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Ireland, Travels

Thank you for shortlisting Crumbs of Rain, Image.ie!

We Finns have a strange fascination for Ireland, and have had for ages – at least since the times of Riverdance. I think it’s a clear case of ‘opposites attract’: Irish are well-known for being big conversationalist, never short of words and always up for a good laugh, whereas we Finns seem to delve in solitude, quietness, and introspection.

Well, these are the stereotypes, and obviously you come across a quiet Irish (there’s a film about the man isn’t there?) and a chatty Finn every once in a while (although that film is yet to be seen). But the fact is that the noise level in an average Irish bank around noon equals to the noise level in an average Finnish pub during the happy hour.

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Ireland, Travels

Glenveagh National Park, Ireland, Donegal

Remote, deserted, ragged and rusty brown scenery appeals to me journey after journey. The crags up at the Scottish Highlands, the edges of Karoo in South Africa, Donegal’s boglands. The emptiness of the scenery forces our minds to give it signifigance and it doesn’t offer readymade meanings. Questions are left unanswered, but they quiet down little by little, until all that is left are the wind and the premonition of the approaching rain – an image of something primitive, unattainable in the city.
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