Friday, January 29, 2010

Wrapping up the Picasso exhibition in a blanket

The Picasso exhibition we had in loan here in Helsinki from Paris has now officially ended. At first the exhibition was thought to finish in the beginning of January but seeing as it enjoyed such a huge success here, it was allowed to continue until January 28th 2010.
Overall the exhibition had 314 755 visitors, a personal record for the Finnish National Gallery called Ateneum. The workers at the museum called the exhibition something "never seen before" in Helsinki and celebrated it with a bottle of champagne after the exhibition closure.

I know a lot of people have critized it because its lack of relation to the city itself or Finland. But then again, a lot of exhibitions worldwide have little to do with the place where they are. I think it's about time that even our museums make an effort to lure tourists here. We have the facilities and spaces, so why not? Let's make Helsinki the destination it could be.

Notice the picture of the last visitors of the Picasso exhibition standing outside the Ateneum museum in blankets.

Nokia's strikeback

Nokia's strikeback today towards the announcements made yesterday by the CEO of Apple Steve Jobs have been loud and clear. Yesterday Jobs said that Apple is now the biggest producer of mobile devices according to its turnover.
Nokia made it clear today that the company was not ready to accept this claim. Nokia's CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo showed that during last October-December Apple's turnover was 10,73 billion euros whereas Nokia's was at the same time a striking 11,99 billion euros.
I guess this rivarly will never end but still today we Finns can be proud of our giant company.
Thursday, January 28, 2010

An observer

Today is another proof of the fact that technology is today's thing. After three years of "silence", Apple introduced their new product, something between an intelligent phone and a laptop, the iPad that is. It's funny to see the reactions people have to these new technological developments. I read some on the leading Finnish tv channels website (in Finnish: http://www.mtv3.fi/uutiset/mediait.shtml/arkistot/mediait/2010/01/1043358) and basically to sum them up I can say that some people are against the new gadget and some are totally for it. The rejections and questions that it arises are quite logical. Some people are just afraid of change. What might this invention mean? Some question if it's a good idea that people start walking around with tv screens. Some question if touchscreens really are the future since a lot of people still feel afraid of using and estranged to them.

Lately there has been a lot of discussion in Finland about the rivalry between Nokia and Apple. Nokia seems to think that Apple has stolen their software concerning intelligent phones..the dispute doesn't seem to have an end. Maybe this new invention will catch the attention and redirect it towards Apple. Nevertheless, new developments set grounds for the future so it's worth mentioning.

My new job today seem interesting, definately a challenge. Even though I only spent four hours at the kindergarten, I think I got a quite good overview of what is to come. I have already lots of ideas about how the activities can be furtherdeveloped. We'll see. Right now it's best to just observe and not judge. The children seem sweet, obviously they represent the challenge. But I've always liked children since it's so clear to see how the adults affect them. The sad truth of course being though that most of what the children learn, they get from home. All we can do at the kindergarten is try to support the children and make them feel secure about themselves and their surroundings.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Under the falling snowflakes...

Today a brrring -20 degrees. Helsinki has really enjoyed an old fashion winter this year. About two weeks ago we had the most beautiful surroundings when we had fresh snow and breathtaking views all around Helsinki. At that time I fulfilled one of my all time dreams to walk on ice from the Hietalahti beach to Seurasaari. We actually walked from our appartment to my mom's place, a total of about 6 km!

As you have noticed, I haven't been that active concerning my blog. What can I say to justify that? Honestly I had no clue to how hard it would be to graduate on time, in February that is.

Seeing as I have been writing on my thesis for over a year now, I actually thought it would be finished in no time once I put myself to it and concentrated myself on writing. This wasn't completely true though. I must say that editing the same text and developing it for a year has been one of the most difficult challenges I've had. That's why my thesis is my pride, I can actually say that I have put all my blood, sweat and tears in that text. 133 pages of me. I think the text talks for itself. The thesis actually shows all my points of interests, it discusses Helsinki, Italy, tourism and marketing- some main points of me. In that sense the thesis could function even as a CV for me. Read the thesis if you want to know what I'm all about. The thesis can be read (in Swedish, with an English summary) on the website https://publications.theseus.fi/bitstream/handle/10024/6957/heinrichs_elisabeth.pdf?sequence=1. Enjoy! The thesis was the most significant part of me graduating and therefore I'm happy to declare that I got the grade excellent for it. So I guess you could say that it is a good justification for silencing my voice for a while.

Nevertheless, now that the thesis is done, accepted and graded, I can finally breath out again. My courses are all done, I have enough study points. So guess what? I'm actually graduating in February. February 19th to be exact. It seems that at that time my mom and some of my friends are out of town, so I won't officially celebrate it before the end of February but the graduation ceremony at my school will take place that day.

Since this huge change in my life has finally knocked on my door, it has forced me to seek a job and plan my future. At least think about it. The job situation in Finland is terrible right now, at least in my field. Just yesterday they said in the news that young people, in the age 18-25, are especially hit by this recession. The percentage of unemployed has risen with 40% since last year! I have contacted all the hotel chains in Helsinki and tried to find something for this spring, but it just seemed impossible. Therefore I stretched my way of thinking and applied also for jobs outside my field of study. Lucilly I found a job at a kindergarten so from next Monday I will help in taking care of 2-year-olds. I'm a stand in for a worker who is on mother leave I believe. I will stay there until the end of May at least. I'm happy about this. The worst thing would be to have to sit around at home doing nothing. I've always considered myself an active person and I would just hate having nothing to do. I need to keep myself active and of course I need the job also for financial reasons. At least this way my finance is secured for the spring. I've already been talking to the tourist office of Helsinki about returning there for the summer. Hopefully they will accept my application and let me work there for the third summer in a row.

So there it was, the update I've been wanting to do for some time now. I think I did pretty good. I'll write again tomorrow once I've visited my new job and spent some hours there. I guess you could call it an introduction. I'll fill you in on it tomorrow...
Thursday, January 7, 2010

Come play with Audrey Kawasaki...

Fell in love with an artist a couple of days ago that I really have to share with you guys..Audrey Kawasaki is her name as she's from LA, USA. She's the same age as my sis, born in -82, but already she's world famous for her paintings of young girls. Her works are oil paintings painted directly onto wood panels, and her style has been described as a fusion of modern art and Japanese manga.
I can see that a lot of her paintings have a meaning, a story. They play with ideas, thoughts of what is right and wrong, and some of them are even erotic. I've noticed that there is one paiting for each of my emotions. I can always find one that interests me and therefore talks to me.

Have a look at them and get inspired! http://www.audrey-kawasaki.com/info.php?p=bio
But I warn you, the awake thoughts! Here are some of my favorites...