RTW Europe preview

Do I look forward to returning to Europe? Yes and no. Yes, because it’s where I feel at home, where my friends and family are, and because it means I can pick up my normal life again. Except everything will be different: a new flat, a new home town, a new job. Well, to me…

RTW two more days in Krakow

With less than a week until I board my first cargo ship, from Bremenhaven to US, I wanted to spend some time in nature, with preferably a view over the city. There are in fact four memorial mounds around Krakow city center, and I decided on Kościuszko mound as it is situated in a wooded area. The…

RTW beautiful Krakow

Oh Krakow, how do I love thee. Let me count the ways. One is for the river. Two is for the Wawel. Three is for the churches. Four is for spring. Five is for the lake in a flooded quarry. Six is for being absolutely knackered at the end of the day and looking forward…

RTW first impressions of Krakow

  I love it! There’s a gorgeous, historical, quirky pedestrian old city center,.. Wait, I’m having a case of deja vu. Actually, Krakow feels very different from Poznan. Poznan is full of warm, quirky charm, whereas Krakow is grander, and less colorful. Both are absolutely wonderful. I was wondering in Poznan where all the tourists were and…

RTW beautiful Poznan

My first impressions of Poznan remain: I love this city. I love cities rich in history and beautiful architecture, and Poznan has both to share. There is something appealing about a city, a country, that has preserved their history over the centuries. Despite what must be enormous pressure to find new places for people to live,…

RTW first impressions of Poznan

I love it! There’s a gorgeous, historical, quirky pedestrian old city center, a chocolate shop, lots of cafes and restaurants dotting the edges of the old town square and beyond, a fully vegetarian Indian restaurant, fab old cathedrals, loads of history and a river through it. And I’ve only been here for less than five hours.…

RTW farewell to Iceland

It is impossible to take a bus from Reykjavik to Seyðisfjörður all in one day. The bus leaves Reykjavik in the morning, there are a few changes, most notably in Akureyri, and arrives in Egilsstadir around 7 pm. There are two bus connections per day to Seyðisfjörður this time of year, but both are well…

RTW Grundarfjoerdur and Kirkjufell

  Getting to Grundarfjörður (or Grundarfjoerdur, Anglicized) by bus from Reykjavik isn’t a simple affair. First you have to take a bus to Artun or Mjödd, to connect to a 7:45 bus to Borgarnes. You change buses there, and depending on day and some mysterious forces, you either continue directly to Grundarfjörður, or change once at a…

RTW snorkelling in Iceland

It’s not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Iceland, is it? The air temperature was a few degrees below zero Celsius, there was fresh snow on the ground from the night before, and there we were, stripping down to our thermal underwear only to put on thick overalls and a…