The Iceman Cometh


Being an Alien with little in-depth experience of the Finnish winter, I am still quaintly delighted by snow. It started coming down last night as we sat in a Dodo meeting on ways to use wasted space in Helsinki. Ideas included guerilla gardening, earthships and squatting. Then walking out to the bar, it had already begun to settle, carpeting the dark streets of Kallio. An established English architect told me that he has no trouble with the Helsinki winters having prepared himself by spending two of them in Oulu, deep in the frozen North.

But so far, I really don’t have a problem either with the cold or the dark. in one way, what makes it so much more bearable than Winters in Enlgand is that when you get home (or even into the tram), you feel lovely snuggly and warm. I cast my mind back without nostaglia of the damp and drafty victorian dwellings of London and feel quite lucky to be here.

(Note to self: find out how much a pair of winter tyres for bicycle will set me back.)Kuva033


2 responses to “The Iceman Cometh

  • Hugo

    Very true about warm Finnish homes compared to the draughtiness in Britain. And when it’s cold here in Finland, you put proper warm clothes on when you’re out.

    I’m also thinking of getting some winter tyres, never used them before.

    I was in Claes Ohlsson today, and studded Nokian winter tyres cost are 38.50€ a pop from for the “Hakkapeliitta W106”.

    I’ve not checked the prices in proper bike shops. Here are some of Nokian’s other winter tyres:

    Let us know if you get some, from where and how much!

  • instantkaamos

    Hi Hugo,

    I was only half serious about the winter tyres but now you’ve called my bluff, I think I’ll have to get some. I’ll let you know how it pans out.

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