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Surprises of my 40’s

By on 17/09/2022

Below are 11 things that surprised me in my 40’s for one reason or another. Some of them are a bit depressing so I apologise for that now. I find reflection a good tool for taking stock of where you are. Welcome along for the journey. Learning to play Chess This one came as a […]

My Love Affair with Weather

By on 16/09/2022

Growing up in Australia I did not care much about the weather. Unless you lived in Canberra, Melbourne or Hobart the weather was lovely most of the time. When I moved to Finland in my early 20’s I noticed something strange – everyone talked about the weather but it wasn’t driven by a need to […]

What is the Perfect Indoor Temperature

By on 01/09/2022

Science tells us that people are most comfortable with an indoor temperature range from 20°C – 24°C. In Finland where I live, most houses are set to maintain and indoor temperature of 23°C in the winter. People usually like it a little bit cooler (20°C) in the summer. For sleeping the recommendation is between 15°C […]

The science behind how your body cools itself

By on 31/08/2022

In our latest series of articles we have been looking at ideal temperatures in an effort to understand what the perfect climate might be. It is worth though taking a step back to understand the science of how our body cools itself so we understand why certain climates might be less ideal. In order to […]

The Peculiarities of Finnish Culture

By on 16/05/2021

Below are some observations that I have made on Finnish culture after living with Finns for close to 2 decades. Weirdly some of the characteristics I have adopted for myself and only find them peculiar when I look at them from an outsider’s perspective. Others I reject on principle but accept that this is the […]

10 Things to Love about Finland

By on 02/05/2021

Finland has continuously scored well as one of the best places to live in the world and there are some very good reasons why. Straight up I confess the weather can be dismal here, especially in the early winter when the days are short. That is why people aren’t swarming in to live here but […]

10 Things to Hate about Finland

By on 02/05/2021

With all the great publicity Finland has been getting as being the greatest place to live on earth I felt obliged to tell the other side of the story. Some of these items on the list my Finnish compatriots might even agree with. Here we go, the 10 things I hate about Finland… 1. Public […]

Guide to Selecting Tires for your Car

By on 25/09/2020

The problem with just going to a tire shop and asking for new tires is that you will probably get recommended whatever tires they have in stock or make the most money on which may or may not be the best option for you. It definitely pays to shop around and do a little research […]

Guide to Kids Winter Hobbies in Finland

By on 21/01/2019

If like me you have been thrown into parenting in Finland, and are trying to make sense of kids winter hobbies, here is some useful information to get you started. We will keep it simple here and just look into the usual suspects, Ice skating and Skiing. Kids start winter sports at school from their […]

Keeping off the Kilos

By on 10/02/2018

The equation for weight loss is simple – Eat less and move more. Simple however, does not necessarily mean easy. I have struggled with height gain most of my adult life. With long winters and cold crappy weather, its easy to lose motivation and start to make unhealthy choices in what I eat and do. I […]