June 4, 2009

Traveling is a great source of inspiration to me. First of all I love airports. The Helsinki-Vantaa airport is one of my favourite places in the world. I even love the smell of it. We used to go there often to drop dad off or pick him up from his work trips. After he said his farewells to us and disappeared into the security control, we would go to see the planes taking off and landing. No wonder I found myself working in a tax free shop there one summer break from the university and later it formed my base as a flight attendant.

So far I have travelled to about thirty different countries (and to some of them many times). Here are some photos and stories about the places I have experienced. I still want to travel at least to India and maybe also to South Africa, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii. As you can notice, the typical North European I am, every year I feel the lack of the sun during the winter months and that influences greatly my travel destinations.



I was born in Helsinki, Finland and I am very grateful for it. It is a land  of clean water and pure air, education is free and the social security system works well. In general, people are very honest and civilized (except when they are drunk). However, sometimes it feels very cold and dark – then it is time to light the candles or a fireplace and enjoy the mysticism and romance of the peaceful era. Finland is always a great country to visit. Helsinki at any time of the year because of its seasons. In the spring time people come alive, summer isn’t too hot, nothing beats the autumn colours and a beautifully sunny winter day walking on pure white ice. If you would like to receive further information, do not hesitate to ask, since I have also worked for the Helsinki City Tourist and Convention Bureau.



My library is in Spain. I love the warmth and the brightness of the sun in Andalucía that allows me to practise yoga outdoors very often and eat fresh vegetables, fruit and herbs all year round.



Sydney 2009 Sydney Opera House The Bridge




















Chinese FlagThe Buddhist TempleViewing Hong Kong



I simply love Italy, Italian language and Italians! Ci vediamo!

























The Netherlands










Favourite Books

June 4, 2009

“All the minds on the planet are so easily cast down – they fear illness, invasion, attack, death. Try to restore their lost joy to them.” – Paulo Coelho in the Witch of Portobello

It is hard to find me without a book in my hands. I simply love to read. From early on, I have spent a considerable amount of my time engrossed in books. I have read all kinds of books, and consequently I have many favorites and favorite genres, but the novels that intrigue me the most are spiritual, philosophical, societal and psychological stories that are tied up in a mystery.

I would like to read more historical books but often I get bored reading them… A historical novel I enjoyed very much is called Quo vadis? by a Polish author Henryk Sienkiewicz (1905 Nobel Laureate in Literature). It’s about the persecution of Christians in Rome. My other favourite novels are George Orwell’s Keep The Aspidistra Flying, Stendhal’s The Red and the Black, Herman Hesse’s (Nobel Laureate in Literature in 1946) Siddhartha, Narcissos and Golden Mouth, as well as Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time (À la recherche du temps perdu) to mention a few.

My favourite book genre is, however, spiritual novels like James Redfield’s The Celestine Prophecy and The Tenth Insight, David Gregory’s books Dinner with a Perfect Stranger and A Day with a Perfect Stranger, Richard Bach’s Jonathan Livingston Seagul and Ayn Rand’s The Atlas Shrugged, and Paolo Coelho’s The Eleven Minutes, Veronika Decides to Die, and By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept. Paulo Coelho’s novels seem to touch my soul and, therefore, make me feel lighter.

Other spiritual books I like are C.S. Lewis’ The Great DivorceThe Four Loves and Narnia books. I also keep re-reading popular psychology books like Deepak Chopra’s Path to Love and Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way. Additionally, books on peace are close to my heart like Deepak Chopra’s Peace Is the Way, Scott A. Hunt’s The Future of Peace, Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication, Dalai Lama’s Widening the Circle of Love and Desmond Tutu’sGod Has a Dream.

I try not to read anything because I feel I ought to or ought not to. I received validation to this philosophy when I read Doris Lessing’s (2007 Nobel Laureate in Literature) The Golden Notebook. In the preface Lessing says: “Don’t read a book out of its right time for you.” 

Read more on my thoughts on literature in Finnish from the page Postia suomeksi.