13 Important Things to Know Before Going to the Ice Hotel at Snow Village!
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1y ago
Recently Tuomas and I were invited by Lapland Hotels to stay at their Ice Hotel in the Snow Village in Ylläs, Finland. This post is in partnership with Lapland Hotels, we wanted to share our enchanting experience with you as well as some tips to make your stay magical as well.  I would without a doubt describe sleeping in an Ice Hotel and eating in the Ice Restaurant as a once in a lifetime, it’s really cool (no pun intended) and it gives you a sense of accomplishment once you have successfully slept through the entire night in freezing temperatures. You can read more about Tuomas and I ..read more
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Finnish Winter: 17 Useful Tips to Survive the Darkness
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1y ago
When you think of Finnish winter the first images that come to your mind are probably Santa Claus, Reindeer and the Northern Lights. If that’s what you thought of then I can tell you have never actually experienced a winter in Finland.  Whereas, if you were to ask the Finns, they will tell you how miserable winter is because of the darkness and because of the ice.  There are definitely truths to both ideals of winter, Finns just tend to keep all that happiness close to them and tell you the negatives so you don’t get blind sided by blissful ignorance. I know because I too was once no ..read more
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Kotoutuminen: Honest Review of Finland’s Integration Program
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2y ago
When I moved to Finland I had heard from other expats and immigrants about Kotoutuminen also known as Finland’s integration program.  Everything I heard was word of mouth through Facebook groups or random people I met in Turku.  Finding information about this topic is usually vague and if you find anything it lacks a certain depth of personal experience.  That’s why I wanted to share my honest review of Finland’s Integration Program. I am currently still in the process of the program as it usually lasts for 3 years.  I am writing this article to share with you my experience ..read more
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Before You Start Learning Finnish Read This! #1 Stress Free Way to Study Finnish
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2y ago
If you’re here you’re probably wondering why the hell am I learning Finnish? It might have even crossed your mind, how you can study one of the most hardest languages in the world. Well the first is to drop that negative mindset, if you want to actually learn how to study Finnish you need to get rid of those negative beliefs and focus on your why.  Start by asking yourself why you are studying Finnish. From there it will make the journey much more manageable.  Personally, I am studying Finnish because I married a Finn and moved to Finland in 2020. We were in a long distance relations ..read more
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7 Must Have Winter Experiences in Vuokatti Finland’s Arctic Lakeland
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2y ago
Vuokatti, located in Arctic Lakeland, was the place I was able to accomplish one of my dreams, going husky sledding with Tuomas driving the entire time. Yes him driving the husky sled the entire time was part of the dream as well Vuokatti is also home to some of the greatest cross country ski trails in Finland. Roni, one of our media guides, told us he is able to ski from his home to the Haapala Brewery (more about the brewery below) and only had to take off his skis once! That’s my kind of scenic tour If you are ready to go on a new adventure and break away from the cityscapes then make sur ..read more
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17 Thoughtful Care Package Ideas for Long Distance Relationships
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2y ago
Long distance relationships are already quite romantic, here you are two people who have beautiful love while living so far apart.  Then imagine out of knowhere your partner shows up at your doorstep, that’s what it feels like when you receive a care package from your long distance partner.  It’s a magical moment that’ll immediately make you feel so full of love.  It’s for these feelings that we send care packages to our partners. You want them to know you care and are thinking about them.  You miss them and want to be with them, you saw this one thing that reminded you of ..read more
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12 Amazing Tools to Jumpstart Your Finnish Language Learning
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2y ago
When Tuomas and I first started dating I fell in love with how Finnish sounded, especially when he would speak to his friends and family while we were on a call.  I knew then I wanted to learn Finnish, not only because I wanted to hear him say more things but also to understand him more through his language and culture.  While Tuomas and I were in a long distance relationship, I had the pleasure and misery of testing out a lot of Finnish language learning books and courses.  Some left me feeling more confused than when I started, others could be done at my own pace to match my b ..read more
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7 Honest Reasons Why You’re Having a Hard Time Making Friends in Finland
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2y ago
October 2021 will be my one-year anniversary of living in Finland, and since I have moved here I have had a hard time making new friends in Finland.  Now, don’t get me wrong. I do have some friends. My husband’s friends are super nice to me and they make me feel like a part of the group. Then there are the friends I have made in Finland, which I would consider “my friends”. These are the friends that I have actually met and have been talking to since 2017-2018.  Not going to lie, I got lucky with one friend. I met her at one of Tuomas’ pool tournaments in 2017, the first time I came ..read more
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7 Charming Things to Do on Utö Island in Finland’s Archipelago
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3y ago
Have you ever wondered where the sunniest place in Finland is?  I’ll give you a hint. It’s not Lapland, it’s actually this small island nestled on the outermost area of Finland’s archipelago.  Utö Island  Right at the edge of Finland’s archipelago with the tourism motto of “Finland Starts Here” they couldn’t be more right. Utö is the place where our love story actually started. This magical island, farthest away from the mainland of Finland was the first place Tuomas and I went to when we met each other in person for the first time in 2017.  That’s why Utö will always hold ..read more
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9 Cringe Worthy Mistakes We Made in Our LDR
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3y ago
After having closed the distance with Tuomas and understanding the new dynamics in our relationship it made me think about the dynamics in our LDR more.  And I can tell you we made some mistakes  Of course you know what they say, hindsight is 20/20, so at the time we were doing what we thought best for our relationship.  We were trying all the LDR hacks, tips, tricks and everything in between. In the end, some of those tips actually did our relationship more harm than good.  The reason why is that relationships aren’t one size fits all. Every long distance relationship will ..read more
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