An airline that failed me: A lament in 5 pictures

The future looked bright and colourful. I was to participate at a conference in Stockholm which would coincide with our 10th wedding anniversary.  Since neither of us has been to Stockholm before this seemed like the perfect opportunity to combine business and pleasure. So I came up with this brilliant plan – I would fly…

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Visiting Venice: Look beyond the obvious

If you were a boat craving attention and by some weird stroke of bad luck ended up in Murano you would be – let’s put it mildly – in for a bitter disappointment. This tiny Italian island is one of the many in the Venetian Lagoon where being a fancy gondola is the only boat…

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Deciding for “The Big Trip”: Pros & Cons

When it comes to travel, money and time are in reverse correlation. Back in our student backpacking days when we had more than enough time on our hands the length of each trip was determined by the available budget. Being extremely flexible with how little we could spend per day we were able to save…

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Off topic: How I became a sports fan

A crowd of over 30 thousand people is cheering and waving flags. I’m right there in the middle of it overcome with unusual pride over the success of our team. I’ve never experienced something like this before. Then it strikes me: “How the heck did I end up here?” It was at last year’s Ski Jumping…

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Bed & Breakfasts that deliver what hotels promise you

Have you ever read what hotels say about themselves on their websites? Sometimes I wonder if people writing those descriptions all use some secret thesaurus of “clever words and expressions for hotel marketers”. It seems as if they all combined a bunch of inspirational phrases at random to convey the unforgettable experiences guests can look forward to.…

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People I don’t want to sit next to on planes

I am not the most sociable person on earth. Presented with a choice of small talk with a total stranger and reading on my iPad I would push the ear buds further into my ears and pick the latter. Usually, this character flaw isn’t causing me any trouble. It only deteriorates a bit before a…

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Camping challenges for dummies

Camping can be a great way to spend your holiday at one with nature, enjoying the great outdoors. If and only if you’ve grown up with it from your early childhood and never stopped practicing. If, however, you’re a complete novice or your last camping experience goes more than ten years back, you should brace…

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To camp or not to camp

It’s been almost a month since we’ve returned from our early summer holiday on Brač island. Since then all my social media newsfeeds have been full of pictures of beaches, sunsets and scantily clad people. This makes me even more determined to capitalise on the promise I made to myself (once again), that this summer…

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Grumpy hotel guest: Things guaranteed to annoy me

Generally I like staying in hotels, B&B’s or private accommodations as this means going away somewhere. During my over 20-year long career of travelling  independently, I’ve seen better and worse and I’ve developed my own likes and dislikes. You may call me fussy or spoiled, but these things are guaranteed to annoy me: Shower curtains –…

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Random photo: A midsummer night’s sunset

If I were determining the calendar system, the year would end with the summer solstice. This would be the culmination of a month-long celebration to worship the sun and at the same time the beginning of a slow goodbye from it. That’s actually exactly how I feel every year when the longest day is approaching. Even if the summer is only…

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