I am sitting on the buss with butterflies in my stomach. The buss will drive me to the airport, where I will jump on a flight first to Copenhagen and then to Singapore. Normally I would not feel anxious, but this time I’m not going for a holiday or a winery visit – I am heading for Slush Singapore. I have been up since 3am to get used to the time zone change. Continue reading “Hello Singapore!”
Two weeks ago, I was still clutching on to my winter coat – today the sun is warming the city like its July. The change in weather during the past few weeks has been phenomenal. Everyone hopes it will last through the coming months, and signify the best summer known in decades, but we all know it won’t. I am a realist, and by midsummer the cold will be back. But, that’s the wonderful thing in the Nordics: a beautiful day and everyone forgets they had a thousand things to do. We Finns run out to bathe in the uncommon warmth of the sun as if it the only day of the summer. Live in the moment – fantastic! I celebrated the weather with a nice photo-walk, and I found some novel places, that I am very happy to recommend to you. Continue reading “Helsinki Summer City”
Today I want to write about one of the greatest things I have been working on the past year, our Tripsteri travel app, that was finally officially launched this week. And when you launch something that great, you have to have a party, right! I had very little to do with it, but my girls had put together a super event at our office in Helsinki. We had some awesome raw pizzas, vegan chocolate cake, Moritz beer and newly launched Kyrö distillery Bitter Rye with Fever Tree aromatic tonic. For viewing frankly the best travel app there is, you can visit the app store and search for Tripsteri, and for reading more about the concept and about our company, visit www.tripsteriapp.com Continue reading “Wineweek 173: The Launch Party”
What is a great week in Barcelona made of? Sun, sand and the sea, and great food accompanied by cava. We really got lucky with the weather, as well as choice of restaurants. If one is allowed to complain about something, it was the beds in our rental apartment. They were rock hard. So we slept poorly. I actually needed the weekend to recover from our vacation. Continue reading “Wineweek 153: Barcelona in Pictures”
I have thins pinch in my stomach again. I know why it is there – I have felt it before. Many times. I felt it when I quit my job and left Finland five years ago, I felt it when I started my first, second and third company, and I felt it two weeks ago on Tuesday when I pressed “send” on the application for my fourth limited company, which I share with five amazing colleagues. Tripsteri App Oy was born on the 13th of September in Helsinki, Finland, and a week after, we won the Uutisraivaaja innovation grant giving us a fair chance at succeeding in the tough app-market. I am on the road again – and there is no turning back. Continue reading “Wineweek 152: On the Road – Always!”
This weekend has given me hope that there will be summer. Its been sunny all weekend and warm, well at least in the sun. You can suck in some of the Stockholm May madness in the pictures below. I have caught some kind of hay fever though, so no wine for me. At least not on Saturday. Its a waste to drink with a blocked nose. But on Friday I was still healthy and enjoyed a night out with a friend at Woodstockholm, one of the best wine haunts in the city. Continue reading “Wineweek 131: Grand Champagne Coming”
This weekend, I have using time on my travel guide on Tripsteri. Our great team of talented media-professionals (not talking about me) made it to the finale of a Finnish media innovation competition, Uutisraivaaja; we have signed a book deal for a series of printed travel books, and last and probably least I have a post coming out on Tuesday on the star studded Michelin-scene in Stockholm. I already wrote to you about that, but now I have some awesome pictures that will make you crave for a night out in the city Continue reading “Wineweek 123: What it Means to Believe in Yourself”
I have finally realized why I am always so inclined to start my weekly posts with the weather. It is because I have now lived two years in Stockholm and I am becoming more Swedish by the day. How do I come to this conclusion? This week I was drafting a post for my travel site (www.tripsteri.fi) about how to talk with a swede. For that purpose, I also asked about five to ten of my friends and colleagues about topics they discuss both with friends and strangers. The first thing on everyone’s lips was the weather. I even think someone made a joke that the Swedes have become the British of the north.
The main content of my writing was about the discussion topics in Sweden being very general, to make sure you do not offend anyone. If one wants to discuss something serious, like politics, one must make a careful note in the start of the conversation about being slightly bothered regarding serious discussions being such a taboo. This way you make it clear you know what you are getting into. Well, wine is not a serious topic. At least it is not for me. The Swedes I talk to about wine always make a note though, that they know nothing about it. This is also a warm-up to make sure I do not take the discussion too seriously (and do not get offended). Every country have their rituals.
This week I have unfortunately been sick. I have caught the flu. My throat is very sore, and I feel drowsy. Luckily I have not lost that much of my palate, as we had our customer champagne tasting on Saturday. We invited all of our customers who ordered at our spring tasting to sample a range of private label bubblies from the UK. Now, I will write a separate post on the tasting. But just as a quick sum-up: we tasted seven wines, four of them were private label champagnes, two of them were from the original producers, and one was not a champagne at all, it was a cava (nobody guessed that though). We did the tasting blind to be able to have as objective results as possible.
The coming week will be very exciting. We will be flying to Tokyo for a five day food trip. Why Tokyo? The currency exchange rate is right now very favorable. We will be doing quite many nice restaurants and all of them for a fairly affordable price. For the drinks section, we will be trying out some local rice wine, Sake. So if you have any Sake tips, please let me know. We will of course have a look around for wine as well (as always), but I really doubt that it is that interesting. Who knows, I have been surprised before. We have quite a hectic schedule the coming week, so I will probably not be writing that much. Let’s see what I can conjure during the long flight from Copenhagen. And of course I will be posting photos. October is not the most beautiful month of the year, but Tokyo is so colorful that it really doesn’t matter.
That was all the wine action for this week. Next time I will be posting, it will be from the land of the rising sun. Have a great week you all!