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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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Rocky Mountain High to Sacramento

With the current Amtrak timetable, getting from Denver to Yosemite National Park requires a mandatory overnight stop in either Sacramento or Emeryville California, after arriving there using the California Zephyr.  This is due to the lack of connecting trains and buses which leave in the area to get to Yosemite and the relatively late arrival time of the train into Sacramento.  From Sacramento however, it’s a bus, then a train, then another bus to get to the national park. Continue reading Rocky Mountain High to Sacramento