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The best junk food ever: Gyros pita

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I realized how much I had missed my home country’s junk food, when I came to Finland. I appreciate Finnish food (especially this time of the year when mushrooms, berries and roots thrive); however after a big night out (or sometimes the day after), I have to admit that a heavy oil-dripping pita-wrapped shredded gyros is the best my stomach can have.

If you share my pain (the pain of a great hangover that is), try my gyros recipe below. It’s the simplest thing ever!

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Forget all sauces, eat tzatziki!

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A tasty, juicy summer (and winter, why not?) sauce, tzatziki is a delicious and uber-easy-to0make alternative if you want to eat something healthy along with your meat or vegetables.

What you’ll need:

  • Greek strained yogurt (2 cups) – I use Total 0%
  • A teaspoon of balsamico
  • 1 small garlic clove (shredded)
  • Quarter of a cucumber
  • A pinch of dill (optional)
  • Olive oil (1 teaspoon)
  • Salt (half a teaspoon)
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Take a nap now

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I am pretty sure that quite many of you will identify with what I am about to share:

Imagine days and days of hard work. Continuously. You wake up at 07.00, you work like a dog, more than 10 hours per day. You go home at 18.00 or 19.00 (sometimes even later). You tidy up. You cook. You eat. The clock on the wall shows 22.00. Maybe time for some Netflix, maybe some book reading. Certainly time for bed. Soon.

If you are unlucky enough (like me) to have to take care of other activities (such as studies or extra courses), weekdays become unbearable. You literally have no time for anything. Just basic stuff. Shower, Food, Bed. Repeat.

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Insights into Finnish design: Sauna

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Having lived for more than 6 years in the land of a thousand lakes, I came to cherish and appreciate the Sauna ritual, especially during the winter months. With temperatures raging from 0 to -40 degrees Celcius, sauna is a necessary part in the Finnish lifestyle – adopted by many expatriates as well.

A traditional Finnish sauna – at least from my point of view – is a place to relax, envelop silence and bond with family and friends. When I first came here I found it very weird that the total nakedness, especially in mixed (men/women) saunas is not only not frowned upon, but on the contrary, it is highly recommended. Unlike in many other cultures (including mine), where nakedness is not accepted, in the Finnish culture, being naked in the sauna is completely ok, as it helps you embrace your body and be one with nature. The way that I see it, all people are born naked, so there is no reason to feel embarrassed about one’s body, no matter how imperfect it might be.

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