Cherish your relationship with your country of residence

A new country is like a new relationship. Sometimes the chemistry is there right away, sometimes not. Like in relationships, getting to know each other helps to understand other one better. Your own attitude also affects the development of the relationship. Every experience of living in a foreign country is unique. How each person experiences…

Facing the many faces of face masks

It’s fascinating how one item – like a face mask – can affect so many things. And we don’t even know all the effects yet. There are wider and narrower questions revolving around masks such as:How face masks alter our behavior, and our interactions with each other?How well does the facial recognition work with the…

Have a good holiday season

After this extraordinary and challenging year, I hope you will have a relaxed and carefree holiday time, wherever you are. May the next year bring you lots of luck and happy moments. ♡♡♡

Life Skill Souvenirs from Overseas

What can you learn from life abroad – when ‘sailing the seas of overseas’? In the beginning of this year – before this global crisis was on – I started listing things I’ve learned during my family’s* nine years abroad, and I’ve noticed that these qualities are helpful also in the volatile and restricted times…

Sunny sides of Switzerland

What are the best things about your living place? By listing the good aspects of your living place, you get a positive lens that helps you to see the good around you. The list is helpful also when you are struggling with your current location, reminding you about its many upsides, plus it can be…

The power of positive feedback

After one particularly long day, I noticed a review of my book ‘Greetings from Abroadland’ on (a Finnish) blog called ‘Kirjeitä Shanghaista’. It made me happy and humbled. How amazing that the book has made a positive impact! And that the blogger had taken time to write the review. It made me also to think…

The best teachers

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” – Pablo Picasso Every child is also a teacher. Here are things we can learn from kids: A child looks things from different perspectives and surprises in many ways. Kids can be delighted because of the rain, when…