Thursday, 11 December 2014

[Book] Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

I am a fan of Murakami's fiction, often feeling that it takes me to places unknown. Unlike his other books, this one lacks the supernatural component, which is positive.
The reason I liked this book is strictly personal: I did not spend much time musing over the language used or literary finesses, I was attracted by the theme - loneliness, or maybe even colorlessness. Someone who has experienced this lack of color, often incorrectly, can relate with the story.  

[Joy] 10 Joyful Things

  • Listening to the rain smattering against the window while cuddling under a warm blanket
  • A tasty croissant and a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice
  • A really good conversation
  • Finishing that puzzle that is called a translation
  • Laughing until you cry. With no reason. 
  • The beauty of nature
  • Feeling that pang of inspiration 
  • Creating
  • Coming to a new place for the very first time
  • Returning home

NaBloPoMo December 2014

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

[Joy] Joy is.. saying no!

A couple of weeks back I decided to stop drinking coffee. As it turned out, it wasn't tasty anymore. The reasoning behind the decision was simply that what's the point in doing something that does not bring me in any joy. So I stopped. And I haven't looked back (yet)(who knows what will happen in the future).

And suddenly I realize that my life is slightly more joyful than before because...

...instead of coffee, I am now drinking tea. What's more fun than experimenting with different types of tea?'s easier to get up in the morning. Before I was unable to cope in the morning before having my coffee, now I cope a lot better since I know I won't be getting any coffee anyway.

The point being? I think that sometimes it is a good idea to break a routine to see what life can bring us. The change might be a positive one.

NaBloPoMo December 2014

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

[Joy] Joy is... travelling!

I cannot imagine my life without travelling. 

2014 has been filled with some interesting trips and travels, mainly in central Europe, but we also managed to squeeze in a week in Spain. Sadly enough, I only visited Hungary once. The whole trip consisted of a few sad hours in lovely Esztergom, My love for Hungary seems to stick - I sometimes forget about it, but it will always eventually strike with full force. So, next year I definitely want to go to Hungary. Szeged, Pécs and Kecskemet are all places that I would like to see. Poland is another place that I need to visit now and then to keep my sanity. This year we experienced Warsaw and Gdansk, next year it might be time to visit Poznan.

However, one of my dreams for 2015 is to go further. The boyfriend and I have been discussing three possible scenarios: Australia, China/Japan or South America. The Wanderlust is increasing every day!

NaBloPoMo December 2014

Monday, 8 December 2014

[Joy] Joy is... Learning!

Her big brown eyes lit her pale face when she started to tell us about her adventures in Japan. The best thing, she said, was all the things she learnt by talking to people and hearing their stories.

The most amazing thing about language learning is the moment one realizes that s/he can understand what the world around is saying, the ability to make oneself understood in a world of aliens.

The best moments in her life were spent in bars with anonymous people who recounted their adventures in foreign lands. They taught her so much, and inspired her to walk her own path, a path unknown to the rest.

You cannot hold on to past happiness, you need to go for it. Seeking happiness will not automatically increase one's happiness. Rather, keep doing something you like every day, one day you will get there. And if the final destination is not what you planned it to be, at least you will have had happy moments very single day of your life.

NaBloPoMo December 2014

Good morning from the ferry

On the way back to Sweden with a long day ahead. It's pitch black and windy, People are quiet, sleepy even. 
The weekend was great. 
I learnt that my Polish has grown quite bad, need to practice that more. I was searching for words, messing up the grammar completely. At least I heard my mistakes. 

16 days until Christmas Eve. In 15 days we will make this very same journey all over again. 

Sunday, 7 December 2014


[500 Days] Most/Now

Drink: chai latte/ Ital: fűszeres tejes tea (chai latte)
Feeling: relaxed and rested/ Érzés: nyugodt és kipihent
Weather: cloudy/ Időjárás : felhős
Music: none/ Zene; semmi -  I prefer silence. Én inkább csendben vagyok. 
Today's plan: attending a baptism/ A mai terv: egy keresztség

This mini trip is somewhat refreshing - it's interesting how I always return to being a teenager when I visit my parents. For instance, I stayed up all night reading and don't feel tired at all.The Murakami book was fantastic, as I expected it to be. There are so any things I'd like to squeeze into this day, but I don't think there will be enough time for it.

Today's quote

Saturday, 6 December 2014

iViva la independecia!

Dear Finland,
happy birthday to you!

May you live long and wisely confront the challenges ahead of you.

The journey you have walked has been long and sometimes your citizens have been outstanding, heroic even.

May you remember that the nation is more than physical attributes or language or a shared religion or traditional values. A prosperous state is made when people work together and all are included. It needs to rely on the minds and the brains and the work and the courage of its people - all of its people.

A good state is one that takes care of its citizens, looking for ways to protect and increase the common good.