Nordic Rose Quartz & Serenity

This Pantone color of the year... It’s the shades of winter. Color of extreme cold. Color of January. Pakkanen. Just see my previous post. Or the following pictures.frozen lake

All taken in January, in Scandinavia/Finland, with freezing cold hands. But still, that Nordic soothing sense of order and peace, when everything is either covered by snow, frost and/or frozen. Quiet, tranquil, connected. That’s wellness.

Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace


Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.


This January I won’t travel to Tromsø like I’ve did the last three years , since this January I’ll try NBE and Matka Travel Fair for the first time (thanks for the invite!).

But I highly recommend Tromsø for the ones who can, especially now, during Tromsø International Film Festival (Tiff) and these^ colors. It really does bring feelings of respite and relaxation, despite the cold and turbulent times. Tromsø is always a good idea, trust me.


Pantonen vuoden väri(t). Talven väri(t)


Cinderella Tours

Last night, arriving to the destination around 2am, over two hours later than the original plan (because the very problematic relationship between very low temperatures and VR) I thought that if I’d put up  a travel company, it should be called Cinderella Tours.

Always catching the latests return connection at last minute. Ending up in delayed, cancelled or some other way complicated flight / train / whatever.  But still winning, leaving the party on the highest point and getting the prince in the end.

Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me.

© Cheryl Strayed

Don’t get me wrong though; I’ll never learn to understand nor like the slow and poorly functioning Finnish trains.

For the world is movement, and you cannot be stationary in your attitude toward something that is moving.
© Henri Cartier-Bresson

Helsinki was great, freezing cold but beautiful and the Henri Cartier-Bresson in Ateneum was exhausting but thought provoking. And of course there were some dancing and laughter and burgers and beer.  A nice little visit.


Helsinki oli todella kylmä mutta kaunis ja mukava. VR sen sijaan oli vain täysin jäässä.


Goodbye Lapland > Helsinki Stopover

Only the northern people seem to understand the concept Helsinki Stopover by Finnair. Flying there in the evening, lay over, and continue flying the next day. Or in my case, to take the train, since the flights KUO-RVN-KUO (200€) were cheaper than HEL-RVN-HEL (400€) + the train ticket HEL-Kuopio ‘central’ was cheaper (25€) than the taxi (40€) from KUO to Kuopio city center, aka current home.

Sounds and is absurd, traveling in Finland I mean. But this time it’s ok, the stopover I mean, since I have the opportunity to see some of my friends after a long time and to catch one of the last changes to see the Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibition in Ateneum. A good deal I’d say. Helsinki is so tiny, that one day is most of the times enough for seeing what there’s to see right then. And I’ve heard it’s kinda extra cold these days. The seaside -20’C really is worse than inland -20’C. It creeps into your bones and stays there and that’s not nice, even in girl from the north country -standards.

It’s also kinda funny how in Helsinki they need these artificial lights by Lux Helsinki to light up the polar night.  You know, in Lapland we have this kaamos thing.. In other words, one night stopover in Helsinki is enough for me.  Somehow it hasn’t proved to be worth more, but maybe some day.


Siperia Helsinki calling. Lappi oli kylmä, kaunis ja kiva. Mutta nyt on taas aika moikata kavereita Helsingissä ja nähdä kehuttu Henri Cartier-Bresson Ateneumissa.  Olisi siellä myös  LUX Helsinki, mutta Lapin kaamoksen luonnollisten värien ja valojen jälkeen ei keinovalo helposti iske… Helsingissä on kiva käydä, mutta vain lyhyesti, ainakin kunnes toisin todistetaan.


Searching For The Happy Place

I’ve been browsing the pictures from Switzerland and can’t help noticing how happy everyone (including me) look there. It’s the most important thing in the mountain, the smile (according to our guide Thomas) and the call of the mountains answered – the feeling of waking up, walking out and seeing the mountains oh so near. So near one can simply walk to them and climb them up and from the top see more mountains and so on…


Kinda opposite to the reality in Finland right now. Last days of work (btw why it seems that I’m the only civil servant working these days?) after which the oh so too familiar unemployed New Year 2016. It’s now the third January in a row with the same facts (including location Finland) and I kinda feel like I should do something to break the curse and move out from Finland, this time for good. Since this is no country for young women, it seems.

Nevertheless if any of you happen to have a paid job to offer, preferably near sea / mountains / happy friendly people / good coffee, I’m all up for it. Contact details on the left. Until that I’ll just trust that when nothing is certain, everything is possible. And maybe rename this blog to ‘Bum Diaries”.

Photo: Melissa Presslaber / Shades of Winter 


Kuvien perusteella Sveitsissä vietettiin hemmetin iloisia, onnellisia, hetkiä. Vähän erilaisia kuin näinä päivinä Suomessa. Viimeiset työpäivät tässä talossa (miksi muuten tunnun olevan ainoa virkanainen töissä Suomessa näinä päivinä?) jonka jälkeen odottaa oi niin ihana tuttu työtön uusi vuosi 2016.

Hieman kyllä pistää miettimään, kun tämä nyt on jo kolmas tammikuun alku työttömänä Suomessa peräjälkeen, että pitäisikö nyt kolmannella kerralla vihdoin uskoa ja muuttaa mitä pikimmiten pois maasta, tällä kertaa pysyvästi.. No country for young women this.

Työtarjouksia, kaiken varalta myös Suomesta mutta ensisijaisesti ulkomailta, otetaan siis vastaan. Houkuttelu on helppoa jos töitä saa tehdä mukavassa yhteisössä, jossa on myös vuoria / meri / hyvää vahvaa kahvia lähietäisyydellä. Yhteystiedot vasemmalta.