NewkhskOn my first full day in Helsinki, I went to Suomenlinna, the Castle of Finland, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Once upon a time it was a sea fortress, back in the days when Finland used to belong to Russia and/or Sweden and perpetually got itself caught up in battles and sieges between its various… More Helsinki 2008 2: Suomenlinna
When I was a kid and a teenager, I spent all of my summers on holiday with Keycamp – camping for people who don’t like camping, really. You arrive on a campsite to find your tent or caravan all ready for you to move in, fully equipped with plates and wine glasses and pillows and… More Eurocamping as an adult
Today’s blog is not about travel or adventures. It’s about me, because I know you want to learn twenty-four random facts about me! In real life, I’m a business development administrator two days a week and a statistical researcher two other days. This means I know things like how many boats there are in the… More 24 facts about me!
Last week I went camping in northern France with my sister and we had to go to Disneyland Paris. This was not my choice or indeed my preference. I first went to Disneyland Paris on a school trip in the summer of 2000 when it was a novelty and also when Disney-mania was not quite… More A Disney-hater’s day at Disneyland Paris
And with that delightful title, I almost don’t want to tell you that… I didn’t love Copenhagen. Back in 2012, Her Majesty had a Diamond Jubilee and we all got an extra day off work tacked onto a bank holiday weekend, giving us four days off in a row (well, those of us who work… More Copenhagen: where stories come to life
In this latest edition of Wessex Watchtower (and I still hate that name, so if you can think of anything better, please let me know!), I’m off to Longleat. Back when it opened in 1966, it cost £1 per car in order for the Lord Bath of the time to pay some of the costs of… More Wessex Watchtower: Longleat
It’s May and the sun is shining so when better for a photoset of some of my favourite pictures from Tromsø in February. Tromsø is easily the most photogenic place I’ve ever been and I put so many of them on Instagram for so long that I couldn’t imagine sharing this photoset in any shape other than… More Photoset: Tromsø 2017
Appenzell is a lovely little corner of Switzerland, virtually untouched by the 21st century. It’s farming country, full of rolling hills and moo-cows and villages made of traditional wooden houses. In Switzerland, voting is taken seriously and done canton by canton and Appenzell Innerrhoden, one of the two Appenzell half-cantons stills vote in the traditional… More Year Abroad: Appenzell
Something very exciting happened two weeks ago. My Bronze DofE badge and certificate arrived in the post! For anyone who hasn’t encountered DofE, it’s the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, done in three levels (Bronze, Silver & Gold) and stereotypically involves two to five days of walking in the rain over inhospitable territory like Dartmoor. The… More DofE – as an adult!
This is one of those travel things you use at home rather than while travelling. I don’t get through all that many currencies – mostly I have Icelandic and Norwegian kroner which I know I’ll use again in the next year or two, I seem to go back to Switzerland about every five years and… More Useful Travel Items: Multi Currency piggybank