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!

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