Australia: I lived there almost 10 years, my son is back there, my daughter here in Norway with me. It was the prime time of my life. When I got married, I was already 37 years old, it was exciting to move to a new country, especially so special as Australia, with different fauna and flora. It might still be interesting to live in Australia, though it has changed a lot since my days. Only I would not be able to stand the Sydney humidity in summer. I loved to live in Canberra but now it would be too far away from my son. I visited Australia in 2007, after 20 years away, to see my son married and liked just to take long walking tours in Sydney.
This is my home country, where I lived the first 37 years of my life. After finishing school, I started studying English philology in the University of Helsinki and later became an authorized translator from the Tampere Language Institute. To practise my English, I started frequenting the Anglican services at the Cathedral Chapel. I also played the organ at some of the services. After the service, coffee was served. To illustrate how dangerous church coffees can be, I met an Australian Ph.D. at the coffee queue and a year later lived in Australia as a brand-new wife. Jokes aside, I had really given up marriage, and it was lovely to live in Australia as a wife, a new country, a new life.
Now I have been back to the Nordic countries from 1986, first in Finland, later in Norway. In 2007 I visited Sydney in connection with my son's wedding, and it was great to walk around Sydney again. Even better was to see my son after 8 years!