Snow & Traditions

IMG_1463I’m back at Tampere, right on schedule in getting a panic attack for being too stressed out about moving. ๐Ÿ˜€ Well, still three whole days to get everything into boxes and make the apartment shining and clean! It’sย enough, right? I mean, a two-room apartment can only have certain amount of stuff…

But first, as I like to avoid packing obligations, let’s devote a minute (and a few pictures) at looking back how relaxing Christmas was… Yes, all the chocolate, Christmas sauna, food and sleeping should be enough for me to make it through moving and all the way to next year.

We had a white Christmas after all! โคIMG_1633 IMG_1568

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This is Christmas…

IMG_1373I’ve already fled the packing and moving chaos at J’s and mine flat (who’s idea is it to move on New Year’s eve?) to spend some more peaceful days and Christmas at my parents house in Turku.

How great are the holidays?ย Just resting, baking and cooking treats, eating well and doing what ever feels nice. And what’s best, I can’t do anything moving-related, the mountain of boxes will kindly wait at Tampere. ๐Ÿ˜›

I got into Christmas-mood by looking over some photos from New York and Berlin from all the Christmas-decorations. That’s one reason I wanted to go to New York at late fall, to see the city with all the lights and decorations. Wreaths and trees popped up all the time around the city when we where there in the middle of November so I guess a little later visit would be good if you want to see the entire splendor.ย In Berlin all the lovely Christmas markets where a great bonus, I didn’t expect to see so many of them!

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Long Weekend in Berlin

IMG_1125To celebrate finishing last week of work at Tampere and to see my dear friend K, I spent a long weekend in Berlin.

I guess I had already covered the most important places in Berlin when I first visited the city six years ago, so I focused on spending time with K, shopping and enjoying the Christmas-mood.ย But while K had to work on Monday and Tuesday, I also did some sightseeing by myself…

To tell you the truth, after my first visit to Berlin I really didn’t get what all the fuzz is about. I thought the city was ugly, kind of boring and hard to get a hang of. Now I saw a much better side of it. But I still think it’s not the easiest destination for a city-vacation, because there are some amazing places but there are also some dull places, and you have to know where to go. I mean, Berlin doesn’t have a clear center where everything happens. There are many different spots for different stuff. And it’s not like Paris or New York, where you see something lovely and interesting anywhere you look. Well, it’s just Berlin. ๐Ÿ™‚

I only had my 50 mm -lens with me, so it limited taking pictures a little bit. But oh, how light it is to carry compared to the 24-105 mm. My back really praises me for this decision. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Preparing for X-mas

Ah, in almost a week it’s Christmas. I’ve been so busy lately, it sort of took me by surprise it’s so soon. Can’t wait to eat all the delicious food more than my stomach can take, share gifts and most importantly REST. My Christmas-holiday starts after Thursday, no 8 am wake up calls in over a week! Talk about the small luxuries in life.

Until then I’m gonna try to pull myself together with things that still need to be done — ย if I can… Got the Christmas lights on and I feel like I’m more ready to roll to the Holidays than back to work for couple of days or plug away with the big thesis. ๐Ÿ˜€

Trying to pump myself up with some healthier choices this week, so that I can take as much Christmas treats as I want, haha. :P

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Trying to pump myself up with some healthier choices this week, so that I can take as much Christmas treats as I want, haha. :P

Trying to pump myself up with some slightly healthier choices this week, so that I can take as much Christmas treats as I want, haha. ๐Ÿ˜› Self-made goat cheese salad with air-dried ham, ciabatta and olive paste. Not bad.