All posts filed under: Europe

Tallinn

I have never thought that I would visit Estonia one day. As much as I’m concerned, “Europe” to me was pretty much Paris, Italy, England and other more-touristy cities – places where a lot of my friends have been, and I know it would be relatively safe-ish if I head back to my apartment early. There are also lots of stories shared among my friends and relatives, so these countries are somewhat more familiar for me. Eastern Europe, on the other hand, gave me a very different impression compared to Western Europe. I always thought that Eastern Europe is poorer, more rundown, more backward and somewhat more dangerous. But in my recent visit to Tallinn in Estonia, I have totally changed my take on Eastern Europe. Tallinn has got to be one of the most beautiful, magical and enchanting cities I have ever been to. And one that I would visit again in a heartbeat, any time! First and foremost, I am lucky to be able to stay in the heart of the city in …

Of Dog Sleds and Auroras

If anyone were to ask me which vacation was the best I’ve ever had, it would have to be my visit to Kiruna and Abisko. It was a trip of many first-times – first time on a dog sled, first time seeing the Northern Lights, first time in a snow fight, first time on snow mobile, first time sleeping on a bed made of ice! I was a little apprehensive when A said that we should try dog sledding. Because I am a worry wart. What if we fall. What if we fall and we cut ourselves. What if we fall and we cut ourselves and bleed. What if we fall and we cut ourselves and bleed to death because we are too far from any help. But after rounds of persuasion from A, I caved. We arrived at the dog pens area where all the dogs were at. All of them became mad excited when they saw us approaching, it must be because they know they will be getting a good run soon! I …

Stockholm and Kiruna

In 2011 Beijing, it was -10 degrees C, but it did not snow. In 2015 January, Seoul, it hit 0 degrees C, but no it did not snow. (IT RAINED! Busket….) 2015 February, Padova, there was snow all around on the floor, but I did not see falling snow. *dreads* 2015 is the year I first saw falling snow. And Sweden is that special place. My light-chasing trip to Sweden is one of the best vacation I’ve ever had.

Padova

My week-long stay in Padova, Italy in January 2015 gave me some of the fondest memories I have in Europe. A and I took on a dessert making crash course with Manuelina Culinary and it was the best choice we’ve ever made! (Not an ad ok) The class was so comprehensive, and we came back totally inspired and enlightened. We also met some of the nicest people whom we still contact regularly until now. Let me take you to the beginning of the journey. The night before the flight – which is always the most horrible night because of the packing and the anticipation of the long flight (hate long flights) ahead. Pfft! It took us 1 transit, 13 hours on Emirates to arrive at Malpensa in Milan.

Venice

My Italy vacay starts tomorrow and I am jotting down all the stuff I need to pack for the trip. I find it extremely bothersome to have to pack for a trip (especially a long one) without a packing list. Do you have the same problem? And since I foresee myself going for many, many more trips in future. I shall put up my packing list online so I won’t have to make new lists in the future. *genius* If you’re the worry wart sort and want to make sure you didn’t miss out anything, you could check against mine too!

Florence

Florence is just absolutely gorgeous, laid-back and friendly! It is my second time to Italy but my first time to Florence. I’ve heard so much about Florence from A because she is so in love with this city. She calls it a very “liveable city”, full of nice people and not as flooded with tourists compared to Rome. Florence is quiet, small and cosy to be in, but for me, it was the day tripsΒ we took from Florence totally blew my mind. They had so much to offer and were so different from what I had experienced in Rome.

Rome

I have this indescribable urge to visit Europe every once in a while. August 2014 was quite an eventful month for me because I not only get to spend my 29th birthday in Italy, I also got to travel with not just A, but also Mom and one of my favourite aunts. πŸ™‚

Italy Summer Packing List

My Italy vacay starts tomorrow and I am jotting down all the stuff I need to pack for the trip. I find it extremely bothersome to have to pack for a trip (especially a long one) without a packing list. Do you have the same problem? And since I foresee myself going for many, many more trips in future. I shall put up my packing list online so I won’t have to make new lists in the future. *genius* If you’re the worry wart sort and want to make sure you didn’t miss out anything, you could check against mine too!