29 Dec 2012

Bye bye 2012, I'll miss you!

2012 is definitely going to be one of those years I'll remember.
A year of surprises, adventures and many challenges. A year in which I've learned a lot about myself.
I loved, I cried, I dreamed, I worked quite much... but still, I tried to be a bit happier every day.

In the beginning of the year Oh! my cake was born. Against all odds the blog is still alive and has got 11.458 page views so far.

Italy was my home for 7 months. In Pisa I met wonderful people, learned Italian, forgot Finnish, slept in a vintage room, made a copy of Picasso and ate ice-cream like there was no tomorrow.

I also went skiing, worked on top of a cardboard box and found a little fox by the sea.

I turned 28 in Sicily, best birthday ever.

In the end of April I moved back to Helsinki.
The post-Italy depression hit me hard. However, I managed to (almost) get over it, specially thanks to my lovely friends and all the traveling.

I got into a plane 18 times this year and visited 6 different countries. 
The ultimate trip has been to Singapore and Malaysia. Tioman island was the best place to rediscover the silence and deal with the gelato abstinence syndrome. A pretty good therapy made out of sunsets, rainforest hikes, monkeys, sea turtles and banana pancakes for breakfast.

I also visited Menorca, Copenhagen and went back to Spain a couple of times. My summer was all about reading, floating on the Mediterranean sea, eating (and drinking) in good company and traveling around Spain by train.

Food has been one of the major themes of 2012. I ate so well this year, from Italian porchetta to my mother's delicious paella and everything in between (including bull penis and fried insects).

I made the ultimate Barcelona food guide, went to two Restaurant days and discovered few nice places in Helsinki.

Joulupukki brought me the most beautiful yellow KitchenAid (¡graciaaaaaas!), so there has been a lot of cooking also... I baked a wedding cake, made (and ate) tons of tiramisù, fresh pasta, cheesecake and muffins. I learned how to make ice-cream, cornetti, sabayon and bread.  

My friends made me laugh so much this year that I got new happiness-wrinkles... lots of dinners, saunas, barbecues, dancing lessons, love stories, sushi and tequilas. 
We also went to the ballet for the first (and probably last) time.

Moonrise Kingdom went up to my top 3 favorite movies, right after Amelie and Totoro.
My first Marimekko dress have brighten up many rainy days.

And just to finish the year on the right foot, I got to be a chef for a week, changed apartment for the 7th time, almost learned to skateboard and (finally) saw the end of the Lord of the Rings without falling asleep.

Thanks 2012.

Thanks to all the people that made me smile this year, that kissed me, that taught me something.

Thanks to everybody that believed in me... and special thanks to the ones that didn't, so I had the need to prove you wrong.

I'm a bit sad to say goodbye to 2012, but I really hope that next year is at least half as exciting as this one. Happy new year everybody!!!

1 comment:

  1. Wow you have had quite the fun year! I am very jealous of your traveling. Every year I have to get out and travel but it seems that you get to go a lot more often than once a year! Lucky you!



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