keskiviikko 21. toukokuuta 2014

Luxury life

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All right, got back home from Portugal ALIVE!! Sure we had one of the wildest trips with my girlfriend. Right after Easter we drove back to Oulu just to pack our bags again for another holiday. I went out with my good buddy, Andy and we opened the golf season plus later headed to see the fifth final of Finnish Hockey League which fortunately ended 2–1 for Oulu’s team.
 
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At the next morning I woke up about 5.30 AM because I wanted to do a little morning exercise before heading to the airport. It was super refreshing to jog for a couple of hours and breathe some fresh morning air. I went to University quickly before the ride to the airport and after a few moments we were sitting in Sports Academy at Helsinki Airport with beers and watching Snooker from a big screen. By the way – if you’re using Norwegian Airways, remember that they’ll charge 20 euros from every kilo crossing their weight limit which is 20 kilos at the moment, so be careful! It was also a bit frustrating to sit about three hours in a bus after a flight to Faro Airport but once we got our bags to Hotel Baltum it was time for some serious chilling!

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Because it was already almost midnight we quickly went out for a late night dinner to Italian restaurant called Peccati Di Cola. I wanted to taste SO CALLED super spicy Chicken Piri-Piri which is a traditional food in Algarve. Well gotta tell you man, it ain’t fuckin’ spicy at all! Just a normal chicken with the chips. But it tasted great though! We wanted to spend the whole Friday at the beach so we ended drinking Sagres Beer at the beach.

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God bless we didn’t drink that much. We had to be awake pretty early cause we had rent a car from the other side of the town. We decided to do a little morning exercise again so we walked to the car rental office and then went for a little ride around the coastline. Porches, Lagoa and Odjaxere were all pretty similar towns. Quiet, small and a bit sleepy, I mean in the old European way. Portimao is one of the biggest cities in the coast and the city’s white, tall buildings were easy to see from the main road we were driving.

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Finally we stopped at Lagos which is also quite a big town and full of tourists everywhere. Ponta Da Piedade is probably the spot they all went to see. Like they say: “The water is wonderfully clear here and with the bright Algarve sunshine filtered through the holes and fissures in the rocks and reflecting off the water, the effect is magical.” It sure is! There were several companies selling boat cruises around the caves but we just chilled down at the beach and took some photographs.

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Enough about the tourist spots. We quickly checked out The World’s End at Sagres which is actually the most visited tourist interest in Portugal. Okay gotta say, it’s impressive… You can imagine how Vasco Da Gama has left the coast and thought about falling down from the edge of the world. For us – the most important spot in Sagres is definitely Beliche which is the place for surfers – all levels!

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There are several beaches available for surfing around Sagres. For an example luxury resort area in Martinhal & Mareta are great beaches but at this time of year Beliche was probably the best. I mean Cordoama is known from a cool atmosphere and so on but because Miia had never done surfing before we headed to the rocky spot which had to be approached via stone stairways and it sure wasn’t too easy because of the wind and heavy boards we were carrying. 

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After a few hours we realized that the high-water will soon make the return trip impossible because we had all our stuff with us down at the beach. I was carrying the boards and my gf took our back bags which got so wet because of pretty high beach breaks. The day was great but the evening was almost better. First we had to take a motorway back to our place and those fuckin road tolls had to be paid later but what the heck!

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It took just like an hour and we were having superb portions and large beers in Turial Park which was our favorite restaurant at the area. I mean places like Peccatti Di Cola and Pampas Steakhouse were probably finer but Turial was our choice because of the delicious foods and cold drinks. And it’s also near enough from the beach. Piccadilly Cocktail Bar was awful because of those loud British Tourist and slow service but the night went on in Xally and the neighbor, Atrivm, which is the best place for after surfers… It’s open till 4 am and you can also find a karaoke room there, haha! Domino’s Night Club was almost empty at that night so we asked DJ to play our favorite songs. It was already early morning when we finally got back to our room after having a drunken conversation with a very scary sailorman from The South Africa. And I had lost my keycard but luckily there was a helpful lady in the reception so she let the crazy Finns in. THANKS (if you’re somehow reading this)!!

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It was pretty sad to leave sunny Portugal but luckily we had some nice activities coming up in Finland as well. We “officially opened” the summer season at my terrace with Mike and headed later to Hevimesta. Next day I had a dinner with all my buddies from work and the evening went on in St Michael’s Irish Pub till midnight. We decided to take a little break from the recordings so AGAIN we checked in a hotel with Miia – this time at Ruka which is known as probably the best hiking, camping and extreme sports holiday club in the whole country. You can compare the nature there to Big Sur or places like that. My goal is to be fit-looking again when our tour starts so can’t party every day! It was nice to do some day hiking trips and spend the evenings just relaxing in our suite. There was some Ultra Marathon Competition in Ruka at the time but besides that the place was pretty quiet.          
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We celebrated Mother’s Day by visiting my parents of course. I played a couple of songs to them and we had such a good time. Later we ate in Torrero with the whole family. I wanted to take my mother for a ride with my Convertible. She was pretty excited about that, she’s always scared as hell when I’m driving and I guess she has some reason for that for sure!

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Yesterday it was so god damn warm outside that we drove to Nallikari Beach with Hanky. The place was fully-crowded but suddenly – I mean like in seconds it became thunder and lightning. We ran back to my car and were eating sand because of the strong vertical wind from the beach. The rest of the night we spent in Winger Bar watching hockey and just chilling… Magical!   
  
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I’m listing again some bites from TV I’ve been watching recently:


It’s always sunny in Philadelphia (Needed some TV-series for filling the hole that How I Met Your Mother left and gotta say that Philly is even better sitcom.)

Death Race (I love motorsports and action films so this one was a right choice for me. Jason Statham goes to prison and starts to drive in illegal races for his freedom. Full of gasoline and fire!)

Kiss Of Death (David Caruso was nominated to Golden Raspberry Award for Worst New Star because of this action film but actually I found this movie okay. Caruso has just come out from the prison but his “friend” forces him to do “one last job”. It has fatal consequences.)

Highwater (If you’re craving for any stuff within surfing, you should watch this documentary about North Shore surfers in Hawaii. The best interviews and slow motions! I’m sure this is the best program about the sport I’ve watched so far.)

Now You See Me (One of the most watched movie of the last year about four magicians acting like Robin Hood. It’s exciting at first but soon it becomes so fuckin difficult to understand! Despite that it's almost impossible to stop watching before the ending.)

The Counselor (Penelope Cruz and Cameron Diaz steal attention in this British thriller about a lawyer who slides into a drug business. I’m starting to like Michael Fassbender bit by bit even though this movie wasn’t actually so great.)

A Soldier In Afghanistan (A novel by Finnish informing officer Tuomas Muraja is written to a diary form about his experiences as a soldier in the country full of chaos. It feels so truthful and the whole book is easy to read – AWESOME.)        
 
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