Finally, snow!

Finally, snow!

The weather did not cooperate as I wanted to during the holidays. Darkness and rain was all it gave. There was anticipation of snow during Christmas which never arrived. But alas! 2020 ended. The new year came. And on the third day, snow appeared. It snowed beautifully, covering the city with its shine and glitter. A feeling of freshness and hope came along with it. The darkness turned into a beautiful Helsinki!

All photos by https://www.arivitikainenphotography.com

The year that was!

The year that was!

The end of the year is normally the time for me to summarize my year’s travel. 2020 was not that year. Instead, I’m posting my December illustrated journal, including thankful thoughts for 2020. I honestly can’t say that I’m hopeful for 2021, that things will get back to normal, that we will take back our lives. However, new normal can be created as we have been doing so over the past months. One thing I would like to do in 2021 is to listen to music as in the old days, when music was not in the background but the main activity. I listen to music all the time. Even when there’s no music, I play songs in my head. But during the past years, listening to music became an addition while doing other things. Now I want to listen to music and just close my eyes…

How was your year 2020? What are your hopes for 2021? May 2021 be better that the year that was!

Snow, where art thou?

Snow, where art thou?

The sun has finally come after many days of rain. It was nice to see more sunlight again, crossing over the very dark winter days. But snow, where art thou? It is rather a strange winter!

Christmas day came with a promise of snow. There is always snow in Christmas morning. But no! However, nature always brings beauty. A walk in the park and in the forest was a much needed break on Christmas day in Kotka, Finland.

New year’s eve came with a promise of snow too. We spent waiting for 2020 in Porvoo, Finland. But snow didn’t come either. However, Porvoo city is always pretty. We enjoyed the beautiful old town and coffee moments at Tee ja Kahvihuone Helmi. Tee ja Kahvihuone Helmi has an enormous selection of cakes which made it a bit difficult to choose just one.

850_4646New Year’s eve dinner was a three course meal at Bistro Gustav. It was an excellent french meal.

And as of today in Helsinki, still no snow! I hope everyone is having a good start of the year.

All photos taken by arivitikainenphotography.com