Europe

An Expat’s Tale: Am I there yet?

Just the other day, I sat on an overpriced lounge chair. One I had paid too much to rent for the duration of one afternoon of my stay a one of Helsinki’s newest “sea pools”: an attraction in a region that was previously occupied by dingy fishing boats and barnacle-coated piers, now one of central […] Read more…

Onnea Suomi!

In December 6, 1917, the Grand Duchy of Finland ended its autonomy within Russia and declared itself an independent nation. Suomi -known to the rest of the world as Finland- was finally free from the tug of war between its two powerful neighbors. However, years of strife followed; a short but bitter civil war tore […] Read more…

Day trip to Positano from Rome

The Amalfi Coast is a popular side trip out of Rome, and for a good reason. The cliff-perched villages and umbrella strewn beaches are straight out of a postcard. If you want to visit a location that screams Under the Tuscan Sun (well, the part where she isn’t in Tuscany) and all things Italy, this […] Read more…

Vatican City: How to See it All

So you wanna see the Pope? Maybe you like his sweet robes, maybe you dig his cool car, maybe he is your modern day super hero. No matter what, you are headed for Vatican City. While the odds of you seeing Papa Francis are slim -unless you intentionally attend a mass in the square (suggestion-don’t […] Read more…

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