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Spring Time in Finland – as Told by Photos

Posted by on April 10th, 2013 in Destinations, Europe, Feature, Finland, Jyväskylä, Photos | 8 comments

You can hear water everywhere in Finland right now, as it drops from roofs and hurries down little streams. The sun is finally starting to melt the snow, revealing things that had been long hidden under the white blanket; things that we thought were lost, things that we hoped were lost and things that we had already forgotten. Life appearing through the snow that still covers the ground; when you already thought it couldn’t had survived the harsh cold winter; plants and trees appearing from their hiding places, ready for the summer. It creates a pretty picture, but it’s more than that, people have to change with the season too. No more heavy winter clothes, no more ice-hockey or walks on the frozen lakes. No more snow ball fights and ice fortress. No more long ski trips, with a warm cup...

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Seven days of Avoriaz

Posted by on January 28th, 2013 in Destinations, Europe, Feature, France | 12 comments

Fresh mountain air with views, wonderful off-piste powder, French wines, overdose of cheese and a village with horses instead of cars, that’s Avoriaz in the French Alps for you in a nut-shell. This was my first time in Portes du Soleil ski area, and I quite liked it to be honest. Ironically snow caused us massive issues in getting there, but it was worth it! Day 0: to Geneva Heathrow was in compete chaos, queues to baggage drop snaked around the terminal and we sat for two hours in the plane waiting to take off. Then instead of landing in Geneva as we had planned, we landed in Lyon with seven other planes because of closure of the Geneva airport due to snow. It was pretty grim; after waiting for three hours on the runway in Lyon we were...

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Top 10 Reasons Why Ski Trips to the Alps are Awesome

Posted by on April 7th, 2012 in Europe, France, Photos | 14 comments

The Alps, they are gorgeous I missed skiing last year, so I was very excited to head to the Alps this year. We have quite a big group with which we go skiing every year. Last year however around ski season I was busy enjoying coronas and tacos in Mexico and learning to surf; so no skiing for me. Being from Finland, I suppose I learned to ski about the time I learned to walk, and I do love it. In the recent years I have also developed a love/hate relationship with snowboarding, but I suppose that was just because we had a bumpy start with lots of bruises. But things are better these days with snowboarding and me, thou I think she’s not too happy that I gave her a miss on this year’s ski trip. I think...

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Tongariro Alpine Crossing, chasing Mt. Doom

Posted by on June 23rd, 2011 in New Zealand, Polynesia | 3 comments

Tongariro Alpine Crossing Everyone I had met in New Zealand, who had tried to do the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in the last thirty days, either had to cancel because of bad weather or had to turn back midway because of sudden change in weather. Usually this time of the year, you need a guide and proper alpine equipment to go to the crossing. But I was in luck as the winter was late this year. Here it all begins - The Tongariro Alpine Crossing Even if the winter is late, the weather is still very unpredictable and usually poor this time of the year. I just arrived to Taupo, and my plan was to go to Turangi first and go to the alpine crossing from there. This however was not to be. I went to check the weather forecast...

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Winter Wonderland

Posted by on January 18th, 2011 in Europe, Finland, Jyväskylä, Photos | 2 comments

It was the morning of Christmas Eve in a snowy Finnish city of Jyväskylä, the air was painfully crisp in the -27°C temperature. You could clearly see all the stars in the black open sky, as the sun was still hiding far away; the clock had just barely struck half five. Nothing was moving, it was like a ghost town, the whole city still sleeping, waiting for Christmas, waiting for Santa Claus. Frozen Road The emptiness was broken by a bus that pulled up to the side of the road. The tires creaking against the frozen snow as it came to a halt. A door opened and a single figure stepped out of the bus with his bags. He looked around, his lungs painfully aware of the frozen air, but there were no other cars in sight. He fumbled...

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