If you haven't read my last post then start by reading it and then continue to this one! I wrote a recap about how it was to move back home from exchange and what's been happening ever since.
In December in Finland we celebrate something called Lucia on the 13th of December before Christmas. It's basically a choir that sings Christmas songs and dresses in white and walks around with candles. Wow that was a very bad description. I mean Lucia (saint Lucy) is a Christian saint and it's in her honour that we celebrate it, okay just look it up on wikipedia haha. We had a few performances in the library and other places. You know it starts feeling like Christmas when you start talking about "Lucia", in Finland..
Christmas was a peaceful holiday here and just like in France it's just about food and more food, and of course the christmas gifts!
Pictures from our Pikkujoulut, traditionally we celebrate "Little Christmas" in Finland with friends before we celebrate the real Christmas on the 24th with family and relatives. And then our Luciatåg (which basically means Saint Lucy's train, wtf Finland).
I also went to some small showjumping competition but didn't get any good resaults, and then I came second in a Kartng race that my work organized. My first trophy, haha. Then Virgile was here over Christmas break and I hosted a little Christmas party for the beginning of the holiday at my place. All in all I just loved Christmas break, allthough we didn't have any snow here at the time! The only Christmas gift I remember just like that, is a card and a candle that my host family sent me, it really made my day that they still think of me!
New Year's eve I spent with my friends at Cecci's place from were we went to the city center to see the fireworks, and I have to say that wow they were amazing this year! I mean for being little cute Turku it wasn't bad.
Henrika and I had promised eachother a trip together as a Christmas gift to one another, so we decided to go to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia in January. We went shopping and walked around admiring the old town during Christmas times, ate some really good food and got beauty treatments. A really relaxing weekend. The weather was freezing, and when we left Helsinki it was minus 22 degrees. We also went on a few guided tours #cultural and got to see the Bastion Tunnels underground and Kiek in de Kök Museum.
In January we also had the opening of our newly revonated school building, so finally our school was in the city center again. The 740 years anniversary of our school was also celebrated at the same time. The new old school from inside is just as good as it gets, everything is new, we have all the most modern equipement and so on.
In February I turned 19 years old and my age crisis got real, haha. Our school celebrated that school was over for the last year's students and they got to do what they wanted with all the other students for one day. Then they threw candy from trucks in the middle of the city. This is called Bänkskuddardagen in Swedish if you want to look it up!
My brother gave me two shotglasses that he had made with his 3D-printer. I think that was the most innovative birthday gift ever!
During winter break we went skiing in the Alps. This time we went to France (yay) to les Trois Vallées, and stayed in Couchevel. It was so warm and the snow was basically melting away and I tried so hard not to get a sunburn.. I think the receptionist at the hotel thought I had some problem or something, because I asked for more toilet paper all the time since we were many people sharing an appartment xD
So that's a wrap. I think that March and the beginnig of April went by just like that and I barely noticed. The 1st of April Virgile and I celebrated one year together, yay for us. In March I think I made my personal record in how many times I went out for coffee with friends, and my coffee addiction is back..
In Finland we just celebrated Easter, which means that I have eaten so much mämmi I'm about to explode. No foreigner will understand Mämmi but it's allright, you won't probably like it anyway :D Tomorrow I'll be back at school, the gym and the stables. Very busy life, but that's how I like it!