Born and bred in Finland, Maarit is a professional translator who moved to London over 15 years ago. After years of working with international education programmes, the travel bug finally got the better of her. Leaving the office behind, she spent a couple of years travelling round the world and on return started tour guiding in addition to translation and language teaching. Her specialities are London and Wales and the Nordic countries – she is currently the tour leader for the Backroads Norway tour. She is passionate about travel, languages, different cultures and hiking – she recently started walking round Wales (pepwalks.wordress.com) – but in a good tour guide fashion tends to be interested in and know a bit about everything from Norwegian fjords to London canals, from tractors to afternoon tea, and from Harry Potter to Henry the VIII.