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How to feel more vibrant in the new year: three tips for an energetic 2018

How to feel more vibrant in the new year: three tips for an energetic 2018

Home to airport, airport to home, home to airport, airport to home… sound familiar? Living between two (or three!) countries is great fun, but it also has its downsides. For me, the biggest by far is the constant (air) travel. Combined with the seemingly endless […]

Monthly roundup: December 2017

Monthly roundup: December 2017

December was a month of celebrations, beginning with Finland’s independence festivities and culminating in Christmas. It started in Helsinki with ten days filled with fieldwork and fun, continued in Amsterdam where I got to admire the picture-perfect city in its winter plumage, and concluded in […]

Amsterdam Light Festival 2017

Amsterdam Light Festival 2017

One of my most romantic memories from last year is sitting on an old wooden boat cuddled up to my boyfriend on a cold December night, wrapped up in a warm blanket and with a hot drink in hand, while we sail by the stately […]

Monthly roundup: November 2017

Monthly roundup: November 2017

It’s Christmas next week, and I’m publishing a roundup for November? Yep – I think one of my resolutions for next year will be to write these monthly reviews in a more timely manner.. Late or not, I think that looking back at the past […]

Happy 100th Independence Day, (Ingrian) Finns!

Happy 100th Independence Day, (Ingrian) Finns!

Today Finland celebrates its 100th Independence Day. This day always makes me think of my Finnish grandfather, Pietari. He was a true Finn in the best possible sense of the word: hard-working, honest, resilient, calm and sincere. Moreover, he also possessed the qualities which I […]

Monthly roundup: October 2017

Monthly roundup: October 2017

Better late than never, right? I was planning to publish the collection of October highlights earlier in the month, but then Madrid happened and, well, here we are. However, today is actually a good day for finishing this post – it’s chilly and rainy but […]

Summer memories from Madrid

Summer memories from Madrid

The last time I was in Madrid, it was July and so hot that there were people pouring water on themselves on the streets to cool down. We bought one iced drink after another and stayed indoors during the most scorching hours of the day. […]

Cycling in Amsterdam: the Basics

Cycling in Amsterdam: the Basics

If you’re planning a trip to the Amsterdam, chances are you’re going to want to hop on a bike. The Dutch capital famously has more cycles than residents, and over half of all journeys in the city centre are done on two wheels (source). In […]

Five Hours in Prague: How to Enjoy a Short Layover in the Golden City

Five Hours in Prague: How to Enjoy a Short Layover in the Golden City

Prague is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, jam-packed with gorgeous views, photogenic places and interesting sights. Is there any way you can get to know it during a short layover? I think there is! Needless to say, one day isn’t enough to see everything […]

Monthly roundup: September 2017

Monthly roundup: September 2017

Colourful leaves, chilly mornings, hot chocolate and chestnuts? Not quite. September was still a full-on summer month: I got to experience some of the hottest days of the year and wear the sundresses that had remained in the closet during the colder-than-expected Northern summer. It […]