Discovering the Joys of Traveling (and I hate Air France)

I could divide my life into million different periods such as:
Life before I started drinking alcohol and life when you throw up in a budget bus’ feces-covered toilet. There is no going back to the innocent days anymore.

Life before I thought to work in customer service would be fun and the rest of my life when I fucking hate people.

Life in my early 20’s when I thought I knew everything, or that there at least existed some people who knew something about things, and life in my late 20’s when I realized I don’t know a fuck about anything, and nobody else does either.

But my favourite divides gotta be:
Life before discovering the joys of traveling and life after discovering the joys of traveling.
Life before knowing much about food and life after I learned to cook real food. Continue reading “Discovering the Joys of Traveling (and I hate Air France)”

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Midsummer Celebration in Finland

Celebration makes midsummer sound so convivial, innocent, perhaps even civil… In reality, this event is all about getting drunk out of your mind, maybe burning a huge bonfire, roasting burning some shit tasting sausages in that fire, eating them with ketchup or mustard. It would be one of the best meals of your life. Guessing how many people will drown thins year… it’s a big thing. Everybody follows the yellow press during Midsummer and people make bets on how many might die. I know this might sound way too cold-hearted, but this is the wicked sense of humor of Finns you might have heard about, it’s dark and goes places. Drowning is one of the popular small talk topics during midsummer (you probably know Finns are not that good at small talk). But hey, guess what? In the year 2018 nobody drowned, last time nobody drowned during Midsummer festivities was 26 years ago! Continue reading “Midsummer Celebration in Finland”

Helsinki Pride 2018

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This year’s Helsinki Pride week was held on June 25th- July 1st. The parade was organized on July 30th and it attracted A-M-A-Z-I-N-G 100 000 people! That’s triple last year’s amount and the biggest pride march in Finnish history! The atmosphere was festive and positive, upbeat music setting the atmosphere, the crowd was a splash of bright rainbow colors. It felt great just being there, part of something so important. Continue reading “Helsinki Pride 2018”

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”

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”