- Born in Uusikaupunki, Essi Lojander discovered new sides to her home town during her teleworking holiday. The unique sense of community, the service culture and the idyllic charm of Uusikaupunki manage to make Essi fall in love with the town time and time again.
“I’m a walking Uki advert”, says Essi with a laugh. She came to Uusikaupunki with her children to spend her Midsummer week teleworking holiday.
Essi was already familiar with Uusikaupunki beforehand. Having grown up here, she already had ample insider knowledge of the town’s best sites and restaurants or where to go to make the most out of your free time.
However, her teleworking holiday also caught her by surprise in more ways than one! Having worked even from granny’s sauna, Essi fell in love with the earnest atmosphere and excellent facilities of the co-working and teleworking space Messi.
“There’s a good chance that I’ll also use Messi in the future. Most of my work is telework, so having good working facilities allows me to spend more time here more frequently,” she rejoices.
At the end of one work day, Essi got to participate in the first riding class of her life with her daughter at Wasaborg stables. The experience left an impression on both of them.
“Riding was the best experience I’ve had in a long time! It was all so comfortably natural and expertly managed. After we were done, we also got to brush a pony. The experience left us positively buzzing!
During their holiday, Essi and her daughter also went to see Art House Pilvilinna and enjoyed the offerings of the local cafés and restaurants to their hearts’ content, as is only natural.
“Relative to the size of the town, the restaurant selection of Uusikaupunki is exceptional. There are many options to choose from, and all of the restaurants offer quality food with a unique twist. Good service and a sort of lack of urgency seem to always be present in Uusikaupunki,” says Essi.
The whole family is so enchanted by Uusikaupunki and its unique charm that, every year, they even get their Christmas fish transported from Rannikon Kalatuote to the capital region.
“And I go shopping at Ulpukka and Alina every time,” says Essi.
Her work does not yet allow her to move to Uusikaupunki full time, but she may yet one day find a second home for her family in the seaside town.
“The older I get, the more I’ve started to feel like Uusikaupunki is my home. The funny thing is that even my spouse, who is a native Espoo resident, has been overcome by the undeniable charm of the Uki way of life,” says Essi with a smile.