Porvoo doll and toy museum


If you are looking for an amazing place near Helsinki for a day trip then Porvoo is absolutely the right place to visit. This quaint little town has history ingrained to its every nook and corner and those pretty wooden houses with the prettiest of flowers are a great treat to the eyes. The river…

St. Petersburg- First few impressions


Some of my earliest memories of my childhood and the word ‘Russia’ are from those days which were filled with reading storybooks published by Raduga, a state-owned publication house of the Soviet Union of the 1970s. Those books published by Raduga were very popular among children and the stories I read were mostly the translated…

In pictures: Bergen, Norway


It’s been almost a year since our amazing trip to Norway, the land of breathtaking fjords and mountains. While looking through my photographs, I realized that even though I have already done a very long post on my Norway experiences, including this pretty little town called Bergen, this place deserves a separate post. I am…

A midsummer day in Tallinn’s Old Town


The Midsummer being the national holiday in Finland definitely meant a lot of celebrations and this also called for a quick trip across the Baltic sea. So off we went to Tallinn, the city of fairytale-like structures and mesmerizing fables this weekend. Although I sulked about missing the chance to witness the traditional bonfire and…

Haltiala Farm: A date with Finnish nature


The experience of living in Finland would have been incomplete without a coup d’Ε“il of its farm life. In search of a perfect spot to do so, I had stumbled upon this beautiful place called Haltiala Farm near Helsinki. As expected, this place happens to offer an ideal excuse for a day out amidst nature….

Cherry Blossom-A slice of Japan in Helsinki


It has been a dream to go to Japan and witness the magnificent cherry blossoms but that can wait as Helsinki offers a tiny bit of the same. Although it doesn’t happen on a grand scale the blossom surely offers some consolation for those bitten by nostalgia, yearning for home, and curious to witness a…

Amsterdam: Postcards & random musings


  ~ Looking back atΒ our trip to Amsterdam last month, I have been wondering, what is the most fascinating thing about Amsterdam that makes the city so irresistible!Β The answer often comes to me in many fragments and,then, in intersecting loops-sunken canals, vibrating nightlife, sex, leisurely coffee shops, old brick buildings, sweet dope, fine cheese and…

Zaanse Schans: Experiencing the Dutch way of life


If Amsterdam offers you all the electrifying experiences of a world-class city (famous and equally notorious for many reasons) where you would want to forget yourself in its shenanigans, this Dutch village does the opposite to you. In other words, it redirects your senses to where they belong. The place is touristy and commercialized but one of the ‘must visits’ in Netherlands after Amsterdam and Keukenhof.

Tulip gazing at Keukenhof- facts & photos


You marvel at what you see and rustle across the garden for those perfect clicks, before the approaching storm puts an end to your Keukenhof adventures. The sights and smells do not disappoint you. Indeed, they offer you the perfect antidote to the ‘canals & museums’ you have overdosed yourself with (in Amsterdam). You just wish the photographs could capture the scents of the flowers as well!

5 reasons why you should visit Berlin


Since this is a personal blog, I would like to first talk about the things which inspire me to travel. To be precise, there is just one thing; books. I have been a bookworm since I was a kid and I have read about so many places that I have always wanted to be a…

To Norway with love


Thanks to Bollywood, I have seen enough of Switzerland. But this piece is about Norway, not Switzerland. All my life, I was made to believe that Switzerland was the most scenic place on earth or it had the most charming mountain tops with beautiful railroads. But I have been wrong. If this world has a…

Llafranc- One of Spain’s best kept secrets


This summer has been very special because not only we got to drool over the dazzling Eiffel tower at night but also got to be a beach bum to our heart’s content. This little piece of heaven we are talking about is tucked along Costa Brava, the wild coasts of Spain. About 2 hours drive…

Simple rice recipe: Soya chunks pulao


Do you know that the thing called ‘Carbohydrate Withdrawal Syndrome’ is for real? Some people call it ‘Low Carb Flu’ and it can be a really annoying thing to deal with. For example, whenever I (dramatically) stop eating rice to cut down carbs I start having withdrawal syndromes like headaches, crankiness, and a constant craving…

Living in Finland and not knowing how to belong


After reading this post, you would probably say, “Fine, Finns are shy and reserved. What about it? Just leave them alone”, but I just can’t stop feeling amused about my own experiences and observations, especially after watching this interesting video I came across on Youtube. I am not going to use the word ‘funny’ here…

Korjaamo Culture Factory


A few weeks back, while browsing through some of the interesting places in Helsinki, I came across this name, Korjaamo. If I and my google translator are not wrong, the word means workshop in English and, I suppose, the name suggests a one-stop spot for all kinds of activities related to art, culture, leisure and…

Exploring Helsinki’s tea scene: Demmers Teehaus


Despite being a self-proclaimed coffee addict, I have practically grown up on tea and my days do not start without a strong cup of black tea. But more than the drink, I have grown up admiring the rituals associated with tea, especially the British tea ceremonies. Back home tea is one of the ways of…

Sumptuous findings at Restaurant Day


I am sure that most of the people living in and around Helsinki eagerly wait for this particular day dedicated to different kinds of street foods, traditional preparations, and culinary innovations.The event that takes place once in every three months is one of the go-to programs in the city. This much-loved carnival of food has,…

Finnair Skywheel: Helsinki Landmarks


Ever since the bright and crisp Spring days have arrived in the city, I have been on a wandering spree. From discovering new walking trails hidden right in the heart of the city to exploring the unmistakable city landmarks, I am making it a point to make these short days of Sping count. Which is…