Monthly Archives: January 2019

Discovering Helsinki: Mothership of Work

In the first post of my new series, Discovering Helsinki, I’m introducing you to Mothership of Work, also known as MoW, which is a red brick building from the 50s in Punavuori, pretty much in the center of Helsinki, that rents out office space for businesses. MoW describes itself as a “coworking hub for creative pros”. They provide work spaces but also arrange events, which is how I found out about it in the first place. In my previous job, we had a special day arranged at MoW, and below is a little taste of what we got to enjoy during the course of the day.

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They organized presentations by experts in robotics, artificial intelligence, and more (how COOL is that!) for us, but we also got a tour of the building and did group work (which reminded me of school… in a good way).

I was most drawn to the casual, creative vibe of the place: graffiti on the walls, couches everywhere – yes, please! Sound-proof booths for making phone calls – HECK YEAH! I even spotted a popcorn machine in the kitchen area. I would assume that the sharing the building with lots of different professionals is also a great way to network if you’re into that sort of thing. MoW has six floors including restaurant and bar Publik, a sauna and an inner courtyard, so there is plenty of space for everyone.

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During the breaks between presentations and other program, we tried on virtual reality goggles (while the roller coaster was kind of cool, I’d still rather pay for an amusement park ticket) and watched a mini version of the statue of David being 3D printed.

Mothership of Work seems like a great way to have a work space in the center of town without having to shell out money for a big office. The Mothership opened in 2016 but now they have also a new space, MOW Stargate, which opened in Ruoholahti last year.

Have you discovered any new, exciting places in your home town?

Goodbye 2018: Recap of the Year

Another year has passed and we have entered 2019. 2018¬†was definitely¬†a whirlwind: a new job as an editor in a publishing house has kept me incredibly busy from beginning to end but I wouldn’t wish for anything else. I’ve had a steep learning curve with the new responsibilities and I’ve had some speed bumps along the way. However, there have luckily been also relaxing and fun moments: I managed to see a few art exhibitions, went to Frankfurt (although for a work trip) and spent Christmas in Morocco (posts of both travels to come).

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My annual visit to the Helsinki Book Fair was a blast as usual (though most of it was spent working) and my second time at the Helsinki Young Adult Literary Festival (Hel-YA!) was also incredibly fun and inspirational. I love that YA is getting more visibility in Finland every year.

Thanks to my job, I got to check out the Mortal Engines movie in the new (and first) IMAX theater that just so happens to be located pretty close to my home. The VIP screening had fabulous buffet and the movie was a fun way to enter into the Christmas season.

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I also went a friend to see Imogen Heap perform. We have both been into her music since high school and the performance was such a nostalgia trip. It was also one of the most interesting, quirky and entertaining concerts I’ve been to.

The year ended on a high with a five day trip to Marrakech, which has been on my travel bucket list (which is a mile long) for a long time.

I hope next year will be slightly more even and slow-going than 2018 but still exciting. I’m not making any hard rules for myself but am hoping to get into better shape, read even more (a bit every evening) and be more forgiving to myself. Also, I want to make an effort of seeing my friends more often instead of burrowing into the couch or bed right after work.

What are your New Year’s resolutions? What was the highlight of your year?