Atop the top

in OCD2 months ago

While the markets might be a long way from the top, my family hit the top of the city today, as my parent-in-laws wanted to take us out for a fancy lunch.

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Näsinneula is the tallest building by far in what is otherwise a pretty low (but slowly increasing in height) city. It is a spire tower built on the lake edge (Näsijärvi) with a revolving restaurant at the top and it is one of those places that people go maybe once a year or four, as it isn't the cheapest, but the view is great. My wife and I had our wedding dinner in the restaurant, but since we eloped, it wasn't too costly.

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There is an amusement park at the base, which is also where we were the other other day (in a part of it) and were disappointed. The rest of the park is better, but there isn't really that much for a five year old to do, especially a short one. In a couple years Smallsteps will get more out of it, so we can wait until then.

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On one side is the lake, the other the city. There are only about 300K people in the greater area, so it is a small city, but it is growing quite rapidly, with many new and highly overpriced apartments going in around the place. The regional and country areas are emptying fast, so the cities are getting filled rapidly and more services are popping up outside of the capital of Helsinki.

In the picture directly above, is the construction site for the new entertainment center which they have officially named "Uros" which means male in Finnish. Essentially, if they were to build a sister site, they would have to call it the Finnish equivalent of "Bitch".

Speaking of males... Here are some antique balls.

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Finland has a fair bit of industry going on and a lot of it is moved by goods trains. The picture below has rolls of steel from up in Lapland and they get loaded still glowing red from the foundry, retaining their heat all the way for the slow couple of day journey south.

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And above, you can see wood being carried also. Forestry is an old an important industry in Finland and it is the reason that Finland has the oldest environmental laws in the world, dating back almost 300 years. Before that, they had almost cleared everything, but if you fly over now, it is all lakes and trees.

The forests that are cut down for paper and construction are pretty much all owned by private land owners, who tend to the forests and then earn from them being cut down every 30 years or so, meaning that each generation gets a significant cash injection from the sale. The cost is having to look after the forests, so it is a pretty decent circular industry that benefits many directly and indirectly. It is far better than the clearing they do in many other countries and here, they grow back more cubic meters than they cut down each year.

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Family interlude.

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"Torni" hotel (below) was the first real tall proper building in the city of Tampere and by international standards, isn't very large. It is built on a low ridge in the center of the city and the plan is to build more along there, where there are now three or four already or near completed. I take credit for this plan a bit, since years before any of it was thought of, I was training the owner of a large construction firm and was telling him about "my vision" and even picked out some of the lots. I have no idea if it had an effect, but his firm has been heavily involved in building at least two of them.

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And just to finish up, a few more random shots from the restaurant looking over the surroundings. I should probably mention that the food was really good, but as normal in these kinds of places, it was only about 75% enough, leaving everyone feeling a little hungry after. The other thing that I have always found weird here (I have been several times over the years) is the service is nowhere near what it should be, as even though they try to make it "fancy", they don't seem to have the right personalities for it and it comes off something like a caricature of a good restaurant.

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But, my daughter loved it and that is all that really matters. The main reason for them wanting to take us to eat there was that my daughter had mentioned that she had never eaten there before, so they wanted to take her up the top. Unfortunately, she didn't ask for a new car or complain that she doesn't own a whole Bitcoin or something - I have failed as a parent.

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I actually think that the "health scare" that I had last month has reminded them of their own mortality and while they aren't wealthy, they can't take anything that they have saved with them. I think they are realizing in their mid-70s that they would rather be there for the smiles on their grandchildren's faces as they experience new things, than buy or save more for themselves. Fair call I think, but my daughter would have been just as stoked to have ice cream on the deck below also.

But it was nice to spend a couple hours looking over life passing, before rejoining as one of the ants below.

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Absolutely wonderful to see you are up once again and enjoying family life, right at the top, keep going @tarazkp been rooting for you even though not been online for some time.

Watching people move around below in tall buildings always reminds me what we see when looking at ants moving around below our feet, if only they could talk/swear!

Have a great day and really good to read you are on the mend!

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Thanks Joan. I have been feeling more energetic of late and a little less detached from my body, which is a good sign I take it.

The tower observation deck is at 168m. We were talking what it must be like to look down from the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which is 800+ meters. Crazy!

Disjointed feeling is never comfortable, talking of tall buildings neither are they I am not a fan of heights. You tower would be fine for a short spell to take a peek.

Have a wonderful weekend enjoying the family.

How do you know that your health scare has made them remind of their own mortality? I think that the real wealthy is what good things you have added in your lifetime.

Through the differences in conversations they are having.

Gorgeous photos. Your wife will never get away with denying SmallSteps is hers. Never. Ever ever.

If there's an award for opening sentence of the day, you're inked in.

Your wife will never get away with denying SmallSteps is hers. Never. Ever ever.

It is me who has the questions! ;D

If there's an award for opening sentence of the day, you're inked in.

Starts are important - ends vital.

I never been to that place but when i see your picture then i remembered Singapore (a small island country) which has quite similar view from top of the marina bay sands hotel.
I expected that place would be windy and sometimes sunny day. hope you enjoyed Negroni or Old fashion drink or any local beer 😊🍺

I have never been to Singapore, but I have heard it is a beautiful city. Did you enjoy it?

No drink this time - just sparkling water for me. I wouldn't mind a glass of wine though :)

You're so funny!

if they were to build a sister site, they would have to call it the Finnish equivalent of "Bitch".

she didn't ask for a new car or complain that she doesn't own a whole Bitcoin or something - I have failed as a parent.

This is very interesting:

Finland has the oldest environmental laws in the world, dating back almost 300 years.

I wonder what those laws are like? We could sure use a reversal of deforestation in the US.

Excellent photos, as always. I love the oranges in these, contrasted with grey and what I would call puce.

I wonder what those laws are like? We could sure use a reversal of deforestation in the US.

I wonder what would have happened if they were able to sell the idea to the rest of the world at the start of the industrial revolution. Imagine the difference.

These are edited on my phone using Lightroom. Not the greatest of edits, but good in a pinch :)

Gorgeous photos of the city :) super professional

Thank you very much :)

Lol, You are a tard

Just greasing the wheels of the supposed "PoB" economy 😆

You are pretty greasy

LOL - That's the spirit! Release your inner bogan, Taraz 😄
What subject do you plan to dissemble on next?

Bogan? Lols. Keep searching.

I'm sorry - are you not from Adelaide?
I grew up in Manoora and Sedan, amongst other places.

Not quite.

What is your definition of a bogan?