England, Europe, Finland

We’re Not “Finnish-ed,” We’re Just Getting Started!: Days 6 & 7 – Taste of Helsinki and a dash of Brighton!

The morning of our sixth day came with a bit of sadness as we bid farewell to Mika and his family, and set out for Helsinki via the bus from Kotka. I wrote a standalone post about our day in Helsinki HERE: A Spring Day in Helsinki Staying at the Hilton at the Helsinki airport… Continue reading We’re Not “Finnish-ed,” We’re Just Getting Started!: Days 6 & 7 – Taste of Helsinki and a dash of Brighton!

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Europe, Finland

We’re Not “Finnish-ed,” We’re Just Getting Started!: Days 4 & 5 – Exploring more of Kotka

Our Saturday morning was slow going, but eventually we dragged ourselves from the hotel room and down to breakfast.  First up was a Kotka city bus tour for the conference participants.  It was in Finnish, but Mika tried to translate for us when possible.  It was a nice drive around, but Kubo and I decided… Continue reading We’re Not “Finnish-ed,” We’re Just Getting Started!: Days 4 & 5 – Exploring more of Kotka

Europe, Finland

We’re Not “Finnish-ed,” We’re Just Getting Started!: Days 2 & 3: Exploring Kotka

The alarms rang what seemed to be too early, but Kubo and I got out of bed quite easy, eager to see Finland in the daylight and get to exploring this new land.  For the next week, Kotka would be our homebase, and I liked the idea of "living more like a local" on this… Continue reading We’re Not “Finnish-ed,” We’re Just Getting Started!: Days 2 & 3: Exploring Kotka

England, Europe, Finland

We’re Not “Finnish-ed,” We’re Just Getting Started!: Day 1 – Denver to London to Helsinki

"Mika wants us to come out for a conference." And so the trip was born... I'm a planner.  Like, I totally planned my adventure to Iceland over the course of four years (YEARS people, YEARS).  I knew more about Iceland than I swore some people who live there knew.  I had a massive binder with the… Continue reading We’re Not “Finnish-ed,” We’re Just Getting Started!: Day 1 – Denver to London to Helsinki

Europe, Finland

A Spring Day in Helsinki

In April 2019, my boyfriend (Kubo) and I took a trip for business/pleasure to Finland, and we had the chance for a day in Helsinki... well, maybe partial day as we caught the 9:50am bus from Kotka, and arrived shortly before noon... but a "day" nonetheless.  Though quick, we were able to catch a lot… Continue reading A Spring Day in Helsinki

Europe, Hot Springs, Iceland

Guide to Iceland’s Hot Pots & Swimming Pools

In the Land of Fire & Ice, geothermal water is in abundance.  While much of it is boiling, or at least way too hot for humans to enter, there's also a fair share of it that is perfect for a nice, relaxing soak, often with an otherworldly view to boot. Hot pots, as they're called… Continue reading Guide to Iceland’s Hot Pots & Swimming Pools

Europe, Iceland

Traveling Around Iceland in a Camper Van

In September 2018, my boyfriend, Kubo, and I spent nineteen days traveling 2,300 miles through Iceland in a camper van we affectionately named Carl from KúKú Campers.  Because #vanlife is an absolutely amazing way to see and experience Iceland, below follows my comprehensive guide to all things camper van in Iceland... from why you should… Continue reading Traveling Around Iceland in a Camper Van