Posts Tagged ‘Helsinki’

Allotment gardens in Helsinki at the end of summer

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

In the cities of Finland, you can find allotment gardens, green spaces divided into little packages of land. Some are given over to vegetables, but most are full of flowers, and the majority include a small colourful building. This functions as a summer cottage where the owner can get away from it all.

Originally, these allotments were created for the poor who could not afford their own summer cottage out in the countryside and to allow them to grow their own vegetables. In the way of things, these allotments became highly sought-after by the rich as well and there are long waiting-lists in each city.

I spent a few hours walking around one of these allotment gardens, while the weather was still warm.


Monday, July 5th, 2010

Last summer, a little bit later than this, I went to Helsinki for a week. I stayed in a few different hostels and carried my backpack around. I took a lot of photos during this time, and I am only now getting around to sorting them.

In the first hostel I stayed in, I met a very nice South Korean guy visiting from Italy, Kim Hee Won. We chatted for a while, and then went our separate ways. I ran into him again later at the market on the waterfront, where I bought peas and blueberries.

Together we got the ferry out to Suomenlinna, one of the many small islands in the bay of Helsinki. Once a sea fortress protecting the city from invaders, it is now popular with day-trippers and artists, who live and keep studios in the buildings which were once barracks.

Kim Hee taught me how to use my camera much more carefully, and I am very grateful for his help. Here are some nice photos from the island.

Korvapuustit – Finnish cinnamon rolls

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010
Cinnamon rolls reclining in glory, delicious with coffee or vanilla custard

My cinnamon rolls reclining in glory, delicious with coffee or vanilla custard

By popular demand, I am putting up the rather gisted recipe I used for baking these lovely little sweet breads.