Eurotrip Appendix IV: Adventures of Cake Toy Prime in Sweden

Cake Toy Prime passed through Sweden’s Customs twice, in Kiruna en route to the ICE Hotel and again when arriving in Stockholm later in the trip.

Chilling out at the ICE Hotel
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Eurotrip Appendix III: Adventures of Cake Toy Prime in England

In Bermuda 2011, my labmates got me a birthday cake with Transformers figures (the inferior Bay versions) on it.  After 3 years of celebrating Pi Day there, I figured they would know I prefer pie to cake.  Oh well.  The toys made the cut on what to bring home and what to leave behind on the island.  I used them to stage another birthday photo the next year.

Do you know of the Flat Stanley Project?  Perhaps you remember the subplot in the French film Amélie, where her father’s garden gnome was stolen, traveled around the world, and returned.  I decided to take the Optimus Prime cake toy with me through Europe, as a stand-in for me, since I was reluctant to hand over my camera to strangers to take photos of me.  On the rare occasion that I did, they took terrible photos.  I did some selfies, as evidenced by the Touching Famous Landmarks gallery.  I figured Optimus Prime would be a little more recognizable than the Bumblebee figure, as the former was changed less than the latter for the Bay-ified designs.  I had considered taking my Deep Tea Diver that was a gift from another couple of friends, but with the infuser being see-through, I thought it might be tougher to show up on camera and its small footprint meant it might not stay upright on various terrains. Continue reading

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Eurotrip Appendix II: Touching Famous Landmarks

More photos to add to my Touching Famous Landmarks Flickr group: (Warning – image heavy post)

Sweden:

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Eurotrip Appendix I: clothes left behind

It’s a good strategy to bring beat up clothes when you travel.  You can discard it on the way and free up space/weight on the way home (for souvenir shirts bought during the trip).  Give it one last holiday before thanking it for its long service.  You know the “Take only photographs, leave only footprints” adage?  We unfortunately live in a disposable society, why not leave something from home behind when you travel? Continue reading

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Eurotrip Part 17: The end

Today marks the one year anniversary of the end of my Eurotrip.  It took one year to share 24 days with you, sorry about the wait.  There are currently 600 photos in my Flickr set and 10 YouTube videos from the trip.  I may occasionally add more to those sets (or delete if necessary).  Stay tuned for bonus features! Continue reading

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Eurotrip Part 16: The ultimate pen

My final night in Europe for a while will be spent in the fancy Mayfair District.  I found a nifty deal online and when I arrived, the check-in clerk made a comment that seemed to imply that I may not have deserved to stay there if that was all I was paying.  This is a rather ritzy area of London, such that it occupies the same spot as Boardwalk on the UK version of the Monopoly board.

How ritzy is this area?  This Ritz-y:

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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,200 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

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