This blog is about a Finnish-Danish family´s journey from Denmark to New Zealand. We are a bilingual and bicultural family about to become a trilingual and tricultural one. The posts are about our travels, experiences and observations both about New Zealand but surely also reflecting how we see Denmark and Finland after living some time on the other side of the world. Welcome to join … Continue reading

Staying in managed isolation hotel in New Zealand

Our final destination is Christchurch but we were sent to an isolation hotel in Auckland. Below an overview of our stay at Grand Millennium hotel. 14 days we will never forget! Arriving at the hotel in Auckland We arrived at the hotel in the middle of the night. However, we were still in Copenhagen time, so for us it was daytime and no problem. A … Continue reading Staying in managed isolation hotel in New Zealand

Flying to New Zealand during Covid-19 pandemic

It has been quiet here in my blog. I got very busy with packing and cleaning up our house for our tenants. Oh, the level of stress! Last days in Denmark before the flight to New Zealand We decided to spend the last night at an airport hotel in Copenhagen. It was the easiest way to exit our house without stressing about the breakfast and … Continue reading Flying to New Zealand during Covid-19 pandemic

Visiting home before The Move

I wanted to take our twins to visit my parents before moving to New Zealand. We have not seen them since last summer and who knows when we are returning from New Zealand and see them again. I applied for the Danish citizenship some years ago, when it became possible to have dual citizenship in Denmark. My main motive was to be able to vote … Continue reading Visiting home before The Move

Missing piece

I had my last day at work last week. It feels frightening not having a job or not really knowing what I am going to do the next couple of years. It feels like a piece of me is missing. Your job and identity I would define my professional identity with Before and After Teaching. I studied languages and pedagogical studies in Finland and eventually … Continue reading Missing piece

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Hygge in Denmark

I must say I love living in Denmark and have not even considered moving back to Finland. There are many good things about Denmark and here are my top 3: 1. Hygge hygge/ˈh(j)uːɡə,ˈhʊɡə/Lær at udtale noun a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture). Sometimes it feels like the purpose … Continue reading Hygge in Denmark

Living in Denmark

I have lived in Denmark for almost 15 years. Have to admit, I am getting more and more Danish, every year. I wanted to go back in the memory lane and try to remember the things that irritated me in the beginning. Went through some old Facebook status updates to freshen my memories… And don´t worry, my next post will be about the the things … Continue reading Living in Denmark

Against the odds

Cross-cultural marriage, twins, long-distance relationship…. Those are the factors that give low odds for a relationship to last. The cultural differences between Finland and Denmark are not that huge, of course – but there are differences. First a couple of them that I found the toughest. Intercultural communication – Direct Finns The worst one for me has been this: We Finns are more direct in … Continue reading Against the odds