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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Food – It’s what we live for

Every country, and for that matter, every region in a country has some food or other they are known for.  Some more than others for sure.  India is always associated with using spices and/or hot&spicy foods.  Even though in every day life, at least in South India, the only spices we use are ginger, garlic […]

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Musings of Mustikka

As the summer is winding up, its the season of wild blueberries here.  Blueberries in Finnish language is ‘mustikka’.  As I mentioned in my previous post, walking, picking berries in any forest is an ok thing to do (as long as of course we follow certain basic etiquette…like not going too close to someone’s house/cabin).  […]

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Everyman’s right

Before I start to talk about berries and start sharing some recipes of what you can make with them, I have to talk about Finland forests again and what they call “Everyman’s right”.  First time I heard about it was about 12 years ago when we came for our first visit to Finland.  It is […]

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National Parks

We, as a family, love to go hiking in National Parks whenever possible.  Just before schools started, we finally started our plan to visit all the National Parks in Finland.  We visited two of them that are in our region (within 1-1.5hr drive from home).  Beautiful majestic forests with trails to hike.  According to Metsähallitus (state-run […]

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Schools – chapter 1

  Schools started yesterday here.  Like most others, I wish summer break had been longer:)  I did, however, noticed a big difference this year.  We have been living in California for the first 6 years of our son’s education.  Start of schools meant a lot of additional work for parents as well.  (a) It meant […]

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The Journey Begins….at last

This is my second time around living in Finland.  Life here, as a foreigner, is interesting and different.  Having a Finnish family helps in understanding the culture and nuances but still is quite fascinating.  I get asked on various topics about Finland all the time and having lived in 3 different continents, I myself ponder […]

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