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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

Shades of Winter Engelberg

And everyone said wohooo! Four days on the most intensive and fun camp Engelberg has ever seen (not-so-objective-opinion). So there we were, the girls, Shades of Winter coaches and Thomas (lucky one ;)).

Shades of Winter Engelberg 2015
Photo: Shades of Winter

Ski Lodge Engelberg hosted us amazingly- home away from home except serving better breakfast than the place most people call “home”.  Tack! Moreover, Engelbert-Titlis offered the great setting (not much but maybe the most snow in the Alps right now (& even some powder), GoPro the cameras for some legendary material (#goproshadesofwinterengelberg), RECCO® some extra safety and Peak Performance topped it all with (free and dry) champagne.

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But again, the best were the people. The beautiful & talented pros aka Shades of Winter coaches, accompanied by local guide Thomas, & the amazing, brave funny & talented women whom I’ve never met before but who I now know share the same passion for skiing and living to the fullest (the famous reference group). This kind of companion is a luxury which I unfortunately haven’t had the opportunity to enjoy too much the last two years. But now I did & it was just awesome to shred with these sisters from another mothers.

It was more than nice to learn more about the safety in the mountains, level up my freeskiing technique & especially to have that  extra pressure put on you & the support & the smiles. Like Matilda told us, it’s all about finding your own challenge but also to have companion with whom to share the pure happiness mountains deliver.

I’m definitely in to more trips (Japan…) with these girls anytime.

It was nice. Very nice. Thank you Switzerland, Engelberg, Ski Lodge Engelberg, Sandra, Matilda, Thomas, Melissa and all the girls. Loved it!

Switzerland

Neljä intensiivistä ja erinomaista päivää Sveitsissä mahtavien naisten kanssa. Kiitos ja anteeksi!

Take a flight on the wild side

Prepping for Switzerland & Engelberg going on. It’s been storming outside, while inside I’ve been training, reading, watching films and booking flights, topped with day job. I’ve also bought the first christmas presents and running shoes, thanks for web shops and  UPS especially since the Finnish Post

Interestingly, the flights part might get to be the most exciting experience during my Swiss adventure, since these days i’s not so easy to trust on Finavia’s / Finnair’s / Flybe’s (btw, shouldn’t it be Norra already?) ability to deliver the service I’ve ordered from them and paid for them. Luckily (for them) their monopoly for this exact route do not give me any chance to choose another service provider, with i.e. better track record on fulfilling their promises.

But I really hope that for once they’d surprise me positively & that my skis nor I get behind the kinda tight schedule. Instead, I hope to get myself and my skis smoothly to the destination. The snow reports from Alps has been promising, which is something I definitely do not wanna miss. And of course, one should never miss Gruyere.

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Kahvi

Syömistä, juomista, nukkumista, treenaamista, suunnittelua, lentojen varausta, leffojen katselua, ostoksia ynnä muuta. Kun ulkona myrskyää, niin tapahtuu sitä näemmä sisälläkin. Sveitsi kutsuu reilun parin viikon päästä, ja vähitellen on matkakuume kohonnut huippulukemiin. Kuten rahanmenokin.