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The Villa

This place brings back a lot of memories. Me and my twin brother have spent many days and nights here with my grandmother when we were kids. We used to go out on our little rubber boat and swim even though there was lots of seaweed in the water that I didn’t like. I also remember picking blueberries in the surrounding forests. There was no tap water or toilet inside but we didn’t mind. It was a bit like an adventure staying there.

We’ve always called this place simply “the villa”. It’s a villa  built by my mother’s grandmother’s father, who rented it out to upper class families in the summers. Later my mum’s grandparents (from her father’s side) moved in, and after that it’s been in the family as a summer villa.

It’s been quite a while since I last visited the villa, so we decided to go and have a look during my last stay in Finland. I brought my camera as it’s the perfect place to take a few snaps. The weather was pretty great too!

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It’s like time has stood still for decades…My parents are thinking about selling it as we don’t really spend any time there and to do so you’d have to do a lot of work to the place. It’s quite a catch though as it’s right by the sea, and you can’t build that close to water anymore. Who knows, maybe the villa will stay in the family. If not, I hope the next owners will appreciate its history and take good care of our childhood summer house.

x Nina x

Nina Äikäs

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!

  • Sharon

    Its beautiful.:) I hope you can keep it in the family. x

    January 21, 2016 at 10:37 pm
    • Nina Äikäs

      Yeah it is quite a special place!x

      January 22, 2016 at 4:14 pm
  • Annika B

    Nice villa!!! Nooo, don’t sell it, that is just the perfect venue for your family (or many families together) to go and spend summer days. Next summer, lets go and have some talkoot there to shape it up and then we have a summer meeting there.

    I also grew up (0-14 years) to every summer live in a summer cottage without water, noooo problem at all. Respect to my parents that they didn’t mind. I don’t know if I could do it with 2 kids.

    February 9, 2016 at 6:23 pm
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