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Scenes From a Baltic Sea Cruise Between Helsinki and Stockholm

Contrary to popular belief, going on a cruise can be a cool experience for independent travelers and people under the age of 65. I say this not to be snide, […]

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Trainsetting Europe: Getting Down With Ghent

Following my afternoon of fun in the sun with 15,000 other tourists in Bruges, it was onwards to Ghent/Gent. The third largest city in Belgium. Since it is conveniently on […]

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Trainsetting Europe: In Bruges

Since I committed myself to conquering most of Belgium in one day on The Blonde Gypsy Ambition Tour, I had to move fast and make some pretty bold decisions. Bold […]

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Why Every Traveler Needs to See Finnish Lapland Before They Die

Visiting Lapland in Finland is and shall remain one of my all-time favorite travel experiences which is why I’ve decided to put the word out to all travelers that it […]

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Songs to Rock While Traveling the World – Volume 1

I was recently asked by a online music streaming service to create a travel themed playlist for their site. Given my love for incorporating jams into my blog posts whenever […]


6 Things You Shouldn’t Miss (But Might) in Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki is one capital I didn’t think I’d return to or ever consider as one of my favorites in Europe given my limited first experience with it, but after spending […]


How To Spend a Day in Turku, Finland

For many, including myself, Turku, Finland is usually just a quick stop on a cruise over from Stockholm or on the way to Helsinki. This is a shame really as […]

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The Blonde Gypsy Ambition Tour: Mission Accomplished

This round-up of The Blonde Gypsy Ambition Tour is coming a bit late and my apologies for that. To be 100% honest, I was dealing with a travel burnout and […]


Mostar, I Think We’re Alone Now

You should always know you’re in for a challenge when you travel off-season, but never, and I repeat, NEVER, let that deter you from doing so. I’ve talked before about […]


Searching for Ringed Seal Nests on Lake Saimaa, Finland

It’s been said before, but traveling, more than anything else in this world, provides you with the most well-rounded education. Whether you make a conscious decision to do so or […]


On My European To Do List…Greece

The fact that I haven’t been to Greece yet irritates me. I’ve brought it to the trip planning table so many times in the past 10 years, but it always […]

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The Blonde Gypsy Ambition Tour

It was either go big or go home after my awesome trip through Finland so like Madonna circa 1990, I’m heading off on a huge blond(e) ambition tour of my […]

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Reindeer Herding in Samiland

There are certain travel experiences that are simply indescribable because no words could ever do them justice. My first time being on the tundra in Samiland (near Nuorgam in northern […]

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Gypsy Guide to International Cocktails

This post has been a long time coming and most definitely not going to be the last of its kind. As a half-Russian, I was pretty much born with a […]


Traveling Between Helsinki and Tallinn By Ferry

Surprise – I’m in Tallinn, Estonia! Actually, if you are better at geography than me, then you might have made a logical guess that Estonia was where I was going […]

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The Blonde Gypsy Will Be Exploring Finland!

From the depths of the Caribbean to the heights of the Arctic Circle (on a map), I bet you didn’t see this one coming, did you? I’m writing this message […]

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Straight Outta Compton: Things to Do in South Central

If you are a fan of N.W.A. or any other hardcore gangster rap groups like I am, you owe it to yourself to visit South Central at some point in […]

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Scenes From a Holiday in St. Lucia

  If you’ve been following The Blonde Gypsy on Facebook or Instagram, then you know the reason for my silence on the blog lately was understandable: I went on holiday […]

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Hunting for Krasnoludki in Wrocław, Poland

One of the best decisions I have ever made was stopping in Wrocław, Poland in the midst of making my move from Sweden to Ukraine in the summer of 2011. […]

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Sounds from Sweden: An Interview with Pixie Carnation

Sweden is a powerhouse when it comes to giving the world amazing music so it was only a matter of time before an interview with a Swedish band surfaced on […]