You may know I’m a Guide & Ranger leader. You may not know I’m a member of the Trefoil Guild. That’s “Guiding for Adults”, although I usually describe it as “Brownies for grown-ups”. The Trefoil have meetings, do what they like and have no unit leader responsibilities. All the fun, none of the hassle. However,… More I finished my Bronze Voyage Award!
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
I’ve done two posts about my short trip to Tromsø back in February – one about searching for the Northern Lights and one about going out snowshoeing. This post is about my trip up the cable car. Tromsø is over two hundred miles north of the Arctic Circle. This means the days can be short or… More Tromsø 2017: the cable car
I don’t know what it is about snowshoeing that has such a hold over me. I began wanting to try it when I was at the Altitude Festival in 2012 but I couldn’t fit it in my hectic schedule of snowboarding lessons, paraglides off snowy Alps and long evenings of comedy. I wanted to do… More Norway 2017: A snowshoeing triumph
This post was originally going to be about the evils of booking.com (and I stand by that – never use them, they are evil) but now it’s not. Norway was simply too nice to waste an entire post on something as unpleasant as booking.com. It wasn’t an auspicious start. I had to get up at… More Norway 2017: The Northern Lights are like women in fashion magazines
Anglophones have a pretty bad – if mostly accurate – reputation for not learning languages. I don’t know about other Anglophone countries but here in the UK, when I was at school, everyone learnt French from at least secondary school and everyone had to take at least one language at GCSE and yet if you… More I am learning Norwegian!
This time last year, I was getting ready for my first ever trip to somewhere really and truly remote – Svalbard, a frozen archipelago separated from northermost mainland Europe by five hundred miles of Arctic Ocean. As a destination for travellers and tourists, Svalbard is developing a certain popularity – a popularity severely limited, for… More What is it about Svalbard?
This is an experiment. I started using Instagram so I didn’t have to resize my photos and upload them to my limited WordPress storage space and then, in the last couple of days, I’ve got a bit addicted to it and I notice that people respond more if I write a little mini essay to… More Northern Lights: a photo essay
In September 2012, I went to Bergen and one of the things the guidebook had strongly recommended was to take a ride on the Flåmsbana, which Lonely Planet chose as one of the Top 10 Scenic Railway Journeys in Europe in 2013. I set off on the Bergen-Oslo mainline train nice and early in the morning… More The Flåmsbana & Express Boat
Ever since I first saw the Hurtigruten, Norway’s “Express Route” ferries-slash-cruise ships in Trondheim in May 2011, I’ve wanted to travel on them. However, boats and emetophobia don’t go all that well together and I’ve put it off. Until this December when for Reasons I very suddenly wanted to do it. I umm’d and ah’d… More The Hurtigruten