Thursday, 28 April 2011

Dream Team: Sara

Heyyyy, who are you?
I'm Sara, youngest of the regular bunch though still having an age crisis and turning 21 every year.

Sounds good :D And how did you end up working at the Dream Hostel?
I have been working at the hostel since day 1. I have heard that the only reason why I was employed at the first place was that Ville (the owner) found me that annoyingly persistent that he really didn't have a choice. ..Obviously all lies.

Obviously! What's the best thing about the hostel?

Mmmm...? Well I guess the fact that you can freely be yourself, have a giggle with our guests and help them with whatever is on their minds. Damn, you should see my google history! And the staff of course, our big lovable family. Great laughs!

Awwww, we are cute, aren't we? What are you doing in your freetime?
Most of the time you can find me from the hostel, especially when I am not on shift. Other than that I am just about to finish my degree at the University. Oh, and is it possible to be a travel addict? That would explain a lot. ..Or at least the balance of my bank account.

Tell me about it... What's your favourite place in Tampere?
Love to check out new places but Café Europa just has it all: great salads, massive toasts, djs every Saturday evening, comfy sofas, laid back atmosphere and happy hours during the week. What else could you possibly need?!

Free tea and coffee, I'd say! But off she goes to check her bank balance, our giggling Sara!

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Easter dinner at the hostel

Lots of good food and nice people around, that's all we needed for a small Easter dinner party, organized together with CouchSurfing Tampere. Unfortunately I forgot my camera home, too many chocolate eggs I suppose :D

Menu Á la David

Spinach Soup with Boiled Eggs

Mozzarella & Cherry Tomato Quiche
Goat Cheese and Spinach Quiche
Mushroom Quiche
Reindeer and Mushroom Quiche

Lamb Roast

Carrot Cake

Friday, 22 April 2011

If you get an overdose of chocolate eggs...

Wow, where did the whole week go?? I will update the news from the hostel early next week, there's been a lot happening again! ;)
Don't know what to do during the long weekend? Here's something for everyone:
See Petra-Miisa live this weekend!

Fri 22/4
The star of the hostel, Mikko, is playing rock and pop classics tonight. A must see show!

Nice reggae for everyone

If you are not a fan of reggae, fill your ears with drum&bass
CUT @ Volume

Futuristics DJs at Good Friday Psytrance Experiment
ÔSTARÂ 1 @ Groove

Sat 23/4
Handicrafts, delicious food and BUNNIES!

International movie night
FUTURE SHORTS @ Kahvila Hertta

Futuristics Zombie DJs

Electro-indie-rock from Tampere!

Absolutely stunning woman with an amazing voice

Beautiful woman with a stunning voice

Friday, 15 April 2011

Get up, go out!

Sun is shining and tomorrow is going to be the hottest day this year so far! Let's hope it becomes a bit hotter than +14C in the summer :D There's a lot happening in Tampere this weekend and while you are waiting for the snow to melt away from the beaches why not to check these ones out:

Fri 15.4

Free admission every Friday at 3-6pm
Timi Lexikon @ Klubi

This is for old nerds who don't know anything about Wii or Xbox

English indie rock by
WHITE LIES @ Pakkahuone

Desert Planet, Timi Lexikon and The Friend
(check out the graduating exhibition of fine art students as well!)

"Stylish grooves of techno / house / tech house"

Liquid Drum&Bass
LITKU @ Volume

Sat 16.4

Design, handcrafts and artisanic handicraft
ART ORIENTEERING around the city

A musical mini trip around the world at the closing event of

Snakes, butterflies and all kinds of weird stuff opposite the hostel...
SNAKE EXHIBITION @ Tampere-talo (16.-25.4)

Cool disco tunes by DJ Disko Mutant, Sipitron, Tremont & Friends

Lots of hair wax, polka dots and rockabilly!

10-Year Anniversary of hypnotic rock, proge and experimental tunes
UFOROCK @ Telakka

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Spring is for changes.

The snow is slowly melting away, birds returning to have baby birds and apparently someone has already seen few spring flowers growing up!

I popped into the hostel earlier today for a cup of tea on my day off and found the staff surrounded by packaging and screw drivers! Unfortunately for you, our lovely reader, I'm not going to tell you what was going on there! You will find out about it within 2 weeks, I promise :D But here's some pictures! 
Can you guess what they were doing?

They were eating Polly chocolates all day if you ask me! :p

Monday, 11 April 2011

Trainee of the Week!

Hello Martyn! What are you doing in Tampere and the Dream Hostel? 
I came to Finland in pursuit of happiness and am still looking for it. I'm also studying Finnish at the local college and as part of the course I had to find a local Finnish company in which I could attend a trainee-ship with. 

What made you to apply to us?
- I knew about Dream Hostel after I was dumped by plane from England and needed a place to stay.

Greaaaat... What's the best thing about the hostel?
- It has to be the wonderful FREE tea and coffee and then the customers... 

- Oh and maybe the staff who are extremely friendly.

Well done! You can stop polishing my shoes now. What are you doing in your life when you are not hanging around here?
- I like playing guitar and writing rap songs.

I bet you do... Could you recommend any places in Tampere?
Kahvilla is probably my favourite hangout in Tampere. Great people and a good selection of beers, also who doesn't like playing with lego?! In the summer I love to go to Pyynikki Beach to play volleyball!

And off he goes, our Martyn. Keep an eye on him tho, soon-to-be an international rap star :p

Friday, 8 April 2011

Happenings @ Tampere

Here's something to everyone for the weekend. Stop being difficult and go out!

Secondhand market at the hostel in March.
Fri 8/4
Start your Friday by finding some designer and vintage gems at

Futuristics presents: Freaky Week! continues:

A bit different tunes by

A rare opportunity to see them live but now you have a chance!

Ari is the one and only Idols winner in the Universe who has won the show singing heavy metal and hard rock standards."

Killing jokes by Swedish Stand-Up Comic

Sat 9/4
Another day of fashion and design

Comics sale and happenings

Find your roots with
ROOTFOOT @ Telakka 

Sun is shining in 

Sunday is the perfect day to heal your aching feet at sauna. Book yours at the hostel or visit the public ones! Enjoy your weekend! :)

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Futuristics DJ's in the house, again!

Futuristics DJ's were playing some chill-out tunes earlier today! We wouldn't mind having them here every day tho. Imagine DJ's playing on the background while you are just working away... :D

Noble Jr
If you missed the preparty, go and dance the night away 
tonight at "Futuristics presents: Cathedral of Trance @ Senssi".

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

1-Year Anniversary Party, pt. 2

And the party continues... 
Roope blowing the candles.
Eve couldn't keep her hands off the cake any longer!
...and then it was finished. Finito. Forever.
Someone got really upset about it!
That baguette fed many!

 And that's about it! Some new pics on our Facebook page, go and check them out! Parties are not over at the hostel, no way! Coming up: The Traditional Finnish May Day Celebration, Midsummer Eve, Xmas and New Year :p

Monday, 4 April 2011

1-Year Anniversary Party, pt. 1

Delicious cakes, fresh-baked baguettes, sangria Dream Hostel style, the best boogie tunes by awesome Futuristics DJ's, birthday hats and party whistles; that's how we celebrated our 1-year anniversary! Here's some pics from preparations:

Family dinner Dream Hostel style.
Thanks again Hostelling International Finland for the HUUUUGE and yummy surprise presents! It was hard not to touch them before the first guests arrived...

Minna and a glass of wine = inseparable.
That's how Anna wants her sandwich!
Cakes getting ready by Mr. Ville himself.
Hat? Check. Whistle? Check. Party time!
More pics from the party itself tomorrow! Hangover is not the reason for publishing them so late :D

Friday, 1 April 2011

Customer feedback is helping us become better.

Our customers are very important to us and we want you to know that we are actually listening to your wishes. Some of you have been concerned about our unisex showers, we decided to make some changes. From now on there's FEMALE and MALE only showers.

As a design hostel all of our signs are made by the top graphic designers in the world!