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.

boats

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

 

Eastern Promises

It was a kind of Tour de Eastern Finland by buss, with colleagues. Visited Olavinlinna by the Lake Saimaa for the first time, which was nice (there’s a little history nerd in me who just loves old castles and ruins and especially the part of the finnish history when we were part of Sweden..). After the Olavinlinna / Savonlinna visit we went to the Hotel & Spa Resort Järvisydän and did some smoke sauna, swimming, relaxing in palju, trailrunning, eating and drinking, Linnansaari National Park in the middle of Lake Haukivesi (part of a greater Saimaa Lake) and of course some dancing.

Etelä-Savo kutsui kylään ja me menimme. Olavinlinnaan ja Rantasalmen Järvisydämeen. Saimaalle, saimaaseen (talviturkki lähti) ja Linnansaaren kansallispuistoon. Savusaunaan ja paljuun. Tanssilattialle ja metsään. Oli mukavaa.