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Helsinki/A local’s tip for chilling out/Apéro

Head to the bar, tell your friends on Facebook where you are and ask for a sparkling wine. – By checking in to this bar in FB you get a discount priced sparkling wine for a starter. Of course you can choose some nice wine or a beer from the regular menu too.

Then choose your table and enjoy your drink listening quietly playing music. Quite often it is Edith Piaf. – This is a French bar anyway.

Soon you will propably be served some snacks like salted peanuts to go with your drink. Getting free snacks is common in many countries, but hardly ever in Finland, expect here. If you feel more hungry, try their quiches (for less than 10€).

Do they have a wifi? I have no idea! This is a place to meet people in real life. (But if you really need it, like for checking in to get your discounted sparkling wine, ask the friendly staff).

While waiting for your friends make some new ones from dogs and their owners. – This is a pet-friendly place.  And because of that, if you are allergic to the dogs or are afraid of them, this is not a place for you, sorry.

Apéro has also a small terrace. It might look crowded on a sunny day, but just squeeze in, folks here like to talk with strangers and have them to sit in their tables. – This is a great place to get to know some local people. Most of the clients live in the neighbourhood (Kamppi and Hietalahti). 

Oh, this is also a French bar by the temperature, even it’s located in Finland. The place is small and has a kitchen, so it often gets very hot inside. But don’t worry, it will be exactly what you need on a cold winter day. Just remember to wear a t-shirt underneat your winter gear to be able to take off your layers.

I like to meet my friends chilling out in some small, relaxed bars. This is the one! I am lucky to have my favorite place for wining located in my own block, which is only 15 min walk from the Helsinki railway station. I try to visit Apéro every time I visit my native country.

Tomorrow we’ll be home for ten days with my hubs. Before switching in to our home with our tenant, we want to visit Apéro and introduce it to our tenant who happens to be also our friend. – Once again Apéro will be playing the scene for meeting our friends and chatting over a glass of wine.

Your drink will be served with this smile! And don’t worry if you don’t speak Finnish, most of the Finns do speak English and here you can also meet a native French speaker behind the bar (not this guy though).

Get your wine in a glass or a bottle. They also serve beer and cider. 

Me enjoying champagne in Apéro after my 3-month trip to Japan in Dec. 2015 – just like every time I get back to Helsinki.

– A La Tanja

(This is not a sponsored post)


Helsinki/A local’s tip for burgers/Gastropub Stone’s

We had a quick pitstop in our homebase Helsinki on a way from Tampere to Salo.

We came home to archive some of our books, to change our summer clothing to a winter gear, to apply for Russian visas, to get my camera repaired and so on.

Being busy and having only few hours in Helsinki we needed to fit some dining in our schedules too.

No time for fine dining (no money either) we were looking for something fast, simple and relaxed.

We decided to grab something from one of our fave places and we once again chose Gastropub Stone’s, which is serving homemade gourmet burgers. 

We didn’t literally grab the burgers as to take away on a run, but to eat there and also to take care of some of our business meanwhile waiting for our food, as they do have a free wifi.

I actually do dislike taking out any device in a restaurant, but were so much on a run, – like both an insurance company and a visa office closing in a half an hour-, that it was a have-to-do situation. 

Working in a nomad cafe is a different story, but this is the place to relax, enjoy your meal and have a chat with your friends.

Stone’s is a part of the big S chain, but don’t let that fear you; they have the best burgers in town (note: this is my opinion), and their waiters/waitresses are super friendly! 

Also the prices are reasonable.

– Burgers cost around 16€ which is not bad for a gourmet burger being in Finland anyway. 

– A La Tanja

(This post is not sponsored, it is just a local advice for people looking for a nice dining place in Helsinki)

Rasberryfields forever

Serbia is the biggest producer of raspberries after Poland. I have always been a big fan of raspberries. My grandpa was cultivating them in Finland in his own garden (only for the family to consume), when I was a child. I haven’t found any as delicious as his were, until trying the ones I bought here in Belgrade.

If you visit Serbia in the summer, you should really taste them out!

Tampere/the local advice for wining and dining/Gastropub Tuulensuu

As we are now visiting our native Finland to sell our stuff to become full-time digital nomads, we are trying to find time to visit our fave places in our home cities Tampere and Helsinki.

I was born and raised in Tampere, so I really know this relaxed and beautiful city as my own pockets. So, I am pretty sure you would enjoy the places I will recommend to visit.

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Pour Singapour

Having a longish layover at Singapore Changi airport?

Well chosen! Changi (IATA code SIN) is one of the best hubs to transit between Europe and South East Asia or Australia.

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Reunion in Malaga


One of the reasons I do love Málaga is it’s people.
A month ago we had a problem with our no-show landlady, ran out of phone battery and didn’t have any cash.

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Welcome aboard

I am a globetrotting photographer constantly on the move.
I travel for work and fun.

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Balkan by bus / Skopje – Sofia

Bus schedules from Skopje to Sofia in July 2016


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