Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Pics and parties.

San Diego was awesome...a memorable first visit to California.

You can find my photo album here.

Now that I'm back on Eastern Standard Time with batteries fully recharged (ie. sleeping for 12 straight hours) I can start looking ahead to the big one.

But first! A going-away party of sorts, this Friday at my place. Hope to see you there.

9 days and counting!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

You stay classy, Canada...

Leaving for San Diego tonight...four days of California sun, Comic-Con, beaches, and Anchorman quotes!

You might be saying, "Hang on, you're already going to Europe, isn't that enough? And isn't this a Europe blog, what's this post doing here?"

My response to that: No, yes, eat it.

As a great man once said: "You gotta have two vacations."

...OK, that was me, but it's still true.

16 days and counting!

Monday, July 20, 2009

The gear.

I know what you're saying: that's it?!?

Yes, that's it. I'm travelling light this time around; no more man-sized packs.

I'm putting my laptop, camera, zoom lens, accessories, toiletries and about a week's worth of clothes in that thing.

The girl at the store looked at me like I was crazy, but I imagine this kind of packing is unfathomable to most females.

I'm gonna give it a test run this weekend in San Diego (more details on that to come) but I think I can pull this off.

Worst case scenario I wear a hoodie for three straight weeks in Europe.

18 days and counting!

Friday, July 3, 2009

The itinerary (updated).

TORONTO TO REYKJAVIK
FRIDAY AUG 7

REYKJAVIK
2 NIGHTS - CAPITAL INN
4 NIGHTS - REYKJAVIK BACKPACKERS

REYKJAVIK TO OSLO (ICELANDAIR)
FRIDAY AUG 14

OSLO
2 NIGHTS - ANKER HOSTEL

OSLO TO BERGEN (NORWEGIAN)
SUNDAY AUG 16

BERGEN
1 NIGHTS - DORM.NO

BERGEN TO OSLO (NSB TRAIN)
MONDAY AUG 17

OSLO TO STOCKHOLM
TUESDAY AUG 18

STOCKHOLM
3 NIGHTS - CITY BACKPACKERS

STOCKHOLM TO HELSINKI
FRIDAY AUG 21

HELSINKI
4 NIGHTS - HOTEL STADION

HELSINKI TO TALLINN (DAYTRIP)

HELSINKI TO COPENHAGEN
TUESDAY AUG 25

COPENHAGEN
2 NIGHTS - SLEEP-IN-HEAVEN

COPENHAGEN TO REYKJAVIK
THURSDAY AUG 27

KEFLAVIK
1 NIGHT - G.G. GUESTHOUSE

REYKJAVIK TO TORONTO
FRIDAY AUG 28

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I should be able to see just about everything I want in each place.

While in Bergen I'll be touring the fjords, and hopefully I'll get a chance to see the Iceland fjord as well.

The daytrip to Estonia from Helsinki is by ferry, which should be a cool experience.

I'm also hoping to take more daytrips to other smaller places around Scandinavia, and will try to finish off the trip by going to Helsingor to visit Hamlet's Castle.

36 days and counting!

PS. Happy birthday Danielle.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

It begins again.

One year ago today, Matt and I set out on our first European adventure. It was an incredible experience that will never be forgotten.

So it's fitting that on this day I should announce my second European Odyssey, a solo trek this time around (no one was worthy of replacing you, Matt).

This journey will once again take me to places I have never been. It will take me through fjords, hot springs, volcanoes, geysers and islands.

New cultures, new cuisines, new people, new possibilities.

Iceland. Norway. Sweden. Finland. Estonia. Denmark.

This is Suppa's European Odyssey II: Welcome To The North.

Join me, won't you?

37 days and counting till take-off.