I just realized I haven’t blogged at all about or trip to Barcelona in August. I have so many good pictures in Facebook, so I decided to share a few and do this in three parts I think.
Me and Eric flew from Turku to Girona airport with Ryanair on the 14th of August and took a bus to Barcelona.
I think the bus trip was like 2 hours or 1,5h. We were in Barcelona like at 01.00 and started to look for a hostel. On the first night we ended up in a hostel called Lullaby Garden, which was quite nice for it’s price. Was quite inaccessible in a way, it did have a sort of stool lift. You know the kind where you sit and it rolls you up the stairs. But because I can walk fairly well stairs on my own, we decided to just walk and Eric carried the wheelchair. The breakfast was really good too. Some pictures from the Lullaby:
So after the breakfast we packed our stuff because we weren’t going to stay the next night there. It turned out we spent every night in a different hotel. Which was nice because I’m definitely going back to Barcelona and now I now 3 (!!!) hostels that have accessible rooms. I wonder if Helsinki has any hostels with accessible rooms. I mean cheap, hostel dorms rooms, not hotel rooms.
Pictures from the streets of Barcelona:
We got our first beers in Spain at Bar Casa Falcon, near our second nights hostel, the Urbany Hostel, which was very accessible. Though in our first room they had not thought that I might want to sleep in a down bunk. So they changed us to another room. It had wheelchair accessible toilets and showers too. I was really surprised and also grateful because I really didn’t want to sit on a floor in a sleazy shower. And Urbany had a pretty cool bar lounge terrace on its roof top:
As you can see, my hair looks horrible. I don’t know why, maybe it’s the humid or something. And I don’t think we had a straightening iron either. Or did we? Can’t remember anymore. I should always blog right after the trip.
Totally forgot to take pictures of the rooms but they were pretty nice, especially the fact that at the end of each bed, there was a socket. Because you know smart phones, always running out of battery. Especially when you are acting super tourist and taking pictures everywhere. At least Eric took a picture from our rooms’ window:
I think the price was affordable too, but the location was a bit far from the beach and the center so we decided to go in to some other hostel next day.
After that we headed to the beach. Straight, Straight, Straight to the beach.
More in part two, next week…
Now that is a one good looking sandwich. I bought some frozen salmon and baked it in the oven with some salt and pepper. I also made some garlic mayo. I got some beautiful olive ciapatta bread from the store, it is not mold as someone pointed out in facebook earlier! It is olives! Delicious olives. SO, I put the salmon first,, then some red onion rings, some salad and garlic mayo and finished it with some slices of mozzarella.
I have a problem with mozzarella. I really don’t like it. I think it doesn’t taste like anything, it’s chewy and boring. Or maybe I am buying the wrong mozzarella. Please someone prove me wrong. In this case I used mozzarella because I thought feta would be too dominating, but I still wanted some cheese. Halloumi would have been great, but I was so hungry I didn’t care to start to fry them on the pan. Would have been perfect though. Maybe next time, in the grilling season next Summer.
I’m a bit depressed that the Summer is already over. Everyone else is heading back to Aberdeen to Uni and I’m here in Helsinki all alone. It’s just that the situation doesn’t allow me to go back at least not this year. I have to fix my finances. I will probably apply to Helsinki Uni in the Spring. I should start ordering the test material books. Going to be weird reading about world politics and international relations in Finnish… Who knows if I ‘ll go back to Aberdeen Uni next year!
Today I thought I am going to make some tuna pasta. BUT. I noticed I have way too little pasta. I like to cook a bit bigger patch everytime so there’s leftovers for work or next day. And then I remembered I had some salmon fillets in the freezer. A plan began to emerge. Crushed tomatoes, the few handfuls of pasta, red onions, garlic, some small can of mushroom slices. And the salmon. Then I found some frozen pea-paprika-corn mix and added that too. And I remembered I have some instant Tom Yum-stuff and I threw a few bags of those too, just to give some asian flavour. I gotta say, it’s pretty good. I think I’m going to add some water to make it go a bit further, this plateful had quite a lot of stuff in it. The best thing about this was that I had all the stuff here at home! Didn’t have to go and buy anything. Which I couldn’t have done anyway since I have like 80 cents on my account at the moment.
I should make more soups. Especially now this time of the year. It is Tuesday 25th of September now! I am going to schedule to tomorrow though, because I already posted one blog post today.
That bowl btw is from Iittala, the series is called Taika, which is the word for Magic in Finnish. I have only that one red bowl from it. Too bad, I really like it. I think they don’t even make it in red anymore, only in blue and white. I love big bowls because you can eat more from them once. The Taika series goes very well with another Iittala-series I have a lot of, Teema. I have a lot of Teema in black and white and some in grey, which has since been cancelled. Teema stands for Theme, in English.
Just look at those babies. All wrapped in delicious bacon. Did you know I love bacon?
I can’t really remember all the goody goody stuff we put into these, but I’ll try: fried onion and paprika, ground meat, some tomato puree, taco sauce, chives and obviously some bacon. There was a lot of otherstuff too I think. No eggs though. Some leftover parmesan flakes and parma ham too! I was a bit worried about the sides of the patties but I think they turned out great, didn’t stay uncooked or anything. The patties were a bit runny on the pan but turned out just perfect.
With them we had some sour cream sauce I made with random spices. And some potatoes.
Obviously some red wine too. The food was awesome, as always with my cooking buddy Vesa!
//edit 1. OKAY I HAD TWO PATTIES INSTEAD OF ONE.
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
So, I’m running in Espoo for a council seat in the Social Democratic party. The election day will be 28 October, so in a little over six weeks. I have been trying to keep politics out of this blog, so I made another in Finnish. This is my first election and I haven’t been very politically active before. I might update something here in English once in a while too.
I will be writing about the elections in Finnish here:
It’s been a long time since my last food post but here goes. I have been having a bit of financial difficulties so I’m trying to save some money by making food out of the stuff I have here at home. So I made up this casserole dish.
Potato lasagne a’la Ida
- 2 carrots
- 2-3 dl of soy meat
- soy sauce
- can of crushed tomatoes
First I measured some spices to a dish and added about 2-3 dl of soy meat. Then I added some soy sauce, maybe 2-3 spoonfuls, Then I added hot water about the same amount I had the dry soy meat and let it stand for 15 minutes while I grated some carrots to a pan. I washed potatoes, maybe 10-15 smallish potatoes and put them to cook on the stove. After that I cooked the grated carrot a bit in butter and added some herbs of Provence spice mix. Then I added the soaked soy meat and some water to the pan. Then I added a can of crushed tomatoes. Basically I had some kind of a veggie sauce bolognese simmering at this point. I didn’t cook the potatoes all the way, maybe 15 minutes. Then I cut them to slices (with peels, I was feeling a bit lazy) and layered them to a casserole dish. I buttered the dish a bit before the potatoes. Oops, more fat. After that I added the bolognese sauce and mixed it with the potatoes. I added some water to cover all the potatoes and put it to 180 degrees for about an hour.
So basically I had like lasagne with the lasagne sheets replaced with potatoes and without any bechamel sauce. It’s still in the oven as I’m writing this. I put in quite a lot of spices because the soy meat is so bland. I made a huge dish of food with zero euros because I had all the ingredients here at home! It’s always good to stock up when you have money!
Here is what it looks like now that I take it out of the oven!
I think it looks quite good! And here is a picture of it on a plate:
I really liked it. Tastes good. Maybe a bit too much cayenne pepper, came a bit too spicy in my opinion, drowning all the herbs.
Other stuff: I started to work in Sentraali two weeks ago! We have been having some training and tomorrow is my first real actual shift. I work in number assistance, like connecting calls or finding contact information for customers. We also give timetables, routes and so on! It’s been really great, I really get to use my head! I’m so happy. Even though I’m not going back to Scotland this year. Maybe next year. Or then I’ll just apply to Helsinki University in the Spring…