I got to spend the weekend at a summer house in Nagu (Nauvo) in the middle of the Turku archipelago. I have many childhood memories from our summer cottage in Eastern Finland but the summer house experience in the archipelago is newer to me. And I’m hooked! It’s almost like being abroad with the sunshine and the breathtaking views. I don’t necessary have a ten or twenty-year plan in life, but one of my far reaching dreams is to spend longer times on an island, to have a small dog with an alert gaze and to write.
You can reach Nagu by taking the big yellow ferry from Pargas. The ferries go every fifteen minutes. A possible tip to those who are getting married but are still missing place inspiration when it comes to the dedication: the ferry! I am picturing the blue sky, yellow ferry, the fluttering dress and the wonderful view. Unforgettable, oh yes. But if you get interested, it might be a good idea to still check with the magistrate and the appropriate authorities.
Right, back to Nagu. The lively guest harbor is definitely worth a visit. On the strand boulevard there are for example many cafes and restaurants (including such a good sushi place) and a chance to shop some sailor-inspired clothing. There’s quite a lot happening in the summer.
The weekend was nearly perfect in involving many summer things such as picking wild strawberries in the forrest, doing a biking trip and dreaming a bit about biking the Archipelago Trail in the not too distant future, enjoying vanilla ice-cream on the pier, the sauna, a delicious barbecue and smiling in the sun.
The weekend was very much about the people but to me it was also about the sea. It’s the one nature element that affects me in the most forceful way. By the sea I feel at peace and also in a way connected, to the world and other seas. I feel big and small at the same time, in a good way. From the refreshing morning swim in the, hmmm let’s say cool, water, to enjoying a tranquil breakfast and watching the seabirds play on nature’s very own television, from riding the waves on a motor boat to admiring the sunset and the color spectrum on the rocks with your loved one: I could see and feel the sea throughout the weekend and I loved it.
One thing that delighted me were the many self-service shops selling for example vegetables and berries. You choose what you wish to have from the fresh selection, weigh the items and pay in the money box. We bought tasty and juicy tomatoes from Isakkson’s.
After the weekend I am very close to watching the episodes of Saariston lapset (We on Seacrow Island, a Swedish TV series from the sixties, the script by Astrid Lindgren) again.
I’ll end this time with a book suggestion to those of you who read Finnish or Swedish: Jää (Is) by Ulla-Leena Lundberg. It’s a warm and wise depiction about the life of the minister, his family and the congregation in the outer skerries after the war. I also found it to be very much a book about the power of nature and especially ice in its different forms. Jää allowed me to fully immerse myself into another world and I must say it’s among the best books I’ve read. It received the literary award Finlandia Prize in 2012.