Sosiaalinen media ei-coolia ja teknologiakauhistus?

Kun Facebookin valtakausi alkoi oli coolia päivittää statuksia joka sekunti. Jopa äidit, isät, mummit, papat ja kummin kaimat liittyivät Naamakirjaan, koska se oli coolia. Sitten tuli Instagram. Google+ yritti kilpailla omalla vaihtoehdollaan. Tietenkin siinä sivussa Twitter sekä LinkedIn vain kasvoivat. Viimeisimpänä villityksenä tuli Snapchat.

Nyt huomaa ympärillä selkeän muutoksen ja ääripään, on tavallaan coolia olla kriittinen tai vihamielinen sosiaalista mediaa ja teknologiaa kohtaan. On coolia, ettei jaa yksityisyyttään internetissä vaan astuu sen ulkopuolelle. Deletoidaan Naamkirjan tili ja sitte elvytetään se takaisin, sitten deletoidaan puolet kavereista ja sitten taas lisätään osa takas, ei liitytä Instagramiin, boikotoidaan Snpachattia, suojataan profiilit. Ihan kuin kamppailua huonossa suhteessa kumppanin kanssa, bänät ja takasin yhteen ja taas erilleen.

Itse teknologian parissa työskentelevänä promoan paljon erilaisia teknologiaratkaisuja sekä pilvipalveluita. Itse bloggaan lähes päivittäin. Olen myös ahkera blogien seuraaja, päivitän yhä Naamakirjaa niin ei-coolia kuin se joidenkin mielestä on, olen Instagramissa -itse asiassa kahdella eri tilillä-, seuraan Twitteristä ja LinkedInistä oman alani kuumimpia uutisia ja linkkejä pysyäkseni ajan hermoilla päivittäin. Olen se kamala äiti, joka ottaa kuvan lapsestaan kesken herkän hetken eikä huomio lastaan sinä sekuntina, kun  postaa sen Instaan ja Naamaan!

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Tuntuu, että vihamielisyydessä on kaksi kuppikuntaa. Ne, jotka taistelevat teknologian läsnäoloa vastaan ja haluavat kännykät pois ja huomion ihmisiin, koska viimeisin tutkimus sanoo, että on pahasta olla kännykässä, kun on ihmisiä ympärillä. Sitte on se kuppikunta, joka ehkä vihaa sosiaalista mediaa kateussyistä. Onhan se kateellisen ihmisen kauhistus, kun jonkun Instatili tai blogi on täynnä mitä upeimpia kuvia paratiisilomista, postauksia merkkilaukuista ja vaatteista mallina bloggaaja täydellisine hiuksineen. Tästähän on kirjoitettu mediassa jo paljon.

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Melbourne

Itseni on ollut jotenkin vaikea ymmärtää tätä vihamielisyyttä tai kritiikkiä. Ehkä päällimmäisenä siksi, etten koe kykyni olla läsnä kärsivän. Tarvitsen aikaa itsekseni ja jos en bloggaisi, selaisi Intagramia tai lukisi blogeja vetäytyisin muin keinoin, luultavasti kirjoittamaan päiväkirjaa tai kutomaan. Sosiaalisen median aiheuttamaa kateutta tai ahdistusta en myöskään oikein ole ymmärtänyt, sillä en ole koskaan tuntenut kateutta ketään tai mitään kohtaan. Tiedän, kuulostaa ehkä tekopyhältä, mutten vain syystä tai toisesta ole koskaan halunnut kenenkään omaa elämää, kroppaa, omaisuutta tai puolisoa, vain juuri omani. (Edes jotakin vanhempieni kasvatuksessa siis meni superisti nappiin tässä heh.) Lisäksi en ole koskaan ollut mitenkään yksityisyyttäni suojeleva persoona, jos olisin tuskin pitäisin tätä blogia. Haluan heittää itseni likoon sellaisena kuin olen, ota tai jätä, inhoa tai tykkää.

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Sosiaalinen media näyttää toimivan kuin mikä tahansa addiktio, liika on liika, jotkut eivät hallitse mikä on kohtuullinen määrä saati näe milloin haittavaikutukset ilmenevät itsessä tai ympärillä.  Itse olen pieneltä Suomen paikkakunnalta kotoisin ja minusta on ihana seurata mitä omat alakoulun ja yläasteen luokkakaverit tekevät nykyään. Kaveripiirini on myös pirstoutunut melkoisen ympäri maailmaa ja näin ruuhkavuosien aikaan on kaiken kiireen keskellä vaikeaa löytää aikaa yksittäisiin viesteihin niin paljon kuin niitä suosinkin. On siis mitä arvokkainta seurata mitä ystävät ympäri maailmaa puuhailevat kuvin Naamassa ja Instassa. Tuntuu, etten missaa ihan niin paljon ollessani toisaalla. Parasta on Whatsup, jossa voi luoda ryhmiä ja viestittää kaikille kaveriporukan tai perheen jäsenille. Hauskimpia ovat viestit siskoni ja veljeni kanssa, kun ääniviestein mölisemme toisillemme jotakin päätöntä.

Ehkä arvostan tätä kaikkea niin paljon, sillä olen hyvin kaukana kotoa. Mieheni mummi saapui Britanniasta Australiaan hyvin nuorena ja meni kotiinsa Lontooseen ensimmäisen kerran yli 20 vuoden jälkeen. Puhelimella soittaminen oli liian kallista, kirjeet kestivät pitkään, sähkeet olivat ainoa pikainen keino ottaa yhteyttä. Muutto Australiaan oli tuolloin kuin katoaminen oman perheensä elämästä.

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Vanha sähketoimisto Beechworthissa Victoriassa.

Minusta on ihanaa elää aikakaudella, jolloin etäisyydet tuskin merkitsevät. Minulle sosiaalinen media ja teknologia on helpotus ei ahdistus. Jos ei kiinnosta olla online painan nappia ja suljen kännykän. Elämä jatkuu niinkuin ennenkin.

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Canberra Suomen Suurlähetystö

Sosiaalista päivänjatkoa missä ikinä sitä vietättekin!

Watsons Bay in Sydney

Yesterday we did a trip to Watsons Bay. It is a beautiful small bay with views to the CBD. Lovely area to live to as you can catch the ferry to work.

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The water is calm there and there are couple of good restaurants. The red hot place to go is Doyles on the Beach. I have been there once and the seafood is amazing. You can order huge seafood platters that have everything you can possibly dream of.

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This time, however, we went to Beach club next door as it was just easier with the child, no white table clothes, lots of room to run around and an own table for toddlers to draw with crayons. Food was nice, nothing amazing but good tasty fresh food. I ordered seared yellow fin tuna salad, the tuna tasted amazing. My husband ordered crab sliders to start with and traditional fish and chips as main.

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After the lunch and couple of tasty Rieslings we took a ferry ride to the Rocks (centre of Sydney) to admire the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.

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Then we walked to Martins Place that sadly was in the news in December due to the siege. We took a train from there to Bondi Junction where our friends who we are staying with live. I am so glad our friends live in such a great location, so convenient to go around. Their house is super nice too. It is a brand new terrace, 4 bedrooms, big open plan kitchen, 3 bathrooms, small backyard and beautiful high ceilings. It has the old front but everything in the house is new and modern, light and clean. I love it and staying here has made me convinced I want to get a new townhouse in Melbourne (or a new apartment). I cannot handle old carpets, squeaky floorboards, badly built or run down everything, paint that comes off, broken small things. I like that clinical clean and white Scandi look. It is so nice here when all the corners are perfectly sealed and painted, a bit different than we had back in London. In hindsight I think we should have gone for a new built in London too, as a Finn I just do not get the old ”charm” but well I learned it and I know now what I want. This Bondi Junction area is also super good for kids as it has the most amazing parks and playgrounds nearby. The playgrounds in Australia are just fantastic.

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There are so many things for toddlers to do, they are designed to be safe and lots of water features too. For example today my dear daughter was playing with the water for ages getting all wet, I had a relaxing time with my coffee in the sun whilst she had a great time.

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Playgrounds are also extremely clean here, I have been so impressed about it. It is enjoyable to let your child run around and play when you don’t have to worry about trash and dirt.

Happy child, Happy life

We are still enjoying Sydney and flying down to Melbourne on Saturday. We are hanging out with friends and sipping local beer and wine. I have gotten so many great tips regarding wines from our friends. I have eaten so much amazing sushi and Asian food that I am about to pop. Food here is super tasty and I love the individual coffee shops in every corner.

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Bondi Beach.

What I love the most are the fresh ingredients. I have enjoyed grocery shopping every day since we arrived, all the greenies, fruits, salads, meat come from Australia..or from New Zealand if being foreign. Call me crazy but I think my daughter tastes the goodness. She never ate blueberries in the UK as they were totally tasteless when being imported from Africa or South America (probably have spent days or weeks in the ship or containers). Yesterday I gave her fresh Australian blueberries and she ate 200g in one go! I watched her and I felt confused and happy at the same time. She never ate plums or grapes in the UK either as they were either unripe or bitter, here she has been munching plums and green grapes like never seen before. In general she has had a great appetite, better than ever and she loves the outdoors and is jumping like a small lamb every morning when going out.

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Our daughter loving Bondi sand.

Allergy care here seems to be as good as in Finland or even better. Most childcare centres are egg and nut free to make sure no accidents happen, some of them even kiwi free if they have an anaphylactic child to a kiwi fruit. Just fantastic! For almost two years I begged from the specialist in the UK to get special Immunocap ISAC allergy tests done and they just did not refer us to those even though our child was prescribed to Epipen and was basically known to be allergic to dairy, soy, egg, nuts, seeds, kiwi, all pulses (peas, lentils, beans), so an extreme multi-allergic child. Here we went to the GP and got a referral straight away. The blood test has been done and now we are just waiting for the full allergy profile with 112 allergy components. I have felt so utterly grateful that I cannot find the words.

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Keeping shade and drawing.

The friends we are staying with have a dairy allergic daughter same age as our daughter and it has been amazing to talk to them about it all. The way the allergy care has been handled here in Sydney is exemplary. They got a food introduction plan from the paediatrician and by saying this I mean a proper plan that even included the order of grains and fish they should introduce. I have been listening feeling jealous thinking what our life could have been here if we migrated earlier. I am thinking how I could have prevented all the anxiety, fear, feelings of being helpless. I really suffered in the UK with no help and I felt like an animal in the cage, no way out of the allergy hell as I call it. I still remember that I even told to the specialist that I could pay anything and I really meant anything to get the special Immunocap tests done in the UK but I did not get a referral. I am really passionate about this all as you can probably read between the lines. I know how much fear and anxiety is involved in children’s allergies particularly if you don’t get any health care support and you are all alone with an anaphylactic child. I guess I owe a huge thank to Australian Medicare already to help us right away since migrating. I think after we have gotten these results our life will look a lot brighter as we know more and we can start introducing new food without sitting around the kitchen table an adrenaline pen ready to go.

This week we are still planning to go to Manly, Taronga Zoo, centre to see the opera house and stuff more sushi into ourselves. We are also looking forward to the Australia day party at our place in Melbourne. We have the old London Australian crew together, this time with toddlers so it will be such an amazing reunion! Cannot wait!

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Hi from Sydney!

We have been so busy and have not had much internet for the past 5 days. We flew to Sydney the other day. It is great here! It is so lovely to see our friends. They have a little daughter same age as our daughter so the two girls have been extremely busy playing and swimming.

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Yesterday we went to Watsons Bay, it is a lovely small beach, water is not rough and there is lots of shade for little ones. We set up our tent and had BBQ there. Great way to spend all day. Today we will go to Bondi beach, have some fish and chips maybe and swim more. Kids love it and we can just relax and chat.

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We had some super tasty Japanese last night, Asian food is so good here in Australia, so fresh. We have been drinking extremely good Aussie Chardonnay and really had the most relaxing time. Our daughter has slept well and we have been waking up every morning feeling refreshed. The weather is unreal here, so sunny, so warm and so beautiful. Sydey is such a beautiful city. The natural harbour is just gorgeous! I have been here before but not at this time of the year.

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Our daughter has had a great appetite too due to the outdoorsy lifestyle. The sun and beach make a big difference. She could spent hours on the sand where the water is hitting the sand just building sandcastles and playing with her bucket.

I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday. I cannot wait to hit the beach!

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Mount Tambourine, Gold Coast and Noosa

We have had a busy week. First we went to Noosa in Sunshine Coast. We booked a lovely resort package at Outrigger (Little Hastings Street, right in the centre) that included dinner and breakfast too. I personally love Noosa, quite high end, mild waves and the beach just perfect for toddlers to swim and relax on the beach. It is always a good place to stay.

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After Noosa we drove to Gold Coast to Surfers Paradise and stayed there for couple of nights. It was so great! The ocean was pretty rough for our toddler so we swam mostly in the pool.

image (18)We did a funny day trip to Byron Bay to see hippies and backpackers enjoying their life. We also passed the funny Backpackers Inn that was in the Inbetweeners movie! It was exactly as in the movie, slightly run down and hippy.

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I loved this local surf store. Guys having beer at 1pm and just having the time of their life, so laid back!

We also went to the lighthouse. The views were beautiful! The ocean is so green and sky so blue. At the right time of the year you can see humpback whales here.

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From Gold Coast we drove via Gold Coast hinterland and visited Tambourine Mountain. It was so beautiful, amazing views and just gorgeous rain forest like landscape, humid but fresh. I actually love rainforest and being close to the nature. That is probably the inner Finn in me, we love our summer cottages in the middle of the forest and simple life. It makes me feel like I live properly and life seems so much real and greener than in the city. We found a great little jewel called The Polish Place on the top of the mountain and I want to share this tip with you as it was fantastic. They have a restaurant and coffee shop and cottages for accommodation.

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The cottages have the most amazing views, in the restaurant they prepare traditional Polish food and the atmosphere is magical. Tamed parrots are sitting on terrace entertaining people and you can see all the way to the ocean. As Finnish food has some similarities with Polish cuisine the smell from the kitchen reminded me from my childhood, Karelian pies in fact. The location was perfect and the ice coffees we drank there were heavenly. I warmly recommend this place for anyone who is looking for a retreat. It is quite a romantic location so I was dreaming of returning there for some love retreat as they call it on the website haha!

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Past week has been phenomenal! I do love Queensland and I think these couple of weeks have made me realise that after Melbourne I do want to move here. I just love the lifestyle up north. I love swimming, beaches, nature, I cannot wait to go camping with our little one and this relaxed feel of life is so tangible and real. I surprisingly met a Finn in Outrigger resort in Noosa. She started to talk to me when she heard me speaking Finnish to my daughter. She told me she had been here in Brisbane for 6 years now and loves it, she mentioned there is a huge Finnish community here -there must be as there is a Finnish radio here I just listened today!!!!. She also told me she thinks the lifestyle when you can bike to work in 29 degrees when it is sunny is without comparison and I do agree. I will aim for that. Melbourne will be great when our daughter is small and when we want to have more of a continental city vibe but Queensland is great. Like they say in the car plates it is Sunshine state and Tropical state, everything you can possibly dream of. I cannot disagree.

Walkabout Creek wildlife, QLD

We had a lovely day yesterday. We went to Walkabout Creek to see more Australian wildlife. I was so excited to trial my new camera with the professional lense I got as a Christmas present from my dear husband. I cannot remember if I told about it but I got CANON EOS 100D with two lenses. One Canon lense and one professional one. I also got a super stylish white professional camera back bag to carry my camera, lenses and macbook in. It has been super useful here! The professional lense is TAMRON AF 55-200mm 1:4-5.6 MACRO. I am super happy with it. Perfect for wildlife photographs and zooming as you can see below!

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Owls in love.

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Some red wallabies too..and more kangaroos..sun baking..what a life!

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Snakes…

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It was so beautiful to walk around. Our daughter loved every second of it.

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I love Australian landscape, the contrast of green and the reddish ground is beautiful.

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We drove up to Mount Glorious mountain to have some ice coffee and spot the beautiful scenery. There is a lovely coffee shop on the top of the mountain which is extremely idyllic. We have been there before but thought we want to take our dear daughter there too. We have this Ford Territory at the moment, could not get any more Australian! It goes super smoothly up the hill but eats petrol like a tank.

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Ice coffee with ice cream in the bottom and whipped cream on top. Tasty!

Today we are planning to go to Brisbane West End. It was raining heavily in the morning but now the sun is out again and we can hit the town. Hope you have a nice start of the week!

Southern France in July -Etelä Ranska heinäkuussa

I was meaning to write about our Antibes holiday ages ago. The post has been sitting as a draft since July!

We had a great holiday in Antibes in Southern France in July.  We flew to Nice and rented a lovely apartment in Antibes. I can truly recommend this place. It was nothing particularly fancy but  a big apartment and super close to the centre. 3 bedrooms, one huge lounge, lovely modern kitchen, 3 bathrooms and a beautiful balcony view to the sea. If you want to have a look at it and you are planning a trip to southern France check out this place, it is great.

We were enjoying the beach as much as we could. Weather was phenomenal, so beautiful and warm. My dear Aussie husband started  feeling extremely home sick. He is from Queensland and loves beaches so being there on the beach every day with our daughter reminded him of his childhood.

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The port is so amazing in both Cannes and Antibes! The biggest yachts as far as eye can see.

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We went to Cannes too. It was nostalgic as the last time we went there I found I was expecting our little daughter right after the romatic trip!

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We had to go to Carlton terrace. They definitely do the best drinks in town plus the wine selection is amazing. I picked a refreshing rose as you do in Provence!Our daughter loves her 3h naps and so do we!

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We also had to take a picture of both me and us standing in front of Carlton. We did the same last time we were there. Time flies..now we had a third person with us.

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Our daughter loved her first ride in the carousel. We really had to fight to get her out of this park..in fact the lady who sold the tickets saw how desperately our daughter loved the carousel so she gave the second ride for free.

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We went also to Juan-les-Pins for a day trip. It is a short walk away from Antibes. The esplanade there is gorgeus too, a bit Aussie style, more of a surfy vibe than in Antibes. A big contrast to Cannes that is just flash and fancy. Antibes is definitely more like a place were I could imagine French themselves going for a family holiday.

I have to say Cannes is still my absolute favourite out of these all, it has an easy access to Monaco and Cannes itself has great shopping, fantastic restaurants and beautful beaches! I have  a hot tip to stay in Cannes too. Last time we were there we stayed in a luxury hotel called 3.14 that has theme floors: African, Asia, Oceania.etc. It is very eccentric but super cool and artsy! They also have a great roof top pool and bar! If you fancy something different I recommend to book this place!

I absolutely love Provence. I could go there every summer and never get bored.

Weekend getaway in Belgium – Viikonloppumatka Belgiassa

We left to Belgium on the earliest Eurostar on Saturday morning. We planned to do this as we thought if we woke up at 4.30 and fed the baby she would go to sleep and happily sleep until 7am when the train would already be departed. Everything went perfectly as planned -which is unusual with babies-  and our little baby girl slept even thorough the whole security check which was amazing! We knew she would be cheerful all day if she just got the sleeping right.

We changed trains in Brussels as we were heading to a small town called Mechelen. It was a beautiful Belgian town with small chocolate shops and boutiques. We stayed in an apartment hotel Vixx right in the centre of the town. Our apartment was huge, modern and really chic! If you go to Mechelen this apartment hotel is definitely a place to stay! Instead of going down to the buffet in the morning they brought all the breakfast to your apartment for request. This was of course perfect (and easiest) for us as we had a crawling little baby to look after so it was so much more relaxing to have our breakfast in the room.

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In Mechelen we caught up with my dear Aussie husband’s friends from Brisbane. We went for a few beers in the town. As they had two kids their own our timetable was very child friendly and accommodating. I have noticed that it is so easy to go out with couples with kids these days as I don’t feel guilty all the time for doing things according to our baby’s daily routines . All the people with kids understand that routines are just worth keeping to keep your baby happy! The great spot we went to was the Carolus brewery. This bar/restaurant served only the beers that were locally brewed. Have I mentioned many times enough that I am the biggest fan of Belgian beers, Trappist monastery brewed beers to be exact. I am not a lager kind of girl but dark Belgian beers (doubles and triples) just have something I so adore.  Later on after we got our baby girl to sleep our friends came over to our apartment. We ended up having a big night, chatting and tasting Belgian Trappist beers until 1am! It was great fun but we felt exhausted on the following day 🙂

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Despite our exhaustion we headed to Antwerp on the following day. It was such a gorgeous city! I will definitely return there.

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Antwerp train station was so beautiful!

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We had our lunch in a fantastic restaurant. I can warmly recommend it to you all. It was called Applemans and was just in the centre of Antwerp’s old town. I had a superb goat cheese salad and my dear Aussie husband had tasty seafood croquettes. So good! I totally forgot to photograph my dish which is a shame as everything was so well presented and flavoursome!

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On the way home on Monday we stopped in Brussels. I don’t want to sound mean but I didn’t really like it. It was over priced and quite ugly despite the old centre. I much rather go to Bruges, Mechelen or Antwerp for example.

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The food was excellent in the place we ate. It was a restaurant called Leon de Bruxelles. We ate curry mussels and fries -the classic! Still I have to say that you get much better value for your money in smaller towns in Belgium.

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The train journey home went so well that we were both really impressed how well our baby girl did even though it was a bit after her usual sleeping time. We were sneaky and circulated the toys and books and she was totally happy for those two hours that it took us to get back to London. We parents were munching wasabi crisps and Belgian chocolate. You should try wasabi crisps if you haven’t already, they are excellent! You can buy them in Switzerland and Belgium at least, I haven’t seen them in the UK unfortunately.

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We had a fantastic and relaxing trip. Our baby behaved well most of the time and we managed to get some parents’ time too! It is, however, lovely to be back home. We had chosen our weekend getaway well as it was the crazy St Jude storm in the UK whilst we were eating mussels and enjoying warm weather in Belgium. Our house was still on its place with the roof and walls 🙂

This is what it looked like this morning when I had a walk in the park. The storm did cause some damage even here in North London.

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Cheerful Amsterdam -Iloinen Amsterdam

The other weekend we travelled to Amsterdam. Our Australian friend married a Dutch lady and we were invited to the wedding reception that was held in a lovely restaurant boat. We enjoyed catching up with our friends, sipping bubbles and nibbling canapés. Our little girl is such a social butterfly that she seemed to be enjoying her time too. Our trip was fantastic overall. Baby slept beautifully and was well in general and we had lovely couple’s time when she was napping!

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We stayed in a great location near Vondelpark where we were able to spot all the beautiful villas overlooking to the park ponds. If you go to Amsterdam this park is on the list to do with babies and toddlers. It is also a very romantic park for couple’s picnics!

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Our hotel was a private suite residence called Prince Henry. Fabulous! The hotel had only a few rooms for guests so it was quite intimate in a good way. The owner was the sweetest lady you can possible imagine. She had a ”happy hour” every day meaning she served fantastic home made cocktail snacks and cakes downstairs. There was also a fridge downstairs full of rose and white wine in addition to Dutch beer and other refreshments and it was free for the guests without any extra charge!!  We definitely drank our share of white and rose wine in the warm summer evenings! The apartment suite we stayed in was had nostalgic glamour, old furniture and dark wood and marble. Gorgeous! I have to mention here that my dear Aussie husband is the best travel agent I have ever met. He surprises me time after another with the most amazing accommodation and location!

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We had to try the funny local brasserie chain called Bagels and Beans!
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It was good but maybe a bit overrated, I mean coffee was nice and bagels good but I think it is all about the concept rather than the flavour. I like their fair trade approach though!
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Amsterdam is really beautiful. It is one of those cities that I could easily live in, although Copenhagen is still my all time favourite! I love to see people exercising in the park and riding bicycles everywhere with their small ones in front or back of the bike! After a long walk we found a great pub or should I say beer house and I had a very interesting drink. It was a light beer but it had some caramel flavour added to it such as it tasted more like a dark Belgian style Trappist beer (that I bye the way absolutely love!). It reminded me of my exchange student year in France, Strasbourg, where the bars served all sort of flavoured beers. Well, soon we will be traveling to Belgium so I can taste some of my favourite local Trappist beers!
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I found a crazy American store that sold all the goodies so I couldn’t resist and poked my head in…

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During this trip we mainly cooked dinners at the apartment hotel. It was easier with a small baby. Maybe in a half an year time we can go dining out without a hassle. This trip was mainly just relaxing and we didn’t have any specific restaurants in our minds so from culinary point of view the trip was pretty average. With the special diet I am on during this breastfeeding period, dining out is quite difficult. Being so, I may need to wait for a couple of more months or so until I can go and enjoy the amazing restaurant dinners. I already know which London fine dining restaurant I will try when we will have a couple’s night out! It will be L’Autre Pied in Marylebone. Anyway, until then I keep on cooking as finely as I can at home!

Below a picture that is a must-do in Amsterdam!
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