Black & Gold

Yesterday we headed to J’s sister’s wedding to Helsinki. I’m glad that event-wise this year seems have a really good start compared to last falls downward spiral… Celebrating nuptials was also great because I got to bring into play my new fabulous finds from Nicaragua and the US (my dress was in danger to be buried in the closet to wait for summer and warmer days). Apart from few small accessories my outfit consisted of “souvenir” clothes. So here’s my small moment as a fashion blogger and yesterdays outfit:

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Dress/Carrion/Nicaragua, jacket/Charlotte Russe/USA

Dress/Carrion/Nicaragua, jacket/Charlotte Russe/USA
Iih, it was cold outside. Don’t know how the fashion bloggers do this! 😀

Earrings/Charlotte Russe/USA

Earrings/Charlotte Russe/USA

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IMG_8539 Studded ballerinas/Forever21/USA

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Enjoying the serving with J.

IMG_8526Once more congrats to the happy couple R&H!

 

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What to Expect When You Are in Nicaragua

I’ve tried to make sense of all the pictures I took from Nicaragua, but it will probably take me at least a year to go through all of them. Looking at some of the thousands of photos has reminded me about few things people might come across in Nicaragua. So I decided to collect a small list for future travelers. What to expect when you are in Nicaragua?

1. The change rate is what it is. Sometimes 4 dollars get you something worth of 100 Cordobas. Sometimes you need 5 dollars for it.

2. The taxi rates are what they are. If you take a taxi the prices may and will vary. And some taxes double their prices after dark. Considering part 1 on my list, it makes recognizing a rip off really hard. The good thing is that not so many people try to cheat you (compared to Asia at least…), and people are sincerely helpful. It takes time for a suspicious Finnish traveler to get used to it.

3. You’re beautiful. James Blunt got this one right. In Finland, even if you are as beautiful as I am, you don’t hear it so often. But in Central America my pale western skin seems to be appreciated even when it’s red and sweaty from the heat and when my whole essence is sleazy from the trip. Interviewees weren’t afraid to tell how pretty we look. Some even wanted a picture to remember us by.

4. Buses are really handy, or not. Sometimes the trip starts right away accompanied by Rihannas voice and flashing lights. Other times you have to wait for the bus to leave for ages; they might wait for the bus to be full. And while you are waiting for the departure, expect to hear anything from a performance by a blind harmonica instrumentalist to a lecture about politics, president and gay-marriage, and to different kinds of food offerings. Anyway, the trip will be cheap.

5. Finally, but most importantly, expect to speak Spanish. I regret that I can’t because people would very much want to say something to you, and only few can speak English so my ¿Habla Inglés? -phrase didn’t get me too far. It will stay as an eternal mystery for me, what the smiling grandmas or enthusiastic children wanted to say to me. Maybe they wanted to sell me something, maybe they were making fun of me, or maybe they just wanted to say “you’re beautiful”…

Dilemma

My relaxing sleeping-off-the jet lag -weekend has been shadowed by a hard decision I have to make by Monday. My life was good and mellow, had a nice summer planned working in Helsinki again. That was UNTIL I got offered an internship in the US for six months, starting in April. And it would be in Michigan, on the beautiful peninsula by Lake Superior, amazingly pretty in the summer season, I hear.

So now it’s up to me to decide, whether I burn my bridges here in Finland, and take the chance to live my American dream to the fullest for half an year again, or settle in my comfort zone here (which is really fine too!) and cry after the once in a lifetime opportunity I never took? The internship intervenes with my studies and money is also an issue. The internship isn’t paid, so by moving to the US, I basically just lose money, and won’t be able to travel anywhere else… And by working in Finland, I get more money in 3 months, than in 6 months in there (I already have a few possible destinations to spend it on picked up…). But the experience…!

I’m elated by the fact I’ve been offered both of these great opportunities, but making big decisions has never been my strongest feature. So could someone – please – just choose one or the other for me? I know “everything happens for a reason”, “what ever you decide, it’s the right choice”… But it’s certainly easier to believe in those words of wisdom, when your own life is out of the equation.

Back in the States

It’s funny how in one single day you can travel from someplace to an other completely different. Like from a development country to a country there’s  more than enough of everything. From a small dirty room with a broken fan to a big air-conditioned house where the bathroom is bigger than the room you left from (and there’s enough towels to build a tent to live in!). It’s funny how you can visit a textile factory on Tuesday and see the workers working with a minimum wage, and on Saturday shop the clothes made in that same factory from America’s biggest mall. It’s funny when your phone doesn’t have reception at all, and suddenly you are texting with your smartphone and updating your blog with an iPad.

So yes, even many of the things above are possible in Central America too, I’m definitely out from Nicaragua already, back in the US after nearly five years from my last visit. And the contrast between these two countries feels huge, even though you can get from Miami to Managua in only two and a half hours. Crazy! But it’s nice to be back on the familiar neighborhoods, cold fresh Minnesotan air feels comfortable and cozy after sweating for two weeks. But coming straight from Nicaragua sure makes me realize how luxurious life can be for many people, and how simple for others…