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As predicted, I have returned to the botanical gardens. This trip is more intimate than the inaugural, yet it was just as satisfying. A slow tram ride through the city carried me from my neighborhood to the garden entrance, and thus the adventure began.

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The content brings to light what I fail to experience in reality. The seasons are transitioning across the globe. Social media likes to remind us all when the change occurs, even if it is at the expense of our personal comfort. I enjoy seeing the leaves change color in Helsinki, the spring surf pictures from Cape Town, and the seasonal sunset shots people capture from around the world but take it too far at times and I begin to wonder why I’m not somewhere else.

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To respond to this global FOMO epidemic, the botanical gardens are my saving grace. On this particular day, I enjoyed the crisp autumn air, golden leafy textures, combined with dry cactus arrangements, humid rainforest foliage, and summer green aesthetic… all within a few meters from the other.

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I’m grateful for this little garden space. It is as if I can easily transport to a different scene, without a plane ticket, passport, or bikini wax, and experience something totally different than the moment before.

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Until next week,

xx – nasty trash

 

 

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When the going gets tough, the tough go to free events. Yeah, it was a rather frugal summer for our little family. So to avoid a summer stupor, I decided to be proactive about attending free local events. This plan not only exceeded my expectations, it has become a monthly ritual and new adventure in itself.

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There are a lot of museums in Helsinki, and to organize each individual free day took a bit of strategizing. Inherently, I created a little reference list to keep track of all the activity! So today, Friday, September 1st, the stars aligned when I had to post the same day as an open event!

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Kiasma is by far my favorite attraction in the city. Dead center, with one of the most intriguing interior architectural concepts I’ve ever experienced, the building is a an experience in itself. And to be frank, a free day in Helsinki is still slim pickins compared to most public attractions in larger cities.

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Feel free to take a closer peek at my previous picture of the list I created. If you’re a local or just traveling through Finland, a museum visit is a must.

Until next week,

xx – nasty trash

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This week I am posting on location in a rough stream of consciousness. I have decided to continue with my evening, a well deserved date night with my beloved partner, and share some thoughts about this moment.

Although most of my Friday nights tend to grow more similar as the months go by, I am beginning to crave moments of spontaneity. In between the meals and beers, I am finally starting to feel humbled my surroundings. To be fair, lately, my environment has not been the most comforting aspect of my life. And this evening I can finally say with confidence my home soothes me.

August is my favorite month in Helsinki. I feel at ease with the climate, daylight hours, and reasonable work schedule of the people. Things feel mellow, and the extremes of the midnight sun and sunless winter are just passing thoughts.

Just like the ominous conversations I share with my husband about season finales for Game of Thrones, I have similar feelings towards the winter ahead. Although in this moment, next to the sea and a beer in hand, I feel grateful to be alive and breathing the Baltic air.

Until next week
xx – nasty trash

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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 usual 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

 

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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

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Cheers to movies that inspire us, the memories that make us, and the cocktails that help us along the way. This week I am talking about a special little place that combines all three, Riviera. This venue not only airs some of the latest blockbuster hits but also provides a fully stocked bar and snacks to enjoy your cinematic entertainment.

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I found this place through a dear friend who took me on birthday date. Within minutes the two of us were swooning over the venue, the seats, and the magic that exudes from such a quaint little experience. Since then we have been back once more and I have already purchased tickets to take my husband later this month.

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Just like the theater of your dreams, this one is equipped with the coziest little red couches, lavish lighting, and décor, all of which slip you right into that 1920s movie night mood. With prices competitive to standard theaters, why you would want to go anywhere else to see the newest feature film. Riviera is sure to be a memorable occasion and walking away you’ll feel as though you are stepping out of a dream!

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If you are living in the Kallio area of Helsinki, or just passing by, I would highly recommend saving a couple hours to see a movie at Riviera. Their hospitality is warm, welcoming, and with the right movie, you will not leave disappointed!

xx-nasty trash