Every year it’s the same story – you promise yourself you will not hibernate this winter, you will get out there and do stuff. You will not confine yourself to the comforts of being indoors, you will grab your cross-country skis and head into the snowy outdoors. And every year it’s the same story… By the time summer comes along, you’re chomping at the bit to bust out of house and home, feel the sunshine and spend as much time outside as possible.
The day at Anne's Shop, located next to Temppeliaukio Church in Etu-Töölö, has just begun. Tourists are already lining up at the door of the church, while Anne's Shop is hosting a handful of Russian tourists and an Asian couple. The soft patter of paws draws nearer as a small white dog emerges from the backroom to greet the first customers of the day. According to the shop’s owner Anne Forsström, store dog Ransu is making his morning rounds in the store, making sure everything is alright.
Us Finns can’t get enough of it, the sun, I mean, and when it shows its shy face over the horizon, we’re heading for the sunniest spots in town to read, eat, drink, play and just laze about. Even busy employees find time to grab a cuppa at one of the kiosks on Esplanade Park, or eat their lunch sitting on the water’s edge.
Foodies, gourmands, epicures, connoisseurs and gluttons, it’s a nightmare out there. You feel like fish and you’ve got so much to spend or it’s a definite vegetarian day and you’re looking for something a little more upmarket. Whatever hits the spot, the budget and so much more can be found in this handy little booklet called White Guide Nordic.
It’s quiet in the room and nobody’s allowed inside after the official start which is right on the dot of the hour. Because this is not just a class, it’s a yoga class where the movements or postures are sandwiched in between quiet meditation at the start and meditation at the end when you focus on your breathing and let go of everything that doesn’t serve you.