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Observations from 6 Months of Travelling in 2022

July 16th, 2022
Observations from 6 Months of Travelling in 2022

Greetings from Tallinn, Estonia!

We are nearing the end of our Scandinavian & Baltic adventure here in the charming Estonian capital. Tallinn is really a charming city, off the beaten path for most travellers coming to Europe, but with a nice energy to it.

Follow Your Nose: In Appreciation Of The Sense We Really Can’t Do Without

July 15th, 2022
Follow Your Nose: In Appreciation Of The Sense We Really Can’t Do Without

When was the last time you let aromas guide you when you go exploring?

As a travel writer it’s an eternal mystery to me how devalued our noses are as tools of global discovery - and why it’s not a common thing to be presented with a “smell map” of a place when you first arrive, highlighting the sources of the most interesting and evocative lungfuls of air.

A Chaotic Start to the Summer for Travellers

July 8th, 2022
A Chaotic Start to the Summer for Travellers

Greetings from Helsinki, Finland!

We've been basking in the Scandinavian summer, here in all its glory and the perfect temperature for those who aren't partial to the heat. The pace of has slowed with the lengthening of the day, and we're grateful to be travelling relatively stress-free, given the current state of travel.

In Praise of Walking + A Norway Announcement

July 1st, 2022
In Praise of Walking + A Norway Announcement

Greetings from Stockholm, Sweden!

We just spent 5 wonderful days exploring Copenhagen, and we've just begun the second leg of our trip here in Stockholm.

One of best things about the Scandinavian capitals is how pleasantly walkable they are, particularly at the edge of summer.

Why Egypt Is Upside-Down (And Why ‘North’ Is All In Our Heads)

July 1st, 2022
Why Egypt Is Upside-Down (And Why ‘North’ Is All In Our Heads)

Have you ever looked at a map of Egypt and wondered, Why is ‘Upper’ at the bottom and ‘Lower’ at the top?

But if you stop to think about it - isn’t that entirely logical? Surely the “upper” part of a river is where it flows from, because water only flows downhill, right? (What kind of camel-trampled fool would argue that water flows upwards?)

If you think this is a strange way to see the world, please turn this assumption on its head (where it actually belongs). Take a glance at medieval maps from the Islamic world and you’ll find what we now call “South” commanding the top of the map - including the one produced in 1154 AD by Arab geographer Muhammad al-Idrisi.

New Airline Regulations in Canada + Ideas for Sojourns

June 24th, 2022
New Airline Regulations in Canada + Ideas for Sojourns

Greetings from Copenhagen, Denmark!

We just wrapped up a lovely trip through the gorgeous Emerald Isle, and I've just arrived in Copenhagen to meet members joining us for our Scandinavia & the Baltics program.

While waiting to board my flight I came across an article regarding changes in airline regulations in Canada that come into effect September 8, and thought it was worth noting for all of us.

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