Helsinki, Finland

We have always been pretty lucky when travelling. We have never had anything stolen, or needed medical attention other than a few pills to combat colds. We knew our luck would run out one day, and it did quite spectacularly in Helsinki. After arriving from Tallinn by boat - a very picturesque trip in itself... Continue Reading →


Tartu, Estonia

As per usual, we got very lazy at the end of our trip and totally forgot to update our blog. And it wasn't until we were about to head away for another trip that we remembered about it! So we'll quickly throw together some memories and photos from our last 3 stops of our European... Continue Reading →

Cesis, Latvia

Yeah, we needed this. The previous day in Sigulda had hinted at it, but once we arrived in Cesis we realised how much we needed to get out of the cities. In fact, not since our time in Cesky Krumlov some 8 places ago, had we been in a small town. And that had felt... Continue Reading →

Riga, Latvia

Riga, Riga, Riga. What can we say? We went to Riga wanting to like it. Everything that we had heard was wonderful. Everyone we had talked to about it gave it rave reviews.  And yes, it is a very beautiful place, with several similarities to our hometown of Christchurch. Around the old town there's a... Continue Reading →

Vilnius, Lithuania

After our very brief day in Kaunas, we headed to the capital of Lithuania: Vilnius. We had 4 days there, which would prove to be ample. We had also booked a rather swish hotel so we could have a bit of comparative luxury after having cheap hotels for the past week.  Vilnius had a very... Continue Reading →

Kaunas, Lithuania

We were always a bit concerned about how we would get from Warsaw to Kaunas. Up until recently the only option appeared to be a bus that took 300,000,000 years, and cost you your soul, worldly possessions, and sanity. Lucky for us there was a brand new train. So new in fact that from Bialystok... Continue Reading →

Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw. We weren't sure if there was a saw, but we did know that it was affected by a war. But not a war that we saw. We also didn't see a saw, or use a seesaw. .... Ahem, so anyway... We had 3 days in Poland's biggest city, and after the previous places we... Continue Reading →

Torun, Poland

Other than the fact that we could spell the name of the town, we really didn't know a lot about Torun. However we needed a small town after several days in big cities/towns, and it fit the bill nicely. The old walled town sits on the bank of the Vistula River. There are yet again... Continue Reading →

Gdansk, Poland

Admittedly, the only thing we had known about Gdansk before this trip was that people had travelled from there to Craggy Island to see the film The Passion of St. Tibulus. But after some research, it had sounded like a nice place with a nice old town, river, and a nearby castle. (However, the film... Continue Reading →

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