Easy Breezy Easter

Yay, Easter-break is just around the corner and our Uni has a long one this year, all the way until next Wednesday so we’ll get some extra days off besides the normal holidays.

Tomorrow we will pack up our bags and do a domestic tourism tour, first to Pori to see J’s family, then I’m heading of to Turku with Urho to see mine. So it’s sitting on the bus, eating and relaxing for me, just what I need! Can’t wait to make a strike to a chocolate egg cache and eat them all (just a hint, mom ;)).

Narcissus I bought for our studio to bring some Easter-mood before we hit the road.

Narcissus I bought for our studio to bring some Easter-mood before we hit the road.

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This fellows first Easter is coming up! The dog is like his owner, bet he is looking forward to the treats as well.

This fellow’s first Easter is coming up! The dog is like his owner, bet he is looking forward to the treats as well…

It’s On!

If I’ve been quiet lately, it’s because of this pile of books that’s building up next to my computer. I’ve finally decided to take myself by the scruff of my neck, and further my studies by moving on with master’s thesis. And finally, I just might have an idea for it. This time next year I wanna — and gonna — be done with my studies!

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Since it’s still below zero outside and life has been mostly studying, we decided to cheer up the mood with friends for a change by having our own spring (obviously, because the real one doesn’t bother showing up!). So tonight I’m eating this mango-cake I made to suit the spring-theme and taking a break from the computer, to let my thesis idea brew only in my head for a while…

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Piece of Heaven

After an eventful beginning of the year, it wasn’t until yesterday, that we had time to redeem J’s Christmas present for me: a lunch in a famous local landmark and à la carte restaurant Näsinneula. Boy, what a nice present it was!

To be honest, I wasn’t too excited about it at first, because my last experience from real à la carte meal was from time when I didn’t understand what good food was and complained about missing french fries — a long time ago. But now the food blew my mind away! Yammy! And the whole experience (even it lasted only for few hours) was like a whole relaxing mini-vacation in the middle of everything. ❤

Approaching the 163 metres high tower, where the spinning restaurant is situated!

Approaching the 163 metres high tower, where the spinning restaurant is situated!

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Entrance to the restaurant

View from the restaurant is over Tampere and Lake Näsijärvi.  The restaurant spins around the tower, one round takes 45 minutes.

View from the restaurant is over Tampere and Lake Näsijärvi. The restaurant spins around the tower, one round takes 45 minutes.

Starter. Who would have guessed pork and root soup could taste and look this good?

Starter. Who would have guessed pork and root soup could taste and look this good?

Main course: fresh water pike perch. And the cheese plate of cheeses produced near-by we ate so quickly, I didn't even have time for a snapshot... :P

Main course: fresh water pike perch. And the cheese plate of cheeses produced near-by we had for dessert was eaten so quickly, I didn’t even have time for a snapshot… 😛

 

Lunch Time

Lunch is one of my favorite parts of the day. It brings a small, relaxing break to work or studying, and it’s always welcome either I’m spending it just by myself or catching up with friends. And besides traveling and photographing, food (cooking & baking) is one of my first picks to spend my past time. Food (and tasting different kinds of it) is also one reason that makes traveling as fun as it is.

So even though student budget is limiting, I like to spend the little money I have pretty often to good food. Lets face it, it would be many times cheaper to eat unhealthy and greasy convenience food (which – I won’t deny – sometimes tastes good), but it wouldn’t feel right doing it everyday. So I try find great deals and come up with reasonable, easy on the pocket -choices. Like the other day, there was an offer for the avocados in the grocery store near by. I had some left over cheese from cooking pasta so I created this salad, adding some cheap delicious air-dried ham to it. NAM!

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Any lunch is good, when you take it from a fridge where there are messages like this written on the door. ❤ “Little box of love” -magnetic words from Fotografiska, Stockholm.

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My lunch date for the day fled to his own trug. He wasn’t too pleased when begging didn’t get him any results…

There’s Something About Stockholm

“For those who are lost, there will always be cities that feel
like home.”
― Simon Van Booy

And Stockholm is mine, a safe place that always feels like home. Time flew by so fast on Monday and Tuesday, just being happy in my favorite city. Even though I’m happy and grateful for the life I’ve got here in Finland, I must admit I’m sometimes jealous for the ones that left for Stockholm and stayed there.

It’s been already  5 years since I lived my au pair life in the city that is just so suitable for everything, not too big to get a hang of, yet with a metropolis-feeling. I wouldn’t wanna change my life and I’m happy for everything and everyone that’s in it here, but still at times, I think what it would have been like, if I had been a one that stayed. There’s just something in the Stockholm air that makes me breathe with my entire lungs; the city lights, the lyrical alleys…

Here’s just a few views and reasons to love Stockholm:

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IMG_9180 IMG_9214Pictures taken last Monday on my latest trip to this city of perfection.