I must say, last Friday was one of my favourite days in a while.
I started my morning with aqua jogging at the Yrjönkatu swimming hall. Believe me, if you want to empty your mind and have some special time for yourself, this is the place to go. The swimming hall is just so very beautiful, that just seeing the architecture inside the hall makes you feel great.
After, I met my dear friend Niina and we went for champagne breakfast. As it was already almost 11 am – when most restaurants are just in the process of transitioning into lunch – and I still hadn’t had breakfast, Engel was our best bet.
Café Engel is one of the few cafés in Helsinki where you can get breakfast till late in the afternoon. I tried their Organic Oatmeal Breakfast which was so good. I’m not a fan of honey, but drizzling honey on top of the milky oatmeal was perfect. I wish I had more time (and money) to spend at this café having breakfasts.
We then strolled to the Design Museum to see the Eero Aarnio exhibit.
The museum is in a beautiful building, which used to be a girls’ school back in the day.
You might know that Eero Aarnio has designed the famous Ball Chair.
We enjoyed looking at his designs (and other iconic Finnish designs at the Finnish Form exhibit) and I also learned that Eero Aarnio has resided in the same neighbourhood where we live. I wish I knew which one was his house, I do have a hunch but who knows if I’m right..
In the basement you could find visual art by Daniel Palillo. Quite interesting really but maybe not something I am a fan of.
But alas – the day did not end there! Hubby and I had booked a session from a sailing instructor for the evening. There is this company in Helsinki called Kesäpurje, which offers all kinds of sailing courses (and chartering) in Finland and abroad.
They also have a concept where you can hire a teacher to come and teach you on your own boat. Excellent! You have the teacher’s undivided attention and have the chance to learn all kinds of things about your own boat in the process. We had another session on Tuesday. Thankfully it didn’t rain on either day but it was frightfully cold and even my extreme layering couldn’t keep the chill away.
On Saturday hubby, son and I spent the night on an island with our boat. I wrote about it here. This time we did not lift the sails as it was a very short crossing from our home harbour.
On Thursday I started my Estonian language class. I go to Tallinn so often that I decided it would be fun to know some basic phrases in Estonian. The first lesson was in a classroom but from here on, the courses will be online. My first impression is that even though Finnish and Estonian are from the same language family, Estonian may turn out to be difficult! The pronunciation is different and many words are the same but mean totally different things. Let’s see how it progresses.
What special things happened in your week?