100 days travel in 2014

I want to keep my world traveller spirit in 2015. In order to operationalise my goal, I need to look into where I’ve been in the past year.

Kansai area, Japan

Finally I visited Japan for the first time in my life in 2014. It was absolutely wonderful! Japan is undoubtedly my favourite!

Taipei, Taiwan

I went back to Taiwan for Chinese new year. It was wonderful to be home.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

New York City and LA, the United States

I went to NYC again for the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. I learned tremulously from my two-week stay there. I met friends, old and new. After NYC I went to LA immediately via Virgin America. It was a budget airline with a night club touch: with pop music style and purple inflight lights. It was real to meet my best friend before she embark her journey with peace corp.

Leiden and Utrecht, Netherlands

A professor from Leiden University invited me to share my experience as an indigenous researcher in a conference he hosted. It was great. I had a feeling that I might be able to survive the academic life. People were really helpful and kind there. I went to Utrecht briefly after Leiden to visit friends. The train was convenient and comfortable.

Como lake and Tuscany, Italy

Como lake was absolutely breathtaking. The landscape reminded me of Game of Thrones for some reason. I enjoy exploring the surrounding by boat and foot. Tuscany was amazing, too. I wasn’t so impressed by the food though. I need to go to Southern Italy for good food, it seems.

Brussels, Brugge, Antwerp, Ghent, Belgium

Relaxing trip with friends. I really enjoyed the Belgium beer 🙂

So in total I travelled to six countries in 2014. I was in Japan approximately 12 days, in Taiwan for a month, in Amsterdam for 4 days, in the US for a month, in Leiden and Utrecht for 4 days, in Italy for two weeks and Belgium for 5 days. So in total around 100 days! Honestly I didn’t realized I backpacked for such a long time! I hope in 2015 I am able to keep up the spirit and enjoy every moment of living.

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My fourth Christmas in Finland

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I love Christmas! I didn’t realized how important Christmas it is until I came to Finland.

Christmas feels like Chinese New Year in many ways: people anxiously trying to buy gifts, people clean their houses thoroughly, everybody receive gifts and eat together with family.

This year is my fourth Finnish Christmas. This time, I decided to unravel the mystery of Finnish Christmas food. I had kinkku (ham), karjalanpaisti (Carelian stew), perunalaatikko (potato casserole), lanttulaatikko (rutabaga casserole), bataattilaatikko (sweet potato casserole), rosolli (a kind of salad, find more information about it here) and lohi (salmon).