Saint Petersburg, Russia – Thursday 22nd to Monday 26th June Saint Petersburg is a city of many facets; and one very obviously changing and developing. It typifies a Russia trying to maintain a connection to its past, while also very clearly forging into the future. We were met at the train station by our Airbnb host, Yuri, who gave us a ride to the apartment in his new BMW 5 Series. His apartment, one of several, was in a new high-rise gated development. On the surface, it was one of the … [Read more...] about Week Fifteen Roundup: From Russia With Love
Turku, Finland – Friday 16th June to Monday 19th June We had been toying with the idea of making a trip up to the Arctic to experience the midnight sun. However, we’d been lucky enough to experience truly white nights on the farm, and the distance and price to get that far north proved too much. So instead we went the other way, and ventured south to the coastal town of Turku. We took the Omnibus all the way down from Tampere, discovering that not all coaches are created equal. This was … [Read more...] about Week Fourteen Roundup: Leaving the EU, via Turku
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