Tag Archives: Sweden

The Importance of Ghost Towns

Travel planning is great fun and the anticipation of a long holiday makes it all the more exciting. Still, even the best laid plans don’t always work out as intended. Online timetables sometimes just don’t get it right, and promises of beautiful hostels in lovely locations can be disappointing. The first half of our 5-week […]

Winter Wonders

If you had a snowy Christmas this year, you may think (or even wish) that winter is over and done with. You might well be right of course, especially if you stay in the UK. On the other hand, if , like me, you love the snow and if you and the kids are still […]

A taste of summer

There are many things I love about travelling: meeting new people, exploring different cultures, and of course the journey itself.  However, as an enthusiastic cook and someone passionate about good food, I also really enjoy having the opportunity to try new, local dishes and if I’m really lucky, I might even get told how to […]

Midsummer Madness

Without a doubt, one of the most exciting train journeys we have taken during our backpacking holidays was the sleeper train from Tampere in Finland) to Rovaniemi, high up in the Arctic Circle.  We didn’t expect much really – a sleeper train after all is just the replacement of a bed in a hostel and […]

Trains and Bridges

Sooner or later, you will get it wrong.  That is a given and not something to be ashamed of.  We did too.  In fact, we made our first mistake on day one of our first ever backpacking trip.  We had planned it all so carefully.  We would start in Denmark, then travel to Sweden, Finland, […]

Itching and Scratching

My brother-in-law, Laurie, recently completed a 6-year part-time degree in archeology at the University of Bristol.  During his studies he spent most of his spare time visiting and exploring burial sites in the British Isles and continental Europe.   Before long we started to refer to his activities as ‘itching and scratching’.  Not very respectful, […]