Outdoors.

Blogroll, Helsinki, Lifestyle, Likes, Picture a day, Traveling, Winter frolics

Living near greenery calms one down – the peace and calming colours bring down the blood pressure, monotonous sounds soothes the busy and stressed mind and the overall abundance of non-man-made stimuli inspire the mind.

Also, I love skiing and running, picking berries, avoiding idiots, grilling marshmallows and taking pictures, so the general proximity of nature works pretty well for me!

As I advertised last time, we spent a week in Lapland. And it was quite nice, although for some reasons hard to comprehend not as nice as I would wish. Now, I actually did not take that many pictures, because I find carrying a DSLR on ski trips awkward. Also… how many pictures of snowy landscapes does one actually fancy looking at in April?

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Not that much of azure-blue skies, more silvery beige tones. Nah, I absolutely adore Lapland, but after a long and particularly gray winter I’m not that thrilled any more.

On a more spring-like note, a few shots from the short walks around parks and nature reserves in Helsinki area. As you can see, I got a bit carried away by moss...

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Do expect more photos tonight or tomorrow. So long, m’friends!

Hello August.

Blogroll, Finland, Helsinki, Traveling

We said goodbye to July – and to Finnish holiday season – in Rauma and Sammallahti, a UNESCO-protected Bronze Age burial site. The weather was perfect, the number of fellow tourists was close to zero and the atmosphere was so fitting to the otherwise stressful life(style).

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Oh and we did pop to Forum Marinum in Turku! You will be able to read more about it on my other blog; let’s say that it is a large naval museum centre. And it is awesome. This rediscovered love for the sea and freedom shows.

And! As literally everyone based in Finland have noticed, we got those public transport bikes in Helsinki a few months back, jippee, finally we made it to the civilised European capitals!

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I haven’t tried them myself, but they seem to be quite straightforward to use. All seems wonderful – let’s explore Helsinki on bike, it is fast and convenient and fun… and pretty cheap. But being an active urban cyclist myself, I cannot stop wondering about certain issues:

Let’s start with a little applied anthropology: who would be a typical person using these bikes? Those who are really interested in cycling and have a good mental map of cycling routes in Helsinki probably have and use a (lighter and faster) bike of their own. The typical person would probably borrow the bike on extempore basis. Hardly they would be carrying their own helmet, and it is reasonable to assume that they won’t have much clue about cycling rules, customs and routes in Helsinki. Quite often these people would be seeking a cheap and fun way home from some kind of social gathering. Read: the cyclist may be as well a bit drunk.

I was wondering whether the Helsinki City Transport has thought of this, have they noticed increase in cycling incidents in the past few months? The bikes have been around for several months now, it may be time to do go through some numbers?

And you guys, please keep cycling safely;)