Whatever a city’s size, three days is not enough

Stockholm, Sweden, Travel

Is it really my last day in Stockholm?

I need another night. Just one more.

Not that I didn’t see everything I wanted to see. I did. More than once. It’s just that three days of sightseeing does not leave enough room for everything else. Like, say, shopping. Eating. Meeting people. Making friends.

Curse my pre-booked flight. I could have made good use of an entire Sunday.

Friends make places, not vice versa

Photography, Travel

Truthfully, there is nothing that a fine conversation with a wonderful person over sushi and tea can’t cure. And an invitation to a party filled with more lovely locals. Rain, you can’t spoil my parade.

But oh how it will try. Apparently, rain is forecasted for the entire time I’ll be staying here, which makes any good photo opportunities scarce and the thought of sidewalk meandering a full-on fight with logistics – I will not get sick because of soggy socks. I will NOT.

The point of this blog is to blog, not to photo dump. But let me tell you before I start getting into Denmark, how very lovely it is to fly. Even with my head flattened against a frozen plastic window, feet stuffed under a low-lying seat, headphones that refuse to decipher what’s playing on the overhead monitors (The King’s Speech), a chicken dinner that could pass for some artifact in a steerage museum, and turbulence that makes you grip your complimentary thread-bare blanket for dear life, the views are what really do it for me. I am a window seater for life.

Sleep now. Tomorrow: aesthetics and Danish design.

There is not enough time in life to do what you want to do


But hot damn, I’m going to try.

It’s a shame my London adventures are in another blog, but I think I’d be letting those memories down if I tried to jumble them with this new stage of my life. This time, I will not be taking classes or cooping myself up in a library while another world awaits outside. I will be free to see what it is I need to see.

Travel for pleasure, yes, but travel for purpose. This is no longer vacation. This is, as honestly as I can see it, the means to meaning.

Skye High: Booked

Scotland, Travel

I must be a freaking madwoman. I’d like to informally thank Grammie for the advance on my Christmas gift, which is being used for this!

So because I have no class on Friday, I have booked the big trip of my stay. Who knew it would end up being in Skye High, of all places?

I will be going through some fierce bus travel to do it, but my upcoming three-day weekend will take me back up to Edinburgh and on to:
Stirling (William Wallace country)
Fort Augustus and Loch Ness
The beautiful Isle of Skye
Culloden Moor
And south past Pitlochry, Dunkeld and Perth

This is Lindsey officially saying that Paris, Stockholm, and Brüges will have to wait for another time.

Just goes to show that Christmas can come early to those who can’t wait (and are half-willing to pay dearly for it).

Leaving for Yorkshire


Seeing as how I’m not thinking about taking my computer with me, who knows how much internet access I’ll have up north. This might be the last post you see from me until the weekend, so here we go: it’s going to rain the entire time up there! And I’m not so excited about that! But can’t worry about it now, I have an exam in 50 minutes. Talk to you all soon! Cheers ❤

HP Itinerary

Geeky Obsessions, Travel

This is a record for the amount of times I’ve posted in a day, but since I’m sitting in my high bed with nothing to do and no motivation to get down, I might as well write something useful.

So, after some extensive research, I’ve decided to list the locations used in the films of my beloved Harry Potter ❤ And as a personal challenge, I will try to visit as many of them as I have time to. Ready? Okay.

Regent’s Park Zoo: (HP1) The Zoo where Harry first learns he can talk to snakes. Tube: Camden Town
The Leaky Cauldron: (HP1) 42 Bull’s Head Passage (underneath Lloyd’s Building), Leadenhall Market (now the Glass House)
Diagon Alley: (HP1) Leadenhall Market. Tube: Monument
Millenium Bridge: (HP6) When the dementors attack Tube: Embankment
King’s Cross: (HP1) Platform 9 3/4. Actual filming between Platforms 4*&5.  Tube: King’s Cross
Gringott’s Bank: (HP1) interior of Exhibition Hall at the Australian House. Tube: Temple
Grimmauld Place: (HP5) Lincoln’s Inn Fields in an old square tucked away. Tube: Holborn

Gloucester Cathedral: (HP1) hallway where they spy the troll, (HP2) girl’s lavatory (HP2) Enemies of the Heir Beware hallway.  Westgate Street, Gloucester GL1 1LR
Lacock Abbey: Sacristy: (HP1) Snape’s classroom, Warming Room: (HP1) DADA room, Chapter House: (HP1) Mirror of Erised. Lacock, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN15 2LG

Christ Church College: (HP1) stone staircase, dining hall St Aldates, Oxford OX1 1DP
Duke Humfrey’s Library: (HP1) Restricted Section
Divinity School (downstairs): (HP1) Infirmary
Bodleian Library: (HP4) Malfoy becomes a ferret Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG

Goathland Station, Goathland: Hogsmeade station.

Alnwick Castle, Alnwick: exterior Hogwarts, Quidditch match, broomstick lesson within ramparts The Estate Office, Alnwick, Northumberland NE55 1NQ

4 Privet Drive: 12 Picket Post Close, Martins Heron

Durham Cathedral: snowy quadrangle where Hedwig flies

JK Rowling completed the first book here. Nicolson’s Café now Chinese restaurant 😦 However, another one of JK’s haunts, The Elephant House, still stands and a coffee with a bagel here is a must for any fan.