A day off…..

How do you spend a day in Finland when you are not working, “a day off”?

Go fishing on a lake, paddling a canoe, doing some shopping at Prisma’s, at the local S-Market, buy gardening stuff at K-Rautta.

So this day off it should be something else … I went by train from Järvenpää to Helsinki.

At arrival I immediately regretted the decision to visit Helsinki on a hot summer day (yes, the weather was good!), when I left the train it was like arriving at the railway station in Amsterdam.

I regularly visit Finland for meeting my partner’s family – outside the summer season – and then of course there is tourism with the Fin’s but now, … only tourists you could see, hear and smell.

But soon… I remembered the beautiful seashore I visited once as I visited the isle of Suomenlinna. So after a great cappuccino at Roberts Coffee in the old wooden market hall I took a short cut through the park Kaivopuisto towards the waterfront at the Baltic Sea.

There is the terrace of Café Ursula – one of the remainders from the Olypics in 1952 – a wonderful place to stay, a breeze of the wind, the view at the archipelago, boats coming along, the ferries – the Vikingline ferry from Stockholm passed by – that is really relaxing!

Sitting here, only thinking about the new pictures, images and feelings to translate in my textiles or to paint or just drawing.

The day ended with a great dinner at a (me well-known place) The Hardrock Café Helsinki.

With a lot of new ideas and energy I arrived late at night back at Hauho, curious how to start the next day.


  1. John Sas on July 28, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Well … I’m imagining you sitting in the hardrockcafé while they are playing songs from ‘bloody tourists’, the record from 10cc in the late 70’s. Wonder how that will inspire you for your textile works …. ‘Dreadlock Holiday in Finland’

  2. Ginni Fleck on July 31, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Lekker bijtanken.

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