During the past week, we have been treated to great weather! (Yes, I’m saying this without irony!) I’m pleased to report that it’s been sunny here in Helsinki (all day long, not just 10 minutes in the morning) and, amazingly, lacking the usual cooling factor of the wind.
The temperatures have been up to 23°C-25°C and around here, that qualifies as Super Summer weather. Spring came and went in one week. We skipped right over it.
It hasn’t been this pleasant in several years actually, we’ve had many cold summers in a row. And May is usually a cool month.
No one knows how long this will last so you can believe people sure have been taking advantage of it! A large German supermarket chain has an ad that says “Live like it’s the last day of summer”, which must be tailored for the Nordic market. (I can’t imagine seeing that ad in Italy or Spain!)
Well, this week the whole town has been living like this spell of good fortune could end any minute. Sunbathers everywhere. Bikes and summer clothes. Bikinis in little green patches in the center of town? Yes, why not, who cares.
I took some photos on my iPhone 10 days ago from a picturesque café called Sinisen Huvilan kahvila, “The Blue Villa’s Café”. It is centrally located (at Töölönlahti), and you can see the Opera as well as the Finlandia Hall on the opposite shore.
If you compare them to these pictures from yesterday and today, you can see that the trees are already much greener!
I’m still getting used to how to enjoy summer with two babies who need to stay out of direct sunlight, as well as how to dress them. A week ago they were still in full winter gear, and suddenly they are in summer gear, arms and legs exposed!
It’s much easier now to go places with them though, without the hassle of dressing multiple layers, taking them off, and dressing them again. What a relief, really!
I even caught myself thinking Oh yes, I remember now how I used to be. This feels familiar. This feels like me. The long-lost scent of suntan lotion quickly slapped onto my face brought back happy memories, unexpectedly. The scent lingered all day. I almost didn’t want to wash it off.
Sunlight has also allowed me to reduce my daily coffee count to 3 espressos (instead of 4-5!) but I’m still too sleep-deprived to write a proper blog post. Still, I was itching to write something. Please excuse me if I’m not making much sense!
Weather gods, if you’re reading my blog (as you should be), would you please let us have the Sun a bit longer? I promise you we’ll return her in great shape, good as new!