Perfect Christmas Gift

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Cruise: Helsinki, Finland – Tallinn, Estonia

It’s only two months till Christmas. Okay, okay, I know that is a long time and I am usually that person who hates people talking about Christmas too early. However, soon will be the time we all have to start thinking about gifts and what to give for our family and friends. I saw this photo on my computer by accident and remembered the gifts from last year.

Last year I had just shared my surprisingly popular travel blog with my family and had finally admitted being a travel addict. My a few years younger little sister also likes traveling. So, what would have been a better gift for her than taking her with me to see Tallinn’s Christmas markets? We took a day cruise to Estonia from Helsinki just before Christmas and did some shopping on those colorful markets.

I have no idea what to give her or to anyone else this year… Fortunately, I am going to New York in December. It seems like a city full of cool gift ideas!

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Blue sky and missing Paris

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Paris, France

It’s so odd how quickly time flies. The photo above is from my family’s Paris trip. It was before I even started travel blogging or truly become a traveler. At that time, every trip I made felt so unique and like a dream. I only left Finland about once a year. Everything has changed so quickly. It has been a few years but my life is so different. This year I have traveled to 10 different countries. I have done trip almost every month of the year. Am I just dreaming? Can this even be a real life?

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Piece of Peace

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Tokyo, Japan

This photo is from the time I lived a month in Tokyo. It’s important for two reasons. Firstly because this local lady and small girl taught me how to make origami bird. They didn’t talk English, I didn’t speak Japanese. Despite that, the experience was something I won’t forget.

Second reason? The meaning of this bird and the ways I have met it later on in my life. The birds were sent to Hiroshima to be part of this collection of origami birds that present peace and remind us why we should be against atomic bombs. There is whole story behind the origami birds but I won’t talk about it now because I am not as educated on the matter as I would like to be. Later on during my visit to Hiroshima, I saw the beautiful birds where they were meant to be.

My meeting with the birds didn’t stop here. The next year when I had returned back to Finland and was studying business we ended up speaking about the origami birds in one of our courses. Totally random but made me go back to the time that changed a lot for me.

The third time I needed to have a reminder of my time in Japan, I met the beautiful origami birds once again. I was in Budapest and my friend had recommended The Hospital in Rock museum for me. Coincidentally, they had a special exhibition of atomic bombs and the last room was full of those birds delivered straight from Japan.

Who knows when I will meet these birds of peace again. Or maybe someone else gets this same feeling of hope everytime they see the small blue bird I folded with the help of two kind human beings.

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Some People Only See The Mess

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Rome, Italy

Some people only see vandalism when they look at street art. It’s a big mess that makes our streets look cheap and poorly managed. Sometimes graffiti isn’t beautiful. It may be small meaningless text made without any thinking. Or maybe the “vandal” has written it to fit in. But then there is street art that will make our cities shine. Colors, meaning, and real art. I won’t encourage anyone to paint in prohibited places but let’s just say that in my opinion cities without any graffiti art are just boring.

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Waiting for Colosseum

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Colosseum, Rome, Italy

See the line? We were waiting there for an about hour before getting in the Colosseum. Fun thing is that we already had tickets so the line we were in was even shorter than the line for those not having tickets. People are crazy. There was this Finnish couple in front of us in the queue so at least we had someone to talk with. All of us agreed that there was surprisingly few Finns in Rome but it was probably because of the unbearable heat. No one had warned the four of us that going to Rome in August would be death for us who have used to under 30°C summers.

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Bamboooo!

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Bamboo Forest, Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan

I don’t know why I haven’t shared this photo before but here is one more lovely memory from Japan. (Don’t mind that couple taking photo…) Taking photo without photobombing people in Kyoto’s Bamboo Forest is literally impossible. I visited just before sunset so my photo doesn’t have that many people but it is also a little dark. Nothing can truly show the beauty this place holds inside.

Have you ever been to Bamboo Forest? If not remember to check it out if you are on your way to Kyoto!

With love,

Lost Viivi

I didn’t love Rome

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Rome, Italy

There is ruins in Rome literally everywhere. At first it is amazing. The city is like one big museum with things to discover on every corner of the narrow streets. But after being in Rome for two or three days all of this may be too much. You can never have enough time to see everything and because there is history everywhere it just blends in to one big mess and you stop caring too much. Colosseum nice, Vatican super nice, some random historical building nice, just nice nothing else.

And that’s why I didn’t like Rome. It was nice experience but during my visit I didn’t see the soul of this city. I felt like it was one big theater kept up for the tourists visiting there.

With love,

Viivi Not In Love With Rome