Mortuary Station

I've lost track of the number of times I've walked past Sydney's "Mortuary Station" and wanted to jump over the fence and take a look. In the days before the car became popular, people (both the living and the dead) would travel to Sydney's Rookwood Cemetery by train, leaving from what was known as the [...]

Via Napoli

Though there are often waiting crowds outside Via Napoli, located on Crown Street, Surry Hills, there was no need to book for Sunday lunch, I was told. As a resident of Surry Hills, the crowds you often see on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday night drive me a little crazy. Whether people are queuing for [...]

Hej då Sverige

My final day in Stockholm was a fairly brief one, with a planned afternoon flight back to Sydney. Once again, I woke early to overcast conditions. Yes, the weather's turned, and so it's time for me to return. I went out for breakfast, wandered around for a while, paid a visit to one of my [...]

The Weather’s Changed

A friend sent me a text message today. Accompanying the photograph of rain on the window from his office was a note, “Did you really have to take the weather with you back to Australia? It’s raining here now :(. It’s been a bit of friendly joke over the last couple of weeks that when [...]

Måndag’s Views

Until I began to research this trip, I hadn't known of the "Backfika" phenomenon in Stockholm, where Michelin-rated restaurants often operate lower priced bistros. Last week, I visited "Oaxen" and today, I had lunch at a place called "Eriks Backfika", which in this case, is a close relative of Gondolen, the iconic Stockholm restaurant with [...]

Eckerö and more Stockholm Nights

In a surprise move, the train back from Eskilstuna actually ran a little late. The turnaround between arriving home, and then heading to Ekerö left me with only a few minute to drop my bag off and have a shower. We were headed to the home of a Swedish-German couple I first met four year [...]