25 Apr 2013

Cannot believe it is over

90% of the snow is gone.
I thought this day will never come, but I can finally say that winter is over.
Let's all take a moment to jump a bit and cry of happiness.

me jumping on the frozen sea

It has been such a long and dark winter that a sunny +8 ºC day totally feels like summer.
Now I understand why all the Nordic tourists that travel to Spain in winter are happily walking around with sandals (and socks, unfortunately) while the Spaniards are wearing scarves and gloves.

I have probably become one of them already, because as soon as the thermometer goes above zero, it feels so wrong to wear a winter-winter coat, even though it is still cold as hell outside.  
There is some mysterious force that makes me wear a spring jacket and leave the gloves/hat at home. It's not because I'm warm... I think it is more of a subconscious act of rebelliousness against winter.

And it seems to work.
I believe that when mr. Winter sees everybody wearing spring clothes, he finally gets it. It takes a while but eventually he decides to go somewhere else and leave poor Finland in peace for a few months.

Here goes my contribution:

Me wearing spring clothes on top of that 10% of snow that hasn't melted yet. Which I call luska.
I could not find any Finnish name for this crap, not even in my awesome Finnish snow guide *, so I just made up my own word by combining lumi (snow) + paska (shit). 

Bye bye winter, bye bye luska!
We had great moments together this year... but now it is time for you to fuck off. Thanks.

* They do have loska - which I believe it is a combination of lumi (snow) + roska (rubbish) - but since loska is made out of melted snow, it did not work in this case. 

21 Apr 2013

Nice places in Helsinki: Fafa's

I can pretty much summarize Fafa's in 3 words: Best falafel ever.

There are not many places in Helsinki where you can grab something (good) to eat after work, without actually needing to sit in a proper restaurant. That is why I love Fafa's.
And that is why I think there should be a Fafa's in every neighborhood in Helsinki (even Konala deserves one).

They are specialized in falafel, but also serve chicken pitas, kebabs and salads.
A very nice alternative to fast food. This is more like good food made fast... with fresh ingredients, organic chickpeas and homemade pita bread. You are gonna love it. 

There are two tiny Fafa's in Helsinki, one in the center and the other in Kallio (where I happen to live, yaay!).  So, whenever you find yourself really hungry but oh so lazy to go to the store, you definitely must give this place a try.

13 Apr 2013

Finnish snow guide

I just learned that Finnish language have more words to describe different kinds of snow than the Eskimos. After a bit of investigation I found out that there are actually over 40 words for snow (and you still wonder why I don't speak Finnish yet...).

I even found a blog specially dedicated to collect and document all the words for snow and ice in Finnish (over 120 words so far!).

Just for fun, I randomly picked up some of them and made my own snow guide. 

1. Winter is long, very long.
2. There was not much to do in winter, Finns had 6 months every year to come up with snow words.
3. Life is too short to learn Finnish.

Despite of the linguistic mess regarding the word "snow", I have something to thank Finnish people:
I really appreciate that you did not have the energy to come up with all kinds of random verbs for "snowing". You only need one verb: sataa (to rain), and then you can say sataa lunta, which means 'it is raining snow' and can be used for nearly anything falling from the sky.

For example, if there is räntä instead of lunta, I can happily say it is raining räntä and stay indoors for the rest of the day (räntä sucks).

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