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The Dangerous Business of Going Out Your Door I am often tired of myself and I have a notion that by travel I can add to my personality and so change myself a little. I do not bring back from the journey quite the same self that I took. - W. Somerset Maugham

Trip: Trip 2a: Norway, Finland, Estonia, and Latvia

There are [4] stories from my trip: Trip 2a: Norway, Finland, Estonia, and Latvia


Riga Reflections and the Numbers from the Baltics

LATVIA | Tuesday, 12 Apr 2016 | Views [288]

I usually have an impression of a place before arrival, and that often predetermines whether I will like it. The impression may or may not be based on anything very substantial. Perhaps I have tucked away a vague memory of a news report or a photograph, ... Read more >

Tags: budget, latvia, riga, sabbatical, solo, travel


Confession: My Dread of Tallinn and Other New Places

ESTONIA | Saturday, 9 Apr 2016 | Views [210]

It's time for a confession: I usually dread going to new places. How is that possible in a person with wanderlust , in a person whose driving force is to experience the unknown? I've been honest about the fears I've had traveling solo, but this is ... Read more >

Tags: dread, estonia, kalev chocolate, sabbatical, solo, tallinn, travel, wanderlust


Aurora, Helsinki, and the Numbers

FINLAND | Friday, 1 Apr 2016 | Views [309]

Leaving Norway on an Aurora High My goal in going to Norway was realized in the end - I saw the northern lights!!! Going on guided light chases will certainly wreck your budget (see below), but it was totally worth it. You have to be able to get ... Read more >

Tags: aurora borealis, budget, finland, helsinki, northern lights, norway, sabbatical, solo, travel, tromsø


Arctic Norway: What Am I Doing Here?

NORWAY | Sunday, 27 Mar 2016 | Views [391] | Comments [2]

March’s full moon accompanied me on the last leg of my arrival in Norway, hovering just over the wing of the plane from Oslo to Tromsø and giving me my first view of the country. In the south, there was only patchy snow on the watery land, ... Read more >

Tags: aurora borealis, easter, northern lights, norway, population density, sabbatical, snow, solo, travel, tromsø