Travel plans for summer & fall

travel plans

My calendar for summer and fall has somehow filled up with pleasant surprises: trips and flights! I didn’t use to travel much – or at all really – but with Risto I have been able to see our beautiful world and I am forever thankful for that. We have already been to, what, ten countries, I think?

Our trips are something, that we both like to look back to and I think quite a lot of out friends have had to see our holiday photos as well. Sorry guys, I know they’re quite boring to everyone else except us, haha. And also – I doubt we will learn.

This Summer we’re making two trips: one to Risto’s mom’s cottage in Northern Lapland – and another to also a very familiar destination called Amsterdam. Remember when I said I could live in Amsterdam? I wasn’t kidding. And I’m as excited to go as I was four years ago.

Lapland is very close to my heart and I can’t wait to get there. We actually leave very soon – on Monday. It’s one of those epic road trip cases, because we’ll be driving for about sixteen hours. And when I say we’re driving, I mean him. I do my very best to stay awake the whole time – because who doesn’t love to sleep a little in the car? (I said that to Risto and he said that he totally understands and gets sleepy on the wheel as well – haha, not funny.)

I can’t wait to get to my very first holiday of this year. It’s no wonder I already feel like I need that. I’m pretty sure I will leave my computer home and just focus on unwinding. The days usually pass by quite quickly, when you’re in an environment without running water or electricity. You know, carrying water, preparing food, warming up the sauna – and perhaps also taking a nap in the loveliest cottage I know of. What I won’t be leaving home though, is my camera. We have sunlight for almost 24 hours there, so I see a photoshoot opportunity 24/7.

But don’t worry – I have worked on some amazing content for you for next week, so you won’t notice my absence.

After Lapland it’s work as usual for a month, but then in the end of July, we leave for Amsterdam. We’re there for week and a half this time, so there’s a chance I will get enough of the city for once (not). Our friends celebrate their 10th year wedding anniversary there, so that’s one of the things I very much look forward to. The bride actually just asked me to do her makeup for the event, so I get to play with makeup a little there as well. We have booked airbnb for our stay there, and it’s right next to the canals. One of the things I want to do there is take a boat ride in the canals.

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photos of me: Susanna Pomèll

After Amsterdam, we have about two months and then we fly again. I actually look forward to October already quite a bit, and it’s all because we are going to Paris and Martinique. Those are the trips, that Risto surprised me with on our anniversary. One of my sisters already left us earlier in the spring, when she moved to Italy, but another sister is also abandoning us this summer, when she goes to Switzerland and France. So one of the things waiting for us in Paris, is my sister.

And one of the trips missing from these plans, is a trip to Italy, to see the other sister. Maybe in winter then?

So: Lapland, Amsterdam, Paris and Martinique calling! I just got a new camera, so I will be focusing on photography on these trips. Hopefully you’ll see the photos here on the blog as well.

Do you have any travel plans? A trip to the beach counts, as not all of us can or want to travel far.

Surprise weekend at a cottage

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cottage weekend

cottage weekend

I feel both very relaxed and very tired after the weekend. I spent it at a cottage on the countryside with a small group. It was also one of my sister’s surprise birthday party. Who knew keeping a secret from your sister was that stressful? It was all worth it though. The look on her face, when I took a snapchat video and told her where we were going, was so pure and joyous.

A weekend in the middle of the nature was also something, I very much looked forward to.

I feel very relaxed, because for two days, I didn’t browse my phone or watch TV. For two days I basically had no electricity, no running water or the sound of speeding cars in my ears. I feel peaceful, because I got to lay on the grass, swing in the hammock and float around a pond on a floating device. I also got to see a rare butterfly, carry my own water from the well and dance through the night.

But I’m also very tired. I’m tired, because mosquitos liked to not only eat me alive, but also keep me awake with their annoying buzz. I’m tired, because I hunted for two days. I hunted for horseflies. But only when they came at me which was only constantly. I’m not sure if the word ‘horsefly slayer’ suits me, but that’s what I like to call myself. And I guess I’ll admit it – I’m also tired from dancing through the night.

Ah – the pros and cons of spending some time on a summer cottage. The count for mosquito bites is uncountable, but you just can’t beat a weekend in the middle of the nature. The feeling of waking up, opening the door, and being basically in the middle of the forest is just beautiful.

And coming home, taking a shower, scrubbing all the dirt from your feet and watching your favorite tv-show is also quite awesome.

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photo: Inka Lähteenaro