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By Ilpo Juvander on 9/23/2015 11:00 AM
As 2015 summer is already over, I’m starting to think what to do on 2016.

I have visited many countries and places with my BMW and since this summer is 10th time I’m going somewhere with my bike I believe it is time to try something different.

In my garage I currently have BMW R1200GSA, KTM 500 EXC and KTM 690 SMC R and as a though I started thinking taking one of those KTM’s out.

KTM 500 EXC has a bit too short service interval, but others have done it so why not me? Going with this bike would certainly open up totally new roads compared to going with BMW, like this one:

ktm500exc

KTM 690 SMC R would also be an option, but as that is more of a *street* bike that might be too _boring_ trip.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 9/2/2015 7:56 AM
When looking at Hotel Price Index and it’s numbers from Finland I cannot stop wondering how these all can be so expensive? And all of these very much on same level?

Helsinki: 114€ Jyväskylä: 105€ Oulu: 106€ Turku: 110€ Vaasa: 110€ Maarianhamina: 134€ Rovaniemi: 107€ Lahti: 85€ During my travels across Europe I have always found cheaper options even in bigger cities. This year’s trip to Malta average price per night on hotels was 44€ and all of them included breakfast, some of them even for two especially on the way back when Max was with me.

In Finland you cannot really travel this cheap and lucky for me I’m not doing that! And not planning to do that either, not with these prices on the table.

Even going to Tallinn will drop the prices back to _normal_ level where one can easily find a place to sleep with 25€ and when paying 10€-15€ more breakfast is also included.

In Helsinki cheapest option today is 79,90€ per night...