Few Of My Favorite Things

If you believe the pictures that have appeared saved in my cell phone during the last two weeks, my days have been full of doing my favorite things and visiting some of my favorite places, mostly in Helsinki. It feels like I haven’t done anything else than worked, but the photo evidence proves otherwise.

Enjoying salmon pie in Sinisen Huvilan kahvila, around Töölönlahti.

Enjoying salmon pie in Sinisen Huvilan kahvila, around Töölönlahti.

Beautiful summer night in Suomenlinna.

Beautiful summer night in Suomenlinna.

Alppipuisto has to be one of the prettiest parks in Helsinki.

Alppipuisto has to be one of the prettiest parks in Helsinki.

Having brunch with friends in Aula Cafe in my home town Turku and visiting home-home, and it's special summer resident.

Having brunch with friends in Aula Cafe in my home town Turku and visiting home-home and spending time with it’s special summer resident.

Ex Tempore Tuesday

Forgetting to sign up for our company’s summer bash that was today didn’t turn out to be as untoward mistake as I had thought. Instead I arranged a date with a friend I haven’t seen for a long time and in the end I found myself from Suvilahti, visiting two different exhibition openings, lured there by my friend and her roommate.

We went there to see a street photography exhibition mainly by Coca Dai, Chinese photographer. But the mood in the opposite building seemed much better and we ended up in street art exhibition arranged by Estonia institute (?). We got there just in time to see a motorcycle driving through a graffiti covered cardboard box -wall!

It apparently was the place to be, I spotted Finland’s minister of culture, a really famous designer and at least one actor, just to mention a few people who were present.

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I just have to praise the serving idea in the street art exhibition. Treats in paper bags: simple, easy and still looking good and funny!

Summer really is the time for ex tempore ideas, random encounters and trying new things!

Summer Hoods

First days at work and adjusting to new house have been hectic. At work it kinda feels I never left, except when I don’t remember how everything works and a colleague comes and says it’s nice to see me again after a long while.

But the house I live in, there I definitely feel new, I’ve never lived in a concrete suburb before. The neighborhood is kind of rugged but strangely beautiful in it’s austere way. It has been extra warm in Finland now and I guess all the tarmac and concrete makes the sun more exhausting, but otherwise I’m enjoying the interesting change of place. Like yesterday, I almost got lost on my way back home from the tram stop, because all the buildings look the same. I guess I need examine these hoods slightly more thorough…

These are spots that will for sure become more than familiar to me this summer:

I got the children's room for summer. Lot of toys, in case I get bored at home. :D

I got the children’s room for summer. Lot of toys, in case I get bored at home. 😀

Kitchen -- the color splash in the apartment.

Kitchen — the color splash in the apartment.

Livingroom.

Living room.

Example of our lessors decor details.

Example of our lessors decor details.

Stairway from the apartment in the 6th floor. Luckily there's also an elevator.

Stairway from the apartment in the 6th floor. Luckily there’s also an elevator.

More concrete...

Concrete…

Homestreet

Home street

The small summery details in the grey neighborhood.

The small summery details in the grey neighborhood.

Taking these stairs down everyday off to work.

Taking these stairs down everyday on my way to work.

This is where I live!

This is where I live!

Some green on our tarmac yard

Some green and pink on our tarmac yard.

Waiting for the train in the morning.

Waiting for the train in the morning.

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Taking a lunch break in the sun from a crazy-busy day at the office! Can’t believe Finland is the warmest country in Europe at the moment.
Oh, and you can see a corner of my workplace Sanomatalo on the left.

End of an Era

This week has been about Tampere, about packing and moving, about goodbyes and new phases. Today Urho took off to Turku to his summer home with my parents. One of my best friends also had the same direction, this time for good. To do my bit in this chaos of separation, I’ll move to Helsinki tomorrow.

Feels like some sort of transition-time is on, there are a lot of changes in the air since summer-jobs start and graduation from university begins to really seem like reality maybe even with in a year. And then “real life” should kick in. Scary and exciting at the same time!

But first I’ll worry about surviving another summer as a photo editor and staying in the swim of current events and celebrity gossip in a brisk and busy news room. Hope you’re ready for me, Helsinki! 😉

This weeks snapshots

This weeks snapshots