Active life

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 […]

In Search of Tulips: Cycling the Dutch Flower Fields

In Search of Tulips: Cycling the Dutch Flower Fields

Holland is perhaps best known for its flowers, and exploring the famous flower fields on a bicycle is one of the best things to do in the Netherlands, if you ask me. It’s a breathtaking experience, standing in the middle of a field of tulips, […]

Postcards from Phu Quoc, the tropical island boasting Vietnam’s best beaches

Postcards from Phu Quoc, the tropical island boasting Vietnam’s best beaches

Have you heard of Phu Quoc, the tropical palmtree island famous for spectacular sunsets, the best beaches in Vietnam and, since this year, the longest cable car ride in the world? Don’t worry if you haven’t – I hadn’t either, until my boyfriend decided to take […]

Monthly Roundup: January 2018

Monthly Roundup: January 2018

I’m sitting on a park bench. It’s 4pm and sun has just set behind the hills of San Francisco, yet it’s still warm enough for me to chill outside wearing nothing but a short summer dress that I got this afternoon for 3 dollars (we […]

JUMP Bikes – Testing Out the Newest Electric Bikeshare in San Francisco

JUMP Bikes – Testing Out the Newest Electric Bikeshare in San Francisco

There’s a new kid on California’s bike share block – and this one’s electric! Studying the World trialled JUMP Bikes, San Francisco’s first dockless e-bike scheme, on a cycle trip over the Golden Gate Bridge. Read all about it here. Hello from San Francisco! We […]

Meeting Her Majesty the Queen and Other Travel Highlights of 2017

Meeting Her Majesty the Queen and Other Travel Highlights of 2017

It has become a tradition of mine to dedicate a couple of days around the turn of the year for looking back on the travels of the previous 12 months. Many of us travel so often these days that it can almost start feeling mundane, so […]

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: 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 […]

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 […]