Out On The Ice

“I’ve been wanting to do this for ages, and have been looking for the right moment”, Sue told me when the prospect of walking on an iced-over lake became a reality. The reality for us – that we wouldn’t plunge through the ice to a frozen death – came when we saw a group of young men sitting on the ice and enjoying some late afternoon beers. And not just beers, they also had a soccer ball with them.… Read the rest “Out On The Ice”

Year In Review 2011

It’s been a funny year. It’s been a mixed year. It’s been a year of ups and downs. Mostly it’s been a pretty good year, though there have been times. Yes, there have been times…

I started the year catching a flight back from Lismore to Sydney. I’d been in Lismore for about ten days visiting the family. The night before I’d gone to Tropical Fruits New Year’s Eve Party. It was okay, I guess, though not really “my scene”.… Read the rest “Year In Review 2011”

Three Days in Stockholm

“What should we do in Stockholm?”, Damien asked me on the weekend. I was having a drink with him and Kristen, his fiance. They’re planning a trip to Europe in the early part of next year, including “three days in Stockholm”.

“Three days is not enough time to spend in Stockholm”, I told them. But I promised to offer some recommendations for good things to do, and places to stay, on a low budget. I’ve drawn mostly on my experiences from March last year when it was still quite cold, rather than my summer experiences from 2008 and this year.… Read the rest “Three Days in Stockholm”

My Last Day in Stockholm

After yesterday’s shitty weather, my final day in Stockholm was one of those classically-beautiful Swedish summer days.

The morning started with packing and check-out, and a lovely compliment from one of the staff at Sky Apartments that my Swedish was very good. Although I’m sure she was flattering me to an extent, I accepted the compliment with an appreciation that yes, this time around, I was able to converse more fluently, and to pick up a lot more of the conversations going on around me.… Read the rest “My Last Day in Stockholm”