Photos of my April

We’re going to start a monthly tradition on this blog! Cool right? It will be posting photo diary of my life during the month. Usually, I will try to time this photo diary for the last Sunday of every month but this time (like you can see) we will start a little late.

Keep in mind that I’m not a professional photographer. In fact, my skills are still close to zero and don’t even mention my editing fails… But this photo diary is also a way to learn new by taking me to the edge of my own comfort zone. Who knows what I will learn after trying to take photos for this diary every month! Let’s start…

Japanese food in Finland

I started my month by traveling to Turku and spending a few days in my friend’s place. We went to eat Japanese meal. I haven’t eaten anything so good for a long time! It made me remember why I’m so eager to return to Japan later this year. Tokyo here I come in a few months.

Blogger in winter

After returning back home from Turku, I only had a few days before leaving for my dreamy holiday in Turkey. Like you can see from the photo above, the weather in Finland wasn’t the ideal at that time but the forecast was promising almost 30 degrees of hotness for my time in Alanya. A perfect escape from cold wintery Finland!

Beach life in Alanya

I have to admit that I wasn’t expecting a lot from Alanya. In Finland, it has kind of trashy reputation and my flight was terrible! (I will be telling that story in my travel blog in two weeks.) Despite my belief that I could just relax on my all-inclusive hotel, I fell for Alanya while driving through it towards my accommodation. It was sunny, it was exotic, it was like a paradise. See the photo of that beach? How could you not like Alanya?

After sunbathing and writing for a few days, I decided to update my Insta after a too long time. Taking photos just isn’t my thing and uploading them to Instagram just stressed me out. I would need someone to edit my photos, come up with clever texts and publish them… Anyone wanna do not paid internship? Just kidding!

Beautiful beach in Turkey

My plan was to just eat, swim in the beautiful pool and read books during this holiday. It was also going to be a writing retreat. All of those plans happened – kind of. I just didn’t take in count the long walking trip to adventure around Alanya. Nothing can keep my inner traveler in check and so even during relaxation holiday like this, I kept hearing the call of the sea, unknown streets and city I was staying for the first time. I walked tens of kilometers but there’re no regrets.

Another thing I did during my two weeks in Alanya was going to see the sunset from the beach. Only one huge street separated my hotel and the waterfront from each other. I would go to eat dinner, then walk to the beach and walk back to have dessert after the sun disappeared behind mountains and water. Usually, I was one of the only people left there. So quiet. Just me writing poems to my notebook or walking in the chilly sea water.

drinks and

Okay, this book has kind of funny story behind it. I wrote a lot during my first week in the hotel. Blogging, stories, and poems. At some point one of the hotel staff members asked me could I maybe tell him what I’m always writing. I have no idea how but he knew that I was blogging. Maybe I’m just so easy to read? Well, after that I found these things from my room. So embarrassing… I mean I know my travel blog is starting to be kind of “a big deal” but still as shy anxious Finn things like this just are too much for me. Could I return to the anonymous blogging? Please?

Blogger writing with food

And here is another photo from my perfect writer lifestyle! Food, good music and writing as long or as much as I want. There wouldn’t be a better way to live your life if you ask my opinion.

blogger drinking Starbucks

Then I returned home feeling unreal. After you have lived the dream for two weeks it feels odd to come back but at the same time I was full of motivation. Being put and doing nothing isn’t my thing. My life has to be moving all the time even if it means me being deadly tired. In fact, from this holiday I found the strenght to start daily blogging again!

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Remember the snowy photo that was taken just before I left for my trip? If not just roll back up and look at it for a minute… I was away for two weeks and this photo is how it was looking in Finland when I returned! Now snow. No cold. No winter anymore. Welcome to Finnish weather… Our seasons change in one night. I’m not even kidding.

pretty sneakers and Finnish nature

That was literally my month. The last week went by trying to set back home and working my ass off. However, I also made plans. These plans make my blogging possible and take me slowly towards my goals. (Who knows what those goals even are…) Then I started this month with a power I have never felt. I’m ready to take control of my own life! It’s the first time for me being this excited about living a normal life without traveling.

How are you? Any big plans to make your spring great? Like always all comments are more than welcome!

With love,
Not So Lost Viivi

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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.

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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

 

I’m not a boy, I like pink!

I really want to write something more than just answers to blogger awards in this blog… I have always been good at writing random things (and also boring text without any proper meaning…) So, I was thinking about trying to write something every week. Trying to write. If you read my travel blog you may already know that I am the worst at keeping these kind of promises.

BUT my school is ending in a week and I have whole summer to write more. Maybe I will make this to work? So, wait for weekly wrap ups or whatever you want to call these on Monday or Sundays (or never). I will just talk about my week and maybe you can tell me about your week in the comments.

 

So, what happened to me on week 17?

To tell the truth, nothing much. I was sick the whole week and I had to move all furniture out of my apartment. I have to move out this Friday so last week I had meant to start cleaning and stuff. In the end I did almost nothing.

The start of last week was nice because I was still hyped up from my Easter family trip to Stockholm. We saw a lot of beautiful cherry blossoms there and now all I can think about is how could I save money to travel to Japan next spring. I just have to see more of that beauty!

(I may be quite boyish but I love everything pink…)

In addition to moving, being sick and recovering from travel, I sat in car for too long. First when my dad was helping me to move my stuff back to my hometown. Then another five hours trip back to my current university town. I love driving alone for long periods of time so I had no complaining. It calms my mind and right now I have too many things in my head.

I stopped for tea three times just to relax, walk around gas stations and enjoy the weather. (That last part is totally ironical…) About half of my drive back to my student city it was snowing. Snow in April… Welcome to Finland! Funny thing is that even if it was snowing I also saw the first ice cream kiosks of this summer.

I’m not kidding! It’s so comical to see open kiosk and signs for ice cream while you are driving in snowfall. And because Finns are desperate for summer to start I even saw customers in four of the five kiosks I saw during that five hours. Who wouldn’t love ice cream even if it is cold and wintery?

 

Funny Story Of The Week

I am someone who is always in some kind of problems or in awkward situations. Last week maybe the funniest moment I had with another human being was in gas station’s toilet. I had stopped for tea break during my long drive back home and of course first things first I decided to find the toilets. I went in, did my business and all good. I was washing my hands when a little girl (maybe about 5 years old but I am bad at guessing ages…) and her mother walked to the sink next to mine.

Totally normal and all good I dried my hands until I heard whisper behind me:

“Mom… What is that boy doing in girls’ toilet?”

At this point I was trying to not laugh and the mom looked super embarrassed while explaining to her child that I was in fact girl. I mean I have short hair, boyish face and my huge hoodie hided my boobs so I can understand why the little girl was mistaken. This is not even the first time something like this has happened so I am kind of used to it. But every time this happens it is still the funniest thing if you ask from me.

I am forever confusing children (and sometimes even adults)! 😀

 

Song Of The Week

SVGV – Who Am I

THIS SONG! It is just too real… The lyrics are like straight from my mind. Somehow it has always been hard for me to know who I am. I feel like everyone around me know what they want to do and where to go with their lives. Me in the other hand… Well, I have no idea. I have always wanted to do everything but I don’t see myself doing any of those things for the rest of my life.

In the morning, in the street
In the music, in the beat
In the people I see
I’ve been looking for myself

In the train, In the rain
In the pain, In the gain
In the city I came
I’ve been looking for myself

Whatever I do and where ever I go I just feel like I am looking for myself. Maybe this thing would be my thing? Maybe this way of living the right one for me? I don’t really know. And I have never understood. How can some people just decide so easily what they want to do? I mean this world is full of different choices. So many ways one can live. I just don’t know how could I choose only one life path for myself…

 

I didn’t mean to end this so dramatically and depressingly. Sorry. So, how have you been? Any good or bad moments you want to share? Let’s hope I will write again next Monday (or at least some time in the future…)

With love,

Viivi Severina