Welcome back, baby


In Finland, I rarely get a heart, flower, bird or jack-o-lantern on top of a latte, I was thinking resentfully, having recently come back from California, where one of my habitual cafes had a very sweet barrista.

But Finland is always surprising me, and this community is an absolute leader in creativity and design. Only in Finland can one find such a beautiful moose on a latte, presented without fanfare. I think it is a masterpiece!

Incidentally, the coffee was delicious. It is from Tiedekulma, which despite its remit to serve as a location for increasing communication between the University and the public, is also a very nice cafe and a great place to work. Uni wireless is available–check out the enclaves in the side for a quiet nook in which to squirrel away with a computer, tablet or book.

High Noon Helsinki


Often people ask me about the darkness in winter. It is true that the sun barely makes it above the buildings in the city. Here it is at 13.00 today. It was a stunning day with patches of bright blue sky despite the threatening clouds and haze.