5 unique off-the-beaten-track cafes in Helsinki

If you saw my post yesterday about quitting coffee, you’ll know that Finland holds the bragging rights to the nation that drinks the most coffee! So it’s not surprising that in Finland’s capital you’ll find a huge range of cafes, which (luckily for me) also offer many other delicious drinks and snacks aside from coffee. If…

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Quitting coffee: my love hate addiction

I love coffee. I love the smell when it’s brewing, I love the taste and I love the excitement in the morning when I’m preparing my first cup. I love going out for coffee as a social trip with colleagues to get out of the office (in Australia) or as a relaxing weekend activity (Finland).…

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London Photo Diary: could I live here?

As my rough plans for 2019 involve relocating to London, a city I’ve never visited, in a country I’ve never been to, I thought I should probably check out the place to see how I’d feel about living there. I’ve done this with a few other potential new homes before- Edinburgh, Lyon and Helsinki, and found…

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Everything I own: continually striving for minimalism

These lists seem to usually be comprised of 100 things… but I haven’t quite reached that minimalism goal yet! I also cheated a bit by listing some things as categories. But hey my list, my rules. I decided to make this list as a way to audit my “stuff” and cut down on what I…

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DIY upcycled advent calendar

If you haven’t already noticed- I love Christmas and everything that comes with it! As the stores fill with decorations and commercial advent calendars, I decided to make my own almost entirely out of material I already had at home. I did grab some pine cones, red berries and pine needles from outside my apartment…

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The best hot chocolate spots in downtown Helsinki

November in ancient Finnish literally translates to ‘death month’. And it’s really not hard to see why. The beautiful autumn leaves have disappeared, it becomes darker, wetter and colder by the day, and you start to forget what the sun looks like. To ward of the inevitable gloomy feelings of this time of year, I…

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One pot delicious & cheap tuna pasta, less than 1€ per serve!

As a somewhat eternal student, I’ve been making variations of this budget pasta for the last decade and I still bloody love it. It’s ridiculously quick and easy to make and it’s pretty healthy too. So if you’re looking to save time and money (for travel?!) whilst also wanting a nutritious meal then this is…

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Five reasons to visit Finland

By far the most common question I get asked when I meet people these days is “why Finland?”  For me, Finland represented something completely foreign and unknown, at the extreme opposite end of the world from my home town. So beside the unique medical research opportunities available in Helsinki, the challenge of stepping outside my comfort…

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6 Upcycle Projects with Chalk & Blackboard Paint

Earlier this year I bought some blackboard paint (10€ for 230ml) from my local home-ware shop and some chalk paint (8€ for 120ml) for a garden upcycle project. I heard about the chalk paint on a blog and loved the idea of an eco-friendly paint that could easily be used on pretty much any surface without the need…

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