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9.04.2017

First days in Hohenheim

My first days in Stuttgart, or Hohenheim to be exact, are now behind me. And guess what, I'm still alive! Somone said it's gon' be easy but for me everything is a challenge. I think in one way I have got used to having everything so easy. Or maybe it's something we all have since everything is easy if you are used to it. In a new place even making dinner is a challenge.
So I came here on Friday around 3 p.m. That is when I realized I actually have to share my apartment with other people. Seriously, four other people, one toilet, one bathroom and one kitchen. And I thought living with my sister was tight.. So first thing I did I tried to find the food store. And for some reason my google maps got crazy at the same point of the road each time I passed it.. But I found the store, yippee I didnt have to starve. How hard can it be to find a place that is only 1 km away from you, honestly? 


Now these first days I've felt like a cinderella. Although I do love cleaning so this works for me just fine. And what else would I do here? But this apartment looks like no one has ever cleaned it. Even the microwave took me almost 30 minutes; you can imagine the amount of dirt. And there are still some nasty places left. But I'm starting to feel content. If my landlord is reading this, You should be paying me for staying here and not other way around 😇. 

The second day I didn't want to get out of bed so I wouldn't have to face the day. It actually felt really depressing and I had zero motivation. All I wanted is to sleep or watch Netflix and think I am still at home in Finland. So I slept, for 13 hours (oh yes), before I surrendered to my fate and got up. And even if I thought it would be way too hard to find the Ikea and I imagined hundreds of reasons not to go there I found out that things usually work out just fine. And I felt so smart since I took an empty suitcase with me and filled it up with Ikea stuff. So much easier to carry than in some Ikea bags pff.

Now when I think about it everything I stress about is kind of nonsense. It's not like I'm abroad for the first time nor in Germany. But still everything seems so much more difficult over here. The worst thing is to actually know what you should do each day. Maybe it would work better if I had a plan for each day, like a written timetable or something. This way I stay in bed for hours just because I can. 


Now Sunday, the devil. I was sooo happy to wake up in the morning. Put my make up on, took my backpack and headed for the food store just to find out that everything is closed on Sundays. Now I wonder how does any country work with being closed on Sundays? Doesn't it leave its mark on the economy at least. And I do love food shopping on Sundays, it's my food shopping day. But no, German law doesn't let me continue this tradition so I decided to starve for today. Lucky I had some bread and yoghurt in the fridge.



Since the food store was closed I decided to take a walk around my new neighbourhood. I closed the Google Maps for a moment and started just walking around. So I found the University area and the place where I am supposed to go tomorrow. And I found the Hohenheim Palace that by Wikipedia was built in 1818. So I sat there enjoying the sun and then headed back to my apartment. It was pretty exciting to see fields around the University area. I've been pretty bored with normal city view so this is a really nice change. I think I'll find myself wandering around the fields frequently 😸. The true country girl has awaken!

5.04.2017

Vappu



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Vappu. That's a finnish name for Mayday/1st of May. The fun thing is that in Finland 1st of May is celebrated 30th of April since who wouldn't want to steal one extra day for celebration? Actually everything in Finland is celebrated one day in advance. We call it the Eve-culture. With this Eve-culture you can celebrate as hard as you want and then have this communal hangover experiences the day that the rest of the world is celebrating. I think this is pretty awesome.  

30th of April

So what happens in finnish Vappu? I'll tell you about my experience. So on the Vappu-eve, 30/4 I woke up early. I had to have as many colors on me as possible so the make up was really important. So flashy make up and glitter nails are a MUST. Plus if you are daring you can also color your hair to various of colors. Pink and blue with an addition of some glitter is a good combination of hair coloring.


At 12 am. (And I was late) I went to my friends place. Her boyfriend offered me a home made beer from a wine glass. That started my day just fine. After a drink we headed to our University. At Uni we have our own rooms for each Faculty/Main subject. So we from the Clinical Nutrition have our own room as well. And that is where the party started. Music was on and the room as well as the corridor in front of it was full of people in green overalls. We had delicious food and free drinks offered to us. So what else do you need for a party? 

Getting to know new people gets pretty easy at Vappu. Everyone is happy and ready for small talk and that is amazing since Finns usually avoid small talk. So when it is time for Vappu, we drink, sing and fool around. All in our small room at Uni.


Time flied pass really quick. That meant heading to the center to see a statue cleaned. After the royal cleaning of the statue, it recieves a graduation cap. After that, around 6 pm., all of us place our white (or yellow if it has seen many parties) graduation caps on our heads and drink a toast of sparkling wine. This is a very important tradition that we do every single year.


 Caps on our heads and drinks in our hands it was time to start the evening. We headed to somebodys apartment for a before-party. Beer-pong, music and more unknown faces that you have to get acquainted with. And by the way we won at beer pong. And to us it was wine-pong. 


 After wineponging it was time to continue our journy. So our legs carried us one kilometer further to another apartment.  Again new people and good, tasty red wine. When the bottle was empty we headed to my apartment to get some more and then took a taxi to the last party place that was mostly for Medicine students. The place was full so dancing was a challenge.

When the body was tired and mind half asleep, it was time to go home. 3 am.

1. May 

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The next day was all about gathering to heal our wounds from the night before. I drank my coffee and ate some cookies and headed out to enjoy the sunny day, with the white graduation cap still on my head. I met my sister and her friends in the center where some people from last night were all saying Hello to me but I just couldn't recognise them. I waved back as if I knew them and carried on. We sat down to enjoy coffee on a terrace cafe, bought some candy and drank Sima . Sima is a traditional drink you have to enjoy during Vappu. It's a bit too sweet for my taste but once a year won't kill anyone. Afterwards we had a little walk around a pretty lake where I stayed with friends from Uni. Picnic is a thing that people do around Europe for Mayday so we do it as well. Picnic or healing wounds.. Whatever you want to call it. 

- Bina

3.31.2017

Vienna to Praha

18th Dec 2016 -  3rd Jan 2017

 Vienna, Austria 

Oo oo it's time for travel post guys! I don't know about you but they are my own personal favorite. Not because there are waaay to many photos to go through but because, well, let's face it; We love traveling.

So I think winter holidays are the best time to go abroud. Why? Well because it's freaking cold and dark in Finland. Literally the sun never gets up. When it does, it's freeeezing so you can't possibly go out to see the sun. Plus it lasts like couple hours or so?
I think it's totally lunatic to stay in Finland during this horribly hard and dark times. (a great excuse to go a little souther)


 Prague, Czech Republic
 Vienna, Austria
 
So my "south" this year was Austria and Czech Republic. In Austria I visited Vienna of course, since my sister moved there. And I kind of know the place already, it's actually starting to feel like home for some damn reason. Not that I need more new homes, I think I have way too many already. Let's count: 1. Kozarac; my parents' birth place and my so called "home town". Fckn great place actually. 2. Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. This is because I practically live there during summertime. 3. Mikkeli, my birthplace. Obviously I visit there almost every weekend 'coz of friends and family. 4. Kuopio, I'm still making this city my home but at least my apartment is my home. It's way too small but damn it's cozy!
So the conclusion of all this is; I don't need a new home.

Vienna, Austria 

  Vienna, Austria - Hundertwasserhaus

Vienna, Austria - Kunsthistorische museum

 Yeah it's beautiful. Schloss Schönbrunn, Hundertwasserhaus, Prater, Stefansplatz, Kunsthistorisches Museum.. All these place I can recommend. And of course the shopping abilities are just awesome. I might have bought cosmetics for the whole year since they are basically free in Austria. At least compared to how much I would spend in Finland. And the christmas markets that were everywhere. 

Last time I was in Vienna I didn't spend much time in museums and such so I did it this time. Kunsthistorische museum I can recommend to everyone. It's huge and really fascinating things in there from really old times. Everything comes with a story. 


My favorite piece of were these three sculptures about a woman and her lifesycle. From young teenage girl to pregnant and to old. Very realistic and beautiful. A human body is a beautiful thing. More beautiful when it's showed as it is in reality. All those way too beautiful pictures where everything is photoshopped to look exactly the same as in every other picture you see, are getting so boring. Let us see the ugly truth that isn't really ugly but beautiful

Prague, Czech Republic


This was my first time in Czech Republic and Prague. FIrst time if we don't count the time when I was just a child, since I sure don't remember it. I actually didn't even know I've been there before my sister told me that I have. So guess it doesn't count. 


Prague became my favorite place the second I got out of the bus that took us from Vienna to Prague. I don't think I can even explain to you how beutiful it is. It's a romantic city. Somehow it's dark with all those dark colored buildings and scary torture museums. I literally saw several torture museums and the one that stuck in my mind was "Medieval torture instrument museum". I didn't enter them though because I think i'm way too "chicken" for that. But when I visit Prague next time I'll try to be brave. And with all this darkness there was also art. All over the place you see old sculptures and the most talented buskers; street-music-players. I heard this young person singing with a loud voice the most beutiful songs and some old man playing a harp. And you just can not to stop and stare. Usually people who play or sing on the streets aren't THAT talented. It's unbelievable. 




Thank you for reading and you deserve a chocolate bar if you made it this far 👏 . Now I think it's enough of winter already and we should start prepare for spring and summer since it's comiiin! My plans are to spend them in my hometown; Mikkeli. And probably I'll try to visit other hometowns like Kozarac and Sarajevo. I am also planning an Erasmus+ exchange year in Stuttgart, University of Hohenheim. Now I just have to send my application and wish really really hard that they will pick me. If not, I won't let them forget me and apply again next year. They just have to give in if I try over and over again, right? So thumbs up and fingers crossed that I will be accepted. 

Have a nice weekend everyone! 

- Bina
 

12.17.2016

Human to Human


'Alo! To my own surprise this new post comes really soon after the previous one where I updated my two years of absence to just one post (check: previous post) After posting I realized I still have some updating to do. So as you can see I have made some changes to my blogs layout. The biggest change is the banner but I have also added some direct links to my bloglovin and Instagram. I also noticed I have "gained" two years here so I had to update the "About me" part. I must admit it felt wrong to change the "20 year old" to 22 😇 

So this post I would like to dedicate to relationships.
In this world where we have many obligations with school, work or just life itself, I think many people forget the meaning of human relationships and social life. This came to my mind when a friend told me about a study that reported the biggest regrets old people in our society have in their lives. The study asked what do these people regret the most in their life and the answer was: Lack of studies.



Lack of studies? Well I get it since in those times people where almost forced to leave school and go to work. I wish the working situation would still be the same in our current world. But in their situation they went to work without completing high degree studies wich meant getting sacked every time the economical situation got bad. 

But really, Lack of studies? I use 90% of my time studying. So it includes school but also after school I often sit down on my butt to study, study, study. Maybe it tells something of my lack of concentration skills but I really do need all that time to keep up in my studies. This doesn't usually disturb me since I do enjoy what I am doing. But when it continues for a very long time in a row I start thinking about things I am missing. That usually rounds up with me missing my friends and family and the time I could spend with them.


I guess all this "what did you regret in your life" depends on how you spend it. But when time is limited I think lack of human relationships (or animal relationships) are the one thing you'll regret the most. So this post is dedicated to the loved ones. 


I have a good situation going on. I've made some really good friendships in university where everyone understand your lack of time. Also, most of my relationships have formed already in my early teenage years. These friendships have been there during good and the bad and have shaped me in a way that even I cant understand. These friendships are solid. They are ever-lasting and reliable. No need for me to even question that. These friends are in a distance so we do have to give an effort if we want to see each other face to face but luckily this has never been a problem for us. Also, these people are the ones that I am constantly in touch with through phone. And with constantly I do really mean constant messaging and calls, telling each other every step or every thought we get in our mind. And I am so thankful for that.

Family. They say blood is thicker than water (or even thicker than wine, they claim) and I think recently I have started to really notice that. I meantioned in my last post that in these past two years I have met many new family members. Second cousins, third cousins ... So on. These family things in Bosnia&Herzegovina differ from what I know in Finland for example. In Bosnian culture cousin is introduced to you as your sister or brother and second cousins as well as third, fourth ... are introduces as cousin or simply family. So I feel really close with these people. These "new" family members have become very meaningful part of my life. They ended up being very similar with me and my sisters so it was surprisingly easy to get to know them.


But lets not forget the closest family I have. As I told you I am living with my sister, Hermina (check: Lolim te). We have lived together past.. hmm three? years already. And no, we are not fighting. My second sister, Elvira, moved to Austria but luckily we are visiting her as much as possible. Last time we saw was during summer and now Hermina and I are going to Vienna to meet her again. My two older sisters have literally been part of my life since I was born. So we shaped each others, had our quarrels and have been each others' best friends. If you want to go out but there is no one around, always trust your sister to accompany you! 

Mom and Dad. They have not just given me life but they have raised me. Well they sometime say they did all wrong and goddamn the children, but in the end they are the ones who are the most proud of us. They leave everything they are doing just to help me or my sisters. If there is someone who would step in front of a bullet for me, it would be my mom and dad. But luckily I dont play with bullets so guys, you are safe!


Lastly, I want to share with you how I got to the situation where I understood the meaning of relationships. They are easy to take  for granted since they are there with you no matter what. But when I moved to Kuopio in 2013 I felt really alone. I was living with Hermina who spent her days at school when I was home alone. When she came home, I usually left for work and so we never really saw each other. Soon in 2014 I started studying in Universtity of Eastern Finland. At the same time I was doing work shifts as much as I could which resulted in me not being able to participate in many activities that were arranged for us to get to know other students. Well, despite the lack of participation I did find my group of people but since all those new things coming in front of me and the time I spent at work, I ended up being too tired to spend time with people and too tired to participate in our lectures at school. I studied at home during days and went to work in the evenings. And I didn't realize how much energy it took untill I resigned from work. That's why I took two months free from work and studies last summer to get the energy back. Best place for it was Bosnia-Herzegovina of course! Man, You did relax me well!

Now things are back to great. School is going on better than I thought, I have time to actually meet people and travel to see my friends.  The amount of energy I have now is sometimes hard to handle, so it sometimes results in too much cleaning or something. But hey, I enjoy it!

So, what's my advise for today: Take time to spoil yourself and your loved ones with spending time together. It doesn't need to be all special let's go hiking or to the movies, just sit down and talk (or pet the furry ones). There is nothing more special than that. 

- Bina