Spring Journey – Part 4 – Helsinki, Finland.

After a few great days in Stockholm I set sail for Helsinki, Finland on a Viking line cruise. The cruise ship took about 16 hours to reach Helsinki, and had a fantastic array of amenities, even though it was quite expensive at 80 EUR it did include a night’s stay on the ship (with my own room), access to all the onboard activities (sauna, cringeworthy cabaret, etc.), and I even caught…

Spring Journey – Part 3 – Stockholm, Sweden.

Musical accompaniment for this post – ABBA – Knowing Me, Knowing You (it always had to be ABBA) I expected Stockholm to be like a fridge left open – in spite of all the light spilling out, still oppressively cold. It was therefore to my delight that I found three days of sun in Stockholm, which rendered forth six hours a day of 12 degree weather. I was even so brave as to venture…

Spring Journey – Part 2 – Leiden, Netherlands.

Musical accompaniment for this post – Pharell – Hunter Hello again! Most of you will be glad to read that I’m still alive, and alive I am, thanks largely to the extraordinary generosity shown by my friend Alecky! After several days of crashing at her house – courtesy of her flatmate being off skiing, and then a comfortable airbed – I find myself more well-fed and rested than I had been…