Hello from Copenhagen! The week has been lovely because I have had not one but two days of holiday and a trip to meet a friend in Denmark.
Last weekend I was a bit under the weather and had to give a party I’d been invited to a miss as I didn’t want to give my flu to anyone else. But alas, that did not mean resting. I had to take care of fertilizing the garden. That took an entire day as typically, I ran out of fertilizers first thing and had to wait for hubby to go out and buy more!
It was “vappu”-week (May Day) which meant Wednesday was free from work. I’m not really a vappu person, so on Tuesday (there’s a carnival atmosphere in Helsinki then) we just stayed home and son had a friend over for a sleepover.
On Wednesday hubby and I drove to Porvoo where we had arranged to meet friends. Or had not arranged. You see, our friends had asked us for a brunch and hubby thought he had replied that we were coming but instead he had sent the message to me. And I just thought he had sent it to me to inform me that he had replied. As we were driving, I texted my friend that we’d be shortly there and she replied “what a lovely surprise”!!! That’s when I started thinking that all was not as it was supposed to be. We then realized that we had not actually arranged to meet them at all! As we’d dressed up for the occasion and driven all the way to Porvoo, we still went to meet our friends at the Runeberg’s statue where vappu-songs were being sung and people were merry. As the brunch was full, we could not join our friends and went to eat by ourselves to another location which wasn’t as popular. We had drinks outside and coffee as well, so it wasn’t a totally wasted drive! Porvoo was gorgeous, the weather was warm and it was good to get a break from the garden and boat stuff for a bit.
I haven’t been to the office for the whole week due to home office days, holidays and one meeting day at the Post Office building in Helsinki. As you might be wondering, the meeting had nothing to do with post, it was just the venue. I can really recommend it to anyone thinking of hosting a meeting in Helsinki. First of all, the building is historical and the lunch they serve is really good. It’s so good that I recommend you go there for lunch if nearby, as anyone can go and you will see the inside of the building at the same time. It’s a buffet lunch by Fazer and very affordable (dessert is included!). Second, the meeting arrangements worked beautifully (finally an idiot proof way to attach your computer to the screen, praise be!). Third it’s conveniently located next to the train station, so people coming from all over Finland will find it easy to reach.
On Friday I left for Copenhagen and had taken the day off work. I went to our nearby mall, the Iso Omena in the morning to do some last minute shopping and sort out my goddaughter’s birthday present. I had totally forgotten that there had been a security warning about the mall. I had no worries in the world till the lady in the shop I was in told me that I would have to quickly pick what I wanted as she was closing the shop for the day. You could see that she was scared and let me tell you, fear sure is contagious. I asked her why they are closing and she said because of the threat (even though the police have apparently caught the person who made these threats) and that their boss wants to keep the staff safe. After that I rushed through my shopping and couldn’t concentrate on anything because I felt absolutely freaked out. Now that I’m not there anymore it seems that my feelings were a bit overboard. After all, the police have the guy and security at the mall has been heightened. Just to be on the safe side, I did warn my kids not to go to the mall on that day and went to have lunch elsewhere (Fafa’s in Otaniemi) before driving to the airport.
A lot has been going on in CPH, as those of you have been following my Instagram stories will know. I will write about all that next week!
I hope you have been having a great weekend!