This week I’m happy to report that I’ve seen six deer! My daughter claimed to have seen deer around our new neighbourhood but I didn’t believe her till two ran across the road one morning when I was walking to the bus. Now I’ve managed to see six in one week. They wander in the nearby forest and also in people’s yards!
Here’s two I came across when taking a shortcut through the forest. They seem to be quite tame and curious too.
On Tuesday I had a chance to go to the theatre for free. It happened to be a play I’d been planning to see called Pasi was here at KOM theatre. The play tells a story of Pasi and his friend Hemmo’s childhood in the 80s. Finnish plays are always filled with swearing and at one point least one man takes his pants off!! I’m really not a fan of that. This piece was no exception but the actors were so good that for once I didn’t mind that much.
On Wednesday I attended the last Chi Ball class of the year. The teacher had lit candles and played Michael Buble’s Christmas songs. For me, the Christmas season starts with Buble’s “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas”, so I was mighty pleased.
I’m really looking forward to the Christmas Market opening this weekend (the 3rd December) in Helsinki. I walked by the Senate Square and the little booths were already there.
It’s too bad that all our snow has melted – the days are so dark. Thankfully Helsinki is adorned in lights.
Anyway, guess where I went on Thursday? To the outdoor swimming pool in Helsinki near the Market Square! It’s called Allas Sea Pool. Unfortunately it will close on the 6th December for refurbishment and won’t open till May.
Right now the locker rooms are way to small, so hopefully the renovations coming up will change that.
Other than that, I loved the place. Imagine swimming in darkness with the lights of Helsinki around you. In steaming hot water. With a friend. Bliss.
In the evening I made a quick stop to the contemporary art museum Kiasma. I wanted to see the red globe you can see from the upstairs window when you walk past. The globe – Hot Spot – is by Mona Hatoum. It’s quite impressive really. Apparently Hatoum describes the world as ‘continually caught up in conflict and unrest’. The installation reflects that very well as you can even hear the red lights buzzing if you go closer.
I was also looking forward to the photo exhibition After the Turmoil by Meeri Koutaniemi. It’s an exhibition of people who have experienced great suffering. Ladies who have had acid thrown on them in India, girls who have had to go through FGM in Kenya and refugees in Northern Thailand. What connects all these is that these people have become pro-active game-changers in their communities. The exhibit was quite tiny and reminded me of a photo exhibit I once saw at Stockholm’s Fotografiska about child brides. Unfortunately it was more bleak as the girls were in no position to empower themselves.
How are you doing? Can you believe it’s the December already? Do you like swimming outside in the cold? Have you been to Kiasma yet?
I wish you a great weekend with fun and laughter!