Page 7 of A Small Swede in the Big World Travel Blog Posts

Europe » Sweden » Skåne » Trelleborg March 13th 2016

Hello my fellow travellers! For my 50th visited country I had planned something special for myself, Japan. I've been fascinated by Japan ever since I was a young boy and watched the television series Shogun, based on the book by James Clavell. The book is a fictionalised depiction based on the true life of William Adams, an English sailor, who got stranded in Japan in 1600 and came into the service of Tokugawa. In the book and television series their names are changed to Blackthorne and Toranaga and are played by Richard Chamberlain and Toshiro Mifune, my favourite actor. Before my flight though I went to stay my friend Marcus, living in Malmö. I often stay with him before my flights since it's only 20 minutes from his apartment to Copenhagen Airport. We've also been on ... read more

Europe » Italy » Emilia-Romagna » Rimini September 4th 2015

Hello my fellow travellers! I slept better tonight than I did last night because I closed the window so the traffic didn't disturb me this time. I woke up rested and I said my goodbyes to Peppe before I boarded the bus to Rimini. When I arrived at the station I first checked the timetable for the train and bought my ticket to Bologna, giving myself a decent margin to catch my flight. Since I knew my time in Rimini would be limited I set out right away with my camera in one hand and my map in the other, keeping a brisk pace! My first target was the Malatesta Temple, a true landmark standing at the centre of Rimini. It was heavily damaged during World War II and was actually reconstructed by the so called ... read more
Surgeon's House
Surgeon's House
Malatesta Temple

Europe » San Marino » San Marino September 3rd 2015

Hello my fellow travellers! This morning Peppe brought me to a kiosk where I could pick up a couple of tickets for the bus going between Morciano di Romagna and Rimini. It was cheaper to by them there and to buy more at the same time. Peppe helped me last night to check the timetable for both the bus to Rimini and then the bus to San Marino as well as the return bus from there. We will meet up tonight to go and eat an evening meal together to celebrate my last evening in Italy. The bus was nice and comfortable and I was dropped off at the combined bus and train station in Rimini and here it was very easy to pick up tickets to San Marino and I also got a tourist map ... read more
Historic Parade
Historic Parade
Solemn Mass

Europe » Italy » Emilia-Romagna » Ravenna September 2nd 2015

Hello my fellow travellers! I began the day with a lovely breakfast together with Antonina before she went to work and I went on to explore Ravenna. My first stop of the day was at the Adriana Gate, which to be honest wasn't as impressive as I had expected without seeing pictures of it. Based on the name I would have guessed it to be a gate dedicate to Emperor Hadrian but it was rather named by being to road to the city of Adrian. So, in my head I saw something similar to the Hadrian Gate in Gerasa but instead found something more along the line of a 17th century thing. And it was in a bit of disrepair as well with almost no decorations. The rectangular bastions at the sides of it was cool ... read more
Basilica of Saint Vitalis
Mausoleum of Galla Placidia
Basilica of Ursus

Europe » Italy » Emilia-Romagna » Bologna September 1st 2015

Hello my fellow travellers! After a night of unfortunately somewhat poor sleep (due to the heavy traffic) I headed out into Bologna again. I left my bags at Giorgio since he was be working from home today so I could return and pick them up before I went to the train station. My first target for today was the Church of Saint Mary of Life to see these terracotta statues that Giorgio mentioned. On the way though I decided to finally visit the Basilica of Saint Francis, it's been closed for me twice now, third time is the charm! And indeed it was, I finally got to visit it and I enjoyed it (not as grand as the other basilicas but still nice enough). I then made my way over to the Church of Saint Mary ... read more
Oratory of Battuti
Bologna University
Anatomical Theatre

Europe » Italy » Emilia-Romagna » Bologna August 31st 2015

Hello my fellow travellers! This morning, after a brief sleep at my friend Marcus in Malmö, I took an early flight to a sunny and warm Bologna. The flight went smoothly but the buses kind of caused a bit of an issue today. First was the airport bus from Bologna Airport to Bologna Train Station, the first ticket machine didn't work with VISA card and the bus couldn't accept it straight on the bus. Fortunately for me there was a few more machines located inside the terminal building and one of them worked with VISA. Once I had gotten to the train station I ran into the same problem, neither the ticket machine nor any shops accepted VISA so I had to track down an ATM and withdraw cash but then only even change was accepted ... read more
Tomb of Saint Dominic
Basilica of Saint Francis
Basilica of Saint Stephan

Europe » Germany » Berlin » Berlin July 3rd 2015

Hello my fellow travellers! This morning, after a really good and healthy sleep, me and Andreas said our goodbyes to Sebastien for his short but very kind and generous hospitality. I wish we had more time here with him, it was a genuine pleasure talking with him over a few beers last night. Following his tip from yesterday we made our way over towards the East Gallery. We jumped off a couple of stations early though as I spotted a church that looked interesting. It turned out to be closed and actually looked kind of abandoned, but I guess that is a logical effect of the spreading secularism in this part of the world. It all has positives and negatives as so much else has. The church was named the Emmaus Church and at least from ... read more
East Side Gallery
East Side Gallery
East Side Gallery

Europe » Germany » Berlin » Berlin July 2nd 2015

Hello my fellow travellers! I slept far better tonight (most likely due to complete exhaustion) but even so we kept a very leisure pace today. Mostly because we kind of managed to see most of what Berlin has to offer (in terms of sights at least) yesterday and we still have two days here so no point in rushing around today. Following the tip we got from Lina yesterday we made our way to the former Tempelhof Airfield, nowadays the Tempelhof Park. I'll be honest, neither me nor Andreas really felt anything about this place. It is pretty much what it sounds like, a big airfield turned into a public place. So, suffice to say we weren't impressed and we continued on. We decided to go to the Holocaust Memorial and laid out the best way ... read more
Protest Against Immigration Policy
Holocaust Memorial
Good Beer and Good Company!

Europe » Germany » Berlin » Berlin July 1st 2015

Hello my fellow travellers! Well, I can't exactly claim to have been in tip top shape today, seeing as how I didn't sleep at all tonight. Between people slamming doors, talking loudly, having sex and Andreas snoring like a dinosaur with severe asthma I didn't manage to fall asleep. I did my best to keep up but I sure was tired today, I still feel like we managed to cover a lot of ground today though. Our day started with a speedy breakfast together with our host Tim. He was going to a job interview though so he really just rushed down a few sandwiches and then he was off after providing us with a key. Since we had a key now we decided to take it a bit calmer and laid out a preliminary itinerary ... read more
Brandenburg Gate
Neptune Fountain
Neptune Fountain

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Antibes June 30th 2015

Hello my fellow travellers! So, mine and Andreas time in France has come to an end, this morning we said our goodbyes to François and thanked him for his kind hospitality. However, since our flight wasn't until the afternoon, we decided to visit one final city on the French Riviera before moving on to Germany. The choice fell on Antibes which is in close proximity to Nice and it was a good choice. Antibes is a very charming small town and it's slow pace was a nice respite to an otherwise fairly crowded French Riviera. We started our exploration of Antibes with a hike up to the nearby Fort Carré. It's a sweaty but good hike and the fort is well worth the effort, it's very well preserved and interesting to visit. Unfortunately we couldn't go ... read more
Fort Carré
Church of the Immaculate Conception
War Memorial

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