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Fall Balcony View

29.08.11 – My world is picking up momentum once again. It’s a bit more than a month since summer solstice has passed and the Earth’s movement away from the sun, here in the North on the top of the world, is made obvious by the dramatic sunsets. Although I’m not looking forward to the Winter months ahead, I can still enjoy the evenings on my balcony as the sunsets grow longer and approach 5 minutes earlier each day.

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23.08.11 – Chaos and order, I loves it! I get both when I’m walking out on the platforms of Helsinki Central Railway Station. The main building of the station is constructed of Finnish granite but the platforms behind the station are covered by a glass roof supported by a complex pattern of steel bars and flourescent lights. I find myself looking up to the glass roof as I make my way to my track, finding a vanishing point and admiring how the various patterns morph.

18.08.11 – I was looking over some pictures from this summer and there are some I didn’t have time to post because I was having so much fun. This was a great summer. Lots of karaoke, salsa dancing and visits from friends and family. These shots were from a mini-road trip I took a month back. I headed to Tampere, Finland for a salsa event and had to drive to Jaana’s parents summerhouse the next day in Padasjoki, Finland. I’ve barely used my car since I moved here but this was the perfect opportunity for me to make the most of my Honda Element. I danced (well, maybe more watched) till 4AM and then headed out of Tampere where I found a beautiful little campground, about 20 km out of the city, pulled over, laid the seats back and spread out my comforters. After 4 hours of sleep, I headed to Padasjoki to play in the annual farmers vs. summerhouse people’s pesäpallo, Finnish baseball, game. What a great weekend!

15.08.11 – Finns love to dance and they are great at making the most of the long summer evenings. The chemistry of these two traits was in full effect last Sunday night when Salsa Borealis, a friendly group of Helsinki salsa addicts, danced the night away at the Jailbird terrace at the Hotel Katajanokka. Salsa Borealis hosts the event every Sunday evening during the summer but this was the first time at the Jailbird. Usually they are held at the small amphitheater behind Ooppera, the Finnish National Opera building. Next Sundays, 21.08, dance will also be at the Jailbird.

The events are so much fun to attend, even if you don’t know how to dance salsa. If you’re brave, there are a number of experienced dancers who would be happy to teach you the basics. If you would rather be more conservative ;), it’s always fun to sit and watch others dance the night away. I’ve been going throughout the summer and I’m slowly moving from the conservative side to the braver side. I hit the dance floor a couple of times last night, you have to start somewhere, and I was lucky to dance with some very patient and supportive girls. I had a blast.

Checkout Salsa Borealis’ schedule and then checkout the fun.

12.08.11 – I’m not sure if this guy picked the best spot. He setup right next to a busy tram stop. It didn’t seem to break his concentration.

11.08.11 – My sisters Kim and Jackie were visiting last week and we had a blast. It was the perfect combination of sightseeing and hanging out together. The highlights were hanging with Max and Emma, a trip to Tallinn, Karaoke, the Rock Church, red wine and karaoke. Yes, karaoke deserves more than one entry 😉 As expected, the time went to fast, but I can’t wait till they can visit again. I love you guys 🙂

 

10.08.11 – I always try to chuck my change to street performers playing music. Helsinki usually has a nice range of musicians from classical violinists, Peruvian woodwinds, a xylophone guy and probably too many bad accordionist. These guys, the Porkka Playboys, really stood out from the crowd. When I saw them, they were playing Break on Through by the Doors. They got bonus points from me for having a Melodica in the band. I could only stay for one song but I hope I see them again.

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