Category Archives: Scandi/Nordic Äventyr

The Streets of Berlin

I knew before arriving in Berlin that it was a city that encouraged a lot of foot shuffling about town, but these days my knees, feet, and toes are feeling abuse that is usually only dished out by the likes of New York. It’s been nice to see things while walking about rather than whizzing […]

5차 까지 (I Like Berlin)

All around the world, we can meet our friends in different places. Though people may not change much, meeting in a different environment can certainly feel odd (and nice!) at first. Yesterday, just after we arrived in Berlin, Chi came over to our apartment and we walked around our neighborhood while managing to eat at […]

Hallo Berlin

Just a stones throw away from the Nordicland is a place called Berlin, in the country of Germany—a part of Real Europe*–and totally new location for me to explore. Fresh in off the hot streets, this apartment we are staying in for the next 3 nights has so far, with accordian music from below and […]

Suomen Kesä on Kaunis

Sauna. Lake. Sauna. Lake. Sauna. Lake. Cider on repeat. The healthy regiment of relaxation followed dilligenty for each of the past 5 days spent on an island summer house in Finland, with my friend Jee Hei. Spontaneous dance party. Kdrama mini-marathon. Conversations without need for wordy prefaces, confusing annotations, and unexplainable endings. A reminder that […]

Soaking it All In

In my opinion, a summer afternoon can never be spent wrongly down on the piers next to Röda Sten, gazing out to the ocean where cranes from China sit like AT-ATs on the horizon and then back towards the city with the Älvsborg Bridge hanging just above. Taking time to take in the world is […]

Midsommar 2011

When in the cold, dark, never ending and never changing days of winter, midsommar is always just a dream away. The reality, at least the one that foreigners often face is not relaxation and celebration with family but wondering, “Where the fuck did all the Swedes go?” The correct answer should fit into one of […]

The Three Musketeers

I’ve been feeling a bit pensive over the past few days, thinking about life, contemplating the future and reflecting on some of my experiences. Stuff that is a lot more heavy than what I want to be on my mind all the time! What has somehow been neglected all too much thus far in this […]

Weary Traveler, Seeking Something

Being constantly on the move is both exhilarating and exhausting. When 2011 passes and the tail end of 2012 rolls around I will most likely have averaged 2 changes of country/continent over the previous three years. That’s on top of the current statistics of 5 years, 4 countries, and 3 continents since 2006. Granted, I’ve […]

The Vastness of Things

Time is easy to measure but hard to keep track of and rarely do we take the opportunity to become aware of its passing. Put simply, we are too absorbed in our lives to become cognizant of even our own existence; time needs to be accompanied by perspective for us to observe it with any […]

Coming, Going, Leaving?

One thing I have learned over the past 5 years is that Good Byes are rarely the epic moment of no return that we often make them out to be. Why is this on my mind? As my friends who have just graduated prepare to leave, some going away for travel or visiting family, and […]