Can the real Dracula please rise?

We all know Dracula as the bloodsucking, evil creature made up by Bram Stoker. He’s got long corner teeth, or fangs, a cape, slick black hair and preferably some blood running from the corner of his mouth. And somehow he’s usually portrayed with his hands out like claws. Long story short: he’s out to get…

Mood swings

This morning I went for a run. We’d had a fairly big night yesterday and I woke up with the urge to move. To just run. To clear my head. I heard the rain falling on the roof and looked out my window. Another miserable day. It’s September and I’m running my last yolo loop…

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…

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.…

Travel Theme: Refreshing

If it’s really too hot to dance, make it work! Instead of sweating in one of Budapest’s ruin clubs, I decided to try a Sparty, or a party in the famous Szechenyi bath. As four girls who had no clue what to expect and were somewhat embarrassed to dance in our bikinis, we went shopping for…

Like I’m buying a ticket to the moon

Getting train tickets is always a bit of an adventure if you need more than a few. In Italy you easily wait two hours. In Poland you meet a lady who stares at you for a couple of minutes before she answers your request. In Hungary, train tickets are still old school. “Can I have…

Deep underneath Poland

Every time I come to Krakow I tell my guests about the option to visit the Wieliczka salt mine, just outside of the city. Although no longer working, all the salt they get is from the water that they pump out, they started mining salt here in the 12th century. You can now visit the…