Love for books, mangos and Heavy Metal: December 2016

I’d really like to start this post by saying that I tried very hard to finish this in time with the year in review post for the year of 2016. But, honestly, I didn’t even try. For some reason, finishing the post about the whole year felt much more urgent.

But December was a not-half-bad month in the life of the maintainer of this little site on the internet. – I read some cool things, and many people said funny things to me. If you keep reading, you’ll find out all about them below! (And you’ll see a super cute dog I met at an airport.)

I found

  • The entrance to the Speakeasy
  • Fantastic books


Heard (1)

  • “Be straight with us. Are you at the burger truck?”
  • “One drink is no drink. … But we’re not gonna make this a habit!”
  • “I hope someone told you that before?”
  • “Bring the eye patch.”
  • “You only like me for my coffee recommendations.” — “No!… yes.”
  • “What happened was exactly what I expected to happen when you said you were going to Australia.”


  • “Worst case it will be a good story. But I really don’t want to think this way anymore.”
  • A good story
  • Something about taking chances

Watched (or saw)


  • “It’s not because I’m German, it’s just that I’m really not sure if this actually qualifies as humour.”
  • “Once you suppress the thought of garlic, it’s actually drinkable.”
  • “Can’t talk, I have Mango in my face.” – “Is that a euphemism I’m not aware of?” – “No, I literally have a Mango in my face.”
  • “I don’t think I’ll make it to the concert on Friday.”


  • What “timezones are hard” can really mean
  • I choose my books based on who I want to become.


  • Wondering if I missed a chance
  • In Terminal 2, waiting for boarding, listening to Christmas music (not voluntarily)
  • On a plane
  • On another plane
  • Home
  • Jetlagged, maybe
  • Surprised
  • On more planes
  • In an Australian Bar somewhere in Scandinavia (by accident)
  • In many bookstores
  • In the bathtub

I did

  • Make it through Christmas
  • Send a poem
  • Lose a Memory Card
  • Walk home
  • Walk 80kms around Helsinki
  • Come home to flowers

I did…, although it was a bad idea

  • Leave
  • Look for flights
  • Get only one more coffee
  • Count


Heard (2)

  • “Have fun with the adventure that you call life.”
  • “Leave Finnland alone. … I mean it.”
  • “You’re in Helsinki? Is there a conference I’m not aware of?”
  • “You’re a writer – not keeping the personal and professional separated, that’s exactly what you do. That’s where you get your inspiration from.”
  • “Guess there’s no white Christmas this year. Santa will have to come in a Helicopter.”
  • “I’m the only Aussie who didn’t come here for the love of a woman.” – “Then why did you come here?” – “I came here for my love of Heavy Metal.”

Listened to

I thought

  • About goodbyes
  • About Drop Bears
  • About why a Speakeasy is called a Speakeasy in English, while it’s called Flüsterkneipe in German (which literally translates to Shush bar, and which seems to be just the opposite of a Speakeasy)
  • About Christmas presents
  • About time
  • About hope

By Lena

Fast walker, avid reader, poetry fan, public speaker, violinist, pianist in the making, intersectional feminist. Works in tech, writes about anything here (and less frequently than in the past).

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