Today at work it seemed like Helsinki's Christmas spirit was melting away as it just kept on raining throughout the day. In the newspaper today, I read that a year ago we had snow up to our knees and this year: rain. None of us can still say if this is how Helsinki's Christmases are going to look like also in the future or if this is just an exception, a once in a lifetime experince.
Discussing the matter today with some customers at work it seems the weather is alike in most parts of Europe, how strange is that. For years people have been saying that Finland has to work to change its "cold image" but if the temperature here is the same as in rest of Europe, nature has worked in our advantage. Nevertheless, the visitors we have, search for that cold. In fact, many customers have commented on the warm winter we have. People travel to Helsinki only for snow. I would like to think that there would be even other aspects; it's a European capital, Helsinki's food supply, Helsinki's design & architecture, Helsinki's Christmas markets or even cultural events, but today an Irish couple told me what I was fearing: snow was their main motive for coming to Helsinki this time of year.
Should we change the image of Christmas so that it wouldn't be so strongly related to snow? I mean, after all, Christmas is spent also in warm countries. Maybe it's too early to say, but I think all Helsinkians will remember winter 2011 as exceptional.
Last Thursday my workplace had its Christmas afterparty at a newly opened lounge club here in Helsinki. The place is called Namu (in English: treat or sweet) and has used the sentence "for sweet people" as its slogan. The club is very centrally located, opposite to the Helsinki Central Railway Station, and has a stunning terrace of almost 400 m²! It has a restaurant part, concentrated on the Nobu philosophy of eating with all one's senses, a lounge part where there is an after work during the week and then also a nightclubish part where there is dancing.
I think they did a good job with the interior- I like it!
Returning to the Christmas season, this week's best Christmas season dress that I have stumbled upon is by far Taylor Swift's! This princess like creation is of Reem Acra, and looks like a Christmas season snowflake! Also the jewelry of House of Lavande is a master stroke of brilliance! Wonder what a piece of that jewelry might cost, but a girl can always dream...and take inspiration! I think it's cool that the collection has its own blog.
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