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Kairi Killing

“When you dream of places you’ve never seen…
…wake up, pack up and leave.”

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I have no idea when or why I became obsessed with visiting Iceland. I knew nothing of the country but I had a feeling I needed to be there. Looking back I know exactly why…

Reykjavik was nothing like I expected… no Vikings, no ice? 🤔 Just a little city with beautiful street art and quirky little surprises. Walking around I couldn’t help but be amazed how quickly a place so far from home can start to feel like home.

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Let’s find some beautiful places to get lost in.


The capital city is a nice introduction to the island, but let’s just say that all the magic lies between waterfalls and hiking trails. In the company of a few sheep with the lack of cell reception you become lost underneath a clear blue sky only to find…

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…nature really does clear the mind.


I have never properly hiked before, but with views like this? I mean… I could do it for the rest of my life. Walking on lava ash with a backdrop of glaciers and mountains with mind blowing views. What can be better than that?

Nothing. absolutely nothing.


All and all… what ever you do, make sure you do Iceland 😉

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he world is filled with magical places. Yet I always end up on this rock. 😂 We met in 2013 and I have been in love ever since. In all honesty the obscene amount of sun, incredibly versatile bunch of residents and magical landscapes are hard to resist. So I figured I’d do a little overview and let you know my TOP 5 places to visit in Malta. 

1. DINGLI CLIFFS

If you are the kind of person who appreciates scenic views then Dingli cliffs is a must. 
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2. MDINA, RABAT & MOSTA

There’s history and then there is mind boggling locations that exude memories and times that make you take a step back and look at the world in a new light. Mdina (the silent city) with its colorful windows and no traffic is definitely one of these places. The same goes for Rabat that use to be the suburbs of Mdina and well one can not visit these places and leave out Mosta with it’s jaw dropping Rotunda church.

3. ST. PETERS POOL

This is a little hidden gem in Malta. You probably need a local to find it, but it’s such a perfect place for cliff jumping and sunbathing without loads of tourists.IMG_4504_2

4. VALLETTA

My beautiful Valletta 😍 There are no words to describe you. The capital of Malta is all about the vibe – hidden bridge bars, enchanting little parks and cinema nights on the streets. One can not visit Malta and not feel what this city has to offer.

5. BLUE LAGOON

Last but not least is my favorite place of all – the Blue Lagoon. Every single time I go to Malta I take a Fernandes to visit Comino and this blue beauty. It’s a full day boat trip filled with snorkeling, great food and breathtaking underwater views.
! Tourist warning. If you go to Malta during high season this place will be overcrowded.

These are just a few of the incredible places that Malta has to offer. I still haven’t had the chance to visit the island of Gozo, but I have a feeling it is in my near future. 😉

If you want to see more of Malta then check out my videos!

Words can be so much more than just letters in a row. Sometimes you come across authors who make them into gusts of wind that inspire, excite and teach you. Jandy Nelson has done just that in her novel “I’ll Give You the Sun”, so I needed to pick out bits and pieces to share with you. Here are my 5 favorite quotes from this book.i'll give you the sun jandy nelson

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‘Or maybe a person is just made up of a lot of people,’ I say. ‘Maybe we’re accumulating these new selves all the time.’ Hauling them in as we make choices, good and bad, as we screw up, step up, lose our minds, find our minds, fall apart, fall in love, as we grieve, grow, retreat from the world, dive into the world, as we make things, as we break things.

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Meeting your soul mate is like walking into a house you’ve been in before — you will recognize the furniture, the pictures on the wall, the books on the shelves, the contents of drawers: You could find your way around in the dark if you had to.

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It is very unlucky to fall on your face (This is an honest-to-goodness entry. The wisdom of Grandma’s bible knows no bounds).

Hope you liked these little snippets. Trust me, this book is a gem.
If these quotes won’t make you pick it up, maybe this video will 😉

I love to plan when I travel… then again I don’t. It’s usually a hard balance to obtain – planning enough so you don’t miss all the important stuff, yet planning little enough for the magic to happen. Over the years I’ve perfected this skill, so stepping off the plain with a vague idea of what awaits for me in Portugal felt perfectly acceptable.
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During this magical balancing act I somehow discovered 5 beautiful things about Porto that I truly want to recommend to everyone who ever find their way there.

1. Oporto Adventure Tour

On the last day of my stay in Porto I really felt the urge to get into the nature (that’s what happens when you leave an Estonian in a city for too long 😂). I managed to get a last minute trip with Oporto Adventure Tour and man was I lucky – the group, the guides, the locations were out of this world. Words can’t describe it, so I will let pictures do the job.

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2. Ponte de D. Luis

One might find a bridge to be boring well I can assure you this one isn’t. The night time view from our Airbnbporto_ponte…and the day time view from the bridge itself were breathtaking.porto_ponte_luis

3. CATHEDRAL

Mythical cathedrals have always been one of my favorite reasons to travel Europe. The grandeur and intricacy of these buildings is overwhelmingly yet for some reason always empowering.

This beauty is located in the heart of Porto, hard to miss even if you tried 😉

4. LIVRARIA LELLO & IRMAO

For a book nerd like me this exquisite store felt like heaven. I spent hours in Livraria Lello & Irmao enjoying the atmosphere and  abundance of books but even for a non fanatic this place is a beautiful delight. I mean it is the 3rd most beautiful bookstore in the world. 😍

5. OCEAN SIDE

On the first day of my trip the weather was kind of windy and wet so I decided to do something stupid and visit a spot I knew would be even windier and wetter – the ocean side! Luckily for me, it was probably the best decision ever. The waves were huge and crashing with a force of a wrecking ball. The beach was completely abandoned and mine for the taking. It was hard not to be excited by such a site and experience, so this magic definitely belongs in my top 5.

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There you have it 5 great things to do in Porto, tested and approved by yours truly. I do hope you enjoyed this long but very picture-y kind of post.  See you soon with another one, okay? 😉

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If pictures are not enough for you, then feel free to experience the listed things in the format of a video 😊

And FYI guys I snap (snapchat: kairikilling). Here are a few moments you missed. Make sure to not miss anymore 😉

I am usually in the midst of battling evil overlords or having an epic love story when someone interrupts me to ask: “What is it with you and books?” The typical notion that follows is: “I mean why do you need to escape reality by burying your head between pages?”

My jaw drops at the question, but I’m already prepared to answer. So I do: ” To live a thousand lives before I die.” A quote inspired by George R. R Martin that sums up my book love with such ease.

With each narrative, character and line of thought, which is written on the pages before me, I get to live another life.

I get to see and feel the world (fiction or not) from another perspective. It is odd but I truly feel that this experience has made me more empathic in many circumstances. I have also learned so much about history, geography and literature that no amount of schooling was able to instill in my brain.

Last but not least, reading has made me more creative, motivated and overall happier. I mean… I get to spend time in fantastic places, creating characters and locations simply with my mind. It’s pure exercise for the imagination and a kick in the ass to go out there and experience it for yourself. And I mean happiness? I don’t even have to say anything about it, because it has been said before me – just 6 minutes of reading reduces stress!

So next time you come across a person with a book just ask: “What are you reading?” Trust me you will have an inspiring conversation and maybe a good reference to pick up a book too. 

Now this is what happens when I go shopping in bookstores 😂 I totally get side tracked with awesome little bits and bobs. This time all of the items that caught my attention were travel related. Guess I’m already experiencing withdrawal symptoms after being in one place for over a month. So here is a short post about perfect gift ideas for your travel loving friends!

TRAVELERS GIFT LIST

Unique suitcase
Scratch-off city scavenger hunt
Ööloom face blanket
Any Lonely Planet book
Adventure water bottle