Lessons in life: avoid Finland in November

November in Finland is murder. It’s just as beautiful as a summer’s day in Mordor, or a day spent in a windowless house without any lights.  You wake up, it’s dark. You come home from work, it’s dark. It’s not the nice and soft kind of darkness. It’s wet and rainy and awful. Pitch black. Some…

The season is changing

You remember how I notice the changing season twice a year? Once in the autumn and once in the spring, according to the decreasing or increasing amount of daylight in Finland? The past few days it has been so dark and gloomy in the mornings that the change is near. Winter is coming, as they…

Not so bad, November

Ah, suddenly it’s almost the end of November! What happened? I think this may have been the first ever November that does not feel two years long. Yes, it’s dark. Yes, it’s rainy. Yes, I hate waking up in the morning, going to work in the dark and coming home in the same weather, same…

Weekend escape

If you ever get the chance to visit Finland in the nastiest, rainiest and darkest time of year, you should come. Maybe then it will be easier to understand our melancholic ways. Now I get to enjoy a getaway weekend with friends: talking, cooking, sauna, wine and ghost stories. Any amount of darkness is easy…

Safety vests, round II

I’ve had some difficulties with the style of safety vests. I ranted about them last year. They are very, very ugly, and very, very practical. And now look what I’ve done to my German Shepherd. It’s not a vest, as I simply could not get one. It would have been too much. But the tiny…

Bring on the light

Wow. I have to admit I did not quite remember how dark November can get. Despite Movember and TedX Helsinki, my mood is going downhill. As regards energy levels, well, we’re pretty much scraping the bottom of the barrel already. It’s now 21 days until day and night are equally long and from then on, we’re…