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  • I went to an art gallery. There were beautiful paintings on walls but my attention was caught by a striped cat who was laying on the top of radiator.

    “It’s her favourite place”, gallerist said. “Firstly it’s warm, secondly it offers her a good vista to the gallery. She gets warming feeling both in stomach and in mind. She’s the most faithful art lover of my place. Stays still and observes there for hours. If she just had some money she would buy them all. And that would save my gallery.”

    Next day I travelled by train to a nearby town with Kirsi. I wanted to see town’s church, it was designed by famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto in 1970s. He was a great fan of Antiquity and had designed this church to resemble a Greek theatre. His argument for the solution was that church and theatre are both places for public performances.

    There was some gospel concert going on inside, people were singing, and we decided to climb up to empty balcony as to get a better view of the architecture and not disturb the singing crowd.

    So we climbed up and I started to look around church hall admiring Aalto’s architectural inventions.

    Only after some minutes I noticed that we were not alone in the balcony. There was some ragged man sleeping deeply couple of benches away. He had a big plastic bag beside him. Shouts and singing and music from downstairs didn’t disturb him at all. Kirsi was suspicious if the man was alive at all, she had to bend nearer and check he was breathing.

    We descended the stairs and met the sexton of the church. Kirsi informed him about the drunkard up in the balcony. The sexton said:

    “Oh, he’s no harm. He comes to sleep there. He’s Raita (surname – means Willow). He’s homeless. Likes the place. The athmosphere. The design. Was an architect himself. Some bad tragedy in the family. Our most regular church goer. Seldom during sermons.”
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