Apr
16
2009
3

Helsinki Part 2

On the Sunday before we left Helsinki, Chris and I took a boat trip to Suomenlinna Island, which is a short 15-minute ferry ride off the main harbor of Helsinki. The island has functioned in a number of ways over the centuries, most notably as a military fortress and most recently as a residential neighborhood/tourist trap. The day we went was chilly but calm and we walked all over the island, exploring the oddities and beautiful views.

There was still a lot of ice near the shores that scraped the bottom of the ferry as we passed over it. Good thing we were close enough to the shore that if there happened to be a Titanic reenactment, we wouldn't be too far away from rescue. But I would totally want to play the part of The Unsinkable Molly Brown.

There was still a lot of ice near the shores that scraped the bottom of the ferry as we passed over it. Good thing we were close enough to the shore that if there happened to be a Titanic reenactment, we wouldn't be too far away from rescue. But I would totally want to play the part of The Unsinkable Molly Brown.

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Apr
10
2009
4

Helsinki Part 1

Chris and I had the opportunity to go with some of his colleagues to a “Festival of Electronic Arts and Subcultures” in Helsinki, Finland at the beginning of April. I have never before been a part of a festival of subcultures before. According to the dictionary, a subculture is “One culture of microorganisms derived from another.” There MAY have been other definitions, but I am choosing to use this one. There were definitely lots of microorganisms floating around in the brisk Finnish air during that week. Microorganisms armed with dreadlocks, MacBooks and thousands of electrical cords. I was almost swallowed up by one particularly tangled mass of cords near an exhibit.

However, since I am not actually an electronic artist, nor am I part of some sub-group of microorganisms, I was able to do a little sightseeing around the city. Helsinki has a strangely familiar feeling in the air to Minneapolis. Granted, they look nothing alike, but the sky and the smell of it made me feel at home.

The Helsinki harbor was beautifully fresh and still filled with ice chunks floating in the water.

The Helsinki harbor was beautifully fresh and still filled with ice chunks floating in the water.

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Apr
08
2009
4

A Few Excuses

Wow, has it really been two months since I last posted? Yikes. Here are a few of my reasons, some legitimate, some not:

1. When we moved to our new apartment in February, we lost our easily available and free access to the internet. And I was too lazy to walk over to Chris’ building to get internet and too cheap to pay for it at a cafe.

2. I came down with what I have self-diagnosed as a case of the Eastern European Blahs. I never realized how much sun Minneapolis really gets in the wintertime until I came to the Land of Eternal Gray Cloud Cover.

3. I have done absolutely nothing interesting in the two months since I last posted. I am serious. Nothing. Nada. Who wants to read “So, today I walked to work again, and it was really gray and cloudy. Then I walked home from work and it was still cloudy, but then it was dark.” BORING.

4. I have been really busy gestating. Gestating is exhausting work, but there is a wonderful surprise at the end. Ours will arrive around September 6. We are beyond excited. And so are our parents, who have been begging for a grandchild since our wedding reception.

So, whether or not you find all of this valid, it’s the truth. But the good news, or maybe I shouldn’t assume how you feel about my blogging, is that I should be up and running at full speed again. For a variety of reasons (this time I promise not to list them) I am no longer working at the landscape architecture office. Instead, I have become like every other foreigner in Budapest and I am teaching English. My only qualification is that I was taught English as a child, but that seems to be all that I need. Language schools love the native speakers. The great thing is that I love it and I have a lot more flexibility in my schedule. I am hoping to fill those extra hours with some traveling, some soul searching, and of course, gestating.

It’s good to be back, even if I am just talking to myself.

A sneek peak at our recent trip to Finland. More on that in the coming days.

A sneek peak at our recent trip to Finland. More on that in the coming days.

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