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
This has been a weird month since I haven’t had a job and I have been able to just chill out in parks and beaches with my friends. Luckily I have two job interviews on Monday, and I’m really looking forward to the first one. I have to find my job sertificates somewhere, not sure where I’ve put them last year. I hope I’ll find them but if not, I’ll just have to hope for the best. And it’s off to Norway on Wednesday with Noora, I am so excited about that. I hope the weather will be great because we both like to sunbathe.
I haven’t had a real Summer vacation since… 2008? Now I’ve had a month and I don’t know if I have spent it really well. Quite a lot of drinking and partying. And I haven’t read a single book! I’m still in the middle of the second book of A Dance with Dragons. I am such a huge fan of the series. I just wish George R. R. Martin would write the next books faster. Nothing is more annoying than waiting for the next installment.
Yesterday we were at our friends in Northern Helsinki and sunbathed the whole day, topless obviously! I get tanned so easily so I don’t like to have awful tan lines.
It’s the Midsummer festival now and almost everyone else is out of town. I didn’t have any cottage party to attend so we had a city juhannus. We were at dtm yesterday with my friends Hanna & Joni. A lot of our friends ended up in there later in the evening. Almost all of my friends are in the gay scene, so it feels like going to home when you go to dtm, the biggest gay bar in Scandinavia, I think.
Though there were only 3 of us in the table we had like 3 drinks each because they were only 3e before 23.00. So we decided to save some money and buy a few extra. I wasn’t too drunk though, probably because on Thursday I was super drunk. I don’t know if there’s a word for it in English but in Finnish we’d say suojakänni. It means that you can’t get too drunk on the second night in a row. On the table there’s a shot of salmari. It’s a mixed liqueur that tastes like salty liquorice. I think many foreigners dislike the taste. I think I’m going to take a bottle of that to Spain in August to see what the people from my IRC channel think of it.
The Do – On my Shoulders ❤
Kanye West‘s opening scene, they had so cool ballerinas!
I was a great gig!
I feel like time is going so fast! I am flying on the 19.9. through Copenhagen to Aberdeen. My studies begin on the 20th day and I’m so excited. I met yesterday some other girls who are moving there too! Really nice people, it’s comforting to know there are people who know what I mean when I miss salty liquorice. I should start sorting out all the stuff I’m going to take with me. I have that ear surgery on the 1st of September, yay, I’m going to hear again. Good, because I am totally in love with Hurts.
I feel this song.
The loverless nights, they seem so long,
I know that I’ll hold you someday.
But until you come back where you belong,
It’s just another lonely Sunday.
Day number two. In a flu.
Nice rhyme. I have zero energy. I was going to do the day two and day three of the Flow weekend but I just don’t feel like it. For the past few days I have been just watching the fourth season of True Blood. I really, really love Eric Northman. I finished the episode 7 last night, so I will be watching the 8th today, which aired last week in the States, so after I watch that and download this weeks episode, I’m on the same schedule as they are. Yippee.
I continued to read Clash of Kings too. I don’t know why I had stopped reading it last month. Maybe I had just so much other stuff to do last month, all the partying and seeing friends. I don’t feel like that at all right now. It’s under a month and I’m leaving to Scotland and everything is coming more real every day. I still can’t quite comprehend all of it yet. When I first moved out “big time” I moved in a weeks notice because I got my place of study in a sort of second applying round. So I moved out and lived a week or two at my friend’s place and got a flat in Helsinki. That was so fast I didn’t really have the time to think about it. It was quite a change, I have 3 siblings and though my sister had already moved out a year ago it was still 5 of us and a dog in Aura. And in Helsinki I was 200 kilometres away. Well, I didn’t really feel home sick or anything and I could go to Turku like every other week. Then it came like every month and lately it has been once in few months. Helsinki had become my home. I had my new friends here and kind of the old ones in Turku started to feel more distant.
Now I’m moving away again from most of my friends. There will of course be Henri, and the world is so small that Facebook will keep me informed of all the stuff happening in Helsinki and Turku. And I know that with my social skills, my amount of FB friends will probably hit 1000 by the end of the year… It’s just that I love Helsinki so much. I hope I will love Aberdeen too as much. Well it won’t have DTM… and all my gays.
I have been writing at isory.org with some other people going to Aberdeen too this year and I think we are going to meet on Friday in Helsinki. How cool is that! Really I can’t wait to get there. All the new people and ALL THE NEW COURSES. I love picking courses and planning on my studies.
Okay, I was at Flow Festival 2011 in Helsinki this year 12.-14.8.. No wonder some call it the Fashion Week of Helsinki. You could really see the latest of the latest trends. My friend Eric is quite style conscious so he had to have something special everyday. I tried my best too, I really loved my first days outfit:
Electric swimsuit I bought from an online flea market last year. It says Dior but I highly doubt that. 🙂 The skirt is from Zara, I really really love it. It stays in shape as it is quite stiff. The shoes are from Dinsko’s children’s department. I get sometimes lucky, because nobody wants to see a 7-year old wearing too fierce shoes, so all the 32-sized shoes are in the FINAL SALE-shelf. Original price 40€ ->> 9,95€. Nice one, and real leather too. The necklace and matching bracelets are from H&M. They were really cool but kinda annoying because the feathers got tangled all the time and tickled me.
In the pic we are at Eric’s balcony. Here’s some pics:
AND, I learned how to do french braids. Through Youtube.
Fancy vest huh?
And some pics from the evening with all the lights:
I am making all the days separate posts. Unfortunately the last gig was Röyksopp which we both really like. We were about in the third row, so very close to the stage. The show was actually quite boring, everybody said so after-wards. There weren’t really any other favorites, so we travelled back and forth to Herttoniemi to drink some booze. Quite boring, I have to try to stay in the venue next year. Even though it might mean super expensive ciders.
After that, I headed to DTM, which had a foam party. Unfortunately my phone’s battery had long died so couldn’t get any pics from the Röyksopp or the foamy gays! 😦 At least I was already wearing the swimsuit…
This time I cooked for Kim! I didn’t know he was not a fan of BBQ–sauce, but he did eat it anyway. So I made a BBQ-chicken baguette. It was super easy to make, just took some effort. Anyone who has cleaned a rotisserie chicken knows it’s a nightmare especially if you are super hungry (I DID NOT EAT ALL OF THE MEAT BEFORE IT HIT THE PAN).
- 1 rotisserie chicken
- A baguette (I love Primulas)
- Some cheese (Ok this was an accident, the label said “tuorejuusto” and I assumed it was soft cheese, but turned out to be “Finnish Milk Cheese (??)” [kotijuusto]. Didn’t work like I hoped. I would recommend bleu cheese here, but it was so high in the store I couldn’t reach it and got bored to wait someone to come give it to me…)
- Some salad
First, you clean the grilled chicken and tear the meat as much as you can, with a fork or like I did, with fingers. Then you pile up the teared up chicken to a pan and add as much BBQ-sauce as you like. I put like… 1-2 dl… This depends on your liking and the amount of chicken. Then you heat the meat in the pan and meanwhile I halved and split the baguette to two pieces (See the pic if you can’t figure out what I mean…) Then I put the cheese in between and placed them in the oven opened under “grill mode”. When the breads get a bit crusty, I filled them with the lovely moist BBQ-chicken and some salad and that’s it. Easy as … making babies, ehh? I really wish I had the bleu cheese but it was eatable. I would recommend feta too, if you are not a fan of bleu cheese. I bet you could do this too with a sweet chilli sauce or a curry sauce too.