The furious 4 of Tallinn

We traveled for the traditional “spring break” to Tallinn and focused our whole weekend to food, like every-single-time. I and my sister have a weird (and an awesome) habit of planning all our travels around food – or special beer bars… Cheers Dublin!

As we were traveling with a group of 10 people, all reservations need to be done way ahead. What did we have on the menu?

Rataskaevu 16

The all-time favorite of everyone who goes to Tallinn. We reserved a table way ahead and arrived at the restaurant and had our own space upstairs which just made the whole experience even better. The safest plan for Rataskaevu, in general, is to make a reservation… Even if traveling with two! Loved the food and the service again. 10/10. Three-course menu, drinks, sparkling wine and coffee (with tip) was about 45€ p.p.


We got to the legendary pancake house accidentally after drinking the morning coffee in front of our apartment Ratakaesvu 2. Regardless of the shady door and almost invisible sign, the place was completely packed and more people were just flowing in. Since we had booked a beer tour to Pohjola Tap room already, we had to skip the pancake breakfast and come back for pre-course before the evening’s dinner.

Luckily, we got back around “pre-dinner” time and tasted about 6 different flavors. Sweet and savory. Our pack was happy, everyone found their favorite and pancakes were definitely not ruined by the price.

5-5,50€ per pancake – drinks 2,5-5€. Must visit destination! I bet this was somewhat close to a local place and no, you won’t have waitresses wearing medieval costumes.

Põhjala Brewery – Tap Room

Breakfast/lunch was planned to Peetri 5, where Põhjala Brewery – Tap Room opened a month ago. We participated on an English beer tour at 13.00 that cost us 10€ and included the history, tour at the brewery and some samples. The “Tap Room” has two floors, one for the brewery and the tours and one for an open restaurant. In the restaurant, tasting 5(?) beers was about 8€ so if you are not interested in the tour, I still recommend to taste something more than your favorite lager 😉 The unique story of Põhjala charmed us all, but the killer was the beers – and the food in the restaurant. Low prices, delicious “beer snacks” and plenty of options… Our group tasted sandwiches, mac ‘n’ cheese, fries, onion rings. This is a must place next time as well! The dishes we ordered were from 3-8€.


We had breakfast at the Pohjola Tap Room, pre-dinner at this pancake house… And yet, we all were excited to try out One Sixty restaurant. Two of our group’s youngest members actually asked if they could stay at the house and not eat anymore, but after looking at the menu, everyone was ready to go. The main courses (in the pictures) were hard to finish and people were looking places to lay down…

However, when someone heard that they have the best cheesecake and pistachio ice cream in the world, everyone got back to the table and ate like we didn’t eat anything the whole day. So, the food is great and prices are very affordable – and even if it is a meat smokery, everyone and also all vegetarians should stop by just to have the freaking delicious cheesecake served with homemade pistachio ice cream. The main course, side dish, a few beers and dessert, 18€ p.p. CAN YOU IMAGINE?!

Spoiler: After the dinner, my dear sister asked if she could move in – that’s how good it is. Haha.


Oh Croatia! I In the middle of the dark period in Finland – I could not wish anything else than spending my days looking for the best beach, trying new restaurants, driving with jet skis, cruising at mountains, enjoying great people and their endless hospitality!


All together we traveled

Dubrovnik – Hvar – Split – Skradin & National Park – Zagreb – Ljubljana

Booked accommodation all with

Villa Astra – Dubrovnik, Croatia ***

Camping Vira – Hvar Island, Croatia **

Country House Peace – Drinovci, Croatia ***
(30km from Skradin & entrance of Krka National Park)

Apartment Mickey Mouse & Mini Room – Zagreb, Croatia ***

Where we ate


This amazing seafood restaurant: Gverovic Orsan – The restaurant is located on the sea, so the view is ensured. The food is good, Croatian cuisine and delicious black risotto, fresh ingredients and lovely service. Very average price within Dubrovnik – €€-€€€


Hvar and Split restaurants I cannot remember!



Asian food, good price/quality ratio, and big portions. Nice variety of choices and very fast service

Rocket Burger

Cheap burger bar that had somewhat unique burgers and french fries (cheddar explosion!!) portions were good and service very fast!


What we did

Dubrovnik: Rented a boat – Private island hopping incl. Lunch and drinks – approx. 400€ for 11 ppl – An amazing day well spent with good friends and swimming, sightseeing and eating some seafood

Hvar: Scooter rent for 24 hrs – (250 kn) the easiest way to get around the island with two people and no hassle with car rentals – We literally scootered around the whole island and saw some cute small cities.

Zagreb: Beer tasting (35 kn) – Quite some bars offer a beer tasting but the one we were at, was at the “bar street” and probably one of the biggest one with huuuge sings of their locally brewed beer


Fleet car rental – Unless you have 1200€ on your bank account or credit card use some other company! Lucky enough they did not come up with random stories as we returned the cars

Kupari – Graveyard of all inclusive

Skradin National park

  • Croatians are friendly, easy going and rather direct; “harsh approach in English”: Their motto is no problem!
  • Dubrovnik and Hvar were the most expensive place for us. Maybe it is due to the location or something, never really got someone to explain that.

Next Slovenia



Witamy w Polsce! – Poland on a budget

When I heard that our next destination would be Poland, I had no idea what to expect. We arrived on Wednesday to Modlin Airport (40km from the centre of Warsaw), where we took a bus to Modlin train station and then a train to Warsaw Central. First two days we spent discovering Warsaw and on Friday we headed to Kraków for the weekend.

On our flight to Warsaw from Eindhoven (NL), we watched the movie “Schindler’s List”. For all who haven’t seen it yet, quickly go to watch it!!

What did I personally spend? And then us, a couple?

Travels in total (flights, train, bus) 
20€ / 40€
roundtrip Eindhoven – Warsaw (RyanAir)
60€ / 120€ public transport in Poland

Sleeping for five nights
80,5€ / 161€ Warsaw 2 nights 69€  + Krakow 2 nights 66€  + Warsaw 1 night 26€

Eating outside
64,60€ / 129,15€
3x Lunch & 5x dinner

Besides flights, we used public transport to travel Warsaw – Kraków
: 1 hr Modlin Airport to Warsaw (train + bus) approx. 9€ (38zl) [x2 in total 18€]
: 2.5 hrs from Warsaw to Kraków in Premium Intercity 35€ (150zl) [x2 in total 70€]
: 3.5 hrs from Kraków to Warsaw in normal Intercity 15€ (66zl) [x2 in total 30€]
: Single ticket for public transport approx. 90 cent (4zl) [x2 in total 1,8€]

We stayed with

Old Town, Warsaw

Warsaw, Old Town Kanonia Hostel & Apartments
+ Location, in Old Town, middle of everything. Easy to reach from Central station of Warsaw by public transport.
+ Pleasant and friendly staff, lots of information and tips available
+ Clean, nice common spaces
– Rather loud, you could hear other people through the walls

Kraków, Welcome In Kraków Staszica
+  Location, 10 minutes walk from Kraków Old Town
+  Very nice apartment, clean and very cute decoration
+  The owners were extremely friendly and we even got some arrival chocolate
– The bed was actually a couch bed not real bed, but that was already informed in

Warsaw, Dream Loft Central
+ Friendly staff, though, the key was to be picked up from another location
+ Location was good, close to the station but only a short walk to the centre
– The building itself was a bit hidden and it reminded us from of some hounted buildings

Alchemia (Jewish quarters)
Lunch for two
1 x Hummus share-board 5,5€ (24,5zl)
2 x Pad Thai 7,4€ (or 3,7€, 16zl per person)
Local “John Lemon” lemonade 1,4€ (6zl)
Mango shake 1,4€ (6zl)
Total: 15,7€ (7,85€ per person)
Score: 7/10
Review: Food 8, atmosphere 4, price 7 out of 10

And there we go again

Every time I get mad of not understanding what is happening around me, or someone makes a remark of the effort they are putting to speak English to me… I think of the same question: Why I find it annoying to speak about language matters?

I have put an effort on learning Dutch. I studied half a year in school and took private lessons, however, since I haven’t been learning for a while, my progress has been slower recently. My level in Dutch is high enough that I can’t fully block what is happening around me, but low enough to not to have courage to speak it too much.

No blame for the Dutch, they have treated me well by speaking English all the time and the times they forgot, it doesn’t really matter.  I guess in my home country, it is harder to get people to speak English anyway. Many countries still struggle with shyness of speaking other language, or the lack of learning other languages…

Should I speak English to be polite or Dutch for you to learn? Should she say to me if she wants me to speak English? Should I ask everyone in this table to speak English because she is here? Will I ever be fluent enough that they don’t switch to English? Will they ever know how this feels? Does it stay like that or do I feel 100% like home once?

Annoying to speak about language matters?

First of all. It is annoying because

  1. I still have not figured out, should they speak Dutch for me to learn or English to be polite
  2. It makes me miss my language and how free I feel while speaking it
  3. My English / Finnish vocabulary is not comparable

Besides these, it took a year to figure, but because

Other people have the power to decide for you whether you want to listen, comment, answer or pay attention… How many times have you heard, or said yourself?  “We spoke in English, because it was boring and nothing important to you”... See, there it is. A decision you made, or they made, for them or for you.

Just to clarify, I’m not complaining. More like thinking.

Our Budapest

We arrived to Budapest Airport with not much knowledge of Hungary nor Budapest. Four days later we are in love with the city and I personally wouldn’t mind moving there.

Let’s go through how our Budapest trip was.


We flew with Transavia  for 54 EUR per person / roundtrip

We stayed with
Friends Hostel & Apartments Budapest
Two people, friday to monday 93 EUR (about 23 EUR / a night)

+ Helpful and very friendly stuff
+ Private apartment, excellent location. On the other side of the road of the Terror House
+ Right next to the Street Cakes where to get traditional the “Chimney cake”, but filled either with ice cream, whipped cream or chocolate sauce or all of those, topped with Kitkat, bounty or whatever is on the counter. Definetely worth of a visit! Two friendly girls running the shop

We ate at

Bro’s Kitchen
First night, hungry and amused by the city, first restaurant where we saw Duck on the menu – that was it. A busy restaurant, good food and nice Hungarian wines. Chili sweet potato fries and blue cheese mayo for starter, and duck potato bed for the main. 3.5/5

Zing Burger
Everywhere you travel – remember to taste a burger in a local restaurant. Since I can’t get enough of blue cheese burgers, I tried Zing’s blue cheese burger. The best burger place is still in Prague and Zing will get 3/5.

Sao Food & Bar
We found our way to this restaurant by accident, but as the dishes came, both of us were surprised and overjoyed. Best Asian restaurant so far! 5/5

Budapest Market Hall
The Lángos at the market is a bit more expensive than in other shops, but to get the full market hall experience, we had to taste it! All in one, the whole market hall is great. 4/5



Padthai wokbar
Sunday in Budapest did not close only most of the shops, but some of the restaurants as well. First we tried Ramenka, and then Sao – both closed. Padthai wokbar was the first wok place to come across so that was it then! At padthai wokbar you could create your own wok, choosing from many options! Wok was fresh, spicy and budget friendly, and the quality surprised us both!
Breakfast at Hummusbar. A humus pita with veggies and an egg. Different, delicious and friendly staff. 4/5


Gelarto Rosa
The most famous ice cream shop of Budapest – As an ice cream lover, I was amazed that with such a “small effort” you can do something so pretty and capturing. I have a ice cream cone tattooed on to my leg, but when I saw the masterpieces of Gelarto Rosa, I thought of taking another one. 5/5


We had drinks and fun at

Christmas market


Szimpla Kert

We visited these touristic attractions (and much more…)


We used this much

The trip (traveling & hostel) = 54 + 46.5 = 100.5 EUR
Dinner for two = 20-25 EUR including 10% tip
Drinks for two (one round) = 5 EUR

Next time we want to do this

  • This time we missed the famous baths, so for the next trip baths will be number one
  • “Ramenka” – a ramen restaurant needs a try! Now when I think of the trip, I know we saw so much but there is still so much more. More restaurants to try, districts to discover, castles to visit, explore the nature, go on the Sziget Festival….


  • Cash is always good to have – In some of the restaurants you can only pay by cash, and most of the bars accepts only cash
  • Most of the shops are closed on Sundays or have reduced opening hours. Besides the shops, your favourite restaurant might be closed then as well. (That happened to us) Check the opening hours in advance!
  • Don’t forget to tip

3 x Things Dutch people do (and why I care)

This post is not to hurt anyone, and I hope the Dutch friends I have will not walk away after reading it. This list is made out of my own observations and conclusions, and I will free myself from any type of responsibility according to the text. Enjoy!

1 Like every language, also the Dutch have their own nice and original twists in it. In Dutch language, every word usually gets “je” after the actual word. I´m not quite sure is it to make everything cuter or? If someone has an answer for this do tell! Why do I care: Anyway, I cant help it, but every time I hear it, this happens in my mind. Things get smaller.

Have you ever heard a Dutch saying in English “Let’s go for a small beer/ Let’s do a small beer before” Yeaha, this explains it right?



2 They do “Stilte Saunas” – “Always the fuzz about Sauna. “We happen to know best, yes. OK so Silent Sauna. Sauna here is considered as a treat, which doesn’t happen often. Well, to the wellness centers I have gone to Sauna, they have Saunas that are called Finnish Sauna. But 90% of them, are silent. 60% of them, you cant pour water to the fireplace.

Why do I care: This is why I trust no-one.

3 Dutch keep asking questions. I read it somewhere before, the Dutch dont much enjoy being at the center of attention. They prefer to ask questions. Thousands of questions. Not only from foreigners but from everyone. It goes really funny when two Dutch meet for the first time and they both are avoiding being in spotlight. It doesn’t affect me in negative way, but it is still overwhelming to keep up with all the “????”.

Why do I care: More than 10 strangers knows way more than the should about my, from simple queuing, supermarket, bus, train – conversation. Its not that I blame those who ask, maybe I shouldn’t feel too kind and answer.

BurgerBar @ Plein

Saturday and you only had two Food truck-festivals to choose from. Obviously you “can’t” find anything nice and then you get this great idea to go to Subway to get a nice sandwich. When you get to the spot where the Subway supposed to be, you notice na-aa, not today. The Subway is gone, and someone decided to open a BurgerBar here!

Burgers, why not. So I enter, and what do I see?! The most awesome decoration and biiig burgers. It might have something to do, that the subway that used to be there was quite ugly but yeah, BurgerBar is decorated to every single detail.

BurgerBar gives everyone the opportunity of building their own burger. From a long list, anyone can become a burger king and choose what is today’s mood! We started with the basic beef, from Ireland. Then some blue cheese, fried onions and finish it with fries and truffle mayonnaise. Two burgers, friends and the mayonnaise were approx 20€. 

The customer service was on point, and besides that we got to see the burger preparing progress live from weighting the beef to putting it between the buns. BTW, I never had such crispy fries before!!



Day in Utrecht

I could blame myself for being lazy after I realised that I did not visit Utrecht yet. That happens when you are living in a city that has everything, believe me! The Hague has not betrayed me still.

Since Utrecht is just 40 minutes away, we decided last Saturday to head there and see why everyone is talking how nice the city is.

The speciality of Utrecht is the canal that goes through the centre, and from the photos below you can see how it is in two levels. I could describe it that on the upper level people are in rush, walking fast and on the lower level the world stops and everyone just enjoys the moment. Very magical atmosphere!


We came across a market in front of Central Station, so it took a while to start looking for a lunch place. At this point we were so hungry, that we took the first place that had space next to the water and was somewhat affordable. Tapaskelder had different tapas-plates from different price categories, and even though we took the cheapest, as you can see, it was a lot! Food was very tasteful and nice. I could recommend this place!


A wine lover always finds her way to the good wine places. By accident we found Wijncafé Lefebvre which seems to be the Wine-bar of the year as well! The system was nice, from the menu you could see the price category and then more information about the wine and where it comes from. We almost decided to take “bad wine” – wine that wasn’t our taste, but luckily you can taste everything before you make your final decision.


Carnaval Roosendaal


After some months even the coolest exchange student life will change a bit, slowly into so called normal life. The first months are basically sightseeing, then you kind of forget how it felt to see everything for the first time and usually around this time you start looking for interesting events etc. to remind yourself that it really doesnt have to be only routines.

We wanted to experience our first Carnaval in the Netherlands and because we were really late and didnt know where would be the best party, we just decided to try Roosendaal and lucky enough, we ran into a full carnival. People in Roosendaal really knew how to make best out of the Carnival parade and I’m pretty sure that every single habitant of the city was out during this day.

// Karnivaalia karnivaalin perään. Roosendaalissa oli meno kohillaan.

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8 x Praha

1. Landscapes





2. Czech hockey and beer


3. Sint-Vituskathedraal – just because it’s stunning and the name means something funny in Finnish haha


4. Still the best burgers I’ve ever had – Cafe Palanda


5. The cars – I will research why Prague had almost better cars than Munich


6. Street art and underground bars

7. Coolest trams I have seen so far

8. Traditional sweet with chocolate


Obviously the best thing though was the company..

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