Ciao Bella!

P1030138In the second week of May me and mom headed to Italy as her birthday present. The main destination was the hub of renaissance art Florence, but we made excursions to Cinque Terre and Pisa too, and spent two nights in Rome. What a week.

Here are some highlights. The week included lots of beautiful art, towers and of course gelato. I had my small travel cam with me, and oh what joy it brings that I don’t have to carry that heavy SLR of mine. Though I sometimes get frustrated because it’s not as good as my real camera, but as we ended up walking over 10 kilometres every day, the small and light travel camera was for sure the right choice to take along.

My blog posts are kind of rare nowadays, as work and all my other hobbies take up most of the time. So I’d like to post more about Italy later but I can’t promise anything. Another posting topics should be coming up later in the summer too, as I have already booked my next trip for the beginning of August… 😉

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Traveling with the Dog – Stockholm Edition

P1020994So how was it – traveling with man’s best friend? Well, I got to say I’m glad I tried it, but I don’t think my chihuahua will be a world traveler anytime soon. 😀

I decided to list some pros and cons I discovered during our week in Stockholm. I guess the most important thing in traveling with your pet is that your pet is social and fine with the situations. But after this trip, I guess it all might be a bit too much for mine.

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Let’s start with pros:

+ You won’t miss you your dog, because he’s with you!

+ You get different experiences when you have to think your trip the dog friendly way

+ It might be easier to get contact to locals as you have a dog as ice breaker

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…And the cons:

-It’s stressful and more work: customs, vaccinations, dog might be stressed…? Even when you want to get a taxi you have to make sure dogs are allowed.

-Is the apartment/hotel/cabin dog friendly? You might have to start your vacation cleaning the place so your four legged friend won’t get anything suspicious to eat/chew!

-It costs more money: You might have to pay ticket for your dog too or get a vaccination/medication before/during the trip, like we did.

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Also summer time would be better to travel with a dog – then you can just hang out outside too!

Traveling with man’s best friend?

ru6a9608Being a dog owner will inevitably affect traveling. During the four years I have had my chihuahua, I’ve been able to travel because I know he’ll be in good care when I’m gone. It just needs more organizing. Always before booking flights or making plans, I have to make sure he will be taken care of. But of course it has also crossed my mind several times, that could I take my dog with?

While I was in South Africa my chihu got really sick, and I felt bad not being able to be with him. But would it have been better for him to be in a very different country, get through long stressful flights and be vulnerable to all the strange diseases and bacteria? I don’t think so. Not to mention that dogs can’t be taken to many places (museums, sights, some restaurants?), which brings more challenge to traveling. So combining traveling and pets isn’t easy, and it’s important to think all the pros and cons, what’s best for your pet? Because it should be always put first.

Anyway, I think that maybe some kind of trips with dogs could be done. And at it’s best I believe a holiday with a pet could be amazing. So next Friday, me and my dog U venture to our first trip abroad together – as far as Sweden. 😀 Sweden is close to Finland, easily accessible and I know Stockholm very well, that’s where we will spend a week. I’m only stressed about how will U react to traveling with a boat? With a private cabin it shouldn’t be too hard as long as the sea stays calm? Another thing is, that we have to visit the vet in Stockholm, to get the tapeworm treatment as Sweden has tapeworms and Finland doesn’t. I’m always nervous about how U will react to different medicine, but it shouldn’t be too dangerous, right?

Anyone here with experience on traveling with a dog? What should you take into consideration when traveling with a pet? Do you think it’s better to leave your dog at home or take him with you?ru6a9638ru6a9614

You can follow U’s adventures on his Instagram account.

Long weekend in Poland

p1010869Tallinn and Stockholm are probably the most popular destinations for weekend getaways from Finland – close and easy. But for a change we decided to head to Poland, to Gdansk, for a long weekend with J. It’s surprisingly fast and cheap: Wizzair flies there from Turku in a bit over an hour. Flights + 3 nights in a hotel with breakfast was only 150 euros per person so the price tag isn’t bad either.

I’ve been in Gdansk once before, so I had seen the most important sights. Relaxing, eating good food and doing fun things were now on the top of my to-do-list. Poland is a cheap destination for a Finn so to get the most out of it, we decided to visit an Escape room – those are relatively expensive in Finland. Visit to the European Solidarity Centre made sure our hunger for culture was fulfilled.

Btw, I’m starting to think getting a mini-SLR was one of the best purchases I did last year! It’s so light, really saves energy and space when traveling. The pictures don’t turn out quite as good, but good enough – for holidays shots anyway! 🙂

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South Africa Highlights

 

p1010630I was thinking of doing a “normal” looking back the year 2016 -post, but when I’m thinking back what has happened, I couldn’t think of anything to say. I can’t put my 2016 into any category. And I don’t know if I really believe in years. I mean, it feels kind of stupid to say that this year was bad, okay or good, and hoping the next one would be better. Because it’s not really about the years, is it? It’s about the life that happens and one year can be both good and bad — or just bland and mellow.

So instead, I’m just posting about South Africa again. I know! But I feel like that country has so many great things I’d like to share, but I just don’t have enough time to post about them all. So here are the highlights from my travel cam. I had both of my cameras with me on the trip, the big one and the small one. And the small one I carried with me whenever we weren’t heading to the “most important sights”. Still, it ended capturing some pretty great places though!

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Bo Kaap, Cape Town

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Port Elizabeth

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Mossel Bay

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Close to point of human origin at Mossel Bay

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Mossel Bay

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V&A Waterfront, Cape Town