I’ve been living in the town of Jyväskylä for the past five years. As my departure quickly approaches, I decided to say goodbye to my home by taking a last walk around the city.
The pedestrian street in the middle of the city center has a wide variety of shops and night clubs. These days it’s quite difficult to avoid street fundraisers on the street.
The Jyväskylän Lyseo Upper Secondary School used this building from 1902 to 2013. The Lyseo building has suffered from water damage and poor indoor air quality and hasn’t been used for a few years.
The Nero’s stairs lead to the top of the Jyväskylä Ridge that overlooks the city. No, they are not named after the Roman emperor, but a city architect who just happened to share his surname with the ancient dictator.
A view to the city center from the Vesilinna tower at the top of the ridge. For a city of over 130 000 people, the center is quite small, as a lot of people live in other areas of the municipality. The lake Jyväsjärvi looks nice, but some biologists suggest that you to think twice before you eat any fish from the lake.
My favorite hobby in Jyväskylä: spotting TNH tags. There are hundreds of them all around the town, which makes finding them feel like an extra quest from an open world video game.
A cool thing about Jyväskylä is that you can take a 10 minute walk from the train station and end up in a place like this. You can still faintly hear the traffic, but otherwise it’s easy to forget the closeness of the city on the nature trail of river Tourujoki.
Besides the TNH tags, this American man with the cap is also impossible to miss if you walk around Jyväskylä. After a youth of drugs and alcohol, David found Jesus in Hawaii. Now he’s preaching in the streets of Jyväskylä until God tells him to do something else. He’s been doing this for over 20 years now.
Finland’s most famous architect, Alvar Aalto, has designed a lot of buildings in the university campus. Foreign tourists often take tours to admire the structures, but local students just prefer to complain about the water damage and poor indoor air quality. The butt cheeks on the left belong to Paavo Nurmi, a Finnish runner who won 9 Olympic gold medals during his career.
And finally, to show you that not everything in Jyväskylä is bright and green, here’s a picture of the building in Kortepohja student village where I’ve been living:
Welcome to the Soviet Union! I actually enjoy living here. The only things I don’t like are the water damage and the poor indoor air quality of the building.