Today I have exciting news for you! I have finally booked my next trip after spending too many months (but not according to my friends and family) at home. So where am I going next?
Germany! And to be exact Berlin.
I have been to Berlin before once. It was about three years ago I think. However, there’s a catch. You can’t really count my first trip to Berlin as a real visit because I didn’t go to see any attractions nor did I walk around just to experience the place. Maybe I will someday tell you this travel story from my past in my main travel blog. But for now, let’s just say that I spend in Berlin one night and that night I slept at the airport. During that one day, I was waiting in line for a concert that I later attended to.
That’s it. All I saw was that one building where the concert was held. Kind of sad…
Despite my last visit to Berlin I have always wanted to do a proper trip to the capital of Germany. German was the first language I started to learn in school after Finnish and we had to learn a lot about the culture of Germany. Berlin always seemed like a place where the history of us Europeans but also our future mix together.
After a few weeks, I will be on my way to explore Berlin solo for five days. How cool is that? Dreams really come true!
With love & wanderlust,
Hello fellow travelers!
It’s just me writing a random postcard for you once again (with a cute photo of a cafe in Tokyo). My life has been painfully boring lately… Maybe it’s because I’m used to traveling all the time and now I have spent the last 3 months at home in Finland. What has my life become when a few months at home are literally killing me?
Sometimes I curse myself for starting this travel lifestyle.
I can’t stop looking for flight deals and so tonight I will probably give in for the want to be free again. Barcelona, Gdansk, Berlin, Budapest, Tallinn… Those are just some of the cities that are taking over my mind currently. The flights are just so cheap so I can’t help myself! Where should I go? What kind of holiday should I plan this time?
With love & wanderlust,
It must be a miracle because I haven’t given up blogging yet again… In fact, I’m starting to enjoy the process like I used to when starting this journey of writing for no one on the internet. But it’s easy to write these short “postcards” because I can ramble about anything. It’s also easy to edit my old blog posts because I don’t really have to think of anything.
Writing a new travel-themed post for my main travel blog, that’s the real struggle. There are so many subjects I would love to write about but why can’t I get anything written down. Maybe I have too high hopes for myself and so am too scared to even try. Do you ever feel like that?
Despite blogging seeming impossible I see light at the end of the tunnel. I have been posting Instagrams for a few days in the row now, my Pinterest is full of new pins, and I have been learning more about monetizing blogs. Small steps. That’s all I need to feel hope. And hope can change the world, right?
With love and hope,
Lantern Festival, Tokyo, Japan
It feels like I have woken up from long dark sleep. I have been at home for a few months now but got sick right away after returning home from my two months trip in Japan. For this whole time, I have been sleeping – walking in this endless mist. Today I finally started going through my Japan photos. I’m getting better.
The photo above was taken in Tokyo during lantern festival. It describes my feelings right now perfectly. Seeing light – fire and city – somewhere between all this darkness. taking small steps forward everything seems to fall into its place. My blogging motivation has returned, work seems to flow too easily, and everything just seems so right. My path is leading towards the right direction.
Do you ever feel like this? You have been in a wrong situation forever and then out of nowhere everything just clicks. I’m trying my best right now, let’s hope it’s enough!
Golden Pavilion, Kyoto, Japan
For me, it all started from Kyoto and Japan.
I believe that every one of us will have that one moment (or multiple moments in cases like mine) in their life when they realize that the path they’re currently on isn’t the right one. Maybe it’s the choice of going to school or the job you’re stuck in. One moment and everything will change, you realize that there’s something different for you to pursue.
My life-changing moment happened almost two years ago after taking a year off school and traveling to Japan for three months. There was no returning to my normal life after getting a taste of the traveling lifestyle. Believe me, I have tried my best…
Have you experienced a life-changing moment like this? Something that made you realize that there was no way back to the old you? All comments are always welcome!
Read my travel diary from Golden Pavilion in Kyoto
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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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!
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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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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Viivi & Homesickness