Nooralotta Neziri sitting on the Harju’s Nero steps, photo: Jiri Halttunen
Harju stadium and Nero steps
"I really like the Harju stadium a lot, because it’s a beautiful venue and situated in a great place. Of course, it’s where I work, too, so it’s my good fortune that I love my job. I look after my fitness there and do my hurdles training. Particularly in the autumn I train both out in the forest and on the Harju’s Nero steps. The jogging tracks on the Harju ridge are also to my liking – it was those we came across first naturally when together with my husband we were exploring Jyväskylä and the training facilities on offer here."
"Although I come from Pori, which is on the sea coast, I’m nevertheless a lake person. Lake scenery really suits my eye and in Jyväskylä there’s lots of terrain perfect for outdoor activities close to the lakes. Sometimes I even stop with my trainer at one of those fitness stations on the Rantaraitti path and do a bit of a workout before getting running again. The harbour area is my absolute favourite in the city – it’s very pleasant and the lake is right there the whole time."
"On one of the first occasions I visited Jyväskylä, I remember marvelling at how incredibly beautiful the city appeared. We were driving past here one evening, along the motorway from Vaajakoski, and the Kuokkala bridge looked absolutely awesome. The lights on the bridge were visible from a long way away but otherwise everything was shrouded in darkness. That memory is still vivid in my imagination."
"Jyväskylä very quickly felt like home after we moved here. At the beginning the city was a complete mystery to me and I had a bit of trouble grasping the locations of different places, but now I’m much better and fully acquainted with where things are. There’s always lots of life in the pedestrian precinct and Jyväskylä as a city is just the right size. When I’m walking around in the city people occasionally recognise me, some even approach me for a chat and ask for an autograph. That’s really nice, and I’m nonetheless able to lead an entirely normal life here."
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