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Vienna

Just arrived in Sweden for Stugan (yay!). But without my baggage (boo!). The three days between arriving in Sweden and departing Venice, were spent in Vienna. To be honest it was a little hard to maintain my enthusiasm for tourism with Stugan just around the corner. The ever growing anticipation and excitement for Stugan meant that I just wanted to be there already. But I don’t like to let opportunities slip by, so I persevered and kept the tourism ball rolling. Looking forward to a break from all this intensity though! Vienna is lovely; it must be said. It reminded…

Venice

The last stop on my little tour of Italy would be Venice. As is customary I ended up arriving much later than planned and landed up with a decent hike in a strange city in the early hours of the morning. I was sleeping in Mestre (in this weird camping village place), and then taking a bus across the bridge into Venice everyday. This worked out pretty nicely considering the absurd price of accommodation on Venice itself. I spent three days exploring the city and had a ball. I like to use the word “explore” a lot on this blog,…

Cinque Terre

For those of you who’ve never heard of it, Cinque Terre is a small piece of the western Italian coast consisting of five small towns nestled amongst hills and sea cliffs. I stayed in the tiny town of Biassa, which is outside of Cinque Terre itself and thus wonderfully devoid of tourists. I spent two days hiking in and around Cinque Terre, and they might just have been the two most spectacular days of hiking I’ve ever done. Honestly can’t recommend this place enough if you like to to use your legs. The hostel in Biassa has a convenient shuttle…

Pisa

After Florence I spent one night in Pisa. Usually when I’ve done single day trips somewhere it’s been to see/do something specific and it’s always felt a little too short. Not the case in Pisa. I came to see something specific, and then that was actually just all there is. Aside from the leaning tower and surrounds, Pisa is dull. Said tower is cool though. It’s there, it’s pretty, it leans sufficiently. The tower is surrounded by a few other attractions, namely: The cathedral, baptistery, museum and the Campo Santo. The museum and cathedral or pretty nice but nothing special…

Florence

Following my short stint in Naples I spent three days in Florence being a tourist (basically Italy was 100% tourism). Which was fun, because Florence is a great place to be a tourist. The city is beautiful, clean and friendly. And all the touristy stuff is clustered pretty close together so you can walk everywhere, which simplifies things quite a lot. The only downside is that it was chock full of other tourists. I’m still expecting Venice to be worse, but Florence was the first time on this trip that I’ve actually been frustrated by all the other tourists slowing…

Naples

Having decided I’d seen plenty of Rome, I realised I could fit in a quick trip to Naples to see a couple of choice attractions before heading north to Florence. As is often he case with last minute plans, this turned out to be far more stressful than I was hoping. I was catching a late train from Rome, but I should’ve had just enough time to get the last metro towards Portici; where I was staying. If not, I had a backup bus planned. But of course the train was delayed and I ended up missing the metro and…

Rome

[Disclaimer: These words are over a month old, I’m terrible at actually posting my blog posts on time] Due to being a total cheapskate and always picking the cheapest flight regardless of inconvenience, my flight from Reykjavik to Rome included almost an entire day in Dusseldorf airport. I went to Starbucks, bought a chai latte and then didn’t move away from my power socket for about 8 hours. I had to spoof my mac address to continually get free 30 minute wifi sessions. Not a particularly interesting day of my trip. The next day I was feeling a bit under…

Icelandic Nature Expeditions

Reykjavik and Isolation Jam were pretty great, but we all know the real attraction of Iceland is all the crazy geological weirdness that is going on around every corner. Iceland is AMAZING if you’re into nature stuff. But it’s nature unlike you’ve seen it before; completely different to anything else I’ve encountered. I kept arriving at some new natural phenomenon and being like “What!? C’mon Iceland, you’re doing this now!? This makes no sense at all.” (NOTE TO SELF: Excellent writing back there, good job.) For most of this blog post I’m just going to let the photos do the…

Reykjavik

During my time in Iceland I was staying with Joon and MarĂ­n in their small apartment in downtown Reykjavik; Iceland’s biggest (and pretty much only) city. Most of cool things we did involved getting in a car and driving to see some bizarre natural phenomena. But I also hung out and did some fun things in the city itself. I realise that I haven’t written much about all the other Nordic cities I’ve visited. That’s partly because I didn’t do much tourism in them, and partly because there isn’t too much to say. They’re just nice. Everything is extremely functional,…

Isolation Jam 2016

I’m in Italy now, but before that I went to Iceland! And I did a whole lot of cool things there, all of which I plan to write about, but not necessarily in chronological order. While most of my trip has been fairly free form and flexible, the dates that I had in mind for Iceland were pretty much set in stone. The reason for this was that Joon and I had signed up for a game jam on a remote farm about three hours north of Reykjavik. Basically I had planned to start with AMAZE, be in Iceland for…

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