Roadtrip Planning

RU6A3271It’s already June and I haven’t really started planning my short summer vacation in the end of July. I have to pull myself together now! At first I thought I could stay in Finland and do some roadtripping to see some cool places here, but as the few warm days in May have passed and it’s cold and rainy again, I don’t know what was I thinking? ๐Ÿ˜€

And I’ve been dreaming of visiting the Plitvice national park in Croatia for quite many years now, so now I’m thinking, is it easy and safe to drive in Croatia (and in the neighbouring countries)? If I would rent a car and move my roadtrip there? I think it’s definitely an idea I have to take into a serious consideration…

Pictures are from last weekend when we drove to my cousins graduation party over 400 kilometres. Maybe that sort of filled my roadtrip-cravings in Finland too… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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This Year

IMG_7308Looking back, this year seems to have been mostly awesome. So many great experiences, some amazing trips, and a few dreams that came true… Feeling quite blessed! What I tried this year, was to follow my heart and dreams. And as I have noticed myself and with few of my friends that have been doing that too, it really pays of.

The year started with K in Nicaragua with a freelance-work trip. Then I continued for week in Minnesota, and I'm glad I did.

The year started with K in Nicaragua with a freelance-work trip. Then I continued for a week in Minnesota, and I’m glad I did.

For example, to tell you the truth, when we booked to the flight tickets for the mini US-road trip with K last spring — that’s something I’ve been wanting to do for years all ready — I wasn’t sure I’ll have money to go through with the plan. Then, like a miracle, I got a job for fall and the problem was solved.

In February I got to spend couple of days in my all-time favorite: Stockholm.

In February I got to spend couple of days in my all-time favorite: Stockholm.

Next year seems busier than ever work-wise, so I’m happy I have had the chance to see so many great places this year. That’s always the dilemma with traveling: no work, no money, and if you have money, no time because of work. So I’ll doubt I’ll be a lot more on Finnish soil the following year, even though I wouldn’t mind a few get-a-ways… We’ll just have to wait and see what happens. ๐Ÿ˜‰

In May we escaped to Poland, Gdansk for an extended weekend with my parents.

In May we headed to Poland, Gdansk for an extended weekend with my parents.

summer passed by living and working in Helsinki but we managed to match our days off with J, and escape to the other side of the bay, Tallinn.

Summer passed by living and working in Helsinki but we managed to match our days off with J, and escape to the other side of the bay, Tallinn. Next summer I’ll spend the vacation from my permanent job for working in Helsinki again.

September, living the American dream, or more like my dream, with K!!!! <3

September, living the American dream, or more like my dream, with K!!!!ย  I counted we spent a month together on American grounds with K this year, if you count Nicaragua and the time in the US. Hope there’s new adventures ahead of us too, even though it will be hard to compete with the places we saw this year!

Since September I've been firmly in Finland. But it's okay, because from the beginning of February I've had this pile of hair to brighten up my days. Life never get's boring with a chihuahua.

Since September I’ve been firmly in Finland, but it’s okay, because from the beginning of February I’ve had this pile of hair to brighten up my days. Life never get’s boring with a chihuahua.

Jet Lag

I’m having the worst jet lag ever. I’ve been in Finland since Monday, and I think I am still far away from my normal energy level. Or then I’m just getting old, because it didn’t use to be this hard, did it? Though I’m excited, the thought of starting a new job on Monday, and waking up to work at 8 AM EVERYDAY, feels almost absurd. ๐Ÿ˜€ Well, I will hopefully get there after a peaceful weekend.

The heat in California and Miami feels also like it was forever ago, I need a winter jacket and gloves! Fortunately there’s all the pictures that I can watch and get the warm moments back at least for a second. And luckily I have my lap-warmer – my puppy Urho – here to keep me warm.

I still wouldn’t complain to get back in some of these moments and places again… I’ll try to upload more pictures when I’m not too tired to function.

Miami Beach

Miami Beach

Key West

Key West

Hollywood

Hollywood

Santa Monica

Santa Monica

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

San Francisco

San Francisco

Highway 1

Highway 1

 

Not In Hollywood Anymore…

Right now the view out of my window is like this:
minnesota

Yeah, I arrived in Minnesota on Monday. Pretty different, when end of last week looked like this:

San Francisco sights.

San Francisco sights.

Last day of driving, and on Highway 1!

Last day of driving, and on Highway 1!

Spending the last days in Cali on Santa Monica and Venice beach. K showing off on Muscle beach too ;)

Spending the last days in Cali on Santa Monica and Venice beach. K showing off on Muscle beach too ๐Ÿ˜‰

Can’t complain.