As South Korea gears up for the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics, Blue Wings takes a sneak peek at the local ski culture in Gangwon-do province. It might surprise travellers that South Korea, best loved for its vibrant food and buzzing metropolis, is emerging as one of the world’s most exciting destinations for skiers and snowboarders. Read More


13.12.2016
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The rise of a new cocktail culture in the Spanish capital celebrates quality both in the glass and the setting.   1. Who’s counting the martinis? The beverage of choice at the Dry Martini Bar is – not surprisingly – the martini. The bar is a conceptual copy of its big brother in Barcelona, frequently Read More


09.12.2016
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The coffee vending machine stands all but forgotten in the corner of Harry’s Coffee Shop. That’s because the visitors of this Tokyo café have something more interesting to hold than a latte: baby hedgehogs. Opened last spring in the Roppongi entertainment district, Harry’s is the world’s first hedgehog café. At any given time, the one-room Read More


06.12.2016
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Finnair’s inflight magazine Blue Wings caught up with Santa Claus on his recent visit to Japan. Although Santa stays impossibly busy throughout the year, his flight crew and cabin crew —Dasher, Dancer, and all the others — refuse to work any shift except Christmas Eve. So, for the other 364 days of the year, Santa Read More


29.11.2016
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Three investors share stories of lucky encounters made at Slush, the business world’s equivalent of speed dating. Eyes lock across a crowded room, sparks fly, and a love affair begins – though not of the romantic variety. At Slush, Europe’s largest start-up event, the wooing and schmoozing is all about finding the perfect business soulmate. Read More


25.11.2016
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If the view from the peaks of the Jungfrau region doesn’t take your breath away, the journey downhill certainly will – be it on skis, sled, or foot. Standing among the pitch-black Bernese Alps, cold air nipping at my cheeks, our bus driver Samuel Zumbrunn recommends I turn off my flashlight and look up. Taking Read More


22.11.2016
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Environmental responsibility is part of Iceland’s national psyche. Here are five of the most sustainably minded spots for conscious travellers to visit. 1. Stylish sustainability Housed in a former inn for workers at the Nesjavellir Geothermal Power Plant, an hour’s drive from Reykjavik, Ion Adventure Hotel is a real Icelandic gem. The converted hotel is Read More


18.11.2016
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Nordic meets Japanese at Kamome, where the eatery’s famed story continues. For ten years, a tiny café in Helsinki’s Punavuori district enjoyed huge popularity among Japanese visitors after featuring in the cult film Kamome Shokudo. Its story nearly came to an end when the owners decided to retire last year, but entrepreneur Hideki Ogawa – Read More


15.11.2016
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Stay warm and snug on a wintry minibreak in the South Korean capital. High tea, low table Offering heated floors and an array of warm pick-me-ups, traditional Korean teahouses are just the ticket for escaping the winter chills. Cha Masineun Tteul is often touted as one of the city’s best spots for an authentic teahouse Read More


11.11.2016
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