A one day island gettaway

It was the perfect time to visit Dubrovnik. The weather was nice, but not too hot and there were tourists, but not too many. I had to prepare for my upcoming trip, but could do this while enjoying the sun and exploring the area. On day I made my way over to Lokrum island, a…

Kicking off the season!

The season has started. I’m back on the road as a trip leader, guiding people all over Europe for the summer season. But summer is hard to find. I’ve just finished my first trip of the season; in about three weeks from Rome to London. For the most part it’s been cloudy, rainy and more…

The world of Vappu

In my country, the 30th of April is not a particularly special day anymore since Queen’s day changed into King’s day and changed dates. In Finland, they go all out. Vappu, or Walpurgis night, is a big celebration in the streets and parks where people dress up and party. Students wear team clothing in bright…

Spring is here

I’m back in The Netherlands and last time I was here I promised myself I would see and do more in my little country. South East Asia was very exotic and coming back home I feel a bit of reversed culture shock. It’s a week later now and at times I still feel bad when…

Elections

Today is election day in The Netherlands. For the first time in a long time I am actually voting. It’s not like I wasn’t interested before, but being abroad always makes it more awkward. Even now I had to arrange my vote 4 months ago, when the parties hadn’t even started campaigning yet. When I…

Love from the Finnish

In the south of the Netherlands we celebrate carnaval at the start of the traditional fast before Easter. In Finland they’ve got their own way of celebrating: Laskiainen. The day I celebrated Laskiainen coincided with valentine’s day or ystäväpäivä. The university I went to had a cool program for exchange students called the friend-family program.…

A quick tour through our royal history

Along with winter come all the markets. Winter may not have arrived yet, but we all need to prepare and it seems like the best way to prepare is to go shopping. Together with my mum I stroll past a bunch of different stalls. You can find thick, fluffy blankets, ornaments for your Christmas tree,…