Being Finnish

Sixth of December
Last year has been an interesting one for all the Finns. Our beloved home country Finland turns 100 years old. There have been blue colors, special events and waiting all around our country for the whole year. We have talked about it to the point that you could call it too much.

They even sold Suomi/Finland 100 bread, shampoo, toilet paper, alcohol, and rollators. Yeah, we are kind of crazy.

All this partying and celebrating ends today when it is Finland’s independence day. All the Finns (even me from New York) stay the evening in front of their TV screens watching when our president and his wife shake hands with hundreds of people. You will see all the most important Finnish celebrities but also a lot of normal Finns who got invited. Every year it is one of our biggest events but this year Finns have literally gone crazy. (Or is celebrating 100 years of independence usually this big thing?)

Happy 100 years birthday to all my fellow Finnish and Finland!

With love,

Viivi Severina

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First snow blues

Second of December
First snow. I want to hate it. It means winter, coldness, wearing too many clothes all the time and never going outside. Snow means one year is coming to the end too soon. What there is not to hate? And still, I am like a kid. Running around trying to catch the snowflakes with my tongue. Everything turns white and looks so magical. People are laughing after long dark autumn and children running around making snow angels. What there is not to love? How could I hate this?

 

(This is text I wrote earlier this year during the first snow. I wanted to publish it but I just didn’t have anything else to say. So, here it is. Why do you hate and love first snow?)

With love,

Childish Viivi

 

I have to work, work, work…

This week has full of surprises, drama and future planning even if it’s only Wednesday. However for the sake of this diary “series” I want to return back to last week. I don’t have a lot of things to tell because it was quiet week with nothing to do.

The major thing that happened last week was my work officially starting. Monday morning was full of chaos because I had totally lost my keys and everything needed for day in work (I am not responsible adult who thinks things like this the night before…) What made my morning even worse was the fact that I was going to “move” right after my work. So, I packed everything I thought I would need during summer to my car and drove towards my work place.

It took a few hours to remember why I love my work. What to I do? Well, official tittle would be church guide but it is a lot more. Talking with people, making them smile with interesting facts about this building and making sure that everyone has good time. Many people don’t expect a lot when stopping to visit this small church. That’s why surprising them with interesting information and not just the usual “This church was build 200 years ago… Blaa, blaa, blaa…” I think I have accomplishes my job if people leave my church smiling and thanking me.

This is my third summer working here and I already know that I am going to miss this place. Fortunately, I still have one month to enjoy five days a week. Like every job this one too has bad side… I have too much free time! I never thought that would be problem when working. Of course it’s nice to just read books, write stories and fill crosswords. But a little more visitors would be nice so I could really feel like I am doing my job.

After five days of working I had whole weekend of. It was fittingly midsommer fest so I spend Friday with my family eating good food and doing some garden work. Then my friend visited me in my “new home” aka my family’s summer cottage. Yes, I am living this whole summer in the middle of forest… But fortunately I don’t have to be alone much.
I think there was everything important. More boring diary texts will be coming sometime soon! 

With love,

Viivi

Camera shopping and travel planning

I think this must be my personal record! Third week in a row I am here writing my weekly wrap-up post. Even if it is already Tuesday… I don’t know if anyone even wants to read boring stuff like this but hey I have never let it stop me.

Last week was quite boring one for me. It was finally warm here in Finland so I ate too much ice cream and spent days outside enjoying the sun. I also had time to see a lot of friends, do some big life decisions that have been on my mind for a while and buy new camera. What else would one wish from the first week of May?

Week 19 And Summer Is In Finland!

When the week started I also had finally returned back to live in my childhood town. Because I don’t have proper place anywhere I kept going between my mom’s, dad’s and grandpa’s places. I had planned doing some cleaning but like usually that never happened. All my things are still totally in chaos after the move. Maybe I will get to the cleaning this week… Probably not.

Because I never cleaned I had a lot of time to see my friends. I visited one of my best friends in her work. And helped taking care of goats after a long time. If you didn’t know, I am in theory professional animal career. I studied it for three years. It felt good to work with animals after a long time.

I also went to buy camera for me with my another friend. I have been writing my travel blog for a little over year but I have never owned a camera. I have always been borrowing one from my other family members and most of the photos in my blog are taken with phone. But now I own Sony a5100 camera and I am totally in love!

We went to look for the camera on Saturday and I first didn’t mean to even buy it any time soon. Still, I almost bought it right there and then. We visited all three places selling cameras near my home. I found the one I want from the first shop but we still visited other places after returning there. I decided not to buy the camera because my mum was suggesting another one for me.

I returned home and started to regret my decision not to buy it. On Sunday I went back right after the opening time because I had already fallen in love. However my camera bying didn’t go as well as planned. I totally blame the handsome employee who sold it for me.

finnish_forest
Fortunately, Finland has many good places to practice photography without anyone seeing me embarrass myself!

Story Of Unfortunate Camera Buying Trip

I came to the shop but there was no employees on the camera section. I of course already knew what camera I wanted but I still needed to know more about the insurance that would cost about 80€ more. After studying business for a year the one thing I had learned was to always research everything thoroughly before giving away your money.

I was walking around waiting for employee who would help me when this dreamy looking man came to me. Why the heck do I always encounter the good looking sellers? It would be a lot easier to talk with old ugly looking man than model-like man (okay, model-like is exaggeration but I have always had thing for pretty eyes and charming smile). At least this time it wasn’t me who failed in the end…

After I told him that I needed help with camera I got uncertain answer that he may not be the best person to help me but let’s try. I thought that it would be okay because I had already decided the camera I wanted. Waiting for someone who knew more would have been good idea. I would have saved a lot of time.

I even pitied the boy after asking too many questions about the insurance and then demanding to see the official terms and conditions. He had to google them for me and at this point I should have realized that he had no idea what he was doing. But hey, you can’t be angry for pretty eyes.

I left the store with my new camera and sill dazed by that dreamy boy only to realize at home that he had given me the wrong camera. Great. That’s all I could think about when driving back to the store to get my lovely black Sony a5100. It wasn’t that much of bother and I returned back to home happily.

When opening my camera later at that night and starting to use it I realized yet another thing. I needed memory card and the boy had not sold me one and hadn’t even mentioned that I needed one. This is probably clear for all camera owners but keep in mind that this really is my first own camera. At this point I may have been cursing the cute eyed boy but at least I got my lovely camera and memory card to use it in the end…

 

Song Of The Week

Norma John – Blackbird

It is finally time for Eurovision Song Contest! Fun fact: I am big fan and every year watching Eurovision is big thing in my family. Finland’s song didn’t charm at first but it has now found its place on my heart (I feel like this happens every year…) I don’t know if they have potential to win but hey at least for once we don’t have to be embarrassed. Vote for Finland! Or at least listen the song.

 

I hope you are having an amazing day.
With love,

Viivi Severina