Toppen

Toppen – that’s how my friend thanked me for the weekend in Stockholm, with a simple Swedish word; toppen. Is there equivalent word in English? Great, awesome, super, top? That’s what the weekend in Stockholm was. Just strolling around the city, eating good food, having fun, and most importantly: gossiping with H face to face for the first time in 6 months. 🙂

On the way to Stockholm with a ferry. My new glittery Forever21 top is quickly becoming a favorite. It’s neat for work but also suitable for a night out, which makes it perfect for traveling when you can’t pack much.

Arriving to beautiful Södermalm and Tegelvikshamnen feels always like home. Bandhagen where H lives was a new experience. And as you might notice, again I’m relying on my phone with the photos, too lazy to carry around the big camera…

Piece of art created by H and I. Shopping center Gallerian knows how to take care of tourists; free resting spot with internet / drawing device.

And a bit more great finds to take home…

 

Heja Stockholm!

Tomorrow after work I get to hop on on a train that takes me to Turku, where a ferry is waiting for me to take me to Stockholm! I’m so excited, so I’ve been already planning things that I could do over the weekend. I’ve visited Stockholm for several times and even lived there for a short while few years back, so I have some really familiar and favorite places there. Here’s few of them and some tips:

Södermalm: Take the metro to Mariatorget, climb first to Mariaberg for an awesome view over Old Town and Towns Hall. Then shop the second-hand shops of Hornsgatan or trendy shops of lovely Götgatan.

Treasures from the archive 1: On top of Mariaberg in fall 2007.

Gamla Stan (Old Town), just wander the streets or stop to atmospheric cafeterias (for example Chockladkoppen on Stortorget).

Djurgården is good for lazy sundays. I’ve heard Josefina has nice brunch…

Lidingö. That’s where I used to live. At least Millesgården is worth a visit. Say you’re going to the cafeteria, and you get to see the garden without an entrance fee.

Tresures from the archive 2: Sunset in Millesgården in Fall 2007.

-Of course shopping in downtown shouldn’t be forgotten. Shopping in Drottningsgatan is must, as is visiting “trash” and decoration shops Lagerhaus and Stockhome. And the American bakery stand in Gallerian (between Sergelstorg and Kungsträdgården) has the best brownies in town, served with ice-cream if you wish…

Ah, Stockholm! Here I come again!

Oh Boys and Good Days

Due to some events around my close circle of friends I’ve started to lose faith in happy endings and people, especially the man-kind… Life’s just crazy sometimes. But then I had an amazing little holiday to cheer me up.

The last few days I’ve spent doing everything fun: First shopping with my cousin in Helsinki.

Outfit for the lunch date; a 6 euro shirt-find from the sales.

Then I headed to Tampere (first time this summer!). J picked me up from the train station, bought me a dinner and a bouquet of pink roses was waiting on the bed. So girls, there’s still hope. 😉

The next day I had lunch/ice cream/gossip session with my friend K.

Delicious cheese salad and K. After K’s work shift we still went for few drinks on a terrace. 

J’s feat. He won.

 

Friday I went mini-golfing and to have a dinner with my god parents and my cousins, Saturday I was just chilling.

You would think that coming back to Helsinki for work today would have been depressing after few perfect days, but luckily I had a small trick to soften that hard landing – package from Forever21 was here waiting for me.

At the moment I’m going for light and down to earth summer colors.

I’ve made the conclusion that even it sometimes seems that there’s no happy endings, at least there are excellent days that make it all worth it.

P.S. I bet this week will turn out pretty great too. I get to try my new clothes and I hope time will fly because on Friday I’m off to Sweden and my to favorite city ever: Stockholm! So a small Stockholm-extra maybe coming up later.

Daddy’s Girl

Class reunion went better than expected. Maybe because I didn’t expect that much from it. 🙂

Now, after three 10 hour night shifts I have four days off, and I plan to continue a walk down the memory lane. Inspired by my awesome friend H’s idea, I have a whole photo book waiting to be done. I’m collecting old photos of my dad for his birthday present. He’s turning 60 this month.

Dad a long long time ago.

I always have the problem with old photos that I lose the sense of time just watching them. They are so authentic and have so much history in them… I hope I get the book done in time.

“When I was seven” is written in the back of this picture with clumsy handwriting. Looks exactly like my brother when he was young too…

Me and dad at grandpa’s funeral 1991. ❤