Art and worldview: The Way or my way?

A couple of years ago, I got a chance to visit the Guggenheim art museum in Bilbao on the northern route of the Way of St. James (you can read my post on the journey here). Wearing a pair of unfashionable running shoes, I was walking on the corridors of the famous museum excitedly inhaling … Continue reading Art and worldview: The Way or my way?

The twisted standards of life

It's never the right time to genuinely consider Jesus – it seems. The idea struck me when I was listening to the radio while driving home from a COVID test on a Saturday morning in December. This is the logic: Children are dependent on their parents in all matters. Perhaps you’ve got a lot to … Continue reading The twisted standards of life

Learning through the harvest

At the beginning of the summer, we acquired a summer cottage in Finland. The covid situation and the recent political unrest in Ethiopia haven't allowed us to return there yet, but now at least we have a place of our own to stay while in Finland. In the midst of the uncertainty, our home has … Continue reading Learning through the harvest

Don’t fall

When I was small, I learned something about balance. In order to avoid falling down, one is supposed to fix their eyes on a constant, external spot that isn't moving. I'm still loving this piece of advice. It tells me how to keep in balance amidst the never ending change and unexpected turbulence of life. … Continue reading Don’t fall

Still here

Ethiopia confirmed yesterday its 16th corona virus case. Many expats have already left the country and the embassies are following up with people like us who are still here. No one knows how the situation will evolve in a fragile society like this, which makes it tricky to decide whether we should stay or go. … Continue reading Still here

After four months in the country

Four months ago, Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, became the new home for me, my husband and our then 10-month-old baby boy. We’ve spent our first months here in the city learning the Oromo language, after which the plan is to move to the countryside. Thankfully, we’ve been feeling this is the right place for us … Continue reading After four months in the country

Learning Afaan Oromo

Not too long ago, I first learned there's a language called Afaan Oromo (or Oromiffa). Soon after that, I found out we were supposed to learn that language. It was obviously because of my lack of knowledge that I had never heard about it before. For it's the most widely spoken language in Ethiopia with … Continue reading Learning Afaan Oromo

The journey continues

Ethiopia has recently become my family's new home. Now the plan is to stay in the country for the next few years, first in Addis Ababa and later in the country side. I've been surprised, how quickly life here with all the new people, routines and impressions has developed into our new normal. First of … Continue reading The journey continues

Surprised by motherhood

My son was born a bit over two months ago. I love him into bits, and it feels surreal to think back how scared I used to be of the idea of having a child. In my twenties I believed it would mean an end to all that is interesting and meaningful. I figured I … Continue reading Surprised by motherhood

Walking the Camino Norte pregnant: The story

Last summer was a time of transition. After leaving Geneva and before starting our training in Finland in the autumn, we had more than three months for rest and reflection. We’d made plans for the period well in advance: travels to Israel, Finland and Austria and a 5-week walk through northern Spain. Then we found … Continue reading Walking the Camino Norte pregnant: The story