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Summer Heat

cbetts Kirjoittanut Chris Betts   blogissa A Social Life by Chris Betts
Julkaistu 5.7.2010, klo 16:47

Wow, what amazing heat we have had this weekend, though I have to admit the heat did make it hard for me to get to sleep, but the weather is fantastic and the perfect time to head to the beach and catch the rays for a lovely tan, hang with friends and have a picnic.

Oulu is hotting up with the big events coming,  such as the Rotuaari piknik and the huge event Q-stock, Oulu in the summer has many events that include music, I think Finland as a whole during this summer period have lots of outdoor activities, music festivals and off to their summer cottages aswell.

 

The summer cotteages, or known as mökki here in Finland, are the finns summer or winter getaway, away from the city life into the wonderful nature of the countryside, where they can play games, have bonfires and cook makkara, and of course have a sauna and maybe a swim in a near by lake.

The most famous Finnish game that is played during in the summer time is called möllky, which consists of twelve numbered pieces of wood and one piece in which players take it in turns to throw at the other pieces to reach a certain score.

 

Upcoming Events

cbetts Kirjoittanut Chris Betts   blogissa A Social Life by Chris Betts
Julkaistu 30.6.2010, klo 10:51

Once again some more events to look forward to lets have a look shall we :D

Chase the blues away with a little folk rock music at Ravintola Tervesoihtu, in the Oulu marketplace.  Wednesday, June 30th, Oulu Folk ry take the stage with Myyttikesti, a little Brazilian music from Daniel Marques & Ricardo Sá Reston, and country music, Finnish-style from Erkki ja Tähti.  Thursday, July 1st, Timo Nykyrin Ukulele Orchestra, Western Limited, and the folksy Kammarit showcase their stuff.  Sessions start at 21.00.

For something harder, Nuclear Night Club, Uusikatu 23, is hosting Hässäkkä-päivä, Thursday, July 1st, a punk and hardcore festival featuring Orange Pazuzu, Deadsunrise, Relativity, and Nikolaus Rungius.  Tickets are 7€ / 6€.

Liminka Music Camp begins their summer concert series this week, offering a range of events from children's playschool music, to more sophisticated chamber and symphony music.  Concerts are held at Liminka Culture Hall, Linnukkatie 5, unless otherwise indicated.  Tickets are 15€, 25€  for symphony concerts and finales.  Some events are free or come with a two-for-one offer.  Free childcare for children under 3 is available for concerts at Liminka Culture Center. http://www.liminganmusiikkiviikot.fi/ks/konsertit.php?lang=en.

For those on a smaller budget, check out a performance by singer Henna-Mari Sivula at Oulu Cathedral, Thursday, July 1, 12.15; or singer Susanna Tuhkala with Hanna Kaikkonen on piano at Ylikiimingin Church, Thursday, July 1, 19.00.

Suven Sävel Music Festival returns this week, Friday and Saturday July 2-3, Kuusisaari, featuring top names in Finnish music, including pop sensation Anna Abreu, dancing, and karaoke competition finals.  A VIP pass to the venue includes a full course menu and special seating arrangements.  Tickets are 25€ for a one day pass, 40€, for a two day pass, and VIP tickets are 90€  and 160€ and can be booked by calling 045 110 6946

Enjoy a family day at the beach at Sunikari on Hailuoto island, Friday, July 2nd, 11.00-15.00.  The program includes beach games and competitions, including a sand castle building competition.  No registration necessary

While you're on Hailuoto, why not check out costume designer Pirjo Valinen's 'Theatre Costumes' exhibition at Kylätalo, Luovontie 231, Hailuoto, which runs until August 31st.  The exhibition opens at 10.00.

For the kids, there's a Treasure Island Mystery Adventure, July 3-11, which departs every hour 11.00-17.00, from the Oulu Marketplace beach.  Activities include face painting and a treasure hunt.  Admission is 7€.

In the world of art, Anna Pesonen's photographic exhibition 'Documents, in India,' pictures from India from 2000-2009, is on display at Oulu City Library, Kaarlenväylä 3, until July 30th.

Tietomaa, Oulu's science center and museum, is hosting an exhibition of knife designer and artist Esko Heikkinen's work until September 30th.  The exhibition includes about 80 pieces made of materials as various as walrus tusk and petrified dinosaur bone.  For ticket prices and times check out http://www.tietomaa.fi/eng/index.html.

So lots to do and see in the upcoming week once again information thanks to 65 degrees north.

Juhannus weekend

cbetts Kirjoittanut Chris Betts   blogissa A Social Life by Chris Betts
Julkaistu 28.6.2010, klo 11:20

So the famous Juhannus weekend has just been by, so what did you guys get up to during this mid-summer weekend? I will tell you what I did. I traveled out of the city to a town called Vaala, whilst there we played a variety of games such as Finnish baseball, not to be mixed with American baseball these two are very different games, we also had drinks and just enjoyed each others company and being able to share this time together.

So what is Juhannus ?

"The celebration of Midsummer's Eve was from ancient times linked to the summer solstice. Some people believed that mid-summer plants, especially Calendula, had miraculous healing powers and they therefore picked them on this night. Bonfires were lit to protect against evil spirits which were believed to roam freely when the sun was turning southwards again"

"Before 1316, the summer solstice was called Ukon juhla, after the Finnish god Ukko. In Karelian tradition, many bonfires were burned side by side, the biggest of which was called Ukko-kokko (the "bonfire of Ukko"). After the celebrations were Christianized, the holiday is known as juhannus after John the Baptist (Finnish: Johannes Kastaja)"

"Since 1955, the holiday is always on a Saturday (between June 20 and June 26). Earlier it was always on June 24. A lot of the celebration of midsummer takes place on midsummer eve, when many workplaces are closed and shops have to close their doors at noon"

"In the Finnish midsummer celebration, bonfires (Finnish kokko) are very common and are burnt at lakesides and by the sea. Often two young birch trees (koivu) are placed on either side of the front door to welcome visitors, Many Finns leave the cities for Midsummer and spend their holiday in the countryside. Rituals include bonfires, sauna and spending time together"

"Many music festivals of all sizes are organized on the Midsummer weekend. It's also common to start summer holidays on Midsummer day. For many families the Midsummer is the time when they move to the countryside to their summer cottage by the lake. Midsummerday is also the Day of the Finnish Flag. The flag is hoisted at 6 pm on Midsummer eve and flown all night till 9 pm the following evening"

So what ever you did this summer send me and message I would love to hear about it, for Finns reading this blog what is one piece of advice you would give to any international student. Send all stories and pictures to Chrisbettsoamk@gmail.com

(pictures and information thanks to Wikipedia)

Laatuaika

laatuleipuri Kirjoittanut Vieraileva leipuri   blogissa Laatuleipuri
Julkaistu 24.6.2010, klo 12:15

Ajatukset karkaavat aika ajoin jo kesälomaan ja sen myötä tuleviin mukaviin, rentouttaviin hetkiin. Aah, nautinnollista laatuaikaa tiedossa! Uppoudun hetkeksi tähän niin houkuttelevaan mielikuvitusmaailmaan. Pyöräilen Ahvenanmaan saaristossa kirkkaassa auringonpaisteessa. Aurinko kuumottaa mukavasti ihoa. Kevyt tuulahdus kutittaa kasvojani. Kotoinen tervan tuoksu leijailee meren rantaan jätetyistä puuveneistä. Kuulen laineiden liplatuksen ja lokkien huudon. Vihreää, sinistä.. kesän värit loistavat täydessä kukoistuksessaan suoraan edessäni. Pysähdyn, laskeudun pyörältä ja annan kaikki aistien herkistyä ja ottaa vastaan sen mitä ympäristöllä on sille tarjottavanaan. Totean hiljaa mielessä: ”Tätä on Suomen kesä parhaimmillaan”.

Tämä on vain yksi pieni näyttö siitä, mitä voi olla kesän laatuaika. Tietysti kesäloman suunnittelu on käynnistynyt jo hyvissä ajoin kevättalvella. Ennen toteutusvaiheeseen pääsyä internetin lukuisat matkasivustot ovat tulleet tutuiksi ja suosituimmat sivustot ovat päätyneetkin selaimen kirjanmerkkeihin. Jotta benchmarking tuottaisi parhaan hyödyn, työkavereita ja ystävien lomakokemuksia on analysoitu ja vertailtu yhteisissä katselmuksissa. Kokonaiskuva kesäloman ykköskohteesta muodostui lopulta varsin kivuttomasti.

No suunnitelmat on tehty ja kesäloma realisoituu varsin pian. Tiedossa on täysi kuukausi laatuaikaa. Ensimmäistä matkaa odotetaan jo kuumeisesti. Suunnitelmissa on matkan lisäksi myös ystävien näkemistä, liikuntaa, grillailua ja vain oleskelua. Kuukausikelloa ei ole siis laadittu tiukaksi ja ehdottomaksi – pienet hukkapalat sallitaan. Joku on sanonut, että laatuaika tarkoittaa veruketta vastuuttomuudelle. Minä ainakin aion varata vuosikelloon laatuaikaa aina kun on mahdollista.

Niko Männikkö, Sosiaali- ja terveysalan yksikkö

Upcoming Events

cbetts Kirjoittanut Chris Betts   blogissa A Social Life by Chris Betts
Julkaistu 22.6.2010, klo 15:00

Upcoming events looking to bring more tourism and people to Oulu to enjoy the summer sun and the beautiful landscape of this upcoming international city.

Start your headbanging early with a little help from Finnkino cinema on Tuesday, June 22, at 20.00.  The Big Four: Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax is a one-night only, live concert screening of four of the biggest names in heavy metal history.  The 35€ ticket price might not get you crowd surfing but will get you a front row seat to the action.  Finnkino’s website can be found at http://www.finnkino.fi/movie/7227/.

Other musical events this week include a performance by the Northern Armed Forces Band on Wednesday, June 23 at 12.00 in Rotuaari, free admission; a Summer Evening Concert at Ylikiiminki Church, Thursday, June 24, at 20.00 with Tom Rahko on trombone and Outi Nissi on piano; and a free concert by 70s-inspired Felis Domesticus at club 45 Special on Sunday, June 27 at 23.00.

Dance the night away with some traditional Finnish dancing at Hietasaari’s open-air dance floor, Hietasaari tanssimajakka, Hietasaarentie 13, every Wednesday and Saturday in the summer from 20.30-2.00.  Hietasaari tanssimajakka boasts some of the country’s best artists and orchestras.  Tickets are 13€ per person, sometimes slightly more for more popular events.  Special performances will be given by Janne Tulkki and Ilta orchestra on Friday, June 25 and Marko Lämsä & Thunderball on Saturday, June 26.

Go Arctic! tour operator starts their weekly program this week, offering English language-friendly activities all through the summer.  Guided walking tours of the city in English depart every Thursday at 15.00 from City Hall, free of charge.  Guided sightseeing bus tours of the city in English and Finnish leave every Saturday at 15.00 from City Hall, free of charge.

Learn to dig history (literally!) with Go Arctic!’s excursion to Kierikki Stone Age Centre which leaves every Saturday at 11.00 from the Toripoliisi statue in the Oulu Marketplace.  Highlights of this open-air museum and indoor exhibition center include a reconstructed Stone Age village, hands-on activities that give a better view of life in pre-historical Finland, and even the chance to participate in archaeological excavations.  Booking with Go Arctic! provides you with transportation to and from the museum and covers the entrance fee.  Tickets are 25€ for adults, 22€ for students and pensioners, and 20€ for children and can be bought in advance from Oulu Tourist Information, Torikatu 10, or at the bus.

More information about the Kierikki Stone Age Centre can be found at http://www.kierikki.fi/sivu/en/kierikkikeskus/. For more information about Go Arctic!’s other activities, go to http://www.goarctic.fi/en/homepage/.

Tar Burning at Turkansaari

Celebrate mid-summer with a couple of family-friendly events.  Turkansaari open-air museum is hosting a night of mid-summer celebration on Friday, June 25, at 18.00, which includes entertainment for children and music.  Be sure to catch the activities surrounding tar production at the museum as Tar-Burning Week kicks off on Friday.  Tickets are 10€ / 7€ / 3€.

(information thanks to 65 Degrees north)

This is the upcoming events more to come but their is alot happening, and I plan to go on this walking tour this thursday so pictures and info to put up soon :D

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