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Behind the Lens: My Year Of Travel On Instagram

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”― Gustave Flaubert This influential French novelist who wrote the great Madame Bovary has a point. The more I see the world, I feel infinitely more humbled. Just walking through the Sunday walking market in Chiang Mai, it is as easy to get lost in the hundreds of people as it is to order a fresh coconut. Way too easy. And the more I hear ignorant…

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12 Reasons Why You Should Travel To Helsinki

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Some people love lists, some people hate lists. Some think they are marketing product by-feeds from companies like Buzzfeed and they would only be partly right. The reason I like using them when writing about a place I love is that it helps to categorize my thoughts, lest I go on a long-winded rant about a fluffy reindeer I saw once. Helsinki, Finland, before 2014, was a place I never really thought about. You know in one of those ‘cold…

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Saint Lucia: The Girl Who Shines the Brightest

While first doing my research for our trip to Finland, I had no idea that we were going the weekend of St. Lucia. Every country celebrates their own holidays and this special day is a ‘festival of lights’ in Northern Europe typically celebrated in Sweden, Norway and Finland on December 13th. Always up for any sort of sort of celebration, I was excited to find out that we would be celebrating this parade with the rest of Helsinki in the…

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Foodie Tips for Heavenly Helsinki

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If I had to describe what food is like in the Finnish city of Helsinki – I would  first imagine myself lingering over a sumptuous bowl of porridge. Creamy, full of butter and peppered with red berries and a dusting of cinnamon. Or perhaps breaking a piece off a steaming cinnamon bun to dunk into my coffee, or tasting a first bite of smoky, perfectly cooked Salmon. While I may at this very moment be drooling over my laptop, I…

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Helsinki: It’s All in the Details

My first impression of Helsinki was that of calm tranquility and the overwhelming feeling that this is a city that treats its residents quite well. Something I don’t always feel while living and working in Italy. While for me personally, it doesn’t have that immediate ‘wow’ factor that many cities like Rome or Florence have. Italian cities have an uncanny way of delighting the senses, must be the wine. Instead in Helsinki, the longer you linger, the more you seem to notice the pretty…

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Why I Had a Finnish Christmas Party in Florence

I get it, a Finnish Christmas party even before Thanksgiving? I’d think it was strange too if it wasn’t me but alas that is exactly what happened in my little apartment in Florence last week with a group of close friends. Before you start thinking I’m one of those weird people who starts shopping in October and blasting Christmas music to the point of inciting the hatred of my patient neighbors, keep in mind that I normally don’t even get…

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