When the man with the knife made me learn a lesson

I had been apprehensive. This was uncharted territory, at least in my book. Travelling here is done with the alert cautiousness that possibly comes naturally for European travelers visiting a corner of the world where the population doesn’t have much to thrive on apart from what tourism generates. Didn’t one of those books have it that…

Istria, Croatia

It would take us approximately eleven hours to get to Croatia, roughly 1,000 kilometers and three international borders. This, I thought, was what travel was like before border barriers were removed inside the European Union and before air travel became affordable for everyone. I was a bit apprehensive before we took off – after all,…

Baltimore, USA

Being only a few miles from Washington DC often leaves only a place in the shadows for Baltimore, at least as far as international travelers are concerned. But those taking a pass on the Maryland metropolis miss out on experiencing a city that is dealing with times of transitions, some going slower, others having been…

Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki will in most cases be the place international travelers get into when visiting Finland. The capital city is located in the comparatively densely populated southern half of the country, far away from the scenic attractions of the polar circle areas in the north. That however doesn’t mean that the region around Helsinki isn’t worth…

Olhao, Portugal

Travelling the Algarve in southern Portugal, one of the most popular travel regions in all of Europe, can sometimes lack a bit of singularity. Waiters addressing you in German at first sight aren’t what I am looking for in a place and neither are streets seamed with nothing but souvenir shops. Olhao is different, for a…

Darlowo, Poland

Darlowo is a popular beachside town that usually gets very crowded in the summer months. Which is why I went there in spring. In the off-season, you pretty much have the place for yourself and that’s a prerequisite to discovering the quiet, authentic side, away from the carnival-like summer atmosphere. Darlowo, Western Pomerania, Northern Poland…