Swedish Road Trip

Last week I rented a Nissan Micra (a type of minicar that seats 4, but is pretty tiny and I think smaller than the Mini Cooper) and drove about 6 hours from Gothenburg to Falun in central Sweden. Its a great car that got upwards of 18k/l (45 mpg) and is perfect for the solo […]

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Gothenburg

Gothenburg is Sweden’s second largest city. It was founded as a trading port to take advantage of its natural harbor and is literally the Amsterdam of the north as Dutch planners were brought in to build the city including a system of canals. Only a couple of the canals still survive to this day as […]

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Tallinn

I thought that Tallinn was the nicest of the 3 Baltic capitals I visited. This may have been because the weather there was better than the other two (only light rain for parts of two days), because I spoke with more locals, or because the city is the most developed to support tourism. Regardless of […]

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Music in the Baltics

When I travel I often try and attend local music concerts. Those of you who know me might find this out of character since I don’t own a stereo and once drove across the US in a car without even a radio. However in addition to being entertaining, these provide a good glimpse into local […]

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Riga

My 3.5 days in Riga started out a little tough as I tried to understand the public transport system. Even with two maps, one of the city and one of the public transport system it was hard to do. The issue is that only major roads are shown on the transport map and not every […]

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Weather

Sometimes we forget how much weather can affect us, but after nearly a week of rain ranging from light drizzle to steady rain I was definitely feeling down. It wasn’t just the lack of sun, but the cold and damp. Plus the sheer hassle of having to bundle up before going out and not wanting […]

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Photos, posts and other blog info

For those of you following along, you have probably figured out that I can only post here when I have net access, but that I’m able to write things along the way using either my laptop or my smartphone. It makes for very sporadic posting in large blocks. Sorry about that. Anyway, I wanted you […]

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On the Bus – Vilnius to Riga

Sunday I took the Toks / Euroline bus from Vilnius to Riga. I was expecting a bit of a sketchy bus given the state of public transport in Vilnius and was pleasantly surprised to ride a high quality touring coach. For LTL 45 (US$18) the 5 hour ride was pleasant.It included one rest stop about […]

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Trakai

I took a day trip to Trakai on July 6, the Lithuanian flag day which is effectively their independence day. I had been told that it would be a good day to go there, but there really wasn’t anything special going on. Trakai is a lake town 27 km (about 16 miles) outside of Vilnius […]

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Vilnius

Vilnius is still trying to shed some of its Soviet era look. This wasn’t helped by the gray stormy weather when I arrived. Riding in the taxi from the airport I passed large numbers of cubist cement buildings. Functional I’m sure, but with no aesthetic appeal. Just a little paint would go a long way […]

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