Focus

This photo represents my focus right now. I’m enjoying the summer so much! Last week end we found a new ice cream place quite close to where we live. 

They make their own ice cream and it was so good! The flavor I chose was marshmallow. We’ll definitely go back some sunny day.

This is my take on the weekly photo challenge.

Mannamaria

By your side

This week the weekly photo challenge is about friends. This photo was taken last winter before the twins were born. They’re such sweethearts.

Our cat’s name is Mona. She is a little bit timid and so is our son. They don’t play much together but they respect and defend each other. The boy never teases her. Once, when the boy was only couple of months old, he was crying loudly and heartbreakingly. The timid cat, who comes close to us only when she’s hungry, jumped to my husband’s thigh with her claws and didn’t let go. It felt as if she was really thinking that we were hurting the boy and defending him.

Sometimes we have to tell the cat to get off the dining table or something and the boy on the other hand defends the cat and starts yelling at us “let her stay at the table if she wants to be there!” or “let her go out to play if she wants to!”

Precious moments.

Mannamaria

 

Mother’s Day Here And There

This is a post I have struggled with the past days. Written, rewritten and rewritten it. I had decided to send some photo to the weekly photo challenge and when I found these photos and couldn’t just pass them. They are from our trip to Gambia a couple of years ago. This post is not about a reflecting surface as the challenge suggested. It’s more about reflecting my motherhood and relationship with children, inspired by that challenge. I hope it’s ok.

First time writing this post I started by wondering what kind of Mother’s Day they had. Did they have cake and flowers as we did? Do they have a family to celebrate it with? But I realized I know nothing about their families.

I went on to ponder how I did absolutely nothing to be born in a country were I could give birth to my children in a safe and modern hospital instead of that one below. How it was pure luck that I can give my children a chance to live their childhood in a safe the way that we want and provide them a good education. Those kids in the last picture live on the streets and do whatever they can to survive. They did absolutely nothing to deserve that. How I wish I could save them all but I can’t. 

How the school kids seem so happy. With education their future seems bright. I wish they have the opportunity to finish school and get professions. And I wish the kids from the last picture could find a way to attend to a school. 

I wrote and rewrote and rewrote. Then I thought what they would say if a mother of some of the kids in the picture saw my text. I thought of them saying “girl, you know nothing about our lives, families or hopes for the future”. And that’s quite correct, I don’t. 

So I deleted my texts and without analyzing further the only thing I know for sure is that everyone deserves a good healthcare and education. These kids and everyone else. That’s my wish for them.

Other than that I hope they had a good Mother’s Day full of love and laughter and the kind of future they wish for themselves.

Mannamaria

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Danger underground

Maybe the title is a little too heavy? Sounds like I’m going to talk about some bad working conditions of the miners or something?

Well I’m going to show you photos of our excursion to an underground electricity station. Station that transfers electricity to a big part of Helsinki. It is located quite close to the center of Helsinki and 30 meters under ground.

Disappointed?

Sorry.

It was a very modern and safe station but it did get me thinking about what would happen in case of emergency. Since there can be an emergency anywhere and if you happen to be at a big electricity station, 30 meters under ground, with huge transformers and electricity cables it would easily get fatal. And there are crazy people everywhere.

But we did go. Me, my husband and the boy.

I’m not going to bore you with any details about the station or it’s history. But you know electricity is very abstract. At least for me it’s very difficult to understand how the electricity transfers in a concrete way from the wind mill or nuclear power plant (let’s not go to the dangers of that) to my house. This excursion was very informative and educative for me.

The boy doesn’t really understand what is ‘electricity’ though we tried to explain it. He was excited to get into a tunnel and a cave. 😀 Everyone had to wear a vest and he was very proud of wearing it.

Here are some photos of our day!

Mannamaria

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Wanderlust Ecuador

I could have put here the same photos from last week. You can check the Finland photos here. Finland is a great destination for a wanderlust.

But this time I wanted to make contrast and show you some photos from my backpacking trip years ago. I traveled around South America and visited some amazing places. These are from Ecuador; Isla de la Plata and the Amazonas.

I’m happy I did those travels back then. Nowadays our holidays are different. Family holidays. As they should be.

Have a lovely week!

Mannamaria

Weekly photo challenge

WPC: Earth

This week I wanted to share with you some of my favorite homeland destinations. Places where I keep returning again and again. Pristine nature. Peaceful, quiet and very beautiful.

Enjoy!

Mannamaria

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Kuusamo, Finland

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Koli, Finland

DSC_0102Turku Archipelago, Finland

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Turku Archipelago, Finland

112Padasjoki, Finland

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Ruka, Finland

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Tohmajärvi, Finland

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Helsinki, Finland

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Turku, Finland