The first thing that hit me when I arrived in Turku was the almost empty city. Seriously. There were no people walking around, no cars in the streets, no traffic jams, no animals. I came here in January during deep winter time and it was probably the reason for that. Anyway I was really surprised because my home city is always much more crowded.
Fortunately the situation changed within the change of season. And it was striking change for the better. And astonishing again because as soon as temperature raised above 5 ̊C first outdoor tables appeared in front of the restaurants and Ice-cream parlours stood on the Kauppatori. I could not believe my eyes! But hey, that was great, you could feel the overall joy from the fact that spring was coming.
Another unique thing that attracted my attention was hmm duck… or pig? Or maybe ‘pigduck’? I have no idea what that interesting construction is but it is one of a kind for sure. Go and have a look at it. Maybe it will change your life, who knows?
During my stay in Turku I noticed many interesting trends and one of them is wearing the reflective beads. They are very popular, almost every person has it! And not only people wear them but their puppies too. I heard that especially in winter it is compulsory. They are available in every shop and they can have almost every shape and colour. I love those with The Moomins! They are so Finnish J I think the reflective beads have just become an element of fashion. You can choose your favourite one or even two or seven and just attach them to your coat, scarf or bag and feel fancy. Not only are they additional decoration of your everyday outfit but also make you more visible in the dark. Only positive things! So let’s start wearing them.
Text and photos: Joanna Dziag