Hello everyone, and welcome to Two Queens Travel Website!
We are a family of four; me, my spouse, and our two little dogs, and during the past decade we have lived in multiple countries, like Finland, Ireland, and Spain amongst others. Some might call us nomads, which in part might be completely true.
The Two Queens themselves come from Finland and from Malaysia. And we combined these two, quite different, cultures in Prague, the Czech Republic, back in 2009 by falling in love – and the rest is simply history in making!
Our passion is to travel, and as we both are chefs, food. When we can combine these two passions in our lives, it usually is a bliss. Also, as we both are ex-cabin crews, we are somewhat nuts about airplanes and air travel in general (especially Kalle, I was requested to add).
Kalle actually started blogging (in a manual form in a Small Black Book) back in 2000, and it is our intention to bring all those old texts to be part of the Two Queens Travel Website as well as document our new journeys. The world has changed a lot since those first recorded entries, but our desire to enhance our trips, and those of other people, has not. Having a passion to inspire others through our stories and photos has always been there.
We wish also to make you interested in travelling to places which you might hold a preconceived idea. We have noticed, over the years, that nothing holds you back from taking in a new destination as much as the thought: “It’s not for me, I don’t want to travel there as it is filled with tourists, I don’t see the point in travelling to a place where I am guaranteed to catch malaria” or something on those lines.
Not only have we travelled to many countries, but we both have lived in several – separate and together. Most recent moves for us were in 2019 when we moved to Andalucia, Spain in search of better, sunnier lifestyle. Then the COVID-19 happened and we were forced to head back north. Whilst the Europe is still in the grip of the virus, we are already looking to the future and the next endeavours!
When we were still living in Ireland, we got very familiar with a question: “Why did you move to Ireland from Finland?”
What we have learned over the course of years, it seems to amuse the locals that we chose to relocate to a new country, instead of living a fairly stable life in the country where we came from. As complex as the question is, the answer has always been quite simple:
There is beauty in the country where you choose to reside, be it your native country or home by choice. Spain, for instance, offers more laid-back and stress free living atmosphere compared to Finland. Ireland, on the other hand, is simply gorgeous when it comes to changing landscapes – you can take a photo of the same spot throughout the day and get a different quality of light. Light here seems to transform the landscape all the time!
Those qualities are the ones that the locals seem to have grown accustomed to more than those, who move there later on. Never forget the everyday beauty around you!
Did we mention that we are a family of four?
Back in 2017 we adopted a Poodle Boy from Malaysia, and in 2019 his real-life sister, the Poodle Girl came to us in Spain. Both of them are natural travellers, and this far they have, for instance, travelled with the Two Queens across the Western Europe. Mika, the Poodle Boy, has visited 16 countries this far, and his sister Lola, the Poodle Girl, is not far behind with her 14 countries.
So this is us. You will find more of all of this in our blog, Two Queens Travel Blog. You are more than welcome to comment on our posts, and you can also send us messages through the very handy contact the queens page.