STOPPING TIME

It’s holiday time! We all survived (school) year number two “back”. By now I’m counting on reading, being quiet and sitting still being overrated what comes to kids of today succeeding in the future. Talky’s grades (which they officially only get at the end of 6th grade) are the same as in South Africa. Only […]

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Losing

The past months have proven, that it is – at least for me – impossible to live in Finland without getting caught in that work-sleep-work-sleep-work-sleep mindset. Maybe it’s in the air, maybe it’s in the food, maybe it’s in the water. For the past months my social life has been next to none. Reading books […]

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HELMETS AND NETS

Once upon time I took Talky, then 5, scooting along Sea Point promenade in Cape Town. Mom, I’m the only one wearing a helmet, I feel retard. Me [looks around]: Right, take it off. Once upon time we lived in South Africa, a country without nets. No safety nets provided by the state, no safety […]

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MONEY MATTERS

and injury issues. Both sports related. Now when we have successfully medicated Talky to meet the requirements set by the world famous Finnish education system, there is more time and extra energy to focus on other Very Important Problems. Such as doing sports. And not doing sports. MONEY MATTERS Talky takes swimming classes five times […]

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YEAR TWO

after Cape Town. Today a year and 11 days, to be precise. Not that I’m counting days, like with my not-running (28). I sure hope years are different from children – wonderful ones, terrible twos. YEAR ONE Because year one back in Helsinki is not a year I ever want to relive, nor do I […]

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FRIENDS FOREVER

Some people come, play an important role in a play called your life, and go. Think about your childhood best friend, best friend in high school, first boyfriend or girlfriend, ex-colleagues, and so on. I’m still in touch with my childhood best friend. Sort of. Facebook, you know. I’m still friends with my high school […]

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LETTING GO

BACK VS. HOME VS. BACK HOME So when is one back? Or home? Or back home? There is the lame saying home is where your heart is. Yikes. Perhaps if you want to know where your home is look where your mind goes when it wanders is slightly better. We’ve been back/home/back home now almost […]

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DOING BUSINESS HERE AND THERE

Business is one of the fields where Finland and South Africa are worlds apart. As entrepreneurs, we’ve had the pleasure of doing business in both, as well as witnessing Finnish companies doing business in South Africa and South Africans doing business in Finland. FINLAND IN SOUTH AFRICA Most Finnish companies are completely in love with […]

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AN ACCIDENT

There probably aren’t too many parents for primary school aged kids in Finland, who to at least some degree don’t get chills, when “There is a message for you in Wilma” pops up on the screen. Getting a message with subject “Accident today” definitely was one causing chills. Although my instant first reaction was did […]

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FLASHBACKS

We left South Africa only a few days after our last big South African roadtrip. Whether it was denial, living in a moment, or just plain hurry, the end result was certain things turning into loose ends. One of them was our beloved and trustworthy companion, our Kia. Faithfully serving us for more than 100,000 […]

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