It all started with a Finnish blueberry pie I wanted to bake. Three weeks in home office have lead to that, and looking at the store shelves in K-Citymarket, many people have had the same idea. What you need for Mustikkapiirakka: flour (jauho), baking powder (leivinjauhe), eggs, butter, blueberries and potato starch (perunajauho) if you’ll use frozen berries. I made a list carefully and headed to store full of confidence. Turns out, almost every item on the list was hard to spot. Perunajauho was well hidden among all types of jauho. Leivinjauhe was hiding on a different shelf than most…


Between October 2019 and February 2020, I lived in Berlin in order to finish my degree at the Technical University. I decided to make the most of my stay. Meaning: I went to the gym every day, wrote a master thesis on good (and not so good) scientific practices, flew a Cessna and an Airbus A320 in a flight simulator, and went on many discovery trips across the city, in search of art and/or food. This is what this article is about — my subjectively chosen top places. The stuff TripAdvisor doesn’t tell you about, really.


Hyvää itsenäisyyspäivää, Suomi! Today, on the 6th of December, the tiny, beautiful Nordic country of Finland celebrates 102 years of being independent.

On this occasion, I decided to write about a data visualization project I did for fun in September when I was doing an Intermediate course in Finnish. After two years of studying the language which inspired Tolkien to create Elvish, I realised that I have been for a while in the situation which Germans call “Not seeing the forest because of all the trees.”

Finnish has a gazillion of word types (for nouns, adjectives, numbers, etc) and verb…


Moving to a new country is associated with many challenges. We talk and search for information about many of them such as finances, finding housing, bureaucracy, while we often ignore others. Such a challenge is stress: physical and emotional. After ten years in various countries such as Germany, Finland and Japan, I have gathered some observations that I describe in this article — from the role of oatmeal to what we can learn from Golden Retriever dogs to deal with stress. (The article was first published in Bulgarian on my blog.)

The preparation

Leaving a country suddenly is relatively rare. There is…


Today, the 24th of May, is the Day of Cyrillic alphabet and Bulgarian culture. It is also the day of high school graduation. Ten years ago, my schoolmates and I wore our most beautiful dresses and celebrated the end of an era. All doors were open for us. Recently, I decided to have a quick look where everyone is and since I’m passionate about data, it turned out as a data visualization with sankeymatic.

And when I say “everyone”, I mean my schoolmates from the three schools I’ve been to: my primary school (1st to 5th grade), the Math &…


Startup experience was one of the courses I was impatient to take at Aalto. Organised by Aalto Venture Programme (AVP), it is an essential part of the EIT Digital Master, a two years masters degree at leading technical universities in Europe developing the tech leaders of the future. EIT stands for European Institute of Innovation and Technology. During my exchange year at Aalto, I visited many courses offered for EIT students and they are some of my closest friends here. Startup experience was a new type of bonding for some of us.

I applied as a CEO with a concrete…


We are Pulseath, an international team of entrepreneurial tech students at Aalto University in Finland. We want to revolutionize the way back pain is treated, with the power of the newest technology. For that, we went on the field and spoke with people.

What people say is not what people do

We spoke with different people about their back pain and two groups crystalized out of that: office people who sit for long hours and frequent gym goers. Both groups experience back pain regularly — out of inactivity or too much and asymmetrical muscle activity. Very often, these groups overlap. We asked the latter group “How do you…


So I came again to Finland, this time for an exchange year at its interdisciplinary forerunner university — Aalto. When I started using the web portal to register for lectures, I had to go through a short questionnaire. Coming from oh-so-concerned-about-data Germany, I rose eyebrows at the question if I’d allow information about the lectures I visited including my grades to be forwarded to third parties including recruiters. How little I knew about the infrastructure behind it at that point…

An illustration of the different approach towards digitalization between Finland and Germany are the student cards. Back in the days…


I remember the first time seeing the banner of Slush and how I felt I want to be there, I want to be part of it. It was at the time as I was organizing my internship at a start-up in Finland, November 2016. Now, one year later my wish came true.

Slush is huge. As much as I want it, I can’t talk to every each and one of the 20k attendees and can’t multiply myself to see all the talks. So, I had to choose beforehand where to go and what to do. My main motivation for Slush…


Kajaani is one of the many sweet spots of Finland that stay unknown and undiscovered besides the main attractions in Lapland and Helsinki. Located 9 hours by train northerly from Helsinki and around 8 hours southerly from Rovaniemi, Kajaani is pretty much the middle of these two. Accepting the invitation of a close friend who grew up there, I decided on spending a weekend in June.

Coming from Tampere which is a rather young city, I was curious about the history of Kajaani. Main remains of the town built in the year 1651 are the ruins of the northernmost castle…

Maggie Mishinova

Finland-based UX designer, passionate about humans, errors, technology, data visualization and entrepreneurship. Also loves Finland a lot.

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