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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: 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 […]

The gorgeous Tallinn and three other reasons to visit Estonia in 2018

The gorgeous Tallinn and three other reasons to visit Estonia in 2018

Palju õnne Eesti ja eestlased! Estonia, one of my fatherlands and my home country during my toddler years, celebrates its 100th birthday today. Here are four reasons why you should join the celebrations and visit Estonia in 2018. Visit Estonia? But where is Estonia? I thought […]