A story about Saint Petersburg

A story about Saint Petersburg

I guess there are many reasons people may have prejudice towards Russia, the biggest being politics, history, and hear-says (media <3). These probably all contribute to the fact that not so many pick it as a holiday destination. Add the extra struggle of a visa application (and its cost), and why would you want to [...]

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 [...]

Is travelling solo lonely?

Is travelling solo lonely?

"But isn't travelling all by yourself really lonely?" This is probably the question that I get asked the most. To put it shortly, my answer usually is "absolutely not". But there is a longer answer, so I thought it was worth a post of its own. The real answer I should give when people ask [...]

Are elephant sanctuaries ethical?

Are elephant sanctuaries ethical?

In the area around Chiang Mai, there are quite a lot of elephant sanctuaries with elephants saved from exploitation for tourism, farming or other. They claim themselves to be ethical and use that in their advertisement. Unfortunately, I don't believe that all of them are as good as they say they are, and it is [...]

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 [...]