Cuba is definitely worth a visit, as it's very different compared to many other places in the world. And due to that, there are some things that are good to know when heading there for the first time. Here's a little collection of hopefully useful tips! The Essentials Water: Buy it when you can, as … Continue reading Planning a visit to Cuba?
Vancouver was left behind after one more yummy breakfast at Bâtard Boulangerie. The drive down to Seattle was uneventful. Before returning the car downtown, a quick stop was made in Fremont to see some of the statues the area is known for, such as the giant troll under the bridge and a statue of Stalin … Continue reading One Last Cup of Chowder, Please
A new week meant heading for a new country, but before leaving Portland a quick visit was made to the Upper Macleay area in Forest Park to see the Witch's Castle, a stone building built in the 1950s but abandoned only a decade later, leading to quite an interesting looking ruin deep in the forest. … Continue reading North Across the Border
Portland, the craft beer capital of the US and possibly the whole world. What a place for microbrew fans! The car was dumped at the Park Lane Suites and Inn as the travellers headed out on foot towards the trendy Pearl District and Deschutes brewery for the first taste of Portland beer flights served up … Continue reading They Don’t Call Portland Beervana by Accident
The only logical choice for breakfast in Twin Peaks country was cherry pie and coffee (not very damn fine though) at Twede's Café, which served as The Double R Diner in the series. Then it was time to head southwest on the road towards Oregon. The weather was rainy which just made the winding roads … Continue reading Exploring Oregon
With a Nissan Rogue picked up in downtown Seattle, it was time to head out on the road. First stop: the Kurt Cobain memorial bench in Viretta Park in the midst of a quiet residential area that's hard to imagine as having anything to do with grunge. Then on to Renton to visit a more … Continue reading Welcome to Twin Peaks
Jetlag with a ten hour time difference = waking up without an alarm at six am after only three hours of sleep. That just meant a whole long day of exploring Seattle, beginning with coffee and a hefty breakfast of biscuits, grits, eggs, and gravy at Biscuit Bitch. It happened to be Memorial Day and the … Continue reading Seafood, Brews, and an Underground Adventure in the Emerald City
Although The Epic Journey covered many parts of the US, a lot still remains to be seen. One such area is the Pacific Northwest, that upper left corner of the States known for coffee, grunge, and nowadays copious amounts of craft beer, but also renowned for its majestic mountains and beautiful coastal areas. Sounds like … Continue reading Northwest Pacific, Here We Come!
Four full days of Havanna had passed and so it was time for a change of scenery. Next stop: Varadero. The bus ride from Havanna to Varadero took about three hours with a short stop at a viewpoint were the travellers could admire the highest bridge in Cuba, the Puente de Bacunayagua, soaring over 100 meters … Continue reading White Sands, Endless Mojitos, and Some Really Good Fishing
The first couple days had been all clear skies and sunshine, but then the weather decided that it wasn't going to play nice anymore, with the morning of the third day dawning grey and soggy. It was a good thing the convertible ride had been done on the previous day! Another big breakfast to start … Continue reading A Trip Back in Time
Must make it to Cuba before the cars disappear! This was the main thought on the minds of Hattivatti's companions last summer when the flights and hotels were booked. The plan: four days staring at cars, buildings, and life in general in Havana and then 9 days of sea, sand, and an endless amount of … Continue reading Beginning the Cuba Experience in Hot and Humid Havana
The drive back down to Split from Plitvice Lakes National Park was uneventful except for the ever increasing flow of water from somewhere under the dashboard into the passenger side foot space of the rental car. First time that roadside stops have been necessary to empty collected water... Once the car was safely dropped off … Continue reading End of the Croatian Adventure
The early bird catches the worm, or in this case makes it to the national park before the throngs of tourist buses arrive. An early morning start was therefore necessary for the visit to Plitvice Lakes National Park, the oldest and largest nature reserve in Croatia and also a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site. A … Continue reading Water, Water Everywhere
The third leg of the Croatian adventure began with a refreshing breakfast on the terrace of Gradska Cavana Arsenal in the old arsenal building of Dubrovnik. Then off to the car rental agency to pick up the ride for the next couple days and on up towards the north along the scenic coastal road. The … Continue reading Driving Up the Dalmatian Coast
The town of Hvar was left behind in the morning, departing on a large catamaran around 9 am. The 3.5 hour ride from Hvar to Dubrovnik was quite uneventful, with the ship making a few stops at various islands along the way. Then a brisk and sweaty 3 km walk from the harbor to the … Continue reading Dubrovnik, the City of Stairs
Summer was just ending in the homeland, but a little warmth and sunshine were still needed. What better reason to go and explore the Dalmatian coast and islands of Croatia? Business class tickets in hand, a flight to Split was boarded on a Tuesday evening, ready for a week in the sun. After dropping the … Continue reading The Dalmatian Adventure Begins!
The summer weather in Finland wasn't all that great this year, so when vacation time finally arrived, it took a bit of pondering to decide how to make the most of the gray weather. Luckily, visiting museums and driving aroung in a car aren't too dependent on the weather, so off they took on a … Continue reading Museums and Sights of Southeastern Finland
What do tasty beers, steaks served with fries, and a giant iron atom have in common? Well they can all be found in the heart of Europe, Brussels, Belgium, which is where Hattivatti and friends headed in the beginning of June for a long weekend. A 2.5 h flight and about 35 minutes in a … Continue reading A Belgian Weekend
Tallinn, so easily and quickly reached by ferry that it's sometimes jokingly called "Southern Helsinki" by Finns, is the perfect place for a weekend getaway. Hattivatti joined up with a group of girlfriends for a one-night stay in the Estonian capital city in mid-May. The timing was great weather-wise: plenty of sunshine meant plenty of … Continue reading A Quick Trip Down South: Overnight Visit to Tallinn
Public holidays in the middle of the week are perfect from the viewpoint of the working traveller. Ascension Day gave Hattivatti and friends just enough free time to make the long awaited trip to the Saxony region of former East Germany to visit some friends. First an early morning flight to Berlin and then a … Continue reading Beers, Bratwursts, Blues, and Barbarossa: A Short Excursion in Saxony