Finally in Berlin – check out my new blog

So much has happened since my last post. You may remember when I mentioned that I’m embarking on a great adventure: taking a long sabbatical leave from work and moving to Berlin? Well, I’m here. Arrived today. We’ve been traveling in Germany already for a week or so, meeting family and friends. Has been a lovely ride…

Finnish summer at its best

I could say it’s been mostly rainy and rather cold lately, but instead I’ll share two pics which capture some of the best moments of the past weekend. Last week we had one, beautiful, sunny day. One! We went to Iso Vasikkasaari in Espoo, Southern Finland, to enjoy the sea, sail boats, outside crochet and some…

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…

Berlin in five days, part II

Day three: Breakfast in Schwarze Pumpe. I have never had a five euro brunch in Europe before, have you? It was delicious! We walked through the makers market in Prenzlauer Berg, with many crafters and artists selling their jewelry, art, clothes and food products. For the first time ever, I also went to see the…

Berlin in five days, part I

I have so neglected this blog for way too long. Sorry! Not to mention the countdown! I’ve been too busy to even count the weeks until we have more daylight in Finland, and in fact, I have completely forgotten there is no daylight. Here’s the thing: I’m walking the walk, not just talking the talk!…

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…

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…

Traveling wisdom

I recently returned from one of those travels where your mind and body are equally nourished. It doesn’t always come to that, but sometimes you’re lucky. This time for me, it was a road trip in Portugal, with plenty of good food, friends, beautiful sceneries, sunsets, smells, feelings and ideas. I chose to start traveling on…

Midsummer bonfire in Finland

Take a look at our Midsummer tradition. I guess there are many ways to celebrate, but my tradition consists of a lake, summer house, bonfire and family, the German Shepherd included. Our bonfire is always built on top of empty barrels, towed across the lake and placed in front of a small island, where people…