Lately

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I’m home, back in my parents’ house for one more week. Coming back is something of a bittersweet experience these days. Nothing here seems to change, but the years spent away have made me a stranger.

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I have missed the sea. Oulu is not a pretty place, but the sea makes it a great place to be in the summer.  Take a picture from the right angle, and all that is ugly – the endless construction and reconstruction, the factories, the 1960s brutalist architecture, disappears.

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Seeing old friends, doing nothing. Cheap pizza (pretty much the only thing left that is cheap here) for dinner. With extra cheese. Obscene, I know.

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I caught the last of the summer’s days – one moment warm and tender, sunny till midnight, the next cloudy and cold and depressing. But still, there it was – the last, perfect golden sunset.

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