It’s Sunday and even though I admittedly haven’t managed to go and take some photos for a new Amsterdam I did manage to finally – finally – sit down and cut the video about Peppi’s and my trip to Portugal last May. I didn’t film anything during our road trip around the Algarve but quite a bit in Lisbon so here we go, thanks to the help of my brother: LISBON MAY 2016!
A few days ago I realised¬†I posted at least once per week over the past months, and that usually on a Sunday. You see, the¬†time pressure is high right now, writing this on a Sunday night, but hey, if there is one thing I have learned in the past year of uni it is that I work best under pressure so here we go. No really interesting photos to show, nothing really interesting to write about considering I spend 95% of my time studying, working and meeting up with my project groups and 5% trying to¬†catch up on sleep, friends and working out (not very¬†successful). ¬†But the next weekend is near and I cannot wait to spend some days home in Germany, doing (almost) nothing, watching series and going for walks – recharging for the second half of the semester.¬†
The time has come: I am scrolling through my photo archive and camera roll¬†in desperate hope to find something worth posting. Life for the past
days weeks has been busy busy, with assignments, work and other stuff and leaving campus happened rarely. But a hotspot post¬†is never a bad idea and I thought why limit this to elaborate and rare posts when I can have some short phone photo posts every now and then, showing you my absolute favourite places in Amsterdam?
I said I did not have any more old photos to post and that it now starts to get serious and I actually have to get up and run around Amsterdam to provide you with new Amsterdam posts. But oh well, I almost forgot I spent one day in Paris this summer and of course, travelling with Cosi taking photos all the time is obligatory. It was just an afternoon, really, on our way back from Spain to Germany when¬†we hitchhiked along the Atlantic Coast and then took busses from Nantes to D√ľsseldorf, but an afternoon in Paris is still one of the greatest things to happen, especially when it is a warm late summer day and the light is so beautiful and the air so warm.
Three deadlines and many more meetings made it impossible to finish this post even though I had it prepared for a while now but here we go, finally, the CITY GUIDE for HELSINKI! Having had already in mind I will be posting it I ran around Helsinki super excited, bookmarked every cute caf√© and nice store and now have many, many places to show you. Helsinki is barely 2 hours away from Amsterdam so no excuses to go and plan your next city trip – Barcelona and Lisbon are so much more fun during summer anyways.
With Estonia being only a few hours away from Helsinki I took the chance and visited its capital during my trip to Finland. The ferry ride there was cold and windy and maybe not the nicest part of the day trip¬†(but hey, I got to see some very Finnish cottages) but the time I had in Tallinn was much, much better. I spent¬†the day just walking around, exploring every corner of the old town (which, admittedly, looks like a real-life-fairytale-town), having vegan burgers with a view over the city and simply enjoying the atmosphere.
If you like cool, fancy places, want to see where the locals work on their MacBooks and don’t mind spending 5‚ā¨ for a cappuccino Helsinki is heaven. (I mean, not only then, there are other¬†reasons as well but let’s say there are these kind of places all over the city!) We had lunch at this super nice caf√©/bar¬†called “Why Join The Navy When You Can Be A Pirate”, located in Helsinki’s Design District, Kamppi, and besides the perfectly fitting¬†paintings, beautiful walls and massive windows my roasted veggie sandwich was pretty great¬†as well.
Not only is¬†Helsinki packed with nice places and neighbourhoods and caf√©s and museums, it also has an incredible location making it super easy to experience Finland and its beautiful nature without really having to leave¬†the region. With water all around the city exploring the area by boat is by far¬†the coolest thing to do (go¬†and quickly make¬†some Finnish friends!)¬†and Nuuksio National Park, less than an hour away from the city, seems like the perfect picture book Finland.
My first journey up north, (further north than Kiel in Germany that is). ¬†Spending 10 days in¬†Finland was such an amazing experience: exploring Helsinki with my¬†Finish friend Peppi, a day trip to Estonia, hiking in national parks and cruising around the Archipelago on a speedy boat. Helsinki as a city is just beautiful, packed with cool caf√©s and inspiring people, cute boutiques, restaurants, museums – and so, so much water everywhere. So here is to my first time up North, my great Finnish host and nordic summers spent on a boat.