From Guerrilla to President! One of the worlds greatest leaders!

presidentEver heard of José “Pepe” Mujica? “The worlds poorest president”? You know the country Uruguay? Well he was the president for Uruguay for 5 years until a few days ago.According to Uruguay law he could only be President for 5 years from 2010-2015. During his 5 years a lot of things happened in Uruguay. Although not much has been written about it in Europe, not to mention in Finland. The legalization of Marijuana might be the thing most people have heard of, and seen pictures of in social media.

To name a few of the things this extraordinary president did:

KuplaHe’s a humble man Pepe, only took 10% of his salary and donating the rest to charity. This means he lived on a pretty average salary. Well average in Uruguay maybe…roughly 500€/month is less than we get from the government for free when we study in Finland…But still we want more..Think about that…

SalaryHe didn’t live in the presidential palace or drive around in a fancy car. He lives on his wife’s farm on the countryside and drives an old Volkswagen Beetle. Which he also picks up hitchhikers in that needs a ride!

He legalized marijuana, abortion & gay marriages. He got the economy to rise with higher salaries and less unemployment.  Even the nations football team has done better in both 2010 & 2014 Fifa World Cups than they have since 1970!

Well for a former guerrilla, that used to rob banks, been to prison for 14 years, shot 6 times he seems to have done pretty well. Makes you wonder what the world would look like if all presidents were down to earth like him, OR better yet, if normal people like you and me were a little bit more like this guy? Wouldn’t the world be a bit better off? Any thoughts?

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Meeting

He hardly wore a tie…

If you want to read more about him here’s a few links:
http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/05/15/10-reasons-to-love-uruguays-president-jose-mujica/

http://i100.independent.co.uk/article/8-reasons-why-well-miss-jose-mujica-uruguays-maverick-president–e1t_MupEpl

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-20243493

Or use wikipedia…

Adios Pepe! Hope you inspired others!

Finland mentioned, see you at the plaza! ( a.k.a. “Suomi mainittu, torilla tavataan!”)

Suomi mainittu, Torilla tavataan! This is what we usually say, sometimes as a joke but other times when we mean it, when Finland is mentioned in news or comments or any media outside our borders. This means we go to the plaza, city square, market square whatever you want to call it (it’s just tori in Finnish) to celebrate! Which usually looks something like this:

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Beer in one hand is a must! Naked is optional but very common.

Nowadays Finland is getting quite much attention, than what we are used to. We’re not that many living here so everything that happens in the world with “our name” on it is a huge win! The most recent news that is going on all over the world is the win of the band Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät (PKN) in the UMK competition that decides who will be the one to represent Finalnd in the Eurovision song contest. There has been a lot of discussion about this. Luckily most of the comments have been good and positive!
Oh did I mention that this band consists of 4 mentally handicapped men that play Punk Rock? Well it does…and it’s the first Punk Rock band, not to mention handicapped, that has competed! EVER!

Finland is getting a fine reputation of being ground breaking in extraordinary things! The first (and only) Eurovision we’ve won we did by sending monsters that played Hard Rock. We also had a girl-girl kiss on scene. This time we send a mentally handicapped band that play Punk Rock..What’s wrong with that? As the singer in the band said:

“We’re just ordinary guys, with a mental handicap.”

I wouldn’t be surpriced if that statement came from any other Punk Rock band out there…These guys play a very old-school form of the genre and sing about their life in a group home. They’ve got a clear message and do an awesome job! The legendary Punk Rock band Dead Kennedys shared their video with the news and got tens of thousands of likes and shares!

mqdefaultNow IF you don’t like Punk Rock that’s Your thing.. then don’t vote… but going online saying this is wrong and jadajada is just annoying…last year a bearded lady named conchita wurst won…just saying…This is what Finland thinks about the Eurovision Song Contest, this is Punk Rock…the nation has voted! 🙂

IF you think this is Punk going mainsteam and nagging about it… then I have to say,
Fuck off hipster.

Suomi+mainittu+torilla+tavataan+_a49445a9dc3bcebe8391c1f400f9a0d2Well speaking about ground breaking things. Just to mention a few other ground breaking things Finland did! One of the first nations to allow women to vote, just accepted gay marridges (yes that one took a while), defended the country against the sovjet in the world wars, developed the mobile phone!

The last one is quite ironic…everyone knows how Finns are quiet and tend to keep to themselves? Why would we develop a device so that we can talk to each other more? Well we did also invent the internet chat protocol IRC and SMS messaging so we wouldn’t need to see or hear each other…

Well and of course there was the time Conan O’Brian said something wrong about Finland when we listed as the number one country in education…Well he didn’t know we actually watch his show so he of course had to apologise whit mentioning Finland a bunch of times…which means we got to celebrate! Whoop

Conan found out he looked like the president at the time, Said Sweden sucks and visited and witnessed winter swimming.

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He found out the show got canceled in Finland.

Well anyway new things are fun, exciting, educating and keeps us going on! So feel free to mention Finland as much as you like so we get to party and don’t forget to vote for Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät during Eurovision!

See You at the plaza!

Ice ice baby!

A few weeks ago I was a bit sad thinking summer is over, but you know when a door closes another one opens…

So finally the Icehockey season has started! Been on the ice a few times and even seen some games on TV. Although the world championships in football was fun and exciting it doesen’t really live up to icehockey for me. Many might not agree at all, but living in the north and in Finland where it’s one of the biggest sports it’s one of my favorite things in life.
So I got my hockey gear down from the attic and I go play two times a week and it feels great! It’s such a fast sport it really makes your hart work which makes it the perfekt HIIT- training now that that is in fashion 😉 
Other thatn that i makes your brain work faster and improves your problem solving skills as well as your eye-to-hand/feet action. This is what I call full body workout! You are actually in a bit of a squat position all the time and other than working the feet ,core and arms it’s great for brain, balance, heart and reflexes. But also good to remember is that it’s a team sport and teaches you to work/play well with others!
xin_08020323152309669206Now Iceockey might not be the biggest sport or sporting events in the world but it’s almost as old (as a registered sport) as the biggest sport in the world, football. Here it’s pretty common for children to play icehockey during winter and football during summer.

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You can say what you want about what the best and toughest sport is and argue that they use protection in icehockey and not in for example rugby. Just remember that Icehockey is a lot faster and there’s a hard puck that goes up to 183.67 km/h flying around and might hit your face.

“Is hockey hard? I don’t know, you tell me. We need to have the strength and power of a football player, the stamina of a marathon runner, and the concentration of a brain surgeon. But we need to put all this together while moving at high speeds on a cold and slippery surface while five other guys use clubs to try and kill us, oh yeah did I mention that this whole time we’re standing on blades 1/8 of an inch thick? Is ice hockey hard? I don’t know, you tell me.” – Brendan Shanahan –  

An inspirational hockey video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqVWGi0d4RU

For those who like watching hits check this compilation of rugby and hockey:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6C18PsbZ_A

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Only one of them is a world champion!

I’ve almost forgotten about running! Although it has been rainy and I have been a bit ill after the triathlon last Sunday, which by the way went pretty well! I finished 15th of 50 i think in my class… so not too bad for my first one! Made a few beginners mistakes like taking too long changing clothes and pushing too hard during swimming.. I even (almost) fell with the bike, and made the chain jump off…  anyway it was really fun and I think I’m going to keep going on those! Next up though are two obstacle races. One in Helsinki and the other one in Amsterdam. 

 Keep calm and get on the ice!

Peace of mind, body and soul

I set a goal for this summer, actually I set a goal for my life. My goal is to write a book, I figured starting a blog to work on my writing skills would be a great start. So I decided to start one…but I had no clue what to write about. Would I write about the book/s I want to write? The books I’ve read? Maybe not even write about books at all. The thing is I used to hate reading…I got through the university only buying one book (whitch I opened once). But now I kinda enjoy reading. It’s been 9 years since I started studying and 3 years since I graduated, and I’ve read more books this year than I’ve read in my entire life and there’s still more to be read. I hope reading and writing will somehow help me improve myself on an intellectual level.

So anyhow, writing a book isn’t my only goal in life. I’ve also had running a marathon on my list which I finished only 9 days ago in Stockholm. That was just the beginning though, I wanted to start a more active life and for that I needed a goal. The marathon was only the first milestone on the path and worked as a goal for me to keep on going for runs. Now I need a new goal, which I’ve already set to be to complete a triathlon. So this summer I’m going to start working on my swimming and biking skills, which I hope will also help me improve myself on a physical level.

While all the reading, writing and riding along tend to make a man hungry, my third goal for this summer is food. I’ve always had a life long dream about having my own restaurant where I could spend my retirement days sipping great wine and telling stories that nobody really knows are true or not. To this day I’ve worked as a bartender and waiter at several places around Turku and it’s archipelago, and I like what I do. This has triggered an intrest for food and drinks and I’m curious of new products and experiencing new things. So last autumn, driving my car thinking about my new goals for the summer to come, I went past a snackbar that I’ve driven past thousands of times but never entered I wondered if I knew anyone who had? It’s a place that everyone knows but very few have experienced. This was when it hit me to bike there and blog about it. So the third goal for this summer is to bike to different snackbars around Turku and blog about them. Food is the way to a mans heart so I hope this will help me improve myself on a spiritual level.

So this is the blog:

“A mind-blowing, body-shaking and soul-shaping bike ride in a mans life”

Take care & stay tuned