Monday, August 21, 2017

The past few days have been shocking and sad here in my home city of Turku. I will get to that later in this post.

I guess summer is officially over now that schools have started (not for us University students quite yet though) and as I mentioned before, my work hours are becoming fewer as well. That means that I've had a lot more time to hang out with family and friends. So last Saturday after work (and work was pretty exciting as well because I served none other than Redfoo from LMFAO! He was performing at a festival in town and stopped by our restaurant for some grub) I got a ride with Emppu and Paul to Ella's summer cottage which is locate in Kimito, about a 45 minute car ride from Turku. There we celebrated the end of summer with a crayfish party, which was so much fun! I've never actually been to a crayfish party before, but luckily my friends taught me how to peel and eat crayfish, so now I'm a pro. It was great hanging out with all of my friends, and there was lots to talk about too, which meant that I didn't go to bed 'til 6 in the morning. I took a 4 hour nap the next day, crayfish partying can be exhausting!

I also had a dog come over to my apartment last week, and she was so cute! My friend Julle was dog sitting so she came over with Hylsy, and she was adorable. I wasn't loving the white fur which was all over my apartment after she left, but it was totally worth it.

Now to the horrible event that happened in the center of Turku on Friday the 19th of August, just last week. I'm sure most of you reading this know all about it, but just after four in the afternoon, a man started stabbing people around the market square, leaving two dead and eight others injured. Since then we have learned that this was in fact a terrorist attack, committed by an 18-year-old asylum seeker. I was actually working at the time of the attack, and our restaurant is located just across the street from the market square, in plain sight of where the knife man committed his horrible crimes. I didn't actually see any of the attacks myself, I only started paying attention to what was going on outside when police cars and ambulances started arriving to the scene. Then someone came in to the bar next to our restaurant and said that somebody had been stabbed. At first I didn't think much of it, but then we started getting news that it wasn't just one person, it was several people. I was supposed to get off from work at 5, but at that point we did not know what was going on and since police had asked people to stay inside and avoid walking in the city center, I stayed at work for one more hour, texting friends and family and trying to figure out what was going on. We didn't know whether there was only one attacker or many, or if they had caught them. Rumors started spreading on social media that other shopping centers in and around Turku had been attacked as well (these reports were false and the shopping centers were closed as a precaution). Later we also found out that police had captured the suspect merely minutes after the attack began, and if it wasn't for brave bystanders, who started chasing the attacker and helped victims, the outcome of this tragedy could've been much worse. At six I got a ride from my friend Emppu home who was kind enough to come and pick me up from work. 

The last couple of days I have spent reading the news, talking to my friends and family and thinking a lot about what happened. Unfortunately we read about these types of attacks almost every day on the news, and you can't help but to feel sad for the state of the world, and sad for the victims. I wouldn't say that I could've never imagined it happening in my home city, but it did come as a big shock, knowing that these attacks happened just 100 meters away from me. Knowing that any one of my friends or family or just someone I know could've been there, because it's the square we walk through several times a week, if not daily. It's the square where my little brother takes his bus home when he gets off from school. It's the square where my friend went to buy strawberries just 5 minutes before the attack. It could have been any one of us, but it wasn't, and I'm so thankful for that.

I'm also thankful for the police, who did a tremendous job in capturing the attacker in such a short time. I'm thankful for the bystanders who risked their own lives by going after the attacker, and warming people about him. I'm thankful for all of those people who are willing to see past hate and revenge and try to spread love and support. I think our president Sauli Niinistö expressed it very well, when he spoke about the aftermath of these types of attacks, especially when it comes to questions about immigration and refugees. He said that Finland's strength and success is based on our ability to work together, and to give room to different opinions without putting blame on others. He reminded that we all have the freedom of speech, but that we are also responsible for the actions that our words lead to. Niinistö said that some are for and others are against immigration, which is understandable, but if we use our different opinions to build hate, it will only weaken our ability to reject evil.

My condolences go out to all of the victims and their families and friends.
I took this picture from my friends Instagram. It is the memorial place for the victims at the Market Square. The sign reads "Turussa ei ole paikkaa pelolle" which translates to "There is no place for fear in Turku" ❤

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Two things

ONE: We have been looking for a round table to go with our white chairs and it just so happened that my grandmother happened to have one which she so kindly donated to us! I am in love with the combo... We put the other table in the kitchen so now we also have a cute little breakfast nook, love love love!

TWO: Been working a lot this week but the time that I've had I've spent with André before he goes (or actually went this morning) on his last week of work. We had lunch at Tårget, ate ice cream by the river (from Nuvole obviously, best ice cream in town!) and just chillaxed at home. 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Monday thoughts

❤ A few days ago me and André watched the documentary "What The Health" on Netflix, which is a follow up to "Cowspiracy" (which I have not seen, as a matter of fact). The flick is mostly about how our diet aka. what we eat has a huge in pact on our health, and that diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure can to a large extent be defeated by consuming a plant based diet. 

I have to say that although I don't think I could ever fully give up meat and other animal products such as dairy, the documentary did put a lot of thoughts in my head (and Andre's too). So now we're trying 'meatless mondays'! Today's menu looks as follows:

Breakfast: Strawberry and banana smoothie and avocado toast
Lunch: Tomato soup
Dinner: Oven roasted vegetables and gnocchi

❤ Soon it's back to school and I'm actually feeling pretty excited! Since I've finished most of my courses already, I pretty much only have my Pro Gradu Thesis and a 6 month "internship" at a school left and then I've completed my degree. How insane is that?!

❤ I'm also very stoked about August as a whole - I have some time off from work which means I get to hang out with friends I haven't seen in f o r e v e r, me and André can take a trip up to Ostrobothnia and I might even squeeze in some basketball... fun times!

❤ sending out some positive vibes to all my readers ❤ 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Summertime sickness

Summer is almost over you guys, and it has probably been the quickest summer of my life. It's already August which means that a) Uni starts in one month b) I have to actually start thinking about important adult stuff again, like what I will write about for my master's thesis (help me) and c) it's time to recap what I did in July:

July was pretty crazy at work. There were events in Turku almost every weekend, and it was definitely noticeable. One of those were Tall Ships Race, which me and André also managed to visit for a couple of hours. 

We also said bye to Tessa and Adam, who went back to North Carolina. It was so much fun to have them here this summer, and for our last hang out sesh they came to our apartment and we all had some delicious sushi!

Speaking of food, I've been very experimental in the kitchen. We got a lot of vegetables and berries from Andre's grandma (from her very own garden!) and since we had way more kale than we would be able to consume before it went bad, I made some green kale juice. It was surprisingly good as well!

Apart from work I've been trying to hang out with my family and friends as much as I can. I had lunch with my parents and brother at Sergio's (which was honestly a bit of a let down), me and André went to see Dunkirk (which was really good and also Harry Styles (1D Forever)) and a couple of days ago me and Emppu went sunbathing at Samppis. Unfortunately the weather forecast was totally off, and it was cold and windy so we pretty much just stayed wrapped in our towels for an hour, and then decided to have lunch instead.

This past weeks (or the past two weeks really) have been pretty exhausting, if I'm being completely honest. I've mostly been working evening shifts and on top of that I got a terrible cold. And because I'm the kind of person who never takes time off from work, I kept of working even though I probably should have stayed at home. So the cold has stuck with me for about a week now, now I luckily have a few days off so I can really rest and become well again!

Yesterday was my first of three days off and despite me just saying I needed to rest, I pretty much did the opposite. But there were so many things I needed and wanted to fix, so I figured I should do as much of that in one day, so that I can relax the remaining days. So yesterday I started my morning with a meeting at work, then had lunch with Cristel, I stopped by campus to fix some papers, did some grocery shopping, made some pulled chicken all by myself (which was surprisingly easy)cleaned, vacuumed, hung up curtains... It was a lot. But now it's all done and I have time to do other things, like write this blog post! 

Also been obsessively watching Married At First Sight

And last but certainly not least... I FINALLY GOT A NEW PHONE! My friends and family know that my previous phone (and Iphone 5 that I got in 2013) literally had a battery life of 30 minutes and would shut down by itself. The day I got the new phone I was gonna take a picture of it with my old phone for snapchat, and despite it being fully charged, it died. So yeah, I really needed a new phone. It feels so weird to be able to actually go a full day without charging... I'm beyond happy!

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!