21.11.15

SUOMENLINNA: RIGHT PLACE TO THINK, DREAM, DISCOVER

Photo: Liisi Sepp

It`is been awhile since I made a bigger post here. I`m sorry for not posting enough. It`s been very busy time with university, work, traveling and big changes that are coming in my life. But now let`s fly back in time.


It was a warm day in september. All the trees were colourful, sun was shining and little warm wind played with our hair. Me and my friend Liisi decided to discover new magical place called Suomenlinna.



Suomenlinna is an inhabited sea fortress built on six islands and which now forms part of the city of Helsinki, the capital of Finland. You can get there by little ferrie. Trip from Helsinki will take about 15 minutes to get there. Suomenlinna is a UNESCO World Heritage site and popular with tourists and locals, who enjoy it as a picturesque picnic site.


It`s the most peaceful place I have ever seen in my life. I imagine myself there as old lady in my 60s walking with my Golden Retriever (that I plan to have in the future) over all this beautiful bridges. Just me and my future dog enjoying good weather and the pure nature that I have opportunity to see. Suomenlinna reminds me a bit of Viljandi, but on island and much more cozier. There is no public transport (expect ferries). We saw just a few cars and bicycles.


It`s the right place to think, dream, discover and just breath. We sit on the bridge. Sun caressed our cheeks and wind played with our hair. We heard waves and birds singing. We eat ice cream and felt so happy and carefree. I will remember this perfect moment forever.


I was just sitting and listening to waves. How waves hit the edge of rock and splashed high in the air. I enjoyed the moment and was so thanful for such good opportunity to simply enjoy life. 



Things to do in Suomenlinna:
  • Buy ice cream and sit on the bridge
  • Go to cozy Cafe Vanilla and play with cute cat
  • Grab some food from grocery shop and have a picnic
  • Go to the beach and look how waves hit the rocks
  • Walk through the Suomenlinna
  • Enjoy the museums
  • Visit the King`s Gate
  • Take a look at Suomenlinna church
  • Get lost in the mystery of catacombs
  • Enjoy your life and be thankful :)

14.11.15

PRAY FOR PARIS


It's heartbreaking how many people are crying tonight. This is just terrible what is happening in the world right now and especially in Paris. I'm afraid that World War III has started and I'm terrified about the place this world has become. I keep thinking that just a couple of weeks ago I was so happy in peaceful Paris. I enjoyed it so much. And I was texting my friends how wonderful leaving in Paris is. And now...I just don`t have words to describe how unsafe I feel right now. My sincere sympathy for the loss of the inhabitants of Paris.

When it all started my friend texted me saying "Do you know what`s happening in Paris right now?". I had no clue. I was already in bed prepared for sleeping. When I started reading news. I just could not believe my eyes. Immediately I texted my friend, who I was visiting in Paris. I was so worried. She lives just 15 kilometers away. She was safe. When I saw her text, you can`t imagine how big relieve it was. But her flatmates friend was killed that night. It`s just so terrifying. He worked hard, lived, loved, dreamed and now he is gone.

I hope that Europe will not try to answer to violence with violence. But I`m afraid it will. People still don`t learn from history. It`is so annoying that now I can`t invest my time and money into growing as a person. Into traveling, that makes my soul rich. Now I have to think about safety and not about possibilities. I can't decide what to do with my life, because I had to go with Erasmus student exchange program, but I`m just so afraid to travel right now. What you think should I go or not? Please I need your help.