Expat 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 […]

Boat Parties and Orange Balloons, or Celebrating King’s Day in Amsterdam

Boat Parties and Orange Balloons, or Celebrating King’s Day in Amsterdam

Now I know it for sure: celebrating King’s Day in Amsterdam is best done aboard a boat. [What is King’s Day, I hear you ask? Well, as the name suggests, it’s a day dedicated to the Dutch ruler, currently King Willem-Alexander (until a few years […]

Party Like a King: 5 Tips for Celebrating King’s Day in Amsterdam

Party Like a King: 5 Tips for Celebrating King’s Day in Amsterdam

It’s that time of the year again – the whole of Holland is turning orange. No, I’m not talking about the world-renowned Keukenhof gardens or the famous tulip fields – I’m talking about King’s Day. What is King’s Day? Well, as the name suggests, it’s […]

Reflections on the Russian elections

Reflections on the Russian elections

Today my beautiful and beloved country of birth votes for its next president. Sadly, I’m not a citizen and consequently can’t vote. Not that it would make a whole lot of difference – like in the Finnish presidential elections a couple of months back, everyone […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]