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Helsinki City Museum: #Flashback

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Few weeks ago I received an invitation to an exhibition opening at Helsinki City Museum. It was last week and let me tell you, it was super fun.

But first a little about the actual exhibition…The museum had invited 12 Helsinki-based artists to dig into their photo archives. There was no other direction given, the artists were free to do whatever they wanted. They gathered every Wednesday-night to go through the archives and discuss what they found.

The exhibition/installation tells a story about a man, who wakes up on a park bench one morning and starts to remember what happened the night before. The flashbacks are projected on screens and are roughly divided by themes like After Work, Encounterings etc…

 

Go check it out. Helsinki City Museum is a free museum and is located just off Aleksanterinkatu by the Helsinki Cathedral on Sofiankatu 4.

The opening party was great. They had a DJ, some circus artists (I asked from which circus company but I’ve already forgotten which one, explanation for this comes next) and a photo booth! There was a queue for it for all evening but nothing too bad as I went twice. My personal opinion now is that EVERY party should have a photo booth. It ain’t no party, with no photo booth arty.  The company that provided the booth at the opening is called Funbox and they rent them for companies and individuals alike (I checked, you know, the journalist that I am).

Anyhoo. The reason for all that forgetting? This:

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It was called something something Green Beast. I drank four glasses of this stuff. Then I met a friend for a glass of wine at an expensive restaurant. That then turned into glasses of cheap sparkling wine at another restaurant, which then turned into dancing at one club and got finished off with some more sparkling wine and dancing at another club.

Yes. I took the concept of the installation literally and applied it into my own life. Life imitates art, that sort of thing. Well, we DID sort of had a reason to party. My friend started his own business so there’s that.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. The images posted on Instagram with the hashtag #fläsäri got projected on a screen. It was actually quite fun. I’m not sure if that is a permanent feature for the exhibition but I hope so.

Greetings From Lapland

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My oh my. I decided to be a dutiful daughter, grand-daughter, godmother and a friend. I dragged my lazy, wiggly butt all the way to Lapland. I kind of had to. Due to my operations, I hadn’t been there for almost two years I think. Or three winters. Anyhoo, I hadn’t seen a real winter for so long that I kept walking outside and ooh’ing and aah’ing on all the trees. They truly look magical.

It was great seeing my grandparents. But even better was the connecting with some of my best friends from my glory days ;D Dammit, they are hilarious. I wish I could tell you all the on-the-moment jokes but you know how it goes…They are only funny to you and/or on the moment. But one of them was a story of my friend, who decided to go on an early morning run and then surprise her boyfriend by slithering under the blankets naked. The boyfriend then proceeded to scream like a little girl. Because “her legs were fucking freezing”. You know, I expect more of a Lapland boy, don’t you agree?

So the trip was great but being with other people EVERY DAY left me exhausted. Not to mention the gazillion discussions on “how are your knees?”. They are fine, can we please move along? Also, guess how many times I was forced into conversations about my reproductive plans? TOO MANY!!! I bet no man has to go through that when they visit home.

Anyhoo, I had a point with this post…Lapland is lovely, you should visit it too.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. Funny story, I managed to get an urinary tract infection there. How? You may wonder. Welllllll, my friend convinced me to go sledding and in the process, I managed to get snow in my panties. Good times.

Finland. No Human Rights Necessary.

paris pride 2014, finnish equality vote, lgbt Finland, SETA

Paris Pride 2014

Last spring 166 000 individuals in Finland signed a petition for an equal marriage law. Great huh? Not so much. It was taken to a vote at legal affairs committee and overturned. Why? Two people who were supposed to be there, didn’t show up. (Both supposedly supporters of the cause) and the other one was replaced by someone from the NO-team. Curiously enough, how did this replacement know that he needed to be there? Just sayin’….

At this point I’d like to point out that the reputation that Finnish people are honest, has been built by the Finnish people WHO HAVE LEFT THE COUNTRY!!!

Today’s vote was about an objection made about the previous vote. Now the slackers from last time were present but another two missing. (I see a pattern developing, again, just sayin’) The petition was overturned by 9-8.

Anne Holmlund, Kokoomus, Coalition Party

Anne Holmlund. Image via hs.fi

The chairman of the law committee explained last spring that she votes purely based on her on conscience. Interesting, here was I thinking that a committee that basically decides on new laws would base their decisions on law and facts. But nooooo. She is also member of the Coalition-party that has fished on gay votes with their leading “star” Alexander Stubb, our Prime Minister. That same PM has been saying on Twitter that he will do anything to make sure this vote passes. Yet, the members of his party voted no. Another interesting fact: In Finland there’s a strict party code, it’s not compulsory but most political parties follow it. The code means that no one in that party is not allowed to deviate from the party’s stance. Basically Stubb could have ordered Holmlund to vote YES, yet he didn’t.

Alexander Stubb, the fierce supporter of equality BUT ONLY ON NATIONAL ELECTION DAYS!

All is not lost…On next week Friday, there’s a final vote at the parliament so the law can still be passed. But don’t hold your breath, next year there are parliament elections so the swell people at the parliament are already trying to secure their votes. *le sigh* You can read about today’s vote in Finnish HERE.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. I was informed that only True Finns followed strict party rule on this vote. For others it was a pure ‘follow your own heart’-thing.

P.P.S. When I asked on Twitter, what’s law affairs committee in English, I got plenty of suggestions including swear words. People ARE pissed.

P.P.P.S. This blog post was written to the tunes of ABBA.

Freebie Paris Printables

Paris Instagram Art by Thrifty Finn

Did you see my Paris Instagram Art? Of course you did. Well, if you want to make some for yourself, you can download the images here for free. Hope you like them! The links to the downloads are below each image. Free for personal use only but they are okay to make as gifts!

Paris Instagram Art by Thrifty Finn

Download: Eiffel

Paris Instagram Art by Thrifty Finn

Download: Fleurs

Paris Instagram Art by Thrifty Finn

Download: MaisonRose

-Thrifty Finn-

 

 

 

 

Shopping Therapy a la Tallinn…

Couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine convinced me to go to Tallinn with him and his aunt. My plan was to take some pretty pictures of the lovely Old Town but I forgot to charge my camera battery and got only one shot. Well planned, Niina. Well planned. We only had 4 hours in Tallinn but we managed to eat a lovely lunch and do some shopping…

Tallinn, Kalev chocolate, Thrifty Finn

Kalev-chocolate. I always stop by the Kalev-store when I’m Tallinn because it’s conveniently on the route from the harbour to the Old Town. The chocolate is cheap and delicious, just the way I like it. I might even prefer it over Finnish chocolate manufacturer Fazer.

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There’s this cheap but fantastic shop that sells cosmetics in the Virü-shopping centre. It’s not on the main floors and it’s bit tricky to find but it’s there ;) No, I’m not going to tell you where, you have to find it yourself but anyway, it’s my regular pit stop. I spotted this brand, which I think is Russian and makes 100% organic beauty products. Of course I don’t know how true that claim is but the packaging is pretty and 1.80 for a 100 ml tube is cheap! I got a lifting, moisturizing and refreshing masks. Haven’t tried them though. But that’s not all I got…

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I also got a pore minimizing serum by Organic Therapy for 6.50, a sickly sweet shower gel 0.80, a whitening tooth paste, also under 1 euro, an argan oil moisturizer (it’s for mature skin but for 4 euros, I thought to give it a try) and then couple of cute vaseline lip balms. They were only 35 cents each and I couldn’t resist the packaging:

Russian, lip balm, vaselin, retro packaging, Thrifty Finn

Very retro, very cute. Then, on our way back to the ferry, we stopped at a supermarket to stock up on some basics. I got some kitchen things, a bottle of wine (4 euros!!!) and socks. Glamorous. After I had paid and was re-packing my things on a bench outside the store, my friend comes to me, pushing a shopping trolley filled with booze and exclaims “I found cheap prosecco!” So what is girl to do? Get some said cheap prosecco herself:

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Finally something glamorous! Just waiting for the perfect occasion to pop these babies open…

-Thrifty Finn-