Netherlands

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Monthly Roundup: February 2018

Monthly Roundup: February 2018

I’m typing this listening to Katy Perry’s Hot n Cold, which seems very appropriate: from record highs (in California) to snowstorms (in the UK), February was full of contrasts. I started the month soaking up the sun in San Francisco and ended it watching snow […]

Get your skates out: There is ice on the canals of Amsterdam!

Get your skates out: There is ice on the canals of Amsterdam!

Breaking news from the Netherlands: there is ice on the canals of Amsterdam! I repeat: there is ice on the canals of Amsterdam! This is huge: if the freezing temperatures continue – and if we’re very very lucky – the ice might get strong enough […]

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: 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 […]