It’s summer in the Northern Hemisphere, which means more daylight. Don’t you wish it wasn’t so bright all the time? After all, when you can’t see the sun, you get some pretty nice cosmic views. One of the reasons for this trip was to see some spectacular aurorae, whose activity level is directly influenced by the sun.
I booked two tours for my three nights (first night midnight arrival doesn’t count). In case weather interrupted one of them, I had another chance to see something good. They were expensive, but I’m already spending the money to get here, I should increase my odds as best I reasonably can. I left a night in between the tours to do my own thing, and if I saw a great show on the first tour, I could still cancel the second and get a refund. The daytime would be used for normal tourism, city walking, food, museums, etc. I don’t need much rest when traveling, and I like being out in cold weather.
So, this happened exactly 10 years ago.
I am lazy, so this is also a repost from exactly six years ago.
Here are a bunch of my photos from Australia Day 2005. I made my way to Sydney’s Darling Harbour to see one of the numerous city-wide firework shows. I was too far from the Harbour Bridge for the biggest show, and people there camp out all day for their seating spot. I left 45 minutes before showtime and was able to fit into the crowd. See the photo set here and hit the jump for more photos.
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In the meantime, while you’re waiting for the story to pick up again (from the scattered three posts I made during the trip), here’s a two minute time lapse film of the view towards Malmö’s Central Station (on the other side of the canal) from my hotel, built from 1537 photos. That is one frame every 30 seconds for nearly 13 hours (6:14am to 7:02pm).
Number nerds in the US: I post this at 10:11 on 12-13-14
I finished sorting through all the photos, now I’m in Flickr uploading mode. I’ve also written a dozen reviews for Tripadvisor and have more to go.
Miles flown: 14520
Miles walked: 100+
Miles on trains: 800+
Miles on ferry: 300+
Photos taken: 5237
Average photos per day: 308
National borders crossed: 7
Nights spent on moving transportation: 3
Postcards sent: 4
Pies eaten: 6
It’s raining here in Oslo, and it’s dinner time. I felt like looking for pizza, and yelp made a decent suggestion on what to avoid. The good sounding one was about 1 km away. That’s not a problem, but I was planning take away, and cardboard boxes do not fare well in rain. The rain was only increasing in strength, I figured I wasn’t going to make it, and I didn’t want to dine in.
The old stand-by kebab shop to the rescue: I happened upon one right as I decided to give up on pizza (the really close by pizza restaurant had horrible reviews). I’ve already had a kebab this trip, as well as a good hamburger and even a burrito (both in Malmö), and plenty of sandwiches. The nearby malls only had the usual fast food options (US chains, 7-11, sandwich shops), which I didn’t want right now.
I had mixed feelings because I would rather have something new, but I also needed food and couldn’t settle for nearby but poorly reviewed pizza. Burger King was a semi-serious (and more expensive) consideration. I think this lamb/salad/pommes frites (that’s what it said on the menu) plate ended up being a better choice.