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Suomi Finland 100

I am very late into the Suomi Finland 100 thing but  better later than never! This year Finland has a very big celebration as 100 years ago it became independent. To be precise the independency was declared on the 6th December 1917. Before that Finland was ruled by Sweden and Russia for hundreds of years.

Finland has gone through some hardships ever since then with big troubles happening when the Soviet Union decided it would be a great thing to invade Finland in 1939. Didn’t really work out for the Soviet Union but Finland still suffered not only due to the territory loses but also due to the many dead and injured. Afterwards Finland tried its best not to attract too much attention and has to this day not joined the NATO.

Important things to know about Finland:

The 100 year event started last year with the New Year Celebration with a huge party in Helsinki. The countdown to the new year was synced with the song Sandstorm by Darude. Let’s just say it was an epic party no matter how cold it was outside! All over the year they had events and Politicians from all over the world congratulated Finland such as former Vice President of the USA Joe Biden. In summer they had the Lippujuhla or in English Flag day of the Defence Forces which falls each year on the 4th of June, the birthday of Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim, Marshal of Finland. The latest celebration was now on the 6th of December, the Day of Independency itself. This is celebrated each year and the highlight for most Finnish people is to watch on TV the President shaking hands with hundreds of “important” people.

So that is my very basic and very short summary of the Suomi Finland 100 Celebration. I wish you all a Merry Christmas (here we celebrate already on the 24th!!) and next time I shall annoy you all with a blog post about our Christmas Decoration.

Have you heard about the Finland 100 Celebration?

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Looking back at 2016

Once again a new year has begun and I am really looking forward to it. This is not only because we are expecting in May a little sibling for Nathan but because the past two years were kind of – meh. For one there was the incredible terrible year of 2015 in which I got ill and then 2016 when recovery started.

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I deem this year unworthy

Though things got better last year it was a really strange year as well. Not that anything bad happened during that year to us, in fact things were going rather smooth in total especially with our business. I’d say all the negative news during that year were putting everything and everyone a bit down. At points my wife was just too scared to fly as she expected terrorist attacks at the airport and we did not visit the local Christmas Market due to the attack in Berlin in early December. Perhaps also having MIL for three months with us put a dark stain on the year but then again it would have not worked without her here at all with us being busy with our busy business and Nathan not having any spot at the Kindergarten (on the waiting list now for nearly three years…).

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I have a bucket

Not all was bad about 2016 especially as we were able to do some travelling. I think it was actually the year we travelled the most ever. First we had a lovely trip to Cologne in the end of March together with my parents and shortly thereafter we went together with my father to China for nearly three weeks. There we had also the memorable crazy city tour, an experience I shall never forget and of course the weird countryside experience for the rich. During the summer months we drove to Dresden together with MIL to visit some of my old friends and experience that lovely city with its surroundings. Just one week later we flew to Finland to visit my parent’s cottage and then stayed with some of my wife’s Chinese friends in Helsinki for a few days. I’d say that is pretty impressive when it comes to travelling for such lazy people as us and especially as there was still one more trip in autumn to Prague!

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Busy Nanjing Lu in Shanghai

In retrospect it appears that 2016 was actually rather good! It always depends on the perspective in the end. Though 2016 was after all pretty good I do hope for a better 2017 with less madness in this world. With this first post in the new year I also want to start blogging more regularly again, somehow I had always some excuses in the past half-year to skip one or two posts a month. My plan for now is to stick with the basic Sunday posts and hopefully being able to throw here and there some mid-week posts again about food, hobbies or actually some videos I am supposed to have uploaded already a year ago on my channel.

How was your year 2016 and what do you have planned for this year?

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Our Beloved First Pet

This little post is dedicated to the first pet my wife and I had together: ZhuBaoBei

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What an annoying little thing, always trying to escape

ZhuBaoBei was a tiny Roborovski Hamster and we bought him in summer of 2010. These kind of hamsters are the ones you can look at but they don’t like being played with, they just want to do whatever hamsters do without being annoyed by people. We surely let him mostly do whatever he wanted but from time to time we wanted to hold him which resulted most of the time in me getting bitten by him. He was also fairly good in keeping us awake at night as hamsters are night active and they do some intense noise all night long.

Sometimes he also escaped magically from his cage (we still don’t know how he managed!) and would search his bag of food, eat a little hole in it and carry bit by bit the food to his new “nest”. Though you might think they must be rather silent when sneaking around they surely are not when eating their food! Thanks to this we could always hear when he escaped and search for his new nest which was usually under our sofa. There under the sofa he created a huge pile of food transported from his food bag. Towards the end of his life he could still meet with his new sisters, our two bunnies which we bought in summer of 2011.

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We got this ball once from some friends and the tiny devil used it fairly well

I am writing this post because around this time in October 2011 he passed away. He was just a bit over two years old and I hope he had some fun during that time. He will be always in our memories even though he had such a short time with us. Now he rests in the yard of our former apartment in Finland and I just hope it is not too cold for him as Winter is coming.

Did you had any pets? What was your first one/ what are your memories of it?

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