There was a time when I did not travel the world the way I do now – on a solo trip, planned independently and on a lean budget. My adolescence did not involve hopping from one country to another, long stints as an exchange student or anything that set me apart from other kids in Singapore. Travel meant […]
To rally fans, flying cars are not just the stuff of fantasies and ‘Back to the Future’ films – they are a regular occurrence on high-speed stages around the world. They rarely get more spectacular than in the countryside around Jyväskylä, where Rally Finland takes place every year. It’s the end of July 2013, and I’ve […]
Midsummer, the longest day of the year is almost upon us! You can tell because it’s almost impossible to sleep without curtains in the Nordic countries now. The summer solstice is a common celebration throughout Europe, but it’s extra-special in the north, where the sun sets only briefly, if at all, and it never gets […]
The island fortress of Suomenlinna lies off the coast of Helsinki. The UNESCO World Heritage Site was built by the Swedes, who call it Sveaborg, in the mid-1700s, then used by the Russians in the 19th century until Finland’s independence. Much of the military architecture which earned the site its heritage status is still present today.
The residents of Helsinki celebrate their city and the beginning of midsummer annually with Helsinki Day, even if the weather is unpredictable. Just the week before, people were basking in the 30-degree heat, but when I was in town sunshine alternated with rain and even hail. Still, that can’t dampen the spirits of people who […]