Helsinki – Capital of Finland

Sibelius Face rock sculpture - Helsinki

Introduction We were in Helsinki, Finland for the first time in our lives. We did not have friends living here as 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 […]

Norway – Part 2 – Oslo

Oslo Opera House - 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 […]

Norway – Part 1 – Tromsø & the Lofoten Islands

Boat in front of a red house on stilts - Henningsvaer

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 […]

Stockholm – Capital of Sweden

People relaxing around a fountain in Nytorget Park, 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 […]