No, that wasn’t a sneeze. And let me save you the trouble from googling: ‘hyvää syntymäpäivää‘ means ‘happy birthday’ in Finnish. You guessed it, this weekend I could blow out 23 candles. Yay me!

All nice and dandy but what’s the deal with the Finnish right? It’s quite simple. Two years ago I studied/traveled in/around Finland for about 5 months, having the best time ever. The day before my birthday I had to go back home, to Belgium. And as much I looked forward to seeing everyone back, I had a lot of mixed feelings and knew I was gonna miss it there like crazy. So now, every year around my birthday, I always get a bit nostalgic and think about those good times. Old memories aside and before I have to take out the Kleenex box, yesterday evening was time to make some new memories.

My boyfriend and I invited some friends to celebrate. Drinks, food (PIE!) and friends is all I need!. Okay, and presents are always welcome of course. Oh, and there was fireworks outside! Although that wasn’t really for me, we all pretended it was.

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Looking back on the past year, I’m really thrilled that I finally made the step to launch my own blog. I’m also finally figuring out what I really want in life, and it’s the best feeling ever! That being said, I can’t wait to see what next year will bring. I’m ready to take on new challenges and experiences. And I’m ready to share them with you.

Thanks again, y’all!