Weekend. Week. End.

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Happy to see this weekend at the end. Why? Because F 33.0, maybe even F33.1. Either way, today we by total chance found this old factory (Labor) in Jorvas, just off Kirkkonummi. Whatever was made in here, I really enjoy this picture. Those angles, those shadows.

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While trying to get rid of the above-mentioned codes on Friday I think I discovered another liveable area in Helsinki – Kallahti. It had it all, vicinity of metro station, sand beach with full-grown conifers, a cosy café, a peninsula covered with forest… and overlyoverlyoverpriced tall apartment houses…

… it was windy and dramatic and there was sea. Kind of what I needed.

(friendly/hungry duck for a companion)

Uhm, what else. We went to our first common house viewing, just in order to get a grasp on what’s going on with prices and areas to live around Helsinki. I know, I know. The age has gotten to us, we are trying to escape to the nature, pick apples and keep bees. Or something. It doesn’t matter how it went as we can currently not afford the house anyways, but it was a positive experience nevertheless!

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Oh yeah, this is what I wanted to show you: another of my calming walks was meant to lead me (and you, m’dear readers) to a garden colony in Käpylä. How traitorous. The whole area was fenced and guarded by harpies and CCTV. I had to walk around the whole area, and I found this bush. Those silver flip-sides of the leaves, they were flickering so happily in the autumn wind. Kind of reminded me of fish scales. Or silver coins. Or chocolate.

 

Copenhagen and around.

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I just got back from my first stay in Denmark (how embarrassing). I spent a week enjoying life, brains and people in Helsinge, and a few days being a tourist and taking pictures in Copenhagen and around. And now I feel so refreshed even my migraines have withdrawn somehow (touch wood), so full of ideas and new and renewed connections. I wish every one of you could feel the same, surely the world would become a more enjoyable place to live in.

*end of post-Denmark tears*

I have noticed it has actually started to get dark in Finland – the winter is coming, next week we have August already. So please let me share some truly summery Danish moments with you.

First, there is this really random mosaic from Copenhagen. It is a lovely place to visit and to live, for sure.

And it gets slightly more touristy…

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… and more colourful, too!

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And slightly weird..

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Also we visited a few others places. Helsingør (Elsinore), for example – yeah, the Hamlet castle.

Or the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde.

And the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art: that was awesome. An exciting museum of a manageable size, park with more artwork, really good café (they have an espresso machine but do not ask for an espresso, they don’t make/serve them. I know.) and a BEACH!

This has never meant to be a travel blog. I’m not the best person to give advice on where to eat or what to see or do, I just love to observe and suck in the atmosphere and, well, get something out of the trip (sure, I also love to buy bracelets and postcards and chocolates (and give them to my friends and family).

You can do all that in Denmark for weeks – there is always something new to surprise you. Like the neon signs (neon, no LED) above the river. The Free Town of Christiania. The delicious food, sandwiches. The chocolate you put on warm toast (good for Nutella haters like myself). The sea. The beaches around. The galleries. The design. The parks.

I believe that Copenhagen is – just like the rest of Scandinavia – a perfect summer holiday destination. It is THE time to visit, you will most probably get a great dose of refreshing summer, sunny and warm yet not too hot. You can always travel to the warm destination after the main season and still have an awesome time after all… (and who still wants to be the part of the tourist crowd in the 21st century?).

 

Lahti.

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Last week I received a free hug from a random guy (offering free hugs on one of the busiest squares in Helsinki). Of course I had to try it out, and, oh my, such a little gesture and it changed the whole day for me. It stopped my ever-stressing train of thought and calmed me down. Random acts of kindness work and are appreciated. If I were see the guy again, he is so much ending on this blog!

So, the weekend: yesterday we did some tree planting. Yes. We were renewing the local forest in rain under the supervision of (again, local branch of) Lions. It might be the age (I know, I’m either babbling about my age or the weather), but I really missed direct contact with earth and plants and such – hah, in no time you will find me digging in the ground all weekends! (Not.)

And Sunday was another museum day for us, this time we chose Orimattila and Lahti; a more thorough report will follow on my Museokortti blog. I never thought that Lahti was a lovely place, and well, it is not. Today is Whitsun, people should be doing something together, visiting weddings, eating out, sitting in the church – well no, Lahti centre was almost deserted and the only people to be seen were teenagers sipping on cheap canned beer and a bunch of lost souls.

Even so more I was surprised to find out that Lahti’s “main” church was designed by Alvar Aalto. It was open and completely empty – well why not, at least nobody was walking into my shots. Clean, simple, white – yet definitely not sterile or cold. I might have uttered something like “what a waste of a church for this place”, but I did not actually mean it. Of course.

In the line with Aalto’s angles and waves we continued to the ski-jump bridge area. The training bridges were somehow cute compared to the 170m tall monsters… Sadly the viewing tower (the actual main ski-jump bridge) only opens in a few weeks, but, errr, I think the view was lovely as it was.

Are ski-jumpers completely mad?

Seems so.

Wake up and smell the spring.

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It is everywhere yet still kind of nowhere 😉 it has been suspiciously sunny and bright lately, yet the temperatures hardly ever climb over +7°C. Ha! But this year, this year I promise I won’t miss the spring moment…

The bottom right pictures is not from a post-tsunami scene, it is this lovely spot next to the sea I will write about in my other blog. Also, I will soon add a few humorous stories from my happy life here up in the North.

The tranquility. The air. The overwhelming desire to buy a boat so that I could actually set my feet on those islands out there…

… and don’t worry, soon you will live to see a real post in here.

… and a post-Lapland post.

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I’m back in Helsinki after a wonderful trip to Lapland, and the homesickness stroke again just a day after we came back to the capital. Lapland will always remain the place where my body, mind and heart are completely free; a place on Earth like no other.

 

And for the tourist in us, whom I believe all of us cherish: yes, there were reindeers. Of course I saw zero reindeer in the wilderness, however, I fed, stroked and cuddled a few of them, now how great is that.

I learned that the best things in life are for free – or they cost 3 €. While on painkiller and muscle relaxant high (migraine), a few weeks back I bought this jumper at the local second-hand store: grey, oversized (or maybe it was just placed on a wrong rack, it was a regular men-sized winter garment) knitted jumper with reindeer pattern and a wind-proof insert. Woolmark. A Finnish product of the 90s I believe for mere 3€ – and my absolute favourite piece of clothing in Lapland! I felt warm and cosy wearing it as a top layer and – most importantly – it made me stood out from the crowds of tourists. I felt so local…

… another one of my 3 € swags was a bag of lichen I bought at the Sámiland museum in Levi, aka Lappish Disneyland and a destination for party skiers, aka a place to avoid – or at least close your eyes while passing downtown Levi on the way to the slopes or treks. Sámiland is a sub-par museum about Sámi culture, and it is located in the basement of a hotel situated right on one of Levi’s slopes. You got the idea. So we got the tickets (or Museokortit) and a bag of lichen, please, because there were reindeers in the outside part of the museum! And they were so much fun to hassle with. When I grow up I will get myself a reindeer, or rather, I’d be taking care of one as reindeers don’t belong to anyone but the nature.

Now, what next is there? Some creative work, some academic work, and getting used to above zero temperatures. And I promise that this year I won’t miss the moment of Finnish spring.

I had this thought

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to share, but it is quite late and I cannot for the love of cats remember a letter of it. I just know it was pretty witty and deep at the same time. It was about recycling and why buying second hand makes sense, and that it is not a money matter but a concrete act of (e)conscience and fight against sweat-shop based economy. I know you are dying to know all about it, so let’s skip to the visual, shall we.

First, a few silent moments from Malminkartanonhuippu:

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And now a leap to Eira. Some details to begin with: “always aiming high, always ready”…

… a few uninteresting details and the mysterious shabby house on Rehbindirentie 13…

… and the last, pretty trivial, set: Doors of Helsinki again – this time from Eira…

Of course this cannot be it. Guess what I found among these lovely houses, one of best Helsinki addresses?

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That’s right. Russian embassy. Growl.