The last full day in Finland has been pretty mellow so far. The excitement and nervousness is slowly creeping up on me but I've just tried to pack the last things in my suitcase and made sure that I'm not missing anything. I did notice that one of my flight socks was still in the dirty laundry bin so I hand-washed it, hopefully it will dry in time so that I don't have to fly with a wet sock on!
Since there's nothing else exciting to tell yu, I thought I'd do a last #tb2016 post, which will probably just be a compilation of all the other fun (and not so fun) stuff that happened in 2016!
In January we said aufwiedersehen to Emppu who was moving to Helsinki to become a pilot. The funniest thing about the pictures we took that night was that we thought we looked great in the them when we were looking at them on the dancefloor, but then once we saw them again in the morning we all agreed that they perhaps weren't as good as we had thought.
In January Essi also told me that she was planning on moving back to Tampere. Initially we had decided that we would both live at the apartment at least until summer, but since she had so much work in Turku and no time to read for her entrance exams, she had no choice but to move back in with her parents so that she could study and wouldn't have to worry about paying rent. I obviously understood her decision, but I did feel a bit panicked because I really didn't want to start moving out and finding a new apartment. The first thing I did was call André and luckily he said straight away that he would move in with me. We hadn't really discussed moving in together yet, but it felt like the natural thing to do and neither of us have regretted that he moved in. It's been wonderful having someone to wake up next to every day, and I'm so excited to find a new place for us when we both get back from England!
In February me and André celebrated Valentine's day by having dinner at Pinella, just like the year before. This time I didn't have to work for 10 hours straight prior to the dinner, which was a relief. I also had an exam for a course which I just couldn't pass! It was the first time ever I failed an exam, and I failed it twice! In the end I asked if I could write an essay instead of re-taking the exam a third time, and the teacher was fine with that. After a lot of hard work I finally got the study points for that damn course... I think the thing I learned was that sometimes you can try your hardest and still fail, and that's ok!
|The headache that course was giving me was intense|
|The skies were beautiful in February|
In Mars it was time for Pampas Nationaldag which has been a tradition since I started studying at Åbo Akademi. This year it was just me, Cristel and Isa, and we din't actually have tickets to the event, but thought we'd check out the Olympiad in the day and then go out to a bar in the evening. I at least had a really fun time with the girls!
|We also had time to hang out with Kata for a while|
March was also when my parents and Andrés parents met for the first time. Despite the fact that we had at that point already dates for over a year, we just hadn't had the time to arrange anything. The best part was how my dad and André were totally matching!
|We also had a girls night (+ meri's boyfriend Anton, who took the picture). The thing I remember best from this night was that my shirt was brand new and Cristel spilled red wine on it...Luckily it came off!|
April is always the month of celebrations, because that's when both me and André have our birthdays. This year we held a joined birthday party for our friends, but also celebrated at home together, just the two of us. For my birthday André made me a delicious three-course meal. However, just as he was staring to prepare the main course, there was a power outage in our apartment. Apparently we blew a fuse, which we did get fixed rather quickly, but in the process, our oven broke. In the end we could use the stove but not the oven, which was fine since the dinner didn't require using the oven. One hour later, we were ready to continue on with the dinner, and one week later, we got a new oven!
|The fun part about having your birthdays 4 days apart is joined bday parties!|
May is the time of Valborg which is one of the biggest student events (well, I guess it's a huge event for everybody) in Finland. Valborg is always fun because it indicates that school is almost over and Summer is just around the corner. At this point I had also basically finished my Bachelor's thesis which was definitely a reason to celebrate! This year we had the traditional picnic in the park with the other Britannicans and after going to Vårdbergs parken at 6 to officially put our graduation hats on, we stayed the rest of the night at Cristel's.
Although Valborg is celebrated on the last day of April, the first of May is a day off for everybody. We spent the first of May with my family who had organized a lovely brunch with mimosas!
|This year I curled my hair so big, that I couldn't fit my graduation hat on my head, which resulted in me wearing André's hat all night long|
Summer & Autumn
I'm butting all of the summer and autumn months (June, July, August and September) into one, because I've already made a post about Ruisrock which was one of the main events and nothing particularly special happened during the summer. I was working a lot, and André was working at Viking Line which meant that he was only home every other week. Other than that I hung out with friends and family as much as I could, and watched a lot of tv.
One of the other big things that happened in the summer was that my mom took me to see Coldplay in Stockholm! She had seen them once before and I was always bummed out bu the fact that I didn't get to go, so she made a promise to take me with her the next time they played somewhere close to us! Needless to say, the concert was amazing! Coldplay just have some many hits, you almost forget about it. it was also fun to see Linda and Thomas, my mom's cousin and her husband, who were kind enough to let us stay at heir house!
We also celebrated my mom and dad on their 20th wedding anniversary by having dinner at Sergio's.
Some other fun memories from this summer included going to Naantali with André, and showing him around. I worked in Naantali for three summers, plus I played basketball in a team in Naantali for 10 years, so I would say that I know my way around there pretty well. Also, the summer is definitely the time to visit 'cause the whole place is pretty much dead as soon as summer is over!
|My parents live very close to a small forest which is filled with blueberries in the late summer. I think we must've gotten at least 5 liters of blueberries!|
|Despite the fact that I worked at Arnold's for 2,5 years, I only went out with my workmates two times during those years! Luckily we did manage to squeeze in one night with the co-workers in the summer, 'cause we all had a great time!|
October is getting it's own sections, because it's one of my favorite months, despite it usually being cold and rainy. The reason for that is that it is not only Halloween, it is also mine and André's anniversary. This year we really outdid ourselves - first we had brunch at Nick's Food Design, then we went to Åbo Svenska Teater to see "The King's Speech" and we ended the night with pizza from Pub Niska and homemade drinks. It was definitely one of my favorite days of 2016.
I already mentioned Halloween and I always love an excuse to dress up. This year me and André went as the ultimate Netflix couple - I was Eleven from Stranger Things and André was inspired by Narcos and went as Pablo Escobar. I think we nailed it.
One of the sadder things that happened in October was that my grandfather passed away. I wouldn't say that me and him were very close, and I hadn't actually seen him in several years, but I still have many wonderful memories from my childhood with him. The funeral was small but very lovely, and I was glad that I got to be there for my mom, my aunt and my grandma. Because the funeral was in Ostrobothnia, we stayed at my grandma's house in Vörå, where I haven't been for a long time. I think we all got some well needed family time, despite it being because of a sad event.
|Vila i frid, Moffa|
|Kimi is the only cat I like (so far)|
The winter months were pretty uneventful (apart from the things I've already told you about), so this is where I'll end this post. Wow, I guess I did way more in 2016 than I realized 'cause I've sat by the computer for 3 hours now finishing this post!