That’s A Lot Of Wood

It was day four of my summer vacation. I had already left the Åland Islands behind and was now zigzaging smaller and smaller roads to collect all municipalities in Finland. I had slept at a parking lot and been so tired, that I hadn’t woken up, when a truck had parked its trailer right behindContinue reading “That’s A Lot Of Wood”

Approaching The Final Frontier

Mid-August was close, and the evenings were getting darker and darker. My three week summer holiday, which I had saved this far, was just around the corner. Before that I had one more special adventure to go. My friend, who had followed my social media all summer, told me, that she had never been toContinue reading “Approaching The Final Frontier”

The Fish Finger School Part X (With Some Extra Fish Fingers)

As our previous adventure with the Vantaankoski school ended so abruptly, we agreed to meet again and go finish our exploration with my friend. And soon enough, less than a month later, we were back at the scene. Things, however, had changed. There was a large truck bed with stuff on it. It looked likeContinue reading “The Fish Finger School Part X (With Some Extra Fish Fingers)”

The Fall Of Causes

After independence Finland fought a bloody civil war, which left the nation extremely divided. The whites and the reds couldn’t co-operate in almost anything and this led to an interesting dual society. One visible thing were sports clubs. In every major town there was at least one for the right wing people and one forContinue reading “The Fall Of Causes”

House Of Colors Part II

Another look at the kitchen, where the choice of lamp is rather interesting. In the cupboard were still some old conserve cans. They had been carefully cleaned for reuse, and thus revealed nothing about the favorite foods of the last inhabitant. There was even toilet paper left, although the toilet was now unusable. Another interestingContinue reading “House Of Colors Part II”

House of Colors Part I

An early morning, another tiny village with little to see but the church. And an interesting looking house with boarded windows. The corner with the blocked entrance is strange. I’ve seen doors like that in old houses, where there have been small businesses located downstairs and the apartment of the shop owner upstairs. I thinkContinue reading “House of Colors Part I”

Bad News From Spain

Did I already mention, that former mental asylums were a thing that summer. I didn’t? Well, former mental asylums were a thing that summer. Here we have one beautiful hospital building again from the 1920’s. But wait a second, doesn’t it look like it’s very much in use? It does indeed. It currently serves asContinue reading “Bad News From Spain”

The Forest Cottage

Next to a highway between two rural towns I spotted this. A tiny cottage with covered windows, such a common sight outside Finnish cities. Only the windows facing the road were covered. This was a clear sign of abandonment. The yard was fully overgrown and it was a bit difficult to reach the door throughContinue reading “The Forest Cottage”

The Yellow House

I originally spotted this location next to a narrow road on the outskirts of a small town, when I realized that it looked overgrown and abandoned. I didn’t have time to explore it back then, but when making my way up North on another journey, I gave it another go. Trees and bushes covering theContinue reading “The Yellow House”

The Home Of Criminal Minds

We left the train depot and visited a few more villages. When we left one of them, I gave my friend a link to an article by the largest newspaper in the country. A link to the article in Finnish is here, but I will tell in short what it was about. Once upon aContinue reading “The Home Of Criminal Minds”