Strolling around Turku

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Oh my God! It’s been about 4 years since I updated this blog. So many things have happened and I have traveled a lot, yet I have been too busy (read lazy) to actually sit down and write a few posts about my adventures. Now then, it’s about time I start updating again. I just returned from a weekend trip to St. Petersburg (Russia) and in a month I will be going to Norway and Montenegro, and then to Russia again, I got invited to a wedding(YAY)! Last summer I traveled to Paris and Vancouver to attend weddings of my friends and those were amazing trips. I took my camera along but was too lazy to go through the pics, but I will, eventually(I hope so). Anyway, there is a lot to write about. Next weekend is midsummer festival in Finland, then Helsinki Pride and Helsinki beer fest. So many things to do and too little time =( Continue reading “Strolling around Turku”

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Getting Russian Visa in Beijing

As always the website of the embassy is shit and the visa requirements page didn’t work for me when I needed it. Russia is a tricky country because regarding the visa they have sort of different policies in different countries and it’s pretty frustrating to go to the embassy just to find out you are missing some documents. It was pain in the ass to find any updated information for tourist visa so I decided to post this quick post.

My 30 days single entry tourist visa cost: 288RMB for 5 processing days + 15€ visa support.

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798 Art Zone aka Dashanzi Art District

What is avant-garde anymore?

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Finally, FINALLY, I actually went to 798 Art Zone instead of always thinking about going there. Unfortunately I choose Monday of all days, because I forgot what weekday it was and that this specific weekday is an universal holiday for museums and also galleries. A lot of places were closed but many still opened so I was able to get the gist of it. I guess I will be back, 1 day is not exactly enough, especially if you arrive there after 2pm. I did not check much background and did not read any gallery suggestions, neither did I buy a map of the place, so to make my first visit a random expedition into unknown (stumble upon style). Didn’t want to be biased towards anything either. Continue reading “798 Art Zone aka Dashanzi Art District”

Kids in Places Photo Collection

Part I/II

I got this idea while walking on the street and randomly snapping a pic of a Chinese kid. I think they look so damn cute in their puffy winter clothes. Jokingly I told my friend I am going to make a blog post about ‘Kids in Places’ but he actually said that it was a good idea. So here I am or rather, here they are! Click on the photo to see it full size!

Before you guys start thinking that I might be going baby crazy I want to tell you I am also going to post a collection of ‘Old Men in Places’ and ‘Animals in Places’.

All of the following photos were taken in PingYao city Shanxi province. Check out the Chinese babies fashion.

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Back in Beijing

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Last evening I came back to Beijing, which felt like a miracle. Many times during my 9 day trip I felt like I would never get back and for the rest of the times I didn’t want to go back until that one day when everything went wrong and all I wanted was to get back to Beijing. How do I feel now that I am back? Actually, I don’t know. I have one month left and coming back to work for only one month feels kind of useless. I didn’t have this feeling of coming back home for some reason or maybe because the last few days of the trip were so awesome I got a little ‘after trip’ depression. Continue reading “Back in Beijing”

Winter Trip Plans

Chinese New Year is nearing and I will have 9 days off work, which makes me lucky. At our hotel not many people get a long holiday, a few days at most. The public holiday is 3 days 31st-2nd. But the VIP lounge is closed for a week and 3 days so that’s why I get time off, and even if we weren’t closed I would have asked for a week off. This is the only chance for me to travel so I will, even though it’s going to be hellishly crowded everywhere and there would be enough activities in Beijing as well. It’s a pity I don’t get to see the capital city empty, maybe next time. Continue reading “Winter Trip Plans”

Bad Customer Service in China

Every time I expect better from China and every time I get worse.

Indeed, it’s been 1 month and almost 2 weeks since I started my internship at Crowne Plaza in Beijing.  Every day I call my boyfriend and begin the discussion with following words: “Guess what happened at work today?!” And every time we just sigh and shake our heads.

Here are 10 reasons why Chinese customer service is bad in my point of view. All these are based on my own observations at work and all examples are true stories. We can call this my personal little research on Chinese customer service in one hotel.

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Internship in China = Nothing But Frustration

Just few sentences about my internship for those who haven’t read my previous posts. I am doing my management training at Crowne Plaza U-Town in Beijing. This hotel is a branch of Intercontinental Hotels & Resorts group, IHG in short, you might have heard about them. In the end I decided to accept this offer because the employee benefits were so good: 3 meals a day for free at the employee canteen or hotel’s buffet restaurant, free accommodation, laundry service and 2000 RMB per month. Not bad, right? And well, since I wasn’t familiar with the hotel business in general I thought it would be fun to learn.

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