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Finnish lions, Ice hockey world champions

Monday May 16th, 2011. 10:10 PM. Published under Ice Hockey, People, helsinki. 2 Comments.

At first, I didn’t pay much attention to the Ice hockey matches during last week, but then started to get pretty exciting. The semi-finals (against Russia) and yesterday final game against the classic neighbor & enemy Sweden was really vibrant. From a 0-1 to a unbelievable 6-1.

This is a goal from Mikael Granlund, against Russia, that will pass to the history of Ice Hockey.

Ice hockey championship was celebrated in Slovakia so today was a special celebration to receive to the Finnish lions.


I’ve never seen so crowded the South Harbour of Helsinki and KauppaTori marketplace.
Here a little video clip of the crowd I recorded, with the noise of 3 Helicopters that were flying over our heads.

Update: A 360º view from those helicopters:


Friday October 23rd, 2009. 11:05 AM. Published under People, Quotes. No Comments.

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

Calvin Coolidge

Sentimental Finnish men

Tuesday June 16th, 2009. 04:03 AM. Published under Finland culture, People, Videos. No Comments.

Quite funny TV advertisement from Finnish National Betting released this month.

“We invited 127 ordinary Finnish men for screen tests
We asked them about love, feelings, sentimentality and life.”

Wanna see a Finnish man getting emotional? …. Watch it (subtitled in English)

A couple of interest projects

Sunday May 10th, 2009. 07:07 AM. Published under People. 4 Comments.

A couple of Spanish friends are in creative projects that I would like to comment:

Eduardo Alonso, journalist living in Finland is reviewing Finnish music in Glue.fi, where you can see new Finnish bands, interviews, album reviews, etc (in English). Also he is co-founder of Free! Magazine, a discontinued magazine started in 2007.


José Martínez (Bouman Studios) from Barcelona (Spain), a profesional animator, is making a “marathon” to animate during this weekend 8-9-10th of May a short called Hitler in Love, based on true story. Catchy title isn’t it? I can’t wait to see the result, in the meanwhile you can see him in action drawing through his webcam online or making of.

Unicef - Be a mum for a moment

Tuesday March 31st, 2009. 02:54 AM. Published under Finland culture, People. 3 Comments.

Great guerrilla advertisement done by Unicef in Finland with ad agency Taivas. Description in the image:


Here you can see also a vídeo in Youtube.
The message pointed to the web http://unicef.fi/aiti (Aiti is mum in Finnish)


Wednesday March 25th, 2009. 12:20 PM. Published under Music, People, Spain, Videos. 5 Comments.

Promoting my hometown… ESTEPONA (Málaga)

Estepona, in the coast of Málaga is renowned for its beaches, which stretch along some 21 km of coastline. Bordering with Marbella, its population in 2007 is 65.0000. More data en Wikipedia.

When here snow starts to melt, in Estepona people starts to go to the beach… it’s not fair, not.

Einstein’s thoughts on crisis.

Tuesday February 10th, 2009. 08:17 AM. Published under Job, People, Quotes. 4 Comments.


Let’s not pretend that things will change if we keep doing the same things. A crisis can be a real blessing to any person, to any nation. For all crises bring progress. Creativity is born from anguish. Just like the day is born form the dark night. It’s in crisis that inventive is born, as well as discoveries, and big strategies. He who overcomes crisis, overcomes himself, without getting overcome.

He who blames his failure to a crisis neglects his own talent, and is more respectful to problems than to solutions. Incompetence is the the true crisis. The greatest inconvenience of people and nations is the laziness with which they attempt to find the solutions to their problems. There’s no challenge without a crisis. Without challenges, life becomes a routine, a slow agony. There’s no merits without crisis. It’s in the crisis where we can show the very best in us. Without a crisis, any wind becomes a tender touch.

To speak about a crisis is to promote it. Not to speak about it is to exalt conformism. Let us work hard instead. Let us stop, once and for all, the menacing crisis that represents the tragedy of not being willing to overcome it.

Vía + Vía

It’s about time!

Tuesday January 20th, 2009. 05:35 AM. Published under People. No Comments.



Iñaki Amate, Fjord

Tuesday December 2nd, 2008. 01:18 PM. Published under People. No Comments.

I’ve seen several times the TV program “Andalusian people around the world” (spanish TV program), but what I didn’t know it’s that exist the same format in other autonomous regions like Aragon. Via the interesting blog of Juan Llaneza, a spanish consultant working in Fjord (Helsinki), I’ve found out this video, where Iñaki Amate, managing director of Fjord shows some aspects of his life in Finland with his wife and son.

Watch in Youtube

Both Juan and Iñaki work in Fjord, a creative company focused in the strategy and digital design of user interfaces, for mobile phones, web and TV. Their offices are strategically placed between Stockman and the Train Station of Helsinki, by the way, a street that I’ve passed many times during my Erasmus year in Helsinki. As you can see in the video, they have take care of the design of the office, it’s inspiring.

Most of Spanish people who are living here, as me, it seems have been put a spell on by a Finnish woman, that probably has met thanks to Erasmus, cupid of international coupes. Due to this and the fact that we are talking about Finland, a country full of technological leader companies plus the quality of life (it’s not everything sun in this life) makes very tempting the idea of develop your professional career in Finland. I’m talking mainly about professions related to technology.

In my case, the name of the sorceress is Päivi and we are almost 2 years together.

Cases as Iñaki, Juan and other people that I’ve found out recently, makes me think that I’m not the only one, you can feel a Spanish community ambient that feels good.