Holiday Inspiration

Gilis, Indonesia

This week I got the dates for my summer holidays finalized. Because I have a new job, I only get a 6 day holiday, but combining them wisely with my shifts, I managed to get 12 days off. That’s already a good “time-out” of work, and of course a great chance to go somewhere. 😉

My summer holiday won’t be until the end of August, but I guess I could already start planning it, to make most of the twelve days. The question is, where to go? Somewhere cheap but nice? Somewhere when I can lay on the beach but still do and see stuff when I get bored? Right now I’m thinking Croatia or Greece etc. But a holiday by a lake in a cottage in Finland isn’t totally out-ruled yet either…

Some inspiration from previous travels from recent years. On my holiday, I wouldn’t mind sunny weather and this kind of views!

Miami Beach, USA

Miami Beach, USA

Santa Monica, USA

Santa Monica, USA

Nice, France

Nice, France

Venice Beach, Los Angeles, USA

Venice Beach, Los Angeles, USA

Nha Trang, Vietnam

Nha Trang, Vietnam

Bali, Indonesia

Bali, Indonesia

Masaya, Nicaragua

Masaya, Nicaragua

Bali. Got to love the sunsets over there!

Bali. Got to love the sunsets over there!

Gilis, Indonesia

Gilis, Indonesia

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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? 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. 😛

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. 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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Handfull

IMG_9540Sometimes it feels like there is a bit too much stuff to handle. You know that feeling? There’s so much to do it’s impossible to get anything done.

There’s the stuff that comes with quitting your job and stuff that comes with starting a new one. There’s stuff that comes with moving out from your apartment and moving in to a new one. There’s also things to do when you move to a totally different city. And then there’s the stuff that comes with Christmas: for example sending cards and getting presents. And there’s also the stuff that comes with traveling. When you realize on Thursday you should be all packed for Berlin on Saturday, and that there’s still things to be taken care of concerning all of that other stuff too… Did I use the word stuff enough to get my point through? Right now, there’s just a lot of stuff to take care of. 😀

My to do -list feels kinda like New York, it’s big and overwhelming and there is so much to see and to do, that you don’t know what to do first. Or can’t decide what to miss if you just can’t do everything. I’ve had that problem with posting about NYC too, I’ve got so many pictures and so many things to show and to say, that I just don’t know what to post on the blog anymore. So with this awkward transition, some random pictures of New York.

(The motorcyclists are from the Veterans Day Parade, if you’re wondering…)

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9/11 Memorial

IMG_9478I’m not sure if I like the idea how a huge terrorist attack site and a place where thousands of people lost their lives, has become a tourist attraction. Still, on the very first day in New York, me and mom decided to see how the place looks like now. We had to see it, a place where the tragedy happened in 2001. Something that shook the western world so that even I — then a pre-teenager in middle school – realized something serious and big had happened.

The 9/11 Memorial is serene and impressive at the same time with the new modern WTC right next to it. And I’m sure it’s important for all the people that lost someone.

Now the Memorial site is completely different from the construction site I saw seven years ago when I visited New York for the first time. So I guess it’s also a good reminder on how life goes on — and how it can end in a second… That’s maybe something we all should remind ourselves of once in a while.IMG_9477IMG_9475 IMG_9474 IMG_9448 IMG_9445 IMG_9438 IMG_9489 IMG_9487

Central Park

IMG_0138One of my favorite places in New York? Definitely Central Park.

Sort of funny, if you like nature, animals and parks, New York isn’t the first destination that pops up into your mind. But that’s one of the reasons Central Park is somehow so magical, it’s a beautiful oasis inside a swarming megalopolis (and the locals seem to enjoy it too). Also, I’ve always been in love with “hidden” paths and romantic bridges…

The trees still had leaves when we were visiting New York, so the blaze of colors was pretty fantastic.

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