Home is where…?

IMG_8817I’ve been  thinking about the concept of home a lot lately. Is it a nice house, a state of mind or is it built by the people (and pets ;)) that live with you? What makes home home?

The reason I’ve been thinking this is because, well, I’m moving to Helsinki to the capital city area in the end of December — for good, or at least for now! And today, we made an offer for a house, so I don’t know what to think or how to be…!

They say home is where you’re heart is, but how can we then guarantee that the house we are buying will feel like home? Does your heart always follow, when you move? Deep, I know. 🙂 Just some thoughts I’ve been thinking lately. It is just a curious thing for me, that I’ve been building my life first in Turku, then in Tampere for over six years already, and now it’s time for something totally different again. It’s very exciting, fascinating and scary at the same time! But I want to believe these kind of changes are always only for the better.

This is my home, my neighborhood now. But only for the next two months anymore…

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After The Rain

IMG_6871Yesterday was my last day at Tampere (for now), and it was rainy. The rain paused for a while, so I decided to walk one of our favorite routes with U once more before new summer adventures. Towards the end of the walk it started to rain again, so I had to tuck my camera into my backpack. But I was happy about the few sunbeams and the fresh after-the-rain-air we had managed to enjoy for a fine moment. Now I’m watching a multi-storey building out of my window in Helsinki. Far from U and far from J. It’s summer now.IMG_6876 IMG_6890 IMG_6895IMG_6864IMG_6900 IMG_6902 IMG_6906 IMG_6930IMG_6855-horzIMG_6938 IMG_6941 IMG_6956 IMG_6977 IMG_6848

Now & Then

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I was celebrating two graduations last weekend back at my hometown. Now that many of my friends are close to graduating or have just graduated (like me, master since Monday, wohoo!) what’s next is a popular topic in conversations. If only I knew the answer!

My friends kept asking me, if I have considered coming back to Turku, now that school is done. I really haven’t much, even though when I first left Turku, I always swore I’d move back. But as one friend reminded me, the amount of open jobs on my field in my hometown (or close to it), is z-e-r-o at the moment. And I think my life has already started to strike root elsewhere, but you never know…

The questions got me thinking how much I miss Turku, my family and all my friends there though. And how much I’m missing out when I’m not there. But I guess I just have to accept the fact, and remember that for all of those times lost maybe I’ve gotten something else instead? Six years living in Tampere has left its marks too.

The truth just is, when you once leave, there’s no turning back. I’ve known it since I was sixteen and left for an exchange semester in the USA. I’ve never been whole again. Where ever I choose to or end up living, I’m sure I’ll always miss something. But that’s life. And it doesn’t mean one couldn’t be happy, because there’s always the bright side in everything, right?

At the moment life in Tampere is treating good, but on Sunday it’s time to head to Helsinki again for the summer. Somehow leaving feels more exciting now that I’ve graduated. Maybe nothing special happens, but if opportunities show up, what better time to grab them! University won’t be slowing me down anymore. 😉

These pictures are from one afternoon last week, trying to make the most of the last Tampere-days for now.

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For some people I might post too much of dog-pictures in here, but U is just too cute! And I think he always has the best way to express moods and feelings. Sometimes it’s just better not to sweat the small stuff and enjoy summer. 🙂

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Camera Trouble

The feeling when you have a clean sensor in your camera — priceless (or at least worth 40 euros)!

I don’t know if you remember when I already complained about my dusty sensor after the trip to the US last fall?

The sky on Miami beach wasn't that clear through my camera last September.

The sky on Miami beach wasn’t that clear through my camera last September.

That’s when I first noticed it. I’ve had the camera for five years and it’s never been cleaned so I guess this isn’t that surprising, considering all the corners of the world I’ve carried it with me.

Since fall I’ve taken my camera and it’s manual in to my hands a few times with the intentions to clean the sensor, but I’ve chickened out. Of course I tried the automatic cleaning function also multiple times… I also tried to spray compressed air into the camera, which according to some Google-sources is a MISTAKE. Don’t do that. It might actually make the dust go deeper into the camera, in other words: make it harder or impossible to clean.

As you might have noticed, I like to use big aperture when I take pictures (from f1.8 to f5 etc.) so occasionally I’ve happily forgot I had that problem. The dust is usually invisible then. But taking bright scenery pictures in Budapest and using a small aperture was a real wake up call. I couldn’t stand it anymore, I had to seek professional help. 😀

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The problem was this bad in Budapest...

The problem was this bad in Budapest… I know.

I left my camera to a camera service for 24 hours, paid 40 euros and it was totally worth it. I haven’t taken this neat pictures in a while! 😉 By myself I probably would have destroyed the whole camera trying to get it clean. I’m just glad my compressed air -tests didn’t do that yet.

Look at that clean sky!

Look at that clean sky!

From now on I’m for sure paying closer attention to storing my camera too. For example, I won’t let it stay on the table unprotected from dust anymore!

The Beauty in the Cold

The past days have been freezing — like really freezing — in Finland. I’m talking about at least 15 celsius degrees frigidity. Part of me loves the weather; with the sunshine (for the two hours we get it everyday…) it’s so beautiful. If it wasn’t that cold, I could just stand outside and stare at the snow-covered trees and plants for ages.

One day I had to defy the frost for a couple of minutes and I walked few minutes with my camera by the shore of the lake and the beginning of a small stream that’s right behind our house. So pretty! We’ve been getting some cool halo-effects in the dark too.

Sometimes there’s just no place like Finland…

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Light show from our balcony. Too bad I could get a better picture, it was too cold to stand outside and try.