Why moving to a small town in the Netherlands was the best decision for a while

Why moving to a small town in the Netherlands was the best decision for a while

"I will never move anywhere smaller than Helsinki." I can still hear myself say that sentence no longer than a year ago. Yup, a city girl through and through, giant metropoles always make my heart skip a beat and city holidays win against beaches anytime. Helsinki already felt a bit too small at times, and [...]

Life update

Life update

Hi. What's up? For me, a lot of things. So I'm writing this update about what's ahead for me and how that's going to affect what I do here. First, the biggest new is I'm moving to the Netherlands to do a MA in Media Studies, majoring in Social Media and Society at the Rijksuniversiteit [...]

The productivity problem

The productivity problem

I feel trapped. I want to do so much, but at the same time,  I keep finding myself pretexts to not do what it takes and I'm not doing anything to change my current situation. One of the biggest pretexts is that there is too much to do and I don't know where to start. [...]

Is traveling solo dangerous?

Is traveling solo dangerous?

When I tell people that I'm traveling by myself, I often get comments on how brave I am or questions about whether I feel safe. I find that funny, because for me, that was the least of the issues when planning a solo trip. Wherever I have been, I have never felt unsafe, alone or [...]

Pride month – a human rights movement or a commercial pretext?

I feel that Pride month is more visible than ever in the streets of Helsinki this year. There are flags and colors everywhere, and even companies and organizations that I wouldn't have expected to take a stand on the question have for example colored their logos again for the occasion or shared about LGBTQ+ rights [...]

Working out while traveling

Working out while traveling

If you enjoy working out, and especially if you’re traveling for a longer period of time, you might start missing your home gym at some point. Fortunately, you still have two legs, two arms and a body wherever you go, so even when traveling, exercising is possible. I personally have quite an intuitive take on [...]

The non-native native

The non-native native

I like to speak French with strangers. They don’t know I’m not French, and I love it. When I was in secondary school in France, I was just a normal French kid, and apart from my unusual name that could have given it away, most of my classmates didn’t even know I wasn’t from here [...]

Bittersweet January

Bittersweet January

Already one month of 2019 behind us. Time really does fly, when you stay busy. The year started in a melancholic way for me. A lot of memories associated to winter have been resurfacing and I have been missing home quite a lot. Even if family and friends have visited me, being far away is [...]

2018 in numbers

2018 in numbers

20 Flights 71 Hours on the plane 10 Countries 97 Days abroad 63 ECTS credits 5 Different jobs 4 Different homes Countless memories and smiles, and a few tears as well Needless to say, this year has been really productive for me in many ways. In terms of studies, I have handed out my bachelor's [...]