culinarism, Finland, sponsored, traveling, veganism

Best Flower Plantations in Helsinki.

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One thing that has continuously been delighting me whenever I’ve made my way across the centre of Helsinki to the Central Railway Station, is the excellence of the flower plantations of La Famiglia Restaurant. Just look at all the gorgeous colour combinations, heights and textures!

This whole rant may sound a bit silly, but seriously, as a highly visual person (and as someone who has been working in gardening) I argue that details such as flowers are a key ingredient to the successfulness of a business. Who would want to enter into a restaurant with last-years plants dried out in the spring sun? It kinda gives you the first impression of how good your staff is willing to serve your appetite and thirst.

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After I approached La Famiglia about my admiration for their flower pots, the restaurant kindly enough offered me to stay for a fresh cup of coffee! Unfortunately for me, I had to enjoy my coffee black (as my soul…) since they didn’t have any plant milk in their selection. However, I checked the menu and they actually do have a couple of vegan options in their list.

 

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There is nothing like a fresh cup of joe – even on a hot early summer day!

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The famous Finnish clothing brand Marimekko is located in the other corner. I believe I guided a friendly American couple to the same store the other day when I was walking home from university.

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The restaurant is located on the opposite side of Stockmann Helsinki where street musicians often come to play for a small tip in the jar! If you get lucky (and often times even in the winter you do), you may enjoy a delicious drink and/or meal in the terrace area and enjoy excellent music being played right next to you for free! Although I’d suggest giving a small donation to the artist, anyway…

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For a local in a hurry, an employee on a coffee break or a tourist spending a lovely summer day in Helsinki, I’d highly advise you to try our the terrace of La Famiglia Helsinki!

Yours,

Miah

announcement, traveling

My Lucky Ticket to Greece.

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I am so grateful and excited to be announcing that I will be travelling to the island of Kos, in no less than a month! In early July my plane will be taking off for a whole weeks vacation (which I will use wisely by practising photography and travel journalism, of course). It’ll be my first time in Greece and the Mediterranean area – so I am expecting loads of heat, delicious ripe fruit and veggies plus some good wine…

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Exceptionally these pics here aren’t taken by me – but my special friend who was kind enough to support a poor student-activist by sending a lucky plane ticket and allowing her to stay in the house for a week!

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If you have any tips or advice for a pale Northern European visiting Greece for the first time in the hottest time of the year, I would be more than grateful of taking your thoughts and comments into account…

Lately I’ve been keeping my eyes open when thrifting to make sure I have enough Greece-friendly clothing (meaning cool, breathing and covering) for my upcoming adventure. One thing I am still missing is a huge hat like in the pic above – but apparently I will be able to buy one after arriving…

Yours,

Miah

activism, alternative, animal rights, Finland, second hand, vintage, veganism, Volunteering

Volunteering at a Multicultural Festival.

Like I hinted in my last post, the last couple of weeks have been busy with all kind of work from assisting at a conference to desperately trying to finish a couple of essays at the university.

I was also working at an annual multi-cultural festival in Helsinki, called the World Village (‘Maailma kylässä’ in Finnish). Hence, the last weekend of May was filled with activism, meeting good people and running around enjoying the festival atmosphere! Check out some of the pics (taken with my phone, unfortunately) below…

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The festival is especially known for all kinds of food stalls offering a wide selection of ‘ethnic’ dishes.
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Another thing is a colourful selection of clothes and jewellery from all over the world!
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I ended up finding this second-hand cotton wrap skirt that I wore for a relatives graduation party the next week.
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The main stage in the back of the area was the key point for all kinds of performances.
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Vegan banana cake and rhubarb pie.

 

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The (exceptionally) hot and sunny weekend was filled with excitement, stress, good food, nice people – and a slight sunburn. The overall experience was exhausting but very pleasing as well. I am looking forward to next time in May 2019!

Yours,

Miah

activism, alternative, animal rights, Finland, veganism, Volunteering

Photographing an Animal Rights March.

Hello guys and sorry for not posting for a while… To be honest, sometimes (academic) life, activism and even paid jobs come between blogging. However, me and my dog are doing great amongst this crazy adventure called life – and new content is on its way, I promise!

Let’s start catching up with this photo post about the worldwide Close Down All Slaughterhouses march I was documenting in Helsinki yesterday. If you’re not really that interested in animal rights, this post also provides you with a glimpse of Helsinki counterculture. Without further due – here’s the best shots from yesterday!

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On the left: “Violence against animals is truly cowardly.”

 

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Leaflet for the event: “Let’s close down all the slaughterhouses. Worldwide march in Helsinki on Saturday June 9th at 12 o’clock.”
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On the left: “You can live without violence against animals. If you want to.”
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On the right: “Close down the slaughterhouses. Speciesism is an unjust ideology.”

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In the middle: “All animals want to live and enjoy life.”
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The march approaching the centre of Helsinki. Behind you can see the Ateneum Art Museum.
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The dress code for the march was red.
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The march approaching the end point. In the background you can see the tower of the National Museum of Finland.
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In the end there were speeches, of course.

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It all comes down to standing up and saying aloud even something that feels impossible at the moment: closing down all the slaughterhouses that still contribute to the systematic and unjustified slaughter of millions of animal individuals each and every day. Compassion, animal rights, veganism – that is the future for the future generations and for the planet.

Please let me know what was the march in your home city or country! Would you like to participate or organize an event like this in the future? All comments and viewpoints will be appreciated. 🙂

Yours,

Miah

history, second hand, vintage, traveling

Fankadelik Vintage Store.

Now, I’ve saved the best part of the Tallinn Old Town for the last. May I introduce you to the Fankadelik Vintage shop?

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The atmosphere in the store is carefully planned and the personnel will happily assist you if there is something particular you are looking for. I have always personally found the ladies working here super friendly. Especially when I told them about this blog, they insisted me of taking as many pictures as I liked and needed for a good post!

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Though the store is filled with clothing racks, the space doesn’t feel like too small. There is also a hairdresser and a make-up artist working in the same premises; offering vintage-inspired transformations for the customers!

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My favourite part is probably trying on possible purchases in the Dita von Teese fitting room! Fankadelik isn’t definitely a cheap place but, again, the overall experience and high quality of their collection, location and service is worth spending the extra money.

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The latter room of the shop is dedicated to a more glamorous collection of evening gowns starting from the early 20th century!

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Fankadelik Vintage has also a good collection of accessories and jewellery to complete your look (from whichever era it is inspired from).

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Just look at all these small purses, sun glasses and brooches…

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You may find the store from the second floor of this yellow building. The entrance (notice the blue capital letters there!) is between two restaurants so after a good tour in the store you are able to rest your feet and enjoy a nice cold drink under the shade – or in the sun, however you prefer!

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Fankadelik also has a spectacular, well-thought Instagram account if you’re interested in seeing the collection more in detail and up-to-date!

Yours,

Miah