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Capital of Culture: Riga

Background

My next stop after Stockholm was actually to go straight to Bucharest, to meet up with an old colleague from Bendigo now working in the UK to go hiking in the Făgăraș Mountains.  When checking flights from Stockholm to Bucharest, I noticed that many of them required a changeover in Riga, Latvia.  I’ll admit that at this stage, apart from knowing of a country called Latvia, my only recollection of the country was from Jeremy Clarkson’s repeated use of the country as an adjective in one of his Clarkson-esque jokes, such as during his race to Monte Carlo against a train in an Aston Martin DB9… Continue reading Capital of Culture: Riga

Choosing a laptop daypack

So I’m heading back to uni this October to start my Masters (shock horror!)  Two things I had to retire after finishing up my Bachelor’s was my Oakley Flak Pack (Version 1) daypack and my laptop which died 2 months after my last exam.  (Perhaps my 300000+ word honours thesis tired it out…. ) I’ve since bought a new laptop (well, it was new in 2011…. though with a quad core i7, 8GB of RAM and a 256Gb SSD, it still runs quick) so the search is now on before I head back to school to find a bag to carry it around in… Continue reading Choosing a laptop daypack

Stockholm Marathon 2014

No, I did not run the Stockholm Marathon this year.  However, my trip to Stockholm in May/June was to catch up with two mates from Australia who were taking part in the Stockholm Marathon this year.

Anyway, having booked a ferry out of Stockholm the evening after their marathon (headed to Russia), it was a busy morning, dropping off their bags to the ferry terminal before heading off to run their 42kms… Continue reading Stockholm Marathon 2014

Stockholm Syndrome

Continuing my trip through Scandinavia, my next stop was Stockholm, the capital of Sweden.  Best known for things like meatballs, Ikea, Ikea and their meatballs (yes, I’m talking to all you folks who go to Rockdale just to eat their meatballs!) I actually planned to visit Stockholm back in December to meet up with two friends from Australia who registered for the annual Stockholm Marathon at the end of May.  Whilst I was initially considering registering for the marathon as well, I pulled out as I didn’t have to will to train for it! Continue reading Stockholm Syndrome

Hanging out in Oslo

Search the net for the “Top European travel destinations”, “Best places to visit in Europe” or even “Top European capital cities” and Oslo will not feature on any of those lists…  So why the heck did I choose to spend another 3 days in one of the most expensive countries cities in the world?  How about because I’ve never been here before?  Anyway, I wasn’t quite sure myself, but decided to go to see what all the non-fuss was about.  Besides, you can take a really cool railway from Bergen to Oslo – supposedly one of the most scenic in the world!

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The 7 Mountains Hike

Prologue

Surrounding Bergen are a number of mountains, each accessible via clearly marked and maintained hiking trails.  Every year in May, the local Trekking Association (Bergen od Hordaland Turlag) holds the 7 or 4 Mountains Hike, a day hike where around 8000 participants walk up Lyderhorn, Damsgårdsfjellet, Løvstakken, Ulriken, Fløyen, Rundemannen and Sandviksfjellet – the seven main mountains around Bergen.  It involves covering a distance of around 35km, with 2300m of vertical ascent and descent.

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Bergen and the Hardangerfjord

Overview

The gateway to the fjords and Norway’s second largest city, Bergen is a popular arrival destination for tourists visiting Norway and it was the second stop on my journey through the country.

As the flight from Stavanger to Bergen never went above 10,000 ft, you could get an awesome view of the fjords, the rugged coastline and the 7 mountains surrounding Begen if the weather is clear. Big tip- sit on the right hand side of the plane! Continue reading Bergen and the Hardangerfjord