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.…

Day trip to Norway

One day on our big Lapland road trip, we planned to go to Norway. The idealists, or fools, among us thought we should go to the North Cape. After two days of being late all the time they still hadn’t learnt this was just not realistic. We opted for a small village that was much…

Roadtripping Lapland or Good news and Bad news

I’m excited about our road trip to Lapland when I walk over to my friend’s flat. The first thing he tells me is that we have good and we have bad news. The good news is that the car we rented, which he picked up the night before, works, the bad news is that you have…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Spring!

Bright colors, wearing T-shirts, sitting outside even it’s still a bit chilly to catch the first sunshine, new flowers coming up… springtime! A few years ago I spent this time of year in Finland. It was gorgeous to see the snow melt and the flowers come up. We would go to the lakes for barbecues…

Winter in Lapland

We’d planned a day of winter activities in Finnish lapland. I went to the big house to ask where we could find something fun to do, but unfortunately there was nobody home who spoke English. We drove to a petrol station near the Norwegian border. There was a supermarket as well, so we could stock…

Roving around Rovaniemi

The Arktikum museum in Rovaniemi, Finland, deserves more time than I could give it. Being on a time limit I felt like I had to rush through the exhibits. The different sections of the museum showed a lot about living in the arctic. There was a replica of an old Sami village, the original inhabitants of…

Driving into winter wonderland

I was on a road trip through Lapland (Finland) with 9 fellow students. Driving into Oulu we immediately noticed a foul smell entering the car. It must have been one of the many factories, or the combination of them. One of our crew really wanted to find the university for a cheap meal. However, we…

Pedal power: Ruissalo

In the Netherlands I own three bicycles. I use them to go to work, to go to the shops or to visit friends. It’s my main mode of transportation. While travelling I don’t often get the chance to go on a bike ride and when I do, it can get quite uncomfortable. All of that…

Turku’s treasures

Turku is a city in the South-West of Finland, located by the sea and close to the Turku archipelago. In the city center you find a beautiful river which is a perfect place to chill out on a sunny day. You can walk along the riverbank, all the way to Turku castle. On the way you’ll see…