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Breathe in… Breathe out… Repeat

Breathing is the first and last thing we do here on earth. And there’s the whole lifetime between for us to learn to breathe better – in ways that improve our health and quality of life. Better breathing helps us to relax, sleep, digest, remember, focus, move… the list goes on. Fortunately, it’s never too…

25 ideas to brighten up the grayer autumn days (that don’t look like these photos)

“What makes you happy in the rainy and dark autumn days?” a fellow nature-lover asked on Instagram. She mentioned photography and creativity as examples, and we agreed to make a list of things that bring us joy during this season. Of course, there is no one way to “do autumn”. Some take a more stoic approach, running in…

The many colors of the Sisu courage

You may have heard about the Finnish term/mentality called sisu – described as extraordinary courage, grit and resilience. Like an inner fire driving you to reach almost impossible goals.Sisu can be seen as a verb, it’s determination in action*. Sisu is often associated with toughness and masculine power but it also has a colorful and softer side that deserves to be shed some light on. A side…

Taking a swim for a fresher feeling + testing 17 outdoor swimming places in Zurich

Because I come from ‘the country of thousands of lakes’ = Finland, I’m used to swimming in natural waters. The water wasn’t often that warm but there were saunas for warming up when needed.  The recipe for a perfect summer day in my childhood: First to the sauna, then to the lake, then back to the sauna,…

Day 2 in Engadin: The Lake St. Moritz and the UNESCO World Heritage railway trail

Join the two-days trip to the eastern Swiss Alps! Read the first day of the trip (if you haven’t already). After the breakfast and leaving the little hotel nestled in the wooded mountains, I almost jumped on the wrong train because my train was late – which is rather rare in Switzerland. The couple waiting with…

Go solo – why some trips are better alone?

Traveling with family or friends is fun but sometimes it’s good to go to places alone too. Even a day trip can do wonders!Here you can read five positive perspectives of solo travel: 1. SIMPLICITY The trip will be simpler to plan and execute as you don’t need to negotiate with anyone. You are the…

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…

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

The Zurich Coffee Place Recommendations were edited on 1.2.2023 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…

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…

15 things I miss about living in Singapore

“Live for the moments you can’t put into words.” There is still some winter left in Europe but I’m already excited about the spring and the green that comes with it… I mind traveled back to the tropics and listed things I miss about living in Singapore: Swimming daily outdoors, all year round and without…

5 QUICK TIPS FOR A GOOD VISIT ’BACK HOME’

Edited 11.7.2019 Holidays are coming and so are the visits to see family and friends! Here are 5 quick tips for a successful visit ’back home’: Plan ahead. Where you’ll be staying, who you’ll be meeting and where/when are the main get-togethers. …but don’t plan too much. Leave space for some rest and surprises! Be…

When you move abroad, pack these qualities with you

I listed 10 most helpful qualities to have when you move and live abroad: CREATIVITY. You’ll end up in many situations that ask problem-solving skills and creativity. For example when you are trying to find a new home or help your kids to cope with all the changes, or when you can’t speak the local…

Keepsake suitcase

For a long time I’ve been planning to do keepsake suitcases for my kids. Places to store some of their childhood items. I think suitcases fit well for a travelling family – they remind of the adventures that have happened and those that will happen. Plus the suitcases can look beautiful! I’ve now found a…

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