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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


Bincci brought back to life

 Dubrovnik, Croatia

Anybody here?

For a sometime already I've been struggling with the thought should I or should I not start writing my blog again and bring it back to life. I was wondering if I have the time to keep this going and it feels stupid to start something if it ends with just one post. But then again, writing is one of my biggest pleasures, so I thought why the heck not?

 1. Sarajevo, Bosnia&Herzegovina 2. Zadar, Croatia 3. Venice, Italy

So here I am again. Vanished for two years but will now give my best to boost this blog up. Since I have been absent for so long, I thought my first (and hopefully not the last) post could be a sort of a review on how things are right now with pictures mixed from past two years. So here we go!

1. Dubrovnik, Croatia 2. Kozarac, B&H 3. Sarajevo, B&H 

So i'm 22 years old now. I still live in Kuopio, Finland and I still am from Bosnia & Herzegovina (wow some things never change). Anyhow, I study Clinical Nutrition in University of Eastern Finland, located here in Kuopio. I'm now doing my third year and have still at least two years to go. For next year I am planning to apply for an exchange somewhere in german-speaking Europe.

So why german-speaking countries? This is what most people ask me when I tell them about my plans. Most people seem to think America or some exotic country more pleasant for exchange year. It's as simple as that I wish to learn the language. I started studying german when I was 10-years old and continued untill 16 years old. You would think that person would learn all kinds of things in 6 years of studying but to be honest I know less than Jon Snow. I think I'm good with languages but there is something with this german language that doesnt stick to my brain. Furthermore my sister, Elvira (the middle one of us), learned the language and moved to Austria, got a job and is doing really good. So german language seems like a useful skill to know!

1. & 2. Graz, Austria 3. Königsee, Austria 4. Salzburg, Austria

So what else? I still live with my dear sister (oldest) Hermina, who is still active in the blogging world (check: lolim te), but I think that pretty soon she will move away (that traitor plans to graduate from biomedicine real soon) and I will be left alone far in the North and cold. Guess I'll freeze to death. Although I have my endless resource of chocolate and coffee to keep me warm.

I used to work in McDonalds but recently I quit that job. I'm still getting used to a life without work, but I'm trying to take everything out of it. I've been stuidying like never before, but I've also visited my friends way, way more than before. Most of my friends live in another cities so it's important to have time to travel around. I also think it's important to be able to visit my parents as much as possible and they live non the less than 170 km away.

1. Graz, AU 2. & 3. Sarajevo, B&H

The time I've been gone, I have visited many places. My new tactic is to travel both during summer and winter. Don't ask me where I get my money for that, because I honestly don't know the answer for that. Anyhow I have visited Bosnia&Herzegovina of course. Some places that I've been before and also many new ones! My new "hobby" seems to be getting to know my Herzegovinian part of family, which gives an awesome opportunity to travel to new places. I've got to know awesome people and wonder how the heck all the new family members I meet, seem to be so alike. There is definitely something in our genome.

Other places I've visited are Wien and Salzburg in Austria, Budapest in Hungary, Croatia with all Hvar island, Split, Dubrovnik ... You name it! Venice and Milano in Italy and soon also Prague in Czeck Republic. And probably there are also other places that I have forgotten. 

 Hvar & Split, Croatia

The most rememberful trip was this years' trip to Bosnia-Herzegovina and especially the part we visited the mountines, Dinaric Alps, with Highlander adventures and Zana, long lost cousin, that has an awesome blog World of a travelholic (check: World of a travelholic). You should check that out asap! Highlander adventured however were awesome hiking guides and tour guides in Sarajevo. I think they can tell a story of every brick you see in Bosnia&Herzegovina and they will tell the history of it with such an enthusiasm that you get the feeling that that particular brick is the most meaningful thing in the whole world. So if you want to go hiking in Dinaric Alps (wich is one of the must-to-do things) or just feel like visiting Sarajevo, please contact Highlander adventures through their website (check: Highlander Adventures). Great guys, who make sure your trip is more than just a trip.

This years adventures will anyhow make to its own post, so will keep my lips sealed 'till then.  If I had to meantion something from past 2014-2015 travels I think it would be new places, like Salzburg and Graz but also Hvar island in Croatia and Stolac, Bosnia-Herzegovina. (As you can see I'm not good in picking one) Going to Graz and Salzburg was the first time for me to see some christmas markets in such a glory as they were in Austria. I think that was the part that made them so unforgottable .. Hvar was awesome with its' sole existence, being island and all. And what comes to Stolac, it's part of Herzegovina that I had never visited but where big part of my family comes from. It was exhilarating to meet new family members and see all those parts that I know my grandmom once called home.

  1. Split, Croatia 2. Klis, Croatia 3. Sarajevo, B&H

 Hvar, Croatia - Stolac, B&H - Sarajevo B&H

I think this is enough for now. Hope you enjoyed it and give me some thumbs up here if you'd like to here more :) That would difinitely help me getting back on track.

Ps. As you can see, picking just "few" pictures from past two years was truly hard for. But there are plenty more; if you want to see more pictures from these two years that I couldn't fit in this post, please go follow my instagram account @binnchi or just check it out if you are being curious :) 

- Bina