So Long, Sweden! I’m Going To Miss You.

Four years ago I moved to Sweden; a country often associated with long, cold, snowy winters. But, little did I...

Eden: Experience A Rainforest Without the Bugs!

Have you ever wanted to experience the exotic flora and fauna of the rainforest, but are terrified of snakes and...

7 Great Ways To Spend Summer in Stockholm

Stockholm is a summer city; its leafy parks, rocky beaches, and swathes of Baltic water that swirls around the city’s...

Finding History and Nature in Gorgeous Gotland

In my last post I write about Visby, a perfectly preserved medieval town and UNESCO World Heritage Site on the...

Visby: Sweden’s Perfectly Preserved Medieval Town

Swedes are travellers: roaming foreign lands is in their blood. It is Viking blood, after all. You’ll be hard pushed to travel...

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Four years ago I moved to Sweden; a country often associated with long, cold, snowy winters. But, little did I know that after the harsh winter Swedes are rewarded with beautiful summers where the sun shines all day long. In …

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Have you ever wanted to experience the exotic flora and fauna of the rainforest, but are terrified of snakes and spiders? If so, then this post is for you!

Since my parents moved to Cornwall last year, I have been …

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Stockholm is a summer city; its leafy parks, rocky beaches, and swathes of Baltic water that swirls around the city’s 14 islands all seem to have been designed for long summer days where the sky barely darkens.

Emerging from a …

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In my last post I write about Visby, a perfectly preserved medieval town and UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Swedish island of Gotland; but the colourful labyrinthine alleys of this Baltic-blasted, cobbled town are not the only thing worth …

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Swedes are travellers: roaming foreign lands is in their blood.

It is Viking blood, after all.

You’ll be hard pushed to travel far without running into a Swede or two. This is especially true of South East Asia, which …

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One thing travelling teaches you is the element of surprise.

Cities long-hailed as great places to visit can disappoint (Vienna, I’m looking at you), and places often ignored, turn out to be some of the most beautiful and inspiring (hello, …

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You’ve just flown 3 hours south after a long, dark and exceptionally rainy Scandinavian winter, in the hopes of finding some spring sunshine only to step off the plane into colder, greyer, and wetter weather than you left behind.

That’s …

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The Lonely Planet guidebook declared that Anjuna beach was once the place to ‘see and be seen’, but that in recent times the adrenaline-seeking party crowd had deserted Goa in favour of more glamorous Thai beaches. We didn’t really expect …

Movie: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

**Warning** This post contains spoilers, so if you haven’t seen The Secret Life of Walter Mitty turn off the computer right now, go and see it, and come back later.

From the first moment I saw a trailer for the …

Now that the light is finally shining at the end of Sweden’s long, wintry tunnel, I am feeling the urge to climb out from under the thick duvet I have hidden under for the last 6 months and plan …

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When I travel I don’t deliberately seek out places that have been used as film locations, but every now and then I happen to stumble into one. Here is a round-up of the 10 best movie locations that I have …

Stockholm is a truly stunning city; that much has been established by pretty much any traveller to set foot on the cobbled stones of the Old Town. In the short summer months, boats chug across sparkling inlets that separate each …

Yay! It's the Union Jack!

This year I will have been an expat for 7 years, 8 if you count a previous year spent in Japan. I left the UK on July 27th, 2007, and moved to Vietnam. Since then I have also lived in

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Relentless blasts of icy wind grasped at the exposed skin of my cheeks, the only flesh not covered in layers of wool and fleece. The moisture of my eyes and the fine hairs on my face prickled as they started …

A day out dog-sledding was a highlight of my trip to Swedish Lapland.

A memorable journey is often more about the people you meet than the things you see, and when I went dogsledding with Arctic Husky Adventures in Jokkmokk, Swedish Lapland, last week I met quite possibly the most welcoming people I …

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Birthdays. They just keep on coming around.

Remember when you were a kid and it felt like your birthday would never arrive? And that you just couldn’t wait until you were as old as your eldest sibling, who gets to …

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Judging by the response that I have received from various people to this news, you probably fall into one of the following categories: “India?! Are you crazy?” or “Wow! What an amazing experience!”

If I’m totally honest with …

Seize The Day

This is a post that has been languishing in my drafts folder for four months. I have simply been too afraid to post it, because if I post it I have to commit to the message. I have to Seize

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After feeling that last week’s photo efforts were mediocre, I decided to follow a theme for week 2. I thought that Reflection would be a good theme, as constant rain in Stockholm made the pavements gleam brightly with reflections from …

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Looking through the windows on the left-hand side of the bus, we could see the mountains rise dramatically from barren plains; the first snowfall of winter glinting from their peaks. I gasped and whispered, “it’s so beautiful here” to my …