Hi, 5 ways to maximize your precious summer weeks

Once spring finishes doing its job making things grow, it is time to squeeze every single drop of Finnish summer we can.

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Text Marcelo Goldmann

Networking never goes out of trend

If you want to be on the loop of what’s happening, you can always rely on the power of social media and your contacts. Someone will always know what’s going on, or at least know someone who knows what events are cooking up. Keep those eyes peeled and those ears perked and you won’t miss any of the summer happenings.

Let your inner grill master (grillimaisteri) shine!

Nothing quite says summer like being outside with only shorts and t-shirt grilling some goodies. Experiment different things! Stuffed mushrooms and paprikas are a personal favourite. If you are more into the eating than the preparing, you can get some sandwiches and beverages in a basket and go to any of the green areas in for example Linnanmaa or the city center and have a nice picnic. Just remember to pick up after yourself; we gotta keep those greens green.

Water in Oulu is more fun when it’s not frozen

Change those winter tires on your best friend (your bike), and take a trip to Nallikari. The beach will surely be full of nice and interesting people sunbathing, playing volleyball, throwing flying discs, or simply chilling in the water. Just because it’s Oulu doesn’t mean the sun cannot burn you, so keep some sunscreen handy to keep your enjoyment devoid of pesky sunburns.

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy

Don’t hate the player, hate the game. Wait… No. Forget about the player, it’s all about the game! Our pal, the yellow ball of fire in the sky brings us endless possibilities to play outside. You can play football, tennis, rugby, and why not, also the Finnish throwing game mölkky.

Be spontaneous!

Grill, play, run, love! Maybe today you feel like going for a walk, maybe tomorrow you have an itch for volleyball. Perhaps the next day you want to go to that new pop-up bar. Or maybe you want to do it all at once! The possibilities are endless. Do everything that your heart desires (and try to do it responsibly). Maybe you can ask out that cute boy or girl that you have had a crush on for a while. Set your potential free and live summer in a way that next year you will be looking forward to it again.

 

 

Published 11.5.2016 in 3/2016

Marcelo Goldmann

A doctoral student in chemical engineering at the University of Oulu. "Life is like a rubber duck, you gotta keep it afloat to see its splendor." Instagram: @sekultamies

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