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

Europe, Iceland

Heidi and Kubo Do Iceland – Day 19: Bless bless, Iceland!

September 19, 2018 The day I never wanted to come, even though I'll admit I had became pretty homesick.  Kubo and I sat at a table in the dining area at the Reykjavík campground, not really saying much, with blank stares on our face.  Months ago it was easy to pack the itinerary for our… Continue reading Heidi and Kubo Do Iceland – Day 19: Bless bless, Iceland!

Europe, Iceland

Heidi and Kubo Do Iceland – Day 18: Reykjavík

September 18, 2018Time to leave the wild.  Our last full day in Iceland marked us completing our very large circle around the entire country as we would head towards Iceland's biggest city (and the world's northernmost capital), Reykjavík.  We would be traveling on some familiar roads as wayyyyyy at the beginning of our trip we… Continue reading Heidi and Kubo Do Iceland – Day 18: Reykjavík