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 […]

New Things – February 2017

Once again about half a month late, but better than late than never? I was too busy living the things I was doing and, of course, writing about those individual things. But here it is, the probably not comprehensively list of new things I did or tried or ate or whatever’d in February this year! Visited Switzerland: As well as being a country I’d never visited, I got to go to two different cities in Switzerland, including Zurich (where we did […]

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 […]

A Record of New Things

I will begin by prefacing that in general my “resolution” for the new year is to try something new during the year. Do something I haven’t done before, go somewhere I haven’t been, eat something I’ve never tried… It doesn’t matter what it is. I started a couple of years ago to strive for this goal in order to broaden my horizons, perhaps learn something new about myself. It’s a revised version of the idea that you should do something […]

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 […]

A Day in Amsterdam

While we were staying in Rotterdam last weekend Boyface and I took a free day to go to Amsterdam. Our hotel was luckily fairly close to Rotterdam Centraal, and our timely walk there meant we walked past one of the Olliebollen carts just as it was opening. They didn’t have a lot ready yet, including the bolls, but they did have waffles and apple beignets, so we each got a beignet to tide us over for the train. There are […]