Finland

Meanwhile in Finland

hunting catWe’re back! Back to our blog and Finland! A lot has happened – our blog was “hijacked”, and we couldn’t log in!! That’s however not the only reason we couldn’t blog; we’ve been quite busy.

Tessa was doing some holiday studies: testing any possible sleeping place in any possible position. From a cat’s perspective, of course. She impressed those silly humans and got a lot of attention. At night she was busy with her second empirical study: finding all items a cat can possibly throw down.

Kajsa was overall calmer, but she certainly nailed it by sitting on a shelf playing with the fire alarm. She managed to throw it down, and Mamma woke up. A very effective way to make humans stand up and run around, but we can’t recommend the loud peep.

Mamma has abandoned us a lot. Ok, she hardly left the flat, but she played a lot of board games with granny and grandpa. She sometimes even forgot our feeding times, and we had to remind her of our basic needs. She’s also been inviting little humans to granny’s flat. Help! Feline friends – be aware of little Germans!!! Mamma says they exist in Finland as well, but we don’t want to believe her.

We had a safe trip home, but someone has taken our home away! Apparently, Mamma’s landlord decided to do some major construction work, and we’re stuck with Mamma on the first floor. Our complaining hasn’t helped so far; in fact, Mamma has said that the bedroom on the second floor doesn’t exist anymore. What???? She has also said that she can’t stop the noise, but that we’ll get a lovely surprise when the noise finally stops as we’ll have much more space on the second floor than before.

We don’t understand. Humans are very weird creatures.

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Being the Tower of Babel – my linguistic background

So here we go – I never wanted to write off topic posts, but bear with me: some of my wonderful readers have been asking me about my linguistic background. It’s a bit complicated, so I thought it’d be easier to write a seperate post. I didn’t write this post to justify myself, it’s just so much easier to write one post than long comments! I appreciate when you’re helping me with my English, but don’t feel obliged to do so.

First of all: Finland is a bilingual country. Finnish is the language of the vast majority, but Swedish is an official national language as well. You can read more about the Finland Swedish minority on Wikipedia.

So far, so good, but now it gets complicated. I’m dealing with 4 to 6 languages in my everyday life. 4-6? (more…)

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