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Towards sustainable meals

This is what popped into my Facebook newsfeed first this morning. It was posted by my friend couple who left the city after studies and are now running their own farm in Central-Eastern Finland, focused on producing organic vegetables. This poster though is sharing some important facts around a subject that I’ve been pondering on a lot lately.

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Good tips for making your daily meal more sustainable. Origin: http://www.climatechangeguide.com

Maybe it’s a little bit pathetic that I’m mourning after the CO2 emissions that my carnivoring is causing, since I’m happily ignoring the emissions caused by my traveling, but i still feel sorry for my ignorant actions. Carnivoring is  resulting huge CO2 emissions, which could be quite easily cut down. Either more people should turn vegetarist but it would be more propable and possible just to make a small change in our attitudes reagarding the amounts of meat eaten per person every week.

I haven’t found courage, effort and fortitude enough to go vegetarist, even though eating meat makes me feel a little guilty. Especially the factory farming is giving me shivers in a very bad way and actually making me very angry. So I had started to pay more attention to the producers and buying organic meat when ever it was possible. Also game is fine for me, even though I feel that hunting is not my thing.

Last winter my boyfriend told me he actually doesn’t feels like eating meat anymore since it feels so rude after hearing and knowing all these stories behind the farming and producing. I suprised myself actually not being the one suggesting something like that, but telling him to take it a little slower! We ended up trying a vegetarian week. It wasn’t hard, but we found ourselves longing for meat. Not too much, but some good and at least in my opinnion also more sustainable meat from time to time. So we ended up cuting down our meat eating, so the idea is that we don’t cook meat every day at home, but instead try to make more vegetarian foods. And having vegetarian weeks from time to time. Wasting food (forgeting to eat the leftovers) is maybe our biggest challenge, even though we’re trying to pay attention in it.

Even though we didn’t end up becoming climate and animal saving vegetarians, I think we are on a good way of eating more like those rules in that poster suggest, going forward towards sustainable eating habits.

How about you, what is the situation in your kitchen? To be vegetarist or not to be vegetarist? Sustainable carnivoring?

Addiction to travelling, winter fatigue and other climate-ruiner’s excuses

I love traveling! Yes, I’m a selfish little climate ruiner. I’m very aware of the bad sides of my little addiction  but once I started my parent independent travelling as a teenager, I got hooked, and I just can’t get enough of it. Think that the story is very familiar to many.

Since I’m aware of my bad habit’s harmful co-sides, I’m of course trying my best to make my traveling more ecological, in the realistic phrames formed by my economical situation as a young independent person with no savings and of course, lack of time. So yes, it’s clearly not enough.

When I’m posting about my travels, it’s obvious they’re made with limited budget and sadly not as ecologically sustainable sort as they could be, and as I wanted them to be. Ecological travelling is something I want to learn more about. When I travelled to Rio, I didn’t take a cargoship across the ocean (how cool would THAT be?!) but instead took the 11-12 hour flight with a stop-over in London. Stop-overs are the worst kind of polluters in airtraffic. But I was happy to get there, it was my first change to go to  South America, and I was sure to take it once I could!

IMG_5904As I’m coplaining about my reality as a budget traveller, I’m well aware of the fact that I am no poor at all in the world scale. I’m only a lucky dweller of a Nordic welfare country (even though it’s a wrecking one) with my first world problems. I’m very thankful I have this change to travel this much as I do and happily showing off with this lifestyle blog. 😉

As a funny coinsidence with these thoughts of mine, just today The Telegraph reveiled that according to a recent survey by Timetric, Finland is the most travelled country in the world with an average Finn making 7.5 trips a year, including trips at home and abroad. Finland was followed by The United States domestic travel rates and our Scandinavian neighbours, Sweden, Denmark and Norway. According to The Telegraph, people in Scandinavia travel alot, because we afford it and because of our relatively expensive costs of living here, travelling abroad means we get more value of our money there. That is true, I suppose.

Other reason is that in these Nordic countries  many families own a summer house or a cabin by a lake/ the sea, where they spend their holidays. That is why our domestic travel rates are high aswell. also, one reason, not mentioned in the article, is for sure the climate. Our winter is long, dark and cold, and many of us are suffering from a ’winter-fatigue’ and in serious need of a little light treatment already when the year turns to November.

Hopefully we travelling Finns are also after some culture. Warmth and culture, what would be better combination? So to say, even Paris doesn’t feel like it should in January, in zero degrees and grey fog all around. Or what do you think?

Autumnal holiday moods

This weekend was ending my one week long autumn holiday. The week has been lovely and relaxing, with not too much things on programme. I was (of course) dreaming of a vacation trip to somewhere, but for change I’m being realistic, saving money for my future adventures and just secretly swearing to my travel-realistic dad sending his holiday greetings from Paris by sms. ’Well, at least they’re having a tacky touristic dinner cruise on Seine’, I sniffed to myself. Yes, it must be awfull.

Instead of Paris or some other hypocrite European town, I’ve been staying at home in Helsinki, concentrating on my hobbies and the slowlife feeling you can only truly acchieve on your vacation. You know, peacefully eating your breakfast and reading a book at the same time – naturally only after making it look like straight from a women’s magazine, and posting a picture on instagramme and FB and forgetting to eat for a moment. Surfing on the internet on a real table computer (!) so long that you notice you accidentally skipped your yoga lesson.  Or sitting all alone in one of your favourite coffee houses  (Bergga in the district of Kallio, Helsinki) reading tons of travel magazines, dreaming away and eating as much bunnies and cakes and other delicious things they have there.

I also managed to drag my friend along with me to the weekly croquis drawing lesson I’m attending. It’s actually not a lesson, but a change to draw croquis, since there are not too much people willing to perform naked for total strangers, not even in Finland. Croquis, if something is amazingly brain-relaxing activity.

I also went to see norvegian artist Edward Münch’s art exhibition in Didrichsen Art Museum. Münch is not one of my favourite artists, but figurred out it’s still worth for a visit and getting to know better his art. It was nice, still the exhibition’s best offerings to me was the interactive videosimulator, where one could place herself in the world-famous face of the Münch’s painting The Scream.

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The Scream in me

Last but not least, I want to share with you the beauty of the Finnish nature in autumn. The best colours of the autumn are already gone, since the leaves are getting down already, and my other favourite, mushroom picking is getting harder and harder. The  love and need and this ultimate relaxing method, picking mushrooms and berries is inherited from my mother and grandmothers. Now only some frozen yeallowfoots left here and there in the coniferous forests, but there is still loads of beauty to enjoy.
Today it was a grey and foggy day, so it’s nice to go back to yesterday’s chilly landscapes and colours on our afternoon walk in Arabia and Vanhankaupunginlahti. In this area used to be Helsinki’s first dwellings centuries ago, and even though there is no notable traces or ruins left, since the dwellings have mostly been wooden, it still shows in the name of the district: vanha= old, kaupunki= town, lahti=bay.

See it yourself! Have a great new week!

Travel memories

While I’m updating my blog to year 2014, I offer you here a little glimbse to my travels between 2007-2012, more pictures and stories (also from Rio) to come when I get to update my blog!

Describing idioms and about dreaming too big

Welcome to my reborn blog!

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Once I first came up with this blog two years ago, I wanted the name to represent the wonders of the surrounding world that I wanted to paint visible with photos and show to the rest of the world.  When I came back to my forgotten and half-empty photo blog this year, I felt like the name was still very useful, but I had to do something else than a plain photo blog.

Thinking about it now, I’m actually not sure if the name of this blog is as informative in it’s English form as it is in my native language, Finnish. Like I’ve learned on the way, not every Finnish phrase or idiom works in English or other languages. Not to mention the French ones like mon petit chou… In Finnish voi pikku kaalini (’my little cabbage’)  would certainly sound a bit humiliating, and saying that on a date in Finland, might easily end the date there.

As a Finn I see my fellow Finnish compatriots use Finnish proverbs fluently in their English texts without knowing (or caring) that the expression isn’t an international one. I’m not an exception here, just telling we do it a lot. Well in case skylinepainter isn’t a international expression, I want to explain it just a little, even though it’s quite informative one.

In Finnish, taivaanrannanmaalari – litterally translated as skylinepainter – means a person, who is constantly dreaming and of course reaching out for unpossible things.  As a kid I also understood the skyline painter as a unemployeed bum living on the park bench but still enjoying his life doing nothing but dreaming. Secretly, I wanted to become one. Well obviously the official explantion is a little more appreciating, but one could still feel a little offended if called so in real life. Still it seems to be the story of my life.

Maybe hundreds of times my father has told me to calm down with my plans and in a very Finnish way recommended me no to dream away too much. Life is dull and supposed to be so too! 😉 You know, even though the Finnish mentality is much more complex than the stereotypes describe, undoubtedly there is something true in them, and one of them is certainly not to rejoice or show off too much, or it will eventually revenge itself.  So, according to my father I should stop planning impossibilities and concentrate on studies, work, home and so on… Instead of constant travel dreams for example. It wasn’t only from my father I’ve heard this suggestion to keep it more simple and not to plan too much. I’ve also heard it from my companions in life, who obviously have more sence for what my economical situation really enables and have (succesfully) been trying to keep me away from economical disaster. It may have been good to calm it down a little, but never stop complitely.

When I look back, there hasn’t been too many dreams that I couldn’t have made to reality. Of course there are longterm dreams, – like having my own lakeside house in the Finnish countryside near the capital area (haha) or a seaside summerhouse somewhere in warm climate – that even I don’t expect to come true too soon, not even in few years time.

Dreaming is a way of making life and also it’s grey ordinary life more enjoyable, more light. That is hedonism, for Gods sake!

Corny or not, I want to live for my dreams, make some irrational and unpossible plans and do my best to make them come true! Who knows, maybe they’re not so impossible!

After all, what is impossible? Oh yes, world peace.