3 May 2012

How to get over the post-Italy depression

I have been in Finland for a bit over one week now, it seems like a hell of a long time!
It's like I have never left Helsinki but at the same time it feels that it was yesterday when I was saying arrivederci to all my Italian colleagues.

I'm missing all the stuff I thought I will miss from Italy and even a bit more things I did not know I was going to miss (such as people shouting on the streets).

But in the other hand, I must say that it is super cool to get to see (and hug!) all my friends after such a long time. I realized that no matter how far away you go, real friends are always gonna be waiting for you with open arms.

I believe that sooner or later I'm going to get over this small post-Italy depression... but just in case I made a 10 day program that I have been following since I arrived, I think it is already helping me out.

Take a real shower (not like the Italian one)
Go fast to visit all the friends you have not seen in 7 months!!!

There are some girls missing in this picture but we look so pretty that I decided to put it anyway

Make a proper cappuccino at home with the Mini Gaggia.
Get some sushi at Hanko for lunch.

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Make homemade berry sorbet with the KitchenAid.
Eat lots of salmon soup. Soup always helps!

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Go to the swimming pool with Marju (my Finnish friend) and check out all the handsome/hairy men out there in their Speedos. Take a relaxing sauna afterwards.
Go out and dance like there is no tomorrow, do not forget to have a couple of mojitos.

in my 80's-flashdance-outfit from last year's Halloween (the only pic I found with a mojito)

Eat pulla.
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Take a deep breath and smile.
Visit your friends again!

here I'm with my friends at our very first Circus lesson together

Make a 5 Kg tiramisù and eat it all.

Watch the movie "La vita è bella" in Italian. So glad that I'm finally able to understand the original version.

Eat breakfast on the balcony while you hear the all the birds singing.
Have a picnic at Kaivopuisto Park for the First of May celebration (called Vappu).

Go to belly-dance class. I have missed oh so much Hosseny's dance lessons while I was in Italy!
Make homemade pasta with my lovely pasta machine.

Repeat DAY 5 program until you feel better.
If it still does not feel better, go and get a Nutella+pistachio crêpe at La Crêperie Tram Café.

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DAY 10
I have made it to the last day! Yaaay!
The last step couldn't be another than taking some days off and going for holidays!
If this does not help to get rid of the depression, I don't know what else I am going to do.

Check out where I will be relaxing for the next 2 weeks:

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Yes, I am taking a plane tomorrow to Malaysia for a well deserved holidays.
(Thanks to all our great friends who contributed to make this trip possible! I love you!)

First we are going to Singapore for a few days and then we will take a boat to Tioman Island where I will be doing nothing but swimming, eating seafood and diving - computers, iPhones and iPads are forbidden on the island -

I will come back all pretty, tan, relaxed and hopefully recovered from the post-Italy depression.

See you in a couple of weeks! Take care and be happy!


  1. Have Fun!!! Enjoy the Sun!!! We will be here waiting for you to hear about your wonderful holidays!!!

    Hugs from almost the end of the tunnel :)


    1. Danielaaaaaaaa!! gracias!!! do you see the light at the end??!!! run to it!!!!!!
      mucha suerte!!!

  2. We missed the swimming phase but we'll do that when you get back. Have a great trip!



    1. Yeah! I kind of substituted the swimming part for some pulla, but at least we had the intention to go, that is the most important thing!! :-P

      Looking forward to get back to the swimming pool!... lots of hairy men are gonna be waiting for us!!!

  3. Albins!!! You are doing super good!!! And I'm pretty sure after your holidays in Malaysia everything will be as always has been. SUPER DUPER NICE AND HAVING NEVER ENDING FUN!!! As well, and as a plus for us, your friends, we will have a professional cooker coking fresh pasta, very tasteful tiramisu, best cappuccino in helsinki and of course the creamy-njami Ice-creams! Not bad after all!
    In ex-change we will hag you, kiss you, go to dancing lesson, talking in italian to you (only if necessary), eat creaps every day, drink mojitos all night (I have many other mojito pictures from you... but that is a cool one ;), speak loud to you, and for sure get all together as much as possible!!!

    HAVE FUN IN MALAYSIA!!! and take lots of pictures to report us the trip!!!

    Un peto ben fort Albins!!!!!!! Muuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuakis!
    (aquest arriba fins a Malasia segur!)

    1. ooooooh yes!!! Laurins you are the milk!!! :-P
      I'm speechless!!! I loooove uuuuuuu!!!

    2. ah! and that is the sushi-style mojito picture: showing the technique of how to eat the mint leafs with straw-chopsticks!

      I don't think it can get better than that in any other picture!! :-P

  4. I love you!!!

    -you know who.. :D

  5. Great post! Been there, done that; Suomi is not the easiest place to get used to be again, but after a while it'll feel home again and one of the best places in tha world to live.
    When you're back from Malaysia it will be beautiful nightless summer here! Enjoy and relax on the paradise island :-)

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