A weekend in Turku

Founded in the 13th century, Turku is the oldest city in Finland and in 1640 was home to Finland’s first university, The Royal Academy of Turku (now the University of Helsinki). While the large student population lends a youthful vibe to the city, most students are on summer holidays in the warmer months when the…

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Exploring Vantaa River

In Southern Finland, the beautiful Vantaa River meanders for 101 km from lake Erkylänjärvi in Hausjärvi to the Gulf of Finland at Vanhankaupunginselkä in Helsinki. My favourite thing about the river is the picturesque track that runs along both banks, perfect for cycling, running or walking. Along the way there are numerous places to swim, as well as some other attractions to…

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Tram line 3: Merisata & Eira

The last two weekends have taken me to the beautiful green waterfront areas of Eira, Merisata and Kaivopuisto. This weekend past was the colourful Helsinki Pride, which started in Senate Square and finished with festivities throughout Kaivopuisto, while the weekend before was Finnish midsummer (Juhannus) with seaside bonfires to celebrate the longest day of the…

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6 of my favourite Tassie Beaches: why I’m homesick for the ocean

While I’m in quite love with ‘the nature’ of my new home of Finland (who wouldn’t be in summer? as Joel Willans explains), I miss my native Australia immensely. Aside from friends and family, the thing I miss most is the abundance of pristine beaches. There are so many absolutely breathtaking coastal regions in Tasmania…

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A week in Denmark: 3 unmissable places to visit

While you could definitely spend much longer than a week exploring Denmark, time can often be a limiting factor. Here are three very different places that you can visit in under a week to give you a snapshot of Danish life.   1. Copenhagen Denmark’s capital has to be one of the most beautiful cities…

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Helsingør: the perfect day trip from Copenhagen

Possibly my favourite experience in Denmark was a day trip to Helsingør. The picturesque coastal town is home to Kronberg castle- Shakespeare’s inspiration for Hamlet, and a beautiful old town which feels remarkably peaceful after Copenhagen’s busy streets.

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How to explore Copenhagen for free

After a thrifty yet fun first day exploring Denmark in Nørrebro, I was determined to carry this mindset on for the rest of my trip, starting with the city center. Here’s 4 ways to explore the center of Copenhagen for a fraction of the price most people pay.

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A perfect and near free Saturday in Nørrebro, Copenhagen

As soon as my plane touched down in Denmark and the crew announced we’d arrived in Copenhagen I couldn’t wipe the grin off my face. The sun was streaming in the plane windows and I could see glimpses of lush green and picturesque buildings. I already felt like I loved the place. However, I was…

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How to spend a long weekend in Latvia

One of the things I absolutely love about living in Europe is the accessibility of quick foreign country trips! I loved our recent long weekend in Latvia, and have jotted down my recommendations about amazing places we stumbled onto as well as places I wouldn’t go back to. Hope this gives you some ideas if you happen to find yourself in this Baltic gem for a few days.

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