Saturday, June 25, 2016

Midsummer in Finland

PHOTOS AND WRITING BY MONIKA CSAPO






Midsummer in Finland is one of the biggest celebrations of the year. It is also one of the coolest. Many people start their summer holidays after juhannus (*Finnish name for midsummer). There are bonfires burning by the lakes and the sea all around Finland, people gather with friends and celebrate the summer solstice and the longest day of the year. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Blue nights

PHOTO BY MONIKA CSAPO




"'We tell ourselves stories in order to live,' Didion famously wrote in The White AlbumBlue Nights is about what happens when there are no more stories we can tell ourselves, no narrative to guide us and make sense out of the chaos, no order, no meaning, no conclusion to the tale."






"This brief existence should be used in such a way that it does not create pain for others. It should be committed not to destructive work but to more constructive activities -- at least to not harming others, or creating trouble for them. In this way our brief span as a tourist on this planet will be meaningful. If a tourist visits a certain place for a short period and creates more trouble, that is silly. But if as a tourist you make others happy during this short period, that is wise; when you yourself move on to your next place, you feel happy."- Tendzin Gyaco

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Photos of carefree moments












Photos of carefee moments. While I was doing the project what I have been writing about here before there were luckily also some stolen moments when I could enjoy the beauty of the Finnish countryside, sit on the tarrace and listen to the birds sing. I also liked the evening bike rides on the almost empty streets, passing by fields and forests.

I did not have my camera with me this time because i had to work almost all the time from morning to evening. I had my phone with me though and tried to make the most of my trip also like this.

Finnish summer is something truly magical. It is a total shift in a really short time. The sun starts to shine and suddenly flowers appear everywhere. The days become really long, and the sun goes down real late (today in Helsinki for example at 22:39 Helsinki local time). Sunsets are incredibely beautiful and you can go to swim in the lakes again. In Helsinki the bay in front of Kaivopuisto fills with sailing boats and people hang out after work with their friends at restaurant terraces.