Nordics Part Two: Helsinki

Thursday 15 – Sunday 18 November 2018

After another inevitably delayed flight, my friend and I arrived in Helsinki from Copenhagen some time after 11pm. I didn’t know the public transport situation in Helsinki but I did know how expensive everything (which in this case would be a taxi) would be so I was a bit nervous. My fears were confirmed when my friend said that the last train would be leaving in about 5 minutes and we didn’t have enough time to get to the station – but there would be a bus. It turned out my friend was wrong, there were still trains but it looked like they would take a similar amount of time so we opted to stick with our bus plan, since we were already by the bus stop. This turned out to be wrong too and we ended up actually at our destination, somewhere around the centre of Helsinki, at about 12.30/45am. Continue reading “Nordics Part Two: Helsinki”

Nordics Part One: Copenhagen

Tuesday 13 – Thursday 15 November 2018

Having to get up early in the morning is never my favourite thing to do but there are worse things than having to get up early to go on holiday. My flight to Copenhagen left Gatwick a bit before 9am (so not super early) and I had a smooth start to my trip. My bag inexplicably got pulled over at security but once it proved it could soberly walk in a straight line it was allowed to go without charge. My flight with Norwegian Airlines was obviously delayed (because why would any flight leave on time) but my friend and I still arrived in Denmark with plenty of time to enjoy the day. Continue reading “Nordics Part One: Copenhagen”

Four days in Oslo

22 – 25 May 2015

Day One: Friday

After I finished work – at around 5.30pm – on the Friday before the May Bank Holiday weekend, I arrived at the Heathrow Terminal 2, ahead of my 7.30pm flight to Oslo. The Flatmate met me there and we spent the time before boarding grabbing some dinner (meatballs from Leon) and stocking up on bags of sweets for the flight (Wine Gums and Starburst to be precise).

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Seven European countries where you can find a really great stew

As far as I’m concerned, you just cannot beat a good stew. Not only can it taste insanely good, if done right, but it’s filling and comforting. All in all, it’s basically the perfect meal. Thankfully, many countries seem to agree with that conclusion so when I’m out and about in a new place, looking for traditional eats, I can always justify a stew. Continue reading “Seven European countries where you can find a really great stew”

Eight things to do in Oslo

A few days before the first May Bank Holiday, I had the horrible realisation that I didn’t really have any more annual leave from work until the end of September. That meant one thing – no summer holiday this year. It was too late to plan anything for the imminent three day weekend but there was still time to organise something for May Bank Holiday number two. The Flatmate agreed to come with me and we had one main criteria for our holiday destination – it had to be somewhere neither of us had been to. It also had to work money-wise and flight-wise, by which I mean it had to be cheap and the flight times had to be after work on Friday night and we needed to be back Monday afternoon. Continue reading “Eight things to do in Oslo”

Four museums to visit in Oslo

One of the best things about Oslo is the sheer range of museums available. Scandinavian countries in general are not cheap but the Oslo Pass is a great way of seeing the city and all it has to offer if you are on the budget. The pass lasts for 24 hours (£28), 48 hours (£41) or 72 hours (£51) and that includes getting the holder free public transport, discounts in restaurants and free entry into around 30 museums. These museums cover a lot of different areas, meaning that there is something for everyone, and, if you are ready to spend hours on end wandering between – and around – museum after museum after museum, there is a lot to learn in Oslo.

During my weekend in the city over the last May Bank Holiday weekend, I picked out just four of the museums to visit in the space of a day and a half. Although I am sure that there was plenty I missed, I think I picked the right four.  Continue reading “Four museums to visit in Oslo”

Four food experiences to have in Oslo

Sampling the local cuisine is something that’s always pretty high on my to do list. You never know what kind of tasty gems you are going to discover when you go to a new place. I had absolutely no idea what Norwegian food was going to consist of but I have to say I was happily surprised. I don’t think I had one bad meal and some of them were simply marvellous- if somewhat expensive, thanks to Scandinavian prices.  Continue reading “Four food experiences to have in Oslo”

Four European cities that took me by surprise

It’s a great thrill when you’re travelling and stumble across a hidden gem: somewhere off the beaten track which you didn’t expect to find. That thrill is even better when it happens with an entire city. On occasion, for one reason or another, I’ve ended up in places that are far from my bucket list: Dusseldorf for work, Dublin to visit a friend, Brussels because I got a good deal and Oslo because the flights were the most convenient. I’ve gone to these places doubting that I’d be particularly taken with the city but knowing that I’d probably still have fun. I was only half right – and I don’t mean that I didn’t have fun. In fact, I was left wanting to go back.

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