Autumn in Helsinki

A beautiful Autumn in Helsinki

  As everyone is either enjoying or cursing these ‘soon-to-be-grey’ Autumn days, I am having somewhat mixed feelings about these short but insanely beautiful days. As I roam around the beautiful corners of Helsinki admiring the myriad of colors and the falling leaves leaving pretty patterns on the grass and enjoying some sun while sitting at a roadside coffee shop,…

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Road Trip in Croatia- Off my bucket list

If you are a travel freak (enthusiast?) of any level (from ‘hard-core-nomad’ to ‘hey-I-am-just-getting-started-types) you would agree that the very idea of road tripping across a new place makes your heart skip a few beats. It’s because nothing else can beat the excitement of setting out on roads unknown especially when you have amazing people for company! For me, a…

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Zlatni Rat Beach

Zlatni Rat, Brač-The best of Croatia

A few years ago, while working for a travel magazine I had the opportunity of interviewing an important figure from the Embassy of the republic of Croatia. At the end of the interview, I was given a cute little pouch of lavender as a token of goodwill. That pouch sat in my wardrobe for many years until I moved to…

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Porvoo toy museum

Porvoo Doll and Toy museum

If you are looking for an amazing place near Helsinki for a day trip then Porvoo is absolutely the right place to visit. The quaint little town of Porvoo has both history and nature living side by side along with marvelous wooden architecture. Those pretty houses with the prettiest of flowers, in fact, give Porvoo a very distinct character. The…

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Saint Petersburg

St. Petersburg- First few impressions

Some of my earliest memories of my childhood and the word ‘Russia’ are from those days which were filled with reading storybooks published by Raduga, a state-owned publication house of the Soviet Union of the 1970s. Those books published by Raduga were very popular among children and the stories I read were mostly the translated versions of stories about the…

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Soya chunks pulao

Simple rice recipe: Soya chunks pulao

Do you know that the thing called ‘Carbohydrate Withdrawal Syndrome’ is for real? Some people call it ‘Low Carb Flu’ and it can be a really annoying thing to deal with. For example, whenever I (dramatically) stop eating rice to cut down carbs I start having withdrawal syndromes like headaches, crankiness, and a constant craving for rice. You might have…

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In pictures: Bergen, Norway

It’s been almost a year since our amazing trip to Norway (2015), the land of breathtaking fjords and mountains, happened. While looking through my photographs, I realized that even though I have already done a very long post on my Norway experiences, including this pretty little town called Bergen, this place deserves a separate post. I am not going to…

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A midsummer day in Tallinn’s Old Town

The Midsummer being the national holiday in Finland definitely meant a lot of celebrations and this also called for a quick trip across the Baltic sea. So off we went to Tallinn, the city of fairytale-like structures and mesmerizing fables this weekend. Although I sulked about missing the chance to witness the traditional bonfire and barbecue, it was a memorable…

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living in Finalnd

Living in Finland and not knowing how to belong

After reading this post, you would probably say, “Fine, the Finns are shy and reserved. What about it? Just leave them alone”, but I just can’t stop feeling amused about my own experiences and observations of living in Finland , especially after watching this interesting video I came across on Youtube. I am not going to use the word ‘funny’…

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Korjaamo Culture Factory

A few weeks back, while browsing through some of the interesting places in Helsinki, I came across this name, Korjaamo. If I and my google translator are not wrong, the word means workshop in English and, I suppose, the name suggests a one-stop spot for all kinds of activities related to art, culture, leisure and stuff like that. My curiosity…

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