There was something magical about witnessing these young boys taking a swim in the lake. They screamed, they splashed, they jumped and they laughed in the way that one does to welcome the summer.
I woke up on Monday morning to the smell of fresh coffee and my husband singing to himself in the kitchen. We were staying with my mom who had already left for work. When I entered the living room, still rubbing the sleep off my eyes, I noticed the thick fog outside and wanted to get to the lake before we’d lose the magical atmosphere. We were the only two people out on the lake. Cold and quiet. Inner warmth. Fresh air cleansing the lungs. The world, the past and the future, invisible, blurred. Just the breath and the body.
As we say in Finnish, we were “keeping the rain” with woolly socks on drinking cups of tea and reading our books.
Another beautiful summer day in Åland with nothing on our To Do list. Still I rolled out my yoga mat on the terrace for a good 1,5 hour practice while Barry was typing on his computer. The light breeze was rustling through the trees and the sounds of traffic were replaced by flying beetles and other wildlife. Some reading, good eating and just breathing in the fresh country air. Ice water with fresh mint and lemon, a simply perfect summer drink.
After a brutal 5AM wake-up call we had a wonderful morning on the boat to Åland. Time passed quickly with yoga, reading and people watching as the hang-overed Finnish youth crawled by our table on the sun deck. What awaited us in Åland was even better than we could’ve dreamed of. Jacqueline from Björnhufvud B&B picked us up from the bus stop in style in an cream white antique Mercedes Benz. The B&B itself is pretty much heaven on earth. We had a delicious home cooked dinner in the beautifully restored main house that combines old world charm and modern rustic luxury where all the objects have a purpose or a story; or simply bring natural beauty. We settled in the conservatory overlooking the idyllic estate. A piece of jazz is playing in the summer evening and there will be no alarm clock for tomorrow.
When I think that I’m riding my bike through the warm misty night in complete solitude, admiring the sleeping fields and quiet skies, I see a moose couple, admiring the sleeping fields and open roads. For a passing moment, the whole world is taken by surprise, gravel crunches under the wheels and I, I smile.
The spring sun is already shining over Brussels, so I’ll quickly throw in some wintery pictures from my recent trip to Finnish Lapland. While Bikram yoga is drawing the crowds into hot studios, I decided to try Snowga: The perfect way to practice heartwarming asanas and fill up the lungs with fresh air while connecting with the surrounding winter nature. Namaste.
A few days in Finland ahead, so it’s time to take out all the mittens, scarves and hats; not to mention a coat that could pass for a sleeping bag 🙂 Jacket: Esprit
As we are moving towards spring, the days are getting longer and the sun is warming up just that little bit more, it’s time to enjoy those last winter days when the ice is still thick enough to carry your weight and trees are still sleeping under their crystalline blanket.