Taru Anniina Liikanen
Finnish by birth, porteña at heart. Recovering political ghostwriter. Fiction, relationships, politics, bad puns, popular and unpopular opinions. Occasional dinosaurs, because dinosaurs are the best.
What It's Like Living In a Country Obsessed With Football
It's that time again. The FIFA World Cup officially kicked off yesterday, and tomorrow is the day Argentina has been waiting for four years to arrive: the national team's first game this time around.
A Snake In the Forest
The sun was getting lower, and the shadows covered most of the forest. Behind the trees, his home still glowed in the bright orange sun, the wing shape of the mountain reminding him who he was, where he was from. A beacon showing him the way through the trees.
The Meal I’ll Never Have Again
There's one meal I'll never repeat, but will always remember. It was a couple of days before Midsummer in 2012, and I was visiting my dad in Finland with my ex-boyfriend. We'd been living in Argentina for two and a half years then.
Berries and Fresh Peas
I leave my mother's home by bike. My pace is calm and leisurely, there's no need to hurry when I'm on vacation like this. The South American metropolis where I live always makes me compete, gets my heart rate up with its frantic movement. But not today, because I'm at home in Lahti, in southern Finland.
The Bones of Fire Valley
“There weren't always dragons in the Valley.” The expert paused and scanned the group with his eyes. “Thanatosdrakon amaru, the Death Dragon, has been dated to the Late Cretaceous, the last of the three geological periods of the Mesozoic era. These beasts probably perished as a result of the asteroid impact on the Yucatán Peninsula, but until then they were the rulers of the skies here in the Cuyo region. The largest pterosaurs ever discovered in South America, and one of the biggest species discovered in the world.”
Prehistoric Planet Is the Best Documentary I’ve Seen In a While
I had to replace my broken iPhone a while ago, and got three months of Apple TV+ as a bonus. So far, I’ve used it to watch Ted Lasso, Mythic Quest and Physical, but that was it for my interest. I was about to let go when I saw one of my favorite dinosaur dudes, Steve Brusatte, tweet about the show Prehistoric Planet that just dropped last week.
The Dragon Rider of Ischigualasto
There weren't always dragons in the Valley. Not usually. Not ever. And yet. Sofia suppressed a chuckle as the first beads of sweat began materializing on her forehead. A dragon? The heat must have melted her brain. It was time to leave the fairytale behind and put her scientist’s mind to work. Get closer to that thing, and make some sense of it all. Analyze and categorize it.
Damn You, Dave Grohl, You Made Me Cry
To say I wasn't always as impressed with the man's work as I am today would be an understatement. It was around 1996 and my big sister was going through her angsty Nirvana phase. Wearing flannel, a pair of Levi's 501s and a bomber jacket, her hair with that poor girl's Billie Eilish look, black with blue roots, that comes from the dangerous combination of teenagers and box dye. Nirvana's Nevermind playing every day, at ear-shattering volume. Her room, always with the windows covered with black curtains, with a huge poster of her idol, Kurt Cobain.