Monday, April 28, 2008

Spring in Helsinki

Another week of sunny days and warmer temperatures. The forecast continues to be nice for the next few days. I noticed that the leaves are starting to come out on some of the trees. Yet, you can still see people walking around Helsinki during days as warm as 15-20 C (in the 60s F) wearing gloves and scarves. You would think they would start to enjoy the warm weather and take off their winter clothes.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Do you want fries with that?

Celebrate the International Year of the Potato!

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Monday, April 14, 2008

Spring arrives in Helsinki

The last few weeks have been pretty amazing for Helsinki in the spring. There has been ots of sun and warm temperatures (5-10 deg C). I almost don't miss the fact that we had so little snow this winter. On top of it all, the sun is shining from 6 in the morning until 8:30 at night. Longer days are yet to come!

Great Music Week

A few weeks ago, it was a great week of music in Helsinki. First was Doug MacLeod, a great blues player from the US. Hosted by Pertti Nurmi at FMI, the show was intimate and exceptional. If you get a chance, don't miss this show.

Second was Tommy Emannuel, another great guitar player, but from Australia originally (now living in Nashville). The guy does stuff with a guitar that will amaze you. Check out his performances on You Tube.

Third was Rufus Wainwright. The show was sold out, so we didn't get to go. :-(

Coming up in Helsinki:

July 11: Bruce Springsteen
December 1: Elton John on the Red Piano tour

Monday, April 07, 2008

Wall Street Journal article: "What makes Finnish kids so smart?"

This article here.