Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Scribble, Scrabble

Friday the 20th
we took it quite easy.
After a chill day eating outside in the sunshine, sleeping naps, talking and enjoying life we thought it'd be time for Petra to visit Amsterdam's night. It was Chris' Birthday so we went to meet up with the guys and had a few drinks. Later Alex and Yana joined us, too.

We got tired and decided to take the last train home instead of staying in Amsterdam for all night. After visiting the RLD's Friday freak show, of course.

When we got to Haarlem, our energy level was higher than expected. Petra's last night, last time to spend quality time with the Jyväskylä "neljä for life" -Haarlem residents.
So, we went to an Irish pub to play a game of Scrabble.

Night continued till 4am. Obviously.
Who won? A-lex.
But I totally take credits for that!!!
I made up his last word!
So basically I won, right? ;-)

Scrabble at 4am can get a little interesting. Words like Pheezy suddenly become...real.

In the morning of the 21st it was time for an early wake-up, and to take Pheezy-Go-Bing-Petra to the aeropuerto. Safely got back home and can't wait to see her in, what, 38 days latest. And doing what, going where? To be revealed!


Sunday, May 29, 2011

Utrecht and Patro-naaaat!


Continuation of Petra's stay.
Thursday, one and a half weeks ago.

We left Breda after a good night's sleep, since waking up to watch the raindrops fall wasn't exactly the weather we wanted to experience Efteling in. (original plan was to go to Efteling, a amusement park near Breda)
Decided to head of to Utrecht, as it was an unvisited place for us aswell. (Myrthe being an exception of course)

Didn't have the time to experience that much, though, as we had set off pretty late from Jaleh's house.
Enjoyed a nice chinese/thai dinner, walked around pretty Utrecht and saw the prettiest canal of the Netherlands so far. Cute little restaurants and pubs down below, next to the canal.

Unfortunately that was it. But seems like it's a city worth visiting, at least for a quick lunch break or so!

In the evening it was time for Patronaat. Student night. Thursday night.
To our delight we got Alex to join us.
One of the best Patronaat nights. DJing, dancing and joking around. Funfunfun.
Myrthe even said Patro was definitely one of the best places she's been out to. Think about that!;-)
(Patronaat pictures from Karen)

I choose...YOU.
Jyväskylä -reunion!
Hey Ms. DJ, put some Spice Girls and Justin Bieber on,
People gonna dance like crazy,
ey ey ey


Friday, May 27, 2011

Nyan nyan nyan nyan in Breda

Last Wednesday evening me and Petra headed off to Breda to visit Jaleh, Myrthe Tom and Timo.
Not forgetting meeting Tom's friends Tiger, Nick and Koen.

Tom prepared a tasty dinner for us, after which we stayed to chill, play some random Mexican (?) kids ball+stick game and later headed off to check out the Breda Wednesday nightlife.
Why not let people in to a bar with sweatpants on?

Fun day, fun night, fun people.
All I have to say is:


Thursday, May 26, 2011

Explosions In The Sky

Yesterday we went to Haarlem Centraal to take pictures with Heikki and Jonas before I left to the EITS -gig. I'm so late on all the posting, since there's been quite a bit happening. Yesterday's gig, anyhow, was so cool, that I want to hype a little before going back in time more again.

Following three pictures by H. Kynsijärvi

Watch add?

Ready for
Explosions in the Sky.
@Paradiso 25.5.2011

I went to the gig with Scott and saw Jaleh and her friend after, who also had come to enjoy.

The support act was psychedelic and not even amusingly miserable. I even tried to google for who it was, just for the curiosity of who makes such music. One song that felt like it lasted for 30min, or did it? Loud, scratchy tone, trippy visuals and forever lasting uncomfortable feeling. Why did that guy get such an applause, cheers and hurrays from the crowd? I think I may just have found how far my music understanding reaches to...too much experimental is too much. Plus, if someone was at the gig and can explain me these few questions:
Was the thing he played seriously a song? Meaning, does he like go around the world playing...that? Does he play it the same way always? (if yes, I envy his memory)

All I could get was his visuals, it was too dark to snap a picture of the Sir.

I wonder what the song was about, what gave him inspiration, or was it just freestyle on a high night.
Actually, now thinking, he was really interesting. Left me curious! I guess the most important thing is to be remembered, no matter what?

The venue, Paradiso, is a former church building. It is beautiful.
Couldn't have thought of a better venue for EITS to play at. A perfect fit.
Unfortunately the lights were really dim, so taking pictures was a lost choice.

Explosions In The Sky was incredibly beautiful. Felt like an everlasting dream.
We were sitting up on the second balcony and it was amazing to see how the audience was swaying to the music. The band said they had never played for so many heads before.

The extremely touchy music was played with such passion and an intense grasp, that the amount of shivers and smiles the melancholic vibe, yet still greatly positive feel gave was countless.
Is there such a thing as happy melancholia?

Fun fact: I got so tired at the end of the gig, since I used to listen to the band sometimes when I went to sleep. I could have just fallen asleep and dreamt while listening to them play. And please, don't get me wrong - this is meant in the most positive way.

After EITS there was Oneohtrix Point Never playing in an other room of Paradiso.
I had heard a few songs from him, having a favorite called "Returnal", which I wanted to go hear. We went to listen to him for a while but decided to leave, as returnal wasn't been played. Probably saved for last as it is probably his most known song? The other tunes weren't that absorbing.

anywhoo, yet again a great concert, great artists and great venue.
and my first breath after the explosions in the sky coma.


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Peezy and Lindaline

On Tuesday 17th I was privileged to pick up the one and only Peezy-Petra, my dear tutor, dear friend, dear sister, dear go-bing (yes, bingo is one of our+Ansku's serious hobbies) third member and dear everything.

As she arrived in the morning we decided to take off to Amsterdam for the day.

Our first destination was the Jewish museum where we received the best hosting ever.
The door was opened by a lovely older lady, who welcomed us in with the biggest smile and warmest looks. She guided us where to leave our jackets and where to get free tour phones from.
"Girls, lets take a picture of you here."
"Girls, where did you leave your jackets? Lets take a picture of you in front of that spot."
"Girls, I love taking pictures. You two are so lovely, beautiful young girls that it is so nice to take photos of you. My hobby is taking photos."
The woman was just adorable.

We began our tour downstairs to the museum thinking that we were getting VIP guidance as the lady showed us where everything was. We checked out an extra exhibition and later the woman came to us, took our hands and passed us a couple of mints which she claimed she had nicked from the cafeteria just for us. First Finnish thought: "Why is she acting so nice, is she trying to drug us!"
The harmless lady let us continue our museum tour in peace, reminding us to go back to her if anything was wrong or we had questions.

We didn't find the museum as interesting as we expected it to be. At least it was an experience and we learnt something new.
E.g. something about this man: Baruch Spinoza. And that Mr. Louis Bonaparte, Napoleon's bro, used to be the king of the Netherlands.

After the Jews in the Netherlands -museum we went to my favorite café of couuurse. We had to hurry, as it was already 5pm and Vennington closes at 5. Thankfully they kept it open so that we could order and get our tasty food and smoothies!

From Vennington we went to Anne Frank's house. I had already visited it with my mum but it was nice to go again, as it really is a good museum. Thankfully the queue wasn't too long this time, and we got in after a 15min wait. The waiting did feel long though, counting all the x's and o's the couple in front of us were giving to eachother! Oh my. We were planning on doing some interesting interruption.

We met up with Alex and Yana to go check out the RLD, La Place of the library (where I had never been before. wow the Amsterdam library is a-mazing!) and a movie, Arthur.

And about Arthur, ah, I can't remember. I was really unfocused and tired during the movie. But I remember it was funny and...I just need to see it again before giving more comments. Some jokes were pretty harsh but funny. Jennifer Garner had a role that really made me dislike her, though. What a witch role.

Lovely day, lovely people.


ps. I'm having trouble with uploading pictures on Photobucket. The uploading is really slow and doesn't really work at all. The percentages get stuck at 9% constantly. Any tips?

pps. had a listen to gaga's new album yet? marry the night is my top1 at the moment, having americano as a definite dislike.