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Venice is beautiful, but you should stay away from it

I had to go on work trip near Venice, Italy, and my husband and the kids decided to come along, and take the chance to spend Easter with our families. We have spent around ten days in Mestre, really close to Venice, and during one weekend, we took off and decided to go and visit… Continue reading Venice is beautiful, but you should stay away from it

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Adoption in Finland: our story, chapter III

[this is the third part of our adoption story. Find part 1 here and  part 2 here.] The wait to get our home-study approved seemed endless. After few weeks, we got a request of additional information and we grew even more impatient. Christmas 2015 came and went without us hearing any news. Then, right after the… Continue reading Adoption in Finland: our story, chapter III

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Adoption in Finland: our story, chapter II

(this is the second part of our adoption story. Find part 1 here) When we finally started the adoption counselling phase in May 2014, we didn't know it would last over one and a half year. We were assigned to a young social worker. One of the first topics to come up was "Why do… Continue reading Adoption in Finland: our story, chapter II

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Adoption in Finland: our story, chapter I

Here I am, about to talk about one of the most personal and important parts of my, our, life. I thought for weeks if I wanted to and I finally said yes. When we were looking into adoption, we benefited a lot from family stories to gather the information we needed. We had many questions… Continue reading Adoption in Finland: our story, chapter I

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E.’s first trip to Italy

I don't recall the last time I have been so excited about visiting Italy. We visited our families there after almost a year and this was E.'s first trip to Italy. All four grandparents came to Finland to meet him a couple of months after he joined our family, but this time he got to… Continue reading E.’s first trip to Italy

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July favorites: new bag, nature places & more

I cannot believe July is over already! The past month really flew. Weather was definitely nicer than in June, but still a bit disappointing. In any case, we did all in our power to enjoy it fully. I'm ready to share my favorite things, places, and more which I discovered in July. New bag for… Continue reading July favorites: new bag, nature places & more

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Walking the Hannusmetsä nature trail

Our mission to explore all Espoo's nature trails (luontopolut) continues! We headed to the South-West of Espoo last Sunday and explored a new trekking path in the forest Hannusmetsä. The path extends for about 2,4 km and is divided in a easier part - the one we walked - and a harder one. It's round… Continue reading Walking the Hannusmetsä nature trail

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Strawberry season has started

Last summer was awful for Finnish standards and I was completely bummed out when I found out we were late for strawberry season. Yes, last year we barely ate strawberries and only from supermarket. We drove to several farms on that day and everyone told us they had only jam or juice left, but no… Continue reading Strawberry season has started