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Camilla Åkrans via Oh Joy!

Well, I've been waiting for this all summer - our holiday! Big Chuck and I are taking a proper week off together and going to visit my family in Finland. I am so looking forward to this trip. The last few weeks have been busy and lonely with both of us working hard on different projects in different countries and I think we've earned a break!

The last time I was in Finland was 5 years ago and I had a wonderful time. It was a strange experience of feeling at home in a country I had never been to before (except at the age of 3). The design, the food, the fashion, the feeling of the cities and country felt very familiar to me and I was so surprised. Looking back on it though, I'm not sure why I was so shocked, my mother grew up in Finland and has raised my sister and I to have discerning eyes, a love of good design and yummy food. Finland also feels similar to Canada in many ways. The forest and climate remind me of the forest I walk through in Haliburton, ON. And although Finns are not known the world over as brilliant conversationalists, I found so many warm people and of course my loving family, all of whom were more than happy to speak in English and make me feel at home.

I'll be back next Wednesday with pictures from our trip and hopefully feeling energized and inspired (thank you saunas!) for the last few weeks of summer!

Have a great week,
Bess