Shoulder Problems and Sexy Physios

Why do the simplest things in life always become embarrassing when I’m involved? Firstly, I am happy to report that I am still here in Gravesend, despite the fact that most of my blog readers probably thought that I had been deported based on my last blog post! And I will continue to live my…

“We can vote Mum out!” – Brexit for a Finnish Mum

On Thursday, people in the UK are going to vote on whether we remain in the European Union or whether we leave, commonly known as Brexit. When I say people can vote, that doesn’t include me and the other 3 million EU citizens that are already settled in the UK, as only British citizens (and…

The Best Things About Being a Finnish Expat

What are the best things about being an expat? I was asked that by another Finnish expat blogger (London and Beyond) recently and to be honest, the question threw me a bit! You see, after over 20 years in Gravesend, I kind of feel very at home here and sometimes totally forget that I’m an…

Flying Drunkards and Dead Elephants – When Languages go Wrong!

What is the most important thing when learning languages? Not to worry about making mistakes and to have a good laugh if you make one! I come from a family of linguists, I speak seven languages, my father spoke six, my mother speaks five and even my English hubby speaks four, and boy have we laughed at…

When a Public Apology to an Offended Finn Goes Wrong

How do you offend a Finn? Very easy, sometimes all you need is Glögi and gingerbread and it all goes horribly wrong! Many years ago, hubby and I had the bright idea of serving free Glögi, a traditional warm Finnish mulled wine, to members of the local Golf Club. It was meant to be a nice way…

Superheroes and Sangria

You know when people talk about their strange neighbours and you suddenly realise that you must be the token “strange neighbour” on your street. And no, it’s not just because I’m Finnish and we have odd customs or because we have a pet parrot that makes our house look like a cannabis factory…it’s because of…

Fifty Shades of Claret and Blue

Did you know that if you’re a true West Ham fan, your football team is present in your home and in your life at all times, including your bedroom? Over the last 20 years, we have changed our foreign travel plans, our social calendar and an array of important occasions to accommodate our love for…

Rudolph the Reindeer and a Flying Finn

Before working in marketing, I had a string of “strange” jobs. I’ve worked on a ship, caddied at golf tournaments and worked as an airhostess. I really enjoyed my time as cabin crew in the 80’s working for a medium sized airline, flying to Lapland one day and to Los Angeles another day! So many funny stories happened over the years…

Plastered People and Scouse with Subtitles

“Your English is so good” I often hear people comment. Well after 20 years in England, so it should be. I was actually already fluent in English before I moved to England so surely there was never going to be a language problem? Wrong. You see, in Finland we get taught “Queen’s English” or “BBC English”, totally ignoring…

The Curious Custom of Cards

This week  I had to venture to Bluewater, our local shopping mall with over 300 shops as hubby’s birthday was around the corner. Not a problem, as I had a hit list of only three items and knew I would be in and out fairly quickly…. Wrong. I had forgotten about the curious British custom of cards!…