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Playing Tourist

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This week I was blessed with a couple visitors from out of town, so when I was pressured to provide the most Helsinki experience ever, my first thought was to share the beautiful space that is the Kaisaniemi Botanic Gardens.

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I became familiar with this space after reading about it in Helsinki People Make The City and felt the images shared were some of the most understated and iconic scenes from around town. For botanist enthusiasts or people just seeking a couple good Instagram posts, this space does not disappoint.

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All photos here were taken with my usual Canon set up, excluding the first image. My wonderful guest and step sister waved her wand and made the most stunning image to emulate my favorite cover photo of Kirsikka Simberg.

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There are not enough words to express the beauty and detail this space contains. I plan to spend many more afternoons wandering these glass rooms. It is my prediction that varying weather would only make the experience, and the images, more stunning and unique. Until next week,

xx – nasty trash

 

Ateneum Art Museum

A few days ago a friend tipped me off about a local museum having free admission this week. I had yet to visit this particular location and took advantage of the local opportunity. To preface, I am not an art historian or an expert by any means. I simply enjoy being surrounded by grand old creations and taking in the beauty of it all.

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 There can always be something valuable to take away from the experience of an exhibition. Even if the work is not to your taste. Take the time to notice the architecture of the building itself. The placement of each work and the story the entire collection tells. The details large and small are impressive.

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For the exhibits themselves, it does not make a difference if I am well versed on the subject or not, the collection will undoubtedly leave me impressed, humbled, and inspired. Not so inspired that I want to run out to the closest paint store and buy all the supplies, but simply, growing my appreciation for those committing to a craft or purpose for a greater reason.

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Be sure to keep an eye out in your area for free admissions in local museums this season, as well as adding the Ateneum Art Museum to your must-see list when visiting Helsinki!

xx – nasty trash

Air Show

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Today was the Helsinki Air Show. In fact, it still is. As I write this the sound of jet engines can be heard from outside my window. It is a unique spectacle and this show in particular attracted tens of thousands. To be honest, I haven’t seen a crowd this large in the two years I have lived in Finland.

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Although I have never had much interest in heavy machinery, it is hard not to stop and be in awe of these man-made marvels. Not to mention I love geeking out with my Canon around a bunch of mostly old men with massive setups just trying to get some cool pictures.

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The combination of the airshow plus all the other vendors that came out, and just the massive crowds, made the Friday vibe perfection. This year is the 100th year of Finland’s independence, so the season is packed with tons of different events. This bit was just a taste of all the events in store for the weeks ahead.

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Kippis Suomen kesälle!

(Cheers to the Finnish summer!)

xx – nasty trash

Levain

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Calling all Punavuori people! There is a new cafe in the neighborhood! Levain is the place and it is on point with the trend, menu, and atmosphere. Rumor has it everything is made in house too, only outsourcing to local suppliers for special offers.

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This morning is the second time I have eaten here. After only opening its doors a week ago, popularity has picked up!  I am grateful to see the healthy business for a one of a kind experience vs having just another franchise chain to conform to, but Punavuori is special like that. Almost everything is one of a kind here.

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Levain is no exception with authenticity. After previously housing a trendy restaurant a few months last year, it closed their doors for the Christmas holiday (a common practice in Helsinki). For months afterward, they kept a sign in the window extending their “holiday” vacation into the early months of spring.

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Finally, as Spring rolls around, this new beautiful little space graced our neighborhood with some delicious eats and treats. If you’re in the area, it is a must, you won’t be disappointed!

xx – nasty trash