Happy Days

I wish Finnish towns would be this lovely, sunny and lively year round. Like Kuopio, on last weekend, spent with good food, wine, friends, flowers, Fonzie, roses, warmth, lakes, swimming, cruising, enjoying life and company. meandfonzie When in Kuopio, start your day at the market place. If it’s Sunday and you’re lucky, you may even find a nice second hand market there. If not, then at least you get to taste the traditional Finnish coffee (look for a sign “pannukahvi”).

The best views you get from Puijo Tower and the silence among those almost 200 years old spruce trees of Puijo’s nature reserve is also worth to experience. If you happen to like old graveyards like I do, visit the one in Kuopio to be reminded that you only live once. Then enjoy more of the living and take a dip on the lake, enjoy some live music (last Friday it was Scandinavian Music Group), smell some roses and keep your eyes open for interesting architecture.

There would have been Festival del Vino de Kuopio but well… life outside the fences is more fun (still waiting for these free-entrance Food & Wine Festivals to arrive up North..) because freedom in general is fun. Hint: even though alcohol in general is way too expensive in Finland, at least from Alko the wine comes without a terribly costly festival fee. Skål!

Kesäviikonloppu Kuopiossa. Olisi ilmeisesti jotain viinijuhliakin ollut mutta tällä(kin) kertaa viralliset juhlat eivät kiinnostaneet riittävästi maailmanmatkaajaa, hinta-laatusuhde ei vain osu kohdalleen kun vertailukohtana on vaikkapa Eat!Brussels (huom. ilmainen sisäänpääsy). Vaan viini haettiin Alkosta ja nautittiin ahtaan kaupunkiyksiön lattialla eriparilaseista kuin Etelä-Euroopassa (ja ulkomaanvuosina) konsanaan, ennen söpöä Scandinavian Music Groupin keikkaa satamamakasiinissä.

Oli ystäviä, naurua, hienot maisemat tornista ja torniin, Puijon kuusimetsien hiljaisuus ja hyttyset, erinomaiset tori(pannu!)kahvit, ukkoskuurot ja kirkkaat sateenkaaret, toisen käden Fonzie kesäheilaksi ja Minna Canth vanhalla hautuumalla muistuttamassa että elämme vain kerran. Tuoksuvat ruusupensaat ja ruusunpunaiset talot sekä erinomainen sunnuntaitorikirppis ja polttava aurinko.

Tätä oli Kuopio ja elämä viikonloppuna. Voi kun se olisi aina.

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On airports, once more

“In my view, we’re heading in the wrong direction,” Griffiths says. “With bigger and bigger airports we get bigger walking distances, less intimate experiences and greater difficulties in customers making connections.” He suggests that no performance statistic is more important to airports than ensuring passengers can “very conveniently and easily connect between flights.

Systems like pre-checking for flights, mobile-checking, kiosks, baggage drop systems, improved digital passport and border controls, advanced security systems and biometrics, when properly applied, Griffiths suggests, will let airports use space more efficiently.

“When you take all of those processes out of the airport environment you create space,”

© Paul Griffiths Dubai Airports CEO | Skift

My feelings exactly.

T1 Helsinki Airport

I have an advice to share. Although I’m not sure if sharing is a good idea now, because the less people know about it, the more fun it is. But, sharing is caring, so here you go:

When traveling from Helsinki Airport, you might like to try Terminal 1 (T1), even though your flight would leave from Terminal 2 (T2). Of course the best situation is when your flight leaves from T1. Nevertheless, the reason for the detour is simple: coffee and less crowded security check.

So, next time flying away, hop off from your bus or ask the taxi to drop you on T1,  take the stairs up and enjoy a smooth security check, after which turn right for the good care in the hands of Johan & Nyström. There you get some power for yourself and your devices as well.  It’s a true win situation, I’d say.

Have a safe trip!

Cappucino T1
Johan & Nyström

Lento Helsinki-Vantaalta? Suosittelen astumaan sisään Terminaali 1:n (T1) kautta, myös siinä tapauksessa jos / kun lentosi lähtee Terminaali 2:sta (T2). Miksi? Koska tässä kulmassa on lyhyemmät, jos ollenkaan, turvatarkastusjonot ja nykyisin myös Johan & Nyström. Vaivaton turvatarvastus ja erinomainen kahvi = parempi mieli.

Hyvää matkaa!

Terminal 1
Helsinki Vantaa Airport – Johan & Nyström

Juhannus 2015

For this midsummer I went “home”. Rovaniemi, Lapland. Because there is a light that never goes out. Also known as the midnight sun. Now some strawberries, summer wine and friends. Skål!


Lapissa taas. Keskiyön aurinko, Kemijoki, Juhannuskallio, jätkänkynttilä, kukkamekot, mansikoita ja viini.

Hyvää Juhannusta!