You don't get what you deserve.
You get what you take.

-Nemi

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

So while you're outside looking in, describing what you see /remember what you're staring at is me.

Since the year is getting to it's end, I thought that I might as well try to sum it up shortly.


- I've lived in three countries during this year, and Finland doesn't count.

- I've met some wonderful people and had some very hard good-byes.

- I've been to three amazing road trips and seen and experienced so much during this year (also beside the road trips).

- I've visited 12 different airports, and I don't even want to count how much time I've spent in those... For example, on my way back home, I spent 16 hours purely waiting in three different airports.

- I got a job!

- I lost my grandpa, but I'm glad that I visited him the last time I was in Finland before he passed away.

- I've learnt so much about myself and I'm getting more and more comfortable with being me. (This hasn't always been the case)

- I showed myself that I can travel alone, by starting from no lesser destination than New York.

- I fell in love with New Orleans.

Of course I've had some other ups and downs during this year, but overall it's safe to say that it's been extremely good year, all the way to the very end.

I was about to be able to breath normally, I got my cold back after the Boxing day and the great night I had with some friends that I see normally once a year if even then.

Friday, 23 December 2011

Merry Christmas!






Merry Christmas to everyone!

I finally came home on Wednesday and I'll post more about that later. Now I'll go have some more gingerbreads and mulled wine.

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Additional comments before going to sleep.

I'm getting a huge deja vu from Anneli. We're equally bad influence on each other, just like this summer Birger and me. It is not good for my liver, nor for my public appearance. But I can't be bothered too much of the second one. Our conversation goes usually "What are you doing tonight? I mean, shortly, drinks?" "YES." (works for both ways). We just have the perfect connection between us :D Though I probably wouldn't hang out with her as much if her roommate didn't have cats ;)

On the other note, I feel like I'm closing a nice circle right now, I started this semester being sick and I'm ending it while being sick. I just hope I get better before my work shifts this weekend. Though I still have some of those superdrugs that I got from the States, so I will survive even if I have to work in this condition (with those pills I might also lose some weight for Christmas, since after I had a week's regimen I think I lost about 5 kg, not that I'm extremely concerned about my weight). And I'm not even in that bad condition (yet), it's just such a pain in the ass with the cough and sour throat. But I still had to pass some socials just so this would not get worse. At least I was able to attend this weeks circlejerk (don't ask, I didn't come up with the name), and get slightly confused. If Pom Poko wasn't traumatising, this will be; all-purpose tanuki testicles.

All of you who know me even little, probably know how bad I'm with staying in touch with people, and I feel quite bad about it, though I can't really change it. That's why I'm really happy when someone remembers to contact me, even if it's on Monday morning almost right after I've woken up (I can't really complain, I probably shouldn't open my computer right after getting up, or while I'm still getting up), like this week. It's wonderful to hear from people that have been really close to me but it's just so difficult to keep in touch when you're not living close to those people. (Also, everyone reading this that feel neglected, sorry if I haven't been in touch).

6 days to go before I'm home!! Only one more tutorial and two nights at work. Now I'll go dream of waking up and being able to breath properly.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

The beach.

 I can't believe that I had forgotten about the thing that always cheers me up! I only remembered today that I still live within 10 mins from the beach and nothing calms me down better than watching the sea. And apparently the storm on Thursday had taken most of the beach away! Also, some of the walls had suffered from collapsing, but they are being repaired right now. Here's couple of pictures from today, it's already so dim though I was at the beach at 3 pm.






An hour walk by the beach and I feel so much better already. Now I'm just relaxing with a cup of nettle tea (my new obsession) and some good music.

Yesterday we tried to get in to Christmas feeling (I don't know if I've mentioned it before, but I'm not really a Christmas person) by making some mulled wine at home (from the scratch!) and watching Rare Exports. I'm quite pleased with my housewife skills, because the mulled wine was actually drinkable. But then, I skyped with my mom and she told me that my brother won't be coming home for Christmas and now I'm all confused and I have no idea what to expect, because this will be the first time we won't be together with the whole family. But it'll be fine probably, as long as I will be home in Finland. 9 days left! (Also, I'm still waiting for tips to how to kill time at the Frankfurt airport)

And here's a warning for people who will interact with me before I go home;

Yes, I will be needing those 11 hours of sleep.

Friday, 9 December 2011

Mutta aika ajoin, vain aika ajoin, kaipaan kaikkea sinusta.

I noticed that I might be suffering from some kind of winter drowsiness (if anyone knows a better way to say kaamosväsymys, please tell me). I think it started right when the calender turned to December. No amount of sleep is enough and I just don't have energy for anything. Of course, our "hurricane" yesterday did not help with the lack of motivation to go to work, especially because I literally had to be afraid of being pushed to the driveway by the wind.

Also, after the 1st of December I have been counting days to go home. I don't think that I've felt this homesick ever since I moved abroad, but also I'm not really homesick in a traditional way, but I just can't wait to go home. This can be because I've spent hardly a week at the time in Finland during this year. And now I'm going there for 3 weeks! I guess I'm getting the same feeling that I had during my first year's winter. I felt extremely miserable because of the lack of snow. Here the darkness is so different to the Finnish darkness. I miss and always will miss the snow and it is extremely important for me in the winter. I managed through last winter because there were hardly any change of seasons in New Mexico, so it didn't count. I guess I should get one of those bright lamps (whatever they are called).

Picture is from here.
Well, at least I'm back in my "normal" sleeping rhythm, getting to bed after two and waking up around noon.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Happy birthday Finland!

Yay, I'm so happy that compared to last year, I can actually celebrate the Finnish Independence day somehow this year. Last year I was stressing my ass off because of the finals and my frustration reached the point where I took my lip piercing off (still not regretting it though).  The funny part was that maybe a handful of people even noticed it :D

I don't really have much to say today, here's couple of songs related to today, enjoy them while I go have couple of drinks at Liisi's.

It wouldn't be an independence day without Sibelius. I don't even care that much of our national anthem, but I must listen to this every now and then.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Starting to properly appreciate all the bartenders.

After last night at work, I just want to say to every bartender in the world that has ever served me, Thank you and I apologise. It was such a crazy night at work! And it didn't really help that the Finns came to visit me (don't take it the wrong way, please come more often), because it just reminded me that they were partying (and apparently a bit too much) and I was working. Though honestly I rather earned that ~£40 than used it. I had planned to join them after my shift, but I was just so tired that I was so happy to come home and go to sleep straight away. It was also my first shift with my boss, so I was extra nervous, and of course I broke two glasses in front of him and was really clumsy and disorganised (more than usually). But I got to speak Swedish! There was a huge group of men from Gothenburg and I got to chat with them. One was even half-Finnish and his mom was from Nurmes!

Today I've focused on resting and spoiling myself, I'm showing Lapland Odyssey to Ragnhild later tonight and not do anything important.

17 days to Finland! I really hope that there won't be any snow in Germany or Scotland before the Christmas so I can go home for holidays for the first time in three years without delays.

Saturday, 3 December 2011

DONE.

I'm never doing a group presentation again.

But, now I'm done with this semester's assignments!!! As a celebration to this I went straight to work on Thursday. I feel so light, like a heavy burden is now off my back and on Thursday I just felt like smiling and hopping around and singing :D It's been quite a rough semester after all. I'm just afraid to find out about the grades, but I'm just happy that everything is now done before the exams at the end of January.

It's already december and I don't even have a Christmas calender.. But only 18 days left and I'll be in Finland! This week I suddenly had a huge amount of energy (for everything else than doing my presentation, because if they couldn't bother for me, why should I bother for them), so I finally started what I had planned ever since I dropped Spanish, I started writing a diary in Spanish. It's just to keep the language in my head and practise it on my own. This has nothing to do with fact that I found out that the Finland's embassy in Mexico is looking for interns again... I also found a lot of other internship placements also, so I probably should start putting my focus on sending applications.

Have I mentioned how nice it is to have a job? That I don't need to take any more loan? It's even nicer to be able to afford things before Christmas, which is why yesterday's tax refunds came at the right time. However, the most excited I'm still of the fact that I can go HOME soon. After the first week I'm probably more than ready to come back, but it's still nice to think of going home.


Tuesday, 29 November 2011

The end of the semester frustration.

 (Aswan, Egypt 2009)


Why do I have to study, when I could be travelling? I got such a longing for anywhere else right not (surprisingly in the middle of writing my presentation) that I feel so restless I can hardly sit still. This confirms my theory that when ever I'm in the same place for longer than two months, I get restless and feel like I need to get somewhere else and soon. Unfortunately the next time I have a chance to travel will be during the Easter break, which is 4 months away! (Going home for Christmas doesn't count, though I'm really happy to go there) Then I made the mistake to see my old pictures from travels and it did not help. I don't want to be poor student anymore :( Why do I have to make this stupid presentation and not book the next flight as far as possible? Why can't go somewhere and learn life instead of these stupid political theories. I found some pictures to post in here from my different journeys, so it won't be just complaining.
(Egypt, with Minna 2009)

(Coming back from our "Scandinavia-via-Paris"-trip, 2009 "Mitään en oo ottanu...")
(The city of my heart, Budapest 2007)
(Bratislava, 2007)
(Having lunch by the Eiffel-tower, 2009)
(When I was 18 I decided that I'd make it here before I turn 20. And I did it, a month before the deadline)
(Hungarian pusta, 2007)
(Taj Mahal, 2005)
(Mountain train from Chandigarh to Shimla, India 2005)
(Egypt, 2009)
(New York, 2011)
(I could tell so much about this picture, but I don't want to :D Mexico, 2007)
(Mexico 2007)

(New Orleans <3 2011)

(Jeunes pour le monde, Massy, France, 2006)
(Finns are representing :D Oh, how I miss that hair colour!) 

I have couple of plans for the Easter break, but I'll get back to them when I hear more of some of the options and after I've checked my finances. I still have 4000€ to take from the student loan...

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Still waiting for the winter.

I have finally finished my essays from this semester, and I have only group presentation left on Thursday (enkä varmasti enää ikinä halua tehä ryhmätöitä, pientä turhautumista saamattomuudesta havaittavissa...). Then I'm (kind of) free! Oh, I can't wait to go home already. There had better be snow when I get there, I'm really missing proper winter. It's hardly even below 10'C in here!

I've been so excited of finishing my essays that I've started to read (REAL books, not the ones you use for studying) again! It's wonderful to get into great novels and not worry that I should be reading something completely different. Also, now I can enjoy movies without thinking that I should be doing something else, so if anyone has seen any great movies lately, I'm more than happy to hear suggestions! I could also catch up with Sons of Anarchy finally...

(My desk around the time I finished my essay. I hid a cider can from the picture, it didn't look that studenty)

I've started to notice that working in a bar is like being really small scale celebrity. It's really weird that everyone in the room notices you and sees everything you do. Last night one group had had a bet of my nationality, but none of them got it right. Their guesses were Swedish, Norwegian and Scandinavian, so not too far though. It is still a wonder for me how many people come to bars to talk with the bartenders. It is like some fresher's party every time "What's your name, where are you from, are you studying, what do you study, etc..". I also got my first under 50-years old fan, but it would have been more flattering if he could have been able to stand up without leaning on something while asking my number. It's probably not that hard to guess that he had to leave without my number.

On Friday Liz invited us for a Thanksgiving-party, which reminded me of last year (again..), and how only a year ago I was in Lake Havasu with my host, riding a jet ski (I think that I've mentioned this to couple of people during this week). Though last year was great in many ways, I'm still waiting for my winter! It's been only once this week that it actually got colder (5'C) and it was great, but the next day it was back to 13'C for my disappointment :( I just realised that I'm becoming properly British, rambling on and on about the weather.. Oh dear.

I'll continue waiting for some kind of answer from my group while reading A Thousand Splendid Suns (everyone has been recommending it and now that I found it from a charity shop for 75p, I thought that I might as well read it).

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

My resumé's gonna to be elegant from now on.

Did I remember to tell you that Anneli's roommate has a new kitty? When I got the message about it, I just replied "I'll be there the first thing in the morning!". And because most of you know how indifferent I am to cats, you can probably guess my reaction to him (hint, it was extremely high pitch IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIHP that lasted for about three hours, apparently Rob got slightly intimidated by my noises). He even fell asleep on my lap! <3

My "Christmas-shape in a month"- program is not going so well right now, I tried to go to the gym tonight, but because Anneli didn't have her gym shoes (what ever they are called..), she wasn't allowed to the gym.. So we went to the Bobbin... Maybe I'll try again on Thursday.

I also realized that working from 7pm-1:30am and the next day 10am-5pm is a bit too much. I was dead tired on Saturday evening that I had to leave Becky's party around 11 and skip the Emmi's and Ale's party completely (though after we got home with Ragnhild, we made the world slightly better place for almost two hours while sipping salmari..). At work I also noticed that there are only so many proposals one can receive from middle aged men. But it's quite a lot of fun actually, because I haven't had a difficult customer yet (but I can imagine that there are several to come..). So far I've really enjoyed my work and I really like everyone who is working there as well. One of the older workers told me that I won't be single for a long if I work there, but I kind of doubt that since the average age of the customers is about 50.

I finally got my tickets to home for the break, so if anyone is coming to Joensuu around Christmas, let me know :) and if anyone have any tips for killing time in Frankfurt airport, I'd be happy to hear them, I'll be sitting there for 8 hours... Though I found a lounge where you can buy a day pass and get free snacks, drinks, Internet, TV and magazines for the admission, I'll probably just spend my time in there.

I've probably procrastinated enough again, back to my politics course, yay... (yesterday was the first Monday in over a month that did not end up in Bobbin! Progress in becoming a proper student)

Friday, 18 November 2011

Baby we were born to run.

Have I told you that I hate Ale? He made me wake up before 8 am to go to the gym with him, on my morning off! (thought it was actually my idea to join him, but I still hate him because of that).

(Guy Fawkes)

Anyway, I have almost chosen my essay topic for the course that I love so much. I'll probably write about presidentialism in Eastern and Central Europe, but I might be a bit prejudiced for that topic. Though maybe I'll find out new things. Then there's also the presentation for IR, and I don't even have everyone's contact info yet.

 
(Enjoying my time with the IR essay)

I'm kind of loving the UK bureaucracy, because so far I've never had any problems with it (don't get me started on the US bureaucracy...). I had my interview for the National Insurance Number last Friday and got the number yesterday! And the "interview" meant a 10 min. chat with someone, showing my passport and telling that I've gotten a job. The rest of the time he justcrossing out pages that didn't consider me. When I told him where I got the offer for, he brightened up saying "The Grill? I love that place! It's like the last decent bar in Aberdeen!", which made me feel even better about the place. I'm kind of excited to go there tonight and see how the Friday night is like.

Also, I FINALLY got my money from KELA, the support for my rent from the whole autumn. It's kind of a nice feeling to have 600€ on your account.


 (Milla and me in a Starbucks)

(I was trying to catch the scenery from my window with some questionable success)

Additionally, as you probably noticed, some pictures from Aberdeen. I'll drink some more chai and then probably a nap so I stay awake at work.

(Castlegate, the corner of King Street and Union Street one Sunday morning)

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

One down, another one to go.

Finally I got rid of my IR essay. 4055 words and 9,5 pages later I had completely emptied my head. I have another one due next week, but I can't even start to think about that one yet. And it's only for my comparative politics course, so it shouldn't be a problem. Because of my weak state of mind, I was prone to temptations and suddenly I found myself in the Bobbin with a cider in my hand with Anneli (who in half-way changed to Ragnhild), Rob, Ruaridh and Martyn. I just realised that my Mondays seem to somehow always end up in the Bobbin, but oh well, could be worse.

I've been introduced with couple of really good bands lately, which is good because I'm so lazy to find them on my own. Here's one of them: The Cat Empire - Two Shoes


On Saturday I found out first time that a night can be quite hectic also behind the bar. I was so tired when I got home, but I also really liked working at the bar. Everyone else in there are so nice and helpful, I really think that I will be enjoying working in there. And because most of the customers are older men, they are easily dealt with a big smile.

I was trying to attach a picture of what I've noticed to be extremely effective way to start an essay, but it's not working :( I'll try to get better picture soon.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Hyvää isänpäivää!






Hyvää isänpäivää!<3
(Oho, onpa epäselvänä tuo teksti, mutta toivottavasti siitä saa jotain selvää..)

Thursday, 10 November 2011

I got a job!

Apparently jobs are like men. If you don't have one, then you're not even going to get one. But when it starts to seem that you have one, other ones start lining up. Not that I have too much experience in either way of that, but so far it has seemed like that (also, this metaphor caused one of the most hilarious telephone conversations: "WHAT, you have a line of men in your flat?! I'm hanging up now!" "NONONONONONO!", apparently the beginning had been left out for some reason). I got my first call for interview on Saturday for Tuesday (after two moths of silence), then I got message from a bar that applied to about two months ago, on Monday and they called Tuesday if I could come for an interview for Wednesday. Both interviews seemed to go extremely well, and in Wednesday's one I was asked to come back the same night to start up. I was supposed to work from 8 to 10 if it wasn't too busy, but then I ended up working until the closing, midnight. I really enjoyed it, though it was quite tough. It was kind of weird when the "regulars" came to introduce themselves. I think that within an hour after I started most of the customers knew my name. Some people even said when leaving "see you later Noora!" and I was just thinking "I didn't even serve those people...".

I was quite nervous, because the owner had told me that probably a lot of people will be testing me because I'm new, especially because it's more of an old-men-bar, but I just kept reminding me that old men never want to tease a blond young girl, and I was right :D I even got some tip already! And one really good thing in this job is that the have a company taxi, so no one has to walk home after the night.

I'm going back on Saturday, hopefully this time I don't need to serve that many whiskies (they have over 500 different ones in there, so it's going to take some time)..

PS. I SAW A FOX ON MONDAY EVENING! I was coming from Anneli, and three blocks before my flat, there was a fox running towards me. It was about three meters away from me and we just stared at each other for a while before both continued our journeys. It run towards King Street, maybe it was going clubbing with other city foxes. It was a really pretty fox.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Smearing wet concrete and swearing you'll never be caught.



I was helping with university's Study Abroad-fair this week by promoting UNM and (again) it made me think about last year once more. Last year felt like having a break from "real life", from the life I'm more used to. Being in the place that was completely different from anything that I'm used to while still knowing that it's only for an academic year, gave it quite surreal feeling. I think that that is the reason why I had hard time getting attached to places and people. I've also realised that I miss New Mexico quite a lot, more than I thought I would. I had a girl from UNM helping me with our table and talking with her felt like a link between me and New Mexico.

During this week I've had some of the weirdest conversations, for example I was arguing with my professor of whether or not Iceland has strip clubs or not. I think that a gentlemen's club is close enough of a strip club. I also noticed that my feet are the same size with a blow-up doll (Anneli's flatmate is an "artist", who apparently is going to make something important with that doll).

I think that I'm kind of addicted to visiting Anneli because of her flatmate's cats. Though the other one is really sick and cripple, I've (again) realised what a crazy cat lady I will become. We're so deprived of cats with Ragnhild, that we made up a cat :D His name is Jørgen and he is a bit shy, so he lives under our couch table. I get extremely needy around Anneli's cat, it reminds me of how Birger commented me running after our neighborhoods cats during summer "You really need a man". Only about 5 weeks and I get to go home to my own cat! 

Here's some examples of me with Anneli's cat. I have no idea how to spell his name so I'll just refer to it as the cat. (As you see, I'm not needy at all.)
 
 
(LOVE ME!!!)

Also, two pictures from the Halloween party.



Sunday, 30 October 2011

Shut up woman get on my horse.

(Eero, I hate you so much..)

I guess it's time for me to post something again. I don't really have much to say, though it was great that Eero and Milla were here visiting me, even though the weather conditions didn't make me the best hostess ever. After they left I've pretty much just concentrated on the huge load of work I have (luckily I'm also a master in procrastination).

This week I've thought a lot of my life a year ago and yesterday in the Halloween party I couldn't help but think last years party. It's hard to (or actually it would be extremely easy) compare last year and this year, because everything is just so different. I think life here is a bit more mellow than in the States, but it's probably more because the whole environment in here keeps me more relaxed and if I feel anxious I can always go to the beach to calm my nerves. This sounds actually so weird to write right now, since two days ago we decided with Anneli that we're going to need some drama and soon :D

Because of my tooth, I've been on antibiotics this whole week and because of that I was sober in yesterday's party, which hasn't happened too often. It was interesting to think my own relationship with alcohol, because I think we can all agree that as a Finn, my relationship with alcohol is pretty fucked up from the start. I was almost surprised that being sober didn't bother me which made me think even more why I couldn't do that without a "valid" reason. Maybe it's different with house parties, because I think that in a club I would get annoyed quickly, which is why I've chosen to stay couple of nights to stay home when other people have gone out. Also, I was really surprised that drunk people didn't annoy me at all. I just realised that everyone in "our group" are exactly the same sober and drunk, which is why I like that group so much.

If anyone wants to see two really good movies, that will definitely stop you to think for a while, I'd recommend Green Wave and We need to talk about Kevin. Both movies were amazing, though the both made me feel horrible (after Green Wave I basically run from the theatre to cry behind the corner).

Now back to my essay. (If anyone knows good articles etc. on Unasur, I'd be more than happy to receive links)

PS. Why no one told me that The Hellacopters is amazing!

PPS. The feeling when you thought you need to live a week with £8 (and you already have empty fridge), and then you notice that you still have £65 in your Icelandic bank account! I feel like a spy for having three working bank accounts in 3 different countries.

Monday, 24 October 2011

Scotland.

It's grey but fun. Had a good time all around and stuff..
habalahabala
We did a bunch of stuff actually. Visited Stonehaven (which was cool and grey), saw a movie (that was green and depressing), met a lot of nice people and ate. Also we took turns with noora to play solitaire. This I hadn't done before. It's quite different from finland in many ways but still I felt pretty much at home here. Good trip. Lots and lots of things to take with me. Only material one is the whisky though

Cheers, eero

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Look at my horse

Noora, you're the best.

I had some time off from my studies and I finally decided to visit Noora in Scotland for a few days. So, Scotland. The land of deep fryed Mars bars and endless drizzle. I actually experienced rain coming down even when there were no clouds.

I really wish I could stay one more day, just sit on the couch, watch Black Books, play some cards and listen to Lonely Island. Eventually I would maybe even get used to the cars driving on the wrong side of the road. I will come back one day, at least to Noora's graduation.

With lots of love,
xoxo,
Gossip Girl


no, wait,
Milla

Saturday, 15 October 2011

I ain't here to break it, just see how far it will bend.

This week has gone by so fast! I've been running between uni and home quite a few times, but I still feel like there's not much to say about this week. I've learned that the best motivation to study for me is a friend sending a message "I've got wine" (or something else, implying having couple of drinks).

Also, we had our flatwarming party yesterday, which was a great success. A lot of people came and seemed to enjoy the party. The most astonishing part was that this morning we had the whole apartment cleaned up by noon. We carried our weight of bottles out and got some fish and chips, so I can't complain.

In IR we've been scared the whole week, and I feel like I could get really depressed easily right now because of it, but it has also made me to remember why I study this discipline. I want to know. It's great, but so scary to hear information you can't really find on your own.

I had a huge list of things I wanted to write about, but I think that there's not too many people reading this anyway, so probably it doesn't really matter.

I actually feel really good right now about my studies, Aberdeen, friends and life.

PS. I can't wait for Milla and Eero to come!

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Is it possible to get a burn out from one week?

This week has been really interesting, and I've been really looking forward to actually start studying and other activities, so I've been pretty much full-booked every day. I find it quite refreshing, especially because last year I got really frustrated of not really doing anything. I started in the Model UN and I've decided to become even more active in Amnesty. Then I've actually got a grip of studying in the library (it's gorgeous! especially compared to the QML or the libraries of UNM), and all in all I feel extremely motivated to do almost anything (I've also managed to apply for some jobs!). It is actually almost scary how motivated I've been, I've managed to get back somewhat healthy sleeping pattern (which I think won't last too long).

There is just one thing that is threatening to completely trash my system, and it's Spanish. I really want to learn it and become fluent in it, but it is going to take so much of time. The course I'm taking now is designed for people who are going to spend the next academic year in a Spanish-speaking country. Because of this, the grammar and vocabulary are the most difficult ones, so these people won't be having problems during next year. For me, it's just an additional "thingy", which I can luckily withdraw from. Because of being on my Junior Honours, every single course from now on is going to affect on my final grade and because Spanish is not part of my degree, I have the option to skip it. I decided that I'm going to try my best with it, but since IR is going to be extremely demanding, we'll see how long I can keep up with it. I realised that after every Spanish class I'm exhausted and lost all the mental power for the rest of the day. It's actually quite scary and makes me a bit depressed.

Another thing, that actually surprised me a lot, is how much parties etc. there has been and will be. It seems that from when I came to the end of this month there has been at least one party every single Friday and Saturday (sometimes on other days too.). I never thought that it would be a bad thing, because I really enjoy seeing all these people again, but yesterday I found my limit. It was really surprising, because I would have had a party that I was really looking forward to, and I really wanted to go, but then I just suddenly felt like I just wanted to spend the evening with a cup of tea on our sofa. I've been so busy, that I've forgotten to have just some quality time with myself. It was probably one of the first times when I was able to read my body and understand what it wanted. Saying no surely wasn't easy for me, as probably most of you know, especially because I was also invited to see couple of movies, but I'm happy that I stayed home and just enjoyed some tea (okay, I went to have dinner with some friends, but after that I came straight home when they went to cinema). I went with the same theme today also, though I knew I should have been reading Spanish. But I made rye bread from the scratch! I'm going to make a great housewife one day (HAHAHAHAHA).

One thing that might tell something of how weary I've been feeling is that I actually had spend sometime today figuring out which country I'm currently in. For a minute I spent wondering whether I was in the States, in Iceland or in Scotland. It was really confusing.

Next week seems pretty full-booked also, but it'll be fine. Because in a week I'm getting two of my favourite people here, Milla and Eero <3 I just realised that I'm having a presentation on the week they're here, but luckily it's just a political profile of Iceland (I thought that would be the easiest topic for me right now, somehow...).

I don't know if this made any sense, I just felt like I had to put some of my thoughts on writing in order to clear them in my head.

Thursday, 29 September 2011

What a start..

The beginning of my new semester didn't go as well as I had planned. I was going to start strong, be active on lectures, do my readings, attend to the socials of different societies (there would have been one on every single day during this week, and most of them would have included wine...) to meet new people and get something new to do outside the lectures, etc.

Well, my body disagreed.

On Sunday evening, I had such a great time with couple of friends with seeing remastered Jurassic Park in cinema (it was AWESOME, I had forgotten how amazing movie it is), then for a pint and back home. When going to sleep, I started to feel cold and it just got stronger and stronger. I had to put on two layers of clothes and my thermal blanket just to stop me shaking from the cold. My stomach started giving me hard time at the same time, so there was no way to fall asleep. On Monday I managed to get through my classes, though at the end of the last one I was hardly able to hold the pen in my hand. The rest of the evening went taking turns with hypothermia and internal sauna, hardly getting out of my bed. Tuesday was better, and because I didn't have any classes I was able just to relax and get myself together. Before in the evening came and it started to go worse again. On Wednesday I finally got myself to the doctor, but because of some bureaucracy I had some things to do before I was able to get the appointment, I went to the library to fill out some paper work. Ale found me from there filling out the papers while sweating and shaking and to make sure I wouldn't pass out walked me back to NHS to reregister for their services. I managed to get some working pills, and after last night I have finally felt good again. Especially today, I've hardly had any problems with my stomach or anything else.

The doctor told me avoid other people for the next 48 hours still, but since my flatmate hasn't caught anything, I should be fine to see people? (I really want to go to Jamie's house warming party and Victor and Ipe's house warming party this weekend, and after spending this week completely inside, I deserve it, right?)

Though the one good thing about having a lot of time to spend at home is that I've gotten into reading again! It was a about time for me to get excited other than Waltari and Stieg Larsson. I've been reading (mainly tonight, and not much to go anymore) To Kill a Mockingbird, and oh, it's such an amazing book! I got it from a charity shop for a pound and it was probably the best purchase this year. I can't really say much of the book, just that I think it's amazing.

Hmm, I guess that's most of what I had to say this time... Now back to the book.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Aberdeen.

Finally, I'm back here. It's been a week since I came back and at almost feels already as if I had never left. It great to come back to your friends as if you had never been away, knowing that they are still there for you. So far I've been mainly catching up with people, been out couple of times (how I've missed the Moorings and Exodus' Motown nights! also, I need to stop mixing absinthe into my drinks), walking around the city and campus, trying to remember what is where and how to get to places, went to the beach (I love that it's only about 5 mins away!), I've went climbing couple of times with Ragnhild and Alex (this might become my new hobby, I've never experienced a day after work out that same powerless feeling as right after in my muscles before), met some new and old people, and the most important, waiting for the classes to start next week!

I love my new flat, and I think that this year is going to be great one, especially with living with Ragnhild.

I don't have much to say about my time in Finland, I saw people and didn't relax as much as I wanted, since I was going to different side of Finland almost every other day (though I noticed that driving 6 hours by yourself is surprisingly relaxing).

Hmm, I'll try to post after I have something to say and definitely after I get my courses started.

Monday, 29 August 2011

Vähiin käy ennenkun loppuu.

I had a lot of fancy plans of posting things about Iceland, but I kind of don't feel like doing it now and I think that it is not the same if I do it after I've returned to Finland, so I'll just post about things that I'm going to miss after leaving this country.

Here's some main things, we'll see how far I get.

I'm going to miss:

Grettisgata

Reykjavík


All the wonderful people that I have met


My room

Youtube-parties

Weird nights in/Weird "let's do something"-nights out

My roommates, especially having Birger to spend those "auughrdmbdsh"-evenings/days with within 5 meters.

Street art


Sun sets and light summer nights


Ölsmiðjan and it's wonderful bartender who always tried to have a conversation with me even though I had absolutely no idea what he was talking about

Dillon and those "Let's go for a 'couple'"-evenings in there

Kaffibarinn, though I didn't make it there in the last month

Den Danske Kro and it's great terrace

Sneaky cookie-breaks with Siri at work

Trying to pronounce Icelandic words in the proper way

Waterfalls


Landscape


Beaches


Great little cafes


Elves, trolls and other mythological creatures


etc.
Anyway, it's been a great summer, though it was not my dream job. I was asked to come back to that job next year, so if I don't get anything else, who knows if I find myself from here again in a year?


Also, some songs that will probably remind me from this summer for a long time.

This, definitely this, and these two.


Skál Ísland!



(2 days until Finland!!)