Saturday, December 18, 2010

Emozioni disordinate

Mouth of Truth-Forum Romanum-Colosseum-Piazza di Venezia-Via del Corso-Fontana di Trevi-Piazza di Spagna-Via dei Condotti-Lungotevere Marzio-Piazza Navona-Vatican city-Termini-Market in Trastevere-Lungotevere dei Mellini-Piazza del Popolo-Villa Medici-Hard Rock Café.

Rome in a weekend. Emotions of happiness, being confused, chaos, warmth, running, laughing, being on the edge, exploring, being amazed, learning, living. Scents of coffee. Coke in narrow tall cans. Tastes of gelato, pizza (both thin & thick), chocolate. Finally getting to speak Italian. Seeing the sun. Walking on historical grounds. Not being in Italy for over a year. Taking photos in a photo machine at night time. Being tricked into taking a fake cab from the airport, but ending up being the smarter part and fooling the driver into take less money from you than you agreed upon.

Missing a flight, being stuck in the airport of Stockholm for hours waiting for your second flight. Notice that you’ve missed a terrorist act in Sweden while you’ve been away. Being forced to sit in the airplane and wait for the stairs leading us off the plane for more than 30 minutes and noticing that people are being more and more anxious. Noticing that your bag has arrived safe in Helsinki, but that it is missing one piece and that most of the things in the bag are broken. Coming home and watching the Gladiator as the first thing you do.

Certi amore regalano una emozione per sempre, momenti che restano cosi, impressi della mente.
Friday, December 3, 2010

Coming alive with ideas

Helsinki, -6 degrees

During the current week I’ve had a rough time at work thanks to educational reasons. I’ve undergone two passes of work related schooling and surprisingly enough it puts you mind into work. I’m very thankful for the schooling possibility, it just takes some time to digest and process the things you get out of the schooling occasions. I feel I learn to know my working place better each day. How exciting! Especially now when I’m a part of my team and can contribute in the creation of a working place culture. That was one of the topics in the schooling sessions this week. Work place culture. Annual development discussions. Co-operations between tourism actors. I get to work on the first part already next week when we have a new reinforcement at my work- a new worker. I notice that I’m full of ideas and this week I have really felt that my ideas have got backup and the support it has needed. I’ve even got unexpected compliments from persons I would never have expected to appreciate my work efforts.

More responsibility and more things to think about have an effect on home life as well, obviously. Sometimes I feel that I am so focused on my work that it’s difficult to explain it to somebody else and assume that that person can understand. I have a big need to share things, but sometimes I lack the tools for doing so. I have decided to consider this a period of time when I need to focus on my work, but nevertheless I want to focus at least the same amount of personal matters as well.

Just this week, a global briefing covering international affairs, business, culture and design called Monocle released an issue on Finland. Headquartered in London with bureaus in Tokyo, Zürich and New York, Monocle appears 10 times a year in print. The issue was called “Monocle Finland survey” and talked about Finland where Monocle’s team of editors, correspondents and photographers uncover a young country with a long history, a big name on the international stage, and a reputation it is working out how to hold on to. The issue discusses Finland’s current situation and strengths: its design, crafts, soft power abroad (artists, media), the social position soon even closer to Russia thanks to the faster train connection to St. Petersburg, a food revolution where the Finnish kitchen is between rest of Scandinavia and Russia and our greatest export product- the sauna. Have a look here!