Ten Things I Love About Finland

Ten Things I Love About Finland

Finland is quite an extraordinary place. Today, it celebrates its Independence Day, so here are ten things that I particularly love about my home country. The education system Not only does Finland have one of the world’s best education systems, but everything – from preschool…

Flight-free Holidays: Autumn City Break in Berlin

Flight-free Holidays: Autumn City Break in Berlin

What comes to your mind when you think of Berlin? Like many big cities, Berlin is full of contrasts: at once businesslike and relaxed, strict and chill, splendid and subdued, bursting with fun places to discover but also with dark memories. You could easily spend your…

Discovering London: The Notting Hill Carnival 2019

Discovering London: The Notting Hill Carnival 2019

Warm sunshine, hot beats and cool people: that’s our Notting Hill Carnival 2019 in a nutshell. This past weekend marked the 4th time we’ve participated in the world-famous festival of Caribbean culture, and we had a blast. And yet, while dancing on the streets and…

Life in Jordaan, Amsterdam’s Hipster Haven

Life in Jordaan, Amsterdam’s Hipster Haven

What is life in Jordaan like? The most beautiful neighbourhood in Amsterdam, Jordaan is known for its picturesque houses, narrow alleyways, secret courtyards, cosy bars and tree-lined canals. The hipster haven has been my part-time home for the past two years, during which I’ve learnt…

The Fast and the Furious: Riding Bird Electric Scooters in London’s Olympic Park

The Fast and the Furious: Riding Bird Electric Scooters in London’s Olympic Park

A rainy, windy and cold Sunday in January – is there a better time for spending a whole day outside? Well, maybe there is, and to be completely honest I did need a long hot bath after getting home yesterday… but I don’t regret it…

Stop the Press: There’s Snow in Amsterdam!

Stop the Press: There’s Snow in Amsterdam!

I was barely awake, snuggly wrapped up in my bathing robe and slowly sipping my morning tea when I spotted it: big fluffy snowflakes floating down behind our window. All of a sudden, I wasn’t feeling tired at all – it’s not every day that…

Postcards from the Venice of the North: Weekend in St. Petersburg

Postcards from the Venice of the North: Weekend in St. Petersburg

Moscow or St. Petersburg? It seems like a pointless comparison, yet the question is surprisingly common. My first answer is usually both, though If I absolutely have to choose, I’ll always be a Moscow girl. This takes nothing away from Piter, though: Russia’s northern capital…

I know what you did last summer: June, July & August 2018

I know what you did last summer: June, July & August 2018

I’ve been bad with monthly updates recently – in fact, I haven’t published one since February.  Autumn is the time to get back on course, so that’s what I’m going to do. To start off, here’s three months of summer in one mammoth of a…

Heritage and History: a Week in Athens

Heritage and History: a Week in Athens

I have a friend who does not get national pride. Why would you feel proud about something that has no relation to your own achievements? Usually, I tend to agree with him. Not this week, however: I’m in Athens and can’t help but feel proud…

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…