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“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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malta

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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!

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 😉

Paris is always a good idea – Audrey Hepburn

Paris is not simply a city. Nor is it just the Eiffel tower and croissants. It is a place in time that will sweep you off your feet. It is a moment that will keep your heart. Be aware, you have been warned; once you walk on the streets of Paris you will no longer belong only to yourself. I left my heart in Paris and here is why!

You know that feeling when your palms get sweaty, a hole forms in the pit of your stomach and you are not sure if you can actually do this? That moment of doubt and fear has turned into one of my favorite pastimes.

Feel the fear and do it anyway.

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So no matter where I am I always try to find some adventures packed with adrenaline. This summer my path crossed with a magical Swiss town between two of the bluest lakes I have ever seen – Interlaken. It turns out this small European town is a mecca for extreme activity lovers. A quick TripAdvisor search will show you exactly why 😉

Out of all the possible activities, skydiving, rafting, canyoning, etc, one thing really called out to me – hang gliding. I have never done it before and the view seemed unbelievable, so I booked it. 13th of August – hang gliding with Bernie, check!

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Now flying across the sky is a rather serene experience, especially when paragliding, but hang gliding has a bit of extra punch. If you let your pilot go crazy you can really have a great time in the sky.

After the amazing scenery I still craved for a rush, so I decided to join fellow hang gliders who were going bungee jumping in Stockhorn. 134-meter drop from a gondola is definitely something that will make you shake in your boots. Then again it will also give you the biggest smile ever, as soon as you’re off the ledge.

The beauty of fear is that once you over come it you feel invincible.

Now this town is small as hell, with a few hotels/hostels and one bar, but I will go back there again and again, because there is just so much to experience and see. Hiking trails and canyoning get ready I’ll be back soon!

Now that you know that I am an adrenaline junky, let me know in the comments what is the craziest adventure you’ve ever done!

PS! I also had a camera with me, so check out all the flying and jumping:

This summer I had a super experience traveling Europe with trains. A huge part of what made it easy and fun was using InterRail. Now, I knew nothing of this magical way of traveling and since a lot of my friends have never heard of it also, I decided to share a bit of food for thought.

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InterRail (for EU citizens) or Eurail (for non-EU citizens) is basically a company where you can purchase a train pass type of a thingy. Depending on if you are a European resident or not the passes you can purchase and the prices differ but the main benefits are the same.

3 reasons why I loved traveling with InterRail!
  1. Freedom! If you have an InterRail pass you can literally jump on almost any train at any time. Since you fill in your travel day right before you step on the train you can easily decide to postpone or expedite your travels. You can also decide to get off the train at any point and continue your travels later in the day. I mean sometimes you just have the urge to have breakfast in a small town in the Alps if you’re heading from France to Italy.
  2. Stress-free! If it is your first time traveling, then finding the right tickets and stations can be a bit stressful. But with the Rail planner app (iOS/Android) you simply type in where you are and where you want to go and it will show you all the possibilities in a super easy manner. Since you don’t have to buy a ticket you simply have to show up at the train station. I mean talk about stress-free 😉
  3. More time! I always thought that traveling by plane is quicker but during my train travel I really felt that I had more time. Just because with planes you have to get there a couple of hours earlier and they are mostly far from the city center. Whereas with trains the stations in Europe are almost always in the center and you only have to be there like 5 minutes before. I actually tried that in Milan, where 15 minutes before the train departed I decided I wanted to be on it. So I ran from a BBQ that was 10 minutes from the train station, caught a train 5 minutes before it left and I was definitely not the last one to jump on it.

Although it is comfortable, using the pass is not always wise, especially if you are doing short distances or not traveling for very long. In that case buying individual tickets may be budget friendlier. But I have to say I came across a lot of happy InterRail/Eurail travelers during my summer holiday in Europe and it was super nice to be able to change your plans just to stay and chat with someone for a bit longer.

There isn’t a train I wouldn’t take.

The first time I hear of InterRail/Eurail was through the Q&A of my all-time favorite traveler vloggers – Vagabrothers. So I will share their video also, so you can learn a bit more about traveling Europe by train.