Suomenlinna: Sea Fortress

It seems that tourism in Helsinki has two seasons: Mid-summer and dead winter. In the summer, all attractions are open, cruise ships make port at the Market Square, the islands are open for hopping, and everyone does their best to enjoy every second of the short lived season. In the winter, from what I gather, […] Read more…

A *Fashionably* Late Sunday Style

On Sunday I was supposed to post about style.It is now Monday night. What can I say, I am fashionably late. Before we embarked on this expedition, my sisters and I googled/ pinterest-ed “Helsinki Street Style.” What we found was eccentric, bizarre and -to a preppy gal like myself -horrifying. Most of the photos were […] Read more…

Hashin Browns

This country loves potatoes.Mashed potatoes. Garlic potatoes. Fried potatoes. Boiled potatoes. Au gratin potatoes. Cheesy potatoes. French fried potatoes. And that’s about all you can do with potatoes.Wrong.Finland , why are you hating against hashed potatoes. AKA hashed browns.That’s the single best breakfast potato ever discovered.But no matter. I’m from Idaho and I can fix […] Read more…

Not Foodie but Friend Friday

Jimmy and I feel very fortunate to have such wonderful friends. Neither of us have ever had that clique group of just 2 or 3 friends that we are always with. Most of our friends we share, but we have always found it important to maintain a life outside of each other and each do […] Read more…

It Rained and Poured

Jimmy should have taken his rain coat to work. And I should not have taken my computer to a cafe with me. The thought of sitting at a cafe and working on your own personal stuff is fantastic. Its being in public while also doing something personal. You order your warm beverage, sit down, and […] Read more…

Chasing Fall

The sun light is getting lower and the leaves are beginning to crunch under foot. Helsinki is dipping into a beautiful fall, and I want to grasp the absolute most of it before it blows away and we are left with a blustery, wet winter.  Jimmy and I were given a lovely picnic set for […] Read more…

Finding Home

So the internet is up and running (kind of) and I am able to finally catch all you up on life here in Finland. Please also note the double post today with Foodie Friday. The last 2 weeks, as you may imagine, have been crazy. Pick up and move. Find new apartment. Jimmy go back […] Read more…

Foodie Friday

Welcome to our first addition of Foodie Friday. Your host this afternoon is none other than Amy Bertelsen, lover of foods, breaker of diets, and your guide to eating around the world! Aaaaalright. Since we missed last week’s installment of Foodie Friday, we are going to have to give you the brief rundown of what […] Read more…

Getting all settled…

Hello all. Sorry for the radio silence…. Jimmy and I have moved into our darling new apartment. After 3 hanger runs, everything is all set up. Photos to come.Unfortunately, everything is extremely difficult without a Finnish ID number. Rent, banks, public transit…and internet. So we have to set up our internet through a 3rd party. […] Read more…

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