A lovely review of Sweden’s capital

I just wanted to introduce you to bumblepuppies, a blog that celebrates its first birthday today.
It’s not exactly a travel blog, but he has written a lovely travel report about Stockholm: Blue Skies Insult My Intelligence.

But please don’t tell me later that I didn’t warn you. 🙂

Pack your bags! My ideal bag and what’s inside it.

For me, preparation isn’t necessarily the key, moreover an accessory. Like a wristband, or a slightly odd fitting hat. Wait, let me start again.

For me, preparation is like a slightly odd fitting hat.

However, as much as I’m not an enthusiast in preparation, a good bag full of the right equipment is essential. There has been many times where I wish I had that one object, just like a hat sometimes, rarely comes in handy. I think that for, me, there is a certain formula for that bag, and when you get that right can make a travel trip an unforgettable experience, and not one that’s fitted with nits and bobs and doo-wops that you don’t need.

For me, I hate using modern technology. I want to get away from civilisation, not take it camping with me!

So, to go with the title, what is my ideal bag ?

For me, I want something light and manoeuvrable, allowing free movement yet retaining tight to the body to stop flapping about and leaning away from me, giving excess weight to areas I don’t want. I recommend the Osprey Kestrel 68 M/L Backpack. It provides support and comfort yet doesn’t get in the way, allowing flexible movement all around. Although, in the wild it isn’t a fashion show, Osprey’s sleek design does score it a point.

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And, what do I put in it ?

For me, I hate using modern technology. I want to get away from civilisation, not take it camping with me! That’s why I only take perhaps a camera, and that’s it as far as tech goes. I like using the traditional methods. Compass, map and binoculars all have a place in my bag. Next to my notebook and eon for any doodlings or writing I might do whilst out. Many people prefer the modern route, and granted it has it’s advantages. It’s easier, faster and accessible, which is exactly why I don’t want to take it.
I don’t really see the point in modern tech, I prefer the traditional methods because not only does it provide an escape from the use of everyday technology, but it slows everything down. And by slowing everything down you have more time to think and reflect. My bag checklist goes as:

– Map
-Camera (Panasonic T300)
-Lots of chocolate (they’re a great source of energy, that’s the general excuse)

So, there we are. That’s all I need. No fancy tablets or ultralight waterproof shoes. I hope that you follow the same creed, however not everyone will, and that’s perfectly fine. No adventure is the same for any two people and we all strive for our own reasons. But what’s in your bag?


Photography geeks needed!

One simple question: Is it possible at all to shoot good photographs in a place with little light (like a cathedral) without a tripod?

a. with a DSLR
b. with another camera

As I often take pictures of architecture during my travels, I’m getting increasingly desperate because I almost never get good shots from the inside of a cathedral. Most of the times tripods are forbidden there anyway.
I just have a normal standard camera at the moment, and I am thinking of buying a DSLR, but I am not sure if this will solve all the problems I have while shooting.


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Kunst Haus Wien, Vienna, Austria

This is the main entrance of the famous Kunst Haus Wien in Vienna, Austria. It is a museum that exhibits a cross-section of the works of the Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser.

Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928 – 2000) is one of the most renowned Austrian artists. His works of art comprise paintings, graphic works, tapestries and architecture.
He uses organic shapes and bright colors, so it’s not surprising that he was influenced by artists like Antoni Gaudí, Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt.

My blog is KleesButterfly.

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Legian Beach, Bali, Indonesia

This is a beautiful photograph of Legian Beach in Bali, Indonesia, taken by our author Cherrie from Deliciously Doing Nothing.

Her blog’s name, which is a loose translation of a Dutch phrase ‘Lekker niks doen’, seems like a promise and means in Cherrie’s words

…to enjoy the moment when you (seemingly) do nothing: be there, observe, absorb, hear the sounds, smell the air, touch the ground, taste the water.  Get the sensory essence and soul of the place.

Her blog is about the travels of her little family that consists of her, her husband and a daughter.
She describes them as

a family of introverts with a passion for travelling.

On her blog, she emphasizes on family travel throughout her daughter’s  different stages of age.

Thank you Cherrie for sharing this wonderful picture with us!