Published on 4/18/2018


Finnish stanrads for the bathrooms in apartment houses is hydro-isolated floor with a drain. If the house is old, such isolation will be made in the nearest planned reconstruction. This is vey useful: no need to install a shower cabin with a tray, you can spill the water into the floor

Published on 12/6/2017

Food of insects

Finns have started to eat crickets! This is not a figure of speech or an eye-catching headline but downright truth. Using insects for food is a new hot trend here in Finland. For some time, there have already been start-ups that offered food made of insects

Published on 12/1/2017


I ride a bus without driver! University makes experiment. Hope they will launch this as a service. It’s very good, it drove me from parking lot to cafe and I saved 7 minutes. Will use on the way back.

Video below:

Published on 11/27/2017


Here in Finland, there is a very rational attitude to lunches. Many people don't take little details into account, they care more about food taste and choice, and a possibility to eat fast.

In many cafes, it is assumed that after eating, a customer brings a tray with dirty dishes to a special desk. In other counties, you might have experienced such approach in cafes at IKEA shops. But in here it is in use everywhere, even in quite expensive cafes which sell coffee and bun for €7

Published on 11/10/2017


Here in Finland in the university, communication and the whole process feels much less formal compared to my previous experience in Russia.
University staff can be approached by email, which usually formed as firstname.surname@university-name.fi. They check their emails regularly and always reply very fast. Regarding any question about the current or upcoming courses, students can contact professors directly.

Published on 10/30/2017


In Finland, October is a month for autumn sales. They are not so huge as winter or summer sales, but still a lot of fun. The main sale event of autumns and springs is "Hullut päivät" (Crazy days) in all the Stockmann shops. They last 5 days, from Wednesday to Sunday.

Published on 10/24/2017


As I promised, here is some university photos. This is one of the workspaces in the Design Factory of Aalto. Not sure what the equipment is for but I will soon learn.

Published on 10/19/2017


This is a laundry room in our house. We take schedule times and come washing. We also have our own machine but these are professional, up to my chest. They run so fast that seem starting fly to stars.

Published on 8/11/2017


At the weekend, we walk around our area and found this monument /in the bushes/. During the war, when it was going to the end, some territory to the west of Espoo was "rented" by Soviet Union ant they set up there a naval base.

If interested, you can find some details in Wikipedia in English.
And in Finnish.

Published on 8/6/2017

Life hacks and life habits

All say that Finland is incredibly expensive. But I think that not so much, sometimes even cheap.

Indeed, the consuming model is very different here. If practicing old habits (at least old Russian habits), living in Finland would cost a lot. So it is important to follow local life hacks and understand how the system is designed and works.

Published on 7/18/2017

The telegram channel @suomi_en gets updates every day. Here there is the last portion. You will be able to read new posts from the blog, but if you want to get it sooner, subscribe.

This time: shops, city bikes and summer pleasures :-)

Published on 7/6/2017

A couple of years ago, during our first time in Finland, I published a few posts about small things I noticed in my new basic life. Sometimes, there is a lot to share, but these things are not on the same topic. However, still interesting.

As an immigrant, I notice something special every day :-) Recently, I have started a Telegram channel to tell the world about my discoveries. Here it is: @suomi_en.
I also plan to gather those mini-posts here, in old school blog format.

Published on 3/27/2017

For years, we in the family have tried different approaches to organizing home finances. Some did not work for us, some were not interesting to follow, some were not giving any result. But the last couple of years we have been using something that looks fully suitable. This method is transparent, it works for saving and at the same time, it does not make us tighten the belts. Also, it looks like this method is applicable to any volume of income.

Published on 10/8/2015

Recently we managed to go to Russia by car for a long weekend. This was a trip to my husband's and my hometown Petrozavodsk (Petroskoi in Finnish). Trips to there are quite a challenge as the trasport connection is not the best. Apparently the go-by-car option turned out to be the most comfortable. I recommend all my Finnish friends to have such a trip, at least once in a lifetime. You will see the Russian region which is far different from the metropolitan Moscow and St. Petersburg. And to do so it worths to get some tips.

Published on 9/3/2015

Last weekend I spent in Moscow. This was a short visit after 2 years since I left the city for Amsterdam. I had some business to do but there was also time for walking round the city. It has been changed a lot. However I still think that coming in there with someone without Soviet Union background would surprise them in many cases.

After I had came back to Helsinki I got a lot of questions like "How is it in Moscow?". Ok, in this post I will try to answer.