Thursday, 19 July 2018

a chapel in the midst

 We all know I love a good cemetery so finding out there was a church, a graveyard and a cemetery all in one place nearby obviously got me excited to go explore. (As well as to test out a new little tripod I got.) And it was a good one.

Monday, 16 July 2018

project 365: weeks twenty-seven & twenty-eight

So, I've been taking a lil' summer break, and honestly I might still continue being on one. But here's what I've been up to:

 183: Started the month by still helping my sister move house.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

project 365: week twenty-six

 176: You bet this is what my life is right now.

Monday, 25 June 2018

project 365: week twenty-five

 169: Went through all my jewellery boxes in order to start wearing stuff more often again!

Saturday, 23 June 2018

midsummertime sadness

In contrast to this, I wanted to write about a bout of summertime sadness that surfaced this week. Because even though I'm still happy about summer and excited about all the tiny things I have planned, I have layers and I'm also feeling sad. Maybe it isn't summer related at all, but that's how it started.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

the national museum of finland

A while back (hence no leaves on trees), on one of my Helsinki visits, I went to the National Museum.

Monday, 18 June 2018

project 365: week twenty-four

 162: I started the week by actually being outside. My plan was to do a food shop, but it turned into a whole saga. My usual shop was closed for renovations so I went into the city for nothing and decided to get back towards home to go to my #2 shop. But I ended up forgetting some things and had to go to yet another shop. I actually really like food shopping and browsing in them, but this was too much. Haha.

Friday, 15 June 2018

sintra: palácio da pena

 I think a lot of people think of the Pena Palace when they think about Sintra. And it's no wonder - it's one of the most stunning places I've ever visited and definitely a bucket list worthy location. There's so much to see and every corner of the palace is the prettiest. I mean, I really struggled to pick favourites out of all the photos I took because I liked them all, so here's plenty of them:

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

sintra: castelo dos mouros

 It's a year since I left Portugal, but I still have a couple of posts from back then to share - from everyone's favourite fairy tale town, Sintra. Even on an overcast (but hot) day, every corner of Sintra was so pretty, and our first stop was at the Castelo dos Mouros. Or the Castle of the Moors.

Monday, 11 June 2018

project 365: week twenty-three

 155: A lot of the uni books I'm wanting to read have been checked out of the library (actually went to the library to get books that weren't there because I forgot to check if they're available beforehand..), so I've actually been reading for fun last week. And will hopefully continue to do so this week.

Friday, 8 June 2018

working out when you have chronic pain

Honestly, this is not something I'd thought ever to confess as I've tried to maintain my image and reputation of laziness and 'oh-I-don't-exercise' nonsense, but most of the time I enjoy working out. The gym's not for me, but for almost two years (!) I've had some kind of a workout routine going on that I can do at home. I even mentioned it in passing on here once to hold myself accountable. And I mean, it's kind of worked.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

summer at home

Growing up we never went on a summer holiday in the sense I understood that word. I was on holiday from school, we would sometimes visit a different city in Finland, and that was it. Mostly I spent my summers at my grandparents' or at home, usually splitting the time between the two. I'd sometimes ask to go somewhere, to go abroad, especially when I heard about my friends' plans - who'd often go to the Canary Islands or somewhere else that sounded fun and more exciting than two nights in a Finnish town. But at the same time, I always loved my summers.

Monday, 4 June 2018

project 365: week twenty-two

 148: I got tricked by The Body Shop's 3 for 2 offer, but have been liking this so far!

Monday, 28 May 2018

project 365: week twenty-one

 141: I started the week with an exciting day of cleaning the flat and doing other boring things like shining my shoes.

Saturday, 26 May 2018

hietaniemi cemetery

Another cemetery post, because who doesn't love cemeteries? I didn't think photos of the presidents' graves would be that interesting to anyone else but me, so I'm not sharing those. (There's a part of Mannerheim's tombstone, though, if you can and want to spot it.) Maybe when I complete my collection with the missing two, I'll post about it, because apparently I now collect pictures of presidents' graves. Sounds about right for a strange new hobby for me to have. But here's some other little shots and impressions of the Hietaniemi cemetery.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

florals at the cemetery

 Not too long ago I was talking about wanting to explore the Hietaniemi cemetery in Helsinki this summer, and now I've already started my exploration. The cemetery is quite large, though, so I know I'll need to go back for at least one more (most likely two) trip at some point. But even this short look around it was so lovely!

Monday, 21 May 2018

project 365: week twenty

 134: Last Monday I started the week with a trip to Helsinki to see my mum for belated Mother's Day activities. We spent the day in Hietaniemi exploring the cemetery, having a picnic and swimming on the beach. It was good, but I only got to see about a third of the cemetery and am excited to go back to see more/all of it. I could explore cemeteries all day!

Friday, 18 May 2018

vintage honey(duke)

 I had lots of spring outfits, like this one, planned out but it seems like we're now fully in summer and most of these spring outfits I had in my head won't work in the heat. It's been +30°C and I was not prepared for that! I've already started swimming in the sea, eating ice cream outside and sleeping with the window open, so if I have to stop doing these things and start wearing leggings or other warm things again, I'm going to be bummed.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

azores: mosteiros

Another one of my Azores favourites was Mosteiros. It's the prettiest, most quaint little town and definitely worth checking out if you're in São Miguel. The name of Mosteiros means monastery in English and it's called that because one of the islets looks like a church. I really loved it!

Monday, 14 May 2018

project 365: week nineteen

 127: After my almost-a-week in Helsinki, I had a migraine on Monday and just stayed in bed with my three-day-old plaits and the remnants of the day before's make-up. Charming.

Friday, 11 May 2018

azores: sete cidades

 One of the main things I had wanted to see in São Miguel, and the Azores in general, was Sete Cidades. If you google Azores, the chances are that pictures of this stunning place pop up. And no wonder, the crater lakes, the volcano, the village and everything in the area is simply gorgeous.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

azores: museu militar dos açores

 I think it's become somewhat clear that I'm into my museums and history. It'll be no surprise that I had to squeeze in at least one museum visit on my Azores trip. And the Museum Militar dos Açores was well worth seeing!

Monday, 7 May 2018

project 365: week eighteen

 120: It has been such a long week so this feels like it was a small forever ago. But, on Monday I basically just had a day of running errands, such as walking through the woods to the post office. It's annoyingly far, but a pretty walk nonetheless!

Friday, 4 May 2018

azores: whale watching

 Whale watching is a major attraction to anyone going to the Azores and, honestly, it was a highlight for me too. It was so good! These are all basically just the same photo of the ocean over and over, but I couldn't help but include them all.

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

the azores: ponta delgada

 I honestly thought I had blogged about my trip to the Azores when it happened last May, but it turns out I haven't. So get ready for lots of Azores pictures and posts! My friend Camilla and I spent a few days on the São Miguel Island, which is the largest of the islands. And it was such an amazing time in such a gorgeous place.

Monday, 30 April 2018

project 365: week seventeen

 113: I thought I was starting the week well with some ice cream, only remembering I'm supposed to be glutenfree half-way through this tub. This brownie one was the only lactose-free ice cream of this size (i.e. not a huge tub and not a single ice lolly) at my usual supermarket, so I'll have to start going someplace else for all my ice cream needs!

Friday, 27 April 2018

porto: antiga, mui nobre, sempre leal e invicta

 One of the cities in Portugal I'd like to go back to and explore more of is Porto. All the red roofs (I'd call that orange but every Portuguese person I've met insists the roofs are red), the river, old buildings and walls, little alleyways and the atmosphere make for such a charming place. And I also like the city's motto Antiga, Mui Nobre, Sempre Leal e Invicta (Old, Most Noble, Always Loyal and Undefeated) - I like it when places have mottos in general! Porto really is quite cute.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

managing (chronic) pain

Tomorrow's my 11-year-anniversary with my chronic headache, so what could be more appropriate than another little post on chronic pain? An alternative title for this post I had is "managing pain and how I fail at it" because like any human bean, I have periods of time when I don't do well with the things I know I should be doing, others when I'm managing much better and sometimes I don't even know what I should be doing to feel okay. And, honestly, I'm currently living through a larger patch of having struggles. So, even though when I began writing this it was with informing and helping others in mind, maybe I'm really trying to help myself along the way, too.

Monday, 23 April 2018

project 365: week sixteen

 106: Starting the week excitingly with a laundry day. My Moomin bag is cute, though!

 107: I'm still knitting the same thing, but almost done with this and thinking about new projects to start.

 108: A tiny view.

 109: I'm trying to go outside more often. As most of my time is spent inside either doing research or avoiding doing research, and I don't have anything regular I need to get out of the house for, often I don't. So I'm trying to make an effort to go outside every day, even if it's just walking around the block. I sound like such an old lady! But I am enjoying seeing all the doggos on my walks.

 110: I had a dentist appointment in the morning which, again, was an irregularity in my monotonous life. Getting up to be in town for 8am isn't something I've had to do for so long and it felt like such an accomplishment to have everything done before noon. It also reminded me of how much I like mornings and that I should start getting up earlier again.

 111: The weather was quite pretty last week. And obviously on a warm and sunny Saturday I decided to spend the day inside cleaning. Haha!

112: A delightfully boring Sunday of ugly cheese (and tomato) on toast and listening to podcasts. I've been listening to Modern Love lately. It's different from my usual true crime based podcasts but I've been enjoying it.

What did you do last week?

Friday, 20 April 2018

helsinki bits

Here's just some more little pictures from when I was in Helsinki with my mum. And I have plans to go back next week as well, so if I get up to anything exciting I might post some more Helsinki things!

Wednesday, 18 April 2018


When in Helsinki, I made a brief visit to the Sinebrychoff Art Museum - a museum I hadn't actually heard of before but ended up thoroughly enjoying. I love discovering new (and pretty) places, and this one was definitely worth experiencing. Although, it may have left me longing for a life I may possibly never be able to live!

Monday, 16 April 2018

project 365: week fifteen

 099: Living that boring life.

Friday, 13 April 2018

second hand flowers and spring

 Since there's virtually no spring flowers yet, I'm wearing tiny flowers of my own - in the form of this jumper. Which I would've really liked anyway, but obviously like more knowing that it was a second hand shop find for a couple of Euros. I love second hand shops. 

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

two mumin kaffe moments

 If you didn't know it already, I love the Moomins and I have always loved the Moomins. I grew up in the 90s Moomin boom and am very happy to be living in the current Moomin boom now, as it means there's so many exciting Moomin things and products. The latest Moomin thing I've gotten into are the Mumin Kaffes (i.e. Moomin cafés) by visiting two of them in Helsinki last Friday. (Yes, two in one day!)

Sunday, 8 April 2018

project 365: week fourteen

 Decided to post this on Sunday instead of Monday since I've not had the energy to get any other posts ready this week. So here's what I've been up to this week (spoiler alert: not much):

 092: Still eating all the chocolate on Easter Monday!

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

figueira da foz

This time last year I made the first of my many trips to Figueira da Foz. Figueira is only about an hour on the train away from Coimbra (where I lived), so what could be better on a day off than going to the beach! Now looking out thew window to a gloomy, rainy day in Finland, it's a bit bittersweet thinking about Portugal.

Monday, 2 April 2018

project 365: week thirteen

 085: Running errands in the city and it's so exciting to see more stalls appear at the market square. Now they've mostly been Easter/spring flowers, but pretty sure there'll be more within a month or two. I am very much looking forward to buying veg, fruit and berries from local sellers once it's time for all that!

Friday, 30 March 2018

life with chronic pain

On this blog and on social media, I often mention in passing how I've been feeling ill/poorly, having migraines or headaches, but I've never been more explicit on the matter. And for quite a while now I have actually wanted to start talking more about these topics, maybe even health (physical and mental) in general. Because, here's the thing: I've lived with chronic pain for over a decade now. It has not been a fun experience.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

butterflies in a field

 I don't know who and where I thought I was, believing that wearing a mere t-shirt would be enough. Granted it was quite warm, but I still could only bear to take my coat off for two seconds. I just wanted to wear this skirt and as soon as this t-shirt (and some other Adidas bits) arrived, I felt optimistic and deceived by the warmth of the sun I could feel through the window and changed from a more weather-appropriate outfit to this.

Monday, 26 March 2018

project 365: week twelve

078: Started the week with uni work. V. boring.
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