The hidden pleasures of Finnish kitchen

Us Finns, we are a humble nation. We rarely think that we should be proud of our accomplishments. We hush down people who are trying to tell us, that something we did is great or amazing! “It is nothing special” or “It is just something small like that”, “I don’t know, I just made it”….

The Faces of Greece – Day Two

Sunday came, chilly and sunny, giving another face entirely to our surroundings. Thanks to early night, we woke up before the sun, to witness one of the most beautiful sunrises. It lit the horizon into flaming orange, contrasted by the pure white clouds right underneath our feet. The colors the sun shone to the mountaintops, breathtaking views! Hearty breakfast shoveled…

The Faces of Greece – Day One

It was a Friday afternoon as me and Waffle watched the colorful landscape of Belgium disappear underneath us, as we popped above the clouds. A few hours later, we saw the first view on the soaking wet Greece, and the lights of Thessaloniki. A weekend was about to begin. We somehow survived to the highway after driving through…

Why do we hike?

For some people hiking seems like an utterly stupid thing to do. Well, they are right, if you think about it. These days walking is not needed, you can get to places in perfect comfort with several different methods. You don’t have to walk. Unless you have received a few blows too many in the…

Finnish Beer in Brussels

I got a hint about a Finnish beer festivity in Brussels. As a Finn, I felt obliged to attend to this event since Finland is absolutely not famous for its beers. Or anything else food related, which is a pity. We have a perfectly fine cuisine! It has been a while since the last time I…

Sauna – The gateway to Finnishness

In the heart of Finnish culture you will find sauna. That hot, steaming, hissing, dim and smoky room, where Finns go to shed the dusts of life off of their shoulders. The Finnish mind relaxes and the bruised body heals in sauna. The secrets of ones mind open there. It is a place of self…

Exploring the neighborhood

I don’t know how common is the issue of not appreciating the immediate neighborhood where one happens to be living in. Me and Waffle have that issue often. We do explore around, but usually do not bother taking the camera with us, so the wonders of Rupelmonde and Oost-Vlaanderen are left undocumented. This weekend we…

Belgian traffic – The survival guide

Bwah. I am a Finn, meaning that I come from a country, where there are a total of three ring ways. One of which is only pretending. All of them are circling the capital area. In addition to these we have a few stretches of highways. But that is it. Not too bad to navigate. The…

Doel – Town of ghosts

We are located close by Antwerp, relatively near us is also the harbor of Antwerp, the second largest of the whole Europe. Sometimes a harbor like that needs to grow. If it grows, it usually does not mind little things left on it’s way. Little things like villages.   One of those villages, emptied form…

The stars above

Last weekend was weird… ish. We stayed inside the Belgian borders. We did not manage even to leave from home on Friday, so we slept indoors, in our own bed. Cycled to the in-laws on Saturday, that was a 50 – 55 km tour. On not so comfy bike saddle and with minimal amount of…