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Swimming in Iceland

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All of you probably heard about Finnish baths where you swim in ice cold water, run and jump into sauna or a hot tub.

The same practice is also a part of living in Iceland. Monocle had a great coverage of economic crisis in Iceland last year. 2 months ago they went to Iceland one more time to see how people are coping with crisis. And the answer is swimming.

Swimming in icy water during a very cold winters day, then running for 200 meters and jump into 38 degrees hot water.

This is the way of surviving, way of feeling that you are still alive in Iceland. I would love to practice that sometime too and maybe I will go and pay a visit to Iceland next winter to do so.

It will also be nice to see my friends in Iceland FA as well 🙂 Maybe they will be joining me.

The pictures you see are from a public beach of Rejkjavik. It is called Ylströndin Nautholsvik.

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June 29, 2010 at 6:43 am

Top 25 Liveable Cities by Monocle

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My favourite magazine Monocle made their yearly list of 25 liveable cities once again and this time Munich became the most liveable city of the world according to Monocle rankings.

Munich was fourth in 2009 and second in 2008.

Here is the list of 25 cities in order:

25- Lisbon

24- Hamburg

23- Kyoto

22- Portland (New Entry)

21- Singapore

20- Auckland

19- Montreal

18- Oslo

17- Barcelona

16- Vancouver

15- Geneva

14- Fukuoka

13- Honolulu

12- Sydney

11- Berlin

10- Madrid

09- Melbourne

08- Vienna

07- Paris

06- Stockholm

05- Helsinki

04- Tokyo

03- Zurich

02- Copenhagen

01- Munich

Zurich was the most liveable city of the world last year and Copenhagen followed it. Istanbul is not in the list as there are many things to do in this huge city before applying for a place in the top 25.

Source: Monocle

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June 23, 2010 at 11:43 am

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If you need inspiration

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And of course if you are in Istanbul.

During a work day, not a weekend, preferably on a day of spring, go to Emirgan, sit down in a cafe close to Bosphorus.

Ask for some tea, some toast maybe. Read the daily papers, take a pen out and think about stuff that bothers you.

The solutions will come soon even not you will have some brilliant ideas. 1 hour before work will be some the greatest motivation you can get. But this place is very crowded during the weekends.

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May 13, 2010 at 9:28 am

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Geneva Airport Part 2

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About 8 months ago i wrote an article on Geneva Airport.

I was very unhappy with my last experiences there, so i wrote the article down to record in my blog. Now it is time to correct it. First of all Geneva Airport has improved lately.

The constructions are not effecting the airport operations. The passport police is more kinder than before. The time spend to reach the exit has been shortened.

I went there with 17 packets and the time of the delivery of these boxes took quite some time which is acceptable.

I have one more planned trip to Geneva in May. I will see whether things will get better or not. On the other hand Charles de Gaulle Airport of Paris is a crazy place. The biggest airport i have ever seen and not really organized. Maybe it is because of the strike but there were nowhere to sit in the F Terminal last week.

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February 28, 2010 at 8:05 pm

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Alila Villas

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Hadahaa Island of the Maldives is the home of Alila Villas. One of the best holiday resorts you can get.

There are 50 villas on the island, 14 of which is located on the sea. There is island wide Wi-Fi connection on the island as well.


If i become rich man making money on the net, i will buy one of these villas and live there.


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October 25, 2009 at 3:36 pm

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The Espresso Room

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The Espresso Room 1

I saw this great coffee shop in Monocle Issue 27.

It is in London and owned by Ben Townsend. It is only 10 square meters and perfectly decorated.

You can visit the shops webpage here.

Photo is courtesy of:

The Espresso Room 2

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October 11, 2009 at 8:03 pm

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Dream Destination #1

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Trento – Italy


-Historical, Nature, Lake Garda,

-Best place to live in Italy, selected in a survey

-Free Wi-Fi in city center.

-Vineyards close by.

-Microsoft recently opened a research lab in Trento. Purely for inspirational reasons.


Tips and ideas are from Monocle July-August 2009

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July 19, 2009 at 2:42 pm

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