I think my birthday dinner was so exquisite that it deserves a blog post of its own. We had around 8 courses all-together, that’s pretty much 4 more courses than I’ve ever had at one sitting. And we had amazing wines with every course too (in hindsight I don’t understand how I was able to drink goon when living in Australia!). The award winning hotel restaurant at Monachyle Mhor is renown among foodies, and many travel to the middle of nowhere in the Scottish Highlands just to eat at the restaurant.
First of all I have some good news; my little nephew finally arrived last Saturday, can’t wait to meet him! Have to wait a couple of months though, until we go to Finland again 🙁 We decided to celebrate Christmas here (partly because the flights were so expensive) and New Year in Finland, so this will be my first British Christmas 🙂 If anyone knows of any New Year parties in Porvoo or Helsinki do let me know!
It had to be my time to turn 30 at some point, and now it’s finally happened. But who cares?! I feel like 20 and still get asked for ID almost every time I buy alcohol (believe it or not) so maybe turning 30 isn’t that bad after all! And I do feel a lot more comfortable in my own skin than I did when I was 20, so wouldn’t go back even if I could. I actually mean it!
I don’t know if it’s because I hadn’t been to Helsinki for a year and therefore was seeing it through new eyes, but it was sooo nice to be back this summer, and the city has never looked so beautiful. I had really been looking forward to showing the city I (more or less) lived in from the age of 19 to 28 to Matthew. He seemed to appreciate Helsinki and kept going on about how good-looking the people were. I completely agree 🙂
While in Finland we decided to visit Tallinn for a day so Matthew would see something else than my lovely home country on his holiday. It’s only two hours away by ferry, and the tickets are quite cheap too, as are the prices in Tallinn. I can’t remember how many times I’ve visited the city, but I really like the old medieval town (that is also the main tourist trap.)
I’ve been missing the sea lately, so although the weather wasn’t great we took the train to North Berwick yesterday. It’s a lovely little coastal town only a 30-minute train ride from Edinburgh. It was low-tide when we were there, so it was perfect for some rockpooling. All we found was a drowned crab, lots of smaller crab carcasses and a few living ones. Plus a couple of golf balls from the nearby course (that we took home with us).
I was going through my photo folders on my laptop and came across some pics from last year’s birthday roadtrip to the Lake District in North West England. (I only now realise how far it is from London where I was living back then – I thought it was was in mid-England…) It was a sunny autumn day in great company and surrounded by beautiful nature – a perfect birthday!
We were pretty annoyed when we realised that we’d have to spend 12 hours in Oslo, Norway when flying home from Finland. I don’t understand why there are no straight flights between Finland and Scotland as at least Edinburgh seems to be a popular destination for Finns to travel to. (This assumption is based on the fact that I hear Finnish almost every time I’m in the city centre.) One or two flights per week would be a great improvement. Finnair, please?