Stalinistista arkkithtuuria Varsovassa. Hyvin tutun näköisiä rakennuksia on Moskovan kuvissa.

Kaksi kuvaa Varsovan vanhasta kaupungista.

Unicefin Buddy Bears näyttely.

Varsovalaisessa luomukaupassa.

Maailmanmatkaaja itsekin joutunut kuvaan – tosin omalla kameralla otettuun, joten sen kehtaa laittaa tähän näkyviin.

Karelia of Viena: Day 3

Images from the Kalevala village of over 5000 inhabitants in Russian Karelia.

The old ladies sang in a fantastic manner old folk songs in Karelian, Finnish and Russian preserving the old folklore.

Karelia of Viena: Day 2

These parts of Russian Karelia have a special significance for Finns and a constant stream of Finnish – mainly male – tourists visit the area. These parts never politically belonged to Finland but they have a strong connection to the Finnish national epic Kalevala. Elias Lönnrot – collector of Finnish oral poetry best known for composing Kalevala found some of the best poem singers in this part of Karelia and in Uhtua – or as it has been called since 1961 – Kalevala. But this is probably not the main reason for the tourism today. More important is war history: Finnish troops got as far as the Kis-kis (previous posting) hill 18 km from Uhtua in the ‘Continuation War’ i.e. WW II. So the main interest are the traces of war history.

Before WW II Russian was not commonly spoken in this region but now it is the main language. Mainly the elderly still speak Karelian – a language close to Finnish – but it is still possible for a Finn to travel in the region without speaking Russian – you will always be able to find someone who speaks sufficient Finnish.

These three pictures are from Kalevala village (former Uhtua) lake Keski-Kuittijärvi.

Karelia of Viena: Day 1

A statue of the poem singer Mihkali Perttunen (also called Miihkali Arhippainen); a famous poem singer from the 19th century. Vuokkiniemi.

The village Vuokkiniemi.

A statue of a Russian soldier at the Kis-kis hill which was as east as the Finnish troops got in WW II on the road to Uhtua. Maybe this guy stopped “us”.

Vienan Karjala: päivä 1

Luomuvientirenkaan toukokuun kokous pidettiin rajan takana Kalevalassa. Alue ei tosin lähiaikoina tule olemaan luomuviennin kohdealuetta, mutta muuten monessakin mielessä mielenkiintoinen alue.

Ensimmäinen kuva Kostamuksesta. Suomalaisten aikoinaan rakentamat kerrostalot ovat hiukan siistempiä, mutta laitetaan tähän nyt tällainen ‘neuvostomallinen’.

Vuokkiniemen kylässä tuttavuutta halusi tehdä koira, jonka mielistely oli hiukan tunkeilevaa ts epämukavaa. Naamasta päätellen tappelussakin on oltu aika hiljattain.

Hautausmaat olivat runsaasti koristeltuja – muovikukilla.

Kalevalassa Keski-Kuittijärvellä porukka kävi kalassa. Useat veneet näyttivät hukanneen perämoottorinsa vuosikymmenien kuluessa.


We went cruising on the Han river in Seoul – however the pictures are from the shore from where the cruise ships leave.

The last picture is from downtown Seoul where there are lots of small shops or boutiques.

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Two views to Suycongman Bay and one in downtown Busan.

The Beomeosa temple in Busan

The celebration of Buddha’s 2552. birthday!

Putting up the prayers.

After the temple we went for lunch to nearby traditional Korean restaurant.

Korea: Folk Village

In May we made a business visit to South Korea and fortunately reserved some extra time to see some of the country. The Folk Village – in the proximity of Seoul – can really be recommended for a visit as it gives you some insight into the traditional way of life in Korea. The pictures in this posting are from there.

These guys welcome you to the village.

Korean traditional architecture is related to Chinese and Japanese architecture in style but has its distinctive style in the roof shapes.

The kitchen is central in the Korean house – even more than in most other cultures. Koreans have developed a floor heating system with air canals under the floor and the heat originating from the kitchen fire place. Hence the kitchen is below the floor level of the rest of the house and the fire place is even lower. Korean winters are cold and without this system it would not have been possible to sit on the floor. (In Finland we certainly needed chairs – floors were freezing cold.)

The gingko tree.

Each room has a door to the outside – not necessarily to the neighbouring room.

Pre-school children learning about their history and heritage.


Spinning silk from the silk pupa.

Korean farmers’ folk dances.

The wealth of the house was in the big jars of fermented vegetables- f.ex kim-chi – and soy sauces. Even today you can see these jars on the roofs and terraces of houses in Korean towns.

The bride.