Motivating myself to swim

Tonight I went swimming. Well, “tonight” means Friday night, which is when I’m writing this but it won’t actually be published until Sunday. I swam fairly regularly for a while but I haven’t been since February – possibly haven’t been since I did my lengths in Laugardalslaug’s warm Olympic-size outdoor pool. But I know I’m… More Motivating myself to swim

Estonian chocolate

The battle of the chocolate continues. I’ve taste-tested Swedish Marabou and Finnish Karl Fazer. Now I’m trying Estonian Kalev. Kalev, as far as I can tell, is named after a character in the Kalevala, which is a Finnish national epic. Estonia seems to be trying to stake a claim on it though, what with the Kalev chocolate… More Estonian chocolate

Tallinn Old Town

Before I went to Estonia, I think my impression of it was some kind of utopia with a bad history of being stolen. Now I’m back, I’m not entirely sure that’s inaccurate. From what I’ve read, Estonia has only been independent for 30-40 out of the last 700 years, 24 of which are the last… More Tallinn Old Town

Estonia: my apartment

Last week I went to Estonia for what worked out to be little more than a long weekend – late-ish flight out on Thursday plus early flight home on Monday effectively shrank it from five days to three. And there are plenty of post coming on the subject of Estonia but the first, and most… More Estonia: my apartment

Coconut cupcakes

Alright, I said there would never be anything about baking on here and now there is. We had “cooking” down on the programme at Rangers this week and what we eventually settled on was cake. Given the age of Rangers, I like to do real food with them – for a start, they’ve been making… More Coconut cupcakes

Lithuania 2011

In honour of the fact that I’m going to Estonia next week, it’s time to tell you about my first trip to the Baltics, back in March 2011. It was one of those “dart in a map” things, technically (not a literal dart in a literal map but somewhere chosen randomly because it existed and… More Lithuania 2011