A Walk in the Park

winter in Helsinki

I’m hibernating…

Not physically, obviously, but mentally. Winter always has that effect on me: I’m tired. Or bored. Maybe both. Perhaps it’s the lack of daylight, or the cold weather. Or because it’s snowing.

Or perhaps it’s the situation we’re all trapped in: the Covid-induced Groundhog Day of same old same old, day in day out. I suppose we’re all getting a bit tired of (not to mention bored with) ‘the new normal‘.

This a lengthy way of explaining why there’s no new outfit post today: I just didn’t feel like it. Because I’m tired, and bored. And I have nothing to wear. And because it’s been too cold, or snowing, most of the time lately.

Instead, I thought I’d take you for a walk in the park:


Yes, I went out (and took some photos to document it) last weekend, even though it was around -10 °C. And it wasn’t just to pop into the supermarket to get something; it was a proper 2-hour walk around the bay.

Anyway, it has been so cold for a while (OK, a few days) that the sea is frozen. So, what you see in the photo below are people walking on ice, on the frozen bay. I think it’s a bit risky though, given that the ice might still be rather thin…

walking on icewalking on ice

And of course it’s quite slippery, too, in places.

Did I mention it was cold? And by ‘cold’ I mean really cold (by Helsinki standards, that is). And, as you no doubt know by now, I hate both winter and cold weather. Clearly, I must be out of my mind…

what to wear when it gets cold


What are your favourite winter activities?

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  1. q
    20 January 2021 / 7:38 pm

    I enjoy doing snowmen or creatures and going to pulkkam√§ki, but kids are getting too teenagers to take me with them any more. I kind of like shovelling the snow, which is great as a house owner. But I’m not at all winter sports person. I do like to walk even if it crisply cold. This winter I realised, that I had missed the sound the snow makes under your shoes, when it is very cold. But absolutely no walks on iced sea yet, there is not enough ice after only a couple days of below zero temperatures. -q

    • Tiina L
      25 January 2021 / 12:36 pm

      Yes! The sound of snow under your shoes, I paid attention to that, too. We haven’t had that in the past few years, have we?

  2. mireilleftm
    21 January 2021 / 6:34 pm

    Wow! That is cold! It does look beautiful though but I sure understand how living there in winter month, you would like to hibernate! But so beautiful!!

    • Tiina L
      25 January 2021 / 12:41 pm

      Yes, it does look beautiful. And as much as I hate the cold weather, I still prefer it to the cycle of freezing-and-thawing that turns all the parks into puddles of slush and the streets into ice rinks…

  3. 26 January 2021 / 1:02 pm

    Beautiful photos! That sure does sound cold though… man I really hate the cold but I do find bundling up and going out in it every now and then does help improve my mood. Our lake recently froze over (it keeps freezing and thawing endlessly this winter) and while I can hear it popping and making all sorts of noise all night long as more ice develops I still can’t believe people have been out ice fishing on it. I swear it was just a day or two ago that we had open water in some places!

    • Tiina L
      26 January 2021 / 4:25 pm

      Thanks, Joanne! Oh yes, the cycle of freezing and thawing, we have it here, too. The ice rink in the park opposite has turned into a big puddle of slush. And the sea, well,I would not trust the ice to be thick enough to walk on yet…

  4. shelbeeontheedge1
    27 January 2021 / 5:42 pm

    I totally feel where you are coming from, Tiina! Cold and bored and living an eternal Groundhog’s Day! These photos are so fun. The snow is so beautiful although I am quite tired of it myself already!


    • Tiina L
      29 January 2021 / 11:53 am

      Yes, the snow is beautiful. But it gets old really fast… Can’t wait for spring to arrive.

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