Rounding The World – Day 21: Moscow…

I woke up this morning to the energetic voices of women speaking Spanish in the room next door. They had talked non-stop the entire night before and I wasn’t sure how they could possibly have even more to say. Though it was 5:30am, yes, 5:30am when they decided to have their next batch of discussion. It made me feel so blessed I wasn’t traveling with … Continue reading Rounding The World – Day 21: Moscow…

Rounding The World – Day 20: St Petersburg To Moscow…

The soft white fluffy flakes of snow gently landed on the city of St Petersburg. Covered in a dark grey cloud, the day started in a gloomy slow haze. It’s official, my cold has gone from a maybe to a yes, in fact despite any denial I am indeed sick. Given my normal 3-day incubation it would put the culprit as the day in Ivalo … Continue reading Rounding The World – Day 20: St Petersburg To Moscow…

Rounding the world – Day 19: St Petersburg, Russia…

Although no longer in the Arctic Circle, the day started in darkness. Winter’s delayed sunrises have begun. Starting to check messages from the night before my phone had multiple spam texts, they’ve found me. Didn’t think much of it until a notification popped up that some random person’s desktop computer disconnected, meaning they were connected to my cell phone. Oh boy. Thinking I could fix … Continue reading Rounding the world – Day 19: St Petersburg, Russia…

Round the world – Day 17: Lapland, Finland…

As I stretched my arms out to welcome the morning, the moon greeted me. It was almost 8am and the sun had not quite risen. Morning dew covered the top of the glass igloo roof, an indication today was to be colder than yesterday. The ground was crunchy and the air was chill as I meandered down the dirt path, over the bridge, around the … Continue reading Round the world – Day 17: Lapland, Finland…

Rounding the world – Day 16: Lapland, Finland…

Last night the clouds only parted slightly and despite waking up every 30 minutes ‘just-in-case’ there were no northern lights to see. Somewhere in the middle of the night the sound of light rain pinged the roof of the igloo in a soft soothing dance. The moon followed as the clouds passed and lit up the night to where you could see the pine trees … Continue reading Rounding the world – Day 16: Lapland, Finland…

Rounding the world – day 15: Helsinki to Ivalo…

My cell phone alarm went off at 6:30am, though I had actually been up already. It was time to start the packing process before breakfast. At this point it’s down to an art, if you’ve already read my packing blog for this trip you’ll know I used 6 of the Eagle Creek small cubes which fit exactly into my PacSafe 45L duffel. Tops go into … Continue reading Rounding the world – day 15: Helsinki to Ivalo…

Rounding the world – Day 14: Helsinki, Finland…

This morning something interesting happened, I wasn’t compelled to rush through and see everything that could possibly be seen. Why, I’m not sure. Perhaps as this journey has been a speed race across Europe or perhaps because there just is not that much to see in Helsinki. The breakfast buffet at the Glo Art Hotel is by far the best thus far. It was all … Continue reading Rounding the world – Day 14: Helsinki, Finland…

Rounding the world – Day 13: Tallinn to Helsinki…

This morning I had just enough time to repack everything, quickly devour some breakfast, and catch up on writing. Despite ditching my umbrella and having used up some bathroom supplies, my bag is still incredibly full and heavy. Go figure! I made sure to carve 10 minutes into the timeline of making the ferry schedule to grab a much needed cappuccino. I do miss the … Continue reading Rounding the world – Day 13: Tallinn to Helsinki…