This morning started out like most days, caffeinated and optimistic. It took some time to get the nerve to get out the door. After navigating slushy streets I found myself at the local thrift store. I visit frequently, usually to drop off donations, yet this afternoon I spent some time to explore the aisles.
Although I lingered a little longer than the usual drop off, I did manage to find a few treasures. One, in particular, being the stellar new pair of scissors as seen in the next image. Another treasure of Dutch creation, a game of pick up sticks, was a must for my home entertainment.
The errands continued, and so did the slushy streets. I managed to walk a few miles before meeting with my husband and ending our Friday evening at a local spot for our weekly coffee date. Tonight was special though, we indulged in a few glasses of wine and had a colorful conversation of politics, humor, media. and social conduct.
This is definitely not the blog post I assumed I would be writing when I woke up this morning but sitting here now, I am grateful for the day. I struggle with getting outside, especially during winter. But it is days like today that inspire and motivate me to push the anxious behavior aside and be proactive in my life.
It is the first Friday of the month again, and that means only one thing to me, free museum day! So what would have otherwise been a pretty relaxed day, turned into a lovely afternoon date with my husband. Today’s sweet spot, The Natural History Museum, hosted what felt like half of Helsinki’s youth, and the few brave enough to face the crowd. Despite a surprising surplus in attendance, we embraced the crowd and explored the beautiful building filled with bones and creatures.
To follow up our education experience, it was due time for a healthy dose of sugar. Another tradition in our home is to visit the infamous local bakery in our neighborhood. Establish in 1914, it is the original location and recently renovated bakery with the best buns in town! Although there are other locations, this one takes the cake!
As for our date, it may have been on the more casual side of things, but sometimes a simple city stroll with a small bite to eat can be enough to reconnect with the one you love. And to be honest, when most days feel like retirement at 25, it is nice to add some variety in the day to day life.
Although I am hopeful for the future and trust my days will become more lively as I continue to adjust to life abroad. It will be the little impromptu dates and afternoon strolls that make my heart burst with love.
xx – nasty trash