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Keeping Fit in Amsterdam: Pilates with Puppies

Keeping Fit in Amsterdam: Pilates with Puppies

Keeping fit can be fun. It sure was fun yesterday, when I celebrated the World Animal Day by doing pilates with puppies. Yes, you read that right: I attended a pilates class with dogs, sharing the yoga mat with a handful of furry friends. The event […]

KEEPING FIT IN AMSTERDAM: HOT FLOW YOGA JORDAAN

KEEPING FIT IN AMSTERDAM: HOT FLOW YOGA JORDAAN

Today I want to introduce you to my favourite yoga studio. I’ve become quite an expert on them since moving to Amsterdam. In the last year and a half, I’ve sampled dozens of studios and more types of yoga than I even knew existed. Yet one of […]

The shortest city break ever? Birmingham in 15 minutes

The shortest city break ever? Birmingham in 15 minutes

Is it possible to get a feel for a city in a mere 15 minutes? It is. Trust me, I’ve tried! Slow travel is a huge trend right now, and I can see why. Taking time to really get to know a place and immerse yourself in the […]

Five Hours in Constantinople: How to Enjoy a Short Layover in Istanbul

Five Hours in Constantinople: How to Enjoy a Short Layover in Istanbul

The third Rome, the capital of the Byzantine Empire and one of the most interesting cities on our planet… As an Orthodox Christian and a person of Greek heritage, I have always been fascinated by Constantinople. No wonder, then, that when I found out our […]

The best books I’ve read in recent years

The best books I’ve read in recent years

Reading has been one of my favourite hobbies since I was six years old. Back then, I never had any problems finding interesting, entertaining and educating books: my mum would pick them up for me, everything from classics to nonfiction to good-quality children’s reads. All […]

Keeping Fit in Amsterdam: Barre + Beats at Studio 191 West

Keeping Fit in Amsterdam: Barre + Beats at Studio 191 West

Ballet is one of the hardest sports out there, I remember mum telling little Liza during an interval in the foyer of the Finnish National Opera. She had worked with ballet dancers and seen first hand how much work went into the seemingly effortless performances like […]

Things to Do in San Francisco: Climbing the Twin Peaks

Things to Do in San Francisco: Climbing the Twin Peaks

Hello from San Francisco! If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I’ve been here for over a week now, revisiting old favourites and searching for new ones. This is my fourth time in the city, and you might think I’d know it like […]

5 Things You Should Know About Rostov-on-Don, the Capital of Southern Russia and a FIFA 2018 Host City

5 Things You Should Know About Rostov-on-Don, the Capital of Southern Russia and a FIFA 2018 Host City

I have to be honest with you: I don’t remember the last time I’ve been this excited about a blog post. It’s understandable, though – this post is about Rostov-on-Don, my beautiful city of birth, the capital of Southern Russia, and, very soon, one of […]

Hong Kong: Postcards from one of the Best Holidays I’ve Had in Recent Years

Hong Kong: Postcards from one of the Best Holidays I’ve Had in Recent Years

Hong Kong. What can I say? If our holiday in Vietnam earlier this year got us excited about travelling in Asia, our recent trip to Hong Kong took the excitement to a whole new level. In short, Hong Kong turned out to be everything we […]

The Garden of Europe: Postcards from the Gorgeous Keukenhof

The Garden of Europe: Postcards from the Gorgeous Keukenhof

I love flowers. So much so, in fact, that if I were to make a list of the five top sights in the Netherlands, at least two would involve flowers: the tulip fields (read more about them here) and the Keukenhof gardens. In case you’re […]