Exploring Galicia

So I haven’t been in Spain in ages and I’m about to lead a tour in an area I have never been to. Ok, it’s walking the camino to Santiago de Compostela, so our main activity will be walking, but I could do with a brush up on Spanish culture. I read up on the…

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…

Adjusting to Italy

O yeah! I’m going to be a CEO this summer, leading travelers through Europe. Europe’s my home, my base, and yet there is so much to explore and there are so many differences. I’ve just finished my training week in Italy and body is starting to adjust to Italian time. I now almost think it’s…

Merchandise on the world’s markets

I always love visiting markets on my travels. From some I come back with a lot of merchandise, from others I return empty-handed, but with a mind full of impressions. Here are three extraordinary markets I found around the world. First up is the market on Greenmarket Square in Cape Town, South Africa. This market…

Socially awkward: Russian nights

When in St. Petersburg, do as the Russians do. I was there with a big group of international Erasmus students and we opted for a traditional Russian night in a restaurant. There were exchange students that came from all over Finland and not just the uni where I was staying at that time. I barely knew the other…

Culture clash; life in a tribe

One of the young men spoke English. He was to be our guide while we visited the Himba village. Since it is hard to visit an authentic Himba village, we settled for the tourist version of it. These people genuinely live here, but they are used to visitors, questions, and showing their rituals. The first…

Living in two languages

Sometimes I feel like I live in a different language. I’m in Australia, dating a kiwi. My mother tongue is Dutch, but I also speak English fluently with a slight American/Canadian accent that changes every time I go somewhere else. At the moment it includes some Aussie slang and accents. During my life I learned some…