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My mom’s corn


Jakobs dagar

Närpes’ theater


Visiting grandparents





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Went to Hyytiälä for a Developmental biology meeting this Fri-Sat and was lucky to meet my former colleague Shinya.

And he had some exiting news to share – not only is he a Drosophila (fruit fly) expert, now he’s also a professional Mölkky player!

He and some friends from Japan have formed a Japanese mölkky team and are now trying to bring this very Finnish game to Japan.  

Here’s a video from when they participated in a tournament in Slovakia.

The world championship of mölkky is played in Lahti every year, and the best thing is that anyone can participate. Just get a group of 4-6 people together and start practicing!

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Action Friday

Today I got to attend a press conference.

It started with my mother texting me about the fire at Turku University Hospital. I was on my way to work and as I couldn’t see any smoke rising to the sky I didn’t think much of it. Unfortunately the situation turned out to be a bit more serious than I first thought. The building where the emergency unit was closed off as was the building next to it – namely my workplace.

Groups of medical students and personnel were standing on the street looking at the police that tried to divert the traffic. But there were no firemen, no one to give us any information on what had happened.

People were talking about a fire that had started in one of the electrical outlets and spread through the wires from the second all the way up to the fifth floor. There were even some talk about floors caving in…

My workplace was not affected directly but as the ventilation system never works properly there must be a horrible stench now. Rumors started to go around that they had turned off the electricity in our building too. Terror! What about all our samples in the already quite unreliable -80 freezers?

We were told that there we would get some more info around 9 o’clock.

Went to the lecture hall in a nearby building and soon realized that this would be more than just some notification on when we would be able to go back to work. And suddenly we found ourselves surrounded by journalists from all of Finland’s major newspapers and TV-stations. After nelonen and helsingin sanomat had had their time to ask about casualties and how much it would cost and how long it would take to repair the damage, we finally got to ask the important question of whether or not we would get to go back to work today and if they would turn on the electricity soon. We drew a bland on both questions as no-one in the 10 people strong panel had the answer to such trivial stuff. But luckily a person from the audience knew that the electricity was already back on.

With a sigh of relief we were then able to take the rest of the day off.

And no, no-one died in the fire.

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Off and away

Now I know how nicotine addicts feel when people tell them to quit smoking. On Monday there was a big sign on the elevator door at work. It said something like “stair-week, don’t use the elevator”. This is part of a campaign that strives to make Finns the healthiest people in the world by 20…something.

The rebel in me came to life. Screw them for telling me what to do.

I took the elevator.

But to compensate for my laziness I went for a jog today. I have come to the conclusion that city jogs are the best. Those where you have to stop every once in a while for a red light, and where cars are constantly driving by, prohibiting you and everyone around you from hearing your heavy breathing. Nice!

But no more exercising for me this week. I’m off to Helsinki on Thursday. It’s only me and Matteo that’s going. He wants to see the Sibelius park, I want to have some sushi. I think we’ll only do the latter. The Sibelius park kind of sucks. It makes tourists travel around half of Helsinki just to see a monument. It is a beautiful monument but there is absolutely nothing else for miles around and after taking a picture with the thing you have to get a bus back to the city center. To sum it up: if you’ve never seen the Sibelius monument, just think that you’ve saved yourself from a 45min bus ride.

Me, Sarah and the Sibelius monument.

Matteo also wanted us to share a hotel room in Helsinki. He is afraid that our grad-school won’t give him any more money since he has been travelling quite a lot this year. So to save a few bucks – or rather half of the travel expenses – he wanted us to book only one room. I voted no to this one as well.

And besides, as we are employes at the university we get a 20% discount as it is…

Just a funny video I found:

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Eating fish and going out for a late walk with Mixu.

Going to Nådendal/Naantali with Hanna and Marit.

Very nice!

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(As per usual, I haven’t asked for anyone’s permission before publishing these pictures… you know where to find me if you have some complaints)

I’m the one in the middle with a black and white kerchief (huckle), year ca 1994.

The two last pictures are evidence of this year’s witchery. All in all, we had 21 little witches begging for candy.

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I went home and spent my Christmas doing what I’ve done for 27 years now.

We watched Donald Duck on Swedish TV.

And the traditional family photo was taken – courtesy of Olle.

We ate lots of leftovers.

We took the ferry to Bergö to visit my grandparents.

There was singing – that was interrupted by my grandmother who took the opportunity to hand out candy.


And there was lots of snow – and a new house underneath it all.

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