A flu, a test week and a tired blogger.

A week ago, on Friday, my cousin's (who's also my godmother) older daughter came to visit us. It was great to see her, she's almost like a second little sister of mine. But she kinda makes me feel old - I remember when she was born and now she's eleven...  
On Saturday we went to the horse stable with her, my sister and my mom. She likes horses and riding, but doesn't get opportunity to ride too often - so we decided to take her to see Nalle, horse that my sister is taking care of once a week. Nalle is usually then kindest and laziest horse ever, but now when he should have been nice, he wasn't... But everything went still fine and we had good time.
Saturday evening we spent eating everything not so healthy and just spending time together. On Sunday we went to a swimming hall - it's been something like two years since I was there last time. Swimming isn't my thing anymore, even thought I loved to do it when I was younger.
This week has been the third test week of the school year. I have had only English test, Tuesday I had off (but I had to work with my Extended Essay) and still I have loads to do. I should write two chemistry lab reports (another one is almost ready as I wrote it this morning!). I wrote my CAS hours to my CAS diary as well today. I should read to chemistry exam and do something for Finnish oral presentation. 
Yesterday was awful as well - I'm having a flu, but I really had to go to school at 8:15 and stay until 15:30 as we had a Group4 project about sciences. Doing it was actually okay, but the long day didn't help me to get better.
And if that's not enough, I should revise a bit what I've learned this week in the driving school. I started taking theory lessons last Monday (four out of nineteen done already) and I've enjoyed it. I was waiting serious studying and really hard stuff to learn, but everything has been simple and nice so far and people working there are really friendly. 
So, that's about my life lately. Now I really have to go to bed, as I woke up 6:50 today. I would have wanted to sleep longer, but I just couldn't as I felt so bad. Whole body aching and sore throat. But the only way is up, life just can't get more exhausting and hectic anymore. 

What's up?

Written 23.1.2015
It's Friday. I'm sitting in our classroom, on our sofa that was bought with a pack of coffee and some chocolate. Others are having either physics or psychology, I'm having a skip and just hanging here. School's laptop is okay, music is great and I'm just too lazy to start doing something useful instead of writing this post.
This week has been really cold one, today it was -24 degrees when I left home after nine o'clock. Yesterday friend of mine happened to come to school and back by car and I got a lift. Today I came by bike and it wasn't as bad as I thought! But still I think I'm gonna spend afternoon in school instead of biking back home around three and coming back around six (when the bus arrives) to meet my cousin's daughter who's visiting us over the weekend. 
Next week is gonna be hopefully a bit warmer - the third test week of the year is starting on Monday as well. If I counted correctly, I have only three tests - English, Finnish and chemistry. Seems to be easy, but I have only one day off as for example in biology we're doing labs and three afternoons are booked for G4 project - the group work done with other science students. 
Other ways the life is as normal as always - my boyfriend has been exchanging emails with the place we're going to go to work next summer. I'm so excited about this, flights booked and it's sure that there's a job. The returning flight should still be bought, but it can wait until the working weeks and days are decided conclusively. So nothing else for this time, just a short "how life is going"-post today!
ps. All pics © Mattis excluding the first one!
pps. I got to publish this on Saturday, hopefully the talk about Friday didn't confuse you too much...

Throwback Thursday; New Forest

As I've been visiting England several times, I've seen more than just London. One of the best places I've been, is New Forest. (Actually I've visited there three times!) It's an area in southern England, that is known as well as a National Park. For me as a horse girl it's been worth for visiting, as there's the population of freely living new forest ponies. 
(That's what I looked like something like two or three years ago...)
The place is great, as it differs from other parts of England I've seen. It's an awesome mixture of old, beautiful buildings, expensive lifestyle (as there's loads of houses, that are definitely owned by wealthier people, and nice cars as well) and nature. Besides ponies, there are also cows, donkeys and pigs (even though I've never seen pigs myself)  wandering around by themselves. And all of those animals are totally okay with cars, people respect them and everything seems to work well.
And for someone, who's not so interested into horses, there's lot to see and do also. Small, nice villages are beautiful. One of my favourites is Burley, even if it's not really tiny one. They have a certain theme going on there - witches and witchcraft everywhere and it's adorable! And in Burley, there's a pub called The Queen's Head - the best fish and chips that I've ever had. 
If you decide to go to New Forest, you should plan in at least a one whole day for your visit. It takes a couple of hours to get there by car (if there's no huge traffic jams in your way...)  from the London area and as it's located on the southern side of England, it's really easy to continue your journey to the coast.  
I've had mainly positive experiences of New Forest and I would suggest it to anyone, who wants to see something else than London! Great and unique place to visit for sure. 

Flights again!

Heya!

It's been a while since I last posted. I've been quite tired during the week and haven't really had anything to write over here - but still I have a few ideas about what to post, I should just make them real... Anyway everything is fine; the past week included school, horses, girls night-out with my best friend and so on. As normal as always. But today we finally bought the first flights!
Last time I talked about how annoying booking flights sometimes is. Now the stress is gone even though we didn't get the flights for Sunday as planned, but Monday the 8th is almost as nice. So, next June I'm heading to England for the sixth time in my life. This stay is just a few days, but that's better than nothing. England is just the place that I love and it's great to get to show some of my absolute favourite things to my boyfriend (who's flying with me). 

Then after those days in England we're heading to Germany! So the flight is leaving on Saturday 13th and then the next week we'll start in our summer-job. It's now sure that we have a job there, but all the details have to be still clarified. The date when we're flying back to Finland is still open, but we're spending at least three weeks in Germany for sure. 
And if talking about money (as at least I do like it when a blogger shares her budget for a trip and so on). Helsinki-London flight was 41 euros each and London-Munich flight was 62 euros each. We saved around 25 euros as we decided that we'll survive with only one luggage that has a maximum weight of 20kg. And that's all about financials. 

So as a conclusion - I couldn't be happier and more exited! I'm making my dreams come true now and it's nothing but awesome. 
You will most probably hear about the next summer more or less during the spring time, but that's it for this time. Now I'm heading to bed, even if I have a late morning tomorrow as school starts at 9:45 (normally it's 8:15...)

Do you have any plans for the next summer, or do you like to do your planning later on? Any travelling or working somewhere ahead?

Booking flights.

Now I'm a bit pissed off. Flights. I need to get flights, as cheap as possible and please, without stop-over and if there's one, please not over night. A return costs 141 euros, direct flights both ways. A one-way ticket costs 78 euros and there's a stop-over. Okay, that's fine, I can handle it. The stop-over lasts over fourteen hours. It's over night, should sleep, should eat. Oh gosh no. The direct flight costs over 800 euros. No thanks. 
I would say that I'm pretty good in finding cheap flights. I've searched for them so many times, last summer we flew a round between Helsinki-Oslo-London-Helsinki with under 150 euros per head. Only direct flights, two out of three with humane times and matching with trains and stuff. But now. Seriously, what's wrong with this, why can't I just find cheap and easy, nice flights.
I'd like to book three flights. Two different countries to visit. That's why the return ticket isn't the optimal choice. I've tried to search everywhere. I've gone through those many websites like momondo, opodo and vertaa.fi. None of them can find me suitable flights. I've checked the page of Norwegian. No cheap options. So frustrating and this makes no sense to me. How can the one-way non-stop flight to the destination cost over 800 euros, when the return ticket over there costs only 140 euros? 
Probably I just have to accept the stop, or plan again. Anyways, there's still so many moving pieces in the game that maybe it's just okay that I'm not buying flights just yet. But soon they should be bought, as I know from experience that if you delay the decision, the perfect 50 euros flight will be gone and replaced by 100 euros flight. 

This kind of things I really want to plan on time, and now the situation is annoying, when everything is not about me.. But let's see, this is (hopefully) gonna have a happy ending!

P.s. Okay, I don't even know why the long stop-over has started to annoy also me so much, as I know that I'm able to spend time in the airport, sleep where-ever it's needed and so on. But it just annoys and the thing that should be the best thing ever (as booking flights is always great) isn't so nice at the moment. Blah. 

Some Japanese

written 18.12.2014
I have to admit, that I've never been really interested in Asian countries or cultures over all. It just isn't the part of the world for me that I want to get know better - but lately I've "been forced" to take a look to that direction too. Of course I've always thought that I'd like to visit Japan and China and stuff at the some point of my life, but it's never been a dream. Until now. It's still not a dream or something that I admire - my heart belongs in the Europe (or at least I think so) - but it's started to interest me somehow.

This change started, when I started IB. I have one Chinese classmate and small pieces of the culture have reached me. Couple of months ago I started changing emails with a guy from China and it's been a really fruitful conversation so far - hopefully our pen-pal friendship is gonna last. And not so long ago, once we were having some kind of night out with my awesome classmates and we happened to meet a Japanese guy. Who happened to be an exchange teacher from Japan, teaching here and exploring Finnish school-system during this year. (By the way. When I met him, I realized again how small the world actually is and how weird life sometimes might be, as when we started chatting, we quickly found out that we have common friends - including one guy from America!) And now I'm taking part in his Japanese classes once a week.

So far I've learned some basic, useful basic stuff as "konnichiwa" (hello) and "arigato" (thank you). We've also studied very basic things related to grammar and how to make sentences - it's not that hard language in the end! Of course those Japanese and Chinese characters are really difficult and the pronunciation for a Finn is hard, but the simplicity of making sentences like "I am Fiia", "You're nice" and "Is she beautiful?"  surprised me as they all can formed using same formula.

Besides studying the language, we've been getting to know the culture a bit more. As I know pretty much nothing about Japan - only things like there's a lot of people and a lot of crazy inventions and many place names are familiar for me - I've learned many new things. Such as KitKat is available in two hundred different flavors and everything is cheaper than here. We also made origami one lesson and it was such a great fun.

So, again I noticed that it's best to never say never. If you would have asked me some months ago am I gonna study Japanese this year, I would have said no. But here I am. And even if the main point of the course isn't to learn as much as possible, I am pretty sure that even the smallest knowledge of a language is always good. In this globalized world we're living, it's useful to know what's going on in the other side of the globe.  And nobody knows am I gonna find myself living in Japan one day - if I do I'm not gonna be so lost. Hopefully.

My year 2014

The past year has been full of everything. Many things have changed, many things have stayed the same. As you all have most probably heard this same stuff over and over again, I'll skip this cliche part and go straight to the last twelve months.
In January I still had red hair (and I'm missing it so much!), we had snow and cold. I studied somehow and spent time in horse stables - just ordinary everyday-life. The climax of the month was most probably the day, when we bought our flights to Oslo, from there to London and back to Helsinki with my best friend. And those three flights were under 150 euros, not bad at all!
In February I spent even more time with horses and found my hiding courage and self-confidence inside me and flew over 100cm obstacle with Vinha and after that whole season has been uphill and I have mostly positive memories. I dyed my hair back to darker, our relationship with my boyfriend became official and I really found Amaranthe among other great music.
In March I visited Oulu and Kuopio, and succeed in show jumping competitions. I think this month was really dull except horse-stuff, at least I don't really find pics, facebook statues or anything. 
In April I had my 17th birthday and we celebrated it with couple of my friends. The first warm days and the first flowers of the year, the first training outside. Our dog got bitten by another dog, met a vet and was just sleeping and getting better for couple of days. 
In May my little sis had her birthday and I baked a cake for her. I tried to get tanned (and spent quite many afternoons in our backyard) and the good mood with horses continued. Reading, sun, last push with school and then the long waited holiday.
June. Holiday. Babysitting my cousins two girls for a week, my sister's confirmation party. Visit to Rovaniemi with my family. Countdown to the journey of the year, finally packing and getting ready to leave Finland for over three weeks. 
THE July. Absolutely the high point of my year. Norway 1.-13.7 and England 13.-23.7, back in Finland on 24th even if the train-trip was awful - I could actually share it.


We started our way back home in the afternoon of 23rd when we left the house of my cousins and her husbands. To the airport, flight to Finland and around the midnight in Finland. Couple of hours of sleep on the seats of Helsinki-Vantaa. To the train-station by bus, waiting train that should have left around five AM. It was late. Some problems with the railway in somewhere - waiting over an hour to get moving again. Missing our next train in Kuopio, so we were told to get off in Pieksämäki - there's absolutely nothing. Waiting the next train, late as well. Getting in and finally going home - the last part of the railway was damaged by thunderstorm, again more minutes spent than should have been spent.  Finally our stop - over four hours late, almost 24 hours on the road, hungry, tired and angry. But home.


Swimming, a lot of sun (and I burned myself for the first time in my life!), quality time with my best friend. Visiting Oslo and London, seeing relatives, eating well (and a lot). Over all experiencing the world and the life as its best.
In August I was forced to go back to school again. Starting the real IB, meeting my awesome class mates again. The "starting school"- party with them.  Seeing one of my dearest friends for the first time for ages. 
In September we got the first snow, that melted away quickly. The first and the last snowman of the year and this winter (so far). Spending time with my sister, as our parents left to England for almost two weeks. 
Baking, taking a lot of pictures as the colours of autumn were great. The prize for the hard work as we really succeed in our horse club's championships with Vinha. The autumn holiday.  
In November we really got snow. Making some good food with my sis, getting roses from the one. A test-week and other ways taking easy with school because of many cancelled lessons. 
December. Starting preparations for Christmas, the independence day and feeling like a real Finn more than before during the year. Taking part to the first Japanese lesson, pushing through the last weeks in school without any motivation. Baking gingerbread and visiting in Rovaniemi. Finally Christmas, relatives from England and many great days with them.

So that's my year 2014. I think now it's time to start the next chapter and the new year. Let's hope that it's gonna be as epic as the previous one was. I want to find a beautiful place to get lost, find myself again somewhere I didn't expected, study, make new friends and live

What I got for Christmas?

I admit, I'm a bit late with this post as Christmas was already over a week ago... Yesterday I still decided to take pics of what I got to share them with you - I wished nothing, but got lots of presents. Still everything was pretty useful, only a small, wooden Christmas gnome was nothing I really could use (but it's actually kinda cute). And by the way I forgot to take a pic of it... But here we go!
 From my parents I got this toothbrush, my old one has been broken since... I don't even remember, but months already. Something I really needed even though I didn't expect to get it!
 Some kitchen stuff - I fell in love with that garlic crusher last summer and now my cousin had bought it for me! The apple slicer is something that I have admired for a long time as well and my boyfriend bought it for me. The nut cracker was as well from my parents and came with a bag of  walnuts. 
 ...and with the garlic crusher I got a cute storage jar for garlic. The bowl is from my aunt and there's some candy inside - Lumi Pantteris are one of my favourites!
 Then some chocolate from England, the second Raskasta joulua-album from my sister (the first one I got last year from her, sometimes my sis is the greatest ever) and leisurewear from my godmother. It's cute, really soft and fits perfectly. And the hedgehog from my boyfriend, probably the best thing I got ♥ Just look at it. It's awesome. 
These Kiroileva Siili-glasses are from my mom.  Something I've wanted for a long long time!
So, I think people know me quite well, as all I got fits totally for me. That's all for this time, I think I should take a look to my books as the school starts on Wednesday. But first I'm gonna go eat, read some blogs and write another post ready. 

What did you get for Christmas? 

12/14

Morning! As it's January and 2015, it's time to take a look in to my December through the lens of my phone.  
I studied, even if the motivation was on the level zero. I also made pancakes - the first few failed totally, but they tasted good and the last ones were pretty much nothing but perfect!
I run but when the weathers got cold, my routine got lost and I should probably start it again... I studied a bit more and actually understood something about biology - for some reason DNA stuff is easy for me. We also watched the independence day's show from TV.  
I drunk latte and hot chocolate, ate a delicious brownie and baked cheesecake-muffins.   
I knitted socks and played board games. Our dog found out how nice it is to lay on the warm floor of the bathroom when it's freezing outside. 
I visited in Rovaniemi and in Oulu - both were nice trips. 

So that was my December summarized. Happy new year to all of you, let it be the best year ever!