Summer vacation in Finland at my parents summer house and it was almost too hot to do any other exercise than taking a dip in the sea. However, I tied my shoe laces and headed out on my regular route, to the end of the gravel road. 7,4 km where the last 2 km were unbearably hot.
When living abroad, it is small things that help when suffering from homesickness. I don’t particularly miss Finland, it’s mainly my dear friends but having Finnish things at home make me feel like I’m not that far away.
When describing a Finn, one often says the people have Finnish Sisu, I get the same challenge when trying to describe Danish hygge to foreigners, you will know it when you feel it. Sisu is part of a finns character. The Institute of Languages in Finland defines Sisu as: perseverance, persistence, willpower, relentless drive, dauntless, unyielding, brave, audacity and courage. This is something that dates back to history books as we have had to fight the big bad Russians who live next door. But today a small box of breath mints are named after Finnish Sisu – Suomalaista Sisua
Due to a busy period at work and Christmas preparations at home plus traveling to Finland. My online diary has been on hold for the past month. However, I have kept up on Instagram @astaojvind with special moments of the last month.
Hopefully I have some time for myself soon again.
Right after New Years, I had a meeting with work in Finland so we took up with the whole small family to take advantage of being with family while I took to a few meetings during the day. One evening we had some team building activity planned in the form of climbing. For me this meant moving boundaries and getting over my fear of heights. I’ve never been fond of a high ledge or a tower. But I’m up for challenging myself. Cool place this Toyota Climbing Arena at Salmisaari, the highest wall in the Nordics.