Mantereen Tila, Finland - Saturday 10th to Friday 16th June When we were accepted by a WWOOF host in Finland we were over the moon. Then a couple of days later our host told us that they were having a party on the night we were due to arrive. And, one of her friends from Helsinki could give us a lift out to the farm! Oh, and there might be naked people - it's a sauna party. So, with not a little trepidation, we awaited our pickup in the hot sun outside a metro station in Helsinki. Ansu … [Read more...] about Week Thirteen Roundup: The Sauna Party!
Helsinki, Finland - Tuesday 6th to Saturday 10th June We whiled away our last few days in Tallinn with a mixture of working, walks and reading. One thing we hadn't sorted out was what we were going to do in Finland, so we both spent hours pouring over what might be possible with such little notice. The first thing we discovered that it could very quickly get very expensive, especially in Helsinki! However, Finland came fifth in the World Happiness Report 2017 rankings, so we felt it … [Read more...] about Week Twelve Roundup: Having a blast in Helsinki
Tallinn, Estonia - Saturday 27th May to Tuesday 6th June Sitting down to write this post, it feels like we arrived in Tallinn weeks ago. I first heard of the Estonian capital when my parents, sister and brother-in-law visited some years ago. Since then, it's always been on my 'list', but for no other reason than that it's there. In some ways that's really much of what travel is: to see for the sake of seeing. It is possible to read a book, or people watch, or enjoy a coffee anywhere, but … [Read more...] about Week Eleven Roundup: Our Take on Tallinn
Ok, so this week's alliterative title is a weak one, I know. But bear with me... We're mid-way through the Baltic leg of the trip, and we've spent a lot of time on the water. Like Beavers. Or something. LĪGATNE, LATVIA – SATURDAY 20TH MAY TO MONDAY 22ND MAY Having been in Līgatne for a few days now we'd settled into a fairly relaxed pace. So, on Saturday we decided to drive out and see some of the local geological attractions. The Gauja river is peppered with sandstone outcrops, cliffs … [Read more...] about Week Ten Roundup: Baltic Beavers
Riga, Latvia - Saturday 13th May to Tuesday 16th May We made our way into Latvia in the time honoured, Baltic way: Lux Express. The Baltics may not have the greatest and most extensive railway network, but their coaches are top notch. Seat-back entertainment, free tea/coffee, and a loo. Lux indeed. The other great thing about coach travel is that it's reliably cheap. Vilnius to Riga for £11.75 each. Arriving into Riga we had a bit of a palaver finding the way to our accommodation, but … [Read more...] about Week Nine Roundup: Loving Latvia
Poznań - Friday 5th to Monday 8th May Almost as soon as we were across the Oder River we could feel the change from West to East. We had made it to Poland - unbelievably, only the fifth country on our journey. The passing landscape felt almost like a parody of the Eastern Bloc; dilapidated buildings and wooden railway water towers offset by modern Ford Focuses and the occasional Audi - the most obvious signs that we were no longer in Soviet times. Arriving into Poznań, we hailed a cab to … [Read more...] about Week Eight Roundup: Eastern Europe Express