- Islannin sumuiset muistikuvat August 1, 2020
Viime vuoden reissu Islantiin on muistikuvissa vieläkin, mutta tämän vuoden Islannin reissusta on melkoisen sumuiset muistikuvat. Avaan ne tässä ja nyt.
Muistan menolennon Icelandairilla menneen oikein hyvin. Nyt muutamia lentoja heidän kyydissä menneenä voin lämpimästi suositella.
Muistan sen että alkuperäinen hotelli sössi varauksen, ja päädyin meren rannalle suht lähelle keskustaa toiseen hotelliin ensimmäiseksi yöksi. Jo tuona iltana oloni oli suht jäätävä, todennäköisesti happomyrkytys oli ehtinyt jo vähitellen alkaa siinä illan mittaan.
Samana iltana tuuli aivan järjettömästi, jonka vuoksi hotellin asiakkaita kehotettiin pysymään sisätiloissa. Seurasin sitä siis huoneen ikkunasta, ja se myrsky kesti läpi ... Continue reading...
- Tallinn, Estonia: A cruise with Viking XPRS June 28, 2020
Friday morning I had this fear, right after waking up, that my anxiety will hit me with force during the day. Because of this, I decided that it’s time to do something out of the ordinary in these days of COVID-19 uncertainty.
I booked a cruise to Tallinn, Estonia. Just a little one, about 6 hours with Viking XPRS, one of the ships of Viking Line. Despite the ship would go all the way to the Tallinn port and it’s terminal, I would not touch the Estonian ground. At least ... Continue reading...
- Vienna cancelled & no amputation yet! March 14, 2020
I was supposed to fly to Wien, Austria on March 30th with Lauda, but that got cancelled by Lauda because of the coronavirus (I suppose).
However I was able to just change the dates of the trip for no extra fee, so now it’s scheduled to be happening in the end of June. Waiting eagerly, since I‘ve been twice in Austria but not yet in the city of Wien. The earlier trips have been to Salzburg (a very nice place, I do recommend!).
No trips to elsewhere either now in the next ... Continue reading...
- Berlin, Germany December 20, 2019
My trip to Berlin was already something like the 10th time I’ve been there in my life. I’ve always liked the city, and this time was no exception. Part of me would even want to move there some day.
Since my muscle weaknesses have gone worst, it was a good thing that this trip was not a solo trip. Wouldn’t have managed it all by myself, or at least it would’ve been a massively different trip, so thanks, travelpartner!
The flights were done as nonstops from Helsinki (HEL) to Berlin Tegel (TXL), ... Continue reading...
- Augsburg, Germany: FINALLY a Diagnosis! November 22, 2019
Within about one month, I’ve been flying from Finland to Germany a couple of times solely in matters regarding my health.
By using one of my new top 5 favorite airlines, AirBaltic, the journeys have been with 1 stop flights via Riga, Latvia. Everything on the flights has worked fine, and I think that I love the A220 planes they have :).
An AirBaltic A220 in Munich
On the first trip I got myself from Munich Airport to Augsburg with trains (Deutsche Bahn), which takes about 1,5 hours with a change at ... Continue reading...
- Tsilivi, Zakynthos, Greece October 26, 2019
My two-week trip to Zakynthos was bought before I was wheelchaired. Even though the destination was maybe not the best for a solo wheelchair traveler, I decided not to cancel the trip.
I also had some valuable help from a friendly customer service dude at Aurinkomatkat to confirm special assistance at airports, my own airport transfer, and a room from the apartment hotel’s ground floor.
The departure day was three days after my arrival from the earlier trip (Split, Croatia), so I did indeed have the opportunity to sleep a few nights ... Continue reading...
- I Just Offset My Carbon Dioxides October 5, 2019
So, I just offset the carbon dioxides of my flights this year, and will be doing that for the future flights, too. I did this first one at Carbon Footprint, where your money goes to carbon offset projects all over the world.
This is something I want to do because even though I’m traveling a lot with planes, I do acknowledge the climate change is a real thing and everybody should do at least something about it. I salute Greta! She woke me up to do this.
I do also follow the ... Continue reading...
- Split & Hvar, Croatia September 22, 2019
This trip to Split, Croatia was going to be my first to that country, since I’d never before been in the former Yugoslavian area.
I booked the trip in a moment when I felt my health problems getting a bit too big for my head to handle, and decided I really, really need to calm down my brain by both getting away from everything, and fulfilling my lust of travel at the same time.
The journey started September 2nd with an Air Serbia flight from Helsinki Airport to Split Airport, with a ... Continue reading...
- 10 Tips for Solo Wheelchair Travelers September 17, 2019
I’ve been on a wheelchair for a couple of months now, and will be using it for at least the next several months, depending how my Charcot foot does it’s healing (if there ever is such).
During this time I’ve been on three solo trips in Europe: Latvia, Croatia and Greece.
I COULD walk, but as all of the toes in the right foot are fractured in addition to damage on top of the foot, I’m operating on strict non-weight-bearing instructions. There’s bone material trying to push out of the side ... Continue reading...
- My Airport Tips for a Newbie Traveler September 2, 2019
If you’re just starting your traveling and are not yet familiar with the little worlds every Airport has inside it, here’s a few tips for you to make your travel experience smoother.
Be Always On Time
Do An Online Check-In
Speed Up The Security Check
At The Gate
In The Plane
1. Be Always On Time
Is there anything more annoying than missing your flight? Yes, there is. The people who miss their flights just because of poor time planning around the flights part of the trip.
You should aways be on time at the airport, since the ... Continue reading...
- Latvia: Riga & Jurmala August 17, 2019
My trip to Riga, Latvia (RIX / EVRA) started on Monday August 12th from Helsinki Airport (HEL / EFHK).
This was the first time I had booked a flight with airBaltic, and would say that the booking process was a smooth operation. I intentionally booked flights I knew were flown with aircraft models I’ve not yet been in (Q400 and A220/CS300).
Since this was also the first trip with my wheelchair, I filled out the “Request Assistance form” on their site to let the airline know that I have a wheelchair with ... Continue reading...
- UK: White Cliffs of Dover June 12, 2019
I’ve been in London a few times in my life, and decided to make this trip a little bit different and get myself to Dover, Kent. You probably already guess what I was going to go and see there.
Well, the trip started once again from Helsinki Airport (HEL / EFHK). This was still the time I wasn’t on a wheelchair, but had indeed already problems with my legs (they’ve been ongoing for the last 2 years or so).
OH-LWL ready for boarding
From HEL I flew to Heathrow (LHR / EGLL), and ... Continue reading...
- Iceland: Reykjavik & Golden Circle January 24, 2019
I was supposed to go to Prague, Czech Republic last week, but was forced to cancel the trip on the morning I should’ve left because of leg problems. This was kind of infuriating, because that trip was something I had waited for a while, and I rarely have been forced to cancel my solo trips.
So of course I had to get a new trip to replace the cancelled one, and in the lottery inside my head the winner was Reykjavik, Iceland. It had been a dream of mine to some ... Continue reading...