Category: Daily Life

Back to… Utrecht

After a six month absence it was the right time to finally return to Utrecht. Many people I knew left long ago and the feelings were mixed. The city itself is a wonderful place but the university structure… best forgotten. If anything it is sad, sad to have left too early,...

Voting for sausage sizzle in Den Haag

I was going to vote in Wien, but this has decided it. Now I can go exercise my legally enforced* right to vote in Den Haag for one of various shitty candidates including this guy. *technically I’m exempt from Australia’s mandatory voting, but hey I still feel coerced…

A busy day in Wien for an overpriced passport 💶

After all my fuss and avoidance in getting a new passport I spent today back in Vienna after returning yesterday. Off for a renewal application with a pile of cash and getting the photo taken. Given it is a huge sum of money compared to any other country and mine only had...

Rock in Vienna music festival🤘

I trying to figure out if I should go Budapest now or later while Julia was planning on going to a rock music festival with a friend. Neither of them wanted to go, her friend pulled out, exhausted after a fun run that morning. She felt obligated to go however as it was an old...

A colourful return to Skopje 🌈

Having given up entering Serbia for now, I decided to just fly over the fucking country the long way. Getting down to Skopje for a flight was meant to be routine but political protests in the Macedonian capital helped add some life to the day.

The old and new of Pristina

I spent the day exploring Pristina, the capital of Kosovo. I arrived here last night after deciding to leave Prizren but too late to head much further than the capital. Unlike Prizren this is definitely a city, not a town. It is characteristically cosmopolitan in a surprising sense. However underneath...

A Stranded Joy, from Bajram Curri to Kosovo

Transport around and between the border of Albania and Kosovo is difficult. There are very limited public transport, nearly all of it is not properly scheduled, making it hard to plan. Even the freedom of your own vehicle can have complications with insurance. I got stranded twice in two days, once on a quick trip to Bajram...

Next stop: quiet and patient Shkodër

Entirely uncertain where to go I jumped on the bus heading south, went across the border and jumped off at the first major stop. I still wasn’t sure if in general I would head north or south, although east and west are also options. General directions are good to avoid backtracking....

Leaving Sweden and Schengen: SAS to Split

Departing from Arlanda to Split this morning, heading back to Croatia totally unexpectedly. I always appear to make last minute decisions but they’re usually backed up by some lengthy planning. This time however, extensive planning lead a careful weighting of options that were quickly wiped away as I booked in the moment.

A lovely Stockholm evening

It had been a half-day trip to the Swedish capital including the open-air museum Skansen and then the Eurovision 2016 village. What better way to end it around the Gamla Stan on such a favourably warm evening.

Linnaeus’ Garden in Uppsala University

Although I lived and studied in Uppsala for some time, one place I always seemed to miss was the Linnaean Garden (Linnéträdgården). The place is like a small walled oasis in the city and is named after Carl Linnaeus one of the most widely known professors from the university’s long history. Well today I finally went...

Cold Night at Gamla Uppsala

After visiting Sigtuna in the day, somehow it felt like a great idea to make a night visit to Gamla Uppsala. Bike riding turned to a short bus trip that became an even shorter stay as the wind chill was colder than expected. At least a brief chance for night...

Part of Uppsala in lockdown

I was returning from Flogsta to stay in central Uppsala a few more days. Jenny was meant to be coming over to help me with the bottles but was caught up with an area evacuated. There’d been a helicopter hovering above the city for a while but I hadn’t thought...

Back in Uppsala

It’s been nearly a year since I was here. Mixed feelings but nice to be somewhere you know too well. Fika time.