Monthly Archives: June 2016


Why I loved my Airbnb in Reykjavik with no shower

I stayed at an Airbnb in Reykjavik in March 2016

Most people, when they heard I had booked an Airbnb in Reykjavik with no shower, reacted with shock. What, no shower? How can you stay there? They wondered. I continued to tell them about the public bath right by the apartment, how I could go there every morning and have a relaxing bath. Most people were still not convinced. They could not imagine a place without a shower. I had great faith in my choice myself.

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Breakfast in Copenhagen

I had a layover in Copenhagen on my way to Amsterdam in May, 2016

As soon as the plane landed and we got out of the airport, we got on the first train for the city. It was still early morning, not even 8 am yet, our plane for Amsterdam left at 1 pm. That gave us plenty of time.

We were on our way to Copenhagen for breakfast, a five hour layover between planes on our way to Amsterdam. Why wait at the airport when the city is only 15 minutes away by train or metro.

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Evenaar Travel Book Store in Amsterdam

I visited Evenaar Travel Book Store in Amsterdam in May 2015

Whenever I am in Amsterdam, I always visit Evenaar, a wonderful travel book shop just next to Spui. It has a great selection in travel literature, and a very helpful staff. The whole store filled with travel books, from floor to ceiling, and all books arranged by country. Maybe not as beautiful as Daunt Books in London, but still a book store I love.

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A Layover in Tallinn

I had a layover in Tallinn, Estonia on my way home from Vilnius in May, 2016

No one was at the service counter as I arrived. Only a phone and a note asking us to call for assistance. I picked up the phone, called the number provided, explained my situation. The lady said she would send someone over.

I was at Tallinn airport, on my way home from Vilnius. I had only received a boarding pass for my first flight when I checked in at Vilnius Airport, I had to pick up my boarding pass for my flight to Trondheim here in Tallinn. And there was no one at the service counter.

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Book Review: The Log from the Sea of Cortez

The Log from the Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck

I read The Log From the Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck in April 2016

The Log from the Sea of Cortez tells of John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts’ trip to the Sea of Cortez in Mexico, a scientific trip with the goal of collecting samples of specimen of marine creatures in the area. Onboard the Western Flyer, a sardine boat rented for the occation, they embark on a journey over 6000 kilometers long.

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