A Taste of Education

In the 1950’s a workers’ institute was founded in a small village. The main aim of it was to provide education to trade union actives and to weaken the strong pro-communist opinions in the area back then. The institute received funding from the USA. It has been rumoured, that even the CIA was involved, butJatka lukemista ”A Taste of Education”

Bored on a Summer Evening

Almost two years had passed since my last explorations in abandoned buildings. There were two main reasons for that. The first one was that I had no time. I studied two degrees and worked three jobs. The second reason was, that there was nothing new to explore in my home town. I had already visitedJatka lukemista ”Bored on a Summer Evening”

A Ruined Welcome

Welcome to Vaasa, the pearl of the Finnish West coast. This is the place, where the city was founded in 1606. The church was built way back in the 14th century, and it was expanded in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. In 1852 the city burned down. The fire spared only two buildings,Jatka lukemista ”A Ruined Welcome”

Life Left When the Ore ran out

The place featured in this week’s post is rather unusual, as it’s not really abandoned. We are talking about the village of Otanmäki, which is located in the former municipality of Vuolijoki, a part of Kajaani since 2007. The village was founded in the early 50’s, when iron ore was found nearby. A mine wasJatka lukemista ”Life Left When the Ore ran out”

The School for the Special Salmon Part I

Because of my work I got involved with a building project. It was about demolishing an old school and some adjacent tree houses and replacing them with modern high rise blocks of flats with a nice view over a river. The school was from the 1960’s, a very unspectacular building with a red brick facade.Jatka lukemista ”The School for the Special Salmon Part I”

The Quiet School by the Market Square Part XI

There was a third staircase in the back of the wing which housed the three gymnasiums. This was far smaller and more difficult to access than the two main staircases, but we used this one to go down to ground floor, as we hadn’t been here yet. We left the stairs at the first floorJatka lukemista ”The Quiet School by the Market Square Part XI”

The Quiet School by the Market Square Part X

Here’s another collecion of pointless sentences together. ”Rescue my guinea pig! Please” ”Yeah, Yo Man” The biggest sentence on the blackboard is Swedish, and says that you can’t eat that much, while the old sign begs for silence. In addition to the collection of birds featured in an earlier post, the school had a collectionJatka lukemista ”The Quiet School by the Market Square Part X”

The Quiet School by the Market Square Part IX

The journey through the school has been really interesting, and it has gotten more and more interesting the higher the stairs we have climbed. The lower floors were just full of stockpiled stuff or empty classrooms, but the upper ones are in a much more authentic shape. It’s almost as if schoolwork had stopped justJatka lukemista ”The Quiet School by the Market Square Part IX”

The Quiet School by the Market Square Part VIII

In this class we can see the grim reality of the school’s digitalization. It’s no wonder there were so many floppy discs in the school, as the computers were this old. I think that one might still run Windows 3.1. It looks like someone’s been training to write with their toes. In the neighbouring classJatka lukemista ”The Quiet School by the Market Square Part VIII”

The Quiet School by the Market Square Part VII

The fourth floor corridor was pretty much like all the previous ones. The long metal bars have been used to hang large charts to the front of the class. I hope the teacher was away, when they came down. The blackboard had been removed, but was still in the class. A strange display had beenJatka lukemista ”The Quiet School by the Market Square Part VII”