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When I was a child, my dad’s friend gave me a book called “Where Santa Claus lives”. I spent hours flipping through the pages, looking at pictures of Santa Claus and his elves. Visiting such a village, where I could meet Santa Claus and his helpers, sounded like a dream to me.

Needless to say that when I heard about the Santa Claus Village in Northern Finland, I knew that I had to go there. A village where it’s Christmas all year long? That sounds like a dream!

We visited in February, when the temperatures dropped to -20ºC and the ground was covered in a meter or more of snow. After taking an overnight train to Rovaniemi, we dropped off our luggage at our guesthouse and took the next bus to the Santa Claus Village.…

Estonia

We arrived in Kuressaare on a stormy day. A storm had just flooded Pärnu and the waves were so high that I felt sick on the ferry. To be honest, I often feel sick on ferries, even when others can’t feel the movement of the ship at all. But that day was grey and stormy and when I went to the deck for a minute, the wind almost blew my hat off.

So you can imagine our first impression of Kuressaare. Rainy, windy and grey. Fortunately, we had booked a room in a spa hotel and could spend the rest of the day relaxing in a whirlpool. The next day was much better. After a bit of rain in the morning, we were left with a whole day of sunshine.…

Estonia

Many visitors to Estonia stay in Tallinn and skip the rest of the country. That’s a shame because the country has so much more to offer! As we were coming from Riga, we started our Estonian trip in Tartu, a cute university town where you can easily spend a day or two.

We had initially planned on spending just one night but then decided to stay for two. It was a great decision as even during the time we had, we didn’t manage to see everything we wanted. Next time we come back, I would love to go to the National Museum of Estonia. It is so big that apparently, you can easily spend 3-6 hours in there.

So if you have enough time, go and check it out.…

Lithuania

What do you know about Lithuanian cuisine? Not much? Then you’re just like us. Before coming to Lithuania, all we knew was that people there ate a lot of potatoes. I also assumed they’d eat fish in the coastal areas, but that was it.

During our time in Lithuania, we got to discover lots of amazing dishes. Yes, people here like to eat potatoes. They also eat meat, soups, herring and produce amazing cheese and honey. Oh, and the desserts. Did you know about the delicious Lithuanian desserts?

If you’re travelling to this Baltic country, don’t miss out on any of those amazing dishes.…

Travel Advice

It’s almost Easter. And that means that the Easter holidays are just around the corner. Yesterday, we were supposed to take a train to Brussels where we would stay for five days. We were looking forward to meeting up with friends, eating fries and taking day trips all over Belgium (in particular to Brugges, which everyone says is insanely beautiful).

Then, on Good Friday, we had a flight to Mallorca, where we would meet with my parents and my brother to spend a relaxing long weekend. Despite being Spanish, Daniel had never been to Mallorca. And while I had spent a weekend in Mallorca a while ago, there were so many places left to explore on this beautiful island! Plus, I love the idea of meeting up with my family somewhere random in Europe.…

Latvia

Cesis is one of Latvia’s most beautiful towns and one that you shouldn’t miss out on. Indeed, it’s so pretty that you should put it on your travel itinerary right away.

And you don’t even need to have a lot of time because it’s easy to visit Cesis as a day trip from Riga. Of course, it’s nicer to stay for the night, because then you’ll have enough time to explore the whole area. But if you’re short on time (or visiting in winter, when it’s cold and gloomy), just come for the day. It takes about two hours to come here and you have the choice between going by bus or by train.

While Cesis is small, it has enough attractions to keep you occupied for at least a day. …

Lithuania

Have you ever heard of the Republic of Uzupis? No? Welcome to the club! We didn’t know this tiny republic existed until we travelled to Vilnius. Uzupis declared its independence in 1998 and even though it is not officially recognised as a country by anyone, the republic has its own government, constitution and even currency.

And of course, to get there, you have to cross a border. Well, border. You have to cross a bridge with a sign that states that you’re entering Uzupis. Not very different from many other European borders, to be honest. If you want to, right after the bridge, you can have your passport stamped.…

Ireland

Have you watched Game of Thrones? I haven’t, and it wasn’t until our guide kept making Game of Thrones references that I found out it was filmed in Northern Ireland. Apparently, the TV show is one of the reasons why this region has become more and more popular with tourists. But no matter whether you’re a huge fan or not, you’re going to love this region of the Irish Isle and should visit.

Northern Ireland has so much to offer! From brilliant shades of green to stormy coastlines and bustling Belfast, you’ll find lots of great things to do and see. If you’re short on time, you are in luck because it is possible to come here on a day trip from Dublin.…

Ireland

Did you know that Ireland is a great destination all year long?

Daniel and I flew to Dublin in February, not because we thought it was the best time to go there but because I had a few days of holidays that I needed to take. And, as I already mentioned in my post about top travel lessons learned in 2019, it was a great decision.

Ireland is beautiful and green all year round. And the place where you’re most likely to land, and which is also amazing all year long, is Dublin. If you’re short on time, like we were (we only had four days), I recommend you base yourself in the capital and see the country through day trips.…

Germany

It’s Christmas! Well, almost. It’s not far away anymore and when I went to the Christmas market with my co-workers last week, I felt inspired to write about the experience.

As I’m German, I grew up with Christmas markets. When I was a child, I found it strange that our English relatives would come especially for the Christmas markets. Why would they get so excited about such a normal thing?. Then, I grew up and realised that in many countries around the world, there either are no Christmas markets or they’re very different.

If you’re visiting Germany in December, you should visit at least one of them. That’s easy to do as every big city will have one Christmas market (or more).…

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