Photo of the day Wednesday 19th December 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.
Thought for the day….” In this world people may throw stones in the path of your success, it depends on you ….. What you make from them …… a wall or a bridge.”
The photo today was taken in Helsinki, Finland and shows the Christmas market in front of the cathedral. Christmas markets go back to the Middle Ages, and originated in Germany, although Wien in Austria had a December market as early as 1294. Best thing in this market in Helsinki is the good, strong Finnish coffee. Coffee is actually a fruit and is the second most traded commodity in the world (oil is the first). Also interesting is that in 1475 a Turkish law was enacted that made it legal for a woman to divorce her husband if he failed to provide her with her daily quota of coffee. Brazil accounts for almost 1/3 of the world’s coffee production, producing over 3-1/3 billion pounds of coffee each year. Finland leads the world for coffee consumption per capita, with the annual intake of 12kg per person (Norway and Iceland are number 2/3). Compare that to Argentina which only consumers 1kg/capita. And for tea, United Arab Emirates leads the world, with 6.24kg/capita.
But the coffee in Finland is good !!