We had a lovely late evening walk in the center yesterday evening before going to sleep, it felt like half the city was out for a stroll, and the atmosphere was fairytale like. Today we started with breakfast at our rustic hotel. Rocco as they served croissants; “how did they know these are my favorites?”.

After another hour in sunlit slopes with snow sparkling to the extent our eyes hurt we started driving back to Trieste.

Well home we decided to continue decorating the Christmas tree. Very easy and fun, you need some metal cookie forms, hard candies, an oven, a stick and some ropes.

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The afternoon we spent at in the wonderful little village center that is fully prepared for Christmas, with market, horses, hot spiced wine, maroons and creamy hot chocolate.

We also visited this wonderful little chocolate shop with the most amazing pastries and pralines I’ve seen. We took a long time choosing what to have with the kids.

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We woke up to new powdery fresh white snow covering all the rooftops of Kranjska Gora and the whole neighborhood out in their driveways shoveling snow! It was a very joyful sight. We had a slow breakfast with my favorites, dark bread, coffee and sour yoghurt / milk, in Finland we call it Piimä, in Sweden kefir and to my happy surprise also in Slovenia they drink Kefir.

We left the fantastic apartment hotel, concluding that this was a suitable way to live with kids as we could prepare pasta to bring with us to the slopes.

And the day that the kids had been wanting for, finally arrived, first time on skis. They were amazing! We rented skis one hour which was very suitable first time experience and the kids slope here was the best for trying out this art for a first time. After an hour they were happy but tired, and we agreed that for a first time an hour was enough to leave them with a happy memory and longing to get on the skis again. And that is what they have been requesting the whole afternoon.

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Today was a day off in Italy. We had originally planned to move this weekend but since there’s still some paperwork hanging we will likely need to wait until January. For this reason we had no real plans for the weekend. Last night we were checking hotels in the alps on Slovenian, Austrian and Italian sides but could not make up our mind. Therefor this morning we basically started driving in direction of Tarvisio with no real target than hopefully some snow and sledding, maybe premier on skies for the kids, maybe a Christmas market. When we arrived in Tarvisio it was raining so we started driving towards Premollo, that was so foggy and empty that we did not even want to exit the car. At this point of time the kids had fallen asleep, and were ready for a serious quarrel on who’s fault it was that we did not have a hotel yet, that no one had checked the forecast and that this was in general a very poorly planned excursion.

Standing between driving back to Trieste or stopping for lunch in Tarvisio to calm down and realign options we decided for the latter... luckily... now after a fantastic meal, some sledding in Tarvisio, an evening tour at a fantastically winter lit Kraniska gora; we ended up in an apartment hotel larger than our current apartment with autonomous heating. The kids have been playing, now they sleep and the rain has turned to big white flakes falling outside the window, with some continued luck we will ski tomorrow!

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To honor this very special day for Finland, Here is the Finlandia hymn, displaying som magical natural wonders of Finland.

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It is a day of celebration, Finland turned 100, and in Trieste we celebrate San Nicolo.

San Nicolo is a tradition in Trieste with very strong roots, they celebrate San Nicolo (the rockstar of all saints) even more than Christmas.
We had not planned on giving any gift this year for San Nicolo, but caved in the end, as we felt it was not right to the children, that all other classmates would arrive today telling the teachers of all the gifts they had gotten, and ours would be “different”. I feel they are already so “different” coming from abroad without knowing anyone in the class from before, that at least with some things it is nice to take the easy route. So yesterday evening my husband went Christmas tree hunting. We prepared the tree with the children yesterday before going to sleep, and put a glass of milk and a gingerbread under the tree for San Nicolo to have when he came with the gifts. The kids went to sleep with butterflies in their stomach, and lay awake long, trying to not fall asleep before San Nicolo arrived.

This morning they opened their gifts, and even forgot about the advent calendar.

At work we later celebrated Finland 100 years with a lovely cake in the shape of the country, meanwhile listening to the “national hymn” sang outside the colosseum, which was lit up by the colors of the Finnish flag. It was very celebratory.

Tonight, my husband to the kids to Koper after kindergarden for some skating in the main square, and I continue working homeoffice.

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I love how good the children are nowadays at helping out at home, and the passion they have for creating, cooking, baking, drawing and constructing things. It makes life so much easier when I can give them a project and know they will be busy with that for the next hour. Yesterday it was constructing and decorating a gingerbread house. We were lazy and bought the Build it yourself pack from IKEA.

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We found snow! We also found a castle, cable car, cozy restaurant and Christmas market, all in one stop. Ljubljana delivered! With burning cheeks and slowly defrosting feet we are now driving back to Trieste. Good music on the radio and snoring kids in the back. As the Ljubljana castle was free today we decided to enter, which also meant walking up the swirling cracking stairs to the tower...scary for anyone, in particular if afraid of heights... but it was just to force all tragedy thoughts aside and keep climbing with a steady grip of the children’s hands. Once up the view was fantastic. Rocco who heard me saying it would be scary before we started climbing energetically concluded; “Yes it is scary! But I can’t wait to try it”.

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“Vi är taggade” the game is on, target for the day is finding snow! It is first of advent, and the Finns within us are looking to roll around in piles of snow. We are heading to the countryside of Slovenia to try our luck. Rumor has it, that it was snowing in Torino tonight.

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We stopped in Umag late yesterday afternoon for an “appetitivo” and a slow stroll on the seaside. It is so silent in the beach villages this time of the year. We found one restaurant/bar open serving hot beverages with warm quilts to wrap around you, catching the last warmth of the setting sun.

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