Travel Diaries – France

Travel Diaries – France

Gap Year Days 365 – 378 This was to be our second visit to France during our gapyear. On our first visit we only spent a few days in Paris. I wasn’t all that taken with the city on my first visit, but I had learnt from that and now it was getting a second...
Travel Diaries – Edinburgh

Travel Diaries – Edinburgh

Gap Year Days 361 – 365 We walked out of the airport in Edinburgh and were greeted by a gap in the clouds and a glimpse of blue skies. Things were looking up! We took a few more steps and realised it was also lightly raining. Little did we know, this was the...
Travel Diaries – England

Travel Diaries – England

Gap Year Days 358 – 361 When we landed in England we were back in our first primarily English speaking country since we left Australia almost twelve months ago. Oh yes, lots of other countries also have English as an official language (like Singapore, or India)...
Travel Diaries – Porto

Travel Diaries – Porto

Gap Year Days 353 – 358 We were travelling from Lisbon to Porto on Easter Sunday. I woke up that morning to discover I had come down with a cold. Great! Getting caught in the rain the previous day in Sintra had probably not helped the situation either. After a...
Travel Diaries – Lisbon

Travel Diaries – Lisbon

Gap Year Days 348 – 353 After a month of temperature either below zero or just above it, it was so nice to arrive in Portugal to blue skies and gentle breezes. We were still wearing all of our layers from Warsaw, and almost melted on the short walk from the...
Travel Diaries – Warsaw

Travel Diaries – Warsaw

Gap Year Days 345 – 348 We arrived into Warsaw after nine hours on a bus from Vilnius. I have to say though, that it really wasn’t too bad. The seats were comfy enough, there were toilets, coffee and tea facilities, seat back tvs, and best of all for me, decent...
Travel Diaries – Vilnius

Travel Diaries – Vilnius

Gap Year Days 342 – 345 It always seems that we get the best weather on travel days. We left Riga on a beautiful day with bright blue skies, giving us a brief glimpse of the city in sunlight. The sun was still shining when we arrived in Vilnius around four hours...
Travel Diaries – Riga

Travel Diaries – Riga

Gap Year Days 339 – 342 We arrived in Riga on the bus from Tallinn. It had been a relatively pleasant roll through the snowy countryside. As soon as we got off the bus the cold hit us – again! We are heading south, and it’s closer to the end of March than...
Travel Diaries – Tallinn

Travel Diaries – Tallinn

Gap Year Days 336 – 339 We stepped off the ferry in Tallinn to blue skies and temperatures that were cold, but not brutal. I managed to keep my gloves off for most of the walk to our hostel and Simon even lamented at the lack of snow. Works out we were just in...
Travel Diaries – Helsinki

Travel Diaries – Helsinki

Gap Year Days 334 – 336 As we were looking at the flights and accomodation we had booked for Helsinki a couple of days before we travelled there we noticed a discrepancy. The flight was meant to be on the 12th of March, but for some reason the paperwork was...
Travel Diaries – Stockholm

Travel Diaries – Stockholm

Gap Year Days 330 – 334 Our flights from Tromso to Stockholm came with a little bit of excitement. We had to change planes in Oslo, and as we were lined up to board the second flight, there was an announcement that the flight was oversold and they were looking...
Travel Diaries – Tromsø

Travel Diaries – Tromsø

Gap Year Days 327 – 330 Norway was our starting point when we first came to Europe at the beginning of our gap year all the way back in April last year. We really liked Oslo and Bergen, and promised to be back. I didn’t think then that we would be visiting again...