The very first thing I felt when unpacking my things in ugly two room + kitchen apartment in Hervanta was overwhelming freedom - I could do whatever I wanted to. It was autumn 2006, I had returned to Finland from The Netherlands few weeks earlier and I had no idea what I was going to do. I had only one friend living in the city back then and my then-boyfriend was working very long days, so I was lonely. I visited the library all the time and tried to learn play guitar. On weekends we played 4 hour games of Carcassonne.
Things changed quickly when I got a wonderful job from art school and we moved again, this time to a much nicer apartment to the middle of the city. I loved that apartment and I was happy there. Sometimes I still see dreams about it. We planted herbs, painted two walls tomato red, had some good celebrations with friends and we got a cat and an aquarium. I was too busy to take photos and in summer 2008 it was time to leave.
I found a small apartment from Pispala. Two rooms and bathroom, first room was kitchen/laundry room and hallway in same time, the other was my living room and bedroom. It was in the cellar floor, so my rooms were partly underground and there was a window with a view of wall that was later built. It was almost hundred years old house and there was always cold and mice eating the trash. By that time I had two cats, so mice were not a problem. However, sleeping with wool socks, long sleeved shirt, trousers and three blankets is not fun. My neighbors were wonderful and I made some friends while living there, but I had to leave half year later due problems with the landlord. ...Yes, I love the last photo. No, I don't have any idea what is going on in there.