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.
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.
Writing this in the middle of the winter is so dull. I hate snow, obviously because I am in a wheelchair. If I could decide living without any snow for the rest of my life instead of it, I would. Ok, obviously I could do that and move the fuck out of here.
The woman behind me is topless, like many other on the beach. Luckily she is spreading lotion so no boobflash! I was topless too most of the time. My friend Natalia lived in Barcelona and we met her on the beach and got some mojitos! We used to study Spanish together in high school. I seriously fell in love with Barcelona.
Next some random pictures from Barcelona.
Almost all of my closest friends are gay men, so I visit gay bars a lot. This one is from Dacksy, which we thought was a bit expensive, so we had only one mojitos there and went to find other cheaper places. We were twice at Arena Club, because it seemed to be the busiest with our aged people. Unlike in Paris, there were a lot of lesbians and faghags. I was in Paris last year in a club called Spizy with Kim and there were like 4 other women besides me. Wow, how embarrassing, I’ve made a post Paris 1 and after that no other part. And only 5 pictures. Maybe I should find the pics and make some post some day. I’m so lazy!
About the streets in Barcelona, they were really accessible and it was easy to move around by foot. Even in the older parts of the city.
I’ll post some more pics some other day, if I remember.
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…
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
I know, I have been a lazy little blogger. Last post June 23rd. Embarrassing! Anyway, I will make a short reportage of our trip to Norway, which I have blogged about before. So as said, it was a camp for young adults with OI. I was there with my friend Noora, who you might remember from some previous posts.
The views were amazing. This is from the bridge to Tjøme. It is an island you see! And now here’s some pictures from the first night. You can see the night wasn’t exactly sober.
Then I have plenty of party pictures from other nights:
We had a shopping trip and a dinner in Tonsberg, which was so awesome. The food was gorgeous, I had steak and a beautiful chocolate fondant for dinner (pictures will follow).
Then we visited the Värdens ende, the Worlds end. A seagull shat on Noora’s head!
I didn’t want to publish all of my pictures because people might not want to be displayed on the internez. So if you are my facebook friend, you can find them in my Tjøme, Norway 2012-album. Might be that you can see those pictures anyway with that link. Don’t really care.
We didn’t have any assistants, so we were kind of travelling by ourselves. There was two other Finnish girls on the camp and we were all on the same flights. We mostly hung out with the awesome Norwegian boys! All in all, it was a great experience.
So, I was in Barcelona last week, I will try to post about it sooner than I posted about Norway. I’m so brown. Maybe I’ll do some Summer in Helsinki post too.
Oh yeah, and I got a job! I started today in Sentraali, a Finnish number service. So cool!
I want to buy a new phone to take pictures with, but then again, maybe I should stay with my old piece of crap and just buy a camera to take pictures with. Then again there’s apps like Instagram I would like to start using.
My iPhone owner friends have been raving about it for years now. And now it’s on android as well and I really like android more than iPhone. I actually had to try Instagram so I downloaded it on Kim’s phone and created an account. Not much pics yet, just this pic of my friend J.:
I really like Instagram so I might have to get a new android just for that. With what money, I have no idea. I’m still stuggling with job stuff, my electric wheelchair has been in repair for over a week and I haven’t really had any interest in going to job interviews with my manual one. I hate it when technology fails me in life!
Anyway, I hope I will get to borrow my parents’ camera for the trip to Norway and Europe.
Which reminds me, not much time left for our trip to Norway. The camp is for young adults with OI, so I expect to meet some other sisters and brothers of short stature! There’s some people I know already like Salla and Betti from Finland and Ingunn from Norway (who I’ve never really met) and Stephanie from Belgium (who I met a few years back in Finland). It’s going to be so awesome, I’m going with one of my best buddies, Noora, and well, we are quite a duo:
That was from last summer’s Ruisrock, I had my hot broken thigh bone and the lobster leg cast. I wish I could go this year as well, but I think my accounts balance forbids me such things.
I need to get my hair more blond before the trip. That’s kinda our thing, being two hot blond midgets on wheels. And sharing things. No more comments on that one.
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.