Stalking Olaf

In 2011 I went to Norway, specifically to a town on the west coast called Trondheim, Norway’s third “most populous municipality”. I know there are technical differences but for simplicity, let’s call it Norway’s third biggest city. Trondheim was founded as the capital in the late tenth century by the king at the time, Olaf… More Stalking Olaf

A Bear in a Boat: RYA Level One beginner’s sailing course

My latest adventure was a RYA Level 1 course – that is, a sailing course for an absolute beginner and this time I really am an absolute beginner. I finished my climbing course on Friday night and first thing on Saturday morning, I was heading down to the harbour. I’ve lived within half an hour’s… More A Bear in a Boat: RYA Level One beginner’s sailing course

The Big Gig: Wembley 2015

The Big Gigs have become a regular fixture in Girlguiding’s calendar. Originally, they happened at Wembley once a year – maybe even once every two years – but they now seem to happen at least a couple of times a year and they’re spread around the country. As far as I can see, there have been… More The Big Gig: Wembley 2015

The Iron Ore Line: the train from Sweden to Norway

In March 2014, I went off on a whistlestop tour of Lapland; that is, I had about forty-eight hours in northern Sweden followed by about forty-eight hours in northern Norway, because I wanted to go to Lapland and for some reason, I was finding it difficult to access the more remote parts of northern Finland. I… More The Iron Ore Line: the train from Sweden to Norway