Learning Finnish

How learning Finnish can be a real challenge!


As a great part of this blog is about my experiences of living in Finland, it would be a total whopper if I didn’t tell you all about my kooky battle with the Finnish language. As if moving into this unfamiliar part of the world wasn’t enough, I had to endure the painful process of getting familiar with the language…

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myhelsinki.fi /Eetu Ahanen

Living in Finland: Fighting seasonal blues


~Featured image copyright: myhelsinki.fi /Eetu Ahanen~ It is that time of the year again when the dipping temperature and the falling leaves bring back the same sinking feeling we are all very familiar with. The bad feeling worsens after the colourful autumn makes an exit because the weather is always gray. There is something in the weather that makes us all…

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Meanwhile in Helsinki-Autumn moods


Ever since the wet autumn days have rolled in, I have been meaning to capture the love-hate feeling I have towards the season but I guess the motivation level was at rock bottom due to the changing weather. Indeed, summer leaves you dejected and the transition is the hardest part to deal with. As much as I hate this kind…

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Finnish traits

10 Finnish traits you absolutely love!


~Featured image credits: (c) Jussi Hellsten/Visit Finland~ After living in Finland for more than 2 years, I have come to realize that this much of time in this country is actually long enough to make you (unknowingly) accept and acquire a few certain Finnish ways of life and some of the typical Finnish traits. The sweet realization! It also makes you…

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Haltiala Farm

Haltiala Farm: A date with Finnish nature


The experience of living in Finland would have been incomplete without a coup d’œil of its farm life. In search of a perfect spot to do so, I had stumbled upon this beautiful place called Haltiala Farm near Helsinki. As expected, this place happens to offer an ideal excuse for a day out amidst nature. Then, I also got to…

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Cherry blossom

Cherry Blossom-A slice of Japan in Helsinki


It has been a dream to go to Japan and witness the magnificent cherry blossoms but that can wait as Helsinki offers a tiny bit of the same. Although it doesn’t happen on a grand scale the blossom surely offers some consolation for those bitten by nostalgia, yearning for home, and curious to witness a spectacle so grand that it…

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Amsterdam: Postcards & random musings


  ~ Looking back at our trip to Amsterdam last month, I have been wondering, what is the most fascinating thing about Amsterdam that makes the city so irresistible! The answer often comes to me in many fragments and,then, in intersecting loops-sunken canals, vibrating nightlife, sex, leisurely coffee shops, old brick buildings, sweet dope, fine cheese and what not??? But, again, the…

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Huldras

Chasing ‘Huldras’ in the Norwegian woods


  Seated in a toy-like train on a bright mid-July day, we were moving down from an elevation of about 2800 ft. However, it hardly felt like summer as we were in Norway, one of the coldest regions in the world. To support our point, a couple of hours ago, we had just crossed a vast stretch of glaciers. The…

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Budapest in pictures


If I have to present Budapest through these 20 pictures then this wouldn’t be the proper representation but still these pictures show a part of Budapest which I loved from the core of my ‘wander-luster’ heart. If I could, I would have clicked a thousand more but still it wouldn’t be enough to show how vibrant a city Budapest is.…

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Siófok: Hungary’s summer haven


~Famous for its beautiful river-fronts, rich cultural history, beautiful architecture, state of the art thermal baths and, most importantly, culinary delights, Hungary, of course, doesn’t need any introduction. However, I should just confess that it did not feature on top of my wishlist as better and bigger ‘bucket list-items’ lured me into different plans, each time I wanted to travel…

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Browse and bookmark: Helpful for travel?


Definitely yes. For too many reasons. But, recently, I have had my doubts at some points while travelling in Europe. First, I feel, impromptu travel is more fun. When you see and inspect a place beforehand it somehow loses its charm and ups your expectations way too much. When we were kids, setting out for unknown destinations was so thrilling,…

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Budapest on my plate!


If food can be the sole reason to travel then I am sure Budapest should be on every food enthusiast’s list of places to visit. In fact, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration if I said Budapest is the place to be if you are a foodie who also loves to travel as there is a long list of must try…

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Austria: Road trip inspirations


  ~Scribbles from the road~ Start: Vienna, 1 PM A warm and fuzzy Spring day. 17 degrees Celsius and thin traffic. A couple of hours later, a butter-smooth highway leads us out of the concrete world, to abundant nature and tranquility. “As I roll down the windows, the unfamiliar sounds of the road barge in and everything else gradually ceases to exist;…

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Finnish midsummer

Celebrating Finnish Midsummer


~A beautiful Finnish Midsummer day, a very special road trip, and a short hide-out at a traditional summer cottage-that’s all I am going to talk about in this post. If you already don’t know, ‘Doing Road Trips’ is my thing as I have explained in many of my previous posts and discussed how each time I am on a road…

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