Sunday, March 31, 2013

Weekend In Turku

 HAPPY EASTER everyone!

I'm back from my weekend trip to Turku, so I thought I'd share a few photos from this nice city and its surroundings. I've been there 3 times already and will probably go again at summer, as it's much nicer to walk around in the sun. Still, we had quite nice weather and snow is starting to melt quite rapidly, so all good, spring is (almost) here! Again, Happy Easter, have a great time together with your family and friends!
A quick note before the end - HAPPY BIRTHDAY bro'! Have a good one!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Virvon Varvon!

No, there's no swearing in the title! On the contrary, it's all good! Just that I still have no clear clue about what this "spell" actually means! Basically, it is a Finnish Easter tradition, where on Palm Sunday kids go trick-or-treating (girls usually dressed like witches, boys.. I've seen lots of Zoro's this year), caring limbs of willow, decorated with colourful feathers and saying/wishing:
“Virvon varvon, tuoreeks terveeks, tulevar vuueks, vitsa sulle, palkka mulle.”
I can't really rely on Google Translate, as the result given is "Virvon varvon, tuoreeks terveeks, tulevar vuoeks, rod for you, pay me.", but hubby said it's a wish for health and spring revival and all that jazz! As thank you, people give candy to children, and they give back a decorated branch. Pretty!


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Food In Rome

While in Rome, I got to try some Italian tastes, from pasta and pizza to prosciutto, cheese and icecream. Below are just a few photos of the goodies I (and my friends) got to eat, or just "admire" in the windows. And this concludes my posting activity of the day.. wow, 2 posts in a row.. yey me!

Architecture In Rome

I'm back from Rome.. what a beautiful weekend we had, and what a great time! Lots of sun and lots of fun, pasta, pizza and gelato! Add to that some photo sessions, and there you have it, pretty much a perfect weekend! I only had the 50mm lens for the Nikon, hence the tips and tops of the buildings, but I also had a pocket Canon for snaps here and there, so there are plenty of photos in the folder! More to come in the next posts, til then, have a good week everyone!

Saturday, March 9, 2013


Beautiful flowers from my husband (celebrating Women's Day), fun in the snow with Pickles, and walks in the sun (though still freezing, -7 last time I checked).. this is how my Saturday looks like, so far.. wish you all a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Book Tag

1. On average, how many books do you read in a month? No more than 3, but most probably just 1, or maybe 2, depends a lot on the genre and my free time I guess. I've read 3 books in February, all online (, in pdf format, about 150-200 pages each (detective novels). But there are also months when I don't feel like reading at all.

2. When do you read? (At night, during the day, commuting to work, etc) Usually in the evening, before going to sleep, sometimes while commuting to work, sometimes AT work and almost every time I fly.

3. Do you have a favorite spot to read at home or do you read anywhere and everywhere? I usually read in bed, or in the massage chair - in both cases I get very sleepy. 

4. If you could live in a fictional world, what book world would you choose? A world and an era where I could wear dresses like these.

5. What fictional book characters do you most relate to or would like to be friends with? At this point I'd like to meet a Romanian detective (former math professor, very strict and tough, having the nickname of "The Samurai"), just to give her a head to toe beauty makeover and tell her to get a grip, a husband and a life!

6. If you had to invite three characters over for dinner, who would you invite and why? Miss Marple, Monsieur Poirot and Alex Delaware, so I can hear all about their cases.

7. If you could mandate that everyone read one book, what would it be and why? I wouldn't, because everyone's taste is different, what could be the best book in my opinion, could be the worst for others. My all time favourite (so far) is Philip Roth's "The Dying Animal". I had no idea until now that a movie based on the novel was released in 2008 - Elegy. Guess what I'll be watching tonight!

8. Do you read reviews before you read a book (if you know you are going to read it)? I don't, but I usually ask for my husband's opinion, since we have similar tastes and he reads more than me. If a book has an intriguing plot or end, I read reviews after I finish it, just to see what other people think of it.

9. Do you judge books by their covers? No.

10. EReaders vs Books vs Audiobooks: thoughts? I still prefer normal books, in spite of having 2 Kindles in the house. I use the Kindle mostly when I fly and most of the books we buy nowadays are in Kindle version. I'm not a fan of audiobooks and love the atmosphere in libraries.

11. What is your favorite book from childhood? I was reading a lot when I was a kid, as in A LOT! This comes to mind now: Nikolay Nosov's The Adventures of Dunno and his Friends

12. What genre do you refuse to read? Why? I'm not into SF and "Harry Potter" kind of books. I don't know why, I just don't like the genre.

Source: google

Monday, March 4, 2013

Sunday, March 3, 2013

(Spring) Pink

No, we do not have such nice colours around yet, in fact, after a few days of almost spring, winter came back, and so did the snow. Which means temperatures below 0, slush or ice and "all that jazz".. needless to say, I hate it, BUT it's March already, so I guess it won't be that long until the much awaited spring shows up on our street. Below photo is from last year's spring/summer "collection" and it was taken in my parents' yard. Have a good week ahead!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Martisor (1St Of March)

On the 1st of March Romanian people celebrate the beginning of spring, and the symbol of this celebration is "martisor". Boys give this "amulet" (or cards and flowers) to us, girls, and we pin it on our clothes, "on display" until the 8th of March, when Mother's (Women's) Day is celebrated.

You can read more about this tradition here and see samples of "martisor" here. Although we don't celebrate this in Finland, I always get a card from my parents, which was the case this year too, the card arrived yesterday, happy days!