It’s been 3 weeks in our new home of Helsinki. It’s great to finally stay put and to call somewhere home. It’s a little colder than we’re used to, so we’re definitely wearing heavier clothing, and we’ve already invested in a bright snow suit for our girl.
We are slowly establishing our favourite places to eat, drink coffee, shop and play. I am hooked on Korvapuusti ‘slapped ears’. The only Finnish word I have taken the time to learn on top of Kiitos (thank you). It’s basically a big, fat, delicious cinnamon bun, similar to a pinwheel as we know it in New Zealand. It’s becoming a bad but ‘so good’ daily habit! I am going to try and make these myself.
There is still lots to explore but so far, so good and the colours of the autumn leaves here seem to be changing and getting more gorgeous by the day. It’s turned out to be a nice time of year to arrive and we are spending lots of time in all the amazing Töölö playgrounds. No air pollution to worry about! Even better the play grounds have huge toy boxes which get unlocked daily for children to play with. Great public services for kids! Next week our local Kids Park is hosting a toddler disco! Brilliant!
I guess the only thing we would change is to be a little closer to NZ… and if we’re being picky the winter coffee hours. We are struggling with our local cafes not serving coffee till 11am and our favourite neighbourhood cafe is only open Wed-Sun. Total first world problem!
Näkemiin (Good bye – my third word)