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

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I Conquered Eastern Europe

Europe Travel Blog ViennaVienna, Switzerland

I am back from Eastern Europe! I took over Vienna, Budapest, Prague, Bratislava and Krakow. What does that mean? I have more than enough photos and stories to share with you for the rest of the year. My three weeks going around by buses were amazing and I totally recommend it for everyone. Europe has some charming cities I have to say. So, just wait for more stories!

With love,

Viivi Back At Home

Tale of Touristy Hats

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Touristy life, Rome, Italy

This is photo from the first day of my and my mom’s Rome holiday. This is also story of the touristy hats that I kept seeing everywhere. My mom had bought her hat back at home and I was laughing when she told me to get one. I should have believed her. Mom is always right (expect when you are trying to find Vatican… but that’s story for other time!) First day went well and I saw almost everyone using those touristy hats. It was over 30 degrees in Rome and we were literally dying.

Then second day after our amazing trip to Vatican I got sick from the sun. Sunstroke. I haven’t had one probably after I was kid. Fortunately, I only got it when we were returning to our hotel. We used tram and there was no air conditioning. The short walk to our hotel on sun was like torture. Then I slept rest of the day while my mum went to eat and came back with some random food and medicine for me.

Next day I bought touristy hat for myself right away we exited the hotel. I had to pay A LOT. But at least I survived without getting sick for the rest of my trip.

With love,

Viivi & Tourist Hat

Missing home

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Photo from Finland because even I miss home while traveling… Sometimes being new city, meeting amazing people and experiencing so many different things gets tiring. Sometimes you fall asleep in hostel hoping that you were back at home in your own bed. Traveling around the world is amazing but there is something different at home that all of us miss from time to time…

With love,

Homesick Viivi

 

Feelings From Hiroshima

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Hiroshima, Japan

I visited today Hospital In Rock in Budapest and they had Hiroshima and Nagasaki atom bomb exhibition as part of the normal tour. It made me go back to the day trip I made to Hiroshima. Everyone was a little bit against it. “There may still be radiation. It’s not safe.” But I wanted to do this trip. I wanted to visit the city that I had always seen on my history books.

During these both visits Hiroshima two years ago and the exhibition yesterday, I realized one thing. They teach us wee in Finnish school. Or maybe it was just my History teacher who showed us all these videos and photos from the time of the atomic bomb. There was many people on the tour who didn’t know almost anything about the subject and who were terrified of the photos that were showed.

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With love,

Viivi Terrified by the History

Touristy Paris

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Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour, Paris, France

This photo is from the time before my new camera. In fact I used to take all my photos with phone. I don’t know how that worked out but no one has been complaining too much about the quality of my blog’s photos… Even if it’s old photo I wanted to share it. Why? I have no idea. I just find Paris so beautiful even if there is too much tourists everywhere.

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With love,

Viivi From Past

 

I dreamed of Japan…

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Fushimi Inari Taisha, Kyoto, Japan

Last night I dreamed of Japan. I was walking on the narrow streets of Tokyo, getting lost between the torii gates of Fushimi Inari and ate sushi in that small restaurant of Osaka. It felt I was truly back there and when I woke up my heart was aching. It has been two years but Japan has never left my heart. I have tried to get this feeling while visiting other countries and countless cities around the world but it never works. There was something different in the way Japan made me feel. It was like finding a lost home.

We have been talking about going to Japan with my mom so the hollow feelings and dreams full of memories must be because of that. Japan is drawing me to come back. Two years feels like forever. If I close my eyes, I can almost imagine me back there. I was totally alone and still so full of life. My travel romance was with this country and its culture, not just with some random dude from my hostel. I miss Japan like I miss Finland when I am traveling far away from my home country.

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With love,

Viivi & Homesickness 

 

That Obligatory Airplane Photo

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Somewhere above Italy or Rome

I have mixed relationship with flying. I am scared to death of it (and I blame that on air crash investigation programs…) but at the same time I don’t love anything as much as sitting in airplane knowing that soon you will land on some new exciting destination. You can just sit and wait for that new place, new adventure and new life that will be ahead of you. There is nothing else to do that to put on your headphones, listen to some music and dream endlessly of better life…

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With love,

Viivi who is scared of flying