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! ✌