Normally when I go kayaking I just wander around Rauma archipelago and choose my direction by feel. This time my destination was already decided when leaving the town; It would be the lighthouse island of Kylmäpihlaja.
After this, I’m never again allowed to say I’m incredibly unlucky, even if it’s most often the best way to describe my mishaps during my travels. And life in general.
This week my home and office are located in the middle of Bothnian Sea National Park. This week my home and office are the Aava Suite located on the 8th floor of Kylmäpihlaja lighthouse. The lighthouse was built in 1953 and today it houses a hotel and a restaurant. And this week the whole 8th floor of the lighthouse is mine, only mine! How on earth did this happen?
How did the saying go again… One’s misfortune is another’s fortune? Something like that. But yes, that’s exactly what happened.
To cut a long story short, a friend of mine had booked the room for her dad, who was arriving from Germany to celebrate Finnish Midsummer. Due to some incidents, the dad wasn’t able to stay on an island after all. Unlucky for my friend, it was already too late to cancel the reservation. The room had to be paid, but it would be a pity to pay for an empty room that no one is using, right?
I have a big heart, and I’m always willing to make sacrifices to make my friends happy. So I promised to move my office from my tiny little kitchen on the mainland to a small island in the middle of Bothnian Sea National Park.
And here I am, comfortably sitting on the bed of my Aava Suite and trying to describe all this with words, but after a day I’m not quite able to do that yet. The word ‘Aava’ means open water, and it really is the best possible name for this room. At this very moment, I’m admiring the open sea that is sparkling in the evening sun just in front of my eyes.
When I’m sitting on my bed, I have views to three different directions. When I look right, I can see the stunning colours of the evening sun passing through the curtain of clouds. I have my window a little bit open, and all I can hear is screaming seagulls.
Seagulls have never sounded this beautiful.
I go for an evening walk on the paths of the lighthouse island of Kylmäpihlaja. During my walk, I meet many goose families. Barnacle goose families, to be more specific. The fluffy babies look so cute but I don’t want to go too near, so I use the zoom of my camera. Mummy and daddy are being super protective, and I promise you, I don’t want to end up in a fight with an angry goose daddy.
So, this is the lighthouse island of Kylmäpihlaja, my home and office for a few days. This week my only vehicle will be my kayak, the wind will decide my direction and the sea will be my inspiration.
Perhaps I will never leave this place.
Do you want to know more about Kylmäpihlaja? Then you should definitely read my detailed info post about it: What and where is the lighthouse island of Kylmäpihlaja? How to get there, why to go there and what can you do there?
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