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Winter sports are just great. Too bad the Nordic winter seems to be getting worse every year when it comes to snow, and the season with optimal conditions is veeery short. However, when we DO have snow (and sun!) – oh boy, there’s so much fun stuff to do!

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One of my all time winter favorites is ice swimming. Especially in Finland, I always go visit this public sauna when I’m in Tampere (picture form Hellasgården though). It doesn’t get any more Finnish than that: hot sauna full of people in all ages and genders, dipping/jumping/diving into the frozen lake one after another. Sitting outside and enjoying a casual sauna drink and/or sausage.

Everyone agrees to a few unwritten sauna rules: 1) there’s always seats for more people (even if there wasn’t – no such thing as sitting too close to someone) and 2) you politely glance at fellow sauna folks before throwing more water on the stones. You mostly talk about the weather, the exoticism of sauna and current holidays. You always wish your sauna-mates a happy weekend, Easter, Christmas, New Year’s or whatever before leaving.

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A nice tip for outdoor activities in Stockholm is the area of Hellasgården. They have all kinds of inside and outside sports, including extensive trails, lake & sauna, outdoor gym and cafés. I’ve been there mushroom hunting, skating as well as ice swimming, and the best part is that it’s super close to the city: only 15 minutes busride from Slussen!

Yet, you don’t even have to go to Hellasgården to find outdoor areas in Stockholm – the nature is everywhere. Stockholm is a city where you can have it all: exciting urban life and beautiful nature right next to each other.

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Running on ice

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As we know, this past winter has been surprisingly cold in the entire Europe, at least compared to previous years. Nevertheless, I have been running outside more often than ever before. There was only one very cold week with -10 celsius or so, when I did gym instead.

Oh and btw, I don’t get treadmills at all – why do people like them?! For me the whole point of running is being outside, not in some sweaty room with zero fresh air.

I never thought I would be running on ice in Stockholm in Mid-March, but that’s what I did on Friday. How cool is that! There’s something very liberating in it. Maybe it’s the space that makes me feel so calm? (As a true Finn I really need my personal space, hehe)

Operation thesis – pt. 1

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Tuntuu uskomattomalta, että tätä vuotta on kulunut jo kaksi kuukautta. Enää kolme kuukautta viimeistä opiskelukevättä jäljellä – hullua! Ja vähän pelottavaakin, paljon on meinaan vielä tekemistä.

Otin tähän kevään ensimmäiseen periodiin yrittäjyyskurssin graduprojektin rinnalle, ja vaikka kurssi onkin ollut yksi parhaita kursseja ikinä, on se myös syönyt ehkä liikaa huomiota siltä itse gradulta. Ensi viikosta alkaen pystyn onneksi suuntaamaan kaiken aikani graduun, ja toivottavasti saan kurottua aikataulua vähän kiinni.

Olen suunnitellut ajoittavani haastattelut maaliskuun lopulle. Sitä ennen on kuitenkin vielä painittava teoreettisen viitekehyksen, lopullisten tutkimuskysymysten ja tutkimusmetodien kanssa. Huhtikuun puolessa välissä koittaa odotettu ja toivottavasti ansaittu parin viikon loma Lissabonissa, minkä olis tarkoitus toimia tässä vähän niinkuin motivaattorina.

Tykkään todella siitä, ettei Ruotsissa tehdä gradusta samanlaista ikuisuusprojektia kuin monessa suomalaisyliopistossa on tapana. Projektille varataan se viimeinen 5 kk opinnoista eikä yhtään enempää – given time is enough time!

// It feels incredible – and scary! – that already two months of this year have passed, and my last spring at KTH is about to come to an end soon. There’s still so much to do with the master thesis, and I really need to step up my game this month. Having an additional entrepreneurship course in this period has been super fun, but it has also taken a little resources from thesis writing.

Luckily I’ve booked a two-week holiday in Lisbon in April, which awaits me as a prize for all this!

P.S. Pictures from our little roadtrip to lake Mälaren on a such beautiful winter day. I reeaally don’t understand why are everybody complaining about the weather?

Challenge accepted: Stockholm Marathon

I just signed up for the Stockholm Marathon in June. Yay!

Throughout my life I have been a little extra in coming up with birthday challenges for myself. When I was approaching the age of 18, I challenged myself to read a bunch of very classic books before I became an “adult”. (Haha, little did I know an 18-year-old is far from adult…) I also urged myself to perform at our school’s music festival, which – well, didn’t go so well – was all about daring to do something I love.

As my official 25th birthday challenge I will be running a marathon the day after I have turned 25. Aiming for marathon has also a significant symbolic meaning for me: committing to a goal and working persistently towards it. Although I am an ambitious and usually very determined person, lately I have had trouble focusing my attention on just one, crystal clear goal.

It is good to have multiple plans and projects in case plan A fails, but I also can’t help but wonder – what can I achieve if I align my greatest efforts with what I want to pursue?

I guess we will find out in only 3 months!

Åre

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Spending 4 days in Åre with friends was just what I needed before kicking off intensive thesis writing. I had almost forgotten how much fun it is to ski!

There is nothing better than hanging out in thermal underwear while enjoying an afterski-beer or hot minttu chocolate. No matter if you’re in private or public, dress code is red cheeks and flat, sweaty hair. We also visited Åre nightlife, and I wore sneakers and a fleece at the club – would never be acceptable in Stockholm, haha! So refreshing.

Lately I have been living so long straight out of my suitcase – first 3 weeks in Finland and then almost 1 week in Åre – that coming home to my own wardrobe and things feels like a luxury. I can’t wait for the everyday life and routines to kick in now, finally.

Photos by my friend Michelle.

Crayfish party

How do you know the summer has officially come to an end? The season for crayfish parties begins!

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Last Friday we drove to an island a little bit outside of Norrtälje to spend the weekend at my friend Michelle’s summer house. Our pre-party group kicked Saturday off with a casual dip to the rather cold sea, after which we spent the whole day preparing the party: food, balloons, decorations, lights, party tents and playlists. Mostly we cooked, even though I have to admit the actual crayfish had only a formal – let’s say a more decorative – role in our serving. Nevertheless, I had completely forgotten how much fun it is to prepare a decent party with proper decorations and effort!

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Rest of our friends arrived for dinner in the evening. We ate, drank and sang together, putting our strongest drinking song game on. As the night got darker we moved the party inside to the official party room, where we danced like crazy until 5am. Some time in the morning we even got to witness amazing fireworks right in our “home” harbor, and it indeed wasn’t just another amateur show but a spectacle worthy of thousands of euros at least.

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Perfect ending for summer 2017.

Stockholm state of mind

Viime viikonloppu oli pitkästä aikaa oikeasti lämmin ja muutenkin idyllinen kesäviikkis Tukholmassa.

Lauantaina suuntasin aamupalalle Odenplanin Greasy Spooniin, joka tarjoilee koko päivän englantilaistyylistä aamupalaa & lounasta. Paikka on tunnettu etenkin ruokaisista pannariannoksista ja rennosta fiiliksestä. Yllätyksekseni meidän ei tarvinnut edes erityisemmin jonottaa, vaikka yleensä kannattaa varautua jonottamaan ainakin puoli tuntia suosituimpiin aamupala-/brunssimestoihin. Näin heinäkuussa kaupunki on onneksi hiljaisempi, koska kaikki kynnelle kykenevät ovat paenneet saaristoon.

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Aamupalaähkyjä oli hyvä sulatella käppäilemällä päämäärättömästi pitkin keskustaa, kunnes Sveavägenin Urban Delin kohdalla ystäväni vinkkasi salaisesta kattoterassista (huom. salainen koska minä en tiennyt siitä). Takparken meni heti mun olemattoman lempparilistan kärkeen! Keskellä lauantaipäivää terassi oli ihan tyhjä ja saimme rauhassa vallata mieleiset aurinkotuolit. Päätin heti, että mun pakko päästä sinne pian uudelleen myös illalla, jolloin paikan uniikki fiilis pääsee varmasti vielä paremmin oikeuksiinsa. Onneksi se on aivan duunipaikan vieressä – AW here I come!

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Loppupäivä vierähtikin köyhän naisen botskireissulla Hammarby sjöstadiin (SL-kortilla pääsee ihan ilmaisille ajeluille woho) ja puistossa makoillessa. Päivällistä nautittiin mun ultimate suosikkithaikkuraflassa Koh Phanganissa, jonka villit jouluvalot ja monsuunisateet on mulle aina yhtä riemastuttavan eksoottinen kokemus (siinä missä toisille ne valot aiheuttaa lähinnä migreeniä). Illemmalla pyöräilin läheiselle Kaknästornetille treffaamaan kamuja ja ihailemaan Stokista lintuperspektiivistä, josta päätettiin jatkaa vielä Kungsträdgårdeniin viinilasillisille.

Oh well – mikä täydellinen kesälauantai!