A dream?

This morning I had a dream. It was very simple. I was in a building and entered an elevator. I pushed a button to go up, but the elevator went down and I couldn’t stop it. At some point, I got out and I felt confused, it was all gloomy and only concrete around me.…

These guys…

…are really difficult to find, I admit, this is unfair. It’s not even cold enough. I give a few hints: they are at a very prominent coast line and only show up under special weather conditions, when the sea is still open, but the air is freezing. Nature’s own ice art. I don’t expect any…

Going through Hell?

It’s still November. I don’t know why, but for me, November in Finland is some kind of mental hell. Winston Churchill is rumored to have said: If you are going through hell, be sure to keep going! I really like that.  A lot. When I go through mental hell, questions help me to keep going.…

Ei

Dieses Lied hat mich die ersten Jahre in Finnland oft begleitet und ich höre es immer noch gerne. Maija Vilkkumaa gehört zum musikalischen Urgestein in Finnland. Es gibt verschiedene Versionen dieses Stückes, hier eine eher rockige Variante. “Vilkku” heißt  so etwas wie “Lichtsignal” oder “Leuchtfeuer” und “maa” heißt Land. Zufall?

Response – Ability

I was introduced to the idea of “responsibility” in my mother tongue, German. Although the German word “Verantwortung” actually contains the word “Antwort”, meaning answer or response, it wasn’t after I had learned to speak English well that I was able to grasp the true meaning of the word. I still cringe when hearing somebody…

Thursday vibes

This is the appropriate music for my blog: Finnish Rap from a young Afro-Finn with the title “Tourist”. It also helps to survive November without snow…

Tealover’s delight

I know, tea should only be drunken from porcelain, but my favorite tea cup for now is this little thing from magisso, designed in Finland. I am sure they will come up with some more fancy versions over time, this is the basic white “all in one”, unbreakable, dishwasher suitable designer tea drinking device for…

November…

…is depression time. In Finland, at least, November sees the highest rates of suicides, followed by April. I used to be depressed, too. Things started to change, when I started to ponder this question: How do I do that? De-press myself? And then: which part of me is doing the depressing? And which part is…