Posts Tagged ‘Travel’

I’ve been to Tallinn, Estonia, last weekend. I just love that place. It is so cute and compact. At least the old town which is on the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.And I totally understand why…

view over the old town

view over the old town and a part of the business area in the back(right)

Nevsky Cathedral with a bunch of tourists

Waiter outside the famous medieval restaurant “Olde Hansa“. He was pretty entertaining 🙂

enjoying the sun, a refreshing cider and getting funny tan lines on my face(fyi:the latter was not planned)

I’ve only been to Tallinn in the winter before. It looks completely different when the sun is out and the snow is gone. It’s hard to describe. It was actually a little too hot at times. (Not admitting that I might not be used to temperatures over 0°C anymore.)

how cute is that??

lotsa artists on the streets…showing what they got

This year, Tallinn is the European Capital of Culture so there are lotsa events going during the year. Pretty fun actually. I am going back to Tallinn for a short trip in July when my mom and aunt come over for a visit. I cannot wait!

Chicago:old home, sweet home

Posted: November 1, 2010 in family, fun, me, Travel
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After being back in Helsinki for almost 1 week, I think it is about time to blog about my trip.

We arrived a bit later than expected…planes are never on time these days and after being awake for almost 30 hours one would think that the human body craves for sleep – not mine though! I was way too excited to be back and Jenni and I decided to stroll through the city. October is known as breast cancer month, hence they call it Pinktober and use lotsa pink lights and decorations which made me even happier 🙂

Buckingham Fountain

Eventually we decided to go to sleep and to continue our “check up on the city” after sunrise. We were no tourists but simply observers. We had to observe if everything was still on the same spot and looked the same after we moved back to Europe in 2006. 😉

the legendary Chicago Theater

…one of my dreams is to see a show or concert in that theater…really wanna make that happen next time I’m there!

 

The Bean in Millennium Park


in the Bean


J. Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park


Millennium Park


up on the John Hancock Center

I also got to meet an “old” friend who I’ve known for over 10 years already. Last time I’ve seen her was 5 years ago so it was very nice to see her again and check out Chicago’s nightlife.

Jenni, Katie & I

The next day started kind of slow as we did not get as much sleep as planned and our feet still hurt from the day/night before…if the feet would have known what lay ahead of them that day, they would have gone on strike…or fallen off right away

thank God for sunglasses!


Buckingham Fountain at day time


Navy Pier Park


view from Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier


seconds before the freezing cold water got me


North Avenue Beach. Apparently my phone didn’t want me to be in the picture…

That day we ended up walking more than 20 miles. Don’t remember the last time my feet hurt that bad. We went out to some open roof club/bar (Benchmark) with Katie at night. I loved that place!

The next day we spent walking along Rout 66, the Magnificent Mile for some shopping, and running some last minute errands before it was time to hit the suburbs to celebrate some more reunions. Jenni went to Highland Park and I went to beloved Deerfield.

Route 66


happy Jule! 🙂

When Debbie and I saw each other at the train station, we ran into each other’s arms crying. And it got even worse when I saw the kids. I don’t think I have ever hugged people that long before 🙂

family dinner…how I have missed that bunch of crazy people.

 

at Ed Debevic’s…one of the most fun restaurants ever!

when the waiters are not busy being rude to you, they dance on the counter


The Bean at night


a part of the Crown Fountain


picking up Bradley from school…Happy Halloween

And then it was time for Rosie’s Bat Mitzvah. The celebrations lasted 2 days. We spent lotsa time sitting in Jewish temples, trying not to fall asleep during service which was all in Hebrew, eating and dancing ;-)…and maybe some of us (esp. me) shed quite some tears because we were so proud of our “little” girl. It also felt very good to see even more people who I haven’t seen in years…

Zachary(the best MirandaSings imitator to date), Emily and Jule

 

🙂 🙂 🙂

The next day was an ugly day as we all had to say goodbye again. Debbie, Jeff and Bradley took Anna and me to the airport and after a tearful goodbye, we had to face reality again and a security check which went better than expected: no beeping or criminal treatments at all. Can’t remember the last time that happened.

Anna,Jule and Jenni with big fake smiles

Jenni and my flight was so delayed that we missed our connection flight in London and had the pleasure to hang out at Heathrow airport for additional hours(as if the 7 hours on our flight to Chicago would not have been enough)…and when we finally arrived in Helsinki I had to wait for another 26 hours to get my luggage. Oh, the joys of traveling…but I can’t wait for the next trip 🙂

Homecoming

Posted: October 13, 2010 in family, fun, me, Travel
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Just submitted my last assignments…and now I can finally start packing because tomorrow I’m leaving for…

Chicago Baby!


It’s going to be so weird to be back…haven’t been there in over 4 years! Some old memories:

view from Sears Tower 2005

 

my Spice Girls and I at North Avenue Beach 2006

 

my babies and I, 2006

Best of all: the kids don’t know anything…Guess it’s gonna be a little surprising when suddenly I show up at softball practice 😉

I probably won’t be able to blog during my stay there. Might  upload some pictures to FB though…see y’all once I’m back…if I ever come back 😉

Bling-a-ling!

Jule in Copenhagen.

Posted: July 21, 2010 in friends, fun, summer, Travel
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Copenhagen was prettier and more fun than expected! I really enjoyed my time there…despite the bad sunburn I caught during a boat trip…

on the rooftops of Copenhagen

Rosenborg Castle and change of guards

biking through the city

Nyhavn

Marble Church, fountain and the Amalienborg Palace, where the royal family is living

boat trip


a funny house in the Christiania district

BBQ-ing

Morton, Susi and I on my last evening

Last weekend I did quite a spontanous roadtrip with 2 friends. Our destination was Turku which is about 1hour and 45 minutes west of Helsinki and located on the westcoast of Finland. I’ve been there once before.Well, just the harbor as I made a cruise to Stockholm from there…so I was quite excited to actually see more of Finland’s former capital than last time. The weather was quite nice(for Finnish standards lol) so we decided to have some ice cream. We found that little ice cream stand on the corner of some street and were kinda shocked when we paid…fucking 2,50€ for 1(!!!) scoop of ice cream! And it wasn’t even original Italian ice cream or Ben&Jerry’s. Fuckers!

CIMG3109yummy but def. not worth the price!

After calming down we went along the river Aurajoki which looked like a mix of Delfshaven in Rotterdam and Helsinki’s Ruoholahti 😉 There were lotsa boats which served as little bars/cafés. Very cute!

CIMG3168little Mermaid of Turku 😉

After having a cider/beer we continued our walk along the river and guess what I saw?? The “Black Pearl” (known from “Pirates of the Caribbean“)!!! Unfortunately, Captain Jack Sparrow wasn’t there as he had some business to take care of aka getting some more rum so the party could continue 😀

Black Pearl lolnice eh? 😉

Anyways, we continued our sightseeing tour and checked out the famous Suomen Joutsen and the medieval castle where I discovered something unbelievable…

door to Narniathe door to Narnia!!!!

It was locked though…so I couldn’t open it to check out what’s behind there. So we can just guess…the lion?the witch?the wardrobe??? 😉

1. It’s Showtime

Some of you might know that I love musicals, shows and theater so I was quite excited to see some shows again this summer. Finland is not a big musical country so I always have to wait until I’m back in Germany again to enjoy some shows…

This summer I got to see:

Ganz oder gar nicht/The Fully Monty & Non(n)sense

Der Schuh des Manitu & The Producers

and Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

2.Traveling

I love getting to know new places and the feeling I have when I’m stepping out of a plane, train or car in another country is just incredible. I know that probably sounds weird but I enjoy discovering the highlights and secrets of a new city.

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Rotterdam was the final destination of my summer 2009

3.Friends & Family

I always love it when I see my friends and family outside of Finland again. I remember last summer I was travelling through Germany almost the entire summer to visit my friends…unfortunately this year I don’ have the time to do that 😦 So I did not get to see as many friends as I wanted to…Hamburg,Berlin, Düsseldorf…I miss you!!

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4.Barbecues in the garden

I loooove “barbecue-ing”! What’s better than grilled chicken, potato salad, ice cold drinks and great company on a hot summer night?

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5.Back to the roots

Although I love (living in) big cities I also enjoy going back to my roots: the life in a small town with lots of nature…Waren/Müritz… This summer I got it all 🙂

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Some of you already know what glorious job I have this summer…if not…don’t worry cuz here is a spectacular picture I took last night/this morning after my shift:

lovely eh?

I can tell you working at Mc Donalds really are no peanuts! Never would have thought that!!! And it’s unbelievable how rude customers can be sometimes! I really have a hard time not being too direct and speak my mind!!

I don’t like the job a lot but it’s nice money and who doesn’t need money? I could already book the flight to Lizzies wedding in Dallas,TX from my first salary!! I am so happy that it finally worked out!

The alarm clock rang at 4:30am…without any compassion and mercy!! I felt soo dead…should have slept more than 3,5 hours but anyways I managed to get up because THE DAY has finally come: HOLLAND HERE I COME!!!

Jess and I took the train from Berlin to Holland…we even managed to get our connection train in Amersfort within 2 minutes and we managed to get on the wrong train:we almost ended up in Den Haag instead of Rotterdam. I would have liked to see the picture of us speeding through the trainstation with an at least 30 kg suitcase and temperatures around 30°C. We were more than happy when we finally arrived in Rotterdam,found our hotel (don’t ask how long it took us to get there!) and got rid of our luggage.

We were so excited because we were gonna see Renée again and give her the award I have mentioned earlier in this blog. She loved it!!  The Show was amazing! For those who don’t know which show we were seeing: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Joseph and the amazing technicolor dreamcoat“.That show is amazingly successful in Holland!!

and the winner is… 🙂

Lotsa new people on stage (at leats for us) but they were all very good! Especially the Pharaoh who is modelled after Elvis. OMG I laughed so much! The show is amazing and Renée’s voice gave me goosebumps and even shot tears into my eyes!!

This one’s from the very end of the Show

The Megamix on July 2nd 2009. Love it!

Has anyone of you been to Rotterdam yet? It’s so beautiful!! I was shocked! I did not expect it to be that pretty, and cool and…ahh I don’t know…just go there!!! Here’s a little picture of Rotterdam’s most famous “symbol” taken from the theater!

the Erasmus Bridge

Tomorrow (or better said in 4,5 hours) we’re leaving for a day trip to Amsterdam!! That’s gonna be exciting!! Stay tuned!

Jule is travelling again!! First stop: BERLIN!!! I took the train tonight or better said last night…and I paid 4€ for the trip!!! Usually it would be 20€ (or even more if you are not well informed..but I am one of the smart ones ;)). It’s a shared ticket and 5 persons can use it together…so I just started talking to ppl at the train station with success! I found 4 other guys who wanted to go to Berlin as well and joined me (and my ticket).

Eventually (after 1hour and 45 min) I arrived in Berlin and was welcomed by a smiling Jess. But I missed the flowers, marching band and red carpet…what happened??Where were those things?

Anyways…the plan tonight was to go to bed early…did not work out!!! STILL AWAKE!!

Tomorrow’s gonna be a looong day!!! Shopping (still need to buy a few things for Holland),meeting friends and going to see another Show/Musical! But I’m not telling you which one yet. I might do that tomorrow or so…

Last time Jess & I were reunited we forgot to take pictures…so to prevent the same thing from happening again we thought we might start taking pictures already!

Very pretty huh? Don’t ask how we came up with the motif!?? But that style’s gonna be hot…or not???  😉

Stockholm once again…

Posted: June 9, 2009 in friends, fun, Travel
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17.03.2009 – Helsinki

Some friends and I decided to go on a cruise to Stockholm to celebrate Isa’s birthday and just to have fun…and that we did! I was waiting for the dinner buffet all day long (jajaja foood lol)…but for my defense I have to say that the other girls were looking forward to that one as well so its not just me who’s thinking of food all the time!!

After we stuffed great amounts of food and wine into our system we had a little pre-party at Tiina’s and Henna’s cabin and after a few m ore sparkling wines and ciders we hit the dance floor and the karaoke bar…oh boy…if Bon Jovi heard us sing his “living on a prayer” he would have sued us…or maybe even killed haha. But it was so much fun…but the next morning wasn’t that much fun lol…But still we had a great day in Stockholm…the weather was great and after a nice breakfast at a café we felt better and were ready to shop and drop.

We had to be back on the ship in the evening. And as we spent the entire day shopping we forgot to buy things to eat so when we arrived at the cruiser again we decided to have the (way overpriced) buffet again…and went to party afterwards again. We arrived back in Helsinki the next morning and I had to rush straight to university from the harbor as I had a presentation…I felt like a dead person but I somehow managed the presentation. I’m a pro…haha…NOT!!