While Finnish people do feel emotions, they don’t tend to express them as often as we do in New Zealand or other parts of the world.
In fact, my Finnish friend told me she finds it over the top when foreigners express their love for inanimate objects like coffee, or a town they have only visited once.
So, I’ve already told you that I love Kiasma and I’m sorry, but I’m going to say it again.
Miko and I visited Helsinki’s museum of contemporary art on a cool and wet summers day recently and really enjoyed (loved?) the interactive exhibitions.
Happy Together by Choi Jeong Hwa runs until September and features colourful, tactile pieces for adults and kids to enjoy.
The works of Brazilian artist Ernesto Noa are so big you are encouraged to move inside them and to lie down in his giant crocheted hammocks.
There’s also a room of scents, held in beautiful earthen jars. We had fun guessing and recoiling as we sniffed our way down the row.
We spent a couple of hours looking around, which is quite good for my four-year old companion, before descending to the cafe on level one.
I had my usual favourite, the Moroccan haloumi salad, but not before gushing to the waitress, ‘I love this salad. I think about it all the time when I’m not here.’
To which she returned a small polite smile and no doubt wondered at my over the top confession of feelings for these inanimate objects.
I was gifted a Museum Card a while back and recommend it for anyone interested in visiting museums. Pay 59€ once and receive free entry to 200 museums in Finland for one year.