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Yule and Home

SWEDEN | Friday, 26 Dec 2008 | Views [798]

Executive Summary      After our Arctic trip (see previous post), we finished off our stay in Sweden with Xmas at Annika and Mattias’ place, seeing how the Swedes do it and catching up with the family.   After that we packed up our year and ... Read more >

Arctic Winter

SWEDEN | Sunday, 21 Dec 2008 | Views [1010]

Time to finish off the paperwork for these blogs.   Unfortunately this is having to be written after I have returned to Australia, and so a lot of other things are happening, and have happened, to distract me from this blog. So we’ll see how we go.... Read more >

Örebro 2

SWEDEN | Monday, 15 Dec 2008 | Views [1275]

Executive Summary This blog covers the 4 weeks or so between our last trip to the UK and our trip up to the Arctic.  It covers the second half of November and the first half of December.  During this time Emma worked on her second mini-sabbatical, ... Read more >

UK 2 - East Anglia

UNITED KINGDOM | Wednesday, 12 Nov 2008 | Views [625]

This trip to the UK was primarily to attend the wedding of Sarah (Emma's coworker) and Simon.  Both of them are from England but livving in Australia.  The wedding was just outside of Norwich in East Anglia (that round bump on England's east coast above ... Read more >

Örebro and Skåne 2

SWEDEN | Monday, 3 Nov 2008 | Views [1148]

Executive Summary     OK, I think I’ll try and do Executive Summaries for all the Blogs from now on.  This blog covers the 5 weeks in (mostly) October between our first big trip to the UK and the second smaller trip to the UK .  Emma worked ... Read more >

UK and Ireland

UNITED KINGDOM | Tuesday, 30 Sep 2008 | Views [2333]

For these 3 weeks our plan was to rent a car and drive in a clockwise direction around the UK and Ireland, starting and finishing in London.  Given the one night stand nature of this trip, I think I'll have a go at a straight diary style. UPDATE:... Read more >

Göteborg and Skåne 1

SWEDEN | Wednesday, 27 Aug 2008 | Views [2718]

Once we were safely back in Rockhammar after the Switzerland trip, we got to have a go at the age old Swedish late summer delight of walking in the forest and picking mushrooms and berries, and we didn't let a bit of damp weather stop us.  Since many ... Read more >

Switzerland and northern Italy

SWITZERLAND | Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | Views [2343]

After getting back from Herräng on Saturday 19 July (no thanks to Swedish public transport), we had just a couple of days to wash and get ready for our trip to Switzerland .  On the following Tuesday we hopped on the train for our detour ... Read more >


SWEDEN | Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | Views [2324] | Comments [2]

Herräng is a small town in Sweden on the north coast of the bulgy bit that Stockholm and Uppsala are on.  For centuries it was the site of small-scale iron ore mining, until this became unviable in the 1960s.  Now, about 1000 people live there ... Read more >

Norway (and northern Swedish interior)

NORWAY | Thursday, 10 Jul 2008 | Views [1246]

First thing that happened after my last post was my birthday, which was nice.  For my meal, Emma and I decided to make Anders and Agnete a traditional Aussie meal, so we whipped up some rissoles with 3 veg and gravy followed by a pavlova.  I had to ... Read more >

Finland (and northern Swedish coast)

FINLAND | Saturday, 14 Jun 2008 | Views [1626] | Comments [2]

If you're anything like me you'll have the Finland song by Monty Python in your head by now, as I have every time I've turned my mind to planning this trip for the past few months.  The main point of this trip - apart from seeing more of Scandinavia ... Read more >

Amsterdam and Paris

FRANCE | Friday, 30 May 2008 | Views [742]

[UPDATE:  A few weeks and half a continent later in an extreme case of "esprit de casement", it occurred to me that my experience on the train in Paris might best have been reported as "Merde on the Orient Express".  Pity that.] ... Read more >


GERMANY | Thursday, 29 May 2008 | Views [867]

We arrived in Berlin in the early afternoon (it's not that far from Prague).  And started with a tour on the bus with a local guide (Heike).  First main stop from the Zoo where we started (after a few nice Embassy buildings) was the Jewish Holocaust ... Read more >

Vienna, Budapest and Prague

CZECH REPUBLIC | Sunday, 25 May 2008 | Views [799] | Comments [2]

Hi all from a veeeeery lazy few days back "home" in Rockhammar (in Sweden).  We have enjoyed a few days of much needed rest and doing almost nothing after flying back in from Paris last night.  This post has taken a few days to write because ... Read more >

Austria, Germany, Austria

AUSTRIA | Saturday, 10 May 2008 | Views [680]

Hi from an internet cafe in Vienna.  It´s only been a couple of days since the last post, but one has to take one´s opportunities.  Aplogise for any ypos, the keyboard is a little dodgy (and slightly rearranged). After Venice we drove north through ... Read more >

France and Italy

ITALY | Wednesday, 7 May 2008 | Views [637] | Comments [3]

OK, this is going to have to be quick.  Sorry for the lack of updates recently, but it's been a series fo one night stands with little time to find an internet cafe. We are currently in Venice and heading on to Munich. First stop on from Barcelona ... Read more >


SPAIN | Monday, 28 Apr 2008 | Views [576] | Comments [2]

Barcelona is good.  I like it.  It´s an old town with a new feel.  And unlike Madrid it feels like it´s on the up and up.  They are havig a bit of a boom right now with the port being the biggest in the Mediterranean (it overtook Marseilles a few years ... Read more >

Madrid and Grenada

SPAIN | Monday, 28 Apr 2008 | Views [571]

OK, quick thoughts from an internet cafe in Grenada (cut and pasted in later because World Nomads is down at the mo).   First, the meeting with SCB in Sweden was great and very interesting.  No luck on the work experience though - looks like they´re ... Read more >


AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 17 Apr 2008 | Views [550] | Comments [3]

OK, I'd better write something or it'll all pile up and get harder and harder to start, so get ready for a random brain dump.  Also, apologies in advance if this little character "ä" pops up where it shouldn't.  Because of the extra letters ... Read more >

We have arrived safely in Sweden

SWITZERLAND | Thursday, 10 Apr 2008 | Views [693] | Comments [6]

Well here we finally are.  After about 19 hours of relatively comfortable flying spread over 2 days I'm sitting in the upstairs bedroom of a gingerbread house in a village in a dell in fairytale country.  It's snowing outside and all the countryside ... Read more >

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