Next trip – Madrid & Málaga

After an intense two years of studying, I am almost finished with my degree in Sales at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences. I still have to finish my thesis, which is by the way on Social Selling, and few technicalities with job placement and so on.

Anyway, to the trip. My good friends were going to Malaga for holiday and asked me to join in. I couldn’t resist because there was a sale at Norwegian in January. And because I have already been once in Málaga, I didn’t want to spend my whole trip there, so I booked my flights:

  • Helsinki – Madrid on 30th May
  • Málaga – Helsinki on 7th June.

I’m taking the Ave hi-speed train from Madrid to Malaga on 2nd June. In Madrid I am staying in The Hat, which seems to be a hipster hostel and in Málaga I will be staying at Alcazaba Premium Hostel. 

Should be interesting, Madrid a whole new love and Málaga my old friend. Looking forward to meet new people and eat the best food in the world.

Ps. In August I am going to Copenhagen and Barcelona.

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OIFE Youth Campistä suomeksi

Kesäkuun 27. päivä kello 17:05 lähti Norwegianin lento DY1193  kohti Norjaa mukanaan kuusi suomineitoa; Noora Lankinen, Salla Sallinen, Elisabeth Hästbacka, Anuliina Peltola, Noora Hassel ja allekirjoittanut. Itseasiassa olin ihan yllättynyt kuinka mukisematta neljä manuaalia lastautui samaan lentokoneeseen! Kyseessä oli siis Norjan OI-yhdistyksen NFOI:n järjestämä OI Youth Camp, joka oli tarkoitettu 18-30-vuotiaille nuorille aikuisille. Paikalla oli väkeä 7:stä eri maasta, Suomesta, Norjasta, Ruotsista, Englannista, Belgiasta, Alankomaista ja Tanskasta.

Tapahtuma järjestettiin Eidene Centerissä Tjømen saarella Oslosta n. 120km etelään. Saari on uskomattoman kaunis kesäkohde ja täyttyy turisteilla kesäisin. Säät suosivat koko viikon, ja aurinkoa tuli otettua useampana päivänä. Eidene oli todella miellyttävä kurssikeskus, eikä siellä meidän kurssilaisten lisäksi ollut juuri ketään. Ruokapuoli oli loistavasti hoidettu, pääsisipä sitä joka päivä katetun buffetin ääreen.

Ensimmäisenä iltana meidät toivotti tervetulleeksi NFOI:n puheenjohtaja Ingunn Westerheim ja ilta jatkui tutustumalla muihin kurssilaisiin. Torstaina vietimme aikaa rannalla grillaten ja kävimme jopa pienellä veneretkellä saaristossa. Maisemat olivat luonnollisesti mielettömät ja merivesi kuhisi meduusoita. Jotkut kävivät kajakeilla melomassakin. Illalla vietettiin taas porukalla aikaa ja tanssittiin. Perjantaina vietettiinkin shoppailupäivää Tønsbergissä, läheisessä suuremmassa kaupungissa. Illalla meillä oli varattuna ravintola Esmeraldassa illallinen. Pienellä säätämisellä lopulta saatiin kaikki mahtumaan tuoleineen ravintolan pöytien ääreen. Ruoka oli jälleen aivan järjettömän hyvää. Kuka voi sanoa ei suklaafondantille?

Lauantaina vietimme päivää Verdens Endessä, “maailman lopussa”. Paikka oli Tjømen eteläinen kärki, johon muinaisten norjalaisten maailma todellakin loppui. Paikassa pääsi myös uimaan ja huimapäisimmät kävivätkin meressä uimassa. Maisemat olivat mielettömät, tuuli niinkuin merenrannalla kuuluukin. Eräs lokki tosin väänsi tortut Noora L:n päähän reissun päätteeksi. Viimeistä iltaa vietettiin railakkaasti ja tunnelma oli aika haikeakin. Itse seuraavana aamuna olin rehellisesti sanottuna vähän heikossa hapessa, mutta kyllä sinne lentokoneeseen lopulta päästiin ja takaisin Suomeen sunnuntaina.

Oli todella mukavaa tavata muita OI-ihmisiä ja päästä vaihtamaan kokemuksia ja ajatuksia. Varsinkin illanvietoissa meno oli todella rentoa ja tuli keskusteltua silloin tällöin syvällisestikin parisuhteista, työelämästä ja itsenäistymisestä. Oli todella mielenkiintoista kuulla eroista maiden välillä esimerkiksi auton hankinnassa. Käytiinpä tyttöjen kanssa läpi nettideittailun tee:t ja älä-tee:tkin. Odotan innolla että pääsen tapaamaan jälleen kurssilaisia. Haluaisinkin kiittää NFOI:ta mielettömästä kurssista!

~ Ida Männistö

 


Well, I ended up buying a new phone… again

I was so pissed off yesterday, because I had a job interview and I was on time and found the place. But! I pressed the buzzer, didn’t hear a thing and nothing happened. And obviously I had forgotten to take the interviewers number from my email and my old piece of shit phone couldn’t log in to Gmail. Anyway, I got it rescheduled later, but I was so pissed I went and bought a new htc Sensation. It was cheaper this time around. I had to take it on a monthly paid plan because well, you could say I’m a bit short on cash at the moment. I love it! I’m trying to remember all the great apps I had last year on it. I installed Seekdroid to my phone and I hope that this time it will work. Last time I don’t know what happened but it just didn’t work. Seekdroid allows you to lock your phone, make it beep and you can send a message to it. You can also track it on GPS. So cool.

My feet! I love these shoes, bought them from Zara Kids. Taken with Instagram. You can follow me on Instagram “Idscu”.

I also installed Whatsapp, Instagram, Foursquare, Google Drive and Spotify immediately. I have had Spotify Premium all the time so finally I get to benefit from it again.  Oh yeah; I have to remember to download the WordPress app too.

Do you have any favorite apps?


About the Interrail again

We were planning again for our trip in August. Originally we were going to end the trip in London in the South West 4, because my friends live there and it would be super cool. Then we started to search for other cool festivals during those two weeks we sail around Europe and we found the Zürich Openair 2012 and  Pukkelpop 2012  which both would be very cool. If we wanted to, we could do them both actually. What is so cool about them is that we found them using last.fm’s recommendations based on my music taste. I have been scrobbling my songs since 2006 so there’s a lot of data about my listening habits. Me and Eric have very similar tastes, we have super compatibility. Both of the festivals have Lykke Li, who Eric really likes. She was supposed to perform in Flow last year, but she cancelled on the same day. In Pukkelpop there would be Jamie Woon too, we really liked his gig in Flow. And Billy Talent, I really like them too.

And it would be a great round trip if we’d go to both, we could go from Barcelona to Valencia, then Rome and end up in Belgium for the weekend. Then the next week we could do maybe Amsterdam, Paris and end up in Zürich for the weekend for the Zürich Openair. Two festivals plus hundreds of train miles could be tiring! That would mean no London, but who cares, we have both been to London already!

PS. I finally added my last.fm charts to my blog. There’s my most listened songs of the week on the right. At the moment there’s Loreen’s Euphoria as number one, of course because of the Eurovision contest! It’s a great song and I knew she would win.


Search terms that made people end up here

Seriously what’s up with people. I cracked when I saw that someone googled “scandinavian boobs” and ended up to my blog today. A few selected all time favorites:

  • aberdeen university ladies hockey club
  • broken wheelchair
  • little girl in wheelchair
  • men wearing navel nipples pierced
  • kumpula intiankatu (ehhh I live there)
  • people getting hit by loch ness monster in a boat
  • pyörätuolilla erasmus blogi
  • mtv3 chat 2011 rantalentis
  • conditional offer aberdeen international relations
  • fits suitcase girl (Is somebody going to kidnap me???)
  • espoo stolen bras
  • high school seniors with nipple piercing
  • vessa wheelchairs
  • osteogenesis imperfecta red eyes
  • mole in a wheelchair

Seriously, there was 19 times “nipple” 😀 Am I a nipple-centric blogger?


Next August – Interrail

It is always a blast to travel with Eric, and now we decided to make a grand tour next August. We are not sure how we can get vacation from our jobs, so we are only taking the shortest 10-day Interrail pass. It means that during the 10 days, you can travel 5 days anywhere in Europe. I’m not really concerned about if the trains will be accessible or not, because I am going with my manual wheelchair and I am quite flexible. I can climb short stairs and Eric is a skilled pusher.

Now we both have some friends in Spain, Eric’s relatives live in Northern Italy and I have a friend in Pisa, so we are probably going to start with Barcelona and Valencia. Then I think we might take the coastal route to Italy, or by a boat or plane to Rome or something, which ever is the cheapest and fastest. I think we might take a normal train to Valencia and take a Ryanair to Rome and start the Interrail pass from there, instead of using the precious days in Spain. I am so excited, because I haven’t been to the Mediterranean and we will be there in August! It will be warm and wonderful. And seeing friends will be so awesome, because they know the best places in town! I think I’m going to love it. After Italy, I am still unsure. After that we don’t really have anything must-see. We already saw Berlin, though we could do it again in summertime.

If we go east, there is close by Zagreb in Croatia and Trieste in Slovenia, which both might be cool places to see and cheap to roam. And up from them would be Budapest in Hungary and Wien in Austria and Praha in Czech Republic. I would gladly go all the way down to Greece or all the way east to Bulgaria. But we do have a final destination in a totally opposite direction; London. But we might have time for Trieste and Zagreb… And Berlin.

If we go west, we could see the coast of France! Monaco, Nice… And then we could see the French countryside, Geneve and end up in Paris. From Paris we could easily take a train to Belgium and the Netherlands. I have already seen and experienced the wonders of Amsterdam but Eric hasn’t, and I wouldn’t mind experiencing Amsterdam again in the Summer. It was such an amazing city and I think last time when I was there with Kim, we didn’t really take it all in because we slept so late and it was dark and cold and rainy when we finally got out of our hotel room. And I’d like to see the hostel culture there too, last time I was in Amsterdam, we we’re in a bit more fancy hotel.

From there it’s easy to go to London in short notice. Of course we could go to London earlier, because there’s still so much to see in that city and I haven’t been there in August really. The reason we are going there for last is the South West 4 festival in Clapham Common. It has some names I know, like Eric Prydz, Skrillex, Knife Party, Paul Van Dyk and Benny Benassi. I am a bit scared already because I’m going to be on my manual and I really don’t like being in thick crowds with it. I was in Ruisrock with it and I had a cast on my leg but I bet this time there will be a lot more people. I hope there’s going to be some wheelchair platform. My friends live right next to the park and they’ve asked me to come there and it is going to be so awesome! I really do love London.


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