Lange nicht gesehen (Long time no see)

It's been a while since I last posted, best laid plans and all. Where'd we leave we've been here over 3 1/2 years and are still quite happy. My German is still rather terrible although I can understand more and more. I have every intention of practicing daily but again best laid plans. We … [Read more...]

Cabin by the edge of the sea

Andrew and Jesse playing their ukuleles as the sun sets

Apparently it's a "thing" to rent a cabin by the water in Finland during summer, so, of course, we had to do it. It helped tremendously that we went with friends, one of whom is Finnish. Flying into Helsinki I was shocked with how green it is. To be perfectly honest, I had never really imagined … [Read more...]

Sprin-ter or something like that


Last year we were constantly reminded the winter was unseasonably mild. I had no frame of reference other than my winter in Minnesota when I was in my early 20s which happened to have been the coldest in 25 years, so by comparison I agreed that last winter was most likely "mild" by all accounts. … [Read more...]

A perfect winter Sunday


We've had some snow this week but Sunday we really got some! Just walking to the train which is about 1.3 blocks away, we look like we had been flocked. It was snowing so hard that at several of the semi-indoor train stations it was snowing, inside. We were heading to 2 different Christmas markets … [Read more...]