Category Archives: travel

Social media detox

After some unfortunate events that have occurred at the beginning of this month, I felt an immense urge to take a break from social media and from everything else I was creating. And gosh, what a great choice!

Of course, you can’t take a break for real from social media, especially when Facebook Messenger is the most used app to keep in contact with your loved ones back home (in my situation). But let’s say, a break from posting, sharing your personal life or things you’re working on at the moment.

For a long time, it felt like a continuous battle to post every single day more and more photos of different things that can grow your audience, increase your followers number, bla bla bla. Of course, this only applies if you use social networking for self-promoting or to promote your own business. If none of this is your goal and if social media is like an “online diary” for you and your close friends/relatives, you could still take a break from posting and go back to focusing on your families and pay more attention to the real life.

One of the things that I truly enjoyed during my break from social media was reading. I buy books every time I find one that its subject sparks my interest and usually I start reading until I remember that I haven’t checked my social media for a couple of minutes and then there it stays, the poor book, dusted on my desk for a long time. But this time it was different: hours went by and you could not make me put it down until I reached the back cover of the book.

Another thing that I enjoyed was going to another city and not letting anyone know from social media what I was up to that day. Didn’t even pick up the phone to post our “selfies” and wonderful moments we captured. I truly enjoyed seeing my friends, laughing with tears and loud!

Now, a little shoutout to an incredible photographer whom I have accidentally met while laughing with my soul sister (she is a very talented visual artist AND writer —> find her on Instagram at @daniela_nw) at the bottom of the slippery statue of the Emperor Aleksander II, @othmars_fotos and whose photos I am going to share bellow.

So many other things I realised and I enjoyed during my time off social media that won’t even come to my mind now while writing these lines. But one thing is for sure: life is beautiful when your private life is kept away from social media and treasured by just the two of you without cheesy descriptions under the “selfies” and without abusing the emoji icons.
Life is beautiful when you focus more on yours and your beloved one’s health, when you have friends/relatives sitting on the fluffy carpet from the living room, sharing laughter and life is even more beautiful when you go back to your old self again.

With that being said, I truly recommend a so-called “social media detox”. It works! 😉

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Tea time and meeting Don Rosa in Helsinki


On a dreary day of November, I hopped on a train and one hour later, I found myself in the crowded Helsinki.
I’ve been waiting for this day for so long and I wasn’t even sure that I will make it in time for the Don Rosa meeting but I did!
One cup of tea later and suddenly one of the women who work at the book store (Suomalainen Kirjakauppa) was announcing that Don Rosa has arrived half an hour earlier so we should get in line, purchase the book and automatically we will get a ticket to go and meet the author and illustrator of the stories about Scrooge McDuck, etc.
I felt again like a kid listening to his pleasant voice explaining to me the artwork and other details that he did for Tuomas Holopainen‘s solo album. Later on while I was watching the videos from the meeting, I noticed that my facial expression was like a hyper excited kid’s expression. Just how I actually look when I watch any Disney movie.

*Waiting for my train after a shopping spree in CyberShop

The meeting was worth the trip! And now I sit in front of this writing device (aka laptop) and wonder, what would life be without art? Without all these magical things that come out of every artist’s hands?
But I know that all I wanna do in life is ART. Oh! And I don’t wanna grow up. E V E R .

A day in the life

I took the camera with me on a busy Friday and for the first time, I vlogged a normal day in my life. Actually, every day is different and I don’t do the same things everyday. That’ll be boring.

My day” – kind of videos are very popular these days and I, myself am watching many YouTubers wandering around their life with a camera. That I consider being very inspiring, although many won’t probably understand. So here comes the question: what am I doing on my channel? Well, most of the time I am documenting my life. In a few years I wanna look back and be proud of myself. I already am but I still have to work on that. I’ve always known that I can do much more. And for example, living abroad, my videos make my loved ones feel like I am there with them and they know what am I doing in a day. So, besides the amount of daily phone calls, videos are always a plus (especially if you are the only child of your parents).
And yes, you might have noticed that I do many things and sometimes I don’t finish what I started. But lately that has changed and I am gonna keep it that way!

For my future videos, if you have any ideas that YOU would want me to do, I kindly ask you, dear reader, to leave your ideas down below in the comment section or on my latest video. ’till next time!

Torpparimuseo

Torpparimuseo – The Tenant Farmer Museum in Laurinmäki – is the place that I discovered this summer on Juhannus day and it’s always a pleasure to come back!
It’s like an old Finnish traditional village that gives you a glimpse of the past, of how people used to live and how well-built wood houses were back then.

The old things are preserved impeccably and the forest around the small village offers visitors a friendly welcome and it feels like there are no rules – meaning, it feels like nobody is watching you and you can freely explore the surroundings.
In my hometown in Romania, we have also a village museum similar to Torpparimuseo and being there it gave me a feeling of home. And although last week when I was there the weather was dreary, the green of the forest was so vibrant! Like not a single autumn has ever stopped by there!
A must-see place if you happen to be in Finland!

Juhannus

Every year here in Finland, we have this holiday called Juhannus and people consider this celebration as important as Christmas. I personally don’t celebrate it but since I moved here, every time for Juhannus we are going to look for a kokko – the traditional midsummer bonfire. This year we were all tired and quite late so most of the kokkos that we have seen were almost off. And the weather has not helped us at all – rain, mellow weather and cold.

But at least I got to “vlog” a bit our Juhannus adventure so here it is. Enjoy! 😀

May

May has been a quiet and a busy month at the same time but I am back with a new mini travel vlog 🙂
Although I had many plans for my trip to Helsinki, they all have been ruined by the cloudy cold weather.

A trip with adventures – although I had two cameras with me, the moment I wanted to take photos in front of Tuomikirkko, I took the DSLR out of my bag and I was wondering why it was sooo…”not so heavy” until I realized that I have forgotten the battery in the unplugged charger…And also my friend came from Romania here for the first time so it was wonderful to “relive” moments from my first visit to Helsinki which happened in 2013.

 

The last warm days

I know it’s been a few weeks since I didn’t write here but I’m back!

Suomenlinna – is the place where I always like to go whenever I’m in Helsinki. I got a ticket from the ticket machine at the Market Square and I jumped in the ferry. The journey to the sea fortress takes around 10 minutes but I never count how long it takes because it feels amazing to be on top of the water and to have the wind playing with your hair and seagulls flying above at the same pace with the ferry. It feels like you are one of them. One with the nature!

This time I explored the island a bit more and I have discovered places where I could hide and be alone. Places where I can have the Baltic Sea at the bottom of my feet and then rest in a coffee shop with a hot chocolate and an original Fazer chocolate candy. All these things you can see yourself below. Enjoy!DSC_0109.jpgdsc_0144


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And as a blog post ending “delight”, here is a mini travel vlog 🙂 See you next time!

Cheerio, darlings!