Helsinki – Capital of Finland

Helsinki – Capital of Finland

Introduction We were in Helsinki for the first time in our lives. We did not have friends living here like we do in most countries we go to. We arrived by train in the city at the monumental Art Nouveau Central Station. We walked the streets for hours, as is our normal way. We saw many impressive and well-known sites, including the Helsinki Cathedral. Before we left New York, Wif, an Instagram follower living in Helsinki, contacted me as I had mentioned in my profile section we will be going here. We did…continue reading →
Norway – Part 2 – Oslo

Norway – Part 2 – Oslo

Introduction On my first visit to Oslo, we went to the city’s top attractions, including Vigeland Sculpture Park… …the Parliament Building… …and the Nobel Peace Center. We are fortunate usually to have good friends where we travel, in this case Khadija’s former colleague Rolf gave us a walking tour of Oslo. Khadija thought her friend Nasrin might be here. They had not seen each other since 2011 when they both lived in Egypt. In 2013 Nasrin emailed and mentioned she was working for a non-governmental organization in Oslo. Khadija called the NGO. A receptionist…continue reading →
Norway – Part 1 – Tromsø & the Lofoten Islands

Norway – Part 1 – Tromsø & the Lofoten Islands

Introduction We were traveling above the Arctic Circle on the Norway coast and witnessed non-stop scenic landscapes of towering mountains... …sweeping fiords… …and splendid flower and rock formations. We were inspired to hike the mountains and chose Justadtinden on Vestvågøy Island. It started well, trekking up the mountain. After an hour, we were separated and had no way to contact each other. I returned to our car by the trailhead and waited hours for Khadija to return. Finally, I called for a rescue squad to search for her. Continue reading to find out…continue reading →
Stockholm – Capital of Sweden

Stockholm – Capital of Sweden

Introduction We walked for hours in Stockholm. We saw many of the images you expect, such as venerable buildings by a harbor… …and bicyclists everywhere. However, while we were there, it was the start of national elections. This piqued my interest in Sweden’s national politics. It took me three days, but I finally met Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. Keep reading to see how this happened. Our Story My wife Khadija and I travelled to the Nordic countries of Sweden, Norway and Finland in August 2018. They were all new to me. Khadija had…continue reading →
Budapest – High Culture on a Low Budget

Budapest – High Culture on a Low Budget

Part 1 – Travel Essentials Overview Budapest Is a city with incredible architecture, friendly and helpful residents, excellent public transportation and clean and safe streets. It is the merge of two cities on opposite side of the Danube River, Buda and Pest (pronounced pesh), in 1873. Buda contains the Castle District (includes the Royal Palace and the Matthias Church), which is the main place tourist visit in the city. Otherwise, it is mainly residual neighborhoods in between numerous hills. Pest is a walkable, urban and trendy with restaurants, bars and clubs. It contains…continue reading →
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