Today is a day to say thank you for 9 wonderful years with the city I fall in love with like no other city.
The city that brought experiences and friendship to me, as I had never expected.
The city that took me on a journey which I didn’t know existing.
Made me start to learn a language with which I am still struggling and which I probably may be never able to master really.
The city which inspires me most in my art and helped me to create my series: Hidden Helsinki
Thank you lovely Helsinki.
On the 9th day of September 2014 I set foot for the very first time on the ground of Helsinki.
Today I am again in this city, not only to celebrate this wonderful jubilee, but also to celebrate a concert and artist, who at first made me consider to visit this city.
Samu, with whom it began. If it wouldn’t have been your music, I might have ended somewhere else.
So always grateful for every note of your songs and lyrics, and the inspiration for my art and my journey.
Thanks for the wonderful concert we had had tonight in Vanha Yliopistotalo.
Sanna–Leena and Bijay and also Aava, I am more than happy that I found true friends in you and a family. Love you heaps and always will.
Sanna–Leena, you are like a sister for me.
Airi-Leena and Seppo, glad we met.
Saara, my second Finnish sister, thanks for being part of my life, love you.
Suvi, Lauri, Oki, Katja, Laura, Niilo, Tiina, Kaisa, Tarja, Jarkko, Mervi, Marja my wonderful friends – some of them even sauna sisters –, so grateful that our paths have crossed. I really hope, I haven’t forgotten anybody.
Thank you to everybody who welcomed me to their lives and house.
I also have some lovely German people who are still accompanying me on my journey.
Most of all my wonderful son Gillian. Without him I wouldn’t be able to travel, he is the one who keeps everything all right at home and cares for our furry boys. Thanks honey.
Kerstin, my besty, who always helps me to find the right shadow direction or whatever … you know it!
Eva, a partner in crime by mastering the Finnish language!
Anksuni, I will never forget our summer in Helsinki, although it was just a week, but it was summer.
The wonderful people I met in airplanes or in queues.
Babben once sat in an airplane next to me, asking me a lot about Berlin – our destination – and in the end she told me, she was a graphic designer just like me. We became friends until the moment she started to forget me, due to Alzheimer. Miss you hun.
The journey is not yet over.
Thanks for 9 wonderful years and hell yeah:
kippis for the next 99.
So far I have slept in Merihaka, Puotila, Jakomäki, Kivikko, Torkelinmäki, Sörnäinen, Olunkylä and Laajasalo. Not bad, I guess
I have visited so far and this is not the order of my visits. I have copied a list and excluded unknown territory!
- Pikku Huopalahti
- Viikin tiedepuisto
- Santahamina – just for a talk with a military guy
Still counting and exploring.