Change The Way You Look At Things . . .

“Stop beating yourself up. You are a work in progress - which means you get there a little at a time, not all at once.”
— Unknown   (via k-0nflict)

(Source: onlinecounsellingcollege, via little-yogi)

“Thus says the LORD:
Just as from the heavens
the rain and snow come down
and do not return there
till they have watered the earth,
making it fertile and fruitful,
giving seed to the one who sows
and bread to the one who eats,
so shall my word be
that goes forth from my mouth;
my word shall not return to me void,
but shall do my will,
achieving the end for which I sent it.”
— Isaiah 55: 10-11

Helsinki, Finland

We had a nice, albeit brief, visit to Estonia. Many thanks to our gracious host for allowing us to use her home while she was visiting southern Estonia.

We boarded a ferry boat mid-afternoon to travel north to Helsinki, where we were greeted by Dr. BVS, Ph.D’s “brother.” His exchange family has a beautiful home, which is only exceeded by their kindness and hospitality.

We even found “Celebrity Apprentice” on TV - on behalf of my countrymen, I apologize. It was far more interesting learning how Finnish baseball is played.

Today, we continue to fulfill our responsibilities as tourists by visiting Helsinki’s city center.

Finding peace in a public plaza in Helsinki.

Finding peace in a public plaza in Helsinki.

Tallinn, Estonia

We had a brilliant and full day visiting old town Tallinn. Began our day with a four mile run around town before dropping by the store to pick up some things to prepare for our lunch back at the apartment. Made some eggplant Ragu, salmon & tomatoes, and enjoyed some red wine - delicious.

Afterwards we walked the 15 minutes it takes to reach the city walls and spent the rest of the afternoon strolling through the streets of old town and taking in some notable sights along the way.

We visited the church of St. Olaf, Kiek en de Kök (one of many medieval towers), and, of course stopped by a small restaurant for a Saku (beer) late in the afternoon. Everything about old town, from the cobbled streets to the historic features and all the visitors was amazing and something to enjoy. Perhaps the greatest blessing was that there wasn’t a cloud in the sky all day.

Kudos to Ryan and Brian for finding the energy to go back after dinner. Myself, I was pooped and opted for a quick nap and some reading, while listening to a family enjoy dinner and children playing in the courtyard outside our apartment.

Tomorrow, Finland!

“All that keeps you from the sweetness of this moment are the ghosts you will not own.”
— "The Last Laugh" by Arjuna Ardagh