Damn it's hot!No, I definitely don't like hot weather. I know, summer is short and all that... Feeling sticky and hot (hot as in uncomfortable, not hot as in sexy...) just makes me irritable, and long for winter. Yes, really. As much as I hate cold weather, I may hate hot weather even more. I suppose I would be the perfect candidate to live in a controlled environment with an even 20ºC / 68 ºF year round. That would be paradise...
In order to beat the hot weather, and to stay at least minimally comfortable (forget cool), I'm wearing linen, and long sleeves to protect my skin from the sun. Yes, of course I'm also wearing sun screen. I may not wear it every day, but I won't forget it when I plan to spend the day ourdoors, or go sighseeing, like today.
Staycation SightseeingThis is the last of my staycation posts. Now that we've done the nature thing, and the picnic thing, and in general been around water quite a bit, it's time to do a bit of sightseeing. After all, that's what I always do on holiday: keep an eye out for interesting architectural details. And take pictures of them, just for fun.
But first, let's get a little bit of water in the photos, OK? It's a hot day, after all.
OK, that's better...
No, I don't live anywhere near here... But in my heart I'm a city girl, and I love the sea, and living just about anywhere in the centre of Helsinki would be a dream come true. A very expensive dream, though, which explains why I don't live anywhere near where these photos were taken. But hey, a girl can dream, right?
Anyway, these photos are from all over Helsinki, in no particular order, so let's call this an overview, just to give you an idea of the typical architecture. Yes, just like there's water all around (the southern) Helsinki, there are Jugendstil buildings such as these just about anywhere (except in the suburbs, of course).
Home Sweet Home...
Of course, there's more to Helsinki than the sea and early 20th century architecture, but you're seeing it through my eyes now. Yes, it's a limited, edited point of view, for sure. But I wanted you to see what I love about my home town.
My home town. Such loaded words.
I wasn't born here, but I've spent about 35 years of my life here, except for a few extended stays abroad. Yet, this is the place I've always come back to, after my forays into the wide world. But I've never really thought of it as my home town before, just a place I happen to be living in, for the time being. You know, temporarily.
Recently I've been thinking about this a lot, why I've never 'settled down', or put down roots anywhere. Or maybe I have, in a way; after all, 35 years is a long time...
Clearly, I have some sort of an attitude problem. FYI, that's a euphemism for 'I'm totally neurotic and screwed up'...
But this summer has also got me thinking about what it feels like to be seen as an outsider. And I've realised that I don't like it, even though it never bothered me before (I've felt like an outsider, for many reasons, most of my life, but it's a topic I find too boring and unproductive to discuss here).
Anyway, I've come to the conclusion that it would be nice to call a place 'home', to feel that I belong there. So yes, I'm going to call Helsinki my home town. After all, we have 35 years of history behind us, Helsinki and I...
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How do you feel about your home town?
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