had a very nice weekend in Tampere, Finland's third largest city. we have some taiwanese friends there. after looking around the city centre, we went to their places and had a wonderful dinner: chao mi fen
(scrambled rice noodles), chao fan
(scrambled rice, with eggs, vegetables and salmon), and chinese fondue of goat!!! later we went to another guy's flat and had a karaoke party!!! we sang lots of chinese songs. sounds unreal. sometimes i really don't know where i am.
btw, we also visited some churches and museums yesterday. before i was not so interested in Moomin, the most famous finnish cartoon character, but after visiting the Moominvally museum
, i found myself attracted to the characters
deeply and want to know more about the stories. i was impressed by the story of "Snufkin and the orphans" especially. Snufkin is a quiet character and likes to wander alone. but he is very kind. he lets those homeless orphans stay at his home and tells them stories.
there is an exhibition called "company and solitude in moominvalley
." an excerpt from the introduction:
Solitude, the second main theme of the exhibition, is contemplated in relation to freedom. Some of the Moominvalley characters, like Snufkin and Too-ticky, are free because they have no attachments. Other loners, like Muskrat and Grandpa Grumpy, prefer to live in seclusion. Some of the lonely people, like the Groke, cause fear; some loners, like the hemulens, the others just prefer to avoid. The hemulens lack discretion, and often they unwittingly trample on other people's feelings.
i think it's the reason why i like the moomin.