Winter Scenery

winter in Helsinki

I’m getting really fed up with winter. Sure, I’ve never been a fan, but the fluctuating temperatures – from barely freezing to cold snaps – and snowstorms followed by sleet and rain are starting to get to me.

Well, it’s late January, so my ‘I really, really hate winter‘ phase is right on schedule…

Given that there’s still plenty of winter ahead, maybe I need an attitude adjustment. Maybe I need to try and see the positive side of winter. No, let’s rephrase that: I’m trying (very hard) to see the beauty of winter. You know, as a coping mechanism. With plenty of sarcasm, of course.

Hey, I’m trying. OK? I can try and see something beautiful about winter, but I need my edge. After all, sarcasm is my middle name. Or at least it should be.

Right, I’m taking a little stroll in my home town, looking for the beauty of winter. So, this is it, Helsinki in winter… OK, let’s see… Hmm… my brain is frozen, this may take a while…

OK, here goes: the old buildings and statues look really cute, as if they’re sugar-coated. How’s that for starters?

Helsinki architecture

winter in Helsinki

And the islands facing the city look so romantic…

OK, that didn’t sound convincing at all. I mean, I’m probably the least romantic woman on earth… Besides, I’ve never understood that Winter Wonderland crap stuff anyway…

I can’t do this: anyone who’s ever spent 15 minutes shivering at a bus stop in a snowstorm knows, with every fibre of her being, that there’s nothing romantic about winter…

And the beautiful old houses in the picture here, they’re summer restaurants, and will remain closed till May…

winter

And winter sports… I love them, just as much as I love any sports. In other words, I couldn’t give a rat’s [insert your choice of body part here].

But apparently there are people who find this the perfect weather for a swim

Helsinki

winter swimming

Allas Sea Pool

OK, that was quite a walk. Now I need a hot shower, just looking at the swimmers here. Let’s face it: I have never been, and will never be, a winter person. It doesn’t scare me (I’m a Finn, after all), but given the choice I’d rather just skip it. Which reminds me, can I go and hibernate now?

Tiina

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10 Comments

  1. Nancy's Fashion Style
    January 25, 2018 / 7:53 am

    I am sorry, I can t help the sarcastic laughter. A Helsinki woman who hates winter! 😂😂😂😂 Hey, but it makes beautiful photos!😁😁😁😁

    • Tiina L
      January 29, 2018 / 2:38 pm

      Yes, well, winter is nasty, but I can take it. And summer is just around the corner, right?

  2. señora Allnut
    January 25, 2018 / 8:52 am

    well, you tryed it! mwhahah. Lovely pictures, even if there's a sad feeling in watching all those summer restaurants closed. And your sarcastic approach to all that Winter scenery has made me laugh for a while, which I'm grateful for, as it was needed!Even if I live in a mild climate with a 'bearable' winter, it's not my favorite season, as it's dull and uncomfortable. Autumn is a beautiful season here, I miss it!besos

    • Tiina L
      January 29, 2018 / 2:39 pm

      Thanks.I love autumn, too; it's my favourite season.

  3. passion fruit, paws and peonies
    January 26, 2018 / 8:11 am

    I've never been to Helsinki – thanks for showing us some sites – the city looks fabulous in Winter! x

    • Tiina L
      January 29, 2018 / 2:39 pm

      The city looks even better in summer…

  4. Shybiker
    January 27, 2018 / 1:57 am

    As a fellow Winter-hater, I understand. But I'm surprised because I thought all Finns learned to endure cold, dark months by virtue of their location in the world. Here's hoping you find sun and warmth soon!

    • Tiina L
      January 29, 2018 / 2:51 pm

      Sure, we can cope with the long, cold and dark winter… But it's one thing to endure something, it doesn't mean you have to like it. ;)But it helps to think that at least the days are getting longer now: sunset is later every day. Now, if we just get through February (the coldest month), it will be spring in no time, and then there are the long, warm summer days to look forward to…

  5. Kaffe Soester
    February 12, 2018 / 6:01 pm

    I'm with you all the way here! Copenhagen isn't much better than Helsinki. We've had below freezing temperatures for more than a week now and my skin is getting hysterical as is my brain! The Botanical Garden has a large hothouse for palm trees – that's where I want to spend my winter! Then I'm not too far from family and friends, but still warm and comfortable.

    • Tiina L
      February 14, 2018 / 5:45 pm

      Winter would be fine if only it was shorter. It's January and February that I hate: it's always so cold. Although, March is even worse: it's still cold, with lots of snow and sunshine. It's like the promise of spring being held in front of eyes, over and over again, and then it starts snowing again…

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