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Tampere – Day Trip

IMG_6971.JPGRecently I took a day trip north to the city of Tampere Finland. This came as an opportunity to meet with some of my friends who live there. It is the ideal little day trip from the city. After booking my ticket the night before with Onni Bus I was on my way the following morning before the sunrise.

To be honest this was my first ever bus trip. Traditionally I avoid the bus in Helsinki because I get carsick. This is due to the stop and go motion and it can be very unsettling. Yet, this was a long distance ride and it was a surprisingly easy journey. I enjoyed the double-decker feature and had little to no discomfort along the way (being 6ft/180cm in a small cabin seat means no leg room… ever). Yet I managed to catch up on some podcasts and enjoyed the sunrise over the Finnish countryside.

IMG_6967.jpgOnce I arrived to Tampere my plans were unclear. So I decided to just get to the closest coziest coffee shop. I have been to Tampere once before, so I had a decent understanding of the layout of the city. Forever grateful for my good sense of direction, especially while traveling. I found myself in a cozy corner at Kaffila. Where mind you, I made my entire order in almost perfect Finnish! Count your small victories friends.

IMG_6975.jpgLater I met with my Young Living Sponsor and new friend Ashley. She has been such a blessing and this trip would not have been the same without our long afternoon talk and the tour of her beautiful shared workspace with Store of Hope. Later I caught up with my colleague and new bestie for a quick lunch by the river.

IMG_6983.jpgWe were quickly rained out so we said our goodbyes and I was off the bus station to head down south again. For a quick trip, it was full over great conversations, beautiful sights, and soul filling moments. I sometimes get lost in daily routines and forget how deeply necessary these little moments away are for my mental health. While I scrambled the night before trying to organize bus tickets and itineraries it all ended up being as perfect as possible despite my worrying. Finland is a wonderful backyard to explore, and I want to make a bigger effort to see more than just my little neighborhood. My Finnish life has been a wave of up and downs the past few years, but new friends and new places make it all inspiring and worthwhile.

 

Pelago

When my husband decides he is ready to buy something, he does his research, and roughly 6-18 months later, he decides to buy. With this kind of decision making, it can be assured that the product is worth the investment, and the patience. So when he told me about getting a Pelago, I was astonished by his proactive interest.

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To set the record straight, I am a bike enthusiast. I do not consider myself an expert, but I do get all the butterfly feelings when there is a little grease on my hands after a long ride, checking out other bikes in the streets, and like this day, when my husband and I were standing in the Pelago store as owners of our very own Pelago bicycle. Never before had I been so excited to hold an owners manual.

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For anyone interested in bikes, or Nordic design, the Pelago flagship store is a wonderful must see. Located on Kalevankatu, there you can find their sweet little set up with retail merchandise and bikes, and around back are the maintenance and mechanics. The building is classic, historic and compliments the detail and effort put into each and every product.

Now we just need to find the perfect rustic old crate to attach to the front. Once we do, running errands around town will never be the same. They say you shouldn’t conform to others standards, but when the standard is this gorgeous design blended with adding elegance to an otherwise mundane commute, why not jump on the bandwagon? I do not see myself ever driving a car again, so adding a traditional ride like this to our little family collection feels like the perfect way to cruise around on a Sunday.

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By the way, we named her Ruska, which is the Finnish word for autumn foliage. 🍂

Botanical Gardens

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As predicted, I have returned to the botanical gardens. This trip is more intimate than the inaugural, yet it was just as satisfying. A slow tram ride through the city carried me from my neighborhood to the garden entrance, and thus the adventure began.

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The content brings to light what I fail to experience in reality. The seasons are transitioning across the globe. Social media likes to remind us all when the change occurs, even if it is at the expense of our personal comfort. I enjoy seeing the leaves change color in Helsinki, the spring surf pictures from Cape Town, and the seasonal sunset shots people capture from around the world but take it too far at times and I begin to wonder why I’m not somewhere else.

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To respond to this global FOMO epidemic, the botanical gardens are my saving grace. On this particular day, I enjoyed the crisp autumn air, golden leafy textures, combined with dry cactus arrangements, humid rainforest foliage, and summer green aesthetic… all within a few meters from the other.

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I’m grateful for this little garden space. It is as if I can easily transport to a different scene, without a plane ticket, passport, or bikini wax, and experience something totally different than the moment before.

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Until next week,

xx – nasty trash

 

 

Natural History Museum

It is the first Friday of the month again, and that means only one thing to me, free museum day! So what would have otherwise been a pretty relaxed day, turned into a lovely afternoon date with my husband. Today’s sweet spot, The Natural History Museum, hosted what felt like half of Helsinki’s youth, and the few brave enough to face the crowd. Despite a surprising surplus in attendance, we embraced the crowd and explored the beautiful building filled with bones and creatures.

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To follow up our education experience, it was due time for a healthy dose of sugar. Another tradition in our home is to visit the infamous local bakery in our neighborhood. Establish in 1914, it is the original location and recently renovated bakery with the best buns in town! Although there are other locations, this one takes the cake!

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As for our date, it may have been on the more casual side of things, but sometimes a simple city stroll with a small bite to eat can be enough to reconnect with the one you love. And to be honest, when most days feel like retirement at 25, it is nice to add some variety in the day to day life.

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Although I am hopeful for the future and trust my days will become more lively as I continue to adjust to life abroad. It will be the little impromptu dates and afternoon strolls that make my heart burst with love.

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xx – nasty trash

September Sights

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Earlier this year, I went around town on a photo mission. Since then the seasons have changed, but my inspiration has lingered throughout the year. I found myself biking down a familiar route, and enjoying the contrasting architecture and water vistas of Helsinki.

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The seasons have yet to turn officially, but autumn has surely made a mark in corners of the capital. Even though what matters most is that for now the warmth of the sun can still be felt on the skin, and the sky still does that big, blue, beautiful thing.

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I am embracing the next season with open arms and an open mind. In hopes to welcome new changes in my habits, career, and perspective. Still apprehensive about the ominous winter that follows, it is time to shed past practices that no longer serve me. All this, whilst living in Helsinki.

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xx – nasty trash

Kiasma

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When the going gets tough, the tough go to free events. Yeah, it was a rather frugal summer for our little family. So to avoid a summer stupor, I decided to be proactive about attending free local events. This plan not only exceeded my expectations, it has become a monthly ritual and new adventure in itself.

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There are a lot of museums in Helsinki, and to organize each individual free day took a bit of strategizing. Inherently, I created a little reference list to keep track of all the activity! So today, Friday, September 1st, the stars aligned when I had to post the same day as an open event!

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Kiasma is by far my favorite attraction in the city. Dead center, with one of the most intriguing interior architectural concepts I’ve ever experienced, the building is a an experience in itself. And to be frank, a free day in Helsinki is still slim pickins compared to most public attractions in larger cities.

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Feel free to take a closer peek at my previous picture of the list I created. If you’re a local or just traveling through Finland, a museum visit is a must.

Until next week,

xx – nasty trash

Summer Solstice 2017

For some of you, it may have not been apparent the summer solstice just passed. For many of you, it may not ever register when a solstice occurs, but in Finland, it is the ultimate celebration of the season. The sun is visiting for the longest period of time all year, and it is the climax of the year for most civilians. From a photography perspective, that means you have to wait till about 10:00 pm for golden hour content.

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I have enjoyed living here and celebrating this special occasion. Mostly, because it is always a contradiction to what it should be. It should be sunny, warm, and absolute euphoria in the air. In reality, my memories oh Juhannus (Midsummer in Finnish) are anything but! Grey skies, chilled temperatures, and multiple layers of clothing tend to pass the day.

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Another story about Finnish Juhannus is the empty city streets. Everyone packs up around Thursday and by Friday evening the city is left with only unknowing tourists and younger people living by the dusk light and catching a glimpse of a local bonfire. Although I did not get to make my ultimate midsummer photo, these sunset streets sure kept things entertaining until midnight.

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 The final image was that last on my SD card. It was the last image I took, just before turning off my camera and soaking it all in. The midnight sun, the beginning of summer and the end of spring. It is bittersweet to think about the days getting shorter again, but we will leave that thought for a future post. Until then, hyvää juhannusta!

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xx – nasty trash