Hometown traveling

Have you ever seen Helsinki from the sea? It never seizes to amaze me how different everything looks like. It’s so easy to forget the beauty of your everyday surroundings. We took a boat ride to Harmaja light house, stopped briefly in Vasikkasaari to admire the old, rusty water tower, and finally parked the boat near Tervasaari to…

Huuma magazine launched

Huuma magazine is out. We had the launching seminar on Friday 10 January at the elegant Savoy Theatre in Helsinki, partied till late in the night, and went to sleep with the magazine on our night stands. I’ve been involved in many printing processes before, but never quite felt this way about the final product. The…

Flea-market frenzy in Helsinki

Cleaning Day took over Helsinki again today. Actually, the event took over the entire country – there were more than a hundred towns and three thousand sales areas all over Finland. I only managed to visit one park in downtown Helsinki, and just walking through the small park took more than an hour from me.…

Understanding the sea

I’ve seen many beautiful places during my travels. Most of them I haven’t photographed, as I think the photo never captures the moment in the right way. Perhaps that happens because I’m a lousy photographer, perhaps because the lens cannot quite see what my eyes see, hear what my thoughts have to say or feel…

Land of the midnight sun

My second countdown this year is almost over. We’re very close to Midsummer, which has a magical meaning to most Finns. It’s the nightless night, often considered the biggest celebration of the summer. It is also the turning point towards darker times: daylight starts to diminish minute by minute from Midsummer onwards. I’d like to…

Waiting for summer holidays

Sorry for not blogging in a while. I’m sure you’ll understand though: the weather in Finland has been awesome in the first two weeks of June. Sunshine, warmth, lots of light and plenty of happiness. There has been so much to do, I haven’t had the chance to write. But now it’s back to normal…

Experience the five seasons in Haltia, part II

I got a wonderful opportunity to visit Haltia, the new Finnish Nature Centre, a few days before the grand opening. They are planning to open the place on Friday 31 May, and invited a few bloggers for a visit last Tuesday. I wrote one blog post already, presenting what Haltia has to offer in terms of…

A weekend of digging gold with Quality Hunters

I’m painfully aware that I very often start my blog posts with Pheew  or What a weekend, but really, last weekend deserves ALL of these expressions compressed into one. Good times @qualityhunters @petchmo @nikidding @9vska @travelmazed @cdceniza @niinahautala @jens_sorensen @wojciechl @kathereal @milnerguide — Inka Leisma (@yalotar) May 26, 2013 So what happened? To my surprise some two…

Recycling factory in Helsinki

The 6th Recycling Factory took over Helsinki last weekend. Organised again at the old Cable Factory, this year the event brought together more than 10 000 recycling enthusiasts, which is pretty impressive on Finnish scale. Workshops, free services, ecological products, programme for kids, and of course, a chance to bring stuff for recycling. A great…