Being Back Home

It’s been a bit quiet here lately (except for the tribute to Voyager). This is largely due to an exam I had to study for. With that out of the way (I passed), I’m now back.  While I didn’t blog, I did sew, but that’s for another post. Right now, I thought I’d show a bit more of my (not so new anymore) home. First of all, I got some lovely gifts from friends and family in Italy and Switzerland:

Today Is Super! - Thank you again Seraina!

Today Is Super! – Thank you again Seraina!

The book I got from a dear friend in Switzerland. It’s a diary with many cheerful and happy suggestions of what to do with your day and then record it. I just love the positive attitude, not to mention the stickers! I also got a colourful notebook with inspirational quotes from a dear friend from Spain, but forgot to take a picture, as it resides in my purse. Thanks Esti!

In the picture above you can also see these weird jewelery-like pendants. These are glass markers so you don’t accidently take someone else’s drink, themselves made of fused glass. Aren’t they fabulous? My mum gave them to me after she found them in one of my Granddad’s cupboards. My Grandma must have bought or gotten them when they set up home in the 1950’s.

This next one is from PB’s mother:

Does This Look Familiar?

Does This Look Familiar?

When I saw this motto in a coffee shop on O’ahu I felt that it describes my morning attitude quite adequately. I asked the owner if they sold it, but they didn’t. So it was a very nice surprise when I saw this hanging in our room in PB’s parent’s house! I feel very welcomed by PB’s family, especially because they know of my not so nice sides and still (miraculously) seem to like me. So grazie mille Maria!

I had briefly mentioned before leaving for the summer holidays that my Mamma had been to Ikea with me. Here’s some of our loot:

We Now Have a Kitchen Table!

We Now Have a Kitchen Table!

Somehow the kitchen didn’t feel complete. But now with a table and chairs it feels like a place I can spend time with people while cooking. And that makes it a perfect kitchen. The other item I want to show is in the bathroom, which is still far from being perfect. But here goes:

A Towel Shelf! How Exciting (not)!

A Towel Shelf! How Exciting (not)!

So that’s the apartment part of the renewed tour of the place I now consider home. What I also want to show, is the city itself. Now, that’s not so easy, as it’s more like separate and quite diverse neighbourhoods dotted among the woods. I’ve already showed the woods, so here are some impressions of the city parts I most visit:

Keskusta - The city center

Keskusta – The city center

This is the view on the main shopping street (foto taken a few weeks ago when it was still warm). I like how lively it is on sunny days. In that respect the Finns and the Swiss are the same: as soon as there is a beam of sun, everybody heads out, as you never know how long it will last. What I also like about the city center is that all the shopping happens inside malls. Why I like that? Simple: I just don’t get tempted to shop! So I get less unneccesary stuff and also waste less time organising and cleaning it at home. Win!

Next up, the “piazza” in front of the supermarket we shop at most often:

K- and S-Markets - Always neighbours

K- and S-Markets – Always neighbours

Functional is what is needed in this context, not beauty. I am, however, amazed that you would put this huge space in front of a supermarket (it’s not a parking lot). But that’s probably my Swiss self that is used to the lack of horizontal space. It feels nice to have so much breathing space. Usually, if there aren’t any houses, there are trees. So from far away the neighbourhoods look like this:

Our Neighbourhood - seen from opposite the lake

Our Neighbourhood – seen from opposite the lake

Today it has started snowing.  However, the ground is not cold yet, as up to Friday we had around 15°-17°C. So I guess we’re in for a cold yet slushy Autumn. Argh! But let’s hope I’m wrong. Let’s hope it will turn out like last year:

University Building - Designed by Alvar Aalto

Sunny And Colourful!

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12 thoughts on “Being Back Home

  1. You know Aline, smiling is the universal language 🙂 Tell me how many days will remain the towel shelf SO ORDERED…wow…Thank you for keep on updating us! 🙂

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  2. Schön, dass dir s’Buech gfallt! 🙂 Bi immer no froh, hanis vor dim Bsuech am 1. Auguscht gfunde. Woni’s damals in New York kauft ha, hän mir eus nochher irgendwie nie gseh gha.

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  3. It’s so lovely to see your neighborhood and home! I love those drink markers especially as I’m constantly drinking from other people’s drinks accidentally! Finland looks very fresh compared to Singapore – I often wish we had a few days without humidity so I could think a little clearer…! How did the exam go? I’m sure you aced it! 🙂

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    • Thank you! The drinking out of other people’s glasses wasn’t so big a problem until recently, as we didn’t have many matching glasses. 😀
      It is indeed fresh, if not cold. At least we still didn’t go below 0°C…
      The exam went ok. I passed, though not as well as I had hoped. Oh well. It is over now and I learned a lot during studying, so it was definitely worth it!
      I just saw your white and red Anna, stunning!

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      • Ha ha! We used to have matching glasses, but I am very clumsy so we don’t have so many now…! Thank you! I wish I could work out a way to preserve the fabric for a little longer…!
        Wow! Not quite below zero? That’s still pretty cold! I’d love a bit of that freshness especially while knitting!
        Congratulations on passing the exam! I HATED exams and always went to pieces in them, so I’m always very impressed by people who can handle them! 🙂

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      • 😀 we just got a new set of Ikea glasses because they miraculously vanish one by one. Not to speak of the wine glasses. Every time we have guests, one just inevitably breaks. Sometimes the day after in the dishwasher, but 1 every time…
        Now it’s gotten warmer again, around 10°C, which is a temperature I can be happy with (especially on sunny days like yesterday). I agree though, knitting when it’s cold is so much nicer.
        I hated exams as well, but then I realised they don’t make the world end. It took me failing several important ones to get there, though.
        How do you do it now? Are your courses exam free?

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      • I think we need a trip to IKEA too because we may be reaching a point where we only have pilfered pint glasses to drink out of! I don’t know why they are so hard to break, but they makes me happy when they bounce! 🙂

        Ten degrees sounds heavenly! It’s still pretty hot here (I don’t know why I keep thinking it will change) and we are planning to go to the beach this weekend as it is a little cooler by the sea… I may even take my knitting – how cool I am! 😉

        I’ve never been a massive fan of exams mainly because they just seemed like a rubbish way of testing knowledge, especially as my degree was so research based. The courses I’m taking are all practical and so you work your way through the exercises each week and get marked on that – much better and infinitely less scary than one big exam at the end. I’m mainly just auditing them though, so no exams, but lots of learning! Hurray!

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      • I love pint glasses “sourced” from their original habitat! Unfortunately all the ones I got from Ireland broke at some point. I will just have to go back and obtain some more… 😉

        I would love to be by the sea right now. PB and I agreed on three features an optimal future living place should have: 1. it should be a city 2. it should be by the sea and 3. it should have warm weather all year round… Well, 0.5 out of 3 isn’t too bad for now. (At least that’s what I’m trying to convince me of)

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      • Good plan! I think most of ours are London pints, but there may still be some Dublin ones left! I saw a particularly nice Magners one last time we were there…

        I do really love being by the sea! You can certainly have warm weather all year round here in Singapore! I actually really really miss cold weather and the seasons, and I would LOVE to live in the middle of nowhere, so we can swap anytime! One day I will live on a nice cold deserted Scottish island…

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