24 Hours in Vienna

Vienna Airport to Central There’s an airport train for about 20€ but if you want to be smart, take an ÖBB train, a local regular Austrian one. Directly from the airport station to WHBF Wien Hauptbahnhof / Central. It takes about 20 minutes and feels like a first class carriage. Actual first class has aContinue reading “24 Hours in Vienna”

24 Hours in Riga

Bus from Estonia to Riga, Latvia I took the LuxExpress bus from Viljandi, Estonia to Riga, Latvia via Pärnu. The bus was spacious, modern and calmly driven. Its a short trip to Pärnu from Viljandi, around an hour. Thanks to the large windows you can enjoy the flat but otherwise colourful autumn landscape. Green spruce,Continue reading “24 Hours in Riga”

Italian backpacker shares pasta carbonara recipe with a twist in Australia.

Meet Irina of Tuscany, a vespa riding Italian chef émigré to Australia. Together, we share a bottle of wine with her French partner who has just arrived from Alice Springs (by car) and a German exchange student enrolled at Bond University. In our shared Airbnb, Irina cooks a vegetarian carbonara pasta dish. The recipe isContinue reading “Italian backpacker shares pasta carbonara recipe with a twist in Australia.”

A Stalker’s Souvenir

Seeing as we’re all looking back at travel photos and stories during this COVID19 pandemic, thought I’d share this one… We’d arrived at a souvenir store of sorts in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Generally I avoid these stores because I find them boring and tacky, but this time, I reluctantly agreed. “I’ll just wait here”Continue reading “A Stalker’s Souvenir”

100 Reasons to Visit Estonia

1. It’s Medieval AF! 2. Day trips to Helsinki! 3. The Forests and Fresh Air 4. Estonian Design is Cool! 5. It’s Europe on a Budget 6. You’re Single? 7. You like Smart People 8. You Drink Craft Beer 9. Luxury Spa Hotels… 10. Because… Hipster Cafés 11. Personal Space and Privacy! 12. Mushroom SeasonContinue reading “100 Reasons to Visit Estonia”

COVID-19 Part 1/2: The Bad

Since my last post a lot in the world has changed. We’ve left Estonia and returned to Brisbane to be with family, to pursue professional work, financial interests and just generally enjoy the Australian lifestyle for a moment. This was always the post Sabbatical plan and we’ll remain here until we return to Estonia inContinue reading “COVID-19 Part 1/2: The Bad”

How Much Money I Spent in Estonia

Want to know how much money you need to live in Estonia? Short answer: you need 20,000€ – 25,000€ p.a. Well, kind of. It depends. “How long is a piece of string?“. How much money (“raha”) you need depends on your lifestyle, where you live and whether or not you have a serious caffeine addictionContinue reading “How Much Money I Spent in Estonia”

European Sabbatical

Running into an old friend when it’s been a while. A long while. You know the feeling. “so what have you been up to?”, you’re lost for words. So much has happened… This is where we’re at right now, you and I. As the new year begins I’m reflecting on my European sabbatical. I’m askingContinue reading “European Sabbatical”

Prague, Czech Republic

Your solo trip to Prague, #Czechia could be boring or even scary if you’re not prepared. Want to avoid scams and enjoy Prague? Read on to experience “Paris of the East” in a unique way. You’ll learn a lot about Czechia from this post. I promise! But first a little background story. Why Prague? InContinue reading “Prague, Czech Republic”

Cyprus and The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus

1 October 2019. Today #Cyprus celebrates its independence. The other week, a wedding invitation saw me flying to Paphos. I’d never planned to visit Cyprus and so I’d not given it much thought. As I read about Cyprus I soon realised I was in for an interesting trip. I wondered if Cyprus is part ofContinue reading “Cyprus and The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus”

Jess Perriam

Digital sociologist and researcher

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Stuck in Sydney and posting old photos I've taken with various camera phones over the years. To make it more interesting, now in Black and White with sarcastic commentary.

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Receptionist on Duty

As a guest service agent in a hotel, I'll be sharing on my blog fun stories related to my work and also give local tips about my hometown, Tallinn! I hope you will enjoy your temporary stay on my blog while reading my posts and hopefully I can welcome you back with more engaging stories. You are also welcome to follow me on Instagram @vee.valaja.