Bars of Jätkäsaari, Helsinki

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Jätkäsaari (literally translating to “Dude Island”) is a peninsula sitting in the south-west of the Helsinki. It’s a developing and reclaimed area of Helsinki with big swathes of construction popping up apartment blocks ala Game of Thrones intro style. Word is that by 2030 all apartment blocks will be completed along with schools, stores, and…

Magritte Exhibition at Amos Rex, Helsinki

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I got into Magritte in my teenage years; his weird manipulation of everyday objects in juxtaposition with their surroundings rebelliously scratched an itch that Impressionism was bestowing upon me. I still love Impressionism but Magritte’s Surrealist styles are always a nice weird distraction. I also feel that Magritte is a more accessible entry into Surrealism…

Bill Burr Live in Helsinki – May 2019

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Back in 2014 I skipped out on seeing Bill Burr for some crappy work-related gathering. Gods I was an idiot. Over the years since then, Bill Burr has become my favourite comedian eerily in sync with my inner most rage against the machine. With him announcing a date in Helsinki in my first year here…

Things To Do On Vappu in Helsinki

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Vappu is a public holiday celebration here in Finland. It celebrates workers and freedom. And vaping.  Just kidding, it’s mainly gives Finnish students a massive excuse to have a massive piss up. The word “vappu” somehow evolved from St. Walpurgis – the patron saint against purging. Just kidding, it’s rabies. Anyway, here’s some things to…

Finnish Easter Foods

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Finland wheels out a food cart of unearthly delights for certain times of the year. It’s my job to eat said food before they disappear into the shadows of the cultural kitchen for another spin around the sun. It’s Easter. So there are a couple of foods out there in the supermarkets if you look…

A Half-Day In Zagreb, Croatia

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Seventeen years ago I trundled into Zagreb train station (on a train) from Trieste, Italy. Zagreb wasn’t the final destination. No, no our goal was a more obscure (and seriously bullet ridden) northern spot on the map; Varazdin. Football is the answer you seek to the question you are asking. My time spent in Zagreb…

5 Days in Malaga, Sevilla, and Cordoba

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Spain wasn’t the first place that came to mind when I thought of where we would visit as our first “other country” trip since we came back to Europe. There are a lot of other countries we have not even been to yet. To be honest, it was the fact that Finnair were going to…

Taking the Train to Lapland (and back)

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So I’ve detailed what we got up to in Lapland, let me tell you how we got there and back without taking to the skies. It may not be known to people outside of Finland (it wasn’t to me) but there is an excellent rail network in place. One of the most popular trains is…

An Easy Intro To Lapland

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Introduction Lapland evokes a child-like curiosity in all of us. Snowscapes, reindeer, huskies, and Santa lives there, you know? When we moved to Finland in June I knew we had to check it out in the most obvious month; December. Christmas vibes and the like. So I scoped travel and accommodation options back in October…