Visby – A Medieval Treasure

Visby is a small town on the island of Gotland that you can reach by either plane or by taking a ferry from Nynäshamn. The terminal is an hour south of Stockholm by pendaltåg or flybussen, and the ferry itself is about three and a half hours before docking right at Visby. While you can drive on the ferry most seemed to walk on, and the tickets range from basic (which allows you to sit just anywhere in cafeteria area) […]

Uppsala for a Day

Last week I had the pleasure of accompanying a friend to Uppsala for the day. The small university town is not that far north of Stockholm, just a bit beyond Arlanda airport, and I even know quite a few people who commute up that way for work. I’ve been there only once before for a dinner, and the pouring rain meant I didn’t get much of a chance to see the town before dinner happened and then we headed straight […]

Maybe Liechtenstein

To get to Liechtenstein from Zurich we took the train to Sargans, where you can catch a bus that will take you into the next country. Being very small, Liechtenstein is essentially just over the water from Switzerland and your view will usually be of the bigger country. Crossing over the bridge, the bus circles around different parts. Getting off at Vaduz Aus we took another bus part way up the mountainside before having to switch to a shuttle, to […]

Lucerne Carnival

Bright and early on a Monday morning we took the train out to Lucerne from Zurich. It was about a 45 minute ride, so we grabbed coffee at a place called Oscar at the train station (with a very friendly man working the till), then boarded for adventure! Our original plan was to meet a free waking tour just outside the station under the archway, then to head to the glacier museum for some learning along with a stroll through […]

Zurich Walking Tours

Sunday in Zurich was going to be a day of exploring. A quick search online (surprisingly quick since you usually have to sift through a few things to find a good one) directed us to Free Walk Zurich. The site offered several different options for free walks around different parts of the city as well as a few paid options such as a pub crawl. We saw that we were able to take two different walks on the same day, so […]

Pairing Books with Travel

I love the idea of pairing things. But it’s one thing to pair food with wine, but what food with books, or wine with books? Perhaps more universally loved would be tea with books, searching out the perfect cup with flavours that match the book, be it region, flavour profiles described withing the story, or even the mood. Of course this is easier if the person doing the pair ups has both tasted the drink and read the book, as […]

Prague – Playing Tourist

Recently a travel blog I follow recommended a Rick Steves audio tour for a trip, so I got the app (Rick Steves Audio Europe) and decided I would check it out when playing tourist by myself the next time I had a chance. As it happens, the app has a walking tour of Prague and the start point was easy to get to from my hotel, so I started there. Well, I started with a coffee, because it was freezing out […]

Prague – Out on the Town

For a very long time Prague has been high on my visitation wish list. This was not helped by friends who lauded its splendour or books set there that utilized every beautiful feature of the city in the story. It has intense history and fantastic lore tied to it. Last year was going to be the time, finally, and then things didn’t work out. This time is seemed as if things also wouldn’t work out. I was losing hope that […]

North America 2 – Kelowna

You probably haven’t heard of Kelowna if you aren’t from British Columbia. But what do I know, maybe you have. It’s a very popular tourist location, and if I were someone visiting Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley I would love it. Lake, ski mountains, wineries, it is a tourist hotspot! We even have our very own lake monster, Ogopopo (cousin to the Loch Ness monster). But when I lived there it was boring. There was almost nothing to do and […]

North America 1 – Los Angeles

For the first week of our three week adventure in North America we visited my sister in Los Angeles. Recently SAS added the option to fly direct to LA from Stockholm, making it the second city (after San Francisco) on the west coast you can fly direct to. Upon realizing this while figuring out our visit, we decided this was perfect; my sister moved to LA just before we moved to Sweden, so the timing to visit was never right. […]