Funny Songs and Funerals

Have you chosen your funeral songs yet? I have! This week I went to a beautiful funeral of a fellow Finn expat who had reached the mature age of 93. The service was lovely, but what really tipped me over the edge was the choice of music, and when the choir started singing the Finlandia…

How to Avoid Divorce from a Finnish Wife

Multicultural marriages are always tricky and sometimes I wonder how we have made it this far, celebrating our silver wedding anniversary next year. On paper, a Finn and a Brit aren’t too different, but reality is that there will always be clashes so I have decided to share my top tips of how to avoid…

Back Spasms and Dirty Phone Calls

Sitting in the Physiotherapy waiting room at my local hospital last week made me think how lucky I am to “only” have a shoulder problem. I have no broken bones, or even worse, I have not got a severe back problem. I had never appreciated how painful and life debilitating a back problem can be,…

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…