Greetings from Jyväskylä! I must say I can’t believe I got so excited about visiting a Finnish city but being in a place where Alvar Aalto buildings are around every corner has it’s perks.
My colleagues and I travelled to Jyväskylä for a conference but before that there was work to do on Saturday. Which meant that the weekend was kind of wasted in terms of free time. Gladly the work day was very different and even inspirational! By the way – I recommend you go for a walk in Helsinki early on a weekend morning – around 7 am. If you can manage the wake-up that is.. Hardly anyone will be out and about and you will have the streets to yourself.
Sunday was spent in hardware stores and at our new house getting everything ready for the renovating which started on Thursday. Here’s hoping nothing surprising comes up.
Early Monday morning I caught a train from Helsinki’s central train station. I can’t remember when I’ve hopped on a long distance train in Finland last. I was shocked that there was nowhere to store your luggage except above you. And this is of course only possible if your bag is small enough.
The conference was very good but I won’t bore you with it. On Friday we had dinner at Vesilinna which is a restaurant in an observation tower on a hill called Harju. Unfortunately the food was very bland and did not make an impression. We did enjoy the views, so it’s a good idea to go there for a drink or two.
What I was personally looking forward to was a visit to Sisustus Nostalgia – an interior decorating shop with so many cute things you wouldn’t believe.
I bought a few selected items for our new home which you might see in a post later on in the year. Even if you aren’t going to visit Jyväskylä in a while, you can look at all these cute products on Nostalgia’s webpage.
As I mentioned, I was very excited about the Alvar Aalto buildings in Jyväskylä. Being there, the Aalto museum was also a must. I will tell you about these later. I hope there’s some architect enthusiasts among you who are familiar with Aalto!
Jyväskylä is surrounded by water and I was planning on going on a walk around the lake but in the end I didn’t have time. I had to steal a glimpse of it anyway. It was gorgeous and sunny. By the time my colleagues and I arrived in Helsinki on Wednesday evening, the weather had turned and it was raining. Hopefully the weekend will be better.
How was your week? I have Friday off but it doesn’t mean I will sit idly at home – I have a zillion things to do. Let me know what you are planning and how things are going. Happy weekend, dear readers!