maanantai 19. helmikuuta 2018

All good here

Long time no hear! I have been extremely busy while settling back to life in Finland. Obviously so busy, that the whole January just passed by. And nearly the whole February as well. In my defense, I was doing a lot - so much that I simply forgot the whole existence of my blog.  

For a moment, let's get back to my Christmas holidays. As I mentioned earlier, we were spending our holidays in the Czech Republic with Ivo's family and friends. After Christmas, we were doing several visitations, and I got to visit yet another beautiful city, Valašské Meziříčí. Yes, the name of the city is as hard to pronounce as it looks like. 
As we got to enjoy bit of the snow during our holidays, some of us wanted to go to skiing. Well, yours truly who has the balance of a giraffe was not that exited of the idea getting hospitalized, and was rather fond with the idea of warm coffee and some walking around the area. I met with an old friend, Pavel, who kept me company in a meanwhile. He kindly showed me around and as he was the old employee of the place, he knew all the coolest places. Suddenly I found myself from the kindergarten surrounded by children, who wanted to colour with me. Tak, proč ne?  

On the New Years Eve we were once again reunited with our squad. Tiia flew from Germany, and Iitu from Finland to Gdansk - from where they took a bus to Warsaw, from where we collected them with Iivo. We had a casual evening with surprisingly long morning on the next day. Me, an experienced Warsaw quide after all of the visitors during my stay, took them to see the main sights and all of my favorite places. After Warsaw we continued to Gdansk (I am there too often), to spend two days before going back to Finland. 

Back in Finland! What a strange feeling. Although I knew I would have to go back to Poland within a month to do one more exam and return my keys, it was still the time to integrate back to home again. And it was not the easiest process. I am not saying that there is that huge difference between Finland and Poland, but still quite huge change again to get used to. The first thing I noticed, was that suddenly I was able to understand everything happening around me. Sounds pretty normal, right? Well, after few months in a country where you had just silently accepted the fact that you are not able to understand anything, this seemed rather strange. And not necessarily in the good way. I will most likely write an own blog post from those differences after some time has passed.

Finnish winter was also presenting itself as its best, as we were having extremely beautiful and cold January this year. Don't know whether I am becoming more adult, but the idea of having the cold winter is not that repulsive anymore, as during my teenage years. I was looking forward to get back to Vaasa, where I would spend the next week or so with Iitu's caring company. Soon the sentence "once Erasmus, always Erasmus" started to make sense, as I again found myself making friends from the old and the new exchange students. And what would be a better way to start your semester than having a spontaneous pyjama party (or two...)? After meeting my thesis supervisor, the schedule for my spring started to form - and the day of defending my thesis is now confirmed. Only the most important thing still is missing, the thesis itself. Two months to go.   
In Vaasa, I moved to my new home. The location was easy to choose, since I had already been convinced from my friends previous experiences. So, against all the warnings I heard when I moved to Vaasa for the first time, I officially became a resident of Olympia. Varfor Paris, vi har ju Olympia? My apartment is actually really cool, it is a penthouse from where I have a marvellous view to my kingdom. The only minus point in my apartment is the fact, that the thing most similar to any kind of table is a chair loaned from Iitu... But on the other hand - who needs furnitures?
During January and February I also was spending time in Jyväskylä, a city slowly becoming more familiar and important to me. The rule of Erasmus-life also applies there, and so is the life in Jyväskylä filled with usually overly czechoslovakiased meetings. Never have I ever felt myself more unique, as in the 'Visegrad-party' where I, the weird local, was the only Finn present. At some point the temperature in Jyväskylä went down to -22 celcius, and I was enjoying every second. I bought my own skates to be able to enjoy this cold winter as much as possible, and so we went to skate to the ice of Jyväsjärvi, the local lake. I also had my birthday in January, when I turned 23. Apparently my wishes had been heard, and I am now practising my career as a Polaroid artist. Díky <3 
In the beginning of February, once more I had to return to Poland. One more time I found myself flying the distance between Turku-Gdansk-Turku, which is cheap yes, but exhausting considering the fact that I need to travel in both countries to get to my actual location. Oh well. I managed to pass my oral exam, with a bit of luck. People, never underestimate the importance of the Maastricht Treaty. Yet one more time we gathered to Pawilony with my Warsaw-squad with promises of meeting again. And surely we will, I have no doubts on that. And yet one more happy time I did a trip with the night Polskibus - and if the world didn't seem small enough before, it surely did when Ivo's Erasmus friend from Jyväskylä was doing exactly the same trip from Warsaw to Jyväskylä as me. 
Last weekend we did a trip with Ivo to Jämsä. I've discovered that one of the best things of living in the same country, is the possibility to go to these spontaneous weekend holidays together. Ivo wanted to see the world's second best rally track, which happen to locate next to my childhood neighbourhood. So we had a plan set, and we travelled to Jämsä which was basically around the corner with only the distance of 59 kilometers from Jyväskylä. About the rally track and driving itself, some of us were more exited than the others. Not to mention any names, but I had to take few deep breaths to handle the adrenaline rush caused by few tricky turns and jumps. Ivo, you will make a great rally driver one day for sure, I have my every faith in you.

Since I am now finally in Finland, and my Erasmus-semester has ended, I came to think about the future of my blog. I still have few things to write about Warsaw, and about the studies, as soon as I have time to do that. Additionally, I am going to write about these differences which I've noticed after returning to Finland, but its time is not yet. I am not sure how exclusively I will write here afterwards, but possibly I will keep it as my traveling blog - or just to inform you if there would be something important happening. We'll see!


keskiviikko 24. tammikuuta 2018


The past year has been an interesting one. Probably, at the same time, the most educating, rewarding, challenging and surprising year - over all a good one. If someone would've told me in the beginning of 2017, how much things were about to change, I wouldn't have believed them.

In the past year some paths came to their end while new ones started, the idea about what I want to study and whatnot started to form. I visited my upcoming home country in the beginning of January, and eventually made that country my home. I've had the opportunity to see more Europe this year than ever before, and broaden my knowledge of other cultures and people from around the world.

This year deserved an own blog post, because I simply want to rewise what were the highlights of my year 2017. I will include pictures from my Snap-memories to this post: random, funny or important moments captured during the year. I am welcoming the year 2018 with an open mind - hoping that it would be as great as the previous one!


On January 2017, I turned 22. We made a trip to Krakow with Iiris and Tiia to see Green Day performing live at Tauron Arena. We were also reunited with Ivo in Krakow, and so we continued our journey to his home city, Ostrava, for the first time. Before Ostrava we visited Auschwitz, which was probably one of the most important places I've seen until this day. After Ostrava, I got a chance to see Prague briefly, before I flew to home.

On January, I started my process with applying for exchange studies. It was the day after I returned from Prague to home, when I realized that the deadline for the application would be within a week. So, where I wanted to study? I didn't have a spesific country in my mind where I would've liked to spend a semester, so I started to look options based on programmes. My first choice was to study German in Zlín, but it changed soon to International Relations in Warsaw - mainly because I was done with linguistics for a while.


On February, me and Tiia were spending quality time together in Vaasa after half of our squad had left the city. This meant multiple parties, long nights in Hullu Pullo (R.I.P), starting a project called "Tatra Tea" and procrastinating at the University. I was also working the whole winter, and earning some money for the upcoming travels. On February, Ivo suddenly returned to Finland for a while. We were spending time in Tampere with him and Tiia, and we visited the Sky Bar where the event related to "best nine euros ever spent" happened. We continued to Helsinki where I showed Ivo how Finns like to entertain theirselves - so I took him to an Estonian Cruise.


On the beginning of March, the law of marriage equality came to force in Finland. 🌈 My March was full of working, and also a bit of studying - living a typical Vaasa life. I again did a trip to Ostrava, since it was terribly long since I had seen Ivo for the last time. We visited Hradec Nad Moravici, and I got to meet Ivo's family. It was one of the first times I travelled abroad alone, and I was terribly stressed. But I managed it well, from Prague to Ostrava and back just fine! Even though I managed somehow to sit next to the most social person in the train, who wanted to chat with me, naturally in czech... #mluvíteanglicky


On April me and Tiia finished our "Tatra Tea" project. I started to play piano again after a long break, and I was surprised how fast it was to return to my previous level. We did a France trip with the squad, from Paris to Troyes. Since Iitu was studying in Troyes, we wanted to visit her - a perfect excuse to travel. First we set up a meeting in Paris, where we spend few unforgettable days exploring the city and the sights. It was my first time in there, and the city was absolutely amazing. Afterwards we went to Troyes, and got to see Iitu's University and all the local places - drinking lots of wine outside, eating warm baguettes and enjoying the warm spring weather.


May started in happy way, as we had the typical finnish spring weather on the eve of May Day (Vappu) ((it was snowing)). Vappu is the main student event in whole year, so we were obviously pissed. This didn't slow us down though, we put our overalls on and went outside anyways. On the actual May Day there was already a better weather, which was suspiciously continuing almost the whole month. On May, I was mainly studying and working and eagerly waiting for summer, as we had plans to go for a roadtrip.


On June, we did a trip to our summerplace with Ivo, Pavel and Iitu. It was a warm period of otherwise quite shitty summer, so I am glad we were there at that time. We were swimming, eating and enjoying sauna, and casually stalking people with binoculars (and not to forget cookies and wine). Afterwards we went to Alajärvi, to see from where Iitu is. With Iivo, we did a short visitation to Stockholm. Later on June was the event I had been waiting for the long time: Biffy Clyro's concert! I was at the second road and I swear, they heard me singing, since me and the guy next to me where loud as fuck. They were pointing to us and said "fucking beautiful singing over there" <3


July was a combination of working, and holidays, since my holidays began on the middle of July. The first half was filled with hard working and also the long waited event - the new season of Game of Thrones was launched. The second part was more exiting, as we finally went to our roadtrip with Iitu and Ivo. First we met in Prague, where we spend two days before going to Ostrava. We attended to the Colours of Ostrava, and were partying four days straight - and you could see that the day after Colours when we were accidently clanking our coffee mugs together...

The first stop in our roadtrip was in Wroclaw, Poland. The next stop was in Sompolno, where we met our friend Oskar, who is from there. In Sompolno we were treated like celebrities, since foreigners visiting in their relatively small town, was something new. With Osku we continued to Poznan, where we spend two days or so, before moving to Berlin. In Berlin we met Ivo's cousin Martin, who showed us around the city. After Berlin, we continued our journey through Dresden to Karlovy Vary.  From there we went to Brno where we had quite spontaneous and unforgettable party, and survived to Ostrava in the same night/morning. We continued our journey with Iitu to Vienna, which was a lovely city but unfortunately +36 of degrees was a bit too much to handle. The summary of roadtrip would be too much fried cheese and the legendary joke about "not everything green is safe".


On August I had my few last shifts in work. I started to pack my things from Vaasa, and finally in the end of the August I moved out. It was the end of an era, since me and Aleksi were living together in total over three years! Later in August, for some unknown reason, Ivo moved back to Finland. To do his second Erasmus to be more spesific, in Jyväskylä. I also integrated myself quite smartly to Jyväskylä, and gained few friends from there in a meanwhile, and got to experience a bit of Erasmus life before even starting my own.


On September, when I was officially homeless for the first two weeks, I was traveling between Helsinki, Tampere, Jyväskylä and Vaasa to be with my friends and family. Then it was time for me to move to Warsaw. I was extremely terrified, but somehow on the day when I had to leave, it didn't feel like a bad idea after all. After I arrived to Warsaw I was momentarily clueless what to do, alone in a new city. Luckily University started on the next day, and I met my friends on the very first lecture of our intensive Polish Course. Later in September, I attended on a trip in Hungary and Romania.


On October, my Warsaw life started to get normal. Meaning that my lectures were all going on, and the normal life started to form. I started my gym membership. We had some parties with Warsaw-squad and Polish Vodka. I was enjoying the autumn in Warsaw, the last warm moments, and spending time in library by studying. At the same time, I was spending my time as a tourist in my own city, since in Warsaw there are numerous sights to see and things to try. Later in October, I travelled to Finland - and had nice relaxing holidays with my family and my friends. 


November was pretty much filled with the planning of my next semester. First when I arrived to Warsaw my plan was to extend my studies for the second semester, but I reached the conclusion that I rather want to graduate from Vaasa on time. This meant lot of work from me, since I needed to figure out how to write my thesis in such a rush. On November, I was studying a lot since surprisingly they were expecting that also from us, Erasmus-students... Later on November, I got visitors to Warsaw - when Ivo and my friends from Czech Republic arrived. 


In December, I was hanging out in Starbucks more than I would like to admit, and drank numerous cappuchinos while I was working with my essays and studies. I attended the independence-day celebration organized on behalf of Finnish Embassy in Warsaw. I was in the concert of Enter Shikari, and remembered how fun it actually is to go to concerts alone. We were spending my last normal day in Warsaw by eating piles of food, and taking embarrassing tourist photos. My Finnish Friends came to Gdansk, and we travelled to Cracow. We were hyping over the new Star Wars. I travelled to Ostrava to spend the Christmas with Ivo and his family, and we spent our holidays by meeting relatives and friends. On New Years eve, we went to Warsaw, where we celebrated the change of year with the squad. 🎇

2018 - bring it on!

lauantai 30. joulukuuta 2017

Veselé Vánoce!

Greetings from Ostrava, from a happy and over-fed Iiris. I am truly overwhelmed by the hospitality and kindness I've encountered during my short stay in Czech Republic. After few intensive days of celebrating Christmas, it is time slowly get back to the routines. Just for few days though, before welcoming the year 2018 by celebrating it in Warsaw with my squad!

Just to make sure I wouldn't miss any chance to celebrate, I arranged an after Christmas to myself for the time I return back to Finland - because simply, I cannot be a year without Finnish Christmas food. It is quite hard to even think about eating now though, since I have celebrated the Christmas in typical way, by eating a lot. And I mean, a lot.
We were spending the Christmas Eve in Hradec Nad Moravicí with Ivo's family. They were kind and welcomed me to take part in their family Christmas. Otherwise I would have spend the Christmas alone in Warsaw, since I didn't have enough time to go back to Finland between the Christmas and New Years Eve. But fortunately, I could spent my holidays with Ivo's! Mockrát děkuji. <3
On Christmas Eve, we woke up slowly, and ate some Vánočka for breakfast. Vánočka is like our pullapitko, typical pastry which is offered on Christmas. With butter, for some reason, it was even better. Even though the "butter" they eat in Czech Republic is weird, because it is sweet, rather than salty. Well, on the other hand I've heard that the Finnish salty version is strange for Czechs - so I guess again you tend to prefer things what you're used to :D
We had a traditional Czech Christmas dinner, fried carp and potato salad. The potato salad I am used to eat, is rather horrible dish which you can buy ready from the stores. We in Finland are usually eating it as a side on New Year's Eve and on Vappu. It does not really help the situation that it reminds me of a certain New Year's Eve on 2010, when I was not feeling that well, because of the combination of that and salty liquorise liquor. However, the Czech version of potato salad on the other hand was self-made, and really different from the one I'm used to. There are lot of different methods to make the salad, various ways starting from how to cut the vegetables to the usage of mayonnaise - but I guess the main point is that you make tons of it. Fried carp was also very tasty, and even as a vegetarian in favor of vegan food, I enjoyed the meal a lot.
After a meal it was time for the appearance of Ježíšek. Unlike I'm used to, the gift were brought by Baby Jesus, rather than Santa. The shock moment for me was to discover that not all people know that Santa is from Finland. The image of American version of Santa Claus is rather dominant, and his real origins are often unknown. The battle between Santa Claus and Ježíšek caused lot of discussions, and arguments, which one is better. Conclusion was, they are both pretty creepy. :D
One tradition concerning the Christmas Eve in Czech Republic is that if you don't eat anything between lunch (typically polévka, a soup) and the main dinner - you are able to see a flying pig in the sky! Well, we didn't see a flying pig but actually we did see a shooting star. After the main dinner there was still place for cukroví, sweet small cookies, from which of course I had to taste every single flavour. And then do the other round with my favourites (meaning all of them).
The following days were filled with eating and spending time with Ivo's family. Everyday I would say I'm unable to eat more, and everyday I would find myself taking another and another offered cukroví until the point I could not eat more. I got to learn a lot of Czech Christmas traditions as I got to be part of them. I had a special Christmas, the first ever spend anywhere else than in home, and the first one spend in other country. Ivo's family was sweet to take me as a part of their christmas, even though I don't (yet) speak Czech in understandable way. But, to be honest, I am starting to understand it, a bit. If it is being speaked pomááálu.

In the next post I will tell more Czech stories, and explain what we did on the days between Christmas and New Years!

Na shledanou,
- Iiris

maanantai 25. joulukuuta 2017

Päivän sana slaavi, fuck skandinaavi

First of all, where did the time go? I am currently (19.12) spending my last "normal day" here in Warsaw, as I am leaving tomorrow to spend Christmas to Ostrava. Next time I'll come back here, it will be only for holidays, and I will have the whole squad here for new years. Then I will return to Finland. It feels sad to leave the Warsaw-life behind, but I really need to return to Vaasa and start to focus on my thesis.
Last week my Suomi-Squad visited me in Poland. Aada unfortunately fell sick just day before the journey, so she had to stay home - but Aleksi and Taru were able to come to Gdansk. Eventually, I mean. Their first flight was cancelled because of the snow storm in Finland. As if that would've ever stopped anything in Finland though, I am a bit disappointed... :D Well, I had a day in Gdansk with myself and I managed to do some minor progress with my thesis in a meanwhile. Also I had a room for six people just for myself, no big deal, a basic day.
The next day finally my friends got to their flight, and so I went to the airport to pick them up. We had scheduled one day to spend in Gdansk, so I took they through the main sights. We went to eat Pierogi's in Mandu, which we discovered a good place last time in Gdansk with Ivo. My friends were amazed of the prices, which are starting to feel scarily normal for me, I will have hard time to face the prices in Finland again...
On the evening we had a flight to Krakow. I usually never fly with domestic flights, but actually the flight was way much cheaper than the train would've been, and it took four hours less. As we wanted to save some time, and money, the choice was easy. When we reached Krakow, the first essential thing was to have a drink in Bania Luka. (The infamous bar where I almost died in January, it was good to be back!).

We had actually some really exiting programme, since the new Star Wars had its premiere. Naturally, we needed to see it immediately, so I booked the tickets in advance for us. AND OH MY GOD. The film. I am still processing what I saw, but if you haven't seen it yet, please do as soon as possible.

Krakow was as amazing as I remembered. I was there almost an year ago, and surprisingly well I remembered the places. We were shamelessly acting as touristic way as we could, and so we took annoying pictures with, well, everything. Thanks for Aleksi, now I have a terrible urge to buy a Polaroid-camera, since it might be the coolest thing ever. Can I?

We spend two days in Krakow, and it was totally enough since we were walking almost the whole time. Of course, we also had to try their trams because someone wise once said that "whenever you are in new city, always try the tram". And cool trams they had. Really nice.

It was a pleasure for me to show Poland to my friends, who had never been there. Next time we will see each other in Finland, quite soon, but to have them in my current home country was special to me. Now I have terribly much things to organize before I can relax, and start to get to the Christmas spirit. So probably, I'll be in the spirit somewhere around February. No, but to be honest, I am really exited about this Christmas. I'll get to see Czech Christmas, with its traditions, can't wait!

Do widzenia,

maanantai 11. joulukuuta 2017

Suomi 100

This independence day was anything but traditional for me. I am not a biggest fan of traditions, as some of you may well know, but I'm used to celebrate independence day in a certain way. Including good food, Finlandia and Linnan Juhlat. At least it has been a day off, and a certain point between autumn and Christmas. This year was extraordinary. It was obviously like a normal day here in Poland, so I had lectures. Well, okay. I knew that there was going to be an event on the evening, so I was not as unpleased as I could've been.  As I mentioned in the earlier post, Finnish Embassy in Warsaw was organizing the event on 6.12. to celebrate Finland's 100th independence day. There was also another possibility to get to the celebration spirit, as many cities around the globe, including Warsaw, were illuminating their venues and buildings to congratulate Finland.
The event itself was held in Old Orangery, located in Lazienski Park. We had a slightly different opinion with my map, what was still considered to be 'in Lazienski Park', but after a while searching the place, in the rain, with my fancy dress, I found it - stylishly twenty minutes late. The programme started at 7pm with a cocktail hour, and the menu was designed to represent Finnish flavours. They were offering dishes including reindeer meat, whitefish, Karelian pies and "breadcheese" with cloudberry jam just to mention few of them. I had hard time to find a translation for leipäjuusto, since the straight translation sounds just stupid. Google is offering me a word "Finnish squeaky cheese", which is actually quite well expressed!
Since the only Finn I knew from Poland, Tuuli, was going to London on the next day - I went to the event by myself. I decided to socialize a bit, since it would've been too boring just to get drunk alone. I did something really untypical, and started a conversation with few girls who looked around my age. It turned out that they were studying Medicine in Bialystok, and most of them had been living in Poland for several years already. In this "tiny town" Bialystok, they have a relatively huge community of Finns, which I found weird, since I haven't been able to find a single Finn from the city as huge as Warsaw. Well of course now when they were gathered to the same place, it was much easier, and I eventually met two Warsawian Finns!
After the cocktail hour, the event continued with the programme. We somehow managed to acquire the best places of the whole venue at the balcony. But since no one threw us out, nor came to claim the places, we stayed. First we heard the national anthems of both Finland and Poland. They were followed by the video messages from President of Finland Sauli Niinistö and President of Poland Andrzej Duda. The programme continued with the speech of the Ambassador, and ended up to a short concert of Sibelius's music. The musicians were awfully skilled young Finns - we were impressed.
With Bialystok-squad, who quickly adopted me to their group, we continued to a restaurant. It was a good call since I could not eat that much in the event, for obvious reasons. One guy from the group turned out to be from the same small area in Tampere where I've also lived, and we found out that we've been hanging out in same groups before! Again I had the feeling that the world is so small. At some point of the evening, I started to wonder how absurd it was so spend the whole evening with the people I had just met. Sometimes it takes just a small push out from your comfort zone and you end up to the weirdest situations, potentially leading to something good. As they said: "Well, you happened to pick a good table" - I surely did!
In a meanwhile, Finland was celebrating the independence day in traditional way. At least most of the people. I read about the demonstrations, and to not go too detailed in those, strictly speaking I do not think those demonstrations should be part of the independence day (or any other day in that matter...) Demonstrations such as 612 and "Kohti Vapautta" were luckily smaller than expected, nevertheless I still find it, slightly saying, disturbing that nazis and fasicsts are able to walk under these slogans, freely in Finland. Despite these marginal demonstrations, I am glad how these issues are being dealed with right now in the court. The Nordic Resistance Movement was banned and convicted illegal in the end of November.

Maybe the fact that I've been living abroad for awhile now, has helped me to appreciate Finland in a -different way. Some things I've taken in granted, but the distance has helped me to see features that are unique to Finland compared to other countries. I am grateful for our honest society, honest people who you can trust. You can leave your wallet to the bus, and know that there is a higher possibility to get it back than not. I am grateful for the safe, clean and peaceful environment where I've had a privilege to grow. I am grateful to have benefitted from one the world's best education systems. I am proud for being from a country which was and is a pioneer with fighting for equal rights and gender equality. My Finland is multicultural, tolerant and respectful.
Myös oman äidinkielen merkityksellisyys on korostunut ulkomailla asuessani. Suomen kieli on luonteeltaan erityislaatuinen - kieliopillisesti sukupuolineutraali, rikas ja vivahdeherkkä, ja juuri nämä seikat tekevät siitä minulle erityisen rakkaan. Olen onnekas että olen saanut oppia suomea ensimmäisenä kielenä, ja käyttää sitä itseilmaisuni välineenä.

Hyvää itsenäisyyspäivää, Suomi 100 vuotta sekä hyvää itsenäisyyspäivää suomalaisille ja suomalaismielisille! <3

tiistai 28. marraskuuta 2017

Warszawa with dear guests

I got to spend some time with my friends from the Czech Republic, as they visited Warsaw about two weeks ago. Ivo arrived on Wednesday followed by the rest of the group arriving on Thursday afternoon, after some troubles with the Polish railways - how unexpected! It was their first time in Warsaw, and I, a local with the experience of few months, was more than delighted to be their quide.

So I took my guests to some of the necessary places,
starting from my favorite milk bar to the Lazienski park and the (in)famous shotbar Chupito. The principle of the bar is that you need to point what you want, and hope for the best. You cannot really guess the taste since the shots have names such as LOL and Pikachu. We took the part of the Old Town's Free Walkative Tour, which was in my opinion extremely interesting. I learned lot of new things about Warsaw's history I didn't know before, and I would recommend everyone who's visiting Warsaw to take part on this tour to learn about the city in more detailed way. It's starting everyday 10.30am from Zygmunt’s Column on the Castle Square and it's free of charge! We also visited the Cultural Palace but somehow we didn't quite reach the viewing terrace - next time we'll manage to do that, for sure ;)

Others left on Friday evening, but luckily Ivo stayed with me until the next Thursday. We did some essential Ivo-sightseeing, so we travelled around with trams and metro. With the best possible company (and terribly overpriced coffee from Costa) it was rather nice activity. We visited the railway museum which had a cool backyard full of old locomotives - creating the nice contrast between the city and its skyscrapers right next to the place.

We visited the Uprising Museum, which was probably one of best museums where I've been in Warsaw -  educating and interesting place with well built exhibition. It'd be another place to visit if you'd ever find yourself from Warsaw, admission on Sundays is free. After the museum we went to eat pierogis because obviously, when in Poland, you need to eat them as much as you can! Especially if and when you have only one month left in the country...

On Wednesday we headed to Gdansk. As did the first snow this year, winter is here. It was relaxing to spend time in Gdansk, after the busy week in capital. We had enough time to check all the essential places in the old town, and we also somehow managed to end up to a middle of an advertisement shooting. Not that we would have minded, but it happened that they'd decided to build their set right in front of our hostel, so our access there was denied. But clever as we are, we just basically went around the set and managed to sneak to our room.

Next day Ivo flew back to the cold country and I stayed in Gdansk for couple more hours. It was enough time to take a tram to an important location, as you can see from the picture above. #onlyfunforfinns. Soon it is December and my final month here begins. Still I got lot of studying to do, not to mention about essays - and when I'll be back in Finland it is finally time to concentrate on my thesis. On the next week there will be an important day, 6.12., when Finland will celebrate its 100th independence day. I have a plan to attend an independence day event held in Warsaw's Finnish Embassy. It is the first time I'm abroad during the independence day, and even though traditionally the main programme of the day has not been fancier than to watch other people shaking hands, it would feel weird not to celebrate at all.

Do widzenia,

(ps. I was not trying to escape, but I saw some ducks over there.<3 )

maanantai 13. marraskuuta 2017


I witnessed the event everyone told me to stay away. Here are pictures from last Saturday, when Poles were celebrating their independence day. At least in some cities. Here in Warsaw on the other hand, there was a massive demonstration, march of fascists and neo-nazis. The amount of people marching in their rows left me speechless. Angry people shouting to the ones who were - and will not be there. Scared people (including me), scared from their hostile message and behaviour. They warned me not to go outside, but I wanted to see it with my own eyes. They were right - such a sad sight.  

All good here

Long time no hear! I have been extremely busy while settling back to life in Finland. Obviously so busy, that the whole January just passed ...