Merry Christmas, Happy Yule and a very Happy New Year…

Taking a break for the rest of the month to wind down and enjoy time with family.  I will see all of you next year (that makes it sound like a long time away) with lot more stories and preview into life in Finland…   It has been a bit hectic last couple of weeks […]

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Glass for Art

When we moved to Finland, I was quite sure I won’t be looking for a job in high-tech and wanted to focus more as an artist.  I like working with different media – metal, wood, glass….. but start with what I have been working towards – a Kiln-formed glass artist.   I have been dabbling […]

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Tar – What is it good for?

and the answer is… ice cream of course!. I remember a few years ago, went to some festival (can’t remember where or too many details and can’t find any pictures either) that made me go “Whaaaaat?”.  There was a big round pit filled with pine wood and burning slowly.  It’s a festival of “Terva” (Terva […]

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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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