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February update from frozen Finlandia

 

💨  HOLA FROM FROZEN FINLAND  💨

I cant believe it’s already the end of February. Like whaat!!
It was just Christmas, those lovely lazy holidays, New Year with gorgeous fireworks and ”Champs”.
It was just January and Matka- Travel Fair with blogging and promo work, meeting the other newbies and now pretty much the last days of February.
Time really flies.. So I decided to update my life a bit before I have to go to work.
Especially on days like today, I wish I had one of those jobs I can do also remote, not needed to go out- since it is freezing cold there!! – 22 C this morning! Holy sheep! It is so damn cold!!
Am not a winter person at all.
Instead winter-winter I wish we had two autumns, snow only on Christmas / during the holiday- that would be perfect!
Even our dog, who absolutely loves snow and playing in that cold stuff (dogs like their owners  – really😂) doesnt want to stay there, she goes to pee & runs back to the door like please let me in-now!
Well cant blame her!!

MY WASSUP UPDATE
As you may have noticed, I havent really been much here.
I have been working in different locations. It sucks, not that I have shifts to do, but it’s the job, you know.
I have to do those grocery shifts because those shifts pays my bills and I get to travel a bit too.
Those are the places where my mini-money comes from, not from this blog or any other social media stuff, which I would love to. So I hope that would change a bit someday.
Not that I would expect to have Uncle Scrooges millions & do the daily money swim.
My dream job would be something to do with travelling of course, socical media stuff too- but am open to everything. I know, I have a lot to do to get there and have many competitor..
But hopefully one day something like those’d be my real job.
Nora my fellow-blogger says ”if you can dream it, you can achieve it”! I Love that!
Even though my dreamjob isnt the most realistic now, im not letting it go! I just found it.
It took me so many years to realize what is ”my thing”, so am ready to work for my dream(s), ready to do ”what ever” to achieve my dream, to do what am passionate about.

I met Nora and other bloggers Marko, Heta, Heli & Anna-Maria at the Travel Fair, in Helsinki last month, they were there for the first time as blogger / press as well.
We all had busy schedules, spots to see and people to meet, so we didnt get to spend that much time together, but it was great to meet them and we also decided to have a class reunion next year 😉
That’s a promise to keep!

SWEET PROMISES
I decided not to make any New Year promises as mentioned on my previous post.
I decided not to, cos I finally realized it’s just waste of time and energy cos cant keep those.
It depends of course what kind of promises we are talking about, if it has something to do with losing weight.. well I suck! Im like Garfield, I love food! 🙂
Past years I have decided I start eating better & exercise more, starting on January of course, but next I notice oh shit, it’s Midsummer and I only have two or less months till our summer holiday. Panic!
I start running like crazy those stairs next to our house, pumping the iron, spending 30 minutes on crosstrainer each day and leaving all sh*it from my meals (low carb is my thing).

So I simply decided not to stress myself with these kinda stuff anymore, instead just eat better and move my as* more, sounds simple and doable, right?!
Well, am still pretty much in same shape than two months ago cos I already had two holidays.
Like I said am kinda like Garfield. I just love to taste ”every” food where ever I travel, those stuff are usually much better than in Finland & I dont want to low-carb every day on my holiday.. I mean look at this pizza!


But I do eat shitty-food home too sometimes cos work too, cant just blame holidays.
Before I heard people were blaming their bad shape and bad eating habits cos shitty work schedules, I thought that bullshit and people been just lazy etc.
But now that I have been doing these shifts I have noticed that’s true & you can put some blame to that.
I do pretty much from 14:15-21:15 shitfs, which means I only have two 12 minutes break (at some places 15 minutes), but it doesnt mean you can keep your 12-15 minutes.
Sometimes I just get to the restroom and the bell rings..
I managed to have only once full break there and it was only because it’s was super cold day.
At some places it takes even some minutes to get to your locker-room and then the fridge is in different place, so what do I do- bite a quick snack and drink a  lot of energy drinks to keep me going.
Not good.
But what is good though that I actually started to eat bit better and do squads, abs & inner tights after Spain, so am not that sucky person than last year (or past years) 😀 Been on low-carb last past week and it makes me feel good, have much more energy!
So maybe that no promises works.. 😉

DECISIONS
Let’s talk more about work. So I also decided that I would do anything to find that real-right job for me.
I do those grocery shifts, as mentioned, but I decided to hunt for my dreams, find and chase my dream job.
Or at least find a job I would enjoy to do, not just the one that pays my bills.
Those shifts now pays my bills etc. but I dont know how long I can keep doing those?!
Those shifts are so tiring, so when I get home im so exhausted so I wanna do nothing.
On morning am just too tired cos cant sleep well cos the huge amount of sugar and stress.
Anyway, I dont just blame those shitty shifts but you got the point.
If you havent done similar job, you dont know. So I stopped ”judging” people too.
And yes, am pleased to have these shifts, even though I dont enjoy doing those- which is funny cos people has told me that they like my smily, friendly attitude and professional skills with different customers.
Hmm.. maybe I should skip my writing dreams and focus more on acting?! Hahhaha 😉

Job hunting
I have been looking for jobs and found few interesting ones.
I have sent some applications already, just sketching one- to a company I would really like to work for.
Keep your thumbs up for me, por favor!
Note to those recruiters, if you got or get my application, you know am really interested since I dont just send applications to every possible places. At least not yet. So check me out first and others wish me luck!!

I already got some rejection emails back, which is not necessarily bad thing, cos now I can think what to do better and I like getting a reply, even though it’s no thanx.
Some has even explained which kind of they hired and other told me that they cant offer me a job because im overqualified. Ok. That made me thinking does it mean im too old?!
I mean am 37, so is that nice way to say we dont want a granny here?!
I dont think I look or even behave like a granny.. hmm..


PS Please, dont be offended with that granny comment!
PPS If you have a job for me or know who is looking for my kind of persons, lemme know!

Here is my business card which says:
– Over 15 years of customer service experience
– Over 7 years of administrative/executive assistant experience
– VIPA: Music & Media – entertainment business education (graduated 2011)
– Travel Business studies travel agent/ travel services management (graduated 2017,
am not really sure about the english title)

HOLIDAY UPDATE
Yes, I already had those two fat holidays which is pretty unusual!
We usually keep our winter holiday week on January-February and travel next time on Easter.
But this is surprised me, as did last year!
Right after New Year we made a short road trip to Riga,Latvia.
We dont usually get to do those so that was awesome!!
Jani mentioned he had one extra day off and asked if instead driving to Ainazi (to do lil shopping) we’d drive to Riga and stay two nights.
Well, he didnt even need to ask me, I always say yes to Riga -my Baltic love!!

First we were thinking to stay from Friday till Sunday but his boss prefered monday off so we switched the dates and also saved 100 euros! We did spend that 100e for a fancy – or so we thought- dinner.
That was probably one of the worse, but more about that and our road trip later.


From east to west..
After Riga we spent few weeks in Finland, working our butts off and then it was time for our next adventure- visit Spain.
This is something really unusual as well, since we have never been to any warm place on our winter holiday, never thought we would travel to Spain (or go to that west) or even go for a family vacation.
Jani’s parents have been to Spain several times and have also invited us there several times.
It has been bad timing.
They have been there on Nov/Dec and since we usually come home from our summer holiday on September that would have been way too soon / too early.
Dont wanna wait and work 8-9 months without any real holiday, you know.
And we also had made plans like last year we went to Serbia on our winter holiday.
This year they also rented a house there and asked us to go, after few if’s and but’s we bought the plane tickets and flew to Malaga with Janis son.

As you know my heart belongs pretty much to East-Europe & Balkan.
I was ready to travel back to Serbia or finally visit Belarus.. but to Spain we went and I decided to be open-minded and enjoy the time there, which I did.
Spain was beautiful, a new experience since never been there and Janis parents were perfect hosts! They drove us to many places, took us to eat and shopping etc.
Most of the prices were same than in Finland but no snow and ice was definitely a big plus!
Posts under the Andalusian sun are coming too.
Visited Mijas, Marbella, Istan, Gibraltar (just few to mention)!

Beautiful & interesting places


Amazing sunsets

And those famous monkeys..

All the roads lead to Rome..
Last but not least.. let’s get really wild now! Si, im going to Rome soon!
This is going to be different vacation, Jani cant go cos his work, but im going there with my mom (Musti) and my godchild Veera. We are going to see Minttu (my other godchild).
I havent been on any vacation with Musti since I was 16 I think, there is no drama, just life and different schedules.
Beside we both have dogs, so when they travel we take care of their crazy dog and vise versa.
This trip has some shadows though. She had a tumour and it was operated last October.
She said if everything goes well, she wants to go to Italy & ”made me promise we gonna go” if..
Thank goosh, everything went great 🎉 She is doing good, is back to work etc.
And so we are soon on our way to Italy!
This is going to be my second family trip- surprise, surprise!! First time in Italy as well!
Veera (travel business student), Minttu’s lil sister is going with us.
She has never been on a plane, so she is super excited and bit nervous too!

So that’s my 2 months update!
Keep your thumbs up it wont snow in Rome anymore.
They had quite a chaos there few days ago since snow and -9 degrees.
Minttu had two extra days cos everything was closed: stations, airports, traffic all down.

Any last minute tips?!

Enjoy your weekend 💋

 

Happy New Year & wassups!

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018!

It feels like it was just the beginning of 2017 wooow! Time flies…
2017 was a great travel year to me & am really hoping 2018 has some great stuff to offer me as well!

This is what I know so far:
This weekend we are going to Riga, Latvia for a weekend.
That’s gonna be awesome. Riga is one of my fave places and am always happy to go back!
Been there multiple times.. must be over 20 times since 2011. Home-away-from-home place for sure.
Jani has one extra day off so we have a chance to go there!
We gonna take the overnight ferry, drive from Tallinn to Riga and if we get there in time, also go to Dinamo Riga’s game. We are hockey fans and been to Dinamo games before, love the athmosphere at Arena Riga!
A trip to Riga, cant think of a better way to start a New Year!


But hey, there is more!

I got accepted to Matka: Nordic Travel Fair as a blogger and I couldnt be more excited!
Little bit nervous too of course because it’s my first time ever as a blogger.
Luckily we have a group on Facebook for Finn-bloggers and found couple of newbies there as well & we’ve already been connecting with them!
I’ve been to Matka couple of times before, two years ago with my school & last year with my intern-place, travel agency Traveller.
This year they also asked if I’d be interested to work for them on Saturday (maybe on Friday too) at Matka, hell yeah!! It’s always fun with them! So it seems am gonna be busy on that weekend!
(Pssst I also got two extra ticket & gonna have a raffle for those! Keep reading! 😉 )

On February we are probably going to Spain.
Jani’s parents have booked an apartment for few weeks & asked us to go too.
I’ve never been to Spain, not my top choice (missing back to Serbia so bad) but who knows I might like it there 😀
And there’s a bonus, if we stay at their rental home we can save some money- to another trip of course 😀
Plus am curious for new places. Am going with open mind of course – so Spain surprise me, por favor!

On March, I am going to Rome, Italy with my mom and my godchild.
My another goddaughter Minttu is going to study/work there for two months and we are going to visit her.
Already booked our flights- never been to Italy either so that’s gonna be another adventure for sure.
It sucks that Jani cant go, he has to work but am still excited because I realized I havent been on any vacation with my mom (Musti) since I was a teenager so that’s awesome.
But I hate flying! Well ate isnt really the right word for that since I love travelling, am happy to go almost anywhere but I dont feel comfortable at airplanes.. and now it seems I have to do it twice (or actually 5 times) so yippee..


Hmm.. what else?!
Oh we got the ”new” car, that was just before X-mas & decided it’s our X-mas present & I love it!!
On my previous post I mentioned X3 we almost got.
But after our summer road trip we were thinking to keep that ”old” car, but then we got pretty nice offer & before I even realized we were on our way to Hämeenlinna to pick up our new travel companion- X3 with
automatic transmission! I love to drive it though it’s way bigger than our 120! It feels like a luxus car!!
Well let me tell you after this weekend what kind of roadtripper is that 🙂


And there is more!!
I also purchased new phone. Before you start hating me and thinking did she win in a lottery, no I didnt.
Am still struggling with my extra work and I pay 20€ a month for that phone.
Plus this is actually my 2nd brand new phone. You heard me right- 2 nd !
First one was Nokia n82 years ago and other phones I have had (during 18 years) have been used phones.
I dont need to have the it-thing, so I was happy with pre-owned phones, mostly Jani’s.
This year they didnt need new ones and I had some memory issues with my old phone, so after hard thinking & hesitating for few weeks we went to phoneshopping yesterday and I came home with new iphone7!
Let me tell you after few weeks / months if it is that good as they promised!!
Cant wait to test it too!!


So those were my 2018 news / plans so far!!
And nope, did no promises.
Or should I say I promise not to make those silly promises anymore (am gonna lose weight, eat better, do this and that).. since they just get stuck to your head and it’s making things 100 x harder!
At least for me, constantly thinking of food that I cant eat etc. so no thx!
I will get back to my low-carbs for sure, but that’s not really a real diet, it’s more a lifestyle..
It’s really working but its is just frigging hard to start after X-mas & food parties….
Got to challenge yourself.
In the (of May) I can hopefully say it was worth to.. Now it feels like a boothcamp huh! 😛


Now I got to rush- Riga is calling me!!
Hope you guys had a great New Year’s Eve and hope you all will achieve your goals ’n dreams!
Lemme know about your possible promises / news / plans / dreams for 2018!

And as I mentioned:
I got two extra tickets to Matka / Travel Fair.
If you are planing to stay in Helsinki (19.-21.01.2018) and really want to visit Matka / Travelfair here is what you need to do: comment the post behind this LINK  what’s your ultimate travel destination & why would be nice too!
You have time till monday 15 January, 9pm (LT).
Jani’s going to help me and pick those winners. Good luck!!

I will announce those 2 lucky winners here but also on Facebook.
You’ll find news, pics, new posts & other stuff easily   HERE

 

A falling leaf is summer´s wave goodbye

A falling leaf is summer´s wave goodbye..
I should have name this fallish and / or foolish thinking but saw that quote and loved it!!
Yeah, summer is over, autumn is here and now what?!
Another 9-10 months till our next big thing –> summer holiday 2018..
It is going to be a long wait.

Although it is pretty outside, sun is showing & leaves are shining people are writing facebook updates like:
it is depressing, fall sucks, it is so dark, cold etc.
It could be so but I have always liked this season and am also always trying to find something good about pretty much everything.

Bit chilly weather, refreshing rain, all those beautiful leaves, bubble baths, staring at the moon from sauna, candles & coffee with chocolate&cinnamon on the couch after a walk with the dog, watching Top Gear on tv.. I would describe this season like that.
Even though autumn is my fave season, I still miss back to our summer holiday, lazy Balaton beach days, adventures in Sibenik.. and I even miss back to Krka, even though it was crowded..
Those Top Gear & other clips are real examples of my life but not my every day life.


I started this article at one of my fave places in Finland, in a small light blue lakeside cottage, with a great view to Suomijärvi, rain was banging on the roof, as I was banging this keyborad..
I wish I could visit there more often, stay more than just a weekend.
I think last time was on Midsummer.. That is bit sad.
Was just working all summer as mentioned on my previous post. Well it was kinda my choice but still..
This is one of the things I have been thinking a lot lately.
Is this all life has to offer??
Is it really worth to work all the time: do 9 to 5 & some extra on evenings/weekends?!
Could I find a job I could do also from home if wanted / a job I would also really enjoy?!

Well, I enjoyed my time at the summer cottage.
Enjoyed spending time with Jani & his parents, fresh air, my time in sauna, heated with wood= the best!
Also had the best view, full moon was there!
Didnt see those shooting stars this time but the starry sky was pretty amazing!!
Dont get to see that too often! And those moments <3
Need those more & need to cherish those more..


As mentioned my last post was about my ”crazy year”.
Working a lot, making & changing plans, finishing school, going to driving school, amazing holidays & some other trips.. I have experienced a lot, even though this year isnt over yet.

If someone would have told me couple of years ago that I would go back to school, doing presentations in front of the class solo, or doing guided tour & ended up liking those- I would have not believed it.
And not in a million years would have imagined to be a tourleader in Ukraine. But I did all those.
Now I have been to Ukraine twice.
First was Kiev- Pervomaisk- Odesa- Kiev and second, I just got home from, was Kiev-Chernobyl/Pripyat-Kiev. Amazing trips!!
I had my first trip there in May and I was super nervous, second wasnt that bad.
Of course thinking like who´s going to be there, how it´s gonna go but I wasnt freaking out anymore.

I was of course reading about places etc. but wasnt worrying about things – if something comes up it comes up & then we deal with that.
If I would have been worrying what could happen it would have ruined the time there.
Even though I wasnt there on holiday as some might think, I had some free time as well, but I was still thinking about my group, was available 24/7 & woke up in the middle of the night to check my phone (just in case I had missed a message or call- but I didnt 🙂 ) and helped them with bus routes, restaurants, interesting places, lost phones.. I loved every minute.
Now that I have seen Kiev again plus been to Chernobyl/Pripyat I think I have even more to offer, so wink, wink am ready to go again if you need a tourleader 😉

And what comes to Ukraine, I really like it there as well, loved Kiev even though I dont agree with their politics, but same things with some EU-countries..
I do wanna go back & told Jani we have to go there, he would enjoy his time there am sure.
Kiev is easy to love & there are a lot to see.

I love autumn, it is so beautiful, kinda peaceful but bit wistful season.


Peaceful cos I dont feel like I have to work 24/7 to get enough money for our summer holiday, I dont have to stress about that or force myself to crosstrainer that often 🙂
Wistful because summer holiday is now just like a faded memory and it is way too many months till next big one..
Well, there is some long weekends I think, perhaps a winter holiday & Easter before but bitten by a travelbug this is hard..
Homecoming wasnt that horrible this year (cos that Ukraine trip) but it feels like it is getting harder every year ”to get back to normal life”.
It feels like time goes faster & faster but it is not a good thing, getting older & thinking is this really all??
I dont remember how many years I have ”promised” myself I am going to work less on summer & just enjoy more about it, but when the summer comes, I feel bad if I dont take all the possible (extra) shifts am offered & I end up working ”non-stop” again..
I know what most of ppl are thinking- just dont take those.
Well, easier to say than do..

Dont get me wrong, I dont mind working, I like to have things to do, otherwise I get bored.
I injured my hand 10 years ago and couldnt work for long time & had problems getting a job, even though my hand got better so maybe that´s why when I see possible shifts I wanna take them all & it is hard to say no?!

Am also thinking if I would work less, would I enjoy our holidays less?!
Do I value our trips more that am giving now 200%??
Maybe.

Working less, having more time for other things and people is something I started to think about even more this fall cos someone close to me got sick.
Thank goosh it seems the surgery was enough, they got all out.
Walking and talking is normal, she is in pain but luckily there is no signs of any after surgery disease they mentioned before the operation.
She is back home and we are waiting the final results from the pathologist.
It looks all good now but still thinking what if??
Before the surgery I saw her and she said she wasnt ready to go yet, that there is still a lot to see and do.
Am so glad ”she is back”. I wasnt ready to lose her either.
And I can get her.
I had similar thing about seven years ago, almost forgot it seems since did I learn anything..?!

My fear since I have been a teenager has been (along with getting sick) that I would ”wake up old” and notice that life has just pass by and I havent done anything & it is too late..
You know what I mean?!

Anyway, thanks for reading.
If you have similar thoughts or just any thoughts, drop a comment, I would love to hear from you!

Meanwhile enjoy this beautiful season, life & each others <3

My crazy year so far..

Hello world again- am back!!

Well I wasnt really gone, but my last real post was on Midsummer so it feels and it was ages ago!
I know people say they have been busy and I sure have, but it shouldnt be any excuse.
But excuse me anyway 🙂

As mentioned I did that pic-challenge on June. And it really was a challenge.
I started it on Midsummer weekend but was struggling with those pics & spacing for many weekends.
So it took forever and it is still a mess.
But what I´ve seen others have the same issue so am just gonna leave it that way..

Now you think I have been busy with that and things like those??
Not really – I wish 😛

I graduated on June from my lovely school with title of Travel Agent.
I was able to choose between that and event management (some prefer service provider) which means for example planning tours and related events for people.
Travel Agent doesnt sound as sexy as that provider but since I have already studied Entertainment Business and worked years at Booking Agency and Artist Management and had pretty much that title, I thought it is better to choose the non-sexy one 😀

I didnt really like studying when I was younger and at one point I said I will never go back to school and thought my friends crazy when they did so.
At the age of 29 I went back to school (entertainment business) and 2016, I started this. So never say never!
Those two decisions has been the best I made so far.

Loved going to this school but hated 6am wake ups, I didnt much enjoy travelling to school for about 2-2,5 hrs one way, but I made such a great friends there and I learnt a lot!!
AND during my internship I had a chance to travel to Ukraine as a tourleader. That was awesome!!
First we flew to Kiev and went by a car to Odessa and took a night-train back. What a trip!
I will tell about that on another post though.


Because that Ukraine trip went well (even though I was super nervous first) & I got good feedback, I was recently asked to do Trans-Mongolian tour as well but I couldnt go. That sucks.
It would have been right after my summer holiday, less than a week or so and been already off the work for 3,5 weeks made it impossible.
I wanted to go so bad- you can just imagine.
Taking Trans-Mongolian or Siberian Train has been my dream for years.
I hope I can make it sooner than later.

A week from this I got another call from the Travel Agency (Traveller), if I would be willing to take a group to Kiev & Chernobyl. Hell yeah!!
That´s only 5 days trip and bit later than Mongolian would have been.
Havent got the plane ticket yet but keeping my thumbs up that will happen!!
Never been to Chernobyl but I really liked Ukraine & told JP (Jani) that we have to go there, he would like Ukraine am sure.

Beside those I have been working my a** off, literally!! In several ways.
I dont remember when I had last full weekend off.
It was probably that Midsummer weekend- I just wanna go to the summer cottage and relax, so I dont take any shifts then.


Before I went to school I was working at the Booking Agency as mentioned somewhere.
Did my internship there as well (2010) and after finished my school I started to work there full time.
Then the economy got bad and I was able to do only part-time there & did the other half at groceries.

That was pretty challenging; waking up, going to work, finish there and go to another place, go home and get some sleep.. and next day the same shit.
I was lucky though cos the grocery manager let me to chose the shifts first so I was able to do all the weekends shifts = save money & travel!

As the late winter came I decided to take no stress about anything- even though I was little panicking what would our summer holiday this year be then..
I enjoyed my time at Traveller, so I stayed there 3 extra months and did my whole internship there.
Later the spring I was talking to Kati (the shop manager) & she said she´d be happy to have me there full-time for the summer summer & I was also thinking to do some shifts at the Agency.
Then my dad surprised us totally.
He started to talk about buying a lunch place and asking if I was willing to work for him.
I thought he was just talking but he actually bought a place and so my ”plans” changed again..

So I´ve been working at that lunch-cafe-restaurant/gas-station place since I finished my school.
Not a dream job obviosuly, cos I just wanna take pics & travel 😀
But it has still been nice.
That place is in Loviisa, 90 km from where I live so that takes like almost 200 kms joyrney everyday.
Sounds crazy, right?!

Let´s compare: it took more than 2 hrs one way when I went to school, in capital region by public transport.
This place is 90 km away, only about 40 mins by car. If you have a car, as I do but not a license -yet..
Luckily most of the days we (me & my goddaughter) got a ride from my dad on June.
Now that he´s been at their summer cottage me and Minttuneeded to take a bus and it takes more than 2 hours from Helsinki + the joyrney to Helsinki & all the traffic jams.. Oh my!! It was more like more than 5 hrs a day just getting there&back.
The good thing taking a bus is having a lot of time just to scroll on Instagram & the bad thing, maybe you can already guess?? My finger got sore for all the freaking likes 😀
So in a nutshell.. been to Loviisa every weekdays & weekends at the grocery. But that is not all..

Beside those two jobs I started driving school, right after Midsummer.
A dream for years came finally true!! I was so happy but nervous too!!
Staff in Loviisa were shocked cos Minttu & I didnt have a driving license and were pretty much in shock!!
Well, didnt really needed before and it´s so damn expensive.


I once kinda had the money but then my hand got injured and I couldnt work and I had to move out from my apartment cos the owners needed it back and without a job it was hard to get one.
Although all those shitty things happened I was lucky since I was never on the streets thanks to my lovely family & afterwards thinking am glad all that happened since I dont think without those I would have not met Jani!

Then I was thinking to get the license when I was working full time- (this might sound strange to some) but I also wanted to travel! Cos I wasnt able to work for several years, I wasnt able to travel a lot (I got a chance to visit the States though but that´s different thing).
So ”needed” to choose between driving license or a holiday and to be honest those holidays are pretty much the only time we can really see each others and be together with JP cos many shifts.
So I chose to travel.
I dont regret it though, we have been to so many great places (and few not so great), done great road trips, even flew couple of times and experienced a lot!!


But now the license is a must thing.
Am working so far away and am able to work full time and I got my paychecks without any struggling so I took a loan for that driving school.
I dont take loans for holidays or pay them with credit cards, we travel if we have the money so I am ready to work like crazy if I get to travel.
I can take shifts 7 days a week but I need my holidays / that goal.
I think most of you can relate to that..??

So summa summarum I finished my driving school, got the license even though he said it was a tough decision and he made me to promise I will go with Jani first and learn to use that stick better before I go to work by myself. I was struggling with that a lot!!
That even came to my dreams!! Damn stick!!
Great news is I got a text message a day before we left to our summer holiday- the goal I was working my as** off- that I can go and pick up my driving license!
And finally, at the age of 30 something I got the license!! Am super happy & excited!!

I meant to write and finish this post before our holiday but there were so many things to do (excuse me one more time)- like if I had any free time after driving school I was exercising, we have crosstrainer at home so I was doing that every day as well!
Project number 66 to lose some weight I think 😀
Beside that my brother went to army and parents travelled to Sweden & Norway so we got their crazy dog. So holiday was really needed after those 4 weeks he was staying with us. Imagine a dog flipping out so bad when going out that he tries to bang his head through the door, and screaming help when you tell him no & stop him not to rush.. I have a video somewhere am sure..
But now we are somewhere in Europe and unfortunately we need to get back home next week..

Will tell you more about this holiday on another post.
But I´ve been to my fave place Balaton,
enjoyed tasty Mojitos while watching those amazing sunsets, met friends from Finland there, went to Croatia (which wasnt a top choise then), fell in love with the coast line & tuna steak, climbed up to winehill in Maribor & had a class or two their sparkling wines.. Just few things to mention.


Our route has been so far this:
Estonia- Latvia-Lithuania-Poland- Slovakia- Hungary- Croatia- Austria-Czechia and tomorrow we will drive through Poland, probably visit Suwalki (our fave pit stop) & then head to Riga for those last days.
Riga is like a second home to us and it is always great to go there.
You can check my travel (+ some other) pics on Instagram!
Am posting Road Trip 2017 pics little late cos I had huge problems with Icloud for days and was so sure I lost all my great pictures but now it is working and I can find & post them again! What a relief!!
Those pics you can find here: https://www.instagram.com/666places

Hope you all enjoyed your summer! ✌