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Tonnara siciliana

Tonnara is the Italian word for the tuna factories where fishermen used to bring and process their tuna catches.

Tonnara, Sicilia 2018
Tonnara, Sicilia 2018
Tonnara, Sicilia 2018

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Cremona

I did not know whether to continue with this project, posting at least one photo a day on this blog. The coronavirus news are quite distressing and I was asking myself whether it makes sense to continue posting photos of places where I am travelling or where I travelled in the past. Earlier this morning, It did not seem something useful spending time on.

I live in Finland and I am following very closely how things are developing in Cremona, my hometown in Northern Italy which has been at the centre of this epidemic since its earlier stages. I remembered the photos I have taken over the years when going back to visit my family and friends.

So, I decided that what I am going to do over the next days or weeks is to look into my photos and search for the ones from Cremona, edit them into black and white, and post them here.

I do not know if I will have something to say every day. Anyways, this is for me a way for me to feel that connection with the city I was born as I follow the latest developments.

Cremona 2018
Cremona 2018
Cremona 2018
Cremona 2018

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Evening market /1

Near Durbar Square, Kathmandu 2019
Near Durbar Square, Kathmandu 2019
Near Durbar Square, Kathmandu 2019
Near Durbar Square, Kathmandu 2019

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Street corners

It was a very hot day in the southern Terai. We were few kilometres from the Indian border. We had left the hills behind us and reached the flat area and the temperature had gone up considerably. It was dry season and the main color my eyes could see was the light, dry, brown of the barren fields. The weather has become more erratic over the last few years, they told up at the meeting in Tikapur. Dry and wet seasons have changed in their intensity and duration. This makes life very difficult for farmers.

Tikapur, Nepal 2019
Tikapur, Nepal 2019
Tikapur, Nepal 2019
Tikapur, Nepal 2019

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Classic cross-country in Lapland

 I have grouped the photos from Lapland in a gallery which you can find also here

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Near the pagoda

I am in transito in London, so just one photo today from Kathmandu. When it got dark I walked around the area near Boudhanath. As soon as the sun set, all these stalls selling candles pop up in several streets. I saw this young woman stopping a young monk and asking him to take a selfie. It was a nice moment.

Near the pagoda, Kathmandu 2019

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Boudhanath /2

“By prostrating before a stupa, we turn our face away from our egos and toward our enlightened nature. By circumambulating—walking around the stupa in a clockwise fashion and reciting prayers—we keep the image of enlightenment at the center of our attention.”

Boudhanath, Kathmandu 2019
Boudhanath, Kathmandu 2019
Boudhanath, Kathmandu 2019
Boudhanath, Kathmandu 2019
Boudhanath, Kathmandu 2019

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And now Kathmandu

I was back in Kathmandu last April. I had not been back for many years. I lived there of a year in 1999-2000 when I started working in international development in food-for-work project funded by the German agency for international cooperation (GTZ at that time). This is why Nepal and Kathmandu are special places for me. The first night I was back, I went for a walk to Thamel to take some street photos. I stayed in Nepal for three weeks for work and will post over the next week or so some of the images I took.

Street vendor, Kathmandu 2019
Corner shop, Kathmandu 2019
Street life, Kathmandu 2019
Thank you, Kathmandu 2019
Shop, Kathmandu 2019

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Onnea Rovaniemi / Happy Birthday Rovaniemi

On our way back from Lapland we had a stopover in Rovaniemi. We had enough time to visit the Arktikum, the science centre and museum about northern nature and culture. In one of the side rooms the museum has a photo exhibition about the 60 years of the city of Rovaniemi. It is a very simple display. One TV screen shows a slideshow of black and white photos about the 60 years of the city. I sat and started to watch it. I took my camera and started to take photos of the photos I was seeing. They are very nice images of everyday life, people and their jobs, sport, music, concerts. A great set of images about the city and its citizens.

You can see the images below. The images are straight out of the camera. The only edit has been the change of format from RAW into JPG. I have not cropped any image nor changed resolution or contrast.

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Pyhäjärvi village

We had about 15 km behind us. We followed the cross-country ski track through forest and miers covered under a deep layer of snow. At one point the track made a long gentle turn to the right. It was the Northern tip of the Pyhäjärvi (Pyhä Lake) and of the ski track we were following around it. At the end of the turn the track started to follow a long series wooden electricity poles in a straight line. The track run between the village of Pyhäjärvi on our left and vast snow-covered frozen lake on our right. We stopped when we saw a young boy selling warm coffee and juice to skiers. While I was sipping from my paper cup I looked around. Up on a gentle slope the wooden houses where deep in the snow. I imagined the dark months of December and January. How many hours of light do they have up here? and when the summer arrives, does the sun set belows the horizon or not? what jobs people have? are they all working in the tourism sectors? what other work exists so up north? do young people stay here or do they move when they finish their studies? how is it to live so up north?

We finished our drinks and skied for about 1 km to the cafe Mummola to have something to eat before the last stretch of 8 km to get back to our cottage. Temperature -14C. Blue sky. Not a cloud.

Our track, Pyhäjärvi 2020
Hot drinks station, Pyhäjärvi 2020
Village, Pyhäjärvi 2020
Frozen lake, Pyhäjärvi 2020
Cafe Mummola, Pyhäjärvi 2020
Cafe Mummola, Pyhäjärvi 2020
Village center, Pyhäjärvi 2020

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Classic cross-country skiing /1

The classic cross-country skiing style is often used on prepared trails (pistes) that have pairs of parallel grooves (tracks) cut into the snow. It is also the most usual technique where no tracks have been prepared. With this technique, each ski is pushed forward from the other stationary ski in a striding and gliding motion, alternating foot to foot. With the “diagonal stride” variant the poles are planted alternately on the opposite side of the forward-striding foot; with the “kick-double-pole” variant the poles are planted simultaneously with every other stride. At times, especially with gentle descents, double poling is the sole means of propulsion. On uphill terrain, techniques include the “side step” for steep slopes, moving the skis perpendicular to the fall line, the “herringbone” for moderate slopes, where the skier takes alternating steps with the skis splayed outwards, and, for gentle slopes, the skier uses the diagonal technique with shorter strides and greater arm force on the poles (Wikipedia).

Pyhätunturi 2020
Cleaning the skis before a coffee break, Luppo 2020
Kota, Pyhätunturi 2020
Bringing the kids up, Pyhätunturi 2020

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The trees in Lapland are smaller

The trees are smaller up here in Finland. The forest is not to thick as in southern of Finland. It is as if it is more difficult for the trees to grow up here in Lapland. The winters are longer. The summers are shorter. The weather is harsher.

Pyhätunturi 2020
Pyhätunturi national park, 2020
Pyhätunturi national park, 2020

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Pyhätunturi

We travelled from Rovaniemi to Pyhätunturi today. It took about three horus by bus. The more we travelled North the higher the snow. It feels we are in a different country. Of course this is still Finland and we are quite above the Polar Circle but the difference with Southern Finland where we live is quite striking. This winter we had almost no snow. It has not been really cold. It is only up here, 6-700km more north where we find the real Scandinavian winter.

We arrived in Pyhätunturi at about 4pm. Went to the supermarket with the cross country skis and now prepare dinner. Today I have the photos I took from the bus.

Here a brief text from Wikipedia about Pyhä National Park which is nearby. Pyhä-Luosto National Park (Pyhä-Luoston kansallispuisto) was established in 2005 when Finland’s oldest national park, Pyhätunturi National Park (established in 1938) was joined to Luosto. This makes Pyhä-Luosto Finland’s oldest but at the same time newest national park. The new park covers 142 square kilometres (55 sq mi). The most important features are geological specialities, old forests and wetlands. The park’s base is formed by Finland’s southernmost, 12-peak tunturi line. The tunturis are remnants of Alp-like mountains of 2 billion years of age. 200-year-old or older pine tree forests grow on the hills. The highest tunturis are Noitatunturi, 540 m (1,772 ft), and Ukko-Luosto, 514 m (1,686 ft).

Rovaniemi bus station, 2020
On the way to Pyhätunturi, 2020
On the way to Pyhätunturi, 2020
On the way to Pyhätunturi, 2020
On the way to Pyhätunturi, 2020
On the way to Pyhätunturi, 2020
On the way to Pyhätunturi, 2020

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