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The Portuguese Way – Tui to Santiago

Photo of the Santiago de Compostela cathedral at sunset, seen from Alameda Park.
To become an officially accomplished pilgrim, you must walk at least 100 kilometers to Santiago. For this reason, a lot of people choose to start their walk in Tui, a Spanish right on the border to Portugal. It’s 115 kilometers from Santiago, almost the perfect distance. In this post I show…

The Portuguese Way – Porto to Tui

Photo of old Roman road section on Caminho Português / Camino de Santiago
After walking from Lisbon to Coimbra, I arrive in Porto. I am immediately struck by its beauty, and I grant myself a day of rest here. Well, rest … Walking around in this extremely hilly city may not fit everyone’s idea of relaxation. Do what you want, but I highly…

One Day in Bergen

Europe, Norway
Photo of the rooftops of Bryggen, Bergen.
There are so many different angles you can approach this city from. To have a great day in Bergen, you can do exactly the things I am going to tell you about, or you can do none of them. It’s a foodie’s wonderland, a hiker’s paradise, a historian’s heaven, and…

A Trip to the East Coast

Europe, Norway
Photo of glacier in Mohnbukta, Svalbard.
Some places on Svalbard you can just go and see, as long as you possess and know how to use a snowmobile and a rifle. Then there are other places, where no tourist can go without a guide or a permit that is unobtainable for most of us. Like the…

The Temple of Vroom

Europe, Norway, Safari
Photo of Templet mountain at Tempelfjorden, Svalbard, seen from Fredheim.
I love going to Tempelfjorden. I went four times in as many weeks, that’s how much I like it. Only basic snowmobile driving skills are required. If I had to choose one snowmobile trip on Svalbard that it’s not crazy to do on your own after having done it once…

What to see in Longyearbyen

Photo of Hiorthfjellet from Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Describing Longyearbyen without just listing all the usual stuff is a challenge. Everything amazing and spectacular has been covered elsewhere, so many times. Instead, I offer a few everyday sights from an ugly town surrounded by natural beauty. These are details I learned by spending a workation here in April…

Winter in Budapest

Europe, Hungary
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

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…