Monday, February 8, 2016
I have been now few weeks in Barcelona. I was warned that Catalans might try to speak me Catalan instead of Spanish. So far I have been able to get along well with Spanish. No one has refused to speak Spanish to me. Though my impression is that Barcelona is more Catalan than I expected. Everything is written in Catalan and Spanish is not always available. Luckily with my Spanish knowledge I can understand most of the written Catalan. You can see also plenty of Catalan flags decorating the balconies of apartments.
Monday, January 25, 2016
|Tower of the wall in Signnaghi|
Georgians do not let you pay when you are their guest and will insist serving different foods. Though tourism has increased in Georgia and now there are also people who are taking advantage of the tourists. Beggars can be aggressive towards foreigners and sales people might charge more from foreigners.
Monday, January 18, 2016
|Winter landscape from Finland|
This is not an announcement to retire from blogging because a new adventure is waiting for me abroad. I am moving to Barcelona and I will continue blogging from there. I can escape the freezing cold -30 degree weather of Finland and see more sunny days in Spain.
Thursday, January 14, 2016
|Toasting for the old new year|
Monday, January 11, 2016
|Beach of Valencia|
The article got popular and received in one day 168 comments and top comments received hundreds of likes. The most of the comments are very positive even though there is also some envy and jealousy in them. Overall people are wishing that they could do the same, wishing Riina good luck and hoping to be themselves enjoying warm weather of Spain. Finland is seen as a miserable place and Spain as a paradise. Spain is one of the top holiday destinations for Finnish people and therefore many Finnish have actually have had a chance to experience Spain for short period of time. Many seem to be dreaming about moving abroad but they do not see it being possible or lack courage to do it.
Saturday, January 9, 2016
|Finished raw chocolate|
|Honey, cocoa powder and coconut oil|
Monday, January 4, 2016
|Georgian Christmas tree|
Friday, January 1, 2016
I arrived to the airport of Tbilisi at 5 am on Monday. My friend was late and decided to walk outside to wait my friend there. After stepping outside from the airport door I was surrounded by 20 taxi drivers who were offering me a ride to the center. I declined offer from 5 taxi drivers while walking to a good waiting place. I was waiting my friend on my feet for 30 minutes and during that time at least 20 different taxi drivers came to ask me if I needed a ride. There were few who were more persistent than others and I had to decline them 5 times as they came back to me again and again. It felt like Taxi drivers were fighting to have customers. Black market taxis were offering ride for 20 liras (8 EUR) as official taxi costs 30 liras (12 EUR).
Thursday, December 31, 2015
|Inside Martvili canyon|
1. The Finnish economy is struggling and therefore finding a job in Finland is difficult. In Poland you have many job opportunities for Finnish speakers. I wrote about the Polish salary levels for those who are considering moving to Poland.
2. There has been many conflicts around Georgia and also currently there are conflicts around Georgia caused by ISIS. I wrote about the safety on everyday life in Georgia when there are no conflicts.
3. Hiking in Lagodekhi natural reserves was an interesting experience.
4. Informative post for anyone who wants to travel from Tbilisi to other cities in Georgia.
5. Guest post of my friend about makeup shopping and trends in Finland.
Top posts from previous years 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010.
Monday, December 7, 2015
My friend came to visit me in Finland. Knowing her being very interested in makeup and beauty I decided to ask her to write a guest post. Click 'read more' and read her thoughts about products of Finnish brand Lumene, experience with makeup shopping in Finland and thoughts about makeup trends she spotted in Finland. See her blog to read more about beauty related news.