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How to take a Mexican out at -29°C

Week 1
Joensuu, Finland

Last week was VERY cold. Always when temperature are below -20 is very cold and last Thursday (7.1.) was not an exception. Thus, my inner desire is to keep myself indoors.  However there is something that moved me to go out at -29°C, and that is: to make bubbles!

Yes!!!

Have you seen these bubbles:

Last year I didn’t manage to make ice-bubbles. When the weather was TOO cold,  I completely forgot about ice-bubbles.  When it was warming up (-15°C)  I made my bubble soap and wait for the coldness to return, but it did not, we were heading to spring 🙂 (no complains neither!)

This time I was fighting with myself to go out and get  “fresh” air. But then I saw the bubble soap, and I said: “Yes, let’s out” and I did.

Here is the proof:

Blowing bubbles

Blowing bubbles

IT was VERY COLD and VERY WINDY.

I got some bubble coming out. It was DIFFICULT. I need to re-design my bubble wand, no the best at the moment. But I managed to blow some bubbles. But it was dark and window, so very difficult to follow them….

Bubble flying

Bubble flying

However, I will persist……

This was the first attempt!!!! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wedding Games – in Helsinki

Week 34
Joensuu, Finland

On July 30th I have the honor to witness of an union of two lives, i.e. be a guest of a notable wedding here in Finland.

The ceremony was at the Helsinki Cathedral, and the party was at the Villa Svalvik  which is, surprisingly, a beautiful place with a country side spirit  near Helsinki.

The wedding has such a good energy and spirit. It was really charming. I, honestly, have a wonderful time and I was very happy for the couple.

In this wedding I also discover a couple of games, which I want to share in this post, which I personally found fun.

a) Bingo
In this bingo one should pay attention to the newly-wed couple and its guests. All guests have copy of the bingo-board on their place. In each of the board’s squares reads a sentence related to the wedding, e.g. “the bride disappear”, “someone looks for the bathroom”, ….

So, when the game organizers indicate that the game starts, all guest could play and they should play attention to the wedding. Once one detects an action described on the board, we could cross it. All board were slightly different, as in any bingo. The person who filled a board, for example, scream bingo.  Honestly, in my table, we had fund with this game.

In the photo at the end of this post, you can see a little piece of the board. Simple to do and honestly fun.

b) Guessing your guests
In this game, the newly-wed couple are the main players. The guests are part of the game. Let me explain.

The newly-wed couple should not see its guest for some minutes. To achieve this, they standup and give their backs to the audience. Then the organizers of the game, publish on a screen – that all the guest could see and that newly-wed couple could not see –  a word. Examples of this word are:  “bride’s guests”, “who born in Helsinki”, ….  Once we read the word, all the persons who belong to it stand up, and the rest of the audience remained sited.   After all these is done, then the newly-wed couple turned around and aim to decipher what was the word published based on the people they saw standing. There were points for the bride or the groom according to whom guessed the words first.  Honestly, it was MUCH FUN this game!!!! 🙂

c) Dancing
As always, the best!!!!

The wedding  was  AMAZING,  the dancing specular and I wish all the happiness for the newly marry couple!!!

My place at I&O wedding

My place at I&O wedding

6 sightseeings in Koli

Week 31
Joensuu, Finland

At the moment I have one student visiting us from the Netherlands. Additionally, we have another student visiting the department from Korea. If one lives in Joensuu, I consider important to visit Koli at least once. Then, I propose to our guests to go to Koli last Saturday.

Our party was of five, each one from a different country (Netherlands, Korea, Iran, Finland and Mexico). We were 3 ladies, 2 gentlemen and one of us is visual impair. We had really a blast and we were blessed with the weather.  Here a glimpse of the places we visited:

1. First mandatory stop is Ukko-Koli

If one drives directly from Joensuu to Koli to stop firstly here at Ukko-koli has different advantages:

  • The view there is outstanding and one can start to get familiar with the scenary
  • One finds the a Koli Nature Centre Ukko
  • One can get into the Sokos hotel.

So if someone has the need to eat,  buy a souvenir or go to the restroom all it is possible to do it here, before continue the adventure 🙂

View from Ukko-Koli

View from Ukko-Koli

2. Hiking downhil towards Saama harbor

Next we hiked downhill until reach Saama harbor. During our hike it rained but only a little bit, it did not affect us. After a nice walk, we reached Saama harbor, where we ate salad and meat soup. As always when one eats in the country side, the meals are just tasty.

Saama, place where we ate

Saama harbor, place where we ate

The nice landscape helped us also to recharge.

Saama's view

Saama harbor’s view

3. Koli Village.

After recharged ourselves at the Saama harbor, we went to the Koli village. Often one drives through the village to reach Ukko-koli, but now we purposely stopped and walked through it. Unfortunately, we were late to visit the local museum, but we were able to ask in the tourist information about places to visit in the region. We were told of two new locations I wasn’t aware previously: Pirunkirkko and Rasävaara.

Sculputure in the entrance of one building in Koli Village

Sculputure in the entrance of one building in Koli Village

 

4. Pirunkirkko

We drove to Pirunkirkko. It took us a little bit of time to find it, as we were not 100% sure were it was, but we found the place relatively soon. Once we were in the parking area, everything was well signed. It is a nice walk.

Walking towards the cave, Pirunkirkko

Walking towards the cave, Pirunkirkko

Walking towards the cave, Pirunkirkko

Walking towards the cave, Pirunkirkko

The cave is not long and it has a dead end. It is an interesting cave to explore. Personally, I found it so authentic. We really have  A LOT of fun on this spot.  Some people of our group even found a “rabbit hole” where they tried to escape 🙂

Getting inside the cave

Getting inside the cave

In the cave

Inside the cave

We were really having a lot of fun.

5. Hattusaari

The next stop, based on an advice of Erkki – leader of the EdTech Research group – we went to Hattusaari. We actually aimed to drive to the end of the island, but it is a long one so we stop to enjoy the view at the bridge.

View at Hattusaari

View at Hattusaari

6. Rasävaara

The following stop was Rasävaara, time to go up to the new tower. The view is again magnificent, and now one can see also Ukko-koli from here. It is worth the hike to see the landscape!!!!

Rasävaara's tower

Rasävaara’s tower

Views from the top of the tower:

The lake

The lake

Ukko-Koli

Ukko-Koli

Before heading back to Joensuu, we stopped to meet the construction of the future cottage of Prof. Erkki Sutinen, which will be also the future writing-research retreat of EdTech.

Glimpse of future research retreat spot

Glimpse of future research retreat spot

After this stop, we drove back to Joensuu.

It was a full intensive day at Koli! and I must admit, we had  A LOT OF FUN!!!!!  Thank you to all the participants! 🙂

Below the location of the areas that we visited. The screenshots are taken from http://issuu.com/koli.fi/docs/retkeily_ja_palvelukartta

Location of the visited spots (1/2)

Location of the visited spots (1/2) – Screenshot from issuu.com

 

Location of the visited spots (2/2)

Location of the visited spots (2/2)  – screenshot from issuu.com

welcome back…

These are my first lines after 6 months of absence from this blog. Simultaneously, these are my first lines writing in my new domain: caislas.name

Perfect timing without planing about it. This post emerges in a weekend where Finns celebrate their mid-summer, Juhannus. Changing times in a wonderful summer weather.

My view, over 10PM, towards the koko in Joensuu

My view, over 10PM, towards the koko in Joensuu

 

Beautiful flowers on my way home

Beautiful flowers on my way home

 

Enjoyable weather in this midsummer

Enjoyable weather in this midsummer

 

working and enjoying in Finland

Week 50
Joensuu, Finland

This is a post dedicated to our dear friend Marcus, who has inspired us to enjoy life at its maximum 😉

Let me explain. Often people that care about me tells me that I should relax. The comment arises because most of my time I dedicate it to work.  Nevertheless, I should confess that I have been lucky because what I do is what I like to do!  The only BUT is to  find a proper mechanism to be paid constantly for what I do 😉 that is work in process!!

In October 19th  while being at a summer cottage with my dear friend Kirsi, we were commenting about this: there is not one way to live life, and it is hard to find your own way. So, advices and suggestions are always welcome!. Marcus has encouraged us to enjoy more 😉  as both of us are perceived as kind of workaholic. Actually, it is common that we get together to enjoy time and work. So, this time we decided to document some of our hard work lives and share it.

1) First we need to drive some kms until reach out cozy summer cottage. Once there we discover there are still FLOWERS!!!!

Flowers in late autumn

Flowers in late autumn

2. Harvest some bio and unique carrots!

I confess this activity was new for me, and I did not help THAT much, however I did enjoy 🙂

Harvesting 1/3

Harvesting 1/3
Harvesting 2/3

Harvesting 2/3

Harvesting 3/3

Harvesting 3/3

3. After harvesting, one has to clean the carrots from all the dirt

washing

washing

4. Then prepare the carrots for WINTER. This work is done indoors by pealing and cutting the carrots.

preparing for winter

preparing for winter

5. Ready to get into the freezer

ready to go to the freezer

ready to go to the freezer

6. Maybe I am not dress in proper office dress code,  but in a cozy environment one gets ideas to do some writing…..

some writting as well

some writing as well

7. After so much hard work, SAUNA!!!!!!! 🙂

This part of Finnish culture is from my favorites! 🙂

sauna

sauna

8. After sauna, fireplace 🙂

fireplace

fireplace

9. Before the day is over, a toast for our friend!

toast for our friend

toast for our friend

It is an ART to balance work and pleasure, specially in this modern “knowledge society”, but the day was productive, we got food, enjoy nature, and start and finish and abstract, in addition to actualize ourselves…..So it was not difficult to have sweet dreams and see a new sunrise (ok, the sunrise below does not look as sunrise but it is a new morning on this trip!) 🙂

next day....

next day….

However, I confess I am in the process to balance work and pleasure.  Maybe, lately the relax part is expanding! 🙂 Perhaps the secret is in discipline and small production batches!

In any case, thank you for my harvesting teacher and our inspiration for this post Marcus 😉

Next post about: games and coincidences…