Mad Season – Katia Wildermann

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Being caught—literally—between her nerdy neighbor and the MMA fighter her agency managed wasn’t as bad as Lyla might have expected. That is, if she’d ever expected to be in this situation.

Lyla Mason knows she’ll have her hands full when her boss assigns her to babysit Callum Reed, MMA fighter and her PR agency’s latest client. He is used to getting his way, and hotter than hell, both in the cage and in the bedroom, or on the floor, in the elevator…. Social media sites are rife with photos of him in compromising situations, and she’s been tasked with cleaning up his image before he launches into the most important season of his career.

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The struggle with ebooks…

Today I’d like to write about another subject that is circling my mind for a while already:
Ebooks  and my the eternal struggle with it.

Don’t get me wrong, I love ebooks. They are a great thing, easy to access from everywhere and more than practical when you are traveling a lot (not to mention about the self-publishing option)…BUT…yeah, there it is, the huge BUT.


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Helsinki – my favourite places pt. 1

One of my favourite places of Helsinki is located close to Kaivopuisto and next to Café Ursula. It’s a pier and small boats to Särkänlinna and Harakka, two of the close by island, are leaving from there. I love going there by walk, usually starting at the Market Square and simply following the way along the shore, feeling the fresh breeze of the sea in my face and hair.
I have no idea what makes that place so special to me but I have always liked it or that area in general. It gives me a kind of touristy feeling and I can just walk and walk and walk and forget about everything else. I also just love to sit there and watch the sea and hear the screams of the sea gulls, letting my thoughts drift away and dream.

If the weather is really beautiful, no matter if summer or winter, the place is either crowded as many people go running along the shore, or walk with their dogs and more and more often tourists find their way there. But that is okay – I guess – and I really can understand that people come to take a walk at such a nice place.

One thing I love about winter times in Helsinki is that you actually can walk over the ice to the close by located islands Harakka, Uunisaari, Luiskasaari and Sirpalesaari – during winter they are all connected by the ice and once it has been cold enough for a while and the ice on the sea is thick enough, you can reach the islands easily by walk! In summer time, boats are taking the visitors to Uunisaari, Harakka and Särkäninna.

Uunisaari is another favourite place of mine. Uunisaari consists of 2 islands – North and South Uunisaari. The island are separated by a small channel.
In the past the island were used for agriculture but was then rented for industry. The building where the Restaurant is now located was built in the late 1800’s. For several decades it was a boat painting factory.

Later on, during World War I, the edifice was used as a weapons storage and building caskets. After that the building was empty for many decades and it was renovated in 1999 in order to use it as a restaurant. Since then it has been in the same ownership.
Additional to the restaurant building, there is also a ticket sale kiosk as well as dressing room which were built for the Summer Olympics 1940. They were cancelled due to the World War II but were finally held in Helsinki in summer 1952.

So it is still a little touristy, especially on warm and nice summer days, but much more tranquil than the peer, but if you walk around for a bit, you can easily find a place where nobody else walks by and where you are really be on your own.

Why Finland? (Part 1)

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This is the question I have been asked probably about 100 times ever since I moved to Finland in October 2007. Finland is known as cold and dark, people drink a lot and they have a rather high suicide rate as well. Oh and people are shy.

Well, there’s of course a lot of stereotyping in it and it’s all the negative things which stand out but most of it the fact mentioned above are not as bad as they are usually said.

  • Yes, it is rather cold here, but it’s not too much difference from the place where I come from in Germany. I used to live in the Ore Mountains and usually there was/is rather lot of snow as well and temperatures can easily drop below -15. After all, some winters are really cold (like in 2010) or milder, no matter where you live. But I have to say that generally the winter and snow lasts a little longer and at some point you actually get offended when it snows again, while other countries can sit outside already and actually have spring.
  • The winters might be longer and colder here, but most people tend to forget that we have long summer nights when it’s basically not getting dark at all, and if it’s more like dawn. While some people have serious problems to deal with it, I really love it. You can go for a run at 1am because the sun is shining already. Not so bad after all! And while Germany was drowning in the flood last summer, I spent my days at the beach. Again – some summers are warmer and some summers aren’t (like 2012 – mostly rain and cold).
  • “People drink a lot.” – that’s true to a certain point. I remember when I moved here and I saw many young kids being drunk, but I have the feeling it got a bit better during the last years. And once reason for that may also be that I am coming from a very small town; I guess the issue is different in bigger cities, though. Still there are studies that actually show that Germans consume more alcohol than Finns, which might be because of the high taxation on alcohol. One fact that is true that Finland has the highest coffee consumption per head.
  • I’m not sure about the suicide rate. Maybe it’s true, maybe not. I, personally, don’t know anyone who has committed suicide and I’m rather happy about it.
  • It’s true that people are usually more “shy” although I’m not sure if that’s even the right word. They are just more introverted and it takes them longer to open up and very long time to call someone a friend. “Kaveri”  is commonly used for someone you know, even for long time already. So it means more like “acquaintance” than friend. A friend means “ystävä” and is usually really someone you like a lot/love.  But still, once Finns open up to you they are really nice and ready to help you.

However, I will tell you more about my love for Finland in part 2, so stay tuned!

xo Fhina