30 August 2014

10 memorable photos from Gran Canaria

30 August 2014
 1  This cute cat came sitting on our terrace; the terrace where I loved to have breakfast and little breaks from the sun. The whole resort area was really well-kept as one morning, besides the cat,  there was also a man trimming a palm tree in our garden. Meow.

 2  This is the professional way to you dry your jacket abroad. Tuck the sleeve in and insure that it won't fall off five times like mine did. To be used at your own risk! No seriously, I wouldn't recommend this to anybody. I was just really desperate before a dinner.

 3  We went dining in a quiet Chinese restaurant in Playa del Ingles which seemed a bit peculiar, truth be told. When my friend's food appeared, it occurred that we would be cooking it ourselves in the table. I might have been able to understand that with steaks, but this was chicken. Goodness gracious!

 4  Oh no, wait a second. On second thought, I need my sunglasses as it's way too sunny out here and I don't want my eyes to be closed. Go on, take it! No, not yet! #holidayphotoproblems

 5   Yeah, we had a good time reading the menus in Finnish. It's hard to translate the mistakes in English because of the complex grammar, but let's just say every other one is written incorrectly. But it was cute.

 6  The sexy sipping face. Or less sexy. Do I really look like that? This isn't even the only one, I think I have about three of these in my archives!

 7  This was one dried out river in Puerto de Mogan! This bridge itself was beautiful, but this truth lay beneath it.

 8  Absolutely no one at Burger King in Las Palmas! Then we saw a family of three: a mother, a father and a small child probably around 3 years old. And they happened to be.... Finnish! Wow, I just feel sooo much abroad right now. I decided to use Spanish and order an ice cream, which was great, but I couldn't catch what the cashier said. So much for that. Switching to English immediately...

 9  Trying on shoes at Primark. Primark is a shoe and bag paradise. I just love it. But apparently I didn't approve of this moment for photographing. However, I happily left the shop with new sandals, and a few more purchases. Ahem, ahem. I've got to praise the Argan Oil I bought for my hair; if it hadn't been for Primark's cheap little bottles, I wouldn't have ever bought this amazing oil at all. My hair sends love to you, whoever invented the oil!

 10  Last but not least, when taking a "unique" holiday photo like this, make sure your horrid plasters aren't ruining it. The pool looks nice... Oh well. It was the first day at the pool so we were all excited!

21 August 2014

How to make studying easier

21 August 2014
I've been starting to question the accuracy of some longer words in Finnish - my native language! - such as harvinainen (=rare) and näyteikkuna (=display window) 

I guess that is what long summer holidays and a sudden start of school do to you. Or the fact that you haven't been writing long texts in any other languages than English. Or maybe you've just got too much on your mind. Whoops. At the moment, my timetable is just about full of languages which means that I actually have over 10 hours of English every week and some hours of Spanish and French. But what about the subject that is not a language? Well, the odd one out is psychology. Which I truly, immensely adore, but for some reason, there has now been a slight decrease in my motivation towards the whole subject. And actually, I wouldn't necessarily talk of a slight decrease... All the famous psychologists and their theories, and especially putting their theories into practice by writing long essays with clarifying examples, which are full of scientific vocabulary, make me feel tired and hopeless. Blurgh. I'm just fed up with it.

Since the frightening fact is that autumn's matriculation examination is getting closer day by day, I thought I would try to explain how I approach problems in psychology and English on a daily/weekly basis. It's great to know different kinds of learning techniques, as it has been scientifically proven that students with multiple study techniques gain better grades, in general. (ironically, remember this from a psychology lesson!) This image sums up how I study the big pictures. It's also what I tell some of my friends to do when they are having a hard time with maths. (disclaimer: I'm no mathemagician; I don't even study advanced maths at school) I think this graph works pretty well for any subject. And hey, even though some of you might be thinking "no way, not those lists again!" I only have to say that rational thinking is in each and every one of us, but when it comes to important exams, a lot of us feel stressed out and forget to slow down and just think about the situation.

Of course there are other crucial things such as eating, sleeping, friends, exercise etc, and I have to confess: sleeping and exercising could be a lot better for my part, but I don't feel like listing the obvious points. Also you should find your own learning techniques (I spoke about fun ways to learn languages in this post), realise when you're too tired to study, have breaks and even drink some water while your studying. You know what? I've just realised I feel too tired to write any more text, so I'll have to get going now. Oh, and no worries, I do have a life besides all this studying. At least I think I do.

15 August 2014

Trip to Tallinn Day 3

15 August 2014

We still had time to do lots on the last day after checking out of our hostel at noon. Our plan was to roam markets and then visit either Patarei prison or the Bastion tunnels near Kiek in de Kök which we had visited the day before. But first, on our way to a Russian market, we came across this offbeat shop which had the most peculiar old items from the Second World War. Because photographing inside the shop was only allowed after paying one euro, I just settled for a photo taken from outside. And I think this was just foretaste of what we were going to see at the Russian market.

Finally we got to the Russian market which is located next to Tallinn's railway station. You could literally get anything in the whole wide world - at least that's what it felt like. I was close to buying some cute relaxed fit joggers but because you can't really be sure about the sizes, I left them hanging on their place. We saw vegetables, other groceries, underwear, clothes, toys, books, gravestones... I really wonder who would buy a gravestone in a crowded market - which, obviously, isn't something you can just pop into your pocket - after losing a loved one. I guess it takes all sorts... Since there wasn't enough people willing to see a barren prison (guided tours are only for groups consisting of 5 and up), we decided to head to the tunnels later on.

 Oh well! We didn't make to the tunnels as we got too distracted by this park and its flowers. I couldn't help but wonder how well the plants were taken care of but luckily I had a wise friend you was in the know that there was a flower festival in Tallinn at the very moment. So apparently we've been to a flower festival too! The whole area was filled with colourful flowers (what a surprise, huh), buzzing bees and quirky still lifes with statues including zombie-like figures and animals. Then we really had to get going to the tunnels and - mind you - it wasn't even all that easy because of the heat. Luckily, it would be cool over there.

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