Our original plan was to go to Aland Island for the Aland Marathon, but all of the ferries were canceled due to high winds.
We thought about hibernating at home for the weekend, but quickly decided to find another adventure.
We got online and found a ghost tour in Vilnius and that sealed the deal! We booked seats on the Euroline bus from Tallinn to Vilnius via Riga, hotel rooms at the Scandic Neringa, and a ghost tour of Old Town for Saturday night.
Got to the Tallinn bus terminal for the 21:30 bus, and off we went. Our family of six got split up 4/2 on the bus, but no worries. The whole trip was scheduled for 9 hours. We passed first through the “summer capital” of Estonia – Parnu, and then into Latvia. We stopped at the border crossing while the border guards checked passports, so now we had set foot on Latvian soil…a first for us. Read the rest of this entry »
If you’re looking for a cheap way to travel around Italy but still catch the sights, try Italian rail travel. But note in advance that traveling by train in Italy is NOT an Amtrak experience. There are plenty of things to watch out for, from extra costs in transit to thieves on the night trains, but if you’re alert and conscious rail travel is a unparalleled, inexpensive experience. Read the rest of this entry »
At the break of a Sunday sunrise, little broken down ladies gather under a white tent top and patiently thumb through gingham aprons and matching linens. Under another tent top just across the walkway, a mother and daughter fuss about winter shoes while comparing market prices to the seasonal prices of Via del Corso. Nearby, teenage boys try on sunglasses and loudly praise each other’s good looks as the vendor yells out prices, “Dai, tre mila, forza!”. And, businessmen in heavy tweed suits let their hands hang heavily in their pockets as they examine precious antique furniture and then seem to half-heartedly wonder about how nicely the pieces would look in their country villas. Read the rest of this entry »
I just started working at The Bottle Shop, near Bastille. Working at a bar or restaurant is something that I have been putting off for quite a while. Two shifts a week is a supplementary income and a totally (un)sobering experience. Read the rest of this entry »
Over the years sleep masks have gained in popularity because they serve several useful purposes, (and you don’t have to be rich or famous to wear one!).
Sleep masks were originally worn to aid a person to sleep through the night and not be ‘disturbed’ or awoken by the sun in the morning. Some people still wear them for this purpose; other reasons to wear them include the following: Read the rest of this entry »
Alcohol has had a hand in the rise and fall of countless nations. It has been one of the driving forces between civil unrest and social change throughout the years and every different culture has had some defining brew of its own. Whether you are jet setting around the world or you want to do a little exploring from the home bars, here are some drinks to keep our eyes open for.
The beers of Belgium are known around the world for their unique character. They have taken the throne as the most hyped beers in the world, just above German, and they have really earned. There are numerous styles under the umbrella that is “Belgian beer” and I think you should explore as many of them as possible. You should taste every beer, from the light and bubbly saison to the heavy and malty quad. Read the rest of this entry »
Bangkok is not as you expect it. But it is neither as you would imagine it to be, and this is not a contradiction in terms. welcome to bangkok. In europe we cannot even conceive the existence of a metropolis like this – not simply a crossroad or a final destination for millions of tourists who every year travel along the far eastern routes. Bangkok is the city of scents, of striking contrasts that sometimes are drawn towards each other and much more. Read the rest of this entry »
Come to Venice Beach on a sunny weekend afternoon and you’ll find a pretty lively scene. Along the Ocean Front Walk, also called the Venice Boardwalk, jugglers and acrobats, tarot readers and Mad Hatter headwear vendors, jug-band musicians and political types circulating petitions to decriminalize marijuana all compete frantically for your attention. If voyeurism is more your style, sit back and watch bikini-clad women watching body builders watching themselves flex at Muscle Beach. Read the rest of this entry »
When Bram Stoker wrote his classic novel, Dracula, he spawned an entire genre of vampire movies, from the pallid horror and busty swoonings of cheesy films like Brides Of Dracula to the angsty teenage smarts of The Lost Boys (‘My own brother, a goddamn, shitsucking vampire. Boy, you wait till mom finds out, buddy’).
For the inveterate traveller, though, the vampire of choice would have to be Polidori’s urbane but undead Lord Ruthven (a thinly-veiled Lord Byron) and the story of his travels across the globe with a mortal companion, Aubrey. From London to Timbuktu the henchman of Satan pouts, broods, complains and sulks, as he simultaneously tries to bring Aubrey over to the Dark Side and blames him for every late train that never arrives. He’s the travel companion from hell. Read the rest of this entry »
Most of the earliest crop circles were pretty tame affairs – just round discs of flattened wheat appearing in the middle of fields on Salisbury Plain. Then in the later part of the 1990s, crop phenomena of varying descriptions started popping up and the whole thing began to sound like a figure skating competition. There was the Mandlebrot formation, the Scorpion, the Think Bubble, the 10-petalled Mandela, the Asteroid and the DNA Double Helix formation: crop circle chasers were in their element. Read the rest of this entry »