Raking the forest

Majority of the posts I have written so far had a forest theme talking about different aspects of the forest.  Till Sunday (yesterday) morning, I didn’t realize I missed the most important aspect of all – “Floors of the forest”.  Of course I am talking about the absurd comment Trump made about what Finns do […]

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Glass+Smart Leds+Microcontroller = ?

Yesterday, second Sunday of November is Fathers day in Finland.  I know..most of the world (most but not all the countries) celebrate Fathers day in June.  And of course till I went to US for my Masters, I didn’t even know such a day exists:).  While we were in US, my husband used to get […]

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Do you know your neighbor’s income/tax?

Around November 1 is the time Tax office in Finland finalizes with the year’s tax returns and send out their decision to individuals.  If everything is ok, or you need to pay more etc etc.  While that in itself is taxing (hehehe.. had to use the pun), now imagine the newspapers across the country publishing […]

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Being a Maker is not so easy….

One of the things that attracted me to Finland is DIY culture (Do-It-Yourself).  Quite a few people I know built their own houses (with help of some contractors for electricity etc) or at least played a major role in designing and building their homes.  My family here is definitely a fine example for that.  From […]

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Schools – Chapter 2

Last week was Autumn break for my son and so my blog also took a break:) . Since the school started today, it’s been on my mind so it became the topic for this week.  I am quite sure, I will have multiple chapters on this topic as and when I remember them. While living […]

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Aurora Borealis aka Northern lights

Last night, happened to be browsing Facebook and came across a post where someone mentioned they saw Northern lights in Tampere.  The picture posted had nice streak of green light inspite of having street lights right there!  I figured there must be some really serious solar flares for one to be able to see this […]

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Schools and Orienteering

A few weeks ago, we got an email from our son’s teacher with a list of activities they will be doing in month of September/October.  The list included two Mondays reserved for  “Orienteering”.  Admittedly, I never heard of it and I thought it’s something they do as part of school and promptly ignored it except […]

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Life with LEGOs

We might have moved out of Bay area (which has our biggest LEGO group support), but haven’t let go of LEGOs :).  This weekend we exhibited and interacted with kids and adults at PiiPoo LEGO event in Helsinki.  This being our first time here, had no idea what to expect and was very pleased at […]

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Way of life…

After living in US for more than two decades, what attracted me to Finland is the way of life I saw.  It’s not the free education or free medical or pension after retirement but the way of life I watched my in-laws have.  I so wanted Manu to grow up with that in his veins.  […]

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Brain drain

Last couple of weeks have been a bit upsetting.  Not that it is a new thing I am encountering here but still frustrated me.  A family friend of ours who has been in Finland for more than a decade moved out of the country.  Not because they particularly want to.  But because there is no […]

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