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 before as better and bigger ‘bucket list-items’ lured me into different plans, each time I wanted to…

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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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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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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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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…

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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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Hallstatt

Lost my heart to Hallstatt


~To start with and at the risk of going all cliched, I would have liked to talk about Hallstatt being Austria’s best-kept secret but as you all know it is not. It is because this place is so famous that it is on every traveler’s bucket list. Secret or not, a trip to Austria would be actually incomplete without a…

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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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Nuuksio National Park

Day out in Nuuksio National Park


It is true that for the Finns the farther located a place is from the city, the better it is. But when it comes to finding both peace and good quality of life, Finland is probably one of the few remaining countries in the world where nature and high-class cities coexist. Even for those living in Helsinki which is gradually…

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Helsinki Spring

Meanwhile in Helsinki: Spring inspirations


If you are living in Finland, then, I am sure, the very idea of Spring is beginning to sound like a myth to you. Sometime, you even doubt that the dull weather outside is ever going to change into something exciting. But it always does. Like everyone else, I am also waiting for Spring to knock soon in Helsinki. I…

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Hvar island

Island hopping in Croatia: Hvar


Often referred to as the queen of the Dalmatian Islands for many reasons, Hvar, surely, does justice to its title. Its mild climate, fertile coastal plains and the favorable location being a few of those reasons make it the most populated island in Croatia.Even though it is a small island it has forever been an important trade hub across the Adriatic…

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