First Christmas in the sun

"It's so expensive to travel on Christmas time, maybe I should stay in Finland and spend time with my family....". But on the other hand I really wanted to have some sun and warmth in the darkest time of the year. My search for cheap flights and hotels was frantic and to be honest, it didn't really pay off. I had to spend few bucks to be able to travel to Canary Islands, Tenerife to be more specific, but it was worth it. I got hang out in the sun with one of my best friends and her mama too.

It definitely wasn't my first time abroad during the Christmas time. I have spent many holidays in China but it was my first time to have a sunny Christmas. I surely enjoyed it a lot. El M├ędano was a small and idyllic surfer/hippie paradise on the southeast coast of Tenerife. We made a day trip to Santa Cruz that is on the north side of the island and another one to Las Galletas. Rest of the time we just hung out at the beach or had nice breakfast on the balcony.

The year 20…

Post-holiday feels

My relatively short summer holiday is over and it is definitely not easy to let all the summer-related stuff go. My vacation was not long this year because I started in a new job in May but it was full of action plus an added bonus: hot weather! This has been the hottest summer in years and it has been both driving the Finnish people crazy and putting a smile (and a tan) on our faces. At least I have cool photos to remember it all :) These pics will be my safety net when the long and dark winter comes to visit again.
I started my holiday with a trip to Joensuu, my old home town. I lived there almost 20 years more or less. I wanted to spend some time with friends and family because it had been a year since my last visit. 3 days of swimming in the lake and the river plus chilling in the sun with all the lovely people was a perfect way to start my holidays.

After spending some time in beautiful North Karelia it was time to take the train back to Helsinki and pack my bags again. I booke…

Summer, nature, sunset and mosquitos

The summer in Finland has been incredible and I've been busy doing everything else than sitting in front of my computer. Summery Helsinki has been showing me all of its best features and though the weather has been very hot, this is the summer everyone dreams about in the cold winter nights. So let's just enjoy it and keep the drinks cold!
Last night I decided to go for a little summer evening adventure. I've started to feel more and more at home in Helsinki this year and have found little spots that I like to go to again and again. Vanhakaupunki is one of those places that are close to my home and Lammassaari is right next to it. A beautiful open space wetlands that is a paradise for bird watchers. There is a causeway that makes walking through the area very easy. In the evening there wasn't that many people around and I could just enjoy the setting sun with a cool summer breeze (and lots of mosquitos). Helsinki is a buzzing city but just few kilometers from the cent…

Beautiful scents, sounds and soulfulness

I was delighted to receive an invitation to an event that the title described as "Evening of feelings and scents" (Tunteiden ja tuoksujen ilta). The event took place in two different locations (one of them being Sofia Future Farm that opens in August this year) and was hosted by the beautiful Mariela Sarkima who is a well-known makeup artist and beauty guru in Finland. She has also graduated as a Kundalini yoga instructor last year and is interested in well-being of women as a whole.
When we entered the beautiful space, we saw yoga mats, blankets and singing bowls. Mariela told us a little bit about her experiences that has lead her to the things she is doing today. This summer she will create an 8-piece series for Me Naiset -magazine about well-being of women. Her website has just been published but she is not yet sure what the content will be like. Ideas and suggestions are welcome! What truly touched my heart was her longing for solidarity between women. I …