My name is Ilkka, I’ve been on this planet since 1981, and I love traveling, flying, photographing and as a new hobby, creating some amateur art (drawing etc).
I have suffered from several health problems since December 2016, including temporary loss of sensation on the whole left side of my body, chronic dizzyness/disorientation, daily burning sensations in my head, muscle weakness (legs & arms) and coordination problems.
Also equipped with type 1 diabetes, exocrine pancreatic insufficicency, autonomic neuropathy, retinopathy, polyneuropathy and as the latest feature, a Charcot foot which took me to the wheelchair in June 2019 and will keep me sitting in it to 2020 (at least).
The first trip with the wheelchair (to Riga, Latvia) was a massive workload on me, but since I still managed to enjoy the trip so much, I decided to continue my solo trips in the future, too and write some pieces of them to my blog. Just have to consider them more beforehand, taking in account all the accessibility aspects.
By documenting my trips, my goal is to encourage others with health and mobility issues to travel and see the world. I’ll also try to remember to include more detailed accessibility information of hotels, restaurants etc in my blog entries.
In my lifetime I’ve been on over 200 flights, and the aviation enthusiastic in me is kind of keeping books of things. Not so detailed as the hard core aviators do, but here we go.
- Airbus A380
- ATR 72-600
- Boeing 747
- Boeing 767
- Boeing 777
- Boeing 787
- Embraer E-Jet 2-family
- Czech Republic
- New Zealand
- South Korea