Exploring Bergen

30 & 31 July 2018

In honour of Dave’s birthday we packed up our little tent and checked into our hotel in Bergen – What luxury!

Accommodation

We spent 2 nights at Scandic Ørnen which is a comfortable and clean budget hotel with a great location. It included a tasty buffet breakfast and decent wifi, and there was a large car park just next door which the hotel offered discount rates on. Overall, it was fine for our needs and felt luxurious after camping, but it was no Ritz.

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I really liked Bergen and felt Continue reading Exploring Bergen

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Kayaking the Nærøyfjord

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Today, I got to dip my toes (and my paddle) into the stunning Nærøyfjord.

After we descended Trolltunga we got back in Brianne and drove to Flam where we set up camp at Flam Camping. We had 2 nights planned here, largely so we could spend one glorious day paddling out on the Nærøyfjord with Nordic Ventures.

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Chateau Hartlatt snuggled up to Brianne, our trusty steed

Flam itself is nothing special. The popular cruise port Continue reading Kayaking the Nærøyfjord

Wild Camping Trolltunga

My Trolltunga story is one of incredible beauty, endurance and perseverance. The hike itself, combined with the immense heat of the day pushed me to my very limit. I struggled with heat exhaustion as well as a boot malfunction that gave me intolerable pain in my left ankle. Despite all of this, it was an immensely rewarding experience and one which I highly recommend.

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Friday, 27th July 2018 Continue reading Wild Camping Trolltunga

Stavanger: The Start of an Adventure

Thursday, 26th July 2018

Our Norwegian holiday started bright and early (or I should really say dark and early) at 2 am with an Uber to The Hard Bus Terminal where we were due to catch the National Express Bus to Gatwick. This was the only way – our flight left at 6:45 am! Continue reading Stavanger: The Start of an Adventure

Isle of Wight – Hiking the Coastal Path

After spending most of June apart, Dave and I decided to take a mini stay-cation to the Isle of Wight. As it was only a 15 minute hovercraft ride across the sea it seemed like a great choice (plus it was supposed to have some of the area’s best hiking and I was pretty eager to try out my new hiking boots).

I’ll back up a minute.

Yes, I said hovercraft. Portsmouth is the only place in the world that has a public hovercraft that essentially flies its passengers from Southsea to Ryde on the Isle of Wight. I wont pretend it wasn’t cool. It was a pretty neat way to start our little mini-break.  Continue reading Isle of Wight – Hiking the Coastal Path

Eating My Way Through Amsterdam

When I first started doing my research for Amsterdam the overwhelming consensus (online and from friends) was that Amsterdam is awesome but the food scene sucked.

As a foodie, I found this both disappointing and a bit hard to believe, with Amsterdam being such a large, cultural city. So, I dug a little bit deeper and, with the help Google and Trip Advisor, was able to put these bad food rumours to bed. Continue reading Eating My Way Through Amsterdam

The Best Days of My Life: Swimming with Dolphins

The last little while I’ve been in a bit of a rut (it’s winter, so no real surprise there). I haven’t had a lot of motivation or inspiration to write much of anything, and as my 31st birthday approaches I’m once again plagued by that sinking sensation, that nagging fear of “what have I done with my life?!”

It’s times like these that I’m forced to stop and take a moment to remind myself that while I might not be exactly where I expected to be in my 30’s, I’ve still done a lot with the time I’ve had. My life has been filled with amazing experiences that have spanned across almost the entire world.

So, instead of sitting and wallowing, I’ve decided to kill two birds with one stone and get back to writing while reminiscing about the most spectacular days of my life in a series of blog posts.

So, to start it all off, let’s get on a plane and head to New Zealand’s South Island, to the sunny and gorgeous seaside town of Continue reading The Best Days of My Life: Swimming with Dolphins