Posted by Sari
Today begins my open university Cultural history 101 course on the net, so I have a perfect excuse to hang in teh internets all day :-) And welcome if you googled yourself here. In keeping with that theme I want to reflect on change. I was trying to find the right translation for "verkkokurssi" from my dictionary, but the poor thing did not recognize the word. So I went to MOT via Nelli (don't you just love all the contrived acronyms) - which was much more bothersome than grabbing the dictionary next to me - only to be told that the state of the art university strength digital dictionary did not know the word either. Pshah, I say unto you, what is the use of digital dictionary if it is not updated often enough. And don't tell me "verkkokurssi" is not an established concept. Okay. That was not so much a reflection as a rant, but whatever.
The shopping spree of the title is one of those good changes we have seen in Helsinki over last 15 or so years. And that is the variety of ethnic shops where you can get many wonderful things to spice up your life. We noticed that the spice rack was looking a bit depleted and went to Hakaniemi. Jukka determinedly kept me a way from all the shops that sell and rent Bollywood movies, but even so we managed to aquire a nice collection of all sorts of strange drinks (Jukka's speciality) and other stuff. You can't believe how much cheaper nori is at Oriental Supermarket than at the corner shop... I already dug out the indian cookbook and we had some potatoes in yogurt and curried green beans yesterday. Yum.