Tag: offbeat

Museum of Broken Relationships & the Zagreb 80s Museum

Among Zagreb’s many highlights, add museums to your list of must-dos. Two in particular have stood out to me for their poignant combination of humor and mourning: The Museum of Broken Relationships and the 80s Museum.
Somerville Illuminations Tour

Illuminations Tour: Oh Light-Up Town of Somerville

If you find yourself in the Boston area over the holidays, do not miss Somerville's OTT holiday displays! The Somerville Illuminations Tour, sponsored by the Somerville Arts Council, guides you to the best homes. My friend and I walked over to a little neighborhood filled with Blockbuster Traditional Homes, where the name of the game is the light-up nativity.
What the Fluff

What the Fluff? Somerville’s Ooey-Gooey Festival

What the Fluff, the oddball annual Union Square, Somerville, Massachusetts, festival celebrating the gooey marshmallow confection is a hoot. My personal history with Fluff includes travels with a tub of it, and I've shared some of my favorite snaps from Europe and the US here. Updated with details for 2023.
Vappu, Kaivopuisto

Vappu in Helsinki: Finland Comes Out to Party

Vappu, or the First of May celebration in Finland, is something to experience. Vappu in Helsinki kicks off on April 30 (also known as Vappuaatto, or Vappu Eve) with a raucous donning of a graduation cap on a statue that I think the entire country comes out to watch. The celebration continues the next day with a giant picnic in Kaivopuisto, a lovely park near where I stayed. Vappu remains one of my top travel memories. Now updated with tips for planning your trip! Important updates for 2024.