Thursday, February 7, 2008

About Marimekko and other things from Finland

On Tuesday I went to the opening of the Marimekko exposition. Very nice, I have always liked Marimekko designs and there were lots of textiles I had seen last time as a kid. So nostalgic! It was also good the see the real stuff for once - there are lots of fakes here. And no, no one really knows Marimekko is a Finnish company.

We got an example of Mexican logic in the opening, too. There was wine and vodka, but the staff just didn't want to give us glasses to drink from. The logic was this: there are always people who come to the openings only for the drinks and aren't interested in the exposition. So, they decided to discourage this practice - by not serving to the people who didn't have a glass already. The ones who had managed to get a glass earlier, were still served plenty of alcohol. Basically, one half of the public was drunk and the other half angry. And of course the ones who got the glass were the ones who only came for the booze and not to see the expo. It took quite a while to convince the staff that there might be something wrong with their logic. Oh well...

There so many people here who really don't want to think for themselves, which is quite irritating sometimes. I guess there are everywhere, but still... Can it be that difficult?


The Finnish stuff in the photo is gift from my friend after her trip to Finland. A bit of salmiakki, strong salty liquorice, that almost everyone who is not a Finn finds disgusting. I love it! Yam! And waxpaper for baking. You can find it here, too, but it isn't good for anything. Even if you put tons of butter on it, everything gets stuck to it.

Unfortunately my friend couln't bring me all the things I miss from Finland, like chocolate (believe it or not, Mexican chocolate isn't very good), cheese, rahka (a special Finnish dairy product), rye bread, Carelian pasties... The list goes on! And oh, I woulnd't mind someone bringing me a sauna here, too! ;-)

6 comments:

Quire DaRagoff said...

Maybe it´s all about the kind of Mexican chocolate you tasted... or maybe you are accustomed to bad ones.. jeje.

ColibriDreams said...

Mmm... I definitely aren't accostumed to bad chocolates! I think the problem is the Mexican chocolate. But I would be glad to be proven wrong in this issue, so you can always recommend me some good Mexican chocolates!

Ta-Miit said...

It seems that we all finns are desperately missing certain things, we value high in our home country:

Decent rye bread, strong salmiakki and good chocolate.

The lack of those things is like mental deficiency disease...

ColibriDreams said...

Ta-miit, I so agree with you!

Maria said...

Tupsahdin jostakin blogista tänne vierailulle.. :)

Pitääpä osata nauttia täällä herkuista, kun ne ovat lähellä ja helposti saatavilla :)

LUV said...

The mexican chocolate is good, your problem is the place where you live, maybe you need to go other places, oaxaca has a excelent chocolate.