I wanna give a shout-out to my family. They’re keeping an eye on my place while I’m away and e-mailing me updates from home. They’re also taking care of some small chores for me, and it’s making my trip a lot easier. Thanks, y’all! Peace out.
After a few days in Copenhagen, I can say that I’m absolutely amazed by the quantity of beer people drink here. I learned during my tour of the Carlsberg brewery that historically the water was unsafe to drink here, so people drank beer instead. During the Renaissance, Danes began importing new foods from all over … Continue reading Beer in Denmark
I’m still in Copenhagen, sitting by the one of the canals, enjoying a cold beer in the shade. The weather today is absolutely perfect. The temperature is about 80 degrees, there’s hardly a cloud in the sky, and there’s a nice breeze to keep everything pleasant. I just finished an hour-long harbor cruise, which was … Continue reading More Copenhagen
I just finished the Carlsberg brewery tour, which naturally included a couple tastings. The beer here is very good. I had a Tuborg last night, and a Carlsberg Pilsner and a Jacobsen Brown Ale here at the brewery.
I arrived in Copenhagen this morning, and after an overnight train, I took a shower and crashed for a couple hours. Then, while wearing the last of my clean clothes and a bathing suit as underwear, I found a laundry near my hotel, which took some doing, because the front desk clerk’s directions were somewhat … Continue reading Clean laundry at last
I’ve had several great days in Amsterdam, but it’s time to move on. I decided to go to Copenhagen next, which is a long train ride from Amsterdam. I bought tickets this morning, and I could have left almost right away, but the idea of arriving in a city at midnight didn’t appeal to me. … Continue reading On the rails
Of course, being in the red-light district, we had to have a look at the offerings in the windows. It appeared that the more attractive girls worked the main street, and as you got further away, they became, shall we say, uglier.
I’m in Amsterdam, and I’m camping once again. I arrived Saturday night very late, so I had to spend one night in a hotel, but I’ll spend three nights at the campground. The campground is just three bus stops from the central train station, so it’s in a really great location.
It’s just now midnight, and I’m safely in Holland. We docked in a place called Hoek von Holland. It took less than five minutes to disembark and clear passport control. Now I have to wait a half-hour for my train. They let you buy train tickets on the ship, which is really cool. Unfortunately, the … Continue reading Docked in Holland
I’m now aboard the Stena HSS Discovery. This is weird. I wasn’t sure what I was expecting, but it’s like a floating Las Vegas casino. Okay, maybe an off-Strip one, but you get the idea. There are movie theaters showing first-run movies, bars, restaurants, cafes, and casino games.
I met my friend and two of his friends at 6 yesterday evening at an incredibly trendy sushi place near St. James Park called Nobu. His friends were great. I liked them immediately. I like sushi, but I had only had it once before, so I had no idea what to order. Fortunately, the way … Continue reading London, part two
After about a 44-hour whirlwind through London, I’m on a train to Harwich, on the coast of England, where I hope to catch a ferry to the Netherlands either tonight or tomorrow morning. When I arrived at Heathrow Thursday evening, I had been thinking I would head for one of the campgrounds on the outskirts … Continue reading London, part one
It’s hard to believe I would have a sunburn after spending three days in a place called Iceland, especially after all the rain I’ve told you about, but I managed to burn my face a bit while I was at the Blue Lagoon today. However, the burn is hardly noticeable, because I haven’t shaven since … Continue reading Sunburn after three days in a place called Iceland, Blue Lagoon
The sun has finally appeared again. At 11:15 pm. I’m taking advantage of the opportunity to air my tent out a bit. It’s getting musty from wet clothes and so on.
It’s been raining since about eight hours after I arrived in Reykjavik Monday morning, and it’s still coming down. The forecast is that it will end tomorrow morning. Just in time for me to leave. Somehow I managed to stay dry again last night. Perhaps I remember more from Boy Scouts than I realize.
The flight to Iceland was uneventful. The international airport in Keflavik is small but seems very modern, although the lack of a jetway was surprising. I was through immigration control in a few minutes, and I arrived at the baggage carousel at the same time my bag did. I don’t think it took more than 15 minutes from leaving the plane to leaving the terminal.
In the middle of Þingvellir National Park in Iceland, and I suddenly have an Internet connection again. I thought I’d pop my head up before I get back to Reykjavik and it doesn’t work again. I’m safe and well. More to follow when able.
As it turned out, we weren’t on the tarmac long, and within a few minutes, I was in the terminal and at the gate for my connecting flight. The airport at Minneapolis is very well organized, and even though my connecting gate was quite far away, I was able to get there in about fifteen … Continue reading Quick follow up
At last, my voyage is underway. A friend had breakfast with me, and then she gave me a ride to the airport. For a while, I wasn’t sure I was going to get out of Phoenix. When I checked in at the airport, I was given a boarding pass to clear security, but with no … Continue reading Summer fun begins
In my recent posts, I’ve hinted I’m doing some traveling this summer. I won’t leave you in the dark any longer. In the next couple weeks, I’m leaving for a month-and-a-half-long backpacking trip through Europe. Yes, Europe again. Yes, I have the bug, and I have it bad. On my way to Europe, I’m spending … Continue reading Preparing for my summer fun in Europe
Many of you know I lived in Montpellier, France, for about a year. I loved being there, and I had a great experience studying there. From time to time, I’m asked to provide a reference to prospective students of the school where I studied, and I’m always happy to do so. Last summer, a young woman called me out of the blue, and we spent a half-hour or so on the phone talking about Montpellier.
I took a day trip today to Nogales, a city that straddles the Arizona-Mexico border, and I went on the other side of the fence for a couple hours to have a look around.
Okay, I’m not really in Hungary. I’m sitting by the pool at my parents’ house in Phoenix, and I’ve been home from Europe for over two weeks. I thought I’d send one last letter to wrap up what went on for the last week of my trip. Hungary was a last minute addition to my … Continue reading Letter from … Hungary?
I’m in Dresden, Germany, for two nights. I was going to stay in Leipzig, but when I arrived there, I found out there was a fair going on, and finding a room was going to be a nightmare. So I jumped on the next train for Dresden, and here I am. Friday, I’ll leave for … Continue reading Update from Dresden
It’s early afternoon, Monday, October 4, and I’m starting this letter in the train station at Karlsruhe, Germany. I came here from Baden-Baden this morning, where I spent the weekend recovering from two weeks of getting up early for class, spending many afternoons at the beach, and staying up too late almost every night. In … Continue reading Letter from Stuttgart