again) about the downside of living abroad: not being able to see the friends you grew up with on a regular basis, not being able to see nephews and nieces grow up and not being able to buy proper cottage cheese, yoghurt and bread of course!