Postcard

Skannad

While the macaronis are boiling I wanted to show you my Postcrossing card number 307! It came today in the mail. 😀

The card is from the 2014 season and it’s a little difficult to see in the scanned picture, but just over the shoes is his signature. 🙂 It’s written with a silver pen. Written, or copied, whatever. Still very nice to get this the day before the trip starts! Nico is one of my favorite drivers. The other side of the card is statistics and facts.

My dream comes true!

(Pictures are from the Internet.)

I can’t yet believe that by lunchtime tomorrow I will be in Austria! 😀

For a couple of years I have been saving money, selling stuff at the flea market etc. to raise money for a trip. I have always wanted to see a Formula 1 GP live somewhere in the world. On Sunday I will be at Red Bull Ring in Spielberg and watch the Austrian F1 GP! 😀

Today I have been packing. I have made a list of necessary items, and I have almost all of the items. I’ll pack the rest tomorrow morning.

I am waiting for the camera. Mum took it to the northern part of Finland on Sunday when she went there with Kari. But they should get home in a couple of hours. At least I hope so…

I have to be at the air port at 5 am tomorrow, so I must wake up very early. First I take a plane from my home town to Helsinki, the capital. There I will meet the rest of the group (well, may be some are coming from Vasa as well). I am traveling with a traveling agency, and they told us to meet at the gate on the airport in Helsinki.

We will take a plane to Wien (Vienna), the capital of Austria. We are going to have a mini bus in Austria. So tomorrow, we will get a unofficial guided tour of Wien (just riding around in the city looking at the buildings, I don’t know). After lunch we will drive to the city Graz, where our hotel is.

Saturday we are going to Spielberg and the circuit. I don’t know what time we will be there, but we will see the qualifying at least, may be the free practice session too if we come in time. Saturday evening, when we are back in Graz, is free time. No programs planned. The hotel is on the outskirts of Graz, so I think we will just stay at the hotel, or may be look at the streets around the hotel.

Sunday morning we are going back to the circuit. After the race, in the evening, the whole group is going to some restaurant. I don’t know how many are traveling in the group, but a mini bus can take, what?, a maximum of 20 people? There had to be at least 8 people for the trip to take place, so I am guessing, may be 10-15 people.

On Monday morning we are going to a lake, close to the border of Hungary. I think the lake is called Neusiedler See. They have some vineyards (places that grow grapes and make wine) there that we will look at. After the vineyards we are going back to Wien, to the airport. We will have some time to shop at the airport before taking the planes, first to Helsinki and then to Vasa.

The airplane going to Vasa will leave Helsinki at one minute before midnight. I will be home around 1 am or a little after. Mum and Kari will come and get me from the airport. (They will also drive me there early tomorrow morning.)

This year may be the last year of Kimi Räikkönen’s career, and I am not sure I would want to go to a race if Kimi is not there.

Mum is of course worried about terror attacks on airports… But I’m not. If it happens, it happens. No one knows (except the terrorists of course) when and where it happens. Austria is a pretty safe country to go to, according to the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

The only thing worrying me at this point is what to do at the airport. I have flown once before, 17 years ago, in 1999. And that was with a lot of students and teachers/parents. Tomorrow morning I have to do the checking in myself and find my way in the Helsinki Vantaa Airport. So I hope some others from the group are coming from Vasa too so I can follow after them.

They are expecting hot temperatures in the area I think, but I am taking sun protection oil with me. There might also be thunder on Saturday, so I am taking a rain cape with me. I am taking lots of different things with me that I might need.

Just came back from the drug store where I bought ear plugs. (Blobs of silicone that you form into a ball and stick in your ear). But I am not sure you need ear plugs anymore. The F1 cars are pretty quiet these days compared to a few years ago. But just to be on the safe side. Of course I am taking a Finnish flag with me (just a small flag on a wooden stick). I will wear a red t-skirt to show that I am cheering for Ferrari.

I will try to use my German skills at much as possible. But I will of course talk English if needed. Tonight I’ll make a list of German words and expressions that might be useful.

But first I am going to eat some macaronis and meatballs. 🙂

Knitted socks

My parrot colored socks are done! 😀 An interesting pattern it turned out to be. The picture of the yarn I posted earlier, but just in case you haven’t seen it.

This time I could not make the socks identical, because it was so difficult to see the pattern. I just started the second sock where I ended the first sock. But it’s okay. They don’t need to be identical.

Now I am going to try and knit something else. I want to learn how to knit small dolls or Christmas decorations. I have now knitted four pairs of socks (as I gave one pair to my niece), leg warmers and hand warmers. I could start learning how to knit gloves or a winter cap or a scarf, but I think I will save that for the autumn. It doesn’t feel fun knitting winter accessories in the middle of the summer.

I have borrowed some books from the library about knitting for children, so I thought there would be some easy things to do in those. 🙂 We’ll see how they turn out. I must choose a little project to begin with tonight.

Rainy and cold day

The day has been cold, and pretty stormy, but the worst storm ended last night. The rain just started. Good I made it home before the rain began.

I should have needed winter clothes (it felt like) when I went to town. Good it is Thursday. They always have pea soup and pancake at a café on Thursdays. I felt so cold coming to town, it was nice to eat warm pea soup. 🙂

The other day the cat was waiting for rain, under the kitchen chair. 🙂 He likes to sleep under the kitchen table and other the chairs. He seems to like the carpet that we have there.

Got him some grass to grow. I have never seen the package before. It was a plastic box with a lid. When you got home you should open the lid, stir around the material that was inside (I don’t know, it was like small pellets or something, no soil), and the grass seeds would come up to the surface. Then you poured water on it and put the lid back on. When it has been in a sunny warm place three or four days, the seeds will start growing and you can remove the lid. We’ll see how it turns out and if the cat likes it or not.

Also got some yarn for my third pair of socks. I like to have different socks to choose between. Not the same pair all the time. I now have two pairs that I choose between and they are starting to get well worn. This color is called Parrot. I don’t actually know how the socks will turn out, but it will be interesting to see! 😀

Very stormy

Lots of strong winds today and it’s gotten worse tonight. Not much rain though, just a few drops today, but may be it is coming during the night. A few trees has fallen in the region and some people are out of electricity. But I don’t think it so bad yet. I will close the windows just to be sure.

The apartment has heated up, so it’s warm inside, although it’s pretty cold outside. Makes it difficult to sleep. I don’t use the duvet anymore. I have a bed sheet in the bed, but usually it’s crumbled up in a ball at the other end of the bed.

Getting late. It’s past 11 pm. I’ll try to sleep now.