It’s been a long time since I wrote my last article. So the summer ended and the beautiful and colorful autumn makes her presence. Autumn came like a fairy in a multicolored dress, like every year. With fragrant fruits, rainbow leaves, and decorating ideas as cute as possible. The hot days are gone and the Northern sun is still warming from time to time, but it is not so strong, perhaps tired after a pretty full summer.
I enjoy the days that I stay on the couch, with a cup of hot tea in my hands, a warm blanket, and watching Netflix or reading. Sometimes, on warm days I go to the balcony. From there I can see the forever green fir trees that make me smile every single day I wake up. Autumn maybe is not my favorite season, but I look forward to it every single year. With melancholy, I’m waiting for autumn to do my own review. What I managed to tick off the list I wrote at the end of last December. Already in September, I prepare for the cold weather, I take my cozy clothes out of mothballs, and I enjoy more and more intensely the sun and the pastel detached, as if from the most beautiful picture. I have no talent for painting or photography, but I wish I could immortalize what my eyes can see every single day.
Today I stayed at home. I see that the trees from the parking lot are getting red so I wanted to change the door decoration. And I took a basket and went to reap the fruits of nature. I found all kinds of leaves, one more beautiful than the other, small fruits, and fir cones. Well, I remember when I was a kid, how happy I used to be when after I did my homework I went out to play with my sister and the other children in the village. We used to have all kinds of games and we were happy. Also, I like Halloween and the kids going trick or treating with all the costumes, and decorations. I think I really enjoy making them.
Like many other people, I thought Finland it’s just a Nordic country, with not many stories to tell. But I was wrong. Every single day is a story. The crazy wind has its rhythm, sometimes slow and tender, sometimes rushing and impetuous. Even he has his own story. Maybe the smiles of cotton clouds that are now closer to the ground, or maybe the birds that roared through the creeks of the trees sang in the summer. Every wind has its own story.
Well, now September is almost gone. Will come back next year for sure. What I am ”hunting ” now is the northern lights. I missed it last year but I’m really into seeing it this year. It’s like millions and millions of fireflies having their dance in the sky, but much more colorful.
The autumn in Finland also comes along with a lot of flavors. The vegetables have different tastes, smells, and colors. Especially in September, it’s the time for mushrooms, and my favorite is Penny Bun. I’m really missing the pumpkin pie that my grandma used to make in my childhood. That smell will follow me on my journey, no matter where my feet are taking me. I love summer with all my heart, but I am in love with the seasons changing. Every season has its beauty. So, if in the summer I am very happy and full of energy, in the autumn I’m more melancholic and calm.
This country has a lot to offer: images, places, food, and people. We just have to want to meet all this. At this time of the year, the berries, blueberries, and other goodies are so tasty. Bio and with an amazing flavor. I’ve heard that picking wild fruits was like a treasure for families through generations. In Lapland, the trees change their leaf’s color much earlier than in the South. So Finland shows an amazing festival of colors. During the summer, seeing the sunset by the lake might leave you speechless. The day is long and the night has only a few hours. When the season is changing, the sunset gets earlier.
I’ve been living in Finland for quite some time so I may say that I’ve seen what Finnish really like to do, mostly on the cold days. And that is the SAUNA. Last winter, I went to some friends and when we got out of the sauna, we use to walk through the snow. As a funny thing, I thought I would make hypothermia, but nope, that didn’t happen. The Finnish people and mostly the Northerners, are going to fish and swim in the iced lakes. For someone who’s searching for adventure, this is perfect. But before that, ’till October, you can enjoy canoeing. Many people used to do that all summer long, but the water isn’t that cold now, so you still can do it.
About the food, the Finnish are quite unique, at least in my opinion. What I think it’s specific to this country is the fact that they have some pastries so delicious, like Korvapuusti (cinnamon bun), and Finnish Pulla but also traditional food such as salmon soup, Uudet perunat ja silli (spring potatoes and pickled herring) or Poronkäristys (sautéed reindeer). Here, in Finland, I’ve heard for the very first time that we can eat reindeer. That’s so delicious.
So, here are my observations about autumn in Finland. What is autumn like where you live? Also, what is your favorite season? Let me know in the comments below.
Souces: Gofinland blog & Pinterest