Hello. I am living in Finland and I am senior citizen and amateur photographer. Few years ago I retired from airline business or more precisely, I was forced to retire with other 999 employees due to the company’s productive and financial reasons in 2004; so I was told.
First: The aim of my blog is to present my Finland thru my photos. Every post tells a story thru the set of photos with related text.
I worked for our national airline Finnair nearly 39 years. I did all kind of jobs one can imagine, like airline officer, IT instructor, Excel work sheet specialist, boss, chief of Ramp Control, manager of Load Control, making rosters, quality reports and programming. These are some examples of works I did in my airline. I started my career at checking and did my best.
I also calculated Balance Charts and made Load Sheets for all kind of airplanes types. I was specialized to Pan Am. That is Pan American Airways or PAA as it was called also, which does not exist no more. As You saw, I was so called ground staff, but I also flew during five years as flying officer.
I was lucky when I saw how airplanes were developing from 1966 to 2004. When I started my job we had in use DC3, Convair Metropitan 440 and Super Caravelle. in 1968 we got our first DC8, then some Fokker, DC10, MD11 and Airbus. Air traffic had huge development during these years. Of course there were some setbacks as Supersonics airplanes and huge collision of two Boeings 747 at Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain). It happened in 1977 and 583 people were killed in that accident.
Before leaving my career, I received the decoration due to my merits and services which I made for my company. Medal was granted by our president. I maintain my fitness by walking daily, eating healthful food, vitamins etc.
Look at how I was flying in Flight simulator of commercial airplane DC9-51.
Spanish, not literally language, I learned to speak when I worked on Canary Islands few months. French I learned by reading French books during 39 years which I have about 1500. I also make video films. Many of them can be seen in my YouTube site.
Serious photographing I started in 2004, but as an amateur of course. I try to find different interesting things to be viewing. Because I worked in travel business, I can easily compare what kind of things are not generally found abroad. One example from this is our bell towers which are mainly from wood or stone or combining both and in many cases separated from church building. Also ships inside churches are not so general and wooden poor man statues.
I love reading and that is why on my bedside table there is always a book, mainly in French or Spanish. My music style differs generally speaking from that what people in Europe are listening. I love most of all South and Central American music and especially Cumbias. Cumbias are originally from Colombia. The music style of Cumbias is happy, danceable, tropical music that makes you feel good and what is the best, its has distinct rhythm. I like most of from those coming from Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia. Elvis is my favorite singer yet today.
I love fast cars and especially I love driving fast, although I am senior citizen, on German “Autobahnen”, where are no speed limits. Maybe I am some kind daredevil. I have driven since 1972 since 1300000 kilometres / 807783 miles. So, as You can notice I am fond of cars and photographing. Also I love being in the nature, getting my strength from there, feeling myself free and feeling part of it.
If You say that You do not have any idea about Finland, then on Monday, September the 5th, 2016, I had more 20000 photos and 317 posts which help You to get information about Finland, its people, landscapes, hobbies (stained glass, 3D Origami, porcelain painting, icon paintings, quilting and patchworks, beading, bobbin laces, shopping bags and evening from empty coffee bags), culture, history, historic buildings, bear carving contest, memorials, world’s biggest cruise ship made in Finland (Allure of the Seas), cruises on our lakes onboard more than 100 years old steamboats, national parks, castles, art, buildings, monastery, design, habits, travel destinations, museums, carved animals, secrets of Finnish Sauna, summer cottages, rock paintings, giant kettles, semi precious stones, vintage cars, vintage, vintage steam ships, air planes, vintage post cards, Christmas traditions, Christmas markets, Christmas decorations, Himmeli Finnish traditional Christmas decoration, church chandeliers, pulpits, altar paintings, lakeland area, ship passing thru narrow canal, holiday log cabins, traditional carpet washing, hobbies by ordinary people (Orthodox icons, Porcelain paintings, Glass paintings), traditional colorful vintage windmills, traditional hay-making, Kantele – Finland’s national instrument, rivers and rapids, unique wooden pauper statues in the world (57), road side art, DC-3, flight simulator, gazebos, riding, horses, handicraft, matchboxes, church scale models from matches, world’s oldest surviving diving suit, outdoor activities, walking, biking, marathon, ice hockey, old tractors, garden, flowers, Arctic hills, tall ships, Votive ships inside our churches, jousting, Samba in Helsinki, best places to visit, towns with old wooden houses, 29 towns in Finland, peculiarities in Finland, reindeer driving competition, laces, crochet, wooden churches included world’s biggest one, beautiful bell towers which are separated from churches, ice art, sand statues and not forgetting to present Arctic Circle, world’s biggest snow castle, winter wonders, winter fun, snow and ice photos, hiking, reindeer races open for everybody and our road trips in the Northernmost part of Finland which is called Lapland etc.
My visitors came from 199 (Dec 31, 2016) countries around the world.
All these You find when clicking “select categories”. Welcome and to make armchair trip and to explore Finland as I see it thru my photos!
Beneath there are some of my photos to get better idea of these items on one page which I just mentioned above. Your comments are appreciated highly.
Hola! Vivo en Finlandia y soy jubilado desde 2004. Mira mi mundo através mis fotos.
Salut, je vis en Finlande et j’suis retraité depuis 2004. Bienvenu à connaître mon monde à travers mes photos.
Oi! Eu moro na Finlândia e sou aposentado já desde 2004. Moro em Mikkeli desde 2013, mas nasci em Helsínquia. Eu falo inglês, espanhol, francês, sueco e também alemão mais ou menos. Agora estou aprendendo portugues que é uma linguagem muito interessante.
Toda a minha vida eu trabalhei no aeroporto de Helsinque cerca de 39 anos. Quando eu era jovem, meus sonhos eram me tornar ou o piloto de vôo ou o piloto de rall e por isto eu gosto conduzir o meu carro rapidamente, pero só em Alemanha em suas rodovias, mas hoje não é possível. Os meus hobbies são por exemplo a fotografia, o ciclismo, a caminhada, a música e a leitura. Eu viajando com minha câmera aqui e ali na Finlândia fotografando a natureza, as igrejas, os campanários, a arquitetura, nossa própria cultura e muitas outras coisas. Umas coisas peculiares que eu encontrei perto das igrejas são as estatuas de homen pobre. Eu gosto da natureza da Lapónia e isso e porque vamos visitar lá com minha esposa de vez em quando.
Os ritmos da Cumbia são a música que aquece a minha mente e faz meu coração bater mais rápido. A Cumbia e uma música tropical alegre e é originalmente da Colômbia. É tocada no Equador, no Peru, no Chile e também na América Central. Eu ler muito e eu gosto de ficção científica relacionada ao espaço em francês. Na mesa de cabeceira eu tenho sempre um livro que eu li antes de dormir. Para conhecer melhor o que acontece em nosso mundo moderno, eu li as revistas de tecnologia e revistas de informática.
Olhe o meu país através das minhas fotografias. Bemvindo!
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