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Collaboration with our first post: Örö

Week 40, 2020
Turku, Finland

NEWS!  for first time in my life, I start to collaborate in writing articles for a more established blog. The name of the blog is:  Out in the Nature and their URL is this one:

A brief story behind this milestone.  I discovered Out in the Nature’s blog last year, when doing some research for umaze.  We were preparing ourselves to visit the labyrinth in Nagu, and the team behind Out in the Nature, had some information about this location in their post: Troy Town rock maze in Nauvo archipelago.

After reading more of their blog, I thought to myself: maybe if I start collaborating with them it will allow me to share some of my discoveries, from my Finnish adventures outdoors. I have this good intention of sharing since long, as you can see in some of my posts as this one in paddling or this one in Koli. However, I confess, it is mainly a good intention. Many times I start to write, but “n” things happen and either I do not start or I leave a post in the middle.  Only few adventures are able to pass the publication’s challenges threshold. Actually, my life, I could say is so similar to the following cartoon of developers….

My reality

I believe a collaboration with Out in the Nature might benefit us both. To me, it will help me to actually finalize articles and share things to an audience, and I will do quality content for the site.  After some emails, we agree to give it a try.  Then I start to write my  first post for them.

Then, guess what?  Yes, the post was al: most ready and my chaos hit my desk, leaving my article in hold. The only aspects  missing were address, some tags, and to activate a plugin needed to activate an interactive story, I made with ubium’s MINE editor. Yes, there were small details, but of those that require time.

Then the collaboration started to bring fruits, as a colleague from  Out in the Nature reach to me, and helping to fine tune the details that were missing. Then voilà the article is out for the public to enjoy. The title is: Örö – Military history and a fragiel ecosystem. You can fin d it in following this link: Feel free to visit the post and let your comment.

I am so happy.

In my agreement with Out on the Nature is that the interactive stories that I produced can be also share in other blogs. Hence, here is the story I did about Örö

I truly believe this collaboration will be positive for both parties. We will find synergies due to common interests. And most importantly I start to feel it will also allow us to build friendships. Now to move forward in this share journey!

Arrival - Örö

This photo is  our arrival to Örö. First marina of this new collaborative journey!

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Paddling at Kuuskoski

Week 21, 2020
Turku, Finland

Even in pandemic times, there are many things happening during one day. Furthermore, the days continue passing by quickly. I believe if one day I am able to harness the challenge to cope with time, I can say I succeed in one of the biggest quests in life. Anyway, this post is not about time, but about paddling at Kuuskoski.

Thursday May 21 was a public holiday in Finland, the Ascension day.  In this day, Mikko and I decided to go paddling as the weather was perfect: sunny and “warm” (note: warm can be a relative to interpretations depending the context). I didn’t review how warm was it, however for this post I researched this information and according to the Finnish Meteorological Institute and should have been around 13C, as we left late in the afternoon

Weather in Turku on May 21, 2020


The follow up question after taking the decision to go paddling was:  where to go? . To give answer to this question, Mikko shared with me a map  (Side note: this map is well done by the  the Foundation of the river Aura). The selection was: Kuuskoski.

Map Aura river


We reached our destination, approx 40km from Turku center. The first sign we saw was the placate from

Kuuskoski, Finland

Due to the current regulations for covi-19,  we were not able to visit the the museum (behind the yellow house of the photo above) as it was closed. Next time we will visit it. What called my attention was the private home next to the museum, which is BEAUTIFUL.

Kuuskoski, Finland

At first I thought it was a church. However, a sign down a road (next photo) indicated that it is a private property. Nevertheless, I got many questions about this unique construction.

Kuuskoski, Finland


The next decision was: which direction to paddle ? We had two options up stream or down stream.  Down stream was a family already enjoying the water, as you can perceive in the photo below. With this photo serves as evidence that in Finland to keep a distance between people to avoid covid-19 transmission is relatively easy 😉

Kuuskoski, Finland

While searching for our start point for paddling, we got a closer view to the rapids” . Note the following photo with my shadow 🙂

Kuuskoski, Finland

We decided to paddle upstream. Thus, a large rock was our departure spot.

Kuuskoski, Finland


In total we paddled approx 10km. I can’t believe it!

The following screenshot indicates the point where we return from our paddling.  Where the Jalkalanjoki intersects the Aura river.

returning point

That was approx 5kms in one direction and 5 kms back.  The river was calm and beautiful.

Kuuskoski, Finland

For the human eyes and ears, it is undeniably we are in the middle of spring. Many trees still do not have leafs, at the same time the “lemon-green” starts to be noticeable in the landscape, and one can listen birds singing. This is, unquestionably, a beautiful time.

Kuuskoski, Finland

As we advance paddling the landscape changes.  The naked tree photographed below was magnificent. The photo does not transmit its grandeur.

Kuuskoski, Finland

Suddenly, one could see more  spruce trees as we can observe below (I think those are spruces, I need to ask).

Kuuskoski, Finland

Of course Risen Bear was present all the time 🙂

Kuuskoski, Finland

In the next photo has the purpose to show a bird house hanging from a pole, which in my opinion was a big bird house with a large hole. Wondering who could be the tenants of such a house? (my knowledge of birds is literally nonexistent).

Kuuskoski, Finland

The following  bridge also call my attention. Wondering if I can find information about it. Apparently is a wooden bridge, and with all the calmness of the water look alluring to my eyes.

Kuuskoski, Finland

A closer view to the bridge.

Kuuskoski, Finland

A photo after we just cross it, underneath in our way back.

Kuuskoski, Finland

In this trip I called my mom, who has been inside her flat since mid-march, with the intention  to bring her along and let her see the beauty and calmness of nature.  Also I attempted that she listened to the birds.  However the build-in mic of a mobile phone does not have the quality to capture the birds’ signing. Something to look for: a good mic.  I hope she was able to enjoy some of the landscape.

Kuuskoski, Finland

In our way back the calmness was more evident and the birds were louder, maybe indicating us that it was time to go to sleep.

Kuuskoski, Finland

Getting close to our departure spot.

Kuuskoski, Finland

It was a wonderful and recharging time. No wonder Finns are happy, quality time in nature is unbeatable.

— Yop!

What kind of world do we want after covid-19? 

Week 15, 2020
Turku, Finland

This is an honest question that I have: What kind of world do we want after covid-19?. In my opinion, all of us should reflect upon this question. We must invest quality time to think in our answer and make it a reality. This is a question that concerns each one of us: what do we want? 

My “confinement” started on March 13, and  I was not thinking about this question.  As anyone else, I was not able to fully understand what was happening, or in which transformation journey we were starting to embrace.  Then I saw the following image, which let me thinking:

Facebook comment on Jorge Zavala wall

Facebook comment on Jorge Zavala wall. With an unprofessional translation it reads: “The world as we knew it, it does not exist.  The world we are living is under construction. And tomorrow’s world will be the one we bring forward… despite many people who say ‘help and guide’ and we do not know what are they doing.”

Next, I wrote a couple of lengthy responses for different online discussions. One was focusing on building arguments against closing business. This discussion was lead by a US citizen. While the other conversation ponders about the response within the European Union (EU) lead by a Spanish professor. This conversations took place while the situation in Italy and Spain was getting worse in reference to the covid-19.

My inner is in distress,  no only for the reality we are living an all the information we get from different channels. I am looking a meaningful conversation that will guide my own action. Maybe, I am looking  a meta level type of conversation or I am looking to connect with the front lines. I do not know.  To find the solution, I start to write.  I know writing  is not my strength, however while writing I am organizing my own ideas and start a personal process to find my own way to contribute.  This post is a result of several days trying to write a message.

Let me locate my narrative in context.  I am in a privileged situation. I live in Finland where mostly all is calm. At the same time I connect with people living in different regions of our globe. This includes friends living in European epicenters of covid-19, friends in countries addressing the pandemic quite successfully such as in South Korea, and  family and friends in countries where the problems are piling up even before the covid-19 is in its full strength in their soil.

My work involves to promote  innovation and support the growth in Finland. My passion is in informal learning, playful knowledge and co-design.  However, the level of innovation we need at the moment goes beyond of what we have been practicing and researching until now. This is a real disruption.  In order be able to move forward, we need to reflect beyond what it is evident and promote honest collaboration. To review our basics, our foundations to be able to build our world after covid-19.


Today, April 6th, there are recorded 70,567 deaths due to covid-19. We are aware that the total amount of people losing their lives due to covid-19 is greater than it is reflected by official numbers. This is happening all over the world because the tests for covid-19 are limited. Hence people are dying in their homes, or in hospitals recording the dead as “ atypical pneumonia”.  This are facts, and if you can Italian I recommend you to follow information Italian websites, or even information in Spanish from Spain. Of course, talking with someone on a covid-19 epicenter will allow you to get access to the proper sources of information. To understand more about the tragedy, listen to people who is working at the hospitals, e.g. Bergamo or from Madrid the stories they can tell are shocking.

Not everybody can see this reality. We cannot see covid-19. Only “few” can feel it. Consequently, it is hard to believe the seriousness of the situation. We listen number of infected person, but we do not understand that each number is a person.

Are we living in a real-life dystopian world? I am sure no-one was planning to live something like this, so it is understandable that it is hard to believe or to understand. We believe humans are the “masters” of the world. We had all under “control”. Covid-19 is showing us, humans do not have the control.

Most of us, can only see and hear the information related to covid-19 from the communities that are paying the consequences of not taking social distancing seriously. This is only the introduction of the problem we are living.



It is important — for all of us — that our hospitals do not get saturated. If someone has to visit a hospital, for any type of emergency, independently of the covid-19, we want to assure there are the needed resources to be treated.  We should act, all together, to take care of each other. In other words, everybody needs to help and contribute for the common good.  Because covid-19 spreads as “wildfire”, we need to keep each one of us at home to avoid spreading it.

Is there another option to control the transmission of covid-19? Yes. We can learn from  South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan. I can only talk about South Korea because I have lived there. In my experience, the country cares for all its population. You find rich and poor but also everybody, as far as I know,  has the minimum: home and food. South Korea has a strategy in place to control epidemics in its territory, so they didn’t need to close all businesses.

To my eyes, the western world didn’t have an effective strategy in place, so we need to tackle the problem with another tactic, which is: social distancing and close businesses to enforce social distancing. Closing business implies to “slow down” the spread of covid-19 among us because we do not have a vaccine and the virus spreads with asymptomatic carriers. We cannot detect who those carriers are, so to protect everybody, each one of us should stay at home.  Vox explains clearly how the virus spreads here:


Thus, the faster we close and develop a national strategy to “control” how covid-19 spreads, the faster we can resume activities.   Let’s all work and help to achieve this! 🙂



We cannot see the covid-19, in contrast we can feel and live the economical impact of closing business. Each one of us, with a different intensity, is living the economic consequences of  “closing business”.

Closing most of the business, as soon as possible, has many consequences including social challenges. For this reason each country is writing its own story on how to handle covid-19.

Financial times, coronavirus graphic John Burn-Murdoch. Each country writing its history.

Each decision a leader takes about how to address covid-19,  has direct impact in the complex reality the leader’s country  is living.  Furthermore each nation has a unique composition of citizens, human capital, population density, levels of inequality, resources, human values, etc.

When governments take decisions for a common good, leaders must have a social conscience and need to be realistic. In the actual moment, this includes: (i)  to protect vulnerable people from covid-19 and (ii) protect vulnerable people from shutting down business.

To protect vulnerable people from an economical perspective requires governments to activate mechanisms and means to support people to survive. That means people should have access to food and shelter.  In addition it is needed to create a framework to support freelancers, entrepreneurs, SME and other industries.

If we do not take this measure, and we decide to go to work as normal despite the current covid-19 pandemic, assuming only “1%” of our population dies, and as Bill Gates mention, we can’t “ignore that pile of bodies over in the corner

The fastest and effective way we close all business down, and “control” the spread of the virus, the faster we can re-open.

However this is more complicated than I am writing in here for many nations. Specially for countries with difficulties such as:

  • high inequality in its population
  • high numbers of homeless
  • High levels of corruption
  • High levels of insecurity
  • Lack of  basic infrastructure
  • Lack of social mechanisms to support the population with food and basic services.

The toll that covid-19 will bring in terms of dead combine with the economic recession associated to it, in countries with any of the previously mentioned difficulties, has a considerable bigger challenge ahead of them in comparison to those countries with less “difficulties”. Note, I didn’t I include  how “rich”  a country is as one difficulty, because the difficulties enlisted do not depend sorely on  “money”. The difficulties I mention  are social problems connected to personal and social values.


There are unspoken messages being shared questioning our priorities. Through social media, people is creating “memes” to question and expressing their thoughts about this. What are our priorities?  Let me share some questions I had been collecting in these days:

(i) Shall we invest more in science? 

There are nations which do not give value to scientific work. How can we expect development without research? Shouldn’t we invest more in preparing  minds and promoting science at all ages?


Meme circulating in internet questioning the correct pay to researchers. Unprofessional translation: Spanish researchers says: You pay 1,000,000 €  per month to a football player, and to a bio-scientist you pay 1,800 € per month. Now you are looking for a treatment for this virus, then you can look to Cristiano Ronaldo or Messit to find the cure.

(ii) Shall we invest more in culture and art? 

People working in cultural sectors are from the hardest hit economically at this moment. These professionals, in most cases, do not have an economical safe net because their main source of income are gigs. Today, culture and arts are the ones keeping us together, building hope about humanity. Here few examples:

  • Professional classical players, e.g. Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest (March 20):

Museums challenges self-isolating people to recreate famous artworks with household objects to create the “Quarantine collection”

Contribution to the museums challenge of recreating famous artworks.

And many possibilities to visit museums virtually are constantly popping up.  I will make a separate post about this.  The importance of culture and art is undeniable.

(iii) Shall we always support, listen and care about our Doctors and Nurses? 

As we all know, doctors, nurses and all the health caregivers are heroes in this historical moment and other times in history. As a friend from Madrid tole me in late March: take care of your sanitary personnel. We should always be aware of the importance of these professions in our society.

Doctors and nurses are our real life heroes

Doctors and nurses are our real life heroes

(iv) Shall we remunerate better farmers, supermarket clerks? 

We give food for granted. Without farmers we would die of hunger. We should remember the importance of farmers, each one we eat our meals.

Meme, informal translation: Today we know that we can EXIST without soccer player…. but not without farmers

Additionally, we should thank all those clerks who keep stores organize for us.

(v) Recognize the importance of different trades and offer them proper salaries and benefits: 


In Europe at least they really help to keep the community indoors and spread smiles, here some examples:


Help us to connect physically.  This video of UPS couriers cheering up themselves in Bergamo, an epicenter from Europe:

Drivers, maintenance workers and so many professions that allow us to have a life even in confinement. Other “less visible” but who are doing their best are teachers all over the world.

Each one of us is doing her and his best within the current circumstances. Each profession is important and each one of us contributes to our common well being. This is a lesson we should always remember.

Before the covid-19, we were in a race of automation. Today, in this stand still moment, the importance of machines in certain, and at the same time, it is evident the importance of the human factor.

The cooperation of all of us, knitted with our values allow us to overcome to disasters. Hence, wouldn’t be part of our priorities to encourage empathy, respect, care, promotion of ethical values?   We  are much more than the objects we produce.  Each one of our actions, the ideas we transmit and creation we produce allow us to connect with others. This connection nurtures allowing the life to continue. It is by cooperating and collaborating.


Personally, I think the real danger is the strong presence of inequality in our world and the selfishness of some “leaders”.  Countries with selfish “leaders”, which are careless and destroying the social fabric, eroding human values through corruption and totalitarianism are the main threat. The scary part is: these figures are raising up in power in this dark times.

Before the covid-19, I was reading the book Reality is broken. The book explains how digital technologies contribute o spread  disinformation. This problem is accelerating today, in this crisis, and the results can be catastrophic.  For example, I read complaints from Spanish colleges about the lack of European apps such as the one using in Korea to monitor covid-19. However, unless you are in the circle of GSA (European Glocal Navigation Satellite System Agency) , I haven’t seen about the efforts that Europe is taking in this direction:

GNSS banner in reference to covid-19

GNSS is informing the population using the “traditional channels”, however the information does not spread as effectively as it should. What is the role that technology is taking here? (you should read the book!)

Another interesting example is the current and growing tension that European leaders are facing. The European Union, as a block, was not prepared for covid-19. That is a fact.  However each country is doing its best with the resources and knowledge they have.

The EU is not perfect, but from my point of view, it is open to improve. Overall, EU has  many good things as well. Sometimes I feel the voices highlighting the positive aspects are not strong enough. Positive and good things, apparently do not use  “bots” algorithms to reproduce its message as “wild fire”. It is easier to criticize that is for sure. From my perspective, all the EU member states started their journey through covid-19, relatively at the same period. Some countries have been very badly hit than others. This is unquestionably.

However being able to help right away was also not easy. An analogy is in having a airplane crash. Remember what we are told each time  we fly, in case of emergency: “oxygen masks will drop from the overhead area. Please place the mask over your own mouth and nose before assisting others”. This has a reason to be, if we do not put our mask first, then most likely, we will not be able to help anyone else.  The same has been happening at EU level, each nation needed to put its own mask first before helping others. That means to sort out their own internal chaos in all their dimensions: health, unemployment, economy, etc. before committing with another nation.

Personally, I get excited when I read news such as Germany helping France and Italy with UCI beds, these beds are literally invaluable in this times.

Germany helping its neighbors.

Germany helping its neighbors.

Lately I read, that Europe is even including the UK in some reflections, which it is noticeable.

Yes, human should learn from this event, and we can do better. In my eyes I see Europe diverse, culturally rich and human.

When Spain showed the initiative:  acortando la distancia, where patients could connect and talk with family members show that Europe cares about persons. European supermarkets have food, and people is not fighting for it.  Only, in the first days, when people started to buy more than normal, in some places shelves were empty. I was never affected by this. However food  has never been missing. There is respect for elders, and even for the dead. For example, at this moment it is not possible to do proper funerals, but the is some kind of funerals taking place, as this “drive through” in Spain. Europeans are showing that they care and can do things together.

Structural problems need to be addressed to avoid similar situations in the future. This implies to review investment in health and research by each member state, and understand how this can be improved to avoid the same mistakes. I am aware that some personalities will take this with a more pragmatic approach than others, while others might be more sensitive to the topic. We should remember that some member states are feeling more pain at the moment as well. However, I would like to say:  Dear Europe, if we do not overcome this together, as Europe, then with whom do we want to join efforts?  To be honest, this question is a real concern, and no thinking carefully the answer can deliver a very dangerous outcome. Let’s start reflecting upon this, and align our values while understanding the situation. Do not give anything for granted.

  • What do we want as a society?
  • How do we want to promote equality?
  • How can we help in a macro-scale, while supporting the micro?
  • What new economic models do we need to create?  Our current economic system has been bomb (figurative talking) with covid-19.

This is time to reflect, to question and to understand how to create a better world after covid-19, because we are together in this.

Personally, I do not want to live under a totalitarian system. A system where critical voices will disappear. It is fundamental to protect our right to have different constructive opinions based in facts. Diversity is important. Totalitarian system implies to lose our real freedom.

Freedom is important for me, and I know freedom comes with responsibility. I would like a responsible society, where each person has an awareness of its role in the community and is able to respect oneself and others. This means, I reject “leaders” who promote divisions. “Leaders” who categorize people in groups to manipulate individuals with fear, bitterness and resentment. These “leaders” are not looking for a common good, a divisive agenda implies to benefit only some.  These attitudes are putting us in danger. Real leaders address that each one of us is important.

Today´s disruption is in our political and economic systems. How do we want to continue forward?  What values and visions will align ourselves in this new world? Interesting enough, innovation within the digital technology  has an important role in the current political and economical disruption.

Each one of us has a great challenge ahead. From a freelancer to a multinational company. We need innovation more than never. We  need innovation in a market that is unknown, and where the power regulators are changing.  Our global model of consumption is changing. We knew, we should take care of our planet and harmonize our economical and productive systems accordingly. Covid-19 is an example on how vulnerable we are to natural phenomena. Do we want to push our “luck” and look for other natural disasters?

During this confinement or  “waiting time”, innovators who have a clear head, can explore innovative ideas. There are so many dimensions we need help, besides finding a vaccine to protect us against covid-19. We need need to learn how to be productive at home, create new business, build inclusive economies, create a new direction….  I hope we are able to embrace this historical moment as the opportunity we needed to correct our direction.

We might get ideas, and valuable foundations when listening to real leaders. For this reason I close this post with an interview to Noam Chomsky. He is unquestionably, a thinker of our time, and we should hear what he says.

Listen, observe, think and do. We have much to do, and we have to go one step at the time.

We are in this together. Keep healthy!

— yop!

COVID-19 mi experiencia viviendo en Turku, Finlandia

Week 14, 2020
Turku, Finland

Soy Mexicana viviendo en Finlandia desde septiembre 2005. Mis “raices finlandesas” son en Joensuu, y actualmente vivo en Turku. Finlandia es un pais que admiro, respeto y que hoy en día es mi casa.  También admito que poco a poco voy creando mis raices finlandesas 😉

Con la actual pandemia, amigos y familiares me han preguntado ¿cómo está todo en Finlandia? Por eso decidí escribir ésta entrada en mi blog, en donde no he escrito hace mucho tiempo.

No me es fácil decir cómo está la situación, porque como en todos los países en donde se está desenvolviendo ésta historia, la situación cambia día a día.  Lo que tenemos constante es: el gobierno nos mantiene informados con hechos. Por ejemplo hoy, lunes 30 de marzo, tenemos:

  • 1,313 personas confirmadas con el virus (con pruebas de laboratorio).
  • 11 muertos
  • 41 personas en terapia intensiva.

Aquí pueden leer en inglés la actualizacion del covid-19 en Finlandia.

En referencia a mi persona, la última vez que tuve un día “normal”  fue marzo 13.  El sábado 14 de marzo solo salí a Ikea por un nuevo escritorio, y ya todo estaba “vacío”.

Ikea Rasio en marzo 14

Como ven para ser un sábado, Ikea está “vacío”. Lo que aprendí, y me impresionó, es que uno puedo comprar en Ikea, sin hablar con nadie si uno lo desea. ¡Impresionante!

El 15 de marzo se cerraron todas las escuelas en la región en donde está Turku (parte occidental de Finlandia).

La universidad de Turku,  el departamento de Future Technologies, en donde trabajo,  desde el miércoles 18 de marzo cambió su forma de operación. Todos trabajamos o estudiamos desde nuestro hogar.  Para entrar a la universidad, se requiere de un permiso especial.

En lo que escribo esto, veo cómo las cosas han cambiando día a día. En Finlandia la primera medida enfocada a prevenir la epidemia nacional del covid-19  fué en 10 de marzo cuando se pidió a todos los padres que eviten llevar a sus hijos con resfriados a ver a sus abuelos. Desde entonces, y conforme las cosas van evolucionando, las medidas son mas estrictas.

En marzo 16, con una infección detectada de 272 casos, el gobierno Finlandés declaró estado de emergencia. Esto implica que la sociedad tiene muchas restricciones. Por ejemplo evitar que la gente se reúna, cerrando museos, teatros, librerías, centros deportivos, y se recomienda cerrar eventos religiosos, congregaciones etc.  Este mismo día también el gobierno empezó a pensar en un paquete económico para apoyar a la gente que se está quedando sin empleo incluye emprendedores, todos los que trabajan en cultura, entre otros.

También en el 16 de marzo el Presidente de Finlandia, Niinistö, dijo: Todos nos necesitamos . Sabemos que  los próximos meses serán difíciles, pero los Finlandeses podrán superar la situación.

En mi caso personal, me siento muy afortunada. No me ha faltado nada, a Dios gracias.  Hay dinámicas para apoyar gente, por ejemplo, desde el 15 de marzo hay tiendas con horarios especiales para grupos vulnerables.

Kmarket schedule

Este super, por ejemplo tiene horario para personas vulnerables al covid-19 de 8 a 10 de la mañana.


En la entrada existe la posibilidad de desinfectarse las manos. La caja negra, es una opción para la gente que no sabe usar el app de la tienda, escribe su telefono, y la tienda le llama y organizan la compra con la persona.

Hay grupos apoyando a adultos mayores por ejemplo les llevan comida o pasean a sus mascotas.  Se está buscando comprar comida directamente de campesinos, etc.  También he de reconocer que los grupos que han sido mas dificiles de mantener en sus casas son los adultos mayores y los adolescentes.

El 23 de marzo, se cerraron bares y restaurantes. Algunos de éstos negocios ahora se están enfocando en ofrecer comida para llevar. El 24 de marzo, se decidió que los cajeros de supermercados y farmacias tuvieran un “plexiglass” para proteger al cajero y al cliente durante la compra.

City Market kupitta

El plexiglas esta encerrado dentro del círculo rojo. La foto no lo muestra muy bien, nota para mi:  la siguiente que vaya al supermercado tomo otra foto. También pusieron etiquetas en el piso para indicar donde se debe uno parar para esperar su turno.

Desde el 25 de marzo se pensó en cerrar la región donde está Helsinki, Uusimaa, ya que es dónde se registra el mayor número de casos con convid-19. La idea de cerrar ésta región es que el proceso de transmisión a otras partes del pais sea mas lenta. El 28 de marzo, se cerro el accesso a Uusimaa por  lo que no se puede entrar o salir de esa región, eso incluye no hay accesso a la capital.  Sin embargo servicios de mantenimiento y communicación como el correo siguen.

Se siente el ambiente con preocupación y  al mismo tiempo hay que ser pacientes. Las decisiones no son fáciles.  Empresas grandes han tendio que liquidar empleados, y en otros casos CEO han donado sus sueldos para mantener a la plantilla. Hay de todo. Sé que lo ideal sería que a todos nos examinaran, y detectar claramente quien es portador. Pero al parecer dichas pruebas son muy caras, ya que no hay suficientes.

El sábado pasado tuve que ir a arreglar mis lentes, a Dios gracias la optica estaba abierta. Les comparto la foto de mi instagram con esta información:

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I damage my glasses and the wonderful team of #Specsavers, in downtown #Turku, fix them. They have saved me in this matters more than once! . In this ocation, the store was empty due to the confinement we are living. So, we were able to have a brief conversation. People is scared in so many levels in reference of what we are living. Unquestionably, these are difficult moments. However, as we agree,  we will go through it #together!  Finland is so special! ???? . ==== .  Rompí mis lentes. Para reparlos fuí al Specksavers del centro de Turku, y como simpre, me volvieron a salvar al arreglarlos. . La tienda estaba vacía debido al cofinamiento que estamos viviendo, eso me dió la oportunidad de tener una pequeña conversación.  La gente tuene miedo, en muchas dimensiones. Sin duda, son tiempos difíciles! Y concluimos , #juntos lo superaremos. ¡Finlandia es muy especial! ???? . . . #Speksaversfinland #covid-19 #Finland #Finlandia

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Me da la impresión que en ocasiones, estos paises del norte de Europa se perciben como que la gente es fría, desde el punto de visto latino,  o inclusive algunas personas tienen la idea que son gente  “individualista” (esto puede ser un esterotipo)  para mi es evidente que son paises con gente solidaria de gran corazón y  están unidos para el bien común.  También admito de que tienen otra forma de expresarse, pero eso es material para otra entrada de este blog. En ésta crisis del covid-19, los finlandeses han mostrado un aspecto que los hace muy especiales: todos y cada uno de nosotros somos importantes.

Por cierto, llevamos “encerrados”, debido al invierno ya un tiempo considerable. Este invierno fué muy malo ya que hubo poca nieve y eso implica que fue muy obscuro y algo deprimente. Entonces el hecho de no salir cuando hay algo de sol, realmente requiere mucha voluntad.

Y esto es un poco de lo que se vive en Finlandia. Ahora además de ser pacientes hay que ser creativos para buscar nuevas oportunidades e inovación, porque esto va para largo.

Para finalizar, quiero agregar, hay que recordar que somos de los afortunados. Nunca me imaginé pasar un momento histórico de ésta magnitud (tampoco me moría de ganarlas de vivirlo). Siento que estoy viviendo dentro de una distopía, de la cual no me puedo salir aunque quiero salirme. Pero a Dios gracias tenemos un techo, agua para lavarnos y comida. Eso ya nos pone en mucha ventaja.

¡Cuidense mucho todos!


NOTA: después de publicar esta entrada en mi post, me he enterado que el confinamiento seguirá hasta mediados de mayo. Les digo, la historia se escribe a diario 🙂

D18/013 — Grandpas’ park

Week 2, 2018
Turku, Finland

Have you seen a park where focuses on elderly needs? for example, to practice how much time does it take them to cross the street. Well, we found this park, where one of the activities is to practice to cross 10m street. At the moment it was dark and cover by a thin layer of snow, but I will come back to the park so we can see it.

I can’t wait to bring my mom here!

The title of the information board says: “A dream place for elderly people”

— cais