April 11, 2016

MERMAID ROCK


I think the main reason Nicole loves me is because whenever I decide to play around with my camera when she's around the photos turn out something like this. Having a flawless best friend is pretty great when you're a photo-taking freak like I am haha.
Living on Bondi Beach has been amazing since I discover something new every day that makes me fall in love with this city/country even more. Finding places like this 2 minutes away from my house just convinces me more and more that moving to Australia might've just been the best decision I've ever made. So hey mom if you're reading this: good luck trying to drag me back to Finland hahaha.
I finally got a job and started working a few days after my last Australia update and that has been so much fun as well. My work place is incredible, the vibe and feeling there are always fantastic and the people I work with are amazing as well. My current daily routine here usually consists of me drinking coffee and having breakfast on our rooftop terrace, going to the beach/seeing friends/going to the beach with friends, going to work (and eating the best burgers I've had in my life), and then coming back home to chill on the roof with a few friends and maybe having a drink (or 2) before going to bed. I can't really complain about my current lifestyle. The only thing that could possibly make living here even better would be having my friends and family from Finland come here as well. Then I would definitely stay here forever.

March 11, 2016

random instagram photos from australia


I bumped into Natasha Oakley & Devin Brugman a few days ago in Bondi Beach. I had a small fangirl moment and started cheesing way too hard when the girls suggested we take a selfie. It was a good day.

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March 9, 2016

FIRST AUSTRALIA UPDATE

Hi Friends!
Time has gone by really quickly as I've tried hard to get everything sorted out here, but I thought it was about time for me to make a proper blog post about what's been going on in my life.
If I remember correctly I left Finland on the 21st on January and spent a little bit over 3 weeks in Thailand with my dad. Nicole came to Bangkok the same day as I did and I got to spend 5 amazing days there with my best friend before she continued conquering Asia with a few of our other friends. In Thailand I went to the gym and pool everyday and saw a few of my friends (and made new ones) before I properly started planning stuff for Australia.
The day before I was supposed to fly to Sydney I saw my mom who was there for a 1-day work trip. When I was heading back home I slipped on oil that was all over a dark sidewalk and broke my foot. I couldn't put any weight on my foot at first and I did a bad job at trying to hold in tears caused by the pain so it was clear that there was no way I could leave the next day. But I'm so stubborn when it comes to things like that so I flew to Sydney the day after that haha. 2 big suitcases, 1 smaller suitcase, 1 big carryon bag and a broken foot. That was my travel company on the worst flight of my life. But that's not too relevant right now.
I arrived in Sydney around 7-8 am on Valentine's Day, and somehow managed to find my way to our house in Bondi. It was a share house where my friend Alexandra and I shared a room, and there were 3 other people living in that house. I mostly just slept for the first few days since I was so jetlagged and exhausted from traveling. We were supposed to live there until the 8th of March, but for some reason the girl whose room we were renting out decided to come back home early and kicked us out with one day's notice. So I only spent 2 nights at that house.
We checked into a hostel on that Tuesday and stayed there for 3 nights, and during all the days we spent there we were on our laptops or phones looking for apartments. I knew one girl from Australia so I messaged her asking for help and advice on finding a place to stay in Sydney and she said that we're welcome to come stay with her until we find something, so on that Friday Alexandra and I moved in with Cass and we've been here for almost 3 weeks now.
During the time that we've been staying in Camperdown with Cass we've been searching for apartments in Bondi Beach and I've also been looking for a job either somewhere in Bondi or in the city. I've also managed to get myself a local phone number, a local bank account, tax file number, medicare card, etc. And I've finally started learning my way around Sydney haha. We also finally found a place to stay in Bondi and we're moving there this Sunday, so the 13th of March I think. The only thing I still have yet to get done is find a job, but yesterday I walked around Bondi for a few hours handing out resumes to various places so let's hope that I find something soon. My foot is almost healed as well, I never got myself to the doctor (it took me a while to finally get the medicare card sorted out...) but it has felt the same as it did when I broke my foot almost 2 years ago but luckily it's almost better again. I might be able to start running again once we move to Bondi and that makes me really excited haha.
What else... OH YEAH NICOLE IS COMING TO SYDNEY IN 8 DAYS!! That was a pretty spontaneous decision but I'm sure Australia will be a great ending to her 4 month world traveling haha. And I'm so excited to see my best friend again. After her trip here we've visited 4 continents together and that is really exciting as well. And I'm starting to look tan for the first time in my life which is a huge thing for me because I'm always pale and usually burn 2 minutes after being in the sun.
I think that's all I had in mind now. Just to sum it up: everything's going well, still no luck with jobs yet, moving to Bondi this weekend. Once I get a job and get into some kind of routine I will be able to update you guys more and start working on photos and videos again. Everything is still pretty new and exciting and hectic but Sydney is starting to feel like home already anyways. And I don't have any trouble understanding Australian accents anymore so I'm able to have normal conversations with people again haha. But yeah. LIFE IS GOOD

January 15, 2016

2016 // FRESH START


In a few days I will be going on a whole new adventure, and like always I'm letting you all tag along. More photos, more videos, new people, and new surroundings. I will be making my long time dream a reality and heading to Australia with a one-way ticket and a working holiday visa. I'm taking a huge chance and moving to a place I've visited maybe once or twice as a little girl.
There's no better way to start a new year than in a new place with an open mind and a new perspective. 2015 definitely had its ups and downs and it was one of the hardest years of my life, if not the hardest. I have many bad habits I need to break and a very deep comfort zone that I desperately need to jump out of. I have people I need to let go of and so many people I have yet to meet. I visited many beautiful places last year that I had never been to before and there are still so many incredible places I have yet to discover. I have always been jealous of people with the courage to make big life changes and choices, and now i'm taking a huge leap of faith and doing something extremely different than I'm used to. I'm very lucky and so happy to have the opportunity to do something like this, and I am so excited that I'm doing this just for myself. I have been planning this for a long time and now it's finally becoming a reality.
Once again I'm moving to a place far away from many important people in my life so this blog will be the best way for me to keep everyone updated. I have finally the right kind of motivation and inspiration to bring this blog back to life again and I hope that you all will be interested in joining me on this crazy adventure.

Only a few more days to go. Stay tuned :)

PS. We filmed that video 3 weeks ago in -20°C weather and it's very different compared to my other videos so I was really nervous about posting it, but I really hope that you all enjoy it.

December 7, 2015

Day Trip to Tallinn


After 2 weeks I finally put a quick video together from our day trip to Tallinn, Estonia. I definitely still need to practice filming with a gopro haha.

December 3, 2015

21 Things I've Learned in 21 Years

I turned 21 on December 1st and yesterday I filmed a video sharing some of my knowledge with you all. Here you go: