Sushi In Finland

Ice Skating

How was everyone’s weekend?

Our’s was great, here in Tampere. Chris had Saturday and Sunday off–a well deserved break before playoffs start, this week.


Friday we went out for sushi at our favorite sushi restaurant here in the city. It’s very good and totally what you’d expect for sushi in Finland–lots of smoked salmon rolls and shrimp salad with dill. After dinner we decided to stop for a drink, and we tried a new pub nearby.

Maruseki Maruseki


C had brought home both pairs of his skates and so Saturday afternoon we decided to take advantage of the sunshine and warmer temperatures and went ice skating. This time, we skated at a nearby rink–the ice was like glass and music was playing on the outdoor speakers, which just added to the fun!

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Ice Skating




Happy Monday!!



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Life Is Full

Ice rink

These past few weeks have flown by!

I thought I’d update you on this weeks happenings via some pictures I’ve snapped along the way.


I was invited to go ice skating with my friend–the other North American’s wife, and the three little darlings

Ice rink

After ice skating we took the girls up to the Pyynikki Tower for a munkki (Finnish doughnut) and kaakao (hot cocoa). Turns out, you can pay to repel down the tower

Pyynikki climber

Our grocery store has undergone a little renovation and C and I happened upon the newly added American section…er, corner

American section

The sun has been making up for lost time, as of late–the red steeple in the background is the Tampere Cathedral. Fun fact: Chris’ maternal great-grandmother was baptized there

Downtown Tampere

We’ve enjoyed some delicious meals and made ice cream sundae’s–believe it or not, all gluten and lactose free


Kale salad

Ice cream sundae

Tappara finished their regular season in 2nd place…such a great experience so far


We received a Thank You note in the mail and I love the saying on the front. Fits us perfectly I think





Hope you’re all having a wonderful week!!






A Note To C


Tonight marks the last regular season hockey game of Chris’ rookie season.

Back in August when I arrived in Finland, I could have never pictured this day. It’s so crazy to think this season is almost over, and we will be heading back to the U.S. in a matter of weeks, for a few months!



I want you to know how proud I am of you, and what an accomplishment this season has been for you and your team! I have loved being able to be at every home game this season (and a couple away), watching you play and cheering you on. I know these Finnish fanatics are hard to beat, but I will always be your biggest fan!! Thanks for making this hockey season so great for me–it makes me excited to be back here again next year!


Here’s to a successful regular season, and an even more successful playoff run–GO TAPPARA! xo


Have a great Tuesday, all!!




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