Wednesday, May 11, 2016

What makes you happy?

I have been working during the last months on a really great project. We asked people about what makes them happy. It was a photo competition in Finland where people could send max. 3 items about something or someone what makes them happy and tell couple of sentences about the photo.

We made a webpage for the competition where we have been sharing the photos we received. It was nice to see that even though we think so that materialistic things are so important, most of the photos focused on the same sources of happiness. It was (in random order): nature, family members or beloved ones, pets, sometimes some nice food, or being at a nice event.

Once during this whole process also I stopped for a second to think about the question and wrote a short summary about the things what make me happy.

It was:

"I am the most happy when i can work on things i believe in. when i feel that i have a positive impact on the world. Also walking in Keskuspuisto (Helsinki) makes me very happy every time. i feel that it is my forest and somehow i feel very connected to that natural environment. i am happy when i meet someone i like and we have a good conversation. when i can feel close to a stranger even though i know that they will leave soon and we might not ever see each other again. i am also happy when i love someone and i can feel that i belong to that person. i am happy when i can see the good in someone who made me sad or dissapointed me because i see then that there was a reason why i tursted him first and things are not 100% black or white. it makes me happy to see if someone creates something good and is succeeding."
The photo competition was closing on April 26th but I am already thinking if we should keep the #mhawhappiness hashtag and our email adress and encourage people to keep on sending photos also in the future. We`ll see this later on.

But one is sure already: there will be a photo exhibition from our favorite twenty three photos at RUPLA in Helsinki (Finland) . The opening event will be on the 23rd May staring at 17:00 at the same place. If you are in Helsinki that time you are more than welcome to join the opening event and if not please feel free to have a look at the photos what people sent to us.

One more thing connected to happiness: it made me so happy when i saw the support of my friends regarding this exhibition, especially when i saw that people who are more distant friends will join us. Then during jogging today the MP3-player jumped to a random song of Birdy what i have not known before. It is called Give Up and it summarized so well how I felt today afternoon: "All the times I won't believe// Yours will be the voice that is on my shoulder// All the things you've said to me// Written on my heart, every word you've spoken.// I know you, you'll never give up on me, give up on me// If only I let you give up on me, give up on me// Oh, when I'm out of place, when I'm losing faith// You're the one that never lets me wrong// You'll never give up on me, give up on me, give up on me."

Thank you ❤️

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Other places visited during the event


I went back two times to Corinthia because I had to leave the first guided tour at half cause there was an other program starting. As I might have mentioned before the event is run buy volunteers which is great but it also shows sometimes that there is no consistent quality control. For example the architectural walk what i left the hotel for was a bit chaotic because there were too many people. And the woman who was the guide refused to use the loudspeaker she had in her bag because "she didn`t like it". Which resulted in that that 2/3 of the people could not hear a word she was saying..

Anyways, the next highlight of the event for me was the guided tour at Radison Blu Beke Hotel. I had time to take a latte at their coffee shop before the tour, to charge my phone/to connect to wifi quickly before the tour started. To be honest it was already a pleasure in itself after all the running around. The design of the hotel was more conservative and more Grand Hotel Budapest-ish. Their Communication Manager was our guide here. I really enjoyed her presentation but I found even more interesting the resemblance of the interior design to the hotel in the movie. May be Wes Anderson was merging the design of this hotel with the story of the manager from the other hotel and using it as an inspiration for his movie? Probably not but still it was funny to imagine it.

Here are some photos from Radison Blu Beke Hotel:

An other nice surprise of the weekend was the Royal Lobby of Western Railway Station ("Nyugati"). It used to be a room within the railway station where they accepted royalties and such who arrived to Budapest for example by the Orient Express.

Overall the Bupapest100 was a great event and I recommend you to join it next year if you want to see Budapest also through the eye of an insider not just the eye of a tourist. There is also an other such event in September called "Cultural Heritage Days Budapest".