D and J go to Lapland: Everything else

Friday, 18 March 2016

Today I just wanted to quickly share the last set of photos from our Lapland trip, nothing spectacular, but still they all represent little memories I'm fond of :)

We realised that we have this super strange (and pretty unhealthy) habit of walking from one food place right into the next (see here for example). We went for delicious Mexican food one evening, only to go to the nearest Kiosk afterwards to stock up on snacks. As you can see, even the coldest of weather doesn't put Daniel off eating an iceburger type icecream thing (don't ask), even if it means having to do so with gloves on. I passed on the icecream (lame I know), but joined him for some oreos when we got back to our hotel.

D.: "Are we going to go look at the ice cats now"? 
Me: 😳 | ??? | 😳 | ??? | 😳
*Walk over*
Me: Ahhhhh 😻

So apparently it turns out ice cats aren't actual animals, but something that some people take pleasure in sculpting. Others take pleasure in looking at the sculpted ice cats (look how pleased he is!). 

And last but not least: LOOK, we met a Reindeer! I'm pretty sure it wasn't Rudolph (not even a hint of red on that nose), but it was still nice. Daniel even managed to reindeer whisper him/her over to greet us. 

And then it was already time to say goodbye to beautiful Lapland. Our return journey was pretty much the exact opposite to our way there, since we only had about 45 minutes between landing of flight one and departure of flight two, which just happened to depart from what seemed the exact opposite of the airport, but we made it, so it doesn't matter too much. 

I can't wait to go back to Scandinavia this summer, when we're going to Stockholm. If you have any tips, I'd love to hear them :) Until then, Hyvästi (that's Finish for goodbye in case you didn't guess/aren't a fluent Finish speaker). 

D and J go to Lapland: Skiing Fun

Thursday, 10 March 2016

After getting to the hotel late and our glorious dinner, the night before and a pharmacy run first thing in the morning (see post I here), we were keen (and terrified) to hit the slopes. I was pretty bad and Daniel pretty good; Daniel and I filmed each other coming down sometimes, and it made me realise that what felt like lightning speed to me, actually deceptively looked like snail pace from the outside, strange huh? Anyway, it was still SO MUCH FUN, even if my muscles made me feel like dying the next morning and I thought there was no.way.on.earth that I could actually keep going for the whole three days. Turns out I could though (if you can still say that with the amount of rounds I sat out haha).

Doesn't he just look so fly? 
During our final day, Daniel even managed to persuade me to go down a red slope and whilst when I got up there, I thought I was going to have to kill him, I'm happy to report that I'm actually so pleased he did, it was such a beautiful one :)

Anyway, here's some more photos, I guess what we did is pretty self explanatory so doesn't require so many words.

D and J go to Lapland: Travelling to and Arriving in Lapland

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Last Friday, Daniel and I travelled to beautiful, beautiful Lapland; our way there was looooooong. We left the house at around 6.15 in the morning to head to Gatwick, where we started the day with a hearty breakfast at the Grain Store which was super tasty.

We were heading to Rovaniemi, but to get there you pretty much have to go through Helsinki (as far as I understand it anyway) and I managed to book us flights that included a 5 hour transit, great work on my behalf, but oh well. On the flights and during the transit time, we kept ourselves entertained with the UFC 196 Press conference (I admit I like the drama surrounding it, just not the actual fights), kanelbullar, aimless wandering around, our books and his playing cards.

We arrived at our first hotel at around 10 o'clock Finish time, and I for one was pretty hungry. Turns out, we were in a pretty deserted place where it wasn't the easiest to come by food. We tried to call a pizza service, which brought us ... laughter, lots of it. We first didn't get through a million times and then got someone who could only speak Finish (and I'd like to say here that I don't expect people to speak English, it was just funny because we were such touristy idiots) and hung up on us. In hindsight, we're not even sure it was the right number, because it was just too odd. Just imagine some tourist calling up your landline and asking if you deliver pizza :D. So needless to say, we did not have pizza that night, our 'dinner' was similarly unhealthy though:

It wasn't great to be honest, but it was pretty much all the vending machines had to offer. It was also about 10 minutes before I realised I had managed to lose my liquid bag during the transit time. Super annoying because of my cosmetics, even more annoying because it had my eye cream in that I'm pretty reliant on because of my corneal erosions. But, thank goodness, nothing happened that night (even though it often does WITH the cream, so it really was so lucky) and the next morning we trekked to the nearest pharmacy (which was actually only about 10 mins away) and we realised that it really was all worth it because look how pretty it looks:

I'll stop with this one now, but there's still a ton of photos to come! I hope you're having a great week :)