Alexey Moskvin

Baltic Exchange and beyond

Jyväskylä to Jakobstad

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We part at a car park. Now I’m on my own again. As with anything, too much of a good thing is taking its toll. I think I am having a hangover after a monthly overdose of family and friends. In other words, I’m feeling lonely.

The landscape is pretty much unchangeable – the red wooden buildings are scattered in between trees, expands of water in between forests. I wonder whether it’s possible to name all that – the water systems seems to be one and many – everything is interlinked, flows in and out of each other. Just look at the map!

Closer to the sea landscape changes to less ever greenery and more leaves. Lakes have the wooden mini piers for… I don’t actually know if they are for anything else but swimming but they have benches so I have my lunch on one. Interesting how Finns use wood and man made structures looks elemental, close to the nature.
I can hardly see any people. Even in towns and villages streets are empty. Maybe it’s a wrong time of the day or just a massive exodus to some place in southern Spain or some equivalent. Or, one might suggest, there’s just not many people in rural Finland.

An odd device by a river.

Jakobstad greets me with hotness, beautiful sunlight and annoying teenagers on cars and scooters. Everyone who has some half decent two or more wheels seems to think that everyone enjoys hearing their tires scream when going around corners and the sound of exhaust should be used in a national anthem.

I am thinking about the crowd of people doing aerobics outside of the hotel in Jyvaskyla.

I unpack in the hostel and go to explore the town. The park bit at the west part of town looks particularly appealing as it goes out to the sea. I take a wrong turn and end up going through a cemetery, how inappropriate my coffee feels in this place…

Wooden houses and gravel roads. I peek into someone’s window.


Written by Alexey Moskvin

14 July 2011 at 23:20

26 Responses

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  1. Back on the road again, the loneliness of the long distance motorcyclist steadily progressing onwards.

    Friends await him back in the metropolis to hear the tales of dare and do.


    16 July 2011 at 07:44

  2. Spectacular pix. Love love LOVE that first one!


    Mikalee Byerman

    21 July 2011 at 15:59

  3. I’m sorry you’re feeling so lonely, but take solace in the fact that your photos are incredible! Especially the first one; my favourite. 🙂

    PCC Advantage

    21 July 2011 at 16:01

  4. Your photos are beautiful. They do kind of give me a familiar sense of melancholy from some of those lonely days on the road.

    nod 'n' smile

    21 July 2011 at 16:30

  5. What a beautiful part of the world. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed.

  6. great pics! love the platform pictures. i was a diver, and even i get a little shakey on the 10 meter.

    Eva McCane

    21 July 2011 at 17:18

  7. Especially the first two images make me wanna have a holiday in the North NOW…


    21 July 2011 at 17:52

  8. cool stuff, love the diving pic
    Congrats on being pressed.



    21 July 2011 at 22:05

  9. You find solitude in anything


    21 July 2011 at 22:17

  10. Sweet first pic


    21 July 2011 at 22:50

  11. Looks like a beautiful place. Nice images.


    21 July 2011 at 23:02

  12. Wow, thank you all for reading and for your kind words. Wonderful to get noticed.

    Alexey Moskvin

    21 July 2011 at 23:50

  13. Maybe we should have a day to feel lonely to enjoy the tranquillity,it’s good for us.Nice place, the place we can get close to nature.


    22 July 2011 at 02:44

  14. These are great pictures

    Anthony James May

    22 July 2011 at 02:53

  15. Love the pictures and the words! 🙂
    Awesome post!


    22 July 2011 at 04:49

  16. How marvelous. I love a good holiday snap! Thanks for sharing with us.


    22 July 2011 at 05:03

  17. Are you the one jumping off the board? 😀

    • I was very tempted. But someone had to eat the sandwich and take the photo…

      Alexey Moskvin

      21 August 2011 at 01:12

  18. WOW stunning photos, the location looks breathtaking


    22 July 2011 at 06:51

  19. First pic is really good. Well Done.


    22 July 2011 at 08:23

  20. Cool pictures you have and keep it up.


    22 July 2011 at 14:58

  21. Life; When ever we experience the highs we have to kiss the lows… the great thing is knowing the extremes of life and embracing it… Love your post, complemented with the photos especially the first two… The second photo takes you places, love!

    Deanna's Inner Thoughts...

    22 July 2011 at 16:58

  22. I like the diving platform! Here in my city, there are only swimming pools…


    23 July 2011 at 10:22

  23. nice pics,hope u feel better


    28 July 2011 at 23:48

  24. I enjoyed reading this post… Great report.


    30 July 2011 at 16:14

  25. nice pictures


    21 August 2011 at 17:33

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