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Finding inner peace

So it’s finally summer. Or sort of. Here in Finland the warm summer days have been a rare thing this year. May was the coldest in decades and the mid summer doesn’t look too promising either this year. One can only hope for the Indian summer to arrive.

I’m finally finished with school and my internship. To celebrate that I took a week of vacation from work and retreated to my sanctuary – my grandpa’s summer cottage. This is the place where I have spent all my childhood summers and I just love being there. There is electricity but no running water so we take the water from a well. We heat the sauna with logs that we use for a fireplace in the cottage as well on rainy days. There is Mökki9something refreshing about having to work for getting water or heating up the sauna instead turning on the tap or pushing the ON-button.
My days at the cottage are usually quite chill. The patio is boasting in sunlight until early evening and makes the perfect place to relax. This time I found a great magazine Breathe that had really interesting writings and were about mindfulness and wellbeing. I have to say I was really impressed with the magazine and now I’m keenly waiting for the next one.

 

Even rainy days are bliss here as you can enjoy reading and having the fireplace radiating heat.

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The cottage is by a lake and the sauna is conveniently just a few steps away from it making it the perfect place to cool of during sauna time. For me it doesn’t matter how cold the water is, I always go in at least once. One year I didn’t get to the cottage until late autumn and as tradition I had to take a dip in the lake even if it had almost frozen earlier that autumn already. Tradition is a tradition. Luckily this time the water was already 12 Celsius degrees the first day so it wasn’t too bad. I gave the lake a few days after that to warm up and the next time I was actually able to enjoy the swim and do few rounds. There is nothing better than swimming in the lake and having the sun setting behind the horizon.

One of my favorite things is food. Every time I go to the cottage I make sure we smoke salmon. That is the best food I know. This time my grandpa and his neighbor succeeded in catching a perch and a pike-perch which we smoked too, of course. The yard has delicies to offer as well. The rhubarbs are already thriving so I made a pie for us. The sourness of the rhubarb and the softness of the dough are a perfect combination.

Time at the cottage is like refueling by batteries. I spent days amongst the nature and just let my mind slow down and unwind. I come more aware of the sounds of the nature and take time to enjoy the little things. Spending time with my dear grandpa is precious too even if we are from completely different worlds. He is one of the true gentlemen and good hearted people I know and I hope I’m able to brighten his days when being there. At least he is free from cooking duty for the time.  🙂

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No matter how little time I spend here, I always go back to the city refreshed. Then I’m already counting days until I get to go back there again.

The Modern Art Marveling

I hope everybody’s had a wonderful Christmas time. For me the past days have been all about resting and restoring my energy after the long and hectic autumn. The last days of 2016 are at hand I find it suitable to post about a visit to a Modern Art gallery Kiasma especially since we got an Art Pass for 2017 as a Christmas gift from work.

Modern art is most of the time quite challenging for me to understand. I fail to see the wonder in some splashes of paint or slashes in a canvas. Nevertheless, I believe that it is good to challenge your way of thinking every once in a while and who know maybe there is an inspirations waiting amongst all that.

One of the first exhibitions my friend and I visited was Mona Hatoum’s.

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By: Mona Hatoum

This piece of art was so soothing. Just listening to the sound of sand grains moving around is something I could have done for the rest of the night. Maybe I need to get a Japanese garden at home.

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By: Mona Hatoum

Hatoums want’s to bring awareness to the world of conflicts through her art. This piece of art is called Hot Spot reflecting the fact that the conflicts are no longer restricted only to the country they physically take place in.

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By: Mona Hatoum
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By: Juul Kraijer, name: Untitled

When we came across with this my friend stopped, looked at it for a bit and said:

“I’m all ears.” -Mariia Kukkakorpi

I’ll be sure to take her with me the next time as well.

From funny ear comments to something serious. There is an exhibition called After the Turmoil by Meeri Koutaniemi and Arman Alizad. They focus on survival and people who have been through extreme suffering but won’t let that bring them down. I have seen their work before and find it very heart-breaking, touching and inspiring. All my own sorrows vanish into the thing air and I remember how lucky I already am.

Here are some photos of people who collect trash from the dump pit just to survive.

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By: Meeri Koutaniemi & Arman Alizad
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By: Meeri Koutaniemi & Arman Alizad

One of the most interesting and thought provoking art pieces was a pile of glitter by Anna Estarriola.

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By: Anna Estarriola

In the art piece there is 1,75 kilograms of glitter. That reflects to the amount of ashes that will be left from her body after cremation. “I want to become blue stardust reaching the moon”, she says. The blue stardust reminds us about the inevitability of death.

This really got me thinking. Not only if I want to become purple or pink glitter but life in general. What do I want to be remembered for? I don’t want to take life for granted and always push things further thinking that there will be time to do them later on. You never know when is the last day so I feel the need to explore and gain a lot of experiences and memories while I can. I’m learning new skills so I could have a chance to make a career change. I want to travel and sleep under the stars and listen to the wind on top of a mountain. I want to chase sunsets and wish upon a shooting star. I want to believe in destiny and that there is a place in this world where I belong but haven’t found yet.

What a better way to finish off this year that with head full of ideas and adventures that I cannot wait to put into motion.

I wish you all a very happy and adventurous New Year 2017!