Thursday, July 20, 2017

My not so little brother

Heyooo! I'm back with a post! And this time I've actually done other stuff than just working and hanging out at home. Exciting right?

I can start by saying that the dinner date at Nooa last week was delicious. I had a burger, and although I wouldn't say it's the best burger I've ever had, it was a very good burger. André on the other hand had a steak which he says is probably the best he's ever had, and the dessert was really good, so I would definitely recommend trying it out. The nicest thing about the restaurant is the fact that it is right by the aura river, so you have a really nice view!

On Thursday André went back to work for a week, and I was pretty much working every day as well. But on Saturday after my shift I went to Raisio to help prep for my brothers confirmation party, which was taking place on Sunday.

I bviosuly spent some quality time with my sista from another bitch

I cannot believe my little brother is growing up! He's already taller than me, and seeing him joking around with his friends at the confirmation made me see that he is really turning into a smart and funny young man. We are all so proud of you Maximus!

The party was a success as well, and I got to meet lots of my relatives that I see way too seldom. The food was delicious and the weather was perfect, so the day could not have gone any better!

Taking a family picture proved to be a little bit more complicated than we thought

That Sunday was the first weekend I had off from work this whole summer, so me and Emppu decided not to waste it by going out for some Sunday clubbing. After the confirmation party we got a ride to my place where we had some pre drinks and at midnight we headed to Forte. I was definitely in need of a night out, and I had a blast, so thank you Emppu for joining me :)
And these are the only pictures we took that night. Great success

The beginning of this week has been spent at work, doing evening and night shifts. The thing I like about later shifts is that I get to sleep in, but then again I've been working overtime most days, which means I get home later, which means I eat and take showers later, and go to bed later. Today is actually my only day off this week, and with mostly evening shifts (and one double shift on Saturday) and Tall Ships Race in Turku this weekend (they are expecting one million visitors in my town this weekend, which is literally insane) I'm sure work will be crazy hectic. Therefore today I'm just gonna relax and spend some quality time with André who is back home for a week!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The alternative Ruisrock weekend

Hello friends! We are almost two weeks into July and summer has finally arrived to Finland. It's been pretty cold for the most part but last weekend we finally had some sunshine and warmth, just in time for Ruisrock. This year I wasn't able to go though, due to the fact that I was working and tickets sold out record fast. It was a bit of a bummer, because Ruisrock has essentially been the highlight of my summer for the last 7 years! I wasn't the only one not going though, so instead I got to hang out with friends and family, which is pretty great too!

Hanging out with Tessa // Dad and Dog // Taco Friday // And some Corona, of course

During the Ruisrock weekend we got to wear festival gear at work // Saturday chill // Dinner made from fridge leftovers // When it's 20 degrees after getting off from work, you can't be anything but happy

Sunday BBQ with la familia!

Since last time I've also gone to the movies with friends, had sunday dinner with the fam, and tonight me and André are having dinner at a newly opened restaurant, NOOA. The menu looks pretty good and reviews have been great, so I'm super excited about tonight!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

On to July

I can actually not believe it's already July. Like where did the last month go? Pretty much like last time I posted, I've been spending most of my time at work or at the apartment. We did however have an impromptu house warming party with my family last week, and I also met up with Emppu and Ella for a few drinks at Samppalinna.

Now I'm enjoying two days off from work, and so far I have managed to finally hit the gym but also chillax with Emppu. Tomorrow we are hopefully joined by some others for a movie night, and the day after that André finally comes home from the ferry he works on! I definitely miss having him at home (and I've already watched all episodes of Skam and OITNB, good thing I still have some episodes left of Netflix's new show Glow!)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Working all (mid)summer long

Hi again! I have a feeling there won't be too many posts on the blog this summer, but I will try to post whenever I have some spare time!

It has been a pretty cold summer thus far, but Åbo is still the prettiest!

Since last time, I've spent the majority of my time at work or at home, fixing stuff at the apartment. Work has been going really well actually, and all my co-workers are very nice as well! 

I also saw wonder woman last week and it was awesome! About time there was a female dominant superhero movie!

This midsummer (aka. probably the biggest holiday in Finlnd, at least in the summer) was spent at work this year. I didn't mind too much, midsummer has never been a particularly big deal for me because my family doesn't have a summer cottage (which is where most people spend their midsummer) and this wasn't the first year I worked on midsummer. Then again, André was free from work so it would've been nice to do something together. Luckily he had some friends that were staying in the city that he could hang out with while I worked!

Despite staying in the city for midsummer, we did have a few hours to kill on Friday so we drove to Hirvensalo to get some nice waterfront pictures! 

Midsummer was really busy at work too. Apparently we were the only restaurant open in the whole city, so we were packed from start 'til finish! It was pretty much go go go all Saturday so after a 10 hour shift it felt heavenly to drive home, drink a lonkero and eat some McDonald's :D

Sunday, June 18, 2017


I'm baaack in Funland! And yes, I am aware that I have been back for almost 2 weeks but I've honestly been so busy, and I haven't had time to sit by the computer. But here's a recap of the last couple of weeks:

My trip back went pretty smoothly, my flight was a bit delayed but that didn't really bother me much. And I was greeted with sunshine in Finland, which felt wonderful! All in all the weather has been great, and the flowers close to my parents house were in full bloom.

It was pretty much back to reality as soon as I got back. I started working just days after coming home and a week ago on Sunday we also moved into our new apartment. I have to say that I am absolutely in love with this place, it's even better than I imagined!

Other than moving and working (which have been the two main happenings) I've made sure to meet up with my friends, and I also performed at a birthday party with some songs. Even though these past few weeks have been hectic they have also been wonderful, and I have a feeling that this summer will be awesome!

Lunchin' on our new balcony

Feels good to be back at my old gym//Essi came to Turku!//Been biking all over town

My beautiful hometown... this picture was taken just before midnight!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Goodbye, Nottingham!

I feel like for weeks I've been writing "the last few weeks" and "the last few days" and now it is quite literally the very last day of my exchange. Tonight after midnight I will take a taxi to the bus station, from there I'll take the bus to Gatwick Airport, from there I take a plane to Helsinki and then another bus to Turku. These past 4 months have been exciting, challenging, at times hard but mostly I feel gratitude for getting to know so many new international friends and for getting to travel around the UK. So in this last post I thought I would just summarize a few of the highlights of the trip, as well as offer some advice to anybody thinking of going on exchange!

The first few days were a little bit nerve-racking. I was alone in a city I had never been to before, living completely alone, no roomates or boyfriend, for the first time ever. I quickly noticed that all of the practical stuff - finding buses, fixing student ID cards, buying comforters and pillows - was no problem at all. The other thing I worried about (and I would soon find out that I wasn't the only one) was making friends. How would I find the other exchange students? What if they're into completely different stuff? I had read online that since I was coming in the middle of the semester, there weren't as many activities organized as say when fresher's is. Luckily, I didn't need to be worried at all, NTU organised some lunches for new exchange students and all of us there instantly clicked. So my advice for future exchange students is to just go to events, even if you don't know anybody. Basically all of the other international students are in the same boat as you, so even if you don't have the same interests, you can at least connect on that!

Now the one thing which I will certainly remember from my time in Nottingham (however maybe not so fondly) is my accommodation. I live in a student hall, and after much deliberation I chose Raleigh Park because it was cheap, relatively close to the city center, it was easy to book, they had short term tenancies and there were security guards on duty at all times (this criteria mostly calmed my mother down). Even though living in a student hall has been messy and sometimes very noisy, I still think I made the right decision. Money wise it was a cheap alternative, and I would rather save while living here (4 months is after all not so long) and then invest in something better at home. I also felt quite safe living here (despite people stealing my stuff from the fridge and an actual fire which left somebody hospitalized (if there's one thing I've learnt about English students is that they seriously need to take some home economics classes...)), and the security guards were actually really helpful. I also didn't know until after I moved here that Radford (which is basically the area I live in) is actually considered a bit of a dodgy area (I also learnt that Nottingham used to be called Shottingham so yeah, maybe could've looked into it a bit more before coming here, lol). But in the end, I survived  and now I get to move into my new apartment at home, yay!

The best thing about going on exchange is the fact that it is truly the one time in your life when you can - and should - travel. In the last few months I have been to York numerous times, climbed mount Snowdon in Wales, tasted whisky in Scotland, looked at street art in Glasgow, seen the Phantom of the Opera in London, hiked in the lake district, had the best pulled pork ever in Leeds and so much more. It has truly been awesome and what has been even better is that I have done it all with my boyfriend. I feel truly lucky that me and André managed to do our exchanges at the same time and not so far from each other. We have managed to see each other almost every weekend, and our travels have given us memories (and instagram pictures) for a lifetime!

Lastly I'm so happy for all of the friends I've made. Friends from Sweden, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Malta, China and Thailand (hope I didn't forget anyone..). It has been so interesting to compare the different customs and traditions in different countries, even those of other European countries. Yesterday for example I found out that Germans apparently feel embarrassed to buy toilet paper? What a weird, random and funny thing. So to anyone of you reading this - thank you for being my friend and if you want to come and visit Finland, there is always room on my couch! 

All of that being said, I am so ready to go home. I can't wait to see my family, my friends, our dog Maya. I can't wait to start working (really need the money, exchange is not cheap ya'll), I can't wait to see my relatives that are visiting us in the summer (that's you Tessa!), can't wait to cook food in my kitchen (and not just with a frying pan from poundland), can't wait to just sit on the couch and watch TV, can't wait to start playing basketball again, can't wait to stay up late and it is still light outside because the sun doesn't set in the summer. Nottingham was nice and all but in my opinion, Turku is just the best city for me!