Post 25 of 52

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This week I was blessed with a couple visitors from out of town, so when I was pressured to provide the most Helsinki experience ever, my first thought was to share the beautiful space that is the Kaisaniemi Botanic Gardens.

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I became familiar with this space after reading about it in Helsinki People Make The City and felt the images shared were some of the most understated and iconic scenes from around town. For botanist enthusiasts or people just seeking a couple good Instagram posts, this space does not disappoint.

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All photos here were taken with my usually Canon set up, excluding the first image. My wonderful guest and step sister waved her wand and made the most stunning image to emulate my favorite cover photo of Kirsikka Simberg.

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There are not enough words to express the beauty and detail this space contains. I plan to spend many more afternoons wandering these glass rooms. It is my prediction that varying weather would only make the experience, and the images, more stunning and unique. Until next week,

xx – nasty trash

 

Post 24 of 52

A few days ago a friend tipped me off about a local museum having free admission this week. I had yet to visit this particular location and took advantage of the local opportunity. To preface, I am not an art historian or an expert by any means. I simply enjoy being surrounded by grand old creations and taking in the beauty of it all.

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 There can always be something valuable to take away from the experience of an exhibition. Even if the work is not to your taste. Take the time to notice the architecture of the building itself. The placement of each work and the story the entire collection tells. The details large and small are impressive.

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For the exhibits themselves, it does not make a difference if I am well versed on the subject or not, the collection will undoubtedly leave me impressed, humbled, and inspired. Not so inspired that I want to run out to the closest paint store and buy all the supplies, but simply, growing my appreciation for those committing to a craft or purpose for a greater reason.

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Be sure to keep an eye out in your area for free admissions in local museums this season, as well as adding the Ateneum Art Museum to your must see list when visiting Helsinki!

xx – nasty trash

Post 23 of 52

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Today was the Helsinki Air Show. In fact, it still is. As I write this the sound of jet engines can be heard from outside my window. It is a unique¬†spectacle and this show in particular attracted tens of thousands. To be honest, I haven’t seen a crowd this large in the two years I have lived in Finland.

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Although I have never had much interest in heavy machinery, it is hard not to stop and be in awe of these man-made marvels. Not to mention I love geeking out with my Canon around a bunch of mostly old men with massive set ups just trying to get some cool pictures.

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The combination of the airshow plus all the other vendors that came out, and just the massive crowds, made the Friday vibe perfection. This year is the 100th year of Finland’s independence, so the season is packed with tons of different events. This bit was just a taste of all the events in store for the weeks ahead.

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Kippis Suomen kesälle!

(Cheers to the Finnish summer!)

xx – nasty trash

Post 22 of 52

This week my health took a turn when I caught a cold. I was out for a few days and did not get a chance to do anything for the blog. So the following are some photos from a gorgeous midnight sunset from last summer. Even though the temperatures are hardly ever ideal, the midnight sun is really something special to witness.

Until next week,

xx – nasty trash

 

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Post 21 of 52

If I had to pick one thing I absolutely adore about Nordic culture, it is the frequent and impressive picnic scene. No matter how big or small, if the sun is shining, you can find someone sharing a meal outside with friends, or having a snack in the fresh air.

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Picnicking to me is the postcard activity for summer. I take advantage of the local scenery and pack up my essentials for a special hour or two. This location is my favorite spot! Just a 5-minute walk from my front door, it is top notch combining views of the sea and a lush rolling green lawn.

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On this particular day, my lunch is simple, I have a new recipe for my sandwich and picked up some fresh berries on my way to the park. Whether you prepare the meal yourself or buy something to go, you can do no wrong by opting for a meal with this view!

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As a child, I remember my mother collecting various picnic basket sets. They were extravagant and only really ever used for holidays or special occasions. Nonetheless, they struck my curiosity for dining with the great outdoors. Now, the Helsinki scene is more low-key, trading a wicker basket for a quirky canvas tote. It is a wonderful activity to celebrate a special occasion, spark a romantic date, or just a reason to leave the house for a few extra hours.

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Happy picnicking! Until next week,

xx – nasty trash

Post 20 of 52

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Calling all Punavuori people! There is a new cafe in the neighborhood! Levain is the place and it is on point with the trend, menu, and atmosphere. Rumor has it everything is made in house too, only outsourcing to local suppliers for special offers.

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This morning is the second time I have eaten here. After only opening its doors a week ago, popularity has picked up!  I am grateful to see the healthy business for a one of a kind experience vs having just another franchise chain to conform to, but Punavuori is special like that. Almost everything is one of a kind here.

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Levain is no exception¬†with authenticity. After previously housing a trendy restaurant¬†a few months last year, it closed their doors for the Christmas holiday (a common practice in Helsinki). For months afterward, they kept a sign in the window extending their “holiday” vacation into the early months of spring.

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Finally, as Spring rolls around, this new beautiful little space graced our neighborhood with some delicious eats and treats. If you’re in the area, it is a must, you won’t be disappointed!

xx – nasty trash

Post 19 of 52

This week I found myself in a familiar conversation, “How do you like living in Finland?” These moments perplex me. For the person asking, it is a unique conversation. For the person answering, it is a question that comes up repeatedly. So frequent, that I find my answers grow boring and unpersuasive at times.

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To answer the chit-chat questions and continue a conversation in a mellow mood is a complicated balance. The answers are so personal, and I have a difficult time bringing my response to the surface.

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Life abroad is wonderful, difficult, painful, and infinitely inspiring. In contrast, I knew from a young age to appreciate my surroundings, because I never felt like I fit in.¬†People tend to remind me of that… “You’re different, where are you from?”

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For the sake of small talk, I prefer modern devices like Instagram and using photography for instant expression. The images capture what I fail to eloquently say in a 15-minute conversation.

What do I like about living in Finland? …well just look at these little details, aren’t they wonderful?

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xx – nasty trash