Happy New Year! For Helsinki it has meant low temperatures and lots of snow, which means more light, good moods and fun ways to commute.
WordPress sent me some stats on Hey Helsinki’s year in review – here’s a quick look at some of my most popular posts in 2015:
#1 – Helsinki Underground
This surprised me but as someone said, ‘When you arrive in a city the first thing you want to know is how to get around.” I hope this post has been useful – & that people found reassurance in the fact that it would be very difficult to get lost on the subway in Helsinki.
#2 – How to make the best korvapuustit
This post went nuts thanks to my sister-in-law Ilona and her baking tips on how to make three Finnish sweets with one dough.
#3 – 101 Reasons to visit Helsinki
This post grew from a project at work where I was looking through all my photos from the previous year. I could have come up with more reasons but, like dalmatians, 101 is a pretty good start.
#4 – Finland’s oldest public pool, swimsuits optional
I can see on my stats page the search terms entered into google that lead people to Hey Helsinki. Time and again the most common thing people are looking for is ‘nude Finnish girls’ which seems to then lead them to this post where I went skinny dipping in Finland’s oldest public pool. Popular with the general public it was also a hit in the German nudist community.
#5 – How to dress a child for Finnish winter
With temperatures as low as -26 celcius lately (-15 F), this post has resurfaced as people search for help with one of life’s major challenges. As we are outside everyday, it’s essential to dress properly which means multiple layers and accessories, such as neck warmers (imagine a turtle-neck sweater but with no sleeves or torso) as kids don’t generally wear scarves. As someone at work said recently, ‘Every time you dress a child for Finnish winter, a little part of you dies’.
And where do you come from?
Well Finns or people in Finland overwhelmingly make up the largest group of readers. I guess people who’ve moved here are looking for tips and for the locals, well we all like to know what others might think of us. Thanks also to friends and family at home in NZ & Australia for following along.
I’m going to take a little break from writing this blog as we prepare to make our first trip home in nearly two years. I’ll be in Asia for work and then have a month in New Zealand. I can’t wait! You can follow along on Facebook or Instagram for updates.
I’m also working with Laura Iisalo of Creating Helsinki on a book about the people who make Helsinki the city it is. It features tips from locals on their favourite places & things to do, with recipes you can try at home of Nordic classics made with a contemporary twist.
It will be released by Cozy Publishing in May 2016 & I’ll keep you posted about the launch. In the meantime, thanks so much for reading and for all your comments over the last year.
And for those who accidentally got here while searching for ‘nude Finnish girls’, here’s a picture of me in my underwear today.
I told you it was cold!