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Adventures, Passions, and Surviving Finland

Posts by: andrew

Guide to Kids Winter Hobbies in Finland

By on 21/01/2019

If like me you have been thrown into parenting in Finland, and are trying to make sense of kids winter hobbies, here is some useful information to get you started. We will keep it simple here and just look into the usual suspects, Ice skating and Skiing. Kids start winter sports at school from their […]

Places we want to visit in 2019

By on 20/01/2019

My wife Tania and I have voted on the top places we want to visit in 2019. We have tried to find places we both have not visited before. I have ranked the final list in order based on the average score of our preferences. The pictures here have been borrowed from google for illustrative […]

Road tripping Europe in a Nissan Micra – Part 1: Barcelona Spain to Faro Portugal

By on 13/01/2019

A Nissan Micra seems an unlikely choice for a road trip around Europe but compared to a Motorcycle (which I usually ride), it has a lot of space. I was very surprised by the performance of the little green beast after 2,000 km along the Spanish east coast over Christmas 2018. We plan to continue […]

What you Need to know before Driving in Finland

By on 10/01/2019

Finland is a society where there are a lot of rules and everyone will just expect that you know them. I learnt the road rules here the hard way. It was mostly just plain ignorance that there was a different way of driving here. I lived to tell the story and am here today to […]

The Most Beautiful Landscapes in Europe

By on 02/01/2019

Here is a list of the most beautiful Landscapes that I have stumbled across while traveling around Europe. These places stood out in my mind for their uniqueness, splendor and natural charm. Dolomites, Italy The Alps are beautiful wherever you go but the Italian Dolomites take it to a whole new level. The white dolostone […]

How to pack light (under 8 kg)

By on 28/07/2018

When I see first time travelers wrestling with an 80L backpack I can’t help but point and scorn – but if truth be told at their age I also thought the same. Fast forward to today and my benchmark is a 40L bag and 8 kg total weight. “Take half the stuff and twice the […]

Keeping off the Kilos

By on 10/02/2018

The equation for weight loss is simple – Eat less and move more.¬†Simple however, does not necessarily mean easy. I have struggled with height gain most of my adult life. With long winters and cold crappy weather, its easy to lose motivation and start to make unhealthy choices in what I eat and do. I […]

7 Steps to a Happier Life

By on 21/01/2018

Some of the poorest people in the world are the happiest. I’ve seen it while travelling in the Philippines, Cuba and other parts of the world. Simple living is happy living. Below are some thoughts and personal experiences in my quest along this road. 1. Reduce Noise and Distractions Everyday life is full of small […]

How to pimp out a BMW R1200 GS Adventure for serious road trips

By on 03/12/2017

In this article we will take a look at the best accessories for the BMW R1200 GS Adventure motorcycle. This write-up is based on research and personal experience from riding my 2014 model for two summers around Europe.¬† The recommendations assume that the rider will mostly be doing road or gravel riding. Straight off the […]

The Motorcyles that got me hooked

By on 22/10/2017

At the age of 14 I was pretty desperate to get a motorcycle. Going to school in the countryside, it was all the other boys ever talked about. For some reason though, my dad did not seem so interested in the idea of me getting a set of wheels. If I had asked for a […]