My grandmother, like so many others of her generation, used to have a saying when it came to her choices as a consumer, and it's stuck with me to this day. "I can never afford to buy cheap." Of course, she was talking about why buying more expensive goods would last longer than cheap ones destined to break, saving her cash in the long run.
Growing up in the coastal town of Rauma, Finland, my father Immu was a sea captain, taking commercial cargo across the world. I was pretty much born on the seas, accompanying him on long distance voyages - even on huge icebreakers in the extreme north - and I fell in love with this landscape.