Monday, August 31, 2009

Just another Sunday: clubs, cakes, babies and puppies

On Sunday morning at 7:00 Rene called me to wake me up and go for breakfast in the S-Bahn-station. He was coming from a club they'd gone to straight from work. After a Big King XXL and a sausage croissant we went to a club in Jannowitzbrücke. I don't know the name, but it's a place I often walk past and can still hear the bass pumping on Sunday afternoon at 17 o'clock. It was pretty cool, mostly filled with sleeping people.

Inside it was still mignight.

Outside it wasn't.

This guy was escorted out, 'cos he looked like he needed some sleep...

So did Rene...

And this guy...

And look where the first guy had ended up.

They were building a little street festival around our corner. We went to have a sneek peek before going home to sleep. It looked pretty darn cute with the fishermen and -women getting their stands ready for business.

Breakfast eaters.

A few hours later we had slept and were ready to make our way to Mauerpark again to sell buns. Rene was courageous to come along after no real night's sleep. My hero. :) The Finn-count made it all the way to 21 this time (Rene keeps counting how many Finnish people he sees), and to my surprise two of them were my readers. :) Yeii! Moi, you guys!

Going there, we walked again past the the Hafenfest, that appeared to have been pretty rockin' since parts of the sign were falling off.

Little drummer boy in Mauerpark.

Karaoke-guy was not there, which was a major disappointment to all his fans, but sales were actually better than ever. I guess people consoled themselves with food.

In the evening Ina took me to the design market called Summer Pop Shopping in Arena Berlin. There were loads of intresting stuff, among others these KaWeDe-accessories made of tire rubber. You can find them in pushShop.

This was a tired and happy day. Sleep was pretty good afterwards.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Aging is not so bad

The first time we celebrated my birthday in Berlin was pretty cool. It was different without my friends from back home... but they sent me such amazing congrats, I was just reading them and laughing my ass off. In a few months some of them are coming here and hopefully we can also go visit them again in Finland. So maybe I'll survive til then :)

First we had some beers in our local place by the river. Not a bad local place, is it? Sam came straight from a job interview looking all corporate.

I had asked Sam and Rene to keep the plans as a secret, I dunno, I just wanted to torment myself with the excitement and feeling of surprise. So all week I had been guessing where they're taking me and following their mysterious whispering. Finally, when we made it to Hausvogteiplatz, I got it. I had been talking about wanting to go to Goodtimes, a thai place, for ages. And they had heard me. :)

This is Anna. Our really fabulous friend Lena's little sister who lookes astonishingly alot like her and was also spectacular! So cool to meet her and have her join the b-day celebration :) She also sang Dirty Diana to me, when I most needed it. (My birthday was about to be ruined because I had Lady Gaga playing in my head aaaallll the time. God I hate her songs.) We loved her and her friend Rachel and we want them all to move into Berlin with Lena of course. Pleeeease!


Ina and Jenny had thought of something for me to keep me occupied. :) So they got me some tools to make holes and put studs into stuff! Fun!

We're going to see Muse in October, Oh yeah!

This may not look exactly right. But guess what it is? It made me really happy :)

Thanks for this amazing birthday, all the congrats and just excisting in general, goes to all of my friends from everywhere, being there physically or not. Love you guys!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Party in my mouth and everybody's invited (+ RAFFLE)

I’m on a really good mood, because I found some Finnish varrasleipä in Lidl. It’s like this dried rye-bread that’s so hard that it makes you have small cuts all over your mouth for the rest of the day. Oh boy, just like back home! There were some Scandinavian products in Lidl this week – big up for that! The Finnish products were a bit lame though (two sorts of dry bread and lingonberry jam) comparing to fancy Swedish and Danish candy and cookies. But that actually describes the life and mentality in Nordic countries. Finns struggled through history picking berries and eating hard bread, when the others just had their fun looking blonder, prettier and happier (see also Tom Bulgaria’s ideas on Swedes in Special Edition: Finland A-Ö in the pic below).


I suddenly noticed my day has been blessed with patriotism again, as I also found some salty liquorice from the Turkish Market (?!) from a German stand that said “Traditional salty liquorice from Holland, Denmark and Sweden.” Confusing. The bastard even had actual Finnish candy there, but he’d just failed to write it down, as if it didn’t matter. Well, I gave him a lesson on it, and in the end he was forgiven and I had to buy some. Now, after eating the hard bread, I’m embalming my bleeding mouth with salty candy. Good.

Party in my mouth!

I’m going to finally present to you the fruit of our accessory-project with the fashion-handyman Outi that I was talking to you about earlier this summer. (See older posts here and here.) Now I’ve finished making my share of the accessories that we got loads of fabrics for. We can’t take credit for the ideas, we were only clever enough to make them instead of buying them. You’ve seen these kinds of jersey accessories allover the shops this summer, and they actually expect us to pay dozens of euros for the simplest rectangular piece of fabric. We said no, and headed for the fabric market. Here's a little sum-up of the creations:

This scarf is my favorite, as you may have noticed, 'cos I wear it like in all the pics. Laundry of the day: Jacket - Killah, pants - Herrlicher, top - self printed on H&M, shoes - Converse, bag - Adidas.

The basic scarves were really easy to make. Laundry of the day: dress - Creme fraiche, leggins - the market, necklace - Youth vs. Nature.

These required a bit more patience and manual sewing (which I hate). But it was well worth it.

You can wear the jersey brades as suspenders too! Laundry of the day: jeans - Cheap Monday, men's shirt H&M.

The belt goes really well with my trucker-lesbian look. Laundry of the day: Pants - Vero Moda, Top - Ginatricot, shoes - Adidas.

RAFFLE - Maiju likey her commenters!
Being on a good mood, I’m gonna throw a little RAFFLE to you sweetie pies. Please comment on your favorites or anything, really, ask a question, tell me your favorite food or call me silly. Any comment made on this post or the coming posts until 8.9.2009 will take part in the raffle. You can also boost your chances to win by linking the raffle/avara maiju in your blog or Facebook, and mentioning this to me in your comment. (Or, sending me loads of Fazer’s chocolates will work aswell). Anyone doing so will get an extra lottery ticket.

The winner gets the following scarf in the colour of his/her choice. Remember to use some recognizable alias, so you don't stay anymous! Good luck :) Stay tuned for the winner on 10.9.2009.

The latino is not included in the prize.

The colours of the prize scarf from left: blue aqua, pink melange, white, pink salmon. Available also in black, if the winner of the raffle so wishes. :)