[Update] I’m back + working holiday in Helsinki, Finland

Fleur en Elise in Helsinki
It’s been a while! I am back to blogging after more then a month of absence. Next to writing articles for The Beauty Suitcase I work as a freelance journalist and am in the final stages of graduating (journalism, as well). Unfortunately the latter has been taking up all my time lately. For example for a course my classmate Fleur and I took a trip to Finland. Here we investigated (and later wrote about) the place that durability has in Finnish education. I won’t bother you all with that, but I did think it would be interesting to show some of the fun things we did while working in Helsinki. Will you take a look?

World travelers
Together with my friend and classmate Fleur. We stayed with my dear Finnish friends Anu and Heli that I met while in South Korea. Both of them have amazing apartments in Helsinki and I am so thankful to them for letting us stay with them! Thank you girls 🙂

Sushi in Helsinki
The Finnish ladies taking us out to eat one of the best sushi ever!

Everyone always talks about how expensive Scandinavia is, but I honestly think that the prices aren’t that bad. Some things like alcohol or coffee are relatively expensive. However public transportation, clothes (really good sales) and super high quality sushi are all fairly cheap in Finland!

Tuna sushi Helsinki
We only paid € 8,90 for this whole plate of ten super tasty salmon maki’s, which is so much less then what you would pay in The Netherlands or even The States! The place we went to is called ‘Sushi + Wine‘. They have a large menu and their sushi quality can easily be compared to that of sushi in Japan, and believe me, that is a huge compliment.

Our days usually started by finding out how to get to our destination using Reittiopas, Helsinki’s amazing online journey planner.

Working on our articles!

scraping off the ice
And the next day on our way again to yet another interview, by car this time. As you can see I never do something half-hearted.

Writing on snowy cars
Decorating my friends car with some harmless art.

Night view of the lovely city of Helsinki. This is pretty much the only ‘sightseeing that I did, because we were so busy conducting interviews.

We visited the university were my friend Anu works for an interview with the coordinator of environmental engineering.

On our way home in the Finnair bus
And just like eight days had gone by. Before we knew it we were already on our way to the airport with the Finnair bus. I will go into more depth about things like public transportation, food and Finnish culture in an upcoming blog post.

Flying back home Finnair
It gets dark really early in Finland during this time of the year (around 15.30 the sun starts setting) and since we flew out just after sunset Fleur was able to make this beautiful picture.

In Helsinki I also interviewed international students about the reason they came to Finland. If you didn’t already know: education in Finland is completely free, even for foreigners. This made me wonder if a lot of internationals student would move to Helsinki just to get free schooling. In oder to make this blog a bit more journalistic I decided that starting this week I will start publishing one portrait interview every week. I hope you all would like it.

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With Love,

Elise Mooijman


  1. 11/02/2014 / 13:04

    That’s really amazing that school is free, it would be worth the move! It looks like such a wonderful time. I look forward to your post weekly now 😀

    • 12/02/2014 / 12:38

      For a lot of people it really is worth the move! 😀 I am going to try my best to post more often even! How is your life in Japan (if you are still living there!) would love to read a little about that on your blog too!

      • 12/02/2014 / 13:06

        Oh yes I’m still in Japan. It’s really nice (just snowed so I feel like I’m back in Wisconsin) I don’t blog about it enough. I should go around and take more pictures 😀 Thank you for your interest!!

  2. Tsangtastic
    07/02/2014 / 20:41

    You’re so sweet so I decided to stop by your blog and say Thanks! Thanks for visiting my blog and your lovely comments, looking forward in seeing you on my blog again ;)) xoxo

    Have a fabulous weekend!

    • 12/02/2014 / 12:38

      You are welcome, I honestly meant what I said! Your pictures are amazing 🙂 will definitely visit again!

  3. 06/02/2014 / 20:00

    Finland lijkt me erg mooi en ik vind het een goed initiatief dat school gratis is xx

  4. 06/02/2014 / 17:39

    That´s an awesome schooltrip for sure! You´ve some real connections. Snow and fish, what do you want more. Glad to see you’re back.

    • 12/02/2014 / 12:40

      The connections you make by traveling are amazing! I love the idea that I have friends all over the world thanks to the trips/long term stays abroad I’ve done!

  5. 06/02/2014 / 16:11

    Leuke dingen! Helsinki lijkt me erg mooi als ik deze foto’s zo zie 🙂

    • 06/02/2014 / 16:13

      Het is zeker mooi! Vanwege mijn werk heb ik niet zoveel kunnen zien als ik had gewild, maar een tripje naar Finland kan ik je zeker aanraden :D!

  6. 05/02/2014 / 14:27

    Wat leuk zeg! En dit soort verslagjes zijn super leuk om te lezen.

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