Helsinki II

Not like Copenhagen. Relation with water is weaker. Waterfront is not a designer’s work. 

Not many biycyles. cold weather made people walk around in malls like Forum and Stockmann. 

No street food. No delicious cuisine. 

More Eastern character. Between eastern and western, between Russia and Scandinavia. 

More design.

More order. More like a capital. 


Watching Run on Netflix. 

Starring Lennie James (who previously played DCI Tony Gates in Line of Duty) and Olivia Colman ( who played Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller in Broadchurch. Two of my favorite tv series. 

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I like very much seeing urban scenes like social housing, trains and daily commuting, parks, backyards, interior designs in small apartments. This makes me feel real and much connected to the story snd the characters. 

And Run gives me that. 

The Crown

Thanks to Netflix, I can watch successive episodes of tv series in a row. This attitude of watching hours of tv series or movie series- like the LOTR triology- is called ‘marathon’ and may sometimes cover seasons. This makes me move into the time and space that show is all about, mentally if not physically. 

My recent fave is The Crown, which is about Elizabeth II’s becoming the Queen of England. As I like British accent very much this tv series is just for me. 

Like Marseilles, Borgen and House of Cards, The Crown is also a political drama. So I’m officially a political drama fan. 
Matt Smith who is mostly known as Dr Who,now plays Prince Philip. Be ready to forget about him playing Dr Who because after watching the series you will certainly forget those days. 

John Lithgow plays Churchill. I guess he will be remembered with this as well. One can hardly distinguish if the series is on Churchill or the Queen. 
Hans Zimmer’s music is just filling the gaps softly but effectively. He is certainly my favorite when it comes to movie soundtrack

Home made kefir

Kefir is a yogurt like drink which is claimed to extend life.

Although it is an old Turkish drink ( like yogurt from Middle Asia), I first tasted it in the Netherlands by mistake. In the Dutch language kefir is karnemelk which made me think it is some form of milk (diet, low fat etc) . Then I started drinking kefir on a daily basis as I used to have it in the breakfast with cornflakes.

When I returned from my phd study back to Ankara, I found kefir available in some of the supermarkets. I’m not sure if it was available before 2006. 

Since 2005 I drink kefir almost everyday. If I dont have it in the refrigerator I kinda feel myself uncomfortable. Together with my daughter we consume almost 3-4 litres of kefir weekly ( in addition to 3 litres of home made yogurt).

Yesterday I bought kefir yeast from Migros. My first home made kefir turned out to be fantastic. Cant be sure if I can manage to do 4 litres per week myself, but I liked the idea that I could make it work.