Pomponrahka and Kärsämäki Devil’s Nest

Week 4, 2020
Turku, Finland

Here, in Southwest Finland the weather is like spring,  even though it should be a freezing cold winter. I will not write about my personal concern, or share evidence, related to how quickly the weather is changing. The purpose of this post is to build a nano lesson #001 of discovering the region where I am living currently.

Close to Turku airport there is a walking path named  Pomponrahka.  I didn’t know anything about this path until I writing this post. Now I discover that this area is home for approximately one third of the spiders’ species in Finland. I confess while I was walking there, I didn’t see one spider, but I was not looking for them either.

This is a short trail (approx. 2km),  next to Turku airport.  Despite being an interesting trail, for my surprise and in my personal opinion, the trail is “loud”.   I mention this because one can constantly hear  traffic from the “near” roads. Despite this, it is a nice trail to walk. I personally like the swamp area, where one has the possibility to sit and admire the landscape. I took a photo of this particular spot, but the photo is not good.  Next time I will improve this shot.

The trail is easy to walk, it is almost flat with few location where one has to “climb” slightly.

After the walk, we drove to see a  “glacial erratic”  (siirtolohkare) rock close by: Kärsämäki Devil’s Nest.  This rock has a legend, which we should translate carefully as at the moment makes no sense if one uses only google translator.

I need to reflect upon this Sunday walk, and consider it as lesson #001 because I didn’t know anything about the importance of the trail neither about “glacial erratic” rocks.  All what one can learn, while being  on the road.


Week 37, 2019
Turku, Finland

On Augutst 24-31 of this year, I had the opportunity to participate in the Summer School of the UNESCO chair in ICT to develop and promote sustainable tourism in World Heritage Sites. The theme of this year was: LeVERAGE ICTs for Tourism. Information and Communication Technologies in Tourism for preserving LiVing hERitAGE

It was interesting to be a participant of this Summer School series.  I only new this Summer School because I organized it last year here in Finland.

It was a rich experience to be a participant again. I think the last time I was a participant of a Summer School was 10 years ago. It was a rich and strange experience. All together.

Looking for a quote to reflect my feeling, I found this one:  “Who dares to Teach mus never cease to Learn” (by John Cotton Dana) .  Often we interpret this to keep ourselves actualizing, reading, thinking, reflecting. This is a complete truth. But it might also imply, to be a learner and have that role as well. To connect with other fellow learners independently where we are in our journey of discover. It is to go back to our return, and do not lose the ground.

It was fun to contribute in a team. Overall to see how the work of my team evolved from an idea to its complexion. See the talents of each team member, it was fascinating and a wonderful experience. To laugh, and work hard with that energy that only students have.

Perhaps I value this experience more today than earlier, because is not so often when I can say I am a full time student. Connect with others at different levels is part of the magic of life. On the other hand, I admit that each one of our life experiences and knowledge will always be with us, and therefore. Therefore, the connectivity and conversations with facilitators also increases as peers. To connect with others is a magical rainbow with some many tonalities.  I am thankful to be able to connect with my “gang” of Lugano ;- )

And luckily enough, our project might be pass over to the people of Münstair. That is awesome!

Here is the link of our website: http://senseofvalmustair.mozello.com/home/

Here is the link to the story we made, very quickly there.


Happy Eastern Bookmarker

Week 16, 2019
Turku, Finland

This post started to be writen in Eastern.  During this time, some cultures have the Eastern eggs, which I confess it is not my tradition. Nevertheless, since I live in Finland, I start to related Eastern with the feeling that spring is really comming.  In this celebrations there is evidence of spring: the birds are singing and the colors are returning.

In this Eastern, I wanted to send an Eastern detail to some little ones that I know, and I wanted to do something with feathers. The difficult task here was to decide: what to do?  Then I found this idea that I slightly transformed in order to make some happy book markers. Here is the result of such effort:

Happy Eastern bookmakers

The final package, which I post to each child, included: the book maker and delicious Mignon (those are delicious chocolate-eggs from Fazer).

Hope everybody had a peaceful and wonderful Eastern,

– cais


Week 15, 2019
Turku, Finland

In 2018, we started to cook diverse recipes taking advantage of an options that our City Market offers (Side note: City Market is the name of our store from the chain K-market, which it is one of the Finnish chain of hypermarkets).  Next, at the beginning of 2019, following an advice of my nurse, I started to document my meals. It is a big difference to see the photos of what has eaten than to use one’s memory of what one ate. Our mind can lie to ourselves.

However today our breakfast was a BOMB of good things, and I decided to record the menu in here. The following photo shows my breakfast and below it is described.

Rich breakfast

1. Juice

The juice consisted of:

  • Approx 2 cm of ginger
  • Approx 3.5 cm of turmeric (I discovered this root recently, thanks to a indian recipe we cooked. It seems it is such a good thing to consume, you can read about it here and here)
  • 1 big carrot
  • 2 oranges
  • ½ mango

2. Berry soup

On Saturday I cooked  Finnish berry soup. Consequently, during this week it is possible to have berry soup for breakfast.  Berry soup is an excellent dish!  While aiming to write down which berries I used, I discover this website describing different types of berries.  My soup had:

  • Bilberry (we call it blueberry)
  • Raspberry
  • Strawberry

3. The mango’s bone,  which I could not be included in the juice. I think the mango was Palmer. Again, I just discover how many different mango types are available. Need to pay attention to this!

4. One fried egg

5. Two or three slides of local bread (7 vjlianleipä from Salonen ). This item is not included in the picture.

I admit, I am a lucky girl!

— cais