Per-Olof Persson

A Small Swede in the Big World

Per-Olof Persson

I'm a small Swede that simply just love to travel. I haven't been around as much as I'd wish to yet, but my life long goal is to visit all the countries in the world. I still have a long way to go before that mission is accomplished though. I live with my two cats and one spider in Alvesta, a small city outside of Växjö where I try to host people from all over the world as often as I can. If you need a place to stay, just look me up on couchsurfing.org and send me a request. My living I make working as a insurance adviser, it's a soft job with plenty of free time.

I try to get out in the world a few times every year and I always strive to go some place new, and going somewhere where there is interesting things to see, I'm not the type to lay on the beach for a week. Honestly the boredom of that would kill me! I'm the kind of traveller who wants to see as much as possible on a location. I hope you'll enjoy following me on my trips!




Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Mt Fuji August 20th 2018

Hello my fellow travellers! When I left you in my last post I had just reached the 9th station on the Fujinomiya Trail of Mount Fuji. I was doing a bullet climb throughout the night after having previously climbed Mount Hōei together with Takae before she had to go back home to Shizuoka. After a while of staying hunkered down at the 9th station I dragged myself up as I was getting to cold to stay stationary for to long, my plan was to make it to the top and then add as much clothing as I possibly could to myself and find myself a decent spot to wait out the last few hours until sunrise would come and hopefully warm me up a bit. The climb up to the 9.5th station was a slow and ... read more
Toilet Proprietor
My Benefactor and Me
Goraiko

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Fujinomiya August 19th 2018

Hello my fellow travellers! This morning I left early, before Ichiro woke up, and made my way over to the train station to go to Fujinomiya, a city located at the foot of Mount Fuji. I was greeted by a lovely morning with perfect weather and I felt good about the prospect of climbing Mount Fuji under such conditions. The train ride to Fujinomiya went well and as I exited the station I was met by a smiling Takae who had arrived about 20 minutes earlier than me and who had already checked up on the location of the buses heading to the Fujinomiya Trail 5th Station which is where we would begin our climb. Before our ascent however there was one place in Fujinomiya that I wanted to visit, the Fujisan Hongū Sengen Shrine. It's ... read more
Honden of Fujisan Hongū Sengen Shrine
Cleansing at Wakutama Pond Before Climbing Mount Fuji
Wakutama Pond

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Shinagawa August 18th 2018

Hello my fellow travellers! After some 20-25 hours or so spent on trains, air-planes and airports I finally arrived back in Tokyo, almost a full year after my last visit to Japan. This year's trip will be quite different from the previous years' though, because this entire trip will more or less be a long pilgrimage set in five different parts one after an other. The first part of the pilgrimage, which will begin tomorrow, is to climb to the summit of Mount Fuji. My initial plan was to do this together with Takae, but unfortunately she can't take time away from her work on Monday. My back-up plan was for us to do a bullet-climb, starting in the morning and ending in the evening, but for that to work I would have needed to stay ... read more
Delicious!
Togoshi Ginza Onsen
Onigiri and Sapporo Beer

Europe » Poland » Pomerania » Gdansk November 27th 2017

Hello my fellow travellers! When I woke up this morning Joanna had already left for work so it was a good thing that we said our goodbyes last night. I didn't have much time before my plane would leave for home so my only plan was to walk around a bit in Gdańsk before catching the train to the airport. My aim was to take in the general atmosphere of the city even though I wouldn't have the opportunity to delve deeper into it. The first sight of the city that I came to was the main train station itself, Gdańsk Główny Railway Station, built 1896–1900. It survived both world wars but was damaged by a fire in 1945, it has since been renovated and it's a really beautiful building well worth some attention. As I ... read more
Prison Tower and Torture Chamber
Golden Gate
Neptune's Fountain

Europe » Poland » Pomerania » Puck » Hel November 26th 2017

Hello my fellow travellers! Today we travelled the road to Hel! Well, the town of Hel that is, it's a small town located at the tip of the Hel Peninsula in Puck County. It took us a while to drive there and to be honest I wasn't feeling to well so I was drifting in and out of sleep and therefore I wasn't much of a company for Joanna on the road. Once we arrived we were greeted by a strong, cold wind though and thankfully it freshened me up and lifted my spirits, and despite the cold wind the weather was nice and sunny. We parked outside a hostel where Joanna knows the owner, we took a toilet break there and chatted with the nice staff and Joanna showed me a room that is named ... read more
Seal Sanctuary in Hel
Wreck of the Cutter WŁA-55
Firing Cupola in Hel

Europe » Poland » Pomerania » Gdynia November 25th 2017

Hello my fellow travellers! Me and Joanna started the day with a steady breakfast of scrambled eggs and bread before she drove us to Gdynia. The first stop on our way was the Orłowski Cliff, which is a really beautiful cliff that are still being eroded by the sea by roughly one metre every year. It's located on the beautiful sandy beach in the Kępa Redłowska Nature Reserve which was founded in 1938, making it one of the oldest nature reserves in Poland. It was founded in order to preserve the natural beach forests and the Swedish Whitebeam trees that stand along the shores. We began by taking a walk up to the top of the cliff and then we walked across it in it's entirety and came down on the other side so that we ... read more
Orłowski Cliff
Orłowski Cliff
Inscription on a Tree in Kępa Redłowska Nature Reserve

Europe » Poland » Pomerania » Sopot November 24th 2017

Hello my fellow travellers! When I came back from two weeks in Japan and Qatar, after over 40 hours awake and on the move, I booked a trip to Gdańsk in Poland flying from my local airport in Växjö. It was only EUR 20 for a return flight so I figured that even if the season wasn't exactly right for the destination it should be nice enough anyway for that cost. Plus that I haven't been to Poland since 2009 anyway so I figured it would be nice to go back there. This was my first time flying from my local airport but I knew it's a small one, even so I made sure to arrive in good time before the flight but it was quite unnecessary as it only caused me to wait for quite ... read more
Joanna and Frania
Joanna's Pottery
Delicious!

Asia » Japan » Nagano » Ueda October 14th 2017

Hello my fellow travellers! Me and Tran left together this morning and took the local train to Nagano where we switched to the shinkansen (bullet train) bound for Tokyo. He was going to Tokyo to write an exam, while I would jump of in Karuizawa where I would visit the Shiraito Falls. The Shiraito Falls is the kind of waterfall that is fairly wide and where the water resemble hanging threads of silk which is how it get's it name. Last year I visited another waterfall with the same name in Fujinomiya at the foot of Mt. Fuji. The Shiraito Falls in Fujinomiya was truly breathtaking and I were hoping that this waterfall would also be beautiful in a similar fashion. Just as with the last two days in Nagano it was raining quite heavily today. ... read more
Performance at Ueda Castle
Statue of Sanada Yukimura
Ueda Castle

Asia » Japan » Nagano » Yamanouchi October 13th 2017

Hello my fellow travellers! I decided to have a leisure start this morning because the rain was really pouring down. I woke up at the same time as Tran did but I decided to wait for a while and leave later as long as it was okay with him. He had no problems with it, if I just waited an hour or so the building would be empty and no one would notice me leaving anyway and I didn't have to worry about locking up. I decided to do so and hope for the rain to ease up, at least a little bit, because my shoes and socks are still wet since yesterday and I had no desire to make them even wetter. At this moment I only have like one pair of socks left that ... read more
Alpha Male Soaking in the Onsen
Soaking in the Onsen
Jigokudani Valley

Asia » Japan » Nagano » Nagano October 12th 2017

Hello my fellow travellers! Today I was off to an early start as I left together with Trung when he went work, actually even a little bit earlier than needed because he doesn't want the others in his apartment building to know that he houses guests there because the apartment is provided by his employer. He spent the morning, before we left, cramming pretty hard because in a couple of days he will have an important exam in Tokyo and if he passes it he will get a nice salary increase! It was raining really heavily though so I knew I would find good use for the umbrella he lent me. He was kind enough to drive me the whole way to the train station in Nagano even though he was originally going to drop me ... read more
Zuishinmon (Zuishin Gate)
Sugi (Cryptomeria Trees)
Kuzuryūsha




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