In search of something

Parus cristatus by Jere Ketola (JKetola)) on 500px.com

We all look for something in our lives. A meaning, a reason, love, rest, home. One of the most active searches for just about every lifeform is the search for food, which can be more or less difficult to get in some places. For birds a harsh winter can mean death and a sudden drop in the population.

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Lali Gurans

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After slight iOS caused problems: Today’s lunch was a welcome visit to the nearby Nepalese restaurant of Lali Gurans. This SHAHI KUKHURO (chicken breast in tomato-cashew and coconut sauce) was very tasty and the naan bread were also good.

Frozen world

As the weather has stayed pretty constantly below zero the land is all frozen up and the sea around Helsinki is nicely frozen as well.

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The only open spots of water like this are full of birds and life.

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The sun does not visit the sky for long and reaches its low zenith (this pic taken around noon) only to sink back down. It stays quite bright for a bit longer as the sea and the snow now reflect the light.

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Old villas serve as either living quarters for the wealthy or as museums or restaurants.

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This Café was closed for the day and I continued towards the sea. A small cup of tea or hot chocolate would have been nice to warm me up but alas it was not meant to be.

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Summer cottage beside a national museum area.

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To the south Lauttasaari and the frozen sea in between and beyond it. Skiers, walkers, dogs, all were merrily moving around and enjoying the outdoors life.

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The large hospital is renovated and stands as a huge boxy landmark in Meilahti.

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A chance encounter with a rather nice little dog and its owners left me with a couple of fun dog pictures. The coat is necessary with the temperature hovering near -25 centigrade.

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Olympic rowing was done pretty much under my feet in the summer games of 1952.

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This boat however won’t be going anywhere for a while, being frozen into the sea.

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One of the nicest small cafes you can visit in Helsinki is located nearby. Exceptionally good buns and a lovely atmosphere await the visitor.

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Cafe Regatta is very small inside but refreshments can be enjoyed outside as well. There is also a possibility to grill sausages Finnish style in the fire outside.

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Traditional sleigh for kids and adults alike.

A Memory of Light

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At long last. A day that at one point seemed quite possible never to come. I got my copy of the last book in the epic fantasy book series of The Wheel of Time. A Memory of Light. Book 14 in a series that started in the 1980’s and whose author died just after the second to last book came out.

The Wheel of Time is a totally immersive world where the world waits for a savior to fight against evil. The plot starts with tree village boys who must leave their home for a destiny unbeknowest to them. Along the way the reader is sucked into an age old fight between Good and Evil.

There are definite Tolkien moments in the series, especially in the first book, the Eye of the World. However the world and the plot is much more complex and involves politics, love, war all in a thrilling package that is very difficult to stop reading.

The change of writer was unfortunate and very sad and also meant that there would be no more books after the final one. Originally there was to be at least a sidewinder from the main plot (located on a another continent) of which there are some hints as the story goes along. The writers widow chose wisely and Brandon Sanderson did a magnificent job in finishing the series based on Robert Jordans notes and drafts on what would happen. I was happy and very sad to finally get to the end after starting to read this series way back in the ´90s.

The final book was good enough for me to lose a little sleep to read it through. Now just need to start doing the whole re-read of all the books in the series.

Anyone else a fan of Robert Jordan (or James Oliver Rigney Jr. to use his real name) or the Wheel of Time?

The coldest day of winter

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Today the temperatures dropped to under -20 celsius practically everywhere in Finland. As is the nature of colder days the skies were clear and so the sun shone in its very low zenith for a couple hours.

Excellent weather to be outside properly dressed. The sea is also frozen up so there was a lot of traffic on the ice as well.

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More pictures coming, need to go amd sleep now..