Being in Bosnia

I really don’t know what to say about Mostar.  Possibly not the best line to commence a blog post with, but there it is.  So I’ll tell you what I learned, which is not a great deal as we only had two days here, and I suspect it would take decades to decode the layers. […]

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Ich bin ein Berliner

How do you begin to describe Berlin?    Berlin is complex, layered.   Berlin comes with big, fat baggage. We bussed in on the overnighter bus, and man, that is a trip.   Another story.    We worked out the bahn situation and bought a ticket to the stop nearest our hostel.        Our hostel was in Prenzlauerberg, Berlin and, […]

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Dresden

Arrival in Dresden by the now familiar FlixBus. It’s a relatively quick 2.5 hour jaunt and they have charging points which is like finding a Pokemon for us. Negotiating the local tram system dropped us off near our digs, where we checked in to find their definition of “private” bathroom, differed somewhat from our own. […]

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looking for troubles

Some observations about “the Troubles”… Having spent all of four days in Northern Ireland, I would not presume to be able to tell you what it was/is all about, but I can tell you what I saw, felt and had relayed to me. Ireland was ruled by the Catholic King James II, and it was […]

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Belfast

We caught the bus up to Belfast from Dublin, a two hour easy trip and were delivered to the Europa Bus terminal. I find it curious that whilst Dublin, as capital of Ireland, is part of the EU, uses the euro, and incoming (non EU) passengers from the UK need to pass through passport control.  […]

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Leaving Liverpool

Liverpool was such a surprise package for us, it deserved more than the paltry day and a half we gave it. We arrived at lunchtime after a brilliant 3 hour trans-pennine train ride, via Leeds and Manchester, complete with tea trolley service…dumped the bags and went to the Mersey for the ferry ride and impromptu […]

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Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Someday I would love to get to the Antarctic, but until then, this was pretty magical. I recommend you click on the images to view them full size, trust me. Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is at the base of the glacier, and chunks calve off and float for a time in the lagoon, eventually finishing up […]

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The wassail…and why we love a pagan ritual

Had the most amazing experience today.    Attended the Sledmere House Wassail ceremony. Wassail ceremonies are conducted either by visiting homes and singing for gifts (i.e. carollers) or by visiting orchards, where the singers will sing the trees awake from their winter slumbers, and implore the gods to bless the trees and make them bountiful for […]

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Christmas in Bavaria

Even though its been a few weeks since, I thought I would share a little about Fussen, where we spent a very special Christmas with Ashleigh.   Fussen is almost on the border of Austria.  It’s a two hour train journey from Munich Haupfbahnhof, the huge main station at Munich.  I managed to choose a […]

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