Thought for the day…”Value is more expensive than price”
“You may not know what is going to happen when you try, but if you do not try, nothing will happen”.
Two photos from opposite sides of the globe next, one from the Finnish capital of Helsinki and the second from the Central Otago region of the South Island of New Zealand. Interestingly, the building in the first photo is now the City Hall for Helsinki, but was originally a hotel where the first moving pictures were shown in Finland by the Lumiere brothers in 1896. Even in winter (when temperatures are frequently below -20 degrees centigrade) people will sit outside in the area around the harbour to drink excellent, strong Finnish coffee (kahvi in Finnish language). Finland is number one in the world for coffee consumption per capita, something to do with the long, dark Artic nights. But the coffee is excellent !!! It works out to about 12kg of coffee for each person in Finland. A survey in 2014 reported that 14% of men and 6% of women in Finland drank MORE than 10 cups of coffee a day. They like their coffee !!
And another photo from the archives….Lake Hawea, Otago, New Zealand
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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 !!