Monthly Archives: September 2015

When I felt it

by Otto Kouvonen, degree student in Media black and white lakeshore scenery

 

Sound of lighter. Crackling of fire.

Warm feeling in the middle of night.

I can hear swans yelling,

like lonely trumpets on a lake.

 

Fog is rising from the water.

It surrounds us till we can’t see nothing,black and white lakeshore scenery

but ourselves and the campfire.

 

Hiss.

Steam from the stones.

Sweatdrops.

Is the whole world burning?

 

At 4 am it happened.black and white lakeshore scenery

We saw the light coming back.

Red shine from the horizon.

Swans greeted the sun like an old friend

Thats when I felt it.

 

This is my home.

The Ice Hockey Madness of Finland

by Ville  Välimäki, degree student in Media

Icehockey players on a white ice - bleachers in darkness

On a video you would hear commentaries, cheers, whistles, commercials… the ice of Hakametsä arena.

Ice hockey is the most popular sport in Finland, and Finland has twice won the World Championship: in 1995 and 2011. (Clip of Finland going crazy after 2011 world championship https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlltIY9v5Og) Hockey is a hobby for almost 200,000 Finns and there are about 68,000 registered players, 430 clubs, 3,000 teams and 40,000 games played per season!

In Finland not long after WWII, kids played street game called “ice ball”, which was a really simplified version of ice hockey as we know now. They’d scramble through neighborhoods buried in snow, batting and kicking a piece of cork the size of a tennis ball. But some of the more serious kids wanted to play hockey and eventually got the right gear and started to play more professionally. Back then, teams weren’t especially well organized: the worst athlete was usually stuck in front of a net, while the better ones attacked. The same passion for ice hockey is still around and when kids learn to walk they are taught to ice skate pretty soon after and ice hockey is practiced all the way from pre-school.

The Liiga
Liiga is the top professional ice hockey league in Finland. Teams are situated in the major cities of Finland and they usually have a significant following in their own city. The team names are usually the traditional name of the club. All clubs are commonly known by the name of their team. Trophy awarded annually to the winner of the liiga playoffs is called The Kanada-malja “Canada Bowl”. The trophy is so named because it was donated by Canada’s Finnish community in 1951 and has been the main prize for the winning team each year.

Ice arena screen showing the situation in a match

The fatal last minutes in the final match last spring.

Tappara or Ilves?
Tampere has two major ice hockey teams: Tappara and Ilves. It’s an old debate whether you choose Tappara or Ilves as your own Tampere team. There is no real explanation why someone chooses one team over the other, but if you ask anyone from Tampere about it, most of the people have a favorite team and strong opinions about the other team.

I definitely recommend taking a group of mates and head to see a game in the legendary Hakametsä Ice Hockey hall, which is the oldest hall in Finland and feel the real ice hockey vibes yourself.

Learn more:
http://www.finhockey.fi/info/in_english/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tampere_Ice_Stadium
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tappara
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilves

Sources for images:
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Lanm-qiVClo/TdLyymEK46I/AAAAAAAAAC0/-NbzKoTBdpw/s640/7984203_jpg_191558a1.jpg

http://img.yle.fi/urheilu/jaakiekko/sm-liiga/article7170705.ece/ALTERNATES/w960/Tappara%20sis%C3%A4%C3%A4ntulo%20Hakamets%C3%A4.jpg

Liiga.ed

It’s time to find delicates in forests!

by Iiro Jalava, degree student in Environmental Engineering

A bunch of funnel chantarelles growing in a forest

They just can’t be resisted!

In Finland we have a thing called everyman’s right. It gives you freedom to wander in wilderness regardless of the person or organization owning the lands for example. Only prohibited things are entering in the direct closeness of personal yards or entering specifically prohibited areas. So now we have this great freedom, what can we do with it?!

I take and advantage of this privilege every autumn and head with my family (inc. persons and dogs) into the woods. In forest I try to collect mushrooms called Suppilovahvero. It is a great cooking mushroom with delicate taste in it. It suits especially well with a game hunted around the same time. Other way to prepare it is mix it with some cream, white pepper, salt and cook it a bit. Yummy!

One must be careful though when collecting these mushrooms. The correct ones have a funnel pointing towards the ground. Very similar looking mushroom with pointy hat pointing up are very poisonous and should not be touched or collected. So if you are heading into the woods to try and find these treasures it is best to have an experienced guide with you because these are not easily found from every corner. Good luck in hunting for everyone!

A salty treat

by Tiia Rintakoski, degree student in Media

salmiakkisuklaa.edSalty liquorice – salmiakki – is liquorice with ammonium chloride added to give it its saltiness. It’s a common sweet in the Baltic countries and a loved treat in Finland. It’s not very known worldwide and most who know of it don’t care for it.

salmari.edA hundred different types of salty liquorice are available from fish and bananas to pipes to alcoholic drinks to ice cream and chocolate and the list goes on. There is a kind of salted liquorice for everyone, from salt-soaked to sugar-coated, chewy to crunchy, spicy to mild, soft to hard and so on. The uniqueness comes from when the saltiness and sweetness cross each other creating a moment where the two sensations are mixed.

The Finns enjoy making foreigners taste salty liquorice. The reactions go from firstly claimingsalmiakkikarkki.ed that it’s not even that bad to spitting out to candy in disgust and horror once they get to the centre and the saltiness kicks in. Someone once described the feeling as if somebody had sandpapered their tongue and then poured salt on top.

Salted liquorice is still worth a try and because of variety you’re bound to find at least one type that you’re able to stomach. And if not it’s good for pulling pranks on unsuspecting foreigners. But don’t judge it before you’ve tried it!

Right to roam

by Lauri Kohtala, degree student in Environmental Engineering

A rocky forest scenery: a lean-to in the background, a bit smoke lifting in the air.

Let’s enjoy life in forests!

Exploring the forests is fun. Just very near here in Tampere. You don’t have to travel to Lapland! Take your backpack, camera, binoculars, map and even sleeping bag. Go out to see wild animals, birds, scenery or pick some blueberries. The legistlation allows you to move in the forests freely (excl. motorized vechiles), pick up mushrooms and wild berries.

In spring time you can find a lot of horny birds singing in the forest. In summer you can pick up  blueberries and wild strawberries and in autumn lingonberries and mushrooms – for exemple chanterelles. Some of the forests have lean-to shelters and fireplaces, where you can spend the night. You can also take a tent and a portable cooker and spend your night anywhere in the forest when you remember that making an open fire is forbidden.

If you wish to find lean-to shelters or fire places for open fire you can visit recreational area websites. In most of the private owned forests there are no places for open fire or shelters for sleeping. Recreational area associations (Virkistysalueyhdistys) have usually maps of the areas where they have fire places and shelters on their websites. It’s nice to make one day trip with your friends also and just go and barbecue some sausages or corn.

Links:
Everyman’s rights (Right to Roam):
http://www.ymparisto.fi/en-US/Nature There is a link to .pdf in the right side of the site.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_to_roam#Finland

Recreational area association websites:
Pirkanmaan virkistysalueyhdistys – http://www.pirkanmaanvirkistysalueyhdistys.fi/index.asp (In Finnish)
Hämeen virkistysalueyhdistys – http://www.pirkanmaanvirkistysalueyhdistys.fi/index.asp (in Finnish)