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Sinusitis is a nasty lurgy. I’ve solid experience of this strange disease now, as it has been my (too) faithful friend for more than 2 weeks. It started as a “normal” flu, which then got stuck in the sinus.

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Looks funny, eh? Acupuncture socks – a true ex tempore purchase from the Danish shop “Tiger”, which sells miscellanous stuff you didn’t think you’d need, now in Helsinki too. Anyway, maybe I’ll return these ones, as I fell ill with a flu despite the pressuring treatment offered by my boyfriend.

Then, the dear doctor prescribed me antibiotics and antihistamine, which I took scrupulously for 10 days – for nothing, it seems! Last Sunday the pills ran out and I was still feeling really tired and run-down… Especially at the office: the smallest task seemed like the most complicated project of the year.

Luckily I was mature enough to go and visit the doctor again this morning – and the simple (and so difficult) truth of this life was confirmed once more: if you’re feeling ill it’s because you’re ill.

To my own surprise, I even had a light fever in the morning! And sinusitis is still there, going strong. No surprise. So the doctor prescribed me even stronger antibiotics and antihistamine. As stupid as a feverish person can be, I then biked to the office as I’m “absolutely irreplaceable”, hehe… Anyway, my colleagues were wiser and told me to go home early.

So at 4pm I was already lying on the sofa with woolen socks on, drinking tea and watching stupid daytime TV. A program called “Swedish Millionaire Mothers” just finished, and now there is Finnish Top Model going on. But I’m ill and allowed to do and watch anything I want! I’m only not allowed to get up from this sofa. And the boyfriend is entitled to pamper me – luckily he’s good at it (and I think/hope he likes it too…)

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This is the autumn view from our sofa – not a bad one, at all! Luckily, because the last weeks I’ve spent more time on this sofa than in many months before…

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Baana – the newish bicycle route combining the centre of Helsinki with Ruoholahti. A great invention! Even if it looks very grey these days – like everything here.

However, last Sunday – the last day of taking antibiotics – I tried to convince myself that now I’m perfectly fine and healthy! Little did I know. The sun was shining, so I took my camera and went for a short walk alone – noticing that it’s not normal to sneeze every 5 minutes… Anyway, mentally this was a good thing for me, as I had been mostly inside the flat for the whole week.

We live in the centre, Southern Helsinki, very close to the sea… So I decided to say walk there and say hello to my beloved friend.

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Amazing! I had never noticed these stairs near our flat. It’s so important to walk slowly and look around every once in a while.

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Everyday beauty.

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Jätkäsaari Harbour

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Friends! It’ll be my birthday in the end of October… And this beauty is being sold. Just an idea. 😉

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Jätkäsaari Harbour – this ferry goes to San Petersburg.

IThe sea… Why do so many people love it? We really do, as the BBC article People really do like to be beside the seaside, study says explains.

“Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think.
Robert Henri

I agree! And primitively speaking, it makes us people to feel safe to contemplate the horizon – and know that no enemies are approaching that way.

Anyway, I continued my walk towards Kaivopuisto and noticed – to my big joy – that another “Baana”, bicycle route has been opened here, also on old railway tracks. Great job, City of Helsinki!

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Kaivopuisto – finally at the sea. This view is curious – the water in the front is actually an artificial bond.

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Cafe Ursula – a recommendable place by the sea in Kaivopuisto.

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Sinusitis is a nasty friend but Helsinki can be pretty – even in October

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Sun shines for the rich and the poor – at least today

The way of life in Finland – also in the capital city Helsinki – is still very relaxed and easygoing. We are a small country, people are used to having a society that functions smoothly so they don’t have to worry much but can enjoy life and nature instead. At least during the weekends – those who have regular jobs and weekends, of course.

Well, this weekend we lead a quite bourgeois life with my boyfriend and explored some wealthy corners of Helsinki – and even of our neighbour city Espoo. Also, the weather has been perfect these days for enjoying the company of our long-lost sun.

We started at Kaivopuisto, an area ten minutes’ walk from our home in Kamppi. There’s a small island called Uunisaari, where walked to see how the open waters are approaching the frozen sea. A wonderful sight!

Uunisaari, Helsinki. Observing the ice covering the sea slowly disappear. Welcome spring, we missed you!

This small island is situated in Kaivopuisto area, “Kaivari” in spoken language, a very wealthy part of Helsinki. Buying a house there is practically impossible for any “normal Finn” with a “normal” Finnish salary. Many embassies are situated here too, and you can observe the (many) stereotypical elder ladies with their tiny dogs walking around and enjoying their cappuccino by the sea.

Today we decided to take it even further in getting to know where the money lives in Helsinki. So we drove to Westend – really, the place has this name, which sounds really funny in Finnish. Westend is one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in all Finland, placed in the city of Espoo, only 15 minutes drive from our home in the centre of Helsinki.

The Westend is located by the sea, naturally, so we took the chance and went on walking on the frozen sea – with hundreds of other people. It was just wonderful! On the ice, you can walk anywhere and the power of the sun is reflected not only from the sky but also from the ice. We visited a small island and walked back to the continent to enjoy our first coffee with munkki (a Finnish donut) outside – with the wealthy Espoo people.

First coffee and "munkki", a Finnish donut, outside by the frozen Baltic Sea.

Actually, it feels funny to talk about “wealthy Finns” because one interesting feature of the Finnish society is that people normally hate to show off their money. The attitude is slowly changing but there is a strong tradition of “if you have a treasury, hide it”, like a popular Finnish refrain tells you to do.

However, there are more and more differentiated neighborhoods, children going to different schools etc. There’s a very active debate about social exclusion going on in our politics. The new president Sauli Niinistö, who started this week, says that he’d fight hard for getting the marginalised youth back to society. But then again, he’s from the conservative party well known for speaking for those who have money… So let’s see what happens.

Still, when you go for a walk on a Sunday afternoon like today, the frozen sea is full of people of all kinds of social backgrounds. We all dress more or less the same and smile when our paths cross for the pure, shared joy of the first spring day. And I really hope it’ll stay this way!

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