It's been a pretty busy weekend so far, with lots of happenings, activities, and even a Royal Wedding!
I kept my promise of studying, and spent the whole afternoon on Thursday at my Uni. When I was finished I noticed that the campus was surrounded by police cars and security men. Later on I found out that the president of Iceland was actually visiting the University, which is pretty cool I guess! Luckily, I had checked the weather forecast and knew we were expecting some heavy rain, thunder and lightning, and made my way home just in time! It was pretty cozy really, sitting by the kitchen window and looking at the sky which turned dark in a matter of minutes!
After it had stopped raining, I was picked up by Emppu and we went hunting for bargains at the flea market! I actually ended up finding three cool pieces: some floral pants (perfect for Italy), a nice top and my favorite find - a hat! At first I was unsure about buying a hat from a flea market, but I've tried to clean it to my best ability!
|I realized I had not taken a picture of my hat while writing this, so here is me (in real time) with my hat, hence the messy hair|
While Thursday involved a lot of twists and turns with presidential visits and thunderstorms, Friday was much more mellow. Other than spending a good portion of the day planning for our trip next week, I also went out for a run and made some delicious chicken wraps (with the help of my boyfriend) for dinner.
Saturday on the other hand was packed. We started the day by meeting up with my parents at Paavo Nurmi Stadium, where this year's "Stafettkarnevalen" was held. Stafettkarnevalen is a Finland Swedish relay race for schools and it is one of the biggest events of the year in Swedish speaking Finland. It is usually held in the capital, but since the stadium over there is under construction, it was held in Turku this year. I've also participated in the event, not as a runner, but as a cheerleader! All of the schools have their own cheerleading squads, and I was the head cheerleader together with Ansku when I was in 6th grade. I still remember most of the cheers and how much fun we had planning for the event. Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of our squad, and our homemade pom poms.
However, this year my brother was running for his school, which is why we went to see him. He did a very good job, and we were all cheering and jumping up and down when he ran. Most importantly - he didn't drop the relay stick!
After the race and a quick lunch in the city, I went over to Ansku's to watch the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. She had even printed out a Wedding Bingo for us to play, which I ended up winning! Meghan looked beautiful, Harry looked dapper and they seemed very in love.
The wedding coverage was over after a couple of hours, but my day was definitely not. My team was still working at the "Warriors" competition of the Junior Basket Tournament, which was held in Turku this weekend. It was the first time and event like this was organized, so there were definitely a lot of "ifs and buts" when it came to planning and executing. In the end, we pulled it off and the kids seemed to have a great time! Afterwards we were definitely worthy of a drink and planned to go out to celebrate the successful event. However, when we finally got home I think most of felt too tired to get up from the couch, and we decided to postpone our night out to some other time!
Today is the kind of Sunday when I don't really have anything planned, but at the same time I have a long "to do list" written down which includes packing, cleaning, washing clothes, ironing stuff, printing travel documents and buying a few travel essentials. It's the type of list that takes a whole day to finish, so I should probably get started!