Living space: wants vs. needs

Inspired by Masha Sedgwick’s post, that tells about how happy and content she feels in her new apartment, no matter how unfinished it still is, I want to pick up a similar subject; living space: how many square meters does a single person really need?

Let’s be honest, I have moved around quite a bit within the past 10 years. I moved to Finland in October 2007 and moved 3 times in 2 years. In January 2010, I moved to Denmark for 3 months, then to Madrid and one month later to Valencia. In August 2010, I moved back to Finland for a year. Within this one year, I moved twice. I moved back to Finland and moved 2 times until I moved into this very same apartment I’m sitting now in August 2012.


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Still alive!

Hey Folks,

I know it has been silent for here for a long long time but I have been in a reading slump basically  since November and don’t seem to get out of it. It’s so annoying. And I kinda stressing myself about it and I guess that makes it eve worse. But I really want to read all these review copies I requested. Duh, I hate situations like these. Do you have any tips on how to overcome reading slumps?

Otherwise, it got super wintery here in Helsinki. I was so sad when there wasn’t any snow for Christmas but shortly after the temperatures finally dropped and we got very little snow. Then after the new year, it got really cold. I mean…freezing cold…temperatures were between -20 to -27 Celsius (-4 to -16 Fahrenheit). Last night and this morning there was heavy snowfall but it’s getting warmer now…and I guess it will be plus something next week. Kinda annoying…never really pleased with the weather…too much of everything. Just kinda grumpy about it.

All in all, it really seems that my time in Finland is really coming to an end. I’m not willing to really go through snow and coldness and darkness for over and over again. It’s nice for 2…or 4 weeks…if I feel like it but I simply don’t wanna live it any longer.

One thing I look forward too, I will go to Germany in March to see my family. Can’t wait to see them – it’s been more than a year.


Coffee Chit-Chat #4 – Essentials for coffee lovers

Drinking coffee is so much more that just drinking coffee. We humans are very visual and we use our other senses like smell, taste and touch, too.

Therefore, there are, in my very humble opinion, a few things that are essential for every coffee lover. Please note that these are no must or a rule, but things that can improve drinking and enjoying coffee.


First of all and most important is the coffee. Preferably a high-quality coffee and bought as beans and ground just before consuming. Alone this will improve your coffee experience by 80% already. I never thought that spending a few Euros more would make such an improvement. But already with good quality ground coffee that you can get from the store, you will notice a change. But getting good beans and grind them yourself at home makes it even better! Continue reading “Coffee Chit-Chat #4 – Essentials for coffee lovers”

Coffee Chit-Chat #3: My coffee corner

I don’t know about you, but generally I like to have my things in place and make it somewhat nice looking. Sharing an apartment with 3 other girls doesn’t make it always easy and we have random things standing around like pots and frying pans, spices and once in a while some dished but generally there isn’t too much clutter.

As for me, I created myself a little coffee corner in the kitchen.


For that I simply got a tray from IKEA and put all the things there that I need to make a good cup of coffee;  my Wilfa Coffee Grinder (I recommend!), kitchen scale, French Press, the small pot I use to boil water (yes, I don’t have a water boiler!) , and of course high-quality coffee by The Coffee Box* that I usually storage in the cabinet above the tray to keep it as cool and dark as possible.


That way I have everything in one place. I can put water to boil, weight my coffee beans and grind them, pre-heat my French Press and make myself a great cup of coffee.


I guess next I will add an Aeropress and a Hario V60 to my collection of ways on how to prepare coffee.

*coffee provided by The Coffee Box.


Coffee Chit-Chat #2: Christmas presents for coffee lovers

Finding the perfect Christmas present for your loved ones isn’t always easy.  What to give to someone who actually has everything already and doesn’t ask for anything special? Giving gift cards is often seen as very impersonal and boring and what to do when you are not exactly crafty?

Well, for me personally Christmas shopping is horror. I never know what to give to whom and at the end I just buy some Finnish chocolates and give to all my family. But for everyone who really does love and enjoy good coffee I might have some nice idea.

With Christmas time starting now, days getting dark and colder, more windy and hopefully also snowy, it’s nice to drink something special after a long day at work or maybe even to wake up.

The Christmas Blend features tasting notes of Chocolates, Orange and Cinnamon without using any flavours. All the flavours and aftertastes of Oranges, Chocolates and Cinnamon in the Christmas Blend come from Brazilian, Colombian and El Salvador beans.

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No matter what way coffee is prepared, The Coffee Box* offers the exactly the grind needed for whatever method preferred. But if your friends (or even yourself) are so pro and have a own coffee grinder you can get the beans delivered and grind them themselves (yourself) just like you need and like it best.

So if you have coffee lovers as friends, parents, siblings, and/or grandparents and you would like to give them some very special and delicious coffee that has been made with love, The Coffee Box* is just for you! You can have it delivered directly to their address. The Coffee Box* offers a special Christmas Subscription that features either a 1-month subscription* or a 2-month subscription*. Each subscription includes 4 deliveries of coffee.

Make sure to find The Coffee Box on the following social media

*The links include an embedded discount code. If it doesn’t work, enter NORA5OFF during check-out. The coffee was sent to me for promotion from The Coffee Box. Thank you so much!