17 reasons to love Helsinki


Sometimes places inspire a picture painted with words. Helsinki in its winter dress did plenty to provoke poetry, but now is time for some more practical prose.

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Posted on February 3, 2014 by Victoria in Finland, Photo stories, Travel tips 34 Comments

A few of our favourite things (January ii)

Wall at Dartington Hall

We’re back in Devon after our jaunt to magical Finland. As I’m in England, it’s only natural to speak about the weather and I can tell you it is crazy here – sunny skies one moment, torrential rain and high-force winds the next. Before Britishness gets the better of me and I start reciting the shipping forecast, let’s jump to our latest favourite things. Read more

Posted on January 30, 2014 by Victoria in Favourite things 3 Comments

A big year for Steve

Planetary Collective

Tomorrow is Steve’s birthday. 

Because I write this blog, a lot of what is covered centres on my story. But while I write and subject myself to guinea pig trials, Steve is consistently working away on his film business. It’s impressive in itself that he’s been able to do this on the road, but even more so when you look at what he and the other members of Planetary Collective have managed to achieve. It blows my mind.

So, in honour of the man who I think is the best of this universe’s people, I’d like to shout a little about some of what he’s achieved this past year gone by.  Read more

Posted on January 28, 2014 by Victoria in Thoughts Leave a comment

Kim Dinan: Live the life you want to, not the one you think you should

Kim So Many Places at Monkey Temple

Continuing with our guest post series, here is one of my favourite bloggers, Kim Dinan of So Many Places, and her take on the words ‘Life the life you want to, not the one you think you should.

When I was younger my mom drilled me with a single lesson: by the time I reached the age of 30 I should have a good career and all that came with it (money, house- you know the trappings). By that ancient age (30 definitely felt ancient to a 16-year-old kid), my mom assured me, it was crucial that my life was assembled in such a way that I could easily shoot through my working life and position myself comfortably for retirement.

Security, she insisted, should be valued above all else.

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Posted on January 22, 2014 by Victoria in Live the life you want to, Thoughts 13 Comments

A Portrait of Helsinki in Winter

Helsinki from above

Steve’s beard is made of ice and the snow is dancing to the shape of the wind. We smile, enchanted by the magic of winter.

We’re arrived to the first snowfall of the season, the Finns delighting in relief from the darkness. It was a black Christmas in Helsinki, a rare and unwelcome occurrence. Winter suits this city. It lights the streets and makes a playground of nature. Its sea, lakes and rivers harden for the skaters, the hills become toboggan slopes and the intrepid bring out their skis. Read more

Posted on January 20, 2014 by Victoria in Destinations, Finland, Thoughts 31 Comments

A few of our favourite things (January 2014)

Hello from Helsinki, magical winter wonderland of saunas, snow and cinnamon buns. It’s a combination I could definitely get used to! I promise lots of stories soon, but for now here are a few of our favourite things so far in 2014…

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Posted on January 16, 2014 by Victoria in Favourite things 3 Comments