Mount Rushmore

Road Trip to South Dakota and Nebraska in numbers

A little over 2300 kilometers (1435 miles), around 330 km per day.  This was a decent amount of driving for us without being too exhausting. 2 new states. Only 11 left! 6 National Park Service sites: 2 national parks, 1 national monument, 1 national memorial and 2 national historic sites. All of them worth visiting and some completely mindblowing. How can any government agency be this fantastic? 2 nights in a tent, first one on a campground, the second in the middle of nowhere far from…

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Happy Independence Day!

Our fourth independence day AKA July 4th in this country in a row is tomorrow. Unbelievable to think that it’s more than three years since I left Finland. “Only for two years”, I said then. Yeah right, I say now. July 4th, 2012 was our first July 4th here. Some Finnish friends invited us over then, which was great, because I don’t know what we would have done without them. (Probably nothing.) Instead, we got to experience a big neighborhood community party, complete with fireworks.…

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Ranskalaista keittiötä parhaimmillaan: etanoita, macaronseja, fondueta ja ankkaa.

Why French Cuisine is the Best – and other stories on culinary travel

I don’t really have one favorite food, but several: good burgers, oysters, snails, crayfish, raw fish, tartar steaks, and anything with cheese, eggplant or avocado, and the list goes on. What I crave for most varies daily. Today, it would be sautéed reindeer with lingonberry jam. On vacation, I like to eat in restaurants with table service. I cook so much at home that it doesn’t really feel like a vacation if I’m cooking, although I do make an exception if we’re at a nice…

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Miamin yö

5+1 tips for Miami nightlife

June in Miami is hot and humid, and not even sunset cools the evenings down. We didn’t let that bother us last weekend, as we first had a girls’ night out with Elina on Thursday in Downtown Miami, and then on Saturday headed out together with Iiro at Miami Beach. Miami Downtown Miami Downtown equals skyscrapers and bright lights. The easiest way to get around is with the free People Mover, which speeds along a couple floors above the streets. After dark, you’ll see homeless…

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koirat-ui

5 good things this week

This week’s been a busy one for me: together with a couple other Finnish bloggers, we started #matkachat, the first ever Finnish travel-themed Twitter Chat! The premiere session on Monday went so well I’m still all smiles, and I’m already looking forward to next Monday’s chat. But that’s not all… …I also finally launched a much larger project: translating this blog into English! It’s been a lot of work and you wouldn’t believe the amount of technicalities that were involved, both on WordPress and server level, but now the system’s…

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Mesa Verde National Park: Cliff Houses and Canyons

Mesa Verden National Park is located in South-West Colorado near the border of New Mexico. It’s the only national park in the United States designated to protect works of humans instead of Mother Nature, and it’s also an UNESCO world heritage site. If you’re roadtripping in the area, there’s no excuse to pass by these magnificent American Indian ruins that the Ancestral Pueblo people inhabited centuries ago. You could easily spend a couple of days exploring the park – we spent a full 24 hours…

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