Adventures in England 3 – Oxford

Ah, Oxford, one of my favourite places in the world. Full of literary tidbits and treasures for the bibliophile and general book lover alike. From Bath we took the train, transferring at one point, travelling with my parents and their friends from abroad. Some cabbed from Oxford Station to the inn with the luggage while the rest of us walked, though we took the least scenic route to get there. Even so, it was a nice walk and wasn’t long […]

Adventures in England 2 – Bath

Leaving London saw us up very early, before breakfast was even ready, getting a bus to Victoria Station before walking a little bit to Victoria Coach Station (not the same place, fair warning) for a bus to Bath. The bus was delayed twice on the road by sudden accidents or diversions, so three hours was closer to four, but we eventually made it. Getting off at Spa Station, we walked the short jaunt to the water where we were staying […]

Adventures in England 1 – London

“There and back again…”* Nearly four years after my one other time being to England, I returned with Boyface to meet up with my parents, doing a very similar trip to the one I’d done before. But while we were meeting with family and friends, we altered our own itinerary to suit our shorter availability and personal needs. And by that I mean we started in London for a few days, just the two of us, finally getting a much […]

A Weekend in Warsaw

Our weekend in Warsaw was brief and a bit unexpected. We just so happened to be there for Independence Day, and given the nature of how it is celebrated there our plans altered a little bit to avoid some of the craziness. On the Thursday we arrived, after cabbing into downtown and then walking to our hotel,  we chilled in our room and the bar, getting in late enough to not warrant the long journey back into town (it was […]

Capers & Coasters in Copenhagen

After the cancellation of yet another major trip (so many plans keep falling apart this year) I realized that at that same time my friend Zen on a Plane was going to be in the area, so I messaged her and a plan was hatched! She flew into Stockholm on Thursday and after some necessary wandering, including to the vegan bakery to stock up on supplies, we took the train to Copenhagen on Friday morning. From Stockholm Central to Copenhagen […]

Paris On A Whim

My lovely sister found herself on a work trip in Europe and decided to take a weekend in Paris, so naturally I found a last minute cheap flight and hopped along over to join her. My flights were through Helsinki, which feels annoying as you fly back over Sweden to get to Paris from there, and the flight from Stockholm to Helsinki is less than an hour. Luckily my connection times, including a bunch of little delays on the way […]

Baltic Adventures 2 – Tallinn

Generally speaking, Tallinn is usually only on someone’s radar if they are taking a cruise to St Petersburg from Stockholm or Copenhagen and see that Estonia is one stop along the way. And for that same reason the city itself, or at least old town, is full of tourists of that nature, the cruise tourists. I have nothing against them, by the way, and have myself been one, I’m just saying, that makes it crowded with people who have to […]

Baltic Adventures 1 – Helsinki (Again)

When we had some friends visiting who were interested in going to Tallinn, I remembered all the fun of last year’s overnight cruise to Helsinki and recalled that Tallinn as also an option. So after so creative booking, we had a mini Baltic adventure booked that would take us around three countries in a few days. Taking the same boat as last time, we went overnight to Helsinki, enjoying a few drinks and some dancing/performances in the lounge before turning […]

Kungliga Slottet aka All the Tours

Kungliga Slottet in Stockholm is the king’s palace situated on Gamla Stan, where the Swedish royals reside for part of the year. Year round you can witness the changing of the guards, though the length and performance will certainly depend on the weather. And you can also purchase a ticket to see various parts of the castle. With selected guided tours costing an extra 20:- each, you can visit three (and in summer four) different parts of the palace for […]

Birka – Sweden’s “First City”

Earlier this month Boyface’s brother was visiting, his first trip across the pond, and after a couple of weeks venturing Eastern Europe they returned to Stockholm where we had some Swedish fun times. Aside from the mandatory (to me at least) visit to the Vasamuseet and some other wanderings, we decided to finally make the day trip to the viking village of Birka. All I knew was that it was recently uncovered, was a two hour boat ride from Stockholm […]