I’m just checking in to let those of you who still remember me know that I’m still alive! This past year has been super busy and sadly it looks like that’s how things will be for me for one more year. Read on to learn what’s been going on.
After almost ten years of saying I’d never study again, last Spring I got some kind of weird inspiration to apply for a program to do my second Master’s degree. And as it went, I was accepted into the program which started in August. The studies have been intensive, as there have been essays after essays to write and tons of group work to arrange. Combining studying, work, sailing, boat maintenance, gardening, travel and my busy social life has been quite exhausting and the reason for my quiet blog.
I am happy to report that I have now completed all the courses and am slowly starting on my thesis. Studying after such a long while has been surprisingly easy but extremely time consuming. Of course, the best thing has been getting to know new people from different backgrounds and making new friends.
In addition to studying, the past year has been busy with travel! There was Kraków with two dear friends in September. October took me to Tanzania with my fellow students. Even thought the trip gave me health problems for months on end (!!), the good memories of Iringa will always stay in my heart. November took me to Tallinn for a day trip with a dear Danish friend and in addition my colleagues and I went on a weekend break to Eerikkilä Sports Resort. In December Milano called my name. In January hubby and I took the ferry over to Estonia and drove to Tartu. In March I visited Tampere with my Kraków besties in tow. In May hubby and I flew to Berlin for the Guns ‘n Roses and Max Richter gigs. Listing all these destinations here makes me grateful that I’ve been able to travel so much. I’ve also had meet-ups in Finland with my friends from all over the world throughout the year. Praise be! 😉
In May I got more news on the study front. Early Spring I got an urge to apply for another program which would qualify me to be a teacher in vocational schools or schools of applied sciences. I really don’t know what I was thinking. When I got the news that I was accepted, I had very conflicting emotions. On the other hand, I was extremely tired from a full-on year of studying, but then, I knew that I might never be accepted into the program again if I gave it a pass.
So I ended up accepting the study place and my new studies started in May. The school is in Hämeenlinna (around 120 km from where I live) but thankfully the commute is needed only once or twice a month. This degree takes one year to complete. I am anticipating a very busy Autumn as I attempt to juggle two different schools. The good news is that I will be taking three months of study leave from work right after my summer holiday, yay!
Now sailing season has started again which means that we’ll be mostly living on the boat in July. We have one weekend trip under our belt for this summer, as the boat took longer than anticipated to get into the water due to all kinds of maintenance troubles.
All this means that time for blogging will be minimal once again for the next year. Sometimes I wonder if I’m of sound mind, as some free time would be greatly appreciated. Whenever I have the chance I will be taking a peek at your blogs, so hopefully I will still be able to stay updated on how you’re doing. Perhaps I will write a post now and then too.
How are you? What are you plans for this summer?
All these photos were taken last year in Hanko, a Finnish coastal town where people flock to be seen from June to August. Perhaps you will see me there too!