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Convertible cars are fancy… even when snowing.

Posted 12th-March-2008 at 02:50 PM by djvm98
Updated 17th-November-2008 at 03:01 PM by admin

A thing that has really shocked me while walking on Helsinki streets has been the amount of cabriolet version cars. I remember over the Mediterranean coast whether being in Spain, France or Italy, convertible cars are a constant. It is really nice way to travel, enjoying the driving experience with some sun and fresh wind on your face.

But why in the hell should you buy a car which main characteristic and benefit can be enjoyed only very few days a year? OK. There have been some extraordinary electric-blue-sky sunny days during the last two months. But hardly someone will dare to open his car’s roof when outside maximum is 2º C.

Considering the length of winter, which effects are pretty extended in these latitudes, beginning in late September embracing autumn and going over a practically inexistent spring. The truly warm days – if we can call them like that since it is not guaranteed you will be able to wear t-shirt all day long – go from mid May to end of August on a good year. But you cannot count on it, since weather in Finland is totally unpredictable; you could find yourself using your roofless car only few days in June.

Does it worth? As far as I can see on the streets, it seems yes. The experience of rolling around on a convertible, feeling that sun only shines for you, acquires a fashionable new dimension on Scandinavian roads. Nourishing your lungs with impeccable forest’s essences or delighting your eyes with awesome starry...
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How to build an igloo

Posted 12th-March-2008 at 02:45 PM by djvm98
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Walking around last weekend with our dog I found out what for non-Nordic people is a maximum curiosity. Igloo building still remains as a survival method for intrepid trekkers, mostly off touristic areas, because of course this doesn't mean normal people lives actually on this structures.

At the west bank of Helsinki's bay the Tapiola quarter emerges with one of the very firsts shopping centers opened on the 70's. It seems they are trying to attract more customers to this really old fashioned mall, and this weekend the main attraction was some "ice performances". Including ice sculpting, on the picture what the artist intended to create was a swan.

But the most intriguing thing was, so far, how to build an igloo. I always thought that you were suppose to cut the ice on big bricks and then put them one after another on the appropriate way to shape the curve structure. Totally wrong. I shot a video (unfortunately this blog doesn't allow to upload it ) that illustrates better how they use that kind of pivot - centrally anchored - and with the "brick builder" on the other side, where you should put some compacted snow. As it goes circling the house begins to get its characteristic shape, such easy!

Experts on the snow building art, Finns are famous for being able to build all kind of ice structures, from simple houses to the worldwide famous Ice Pubs and Ice Hotels. Recently even I heard about someone who managed to build another...
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Great weather in Vuosaari

Posted 23rd-February-2008 at 08:57 PM by Snow
Updated 12th-February-2009 at 07:10 PM by Snow

Finally the sun is back in Finland (at least in Vuosaari). After having bought lots of stuff in K-Rauta to renovate the flat I am ready for the spring and enjoying life

Have to read the article about how to write a good blog now!
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Ideas for Business Venture in Finland

Posted 23rd-February-2008 at 05:18 AM by Peni

Just throwing around ideas for opening a business.
Something viable, not to make a fortune, just a living. Doesn't have to be in any city in particular. If there are already Aussie eateries in Helsinki, perhaps Tampere, Vaasa or Rovaniemi would be a better place to open such. Or maybe an Aussie wool shop? Ugg boots, woolen jackets etc.
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