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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


(Not) The First Snow of Winter

Bicycle outside the K

Bicycle outside the K

It didn’t snow today. Apparently. I thought it did and sent an excited text to Mrs. K. But no, it’s only sleet or lumirantä. Which is unfortunately the way things are when the temperature hovers as it is doing around +2 C. As I set off on my bike to contemplate ultimate reality at the local Buddhist Centre, the bitter wind and icy dampness nearly drove me back into the cosy Maya of our flat.

But I’m glad I went and on the way home, enjoyed the shimmering droplets caught in the streetlamps. Glad too that I wasn’t the only person braving the weather on their bike. This charming specimen parked outside the newly revamped K-market on Albertinkatu where I stopped off and bought some apples on the way home. Finnish apples of course. The owner came back laden with shopping bags. I hope she didn’t fall off.