The internet brought me here

Category : Helsinki
Date : 02/08/2017
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The internet brought me here

I’ve lived in Helsinki for almost 7 years now  and as much as I try to explore different parts of the city, there’s still a lot of gardens, islands and museums I haven’t visited. Every once in a while, I’ll see a place in social media and I’ll be like, why didn’t I know about this? That’s how images in my insta feed led me to Alppiruusupuisto in Haaga one sunny Sunday afternoon. I felt a bit silly for being such a social media slave but I can’t turn down an opportunity to see a concentration of blooms in one place.

Once there I learned that the flowers in question were rhododendrons and azaleas. Rhododendrons are having a bit of a moment if I may say so (or it’s because I’ve just learned of their existence). I think I saw them in the botanical garden in Lund and they were discussed a bit during the midsummer celebrations.

It didn’t take long after I arrived in the park to realise that I was too late. Most of the flowers had faded and fallen off. I walked through the park anyway and found a couple of spots where some were still blooming and tried to imagine how the park looks like in full bloom. The good thing is that I now know about the park and will make sure to be there on time next year.


Under the cherry tree

Category : Helsinki
Date : 22/05/2017
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Under the cherry tree

What do you do when you’d like to be in Japan during the cherry blossom season but can’t afford to go? You get on a buss and head to Kirsikkapuisto in Roihuvuori to get a very much needed cherry blossom dose.
Believe it or not but I only found out about this wonderful place last year. This time I wanted to visit the park during the very popular Hanami festivities. I could have sat under the cherry trees all afternoon but my brother had a train to catch and the amount of people in the park kind of made me a bit nervous. Even though it was only it was for a a little while, I’m gland I went. There’s something magical about sitting under a blooming cherry tree on a warm summer day!

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The park was really packed! There were people of all ages having picnics or trying to get get close up images of the flowers like me.

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My poor brother was tasked with taking pictures of me. Even when the posing is voluntary I can’t seem to relax in front of the camera. I honestly can’t explain that frown! I was in a good mood and so was my spontaneous photographer.

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The second attempt resultated in this “robot pretending to be human” face. Oh well, I’ll just have to keep working at it!

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Tourist at home

Category : Helsinki
Date : 12/05/2017
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Tourist at home

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I had a friend visiting from London during Easter so we did some sightseeing around Helsinki. The good thing with playing a tourist where you live is that you get to see parts of the city you rarely visit otherwise. Like when we entered the Helsinki Cathedral and I realised that I had never been inside it before. I need to make this local touristing a regular thing. Helsinki might be a small capital city but it has a lot to offer.




Bloomtastic

Category : Helsinki, Inspiration
Date : 07/06/2016
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Bloomtastic

One dream of mine is to one day be in Japan during the cherry blossom season. There’s just something magical about flower covered trees as far as the eye can see. While parks with cherry trees can be found in other countries, even in northern places like Stockholm, I was surprised to hear we had our own here in Helsinki. The Roihuvuori Kirsikkapuisto is quit small but pretty non the less. We went there on a Wednesday after work out of pure curiosity. There were plenty of people relaxing under the trees, walking their dogs or taking photos. I didn’t stay long but I snapped a few pictures and was again reminded how much I love flowers (even though I can’t grow them).
Part of my dream is coming true this week as I’m heading to Tokyo for some much needed vacation. I might have missed the Sakura season this time but I’m super excited to step out of my comfort zone and travel to a new continent and discover the fascinating city that is Tokyo. You can follow journey on Instagram, I’ll be posting as often as I can. Adventure here I come!

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