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Year In Review – My Top 10 Instagram Photos of 2014

Posted by on January 22nd, 2015 in Feature, North America, Photos, USA | Comments Off on Year In Review – My Top 10 Instagram Photos of 2014

Looking through your old Instagram photos always brings back memories, such as why did I post that picture of a German folk legend pooping gold coins? And as some of you might have noticed, best way to keep track of my travels is on Instagram, which I tend to update almost daily if I have seen something worth a picture, or if we’ve just built a sick gingerbread house. So here are my favorite Instagram pictures from 2014 in no particular order; the selection process has been very scientific based on number of likes, artistic merit and awesomeness.   #1  Castle Combe Castlecombe, the 2nd best village in England, at least according to The Times. A post shared by Jarmo Jarvi (@thearcticnomad) on Jan 20, 2014 at 12:04am PST We started the year by living a few months in a cottage in Malmesbury, a small village in...

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Driving to Arundel – the Sussex road trip

Posted by on March 3rd, 2013 in Destinations, England, Europe, Feature | 1 comment

When you live in London, it’s easy to forget that there is a whole country out there that you can’t reach with the tube. When I start planning for holidays, the first thing I look at is flights out of England, but there is actually more to good old Blightly than just London.

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Weekend Raid to Belgium

Posted by on October 22nd, 2012 in Belgium, Destinations, Europe | 12 comments

On a cold October morning we gathered troops from all over England. The morning mist still hung in the air as we made our way towards south, towards the coast. We were cold, but the fresh air felt vigorating in our lungs; it was time for a good old fashioned Viking raid to Belgium. From the white cliffs of Dover we launched our ships on the treacherous waters of the English canal. We had planned on landing in Dunkirk, but the sea is a harsh and unpredictable mistress and instead she took us to Calais. A slight setback, but it made no difference; it merely brought the Belgians an extra hour to set up their defences. We rode towards Ghent, which maybe isn’t quite as famous as Bruges, Antwerp or Brussels, but ye should not overlook this old and...

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5 Hard Learned Lessons about Spanish Public Transport

Posted by on August 22nd, 2012 in Europe, Spain | 12 comments

Or how my lack of forward planning to get myself to the other side of Spain landed me in a world of hurt. Alright, not actually into world of hurt, but I could’ve made things a lot easier for myself, had I thought about things a bit before, but then again it is not as if this is the first time this happened. So, I was in Torrevieja in southern Spain, and where I wanted to be in 48 hours was Pamplona, 750km up north, close to the French border. And two days before I needed to be there I realized that my current plan wasn’t actually going to work. My plan had been to get a train from Alicante to Pamplona, a simple enough plan which came crashing down when I actually tried booking the ticket 24h hours...

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Chocolate Hills, Tarsiers and Butterfly Bum Bum

Posted by on December 8th, 2011 in Asia, Philippines, Photos | 10 comments

[Not a valid template] I woke up on the Alona beach to the sound of the gentle waves softly breaking on the pure white sand; as the wind lightly teased the leaves of the palms and umm, alright, I woke up to the alarm on my phone in an apartment some 30 meters from the beach. What? I am traveling on a budget and Alona ain’t cheap! Anyhow, as I got out, I had a lingering look at the beautiful white sand beach, turned around and walked up the hill. It only took maybe 50 meters until someone was offering me a motorbike. He started at the standard 400 pesos for the day, but I managed to get it down to much more reasonable 300 pesos. I am not paying 10 dollars a day for a motorbike! The motorbike...

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