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Feel the Connection – Šumik

It was a springy day last April when Nejc took us to Šumik. He had been talking a lot about this amazing, fairytale-like place with waterfalls hidden in the mountains, and oh boy it truly was amazing. I think that this trip was one of the most unique things we did in Maribor.

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We were driving up, up, up the side of the mountain. The road was really narrow, and when at one point there was a truck coming down, we needed to reverse until there was a spot so wide it could get past.

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The place is so high, that the spring hadn’t really reached it yet.

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Waterfalls!

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Almost every time David sees water he just takes off his shoes. Like a reflex.

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Or does this. Haha!

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The day got even a more dreamy turn when we visited Nejc’s friend’s place up there. They had this farm with cats and dogs and horses and a pig just walking around freely. The feeling was surreal and my soul was singing with happiness.

This is what our coffee moment looked like:

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– Tia

Saturday Excursion – Lauantairetki

Yesterday the weather was perfect and a friend was visiting Vaasa with a car – what a luxury! There are a lot of really nice nature places around Vaasa, but sometimes they are a bit tricky to reach without a car.

Vaasassa ja lähiseuduilla on niin paljon ihania luontokohteita, mutta autottomana (ja erityisesti kesäsesongin ulkopuolella) on välillä hankala päästä niihin. Eilen Onni kuitenkin tuli Vaasaan autolla, ja me pääsimme retkeilemään.

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We visited Söderfjärden, an actual meteorite crater. An asteroid hit the Earth here some 520 million years ago.

Lähellä Vaasaa on Sjöderfjärden, meteoriittikraateri. Se on muutaman kilometrin kokoinen pyöreä tasanko, jonne osui asteroidi noin 520 miljoonaa vuotta sitten.

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There you also have a model of the solar system in scale. That white ball on a pole in the background of the picture above is the Sun, and inside the magnifying glass kind of thing is Mercury. Neptune is located 2 km from there.

Siellä on myös malli aurinkokunnasta oikeassa mittakaavassa. Ylläolevassa kuvassa taka-alalla oleva valkoinen pallo tolpan päässä on aurinko. Suurennuslasin näköisessä jutussa oleva pikkupallero on Merkurius. Neptunus löytyy kahden kilsan päästä.

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Jupiter was the size of a tennis ball : )

Jupiter, tennispallon kokoluokkaa.

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Our excursion day was effective, we also visited Risö birdwatching tower.

Tehokkaaseen retkeilypäiväämme mahtui myös Risön lintutorni.

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Satu came back from her exchange in Chile just a while ago. So nice that they can speak Spanish with David!

Satu palasi juuri vaihdosta Chilestä. Mahtavaa – Davidille espanjanpuhumisseuraa!

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Such a nice day! ❤ Ihana päivä!

– Tia

Postcards from Ljubljana

Travel throwback to a beautiful day last June, wandering around Ljubljana.

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You shouldn’t miss Metelkova (above) if you visit Ljubljana. It’s an autonomous cultural center, and due to the autonomous aspect people have compared it to Christiania in Copenhagen. There you can find art spaces, concerts, bars and of course a lot of interesting details already in the buildings.

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Rog is another alternative sort of place in Ljubi, with its art spaces and skateparks. It used to be a bike factory, then it was abandoned and squatted, and last summer it was supposed to be demolished. So I stumbled upon a situation when I walked there, with a lot of spectators and construction workers and police officers. Apparently at the moment the demolition is in halt, waiting for a legal process.

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Dragon Bridge. Dragon is also part of the City of Ljubljana’s coat of arms.

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Another surprising element of the day was this peacock in the center of the city!

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There was a “little sister” of Flow Festival Helsinki (highly recommended) in Ljubljana a couple of years ago.

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As you can see, Ljubljana is a beautiful place. And as I was mostly there for short periods of time, I would really like to go again with enough time to really get to know it.

-Tia

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