Month: February 2017

DISPOSABLE DREAMS

At one point in Maribor we got ourselves a disposable camera. Most of the time we forgot about its existence, but then at times we would remember and snap some shots.

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Wandering in Venice in the morning

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Flash has no mercy. This one is from Venice, too.

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Snowing. View from my room.

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Kids

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old skool selfie

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We went to see a courtyard and David climbed up to a balcony.

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Avoiding the camera in Salon

The pictures are pretty much in a chronological order. It’s funny how you can see the “Erasmus effect” happening with time: some extra kg:s ;–)

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Loving Hut. ❤

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Tourists on top of Pohorje, Maribor behind us.

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My last day, at the airport.

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And another one from the same situation…… :–D

The funniest part was when got the pictures developed. They had been taken during such a long period of time, that you forgot all the things there was. So checking each and every one was like receiving a gift! So much fun.

Venezia Photo Diary

Valentine’s day is tomorrow, so I would like to share something romantic: pictures from our long weekend in Venice. The trip was special, because it was our first holiday with just the two of us.

Fun fact: in Finnish Valentine’s day is called ystävänpäivä, friend’s day, and it has been traditionally a celebration of friendships in general, not just romantic love stuff.

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David spent Christmas 2015 in Amsterdam and he was flying there from Venice, so we decided to combine a romantic vacay to this. We took a super early GoOpti from Maribor and when we reached “the city of masks” it was still morning. Efficient!

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We were staying in Generator hostel on the island of Giudecca. The hostel was very stylish but unfortunately I have a strong feeling they got bed bugs – weird spots ocurred.

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Then the weirdest thing happened. The sun disappeared to a thick fog in a really short time. I didn’t think the atmosphere could have been any more magical than what it already was but the fog did the trick. (Btw, funny how many pictures of drying laundry there happens to be…)

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In Venice we just walked. Walked for hours. Got lost. It was wonderful. Even for me, a map maniac, it was difficult to keep track on our whereabouts because the city is a labyrinth. Then we ended up in cute places like the one above, Serra dei Giardini, café in a greenhouse.

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Venice had its touristy parts, but it was also amazingly beautiful and mysterious. It was so nice to just sit in a café on a side of a plaza, sip espresso and watch stylish ol’ pops and mamas going about their days with small dogs and big gestures.

My suggestions: walk as much as you can, just wander around and marvel the special surroundings – preferably holding hands. ♥

– Tia

THE BEGINNING

19th of December 2016 – 3rd day in Finland

Since I met Tia Maria Vahasarja I knew that one day we would be living together so here I am, in dark and cold but humble and prosperous Finland. Winter temperatures around minus 15 to 1ºC. She lives in the small city of Vaasa where Sun is very shy and goes up often at 10 and leaves more or less at 14, barely perceptable and without warmth to offer.  At the moment we are in a shared flat where Tia has been living last couple of months while I was in Tenerife. We got to know each other in Slovenia in 2015 during Erasmus exchange programme. October 13th was our first date. She was dressed up in pink, I was in black. Eventually, we became serious, It was 8th December when we had the conversation. So it means that basically we have lived in the same place before, although there is a slight difference between now and then. Back then we somehow knew that one day we will separate and see what’s going to happen. Now it is very different, now we dont have “departure day”.

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At Savica waterfall, Slovenia, April 2016

 I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, one of the southest countries in the world. My chilhood and part of teenage life was there, I still remember when I got my first bus card. I was 8 years old and by the age of nine i had taken all the lines in Mar del Plata. Sometimes I was just on buses for two hours making the whole cycle. Just after my 16th birthday my sister came to pick me up so that all the sibilings would be living together, so I moved to Tenerife, Spain. Already going to the north.

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16 years old in Tenerife

When I got into university I had heard about Erasmus exchange programme, so my aim was to be able to go somewhere. I will never forget when I was choosing destinations. My choices were: 1st Germany; 2nd Poland and 3rd – where can I go? This list isn’t long but I don’t know where… Italy? France? Slovenia… This sounds exotic – I didnt’t even know where it was located. The exchange was supposed to be from September to January, but just after a month there, and meeting Tia I was sure about prolonging my period. So luckily we both were able to do that. Pretty impulsive but the only compass was our hearts, and both shared same direction. Eventually we finished the exchange, she went home and so did I. Immediately after arriving I changed to distance university. But 4 months separeted was enough to pack my life in two bags (20 and 10 kg) and move willingly to Finland. It has been a long journey navigating from the south until this nordic land where the constellations and Nordic Faro have guided me. To find the salvation and love.

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Vaasa, January 2017

– David