Category Archives: Scandi/Nordic Äventyr

Oi, odota hetki…

In this space should be a story about how I felt taking off from Helsinki, landing in Amsterdam where I was questioned for over 10 minutes by security, departed for Minneapolis and sat next to a guy who didn’t get up or pee for the entire flight, and then arrived in San Francisco; a proverbial […]

I Say Goodbye Too Often

Way far away, thousands of kilometers across the globe is a city called Helsinki. It’s become kind of a big deal to me. Why? Easy: Park benches with pigeons walking too close. Chinese food in a sweltering hot restaurant. Number 14 from the food cart outside Helsingin päärautatieasema. 3.00am sunrises over Lauttasaari (that’s what’s up) […]

Leaving an Epic Summer

The summer of 2011 will forever be a summer to remember. It’s the sommar that brought me back to my friends. The sommer that opened my eyes up to a whole new world. My favorite kesä by far, and the one that gave a thousand times more than any other before. I couldn’t I wouldn’t […]

Making Finland a Little Closer to… Home?

Food can transport you from one place to another in less time than it takes to properly savor the flavors you miss most. Jee Hei made kimchi for us in Vantaa. Before that, the table on the balcony became littered with beer/cider cans and cigarette ashes by the side of a pan of dokkbokki. Soondubu […]

Singing is Therapy

Sometimes you want to scream, sometimes you want to sing. Whether you karaoke one of your favorite songs to death in a language you don’t really know, or give an amazing performance of “Eye of the Tiger” at Mauer Park in Berlin, finding an outlet for the vocal release of whateverness is exhilarating. This photo […]

Return to Nordicland

Beep. Beep. Beep. Beep. The little more than a week that I spent in Berlin felt like eternity filled with cheap food, cheap drinks, wonderful coffee, too many nice shops, lots of fun people and a somewhat familiar city, not unlike a much larger, more European version of San Francisco. (By contrast, Göteborg is to […]

I’m Analog

Imagine you’re on vacation in another country, you’ve brought your DSLR, lenses, computer and are ready to walk about the city and shoot whatever you want to your hearts content. Then you realize that you’ve forgotten you’re spare battery. Oh, and also the charger. No worries, because with 8 days of relaxation ahead and the […]


Imagine the biggest open flat space in an urban setting that you can imagine. Now multiply that by a factor of 10. That would put you somewhere on the tarmac or in the middle of one of the airstrips at Tempelhof Airport in Berlin. The airport itself has some pretty fascinating history, but what is […]

The Scream Heard Around Kreuzberg

We canvassed the streets while the sun vanished between the clouds and night fell upon Kreuzberg. Conversation wound it’s way from trivial small talk to the never ending reflection on the differences between people in Nordicland/Europe/North America/Asia. As our group of four meandered towards Landwehrkanal two girls came approached us from the front. “AIIEEEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!”, accompanied […]

Thank You, Dahahm

We met Dahahm the day before yesterday, a friend of Satu‘s whose apartment we are staying in for the rest of our time in Berlin. Thank you, Dahahm!