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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