Learning How to Snowboard with a Dog

You know you've been active in January when you have only twice been home during the daylight.  As Arto is having the time of his life as a snowboarding guide in Japan, I decided that now is definitely not the time for me to stay home. We were snowboarding in Svanstein (aka Pullinki) during the [...]

Some Things Are Better on the Countryside

Last week I talked about missing the city, but there are a lot of things that I feel are better here on the countryside, in a small village and in Lapland. These things are starting to become a reason for me to hesitate moving back to city ever again. Every day here feels like a [...]

What I Miss from the City

I feel that I cannot say that I miss Finland, since by car Finland is only 30 kilometers away, actually just across the river and everyone here speaks Finnish (at least to us). Do not get me wrong, still this has been a great cultural shock for me and I do miss Finland. I have indeed [...]

Tree rides

There has been a lot happening in the ski & shred resort. One of the most fun events of the season is the tree ride competition. Peoples skills are evaluated through speed and style. They compete in five series: Skiing – Male Skiing – Female Snowboarding – Male Snowboarding – Female Powsurf – Bindingless and [...]

Snow Measurements at Svanstein Ski

Today was the first day I got to spend time outside for more than five minutes A week ago we got a puppy (I’ll tell about him later) and today was the first day I got to spend time outside for more than five minutes in a row. The puppy definitely does not like the [...]

Our House in a Village of 66 People

Last night we broke in our living room. We haven’t been spending more than an hour at home since we moved in few weeks ago (except for sleeping), so this was a big thing for us. Rantajärvi is a small village in Övertorneå, Sweden with the overall population according to Wikipedia is 66 people. As [...]