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Winter in Budapest

Europe, Hungary
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Photo of spires and towers in the City Park in Budapest, Hungary
The capital of Hungary is estimated to have operated as a city for two millennia now. The many old towers and spires certainly gives it a touch of old. However, most of what we see as visitors to Budapest is “merely” 250 years or so old. There’s still enough to…

Bratislava makes a good tripoint

Europe, Slovakia
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Farská street in Bratislava, Slovakia
If you want spectacular tourist attractions, the capital of Slovakia may not be your best choice. Apart from cheap food, drinks and opera tickets, it can’t compete with the nearby capitals Vienna and Budapest. Still, it’s a cozy city with a charming old town, full of Eastern Europe atmosphere. And…

Lofoten – Summer or Winter?

When to visit Lofoten, Norway - Summer or Winter.
It used to be that a visit to Northern Norway was just a summer thing. Then Iceland happened. Before, most foreigners traveling to Iceland would be the most extreme fans of Björk and/or NASA scientists searching for landscapes similar to Mars. Then Game of Thrones was filmed in Iceland. The…

Coolest Hotel Ever

Photo of the Icehotel room A Night At The Theatre, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden.
We’re in Lofoten, surrounded by spectacular scenery, when the American we brought along suddenly demands to be taken to Sweden, to a curiously named place near Kiruna; Jukkasjärvi. To visit an ice hotel, of all things. Apparently it’s on a bucket list, which means there’s no way around it. Bucket…

Into the West

Photo of mountain road in Hemsedal, Norway.
With somewhat limited options because of the coronavirus situation, it’s time for another domestic road trip from Oslo across the mountains to Norway’s west coast. In Vestland county there’s always another narrow road you haven’t noticed before, which will bring you to a place where rocks and water meet in…

Fjords and Birds

Photo of small boat in Fjærlandsfjorden, Norway.
Traveling abroad is not an ethical option this year. Luckily, Norway offers access to many world-class travel experiences. I’ll show you a five day road trip, a total of 1,700 kilometers of driving, taking us from Oslo to the north-western fjords and back. Spoiler: It is great! After an hour…

Costa del Cold

Photo of Skippergaten, a street in Stavern, Norway.
This July road trip between Oslo and Kristiansand could hardly be any more different from the one we did back in March, when we traveled through Lofoten. Instead of  being frozen while surrounded by magnificent rough scenery, we’ll follow a trail of cute and touristy seaside towns taken straight out…

One Day in Addis Ababa

Photo of Lion of Judah monument in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Up until last decade ago, “no one” went to Ethiopia. This has changed, thanks to an easy-to-get eVisa, the rise of Ethiopian Airlines, and a unique range of natural wonders and ancient rock churches. Ethiopia now gets about one million international tourists per year, except when a global pandemic is…
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