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Whilst this blog is mainly focussing on Finland, I didn’t wanna withhold my recent experience to Iceland from your – where I was invited to on a press trip from Icelandair. I had been to Iceland before many years ago, but on a trip with my parent while I was in an age where you only wanna hang out with your friends and not really care for unconventional destinations. So it was great to get this opportunity to visit this mysterious place again and really experience it on a more personal level. Upon landing at Keflavik airport, my first thoughts were that it looked like the ultimate moon landing, but also “where are the trees?” – and it didn’t stop with being a truly wondrous visit. ***Press trip with Icelandair***   Iceland in that weird time of year that is not really the end of winter but also not really the beginning of spring, gave me the strangest vibes out in the nature. Although there is really no off-season when travelling to Iceland, with the exception of the end of the Northern Lights season in April and the beginning of the summer season just shortly after that. Either way, it’s […]
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I have to admit that I didn't have a clear idea of Filipino food, I've tasted it before but I knew very little about it. Pobre is the only full-service Filipino restaurant in Helsinki, and it is part of the Kampin Korttelit restaurant floor. They recently invited me and my dear friend Alex to taste our way through their menu to share their love for food and Filipino culture. And oh boy was it a food fest!
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With more companies opting for home-office days for their staff, more people finding their way to entrepreneurship and generally way more flexibility in working for both Helsinki locals and visitors, I bring you the second part of my “Best places to get some work done” series, which is way overdue. Here’s a bunch of new places that my work friends and myself have found to be great spots for an out-of-office day. ONE MORE THING: whenever you go and spend a couple of hours and one of these places, remember to make your stay worthwhile for the owners too – after my last post I found out that one of the places had banned laptops from their café because they lost customers and money by people hogging the tables – so don’t be that guy. Helsinki Think Corner – Yliopistonkatu 4 – Opening hours: Mon–Fri 8–20, Sat 11–17 As part of the Helsinki University, many don’t know that the Think Corner Café is actually open for anybody. This place is stunning with high ceilings and stunning architecture of wood and concrete, natural light from the ceiling and most importantly – good coffee and proper wifi. Get there easily by trams 4, […]
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Often, if you ask for a mocktail at a bar, you get two boxed juices put together, add a bit of lemon and a fancy straw and they be done with it. Which is a shame, because with fresh herbs, juices and fruit, creating a delicious alternative to a traditional cocktail, isn't that hard. And you don't necessarily always feel like drinking water or a grossly sweet soft drink when you're out with friends - no matter if you generally drink or not. At the very much underrated American Bar in the Torni hotel, you can not only order fresh and seasonal mocktails - I was invited to join a small group to try their alcohol-free options and learn how to recreate them at home. 
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I love being active and outside in the winter, and the fact that Finland still has a “real winter” is one of my favourite things living here. The Lakeland region has always been super intriguing for me, but I have spent definitely too little time there. Jyväskylä is one of the biggest cities in the area, and a mere 3-hour train ride away from Helsinki, which gets you right in the centre of winter paradise without trekking all the way up North. You can get tons of inspiration on when to do what and where from the website of the region as well.  What to do?  Here the possibilities are so full of variety, that it’s difficult to decide. For activities in an urban setting, many things are available to try out at the Laajis – Urban outdoors park Laajis Urban Outdoors Par. With vastly spread forests, here hides a paradise for winter fun lovers, for example, 64km network of groomed cross country tracks, but I opted to try snow skates – which I didn’t even know existed. They look like skiing shoes but have an elongated and completely flat bottom side, which allows you to speed along the flat snow […]
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The Sofia building was designed back in 1913 already, and is a central part of the historic centre of Helsinki. Once home to Stockmann, in the last years it was home to a café and office space, but since August 2018, Sofia Future Farm has opened its doors. Combining an elegant co-working space with event areas and a wonderful lunch bistro, it has brought much attention through its warm and modern design, really providing a platform for the creative community to get together, and also, have great lunch. The latest addition to the offer of the space, is Sofia Gastro, a cozy and low-key fine dining restaurant that not only stunning because of the amazing view, but also thanks to the culinary creations from the kitchen.  I was away by myself during both Christmas and New Year’s, so we went to treat us to a nice dinner. Yes, I’m probably a bit biased as I’m a member at Sofia Future Farm (which gives me a discount, but this dinner wasn’t sponsored) and work in their beautiful space, but I honestly have only good things to say about the place as a whole, so it was only a matter of time […]
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While Helsinki is a fairly easy place to get things done on Sundays, with generous opening hours and few bits of town actually closing down, it can be a bit of an annoying endeavour to find restaurants and bars for some drinks on a Sunday evening. And while it may not be the most obvious place for either, sometimes you have visitors, guests or something to celebrate that will have you venture out on a Sunday night - so here's a summary of the best places open for business.
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Helsinki's food scene surprises me again and again, Ultima being one of the newest additions. A microlocal restaurant with a fine dining experience, that's just something completely different. What does that even mean? Well, locally sourced products are a staple of many restaurants as it's a philosophy that's deeply rooted with Finnish restauranteurs. Microlocal essentially means, that 90% of the products used are brought in from less than a 100km radius - with some even grown inside the very restaurant location. With climate change impacting the agricultural sector, it lies upon us, says Henri, to think of alternate ways to source food, as sustainably and organically as possible. 
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If you are self-employed and running a one-woman show most of the time, the question of where you actually work is a big one, and co-working spaces are a great option. Work from home, rent an office, work from libraries or cafés? There are plenty of possibilities, but which is the right one is a very subjective thing. I'll explore a bunch of different opportunities, starting with the co-working office SPACES.
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It's #yrittäjänpäivä on Wednesday, but I decided to take this whole week to share some input on my take on entrepreneurship. I'm approaching my four year business anniversary, with good and less good times, both as a motivation to myself and readers, Helsinki freelancers and entrepreneurs, and while I'm definitely not the wisest person to give you any life advice at all, I'm here to share and rant and all that jazz.
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