All of a sudden Helsinki is the winter wonderland: white, pristine, beautiful, trees covered in snow as if wrapped in intricate lace. This does not happen so often at this time of the year. We often don't get much snow before Christmas, but then sometimes it is like this, and I remember why I like winter. I don't like the cold or the darkness, but I love the beauty of new snow, I love to sit inside and look at snowflakes falling from the sky, building maps of unknown continents on my windows.
Yes, winter in Helsinki is a time of cold weather, a time of darkness -and a time of warmth and light! The warmth of people, friends and family, the light of lanterns and candles and -like today- of pristine snow.
Well, not to become too poetic about it, I'm afraid the snow will melt soon, but it does look very pretty just now!
I guess at the moment large parts of Europe are white. I have heard of wintry weather and snow in Estonia, the Netherlands and Slovenia. Estonia and Finland had a big snowstorm last weekend.
It was windy in Amsterdam, but to come back home and find the weather had turned freezing was kind of a shock! But now, after the storm, these past two days, it's been just so... well, I said it already :) ... beautiful!
But I promised you to write some more about Amsterdam. Amsterdam is known for great Indonesian and Chinese restaurants. Last week I had the opportunity to visit Srikandi, an Indonesian restaurant and art gallery, with Anya from Godful Food, and to taste my first ever ricetable! It was, in fact, the first time I ate Indonesian food. Srikandi is a very nice little restaurant located in a beautiful old building by a canal (lots of canals in Amsterdam :)). The ricetable tasted very good, service was friendly and knowledgable and I was in good company. :) It was a very nice evening.
Here are some photos I took while in Amsterdam. Enjoy!