Oh no, it has been a long time since this blog has been updated! A lot has happened in the meantime.
We moved to Lüneburg at last. First we had to say goodbye to our nice but awfully expensive apartment in Helsinki, then we lived at my parents for a few weeks and finally had our stuff moved to Germany before we got on a plane with the cats.
All in all, you could say the last weeks have been really exhausting – the day of the move and flying with the cats was just the tip of the iceberg. We had gotten rid of most of our furniture, clothes and other things, but still, I don’t really recommend moving house twice in a month’s time frame.
Unfortunately the apartment we moved into was in a not-so-nice state. It had a quite dirty once beige fitted carpet, dirty walls and basically no closet space. Getting rid of the carpet, plus the second carpet underneath (blue this time, with stains that looked alarmingly like blood) and having laminate flooring installed has been one of the most satisfying things in my life!
So we have been renovating the apartment for the last few weeks, and we are almost done with it. Now this place actually looks like home.
Bad news for this blog though: our home doesn’t have an oven and it’s impossible to install one. No more baking for a while! I have had bad time adjusting to this, I want to bake cakes! Cookies! Cupcakes! I do have some unpublished recipes, so this blog will still have some oven-involved baking – and maybe we can visit some friends with ovens… In the meanwhile, it’s time to get creative. I have plans! I’m fantasising about beautiful no-bake cakes, delicate white chocolate truffles and delicious strawberry parfaits.
All in all, everything is well and we’re adjusting to our new life. I’m studying German as much as I can and gathering courage to speak the language, so hopefully in the future I can properly integrate into this beautiful city. Stef already has a job she enjoys and the cats are as happy as ever. I miss people in Finland terribly, but it’s not like I won’t be seeing anyone ever again. There’s only 1161,9 kilometers in-between!
The grey rainy November is at its end, the dim winter sun is hiding behind thick rain clouds and I am having a cold. This is one of those days when it’s okay to feel a bit melancholic, drink some hot blackcurrant juice and look at pictures of summertime while being lazy on the couch with a package of tissues.
As it seems, I have barely posted any summer pictures. I guess I was too busy enjoying the warmth – or maybe looking through hundreds of pictures and editing them just didn’t seem that appealing. Looks like I had a recurring theme in the summer photography: cats and flowers.
I am obviously a huge summer person and one of my biggest enjoyments are flowers. The bright colours, pleasant scents and the quiet buzzing noise of bees are simply relaxing. In the future I’d love to get my very own garden, but in the meantime I’m happy with my mini balcony and having my mother with her garden nearby.
To me summer has always been about looking around at the nature and observing it; the dandelions are blooming, the lilacs are blooming, the lupines are blooming… Time to pick nettles, time to pick clovers… And so forth.
At least I’m not the only one in this house who is a summer-fanatic: the cats love warming themselves up in the hot sun and looking at people and bugs on the balcony.
Have I mentioned photography yet? It is just so satisfying to take pictures that actually have colour and light!
Restaurant Day is one of my favourite food festivals in Helsinki and is held a few times per year. Although it’s world wide, it is especially big in Finland. Everybody can open their own pop up restaurant which can be in the city, in the backyard or even at home. For one day you don’t need a license to serve food. Just a table, a barbeque or even a blanket on the grass and then you can sell self-made goods. You reserve a location online so your customers can find you or you can find nice places to wander around and have a taste yourself.
It’s a perfect opportunity to try something new and foreign. I think the mixture of cultures in Helsinki make this food festival so great. Lots of different flavours, food from all the corners of the world, no matter if you’re a meat eater, vegetarian or vegan.
I had actually planned to put a little café up myself this time but for some reason I didn’t really have time to prepare anything. Maybe next time.
Instead, Tiia and I had a look around Esplanadi first. We were there in the early afternoon and it was packed with people!
A nice little Turkish place sold Köfte which I just couldn’t pass without trying them myself. They came directly from the grill and were delicious!
I have to say the food places were a bit more commercial than last time. A lot of actual restaurants had opened up a booth and also a few market stands that sold their food for the normal price. Instead of fighting our way through the crowd, we decided to go to the Old Church Park.
Tiia spotted a vegan place and bought a seitan kebab at Soul Mama’s Kitchen. It’s also a restaurant in Helsinki but for some reason we haven’t made it there yet. The kebab was really great. The seitan itself spicy and tender. Maybe we’ll find the time soon to pay the restaurant a visit.
There are always too many places to choose from and too little space in the stomach!
Unfortunately there are never enough trash bins around but at least people tried to arrange their waste around them so it can be picked up easier later.
After our savoury food tour it was time for some dessert! We stopped at a little stand where some girls sold oriental cakes.
For the way home Tiia bought a little cake pop. Maybe next time I’ll write a post from our own pop up restaurant.