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.
DAY 1Take 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|
DAY 2Make a proper cappuccino at home with the Mini Gaggia.
Get some sushi at Hanko for lunch.
DAY 3Make homemade berry sorbet with the KitchenAid.
Eat lots of salmon soup. Soup always helps!
DAY 4Go 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)|
DAY 5Eat pulla.
Visit your friends again!
|here I'm with my friends at our very first Circus lesson together|
DAY 6Make 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.
DAY 7Eat 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).
DAY 8Go 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.
DAY 9Repeat 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.
DAY 10I 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:
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!