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…but not touters. I still haven’t had time to look through my Krakow photos. But when I think back to my first impressions of the town (since first impressions are all you really have time for during a weekend trip), the word touristy comes to mind. I had a really fun time there actually, but the town itself didn’t immediately blow me away. Yes, I’ve shyly ventured into the realm of opinionated blog posts. We chose to go to Krakow, of all places, quite randomly – I’ll admit it had never been...

Blogging used to be simple, quick, and easy for me. Lately, I’ve been struggling… First, my 2010 MacBook Pro started showing signs of old age. I got a new one because I have 10 000 baby photos I want to archive and back up. (Yes, I know I can do it online too.) Then, my iPad stopped working. So I’ve been blogging without editing any of my photos for a couple of months now. It’s not as inspiring and fun as it was when I could edit properly. Adding an iPhone filter isn’t exactly the same...

What to do when you are going on a weekend break and it’s raining? For the past who-knows-how-many years, every time I’ve taken a short weekend trip somewhere, it’s rained at least one of the 2 or 3 days I’ve been there, if not the entire time. And not just a little drizzle, either. Pouring rain. Before your trip you are at home planning what to wear and pack, and the weather report shows sunny days and pleasant temperatures for the next umpteen days. All seems great. Packing will be easy,...

I’ll miss you, Weekly Photo Challenge! Are you sure you must go? Some all-time favorites from the...

This post was hanging around in my drafts for weeks, titledThings I Should Be Doing Instead Of Blogging, but now I’m thinking I should’ve changed the name toThings I Should Be Doing Instead Of Enjoying Sunny Walks. I haven’t been blogging for almost two weeks because – you guessed it! – it’s been sunny here. Sunny weather – ah, what a treat! But what about my ever-growing to-do lists? Will they ever stop? How can I tell the laundry pile to take a break because it’s sunny now?! What will we...

Somewhere by Lake Garda, Italy, 2008 Time is liquid, running through our fingers like rain drops, consumed like a glass of water, vanishing like a wave… For WPC:...

During the past week, we have been treated to great weather! (Yes, I’m saying this without irony!) I’m pleased to report that it’s been sunny here in Helsinki (all day long, not just 10 minutes in the morning) and, amazingly, lacking the usual cooling factor of the wind. The temperatures have been up to 23°C-25°C and around here, that qualifies as Super Summer weather. Spring came and went in one week. We skipped right over it. It hasn’t been this pleasant in several years actually, we’ve had...

The baboons were making noises again, on that soft summer day. As I swam and dove in the sea, listening to the baboons, there was a familiar mixture of animal scents in the ever-present breeze. It was a typical day for me that summer. I was 11 and my brother was 7. We were playing frisbee in the sea, just the two of us, on the little island leading to the zoo. The zoo animals were on the shore opposite us – we could even see some of the buildings. And we’d imagine the rest. We used to go to...

The sun shines and, suddenly, the park turns into a fantasyland… The wind is cold, but if you manage to find a sheltered spot, you can start to feel the sun warm up your wintry pale skin and give you rare tingles of energy, like goosebumps, running up into your veins. The hepatica blossoms color last year’s grass in wave of blue, washing away the last remnants of snow, wiping it from our memories. For a few...

[Modern Fairytale continued…] One day, out of the blue, she met a little boy… He wanted to be a sailor when he grew up… He promised he’d show her the whole wide world… And they’d find a nice nook… With monkeys and mango trees… Where they’d settle down… While always staying young at heart… But somewhere along the way, he forgot his promise… Never learned to sail… They settled down in their urban castle… And they grew old comfortably, never lacking a thing. Is it...

When hubby and I traveled to Zurich a couple of years ago, we certainly never expected to be transported to the tropics. But just before we had to leave for the airport, we found an unexpected oasis – a slice of rainforest where the air was humid and hot. With live animals and an inspiring canopy path. It was the Masoala Rainforest at the Zurich Zoo. Captured with GoPro’s fisheye Bonus picture: not from the zoo, but from a street in Zurich – isn’t beauty usually unexpected? For WPC:...

I have a confession to make, and it’s going to sound silly… Here goes… (dramatic pause!) I love watching MasterChef Australia. (There, I said it! Phew!) It’s a show that feels so uplifting to me. It’s addictive in its cheerfulness and camaraderie. The competitors are friendly and helpful towards each other. Completely unlike its American version, which seems sadly competitive in comparison and at times even mean-spirited (no offense!). And certainly nothing like its Finnish counterpart,...

Lines… man-made and by Mother Nature For WPC:...

There once was a little girl who wore her heart on her sleeve… She lived in a castle… Each night, she would kiss her pet polar bear goodnight… Right after blowing bubbles into the sunset… If she could ride on top of one of those bubbles, like Aladdin’s magic carpet… …where would it take her? What twists and turns did life have in store for her yet? Only time would tell… In the meantime, her bubbles reflected all the colors of the...

Some unedited iPhone shots from Helsinki, Finland – the Kaivopuisto park on a very windy day in April 2018 How rare that the wind was so warm that day. Fierce, but gentle. It reminded me of summer. The blue of the sky reminded me of summer, too. The park-destroying geese had arrived, I saw, from whatever warm place their winter destination was. There they sat, in large numbers on the rocks by the sea. Large seagulls circled in the air, crying out with what have become familiar sounds of...