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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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10 Holiday Fails From Around The World

Let’s face it – the holiday season seems slightly doomed the second there erupts a fierce battle over the last waffle maker at Walmart during black Friday after Thanksgiving. And despite our attempts at making Christmas seem squeaky clean, Santa or ‘babbo natale’ as we know in Italy doesn’t always ‘get it right’. In fact when I saw the photo above – it reminded me of all of the awkward family photos we took in Texas often involving the jovial…

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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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Celebrating Mid-Summer The Finnish Way, Day With A Local

Any party that involves a plethora of fresh flowers, island hopping and a massive bonfire, is just the kind of place I want to be. We ate fish, we drank beer, we learned how to slow dance with people we had just met. We drank salty licorice shots and tried (badly) to sing in Finnish. This June, for a lovely long weekend, Nico and I returned to Finland. A country I never thought I would get the chance to visit,…

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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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