Travel Gear

What a crazy few days ahead: tomorrow last day of work, Saturday moving back to Tampere and the night between Sunday and Monday off to Miami! I just somehow can’t grasp the idea that this time next week I’m somewhere in Florida Keys, already planning the flight to LA. OMG!

In this past few weeks I’ve purchased some small items that I’ve dreamed of already for a while now… And now had a great excuse to buy them, to make traveling even better and more comfortable (well, I’m sure this trip is amazing anyways).

(Sorry for the pictures bad quality, I’m so busy packing I didn’t have time to make the light conditions better… I know, I’m one lousy photographer.)

Little black dress, a jewelry container in travel size. I like to use a lot of different earring, but I always lose them to the bottom of the suitcase, so this it perfect.

Little black dress, a jewelry container in travel size. I like to use a lot of different earrings, but I always lose them to the bottom of the suitcase, so this it perfect.

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New suitcase! And the best part is, it can be extended from the middle, so if I shop a little too much on the trip... no problem!

New suitcase! And the best part is, it can be extended from the middle, so if I shop a little too much on the trip… no problem! Four wheels make sure carrying a heavy back-bag is history. 

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Last but not least, a tablet! I've dreamed of this since spring, and finally gave in to my craving. Maybe I don't have to live in a blog silence now for the whole three weeks. So next time you hear from me, I might be updating from a beach in Florida, or from the heart of Hollywood, who knows ;)

Last but not least, a tablet! I’ve dreamed of this since spring and finally gave in to my craving. Maybe I don’t have to live in a blog silence now for the whole three weeks. So next time you hear from me, I might be updating from a beach in Florida, or from the heart of Hollywood, who knows 😉

On Monday morning, all of these items are in action for real! My route for the next weeks goes pretty much like this: Miami-Florida Keys-Miami-LA-Grand Canyon-San Fransisco-LA-Minneapolis(Minnesota)-Helsinki-Tampere. IIIIIIIH!

Sunny Day with U

Only a week left of summer work this year, where did all the days in three months go? I’m really looking forward to THE trip already (count down down to 10 days!), but also life after it, because that’s when my puppy Urho will come back home from his summer residence! I’ve missed that furry friend goofing around the house. I guess he has barely remembered me though, he has had so good (treats) housing conditions in Turku. 😉

This is how the goings-on looked like last Sunday, when I was visiting.

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Travel Preparations

One more addition to my Lonely Planet collection. Figured this is my 4th visit to the states and I highly doubt the last one, so it's about time to get a guidebook.

One more addition to my Lonely Planet collection. Figured this is my 4th visit to the states and I highly doubt the last one, so it’s about time to get a guidebook.

Getting excited about the trip to the US, count down is down to three weeks! A lot of details are already clear, but there’s also so much to do still. Like finding the perfect suitcase (don’t wanna bring a annoying backpack, now that I really don’t need one, since we mostly move by car), figuring out where to stay and making decisions about what sights to see and what to rule out, when there’s not enough time…

We also might have to make some changes to the reservations we’ve already made. For example, after we booked a motel in LA in Lynwood we came to realize it’s right next to Compton, (you know, a gang-town just mentioned in every rap song… how could we have known?). So I guess at this point, it’s still better to be safe than sorry, and make sure if Lynwood is safe then… Anybody there, that has survived to tell is it safe in that area of the city of angels? 😀

International driver's license, check!

International driver’s license, check!