This Midsummer is very different compared to all previous ones. One era is coming to an end. We found a new owner for my childhood home and the apartment will be available to her in mid-July. I find it strange to think that someone else is going to live in the apartment. In the apartment, which my parents bought back in 1969 when they got married and where they lived together for nearly 50 years, until my father passed away. I too, lived there all my childhood and youth, naturally.

I went to clean up the apartment about a week ago and I stayed the night to get more done because so much stuff has accumulated and no one has properly cleaned the apartment for years. I found some old stuff like old essays from high school, drawings, postcards (even my parents wedding cards and baptismal cards for me and my brother), some old magazines; (for example Donald Ducks from the 80’s and 90’s and ”Aisapuu” magazines -an interesting and nostalgic magazine about the area of our cottage town), an old diary and other writings, old letters from those I used to exchange letters with (the web was not yet so used, and correspondence was common) etc… I even found an old sticker book in elementary school and a booklet in which I had written stories as a child. They all reminded me of so many memories…

Despite everything, this is where a whole new time in my life begins. My spouse and I are leaving Helsinki. We are not yet sure where, but some housing options have already been considered. We want to get to a quieter (and more safety) place from here but not too far from my mother who’s here in a nursing home.

The future apartment will be our very own. Until now, we have lived in rentals. We will have a new, certainly better time. The former will disappear, but I’m sure the new time will bring a lot of good!


Apartment sales presentation.

HAPPY MIDSUMMER! Let’s enjoy the summer that has finally arrived in Finland also.



Gymnastics event great closing ceremony (field show) 12.6. in Tampere. The program begins with a beautiful women’s program: ”Clear Waters”, which also features former members of my team. The program concludes with another beautiful women’s program: ”My friend, my life”. If you haven’t seen gymnastics field shows before, I recommend watching this. They are great spectacles!


Gymnastics show: ”Feel it” From the exhibition center. Gymnasts of my former team also participated in the ”Forest” program of this show. The choreography is done by the instructor of this same team.



TAMPERE 9-12.6.-22

Welcome to Tampere, Finland’s third largest municipality (in terms of population). Tampere is home to 244,315 people and the total area of Tampere is 689.59. Tampere is also home to the famous Särkänniemi amusement park where stands Tampere ’s famous landmark: Näsinneula.

The Finnish GYMNAESTRADA, which is held every four years, is here again, this year in Tampere. The event has already seen amazing performances. It has hosted e.g. artistic gymnastics Finnish Championships and the third World Cup competitions in team gymnastics. Finland took a double win in the competition, which was won by Minetit and Gloria placed second. Today was also seen a spectacular ”Show it” evening show (which was televised live).

Tomorrow the event will culminate in the closing ceremony. We will also see a show: ”Feel it”, featuring women from my former flow gymnastics team.


”Show it”-show (YLE TV)


team gymnastics world cup -final (YLE TV)

The event dance.

I myself am not involved this year. I haven’t got myself into proper training mode since the covid-19 virus started spreading. Even before this, I had already suffered from severe anemia and had no strength to train.

Opening day moods.

Soon after, my father died, and indeed it became covid-19, with more illness and isolation, then my brother passed away and training motivation was zero… so I have been out of the training hall for a long time. Such big events like this in particular are not exciting at this moment that the epidemic is still raging but I hope to return to the species someday. Gymnastics itching hit a bit again after watching these programs.

Enjoy great performances and have a nice gymnastics weekend!