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Best of 2o12

Posted: January 11, 2013 in concert, family, friends, fun, me, Musical, student life
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I admit. I have not been very good at keeping up with my blog last year. One of my resolutions for 2013 is to blog a bit more often. I am sure I will have enough to tell 😉

The previous year has probably been one of the most challenging years so far so I will start my 2013 blog by listing my favorite things of 2012. So here it goes:

March…Having a great time at the English Theatre in Frankfurt watching “The Who’s Tommy” and enjoying some sparkly “refreshments” 😉

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My colorful birthday party. I do remember lots of booze and even more laughter. Great times!

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Having a fun night out with the girls. We went to an after-work party in Frankfurt and partied among important business people cuz that’s how we roll 😉

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My favorite Dutchie Fleur came to visit in May and we enjoyed some hangovers, lotsa laughter and the first sunbeams 🙂

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Another reunion! I went to Munich. For the first time in my life. Yes, I am that kinda German 😉 I visited my friend Marian and she convinced me that Munich is an awesome place. And now, I am even willing to go back there.

 

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My two lovely Finns Isa and Kata came to visit me in May as well. I haven’t seen the girls since I moved back to Germany last August so it felt really good to see them again as I have missed my Finnish entourage 😉

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I love my house mates in Gießen! We decided to stop traffic and do our own version of Abbey Road. Fun moments.

Die beste WG

 

We had quite  big house party in June. About 100 people and the police came to party with us. The police must have liked it as they came back after a while 😉

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My inner teenager was so happy in June! I flew to Dublin to see Westlife in concert. It was their farewell tour and I met a few friends and we all went to see it together. It was in Croke Park, the big stadium in Dublin and it was packed!

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We sang, danced, laughed and cried. Awesome concert. Awesome time. Farewell, Westlife ♥

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Made a quick trip to Hamburg in July to reunite with these two lovely ladies! ♥

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Oh summer how I loved you and how I loved the bbq/wig parties on our roof terrace with my house mates.

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Another summer night. Another roof terrace. Another bbq party.

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Even though I do not really follow soccer, it was great to experience the atmosphere in the stadium. As I was working there I could catch everything for free. I liked. But I am still not a big soccer fan 😉

I loved the wine and musical evenings with my friend Kathi. We made ourselves comfy on my bed, drank wine and watched musicals…until we fell asleep.

 

In October I got to see my little Prince again. I love my nephew. A lot.

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Another highlight in 2012 was my trip to Portugal. My friend Isa was on exchange in Lisbon and we decided on a little reunion over there. Best of all: My friend Henna (who I have not seen for over a year) flew in from England and we all spent a lovely, crazy and fantastic extended weekend in this beautiful city. I seriously cannot wait for the next reunion!

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My friend Jess, who I don’t get to see very often, came to visit me in November. Besides shopping, sightseeing, eating out and seeing the Musical “Sweet Charity”, we were in tears laughing…as always. 🙂

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Another trip to Hamburg in Decemeber where I tried to see as many friends as possible. Simone is always one of my fave person to meet there! We were known as “Team Awesome” back in Helsinki…and are probably remembered as “Team Retard” in Hamburg 😉novv

The main reason for my Hamburg trip was a big themed birthday party. The theme: Musicals! What else did you expect? 😉 I decided to dress up as Charleston girl from the musical “Chicago” pretty last minute and had a great time…according to the pictures. Haha!

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Playing Laser Tag with my house mates was another highlight! To regain our energy we had some hot wine at the Christmas market in Frankfurt afterwards.It was the last fun night out before I moved and I really enjoyed it.

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Last reunion with my crazy work colleagues who surprised me that night!

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I will never forget the day I could submit one of my worst nightmares ever….116 pages of sweat, tears and pain.

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Christmas with the family…and a very happy nephew 😉

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In late December, I got to spend a fun day out with my sister. Haven’t done this for years as both of us are usually very busy. We went to Rostock for some shoppping and then we had “Dinner in the Dark” where you are served food in the dark. You do not know what the blind waitors are serving you….you just need to use your remaining senses. It was such a weird but also great experience. Best of all: I did not spill any food…onto my clothes at least 😉

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Cannot wait to see what 2013 brings along! I am hoping for a lot of laughter, fun times and glitter! 😉

 

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Just like every year, I do my very own review of the Eurovision Songcontest, which was held in Baku, Azerbaijan, this year.

Also, I did something very special this year. I went to a public viewing of the show. I had some friends visiting from Finland and we all went to that Eurovision party together which was hosted by a lovely and pretty funny drag queen. I took notes during the show and as I just found them again, I decided to finally share my (belated) opinions of the performances(click on the name of country to open the songs on YouTube).

Let’s get the party/euphoria started 😉

01. England: Last year, Blue represented England. This year they sent their grandfather. It was kinda like Tom Jones meets Johnny Cash. In a bad way.

02. Hungary: The song was called “Sound of Our Hearts”. My heart burped during this performance.

03. Albania: Kinda reminded me of MirandaSings and the evil Queen of Snow White 😉 Thank God there were no fancy glasses on our table. She would have shattered them with her voice!

04. Lithuania: I surprisingly liked the song after he took off his bling-bling scarf.

05. Bosnia Herzogovina: I was desperately waiting for a “Lady Gaga moment” to happen. I am still waiting.

06. Russia: Awesomeness! Those grandmas were sooo cute! I was hoping they all took their medications! One of my faves of the night!

07. Iceland: Nightwish gone Iceland and blonde.

08. Cyprus: ♫♪♫ Lalalalala ♫♪♫ That’s also a good to work out to.

09. France: 10 points for the topless dancer. 3 points for the singer.

10. Italy: This is what Amy WInehouse would have looked like when she used a comb and Posh Spice was her best friend.

11. Estonia: Reminded me of the last song they always play to get rid of the last people in the club.

12. Norway: Adam Lambert meets Abercrombie & Fitch model.

13. Azerbaijan: Very nice voice and I loved the dress and all of the effects.

14. Romania: The moonwalking bagpipe player is awesome!

15. Denmark: Avril Lavigne meets Sheryl Crow. This is a good song to listen to when you are road-tripping.

16. Greece: Apparently, this wannabe Shakira was in a hurry and forgot to put on a skirt, huh?

17. Sweden: Another one of my faves! I expected some awesome dance moves but they only sent a ninja up on stage.

18. Turkey: Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum. The dancers in the background looked like bats trying to fly.

19. Spain: She can sing but that does not change the fact that I yawned like 7 times during this song. True story.

20. Germany: I loved it! We were literally dancing on the tables and cheering! Besides, I think the guy is cute(ish)

21. Malta: This song puts me in a good mood. We were still dancing on tables from the song before.

22. F.Y.R. Macedonia: Well…That is all. The only thing that excited me was the electric violin in the back.

23. Ireland: Jedward, here we go again. I think last year’s drugs were still working 😉 Last year’s song was better as well.

24. Serbia: ZzzzZzzz…This is when I ordered more wine.

25. Ukraine: The outfit of the dancers distracted me from the actual song. Not in a good way.

26. Moldova: This song makes me wanna dance….a very stupid dance though.

I am glad that one of my top three won this year’s contest: Sweden!! I really like the song and I am happy that next year’s Eurovision will be in Stockholm, Sweden! Let’s see, maybe I’ll even report live from the arena next time 😉

Taaa!

Welcome to Gießen

Posted: September 25, 2011 in fun, me, Party, student life
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Because Karma’s a bitch and the Deutsche Bahn does not know how operate without any delays,  I missed ALL of my train connnections and therefore my entire schedule was messed up and I had to make several detours until I finally arrived in Gießen; my new place of residence for at least one year.

I was pretty exhausted when I arrived at my new appartment. I’m living together with 2 other girls in one of the prettiest streets of Gießen…at least that’s what I’ve been told. I did not have that much time to check out the city yet but from what I’ve seen so far I can say that I will definitely survive the next year.And I think I might even have fun doing that 😉

We already had my first party and I totally forgot how cheap alcohol and going out in Germany is.Fatal mistake. And also having a Döner kebab for breakfast does not make it any better. Good golly did I feel sick yesterday. I guess I have to get used to that feeling again. Being a student (again) really is not as easy as it sounds! 😉

fresh flowers in the kitchen

mhh cheesecake and iced chocolate

me and an old friend and former Lufthansa colleague

my wonderful housemates and I

and again…this time a bit more drunk.

My summer 2011 was indeed very special. Besides enjoying the nice weather with great company, I was fortunate enough to attend three fairytale weddings in three countries and meet lotsa friends again I haven’t seen for a while.

1st: Alina & Mikko – 05 Aug 2011

Location: Suomenlinna, Helsinki, Finland

The day was just perfect for a wedding, which was held on Suomenlinna – one of Helsinki’s islands. The sun was shining and everybody was happy and excited. Oh, and there was a dresscode as well: Boys – Ocean’s Eleven; Girls – Sex and the City.

The priest was quite funny and even sang during the ceremony. Two of Alina’s friends sang Ronan Keating’s “When you say nothing at all” in church and I guess 80% of the female guests cried during the song. (I was one of them, of course). It was soo beautiful!

The party afterwards was fun! The venue had a medieval touch but it was still very romantic with all the candles, flowers and accessories. The wedding dance was very traditional but right before the newlyweds wanted to kiss, the bride was kidnapped. After a while the bride returned in her party dress and it was relieving to see that almost all of the girls,who did not wear flats, took of their shoes for the wild party dancing. So I had some barefoot friends 😉

just married

© Tuukka Ervasti Photography

 

party time!

© Tuukka Ervasti Photography

view from the ferry back to Helsinki city

2nd: Anastasia & Moritz – 27 Aug 2011

Location: from Maarssen to Amsterdam, Netherlands

Unlike in Finland, the weather in the Netherlands was horrible but I don’t think anybody cared that day. After we all met up at the Tulip Inn in Amsterdam we all were taken to Maarssen where our boat was parked. Yes, our boat. The entire wedding took place on a boat. Quite new experience for me. After the ceremony the boat took off going along the canal all the way to Amsterdam. This took a few hours and we surely knew how to use that time 😉 The wedding dance was very surprising.It started very traditional but then it changed to David Guetta & Rihanna’s “Who’s that chick” and the bride and groom showed off a hilarious choreography. And after that the party got even wilder!

getting ready in the hotel

just married on the boat

some footy entertainment

The fun table with our lucky balloons

lucky balloons up in the sky

party animals

the newlyweds

Thriller-riffic

3rd: Anja & Micha – 03 Sep 2011

Location: Waren & Klink, Germany

Here the sun was shining again. For a change, this wedding took place in my hometown in Germany. The ceremony was lotsa fun but also quite emotional. The priest was very cool and the gospel singer made everyone shiver and every girl cry. After the ceremony we all walked to Waren’s harbor to get on a boat which took us to Klink, a little village outside Waren. The party took place in Klink’s castle. At this wedding the wedding dance was also very special. It started off traditionally but then it switched to the Sugarhill Gang’s “Apache (Jump On It)” made famous by the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air over to MJ’s “Thriller” and many more. I laughed so so much!

Oh happy day ♫♪

on the way from Waren to Klink

love is in the air

some traditional German wedding game

almost like in old High School days

Klink’s castle

“Apache (Jump On It)”

some more games

I loved seeing my friends getting married and the countless blisters on me feet were totally worth it 😉

Usually we only make trips to the Netherlands in the deepest winter so the roadtrip turns into an adventure. But this year we squeezed a summer roadtrip into our busy schedule. We were hoping for lotsa sunshine during the 9 hour trip but all we got was gray clouds and lotsa rain.

This year’s first stop was Heemskerk. A little town our navigation system did not know and therefore, it took us quite a while until we actually found the right way to that magic place where the sun was actually shining. My favorite Dutchie, Fleur, already welcomed us and we decided to go to the beach to enjoy the nice weather after dinner.

Fleur and my new furry buddy Max

we enjoyed the sunset and a few drinks

Jess, Fleur and Max(under the table) at the beach bar

The next day we were off to Zaanse Schans, a collection of windmills. It was a pretty fun and very Dutch day.

having a seat in a gigantic (and pretty wet) wooden shoe

showing off my new dancing shoes 😉

the girls in the wooden shoe souvenir shop

the windmills

We went into a “sawmill” where windpower is used in order to saw wood.Pretty cool but also pretty dusty.

Jess, Fleur and me on the “terrace” of the sawmill

in the Netherlands shoes are not only made for walking 😉

On the way back to Heemskerk we saw one of the coolest buildings ever. It is a hotel and if it would not be in the middle of nowhere, I would definitely spend a night or two in there.

coolest building ever!

The next day we drove to Amsterdam where I was off for a wedding (blog about this summer’s weddings will follow shortly) and Jess spent too much money during a successful shopping trip. We also visited our famous Aunt Mary in Den Haag. It was her last day in town and of course we did not wanna miss that 😉

Mary Poppins

One of our friends got us tickets for the show and we could enjoy Mary Poppins from amazing seats! It was kinda sad that it was the last show but the atmosphere in the theater was awesome! We had lotsa fun especially during scenes where lotsa (hot) sweeping was going on. (Sorry, that is an inside joke 😉 )

the view from our seats

the final curtain call

When we left the theater we noticed something quite weird: They changed the theater decorations during the show. They took down Mary Poppins and put up the posters for the new show so once you left the theater, the Mary Poppins feeling was taken away and replaced by a green witch who we actually did not plan on seeing before the winter.

Wicked is next

After the show we only had a quick reunion with Erwin and then we quickly checked out the beach and pier before it started raining again.

it was a bit windy though

The next day, we met some friends and we finally made something happen that I have planned on doing four Amsterdam trips ago: visiting the Anne Frank House. I loved Anne Frank’s diary and it was a weird feeling to finally be in the place where she and her family were hiding from the Nazis for such a long time. Kinda creepy feeling but still very fascinating. At the end we got to see the real Oscar the Anne Frank movie won in 1959. Actually, it belonged to Shelley Winters who won it for her role in the Anne Frank movie.

a very shiny and very real Academy Award.

The rest of the day was pretty relaxed. We enjoyed (too much) yummy food, went to the Kaaskelder and tasted (and bought) lotsa cheese, went to the flower market, played tourist, had more  food and once it stopped raining we could actually enjoy a few minutes of sunshine.

yum!

cheeeeeeeeeeeeese


posing at the I amsterdam sign

having one of the biggest (and yummiest) pancakes ever…the stomach ache afterwards was totally worth it!

We ate so much that we decided to walk to our hotel and lose a few of those 17639284 calories we consumed that day. On the way we passed a few funny stores…this one below was my favorite. I love moustaches but only if you can take them off again at the end of the day. If you are not retarded or don’t work in porn, don’t even consider growing a moustache or I will make fun of you!

I totally dig the Sunday style!

The Carré theater. Looking forward to the day when I finally get to sit in there!

This trip was actually the Dutchest one of all of our trips to the Netherlands even though I did not get the chance to eat my beloved Bitterballen and Kaasstangels. But that’s gonna be on my menu this winter…together with a freshly baked stroopwafel. Oh I can already feel upcoming stomach ache… 🙂

Oslo, Norway.Home of gnomes and trolls.And probably one of the most amazing (and expensive) places I have ever been to and I am definitely going back there!(Just need to make sure I win the lottery before going there the next time or somebody else just needs to pay the trip).

The Royal Palace

view down Karl Johans gate from the Palace

“angry boy” at Vigeland Sculpture Park

a bit disturbing isn’t it?

Vigeland Sculpture Park

Vigeland Sculpture Park

Vigeland Sculpture Park “Monolith”

view from Vigeland Sculpture Park

Kata and Jule 🙂

Norwegian Folk Museum

there was an “original” Norwegian perfomance at the museum

funny dancing…

…and finger wagging

awesome weather and nature

and then I actually spotted a troll!! 😉

Oslo City Hall and venue of the yearly Nobel Peace Prize ceremony

sitting at the harbor enjoying some yummy ice cream

@  Aker Brygge

And now my favorite spot in Oslo:

Oslo Opera House ❤

they were filming a TV show

you could walk up to roof top of the Opera house…beautiful view!

on the roof top

fun times on the roof top

this was my face after I saw how much mo ney I’ve spent in Oslo …or maybe it’s just me imitating Edvard Munch’s “The Scream“…you choose 😉

Tuesday evening. We all met up for dinner until somebody came up with the magic question: “what should we do this weekend?”. After discussing this subject for a while, we had a perfect plan: “Let’s go to Koli!”  Sure thing. So we booked a cottage and started our roadtrip there on Saturday around 5am. It was quite a trip…and of course we made a lot of stops for the smokers and people with tiny bladders amongst us.

I got a nice seat in the economy class of the car. Lotsa leg room! (The bad side when you’re friends are giants)…

aaahh i seriously did not know what to do with so much leg room 😉

eventually I entertained myself (and other people in the car)

After I-don’t-know-how-many-hours in the car, we finally arrived at our lovely cottage in Koli. It was quite a big house. And we even had a nice little pet, that unfortunately had passed away and nobody has removed it from the patio. Seeing a dead bird on your patio does not really put you in vacation mood. But eventually we learnt how to ignore it. A little hint:booze kinda helps 😉

our cottage

After a bit of relaxing we finally started our tour through the national park (and hills) of Koli. It was actually pretty awesome. It was really what you expect of Finland.

lift

nice view!

it got a bit cloudy later on

hiking professionals!

After we were done with the hiking,we drove back to our cottage and checked out the area around it. We had a lake close by…and a boat.

When we were sitting in the boat, I was about to freak out as the distance between the water surface and the boat was like 10 cm only…maybe even less. I felt like “Titanic” is gonna happen all over again.Just minus the iceberg (although it’s Finland, you can never be too sure about those things 😉 )and I had my scary and whiny moments every 5 minutes. And that was exaclty why my friends have not told me that we’ve had a hole in the boat until we were safely back at the shore. Aaww gotta love my friends!

row-boating

After the shock was gone, we had a nice bbq and started our legendary drinking games…can it get any more Finnish?? 😉

playing “The Umbrella”

“Drink two”

We actually combined 2 drinking games. “The umbrella” and one of Apple’s drinking games where you have to virtually turn a fortune wheel and if you got lucky, you could take a break or the pesron next to you had to drink….

It did not really get dark at night which was pretty cool.

approx. at 1 am

In the middle of the “night” we decided to walk around the area a bit and get eaten alive by mosquitos. Finnish mosquitos are real beasts btw! While we were wandering around I saw this sign:

no words.

so peaceful

Eventually, we all went to bed and had to get up a few hours later in order to start hour 6-7 hour journey towards Helsinki. It was an amazing but pretty exhausting weekend. I am just not sure what was more exhausting…the lack of sleep or the itching of the mosquito bites…

Taa!!