“If you can, stay a night in Helsingborg and cross over to Denmark to see Hamlet’s castle.” This came as advice from a friend about how to use my limited time in southwest Sweden. With a BFA in theatre who once had the nerdy high school habit of reading Shakespeare by candlelight, it’s hard to believe that the idea hadn’t occurred to me in the first place. It had been
Flåmsbana: The most beautiful train journey in the world?
With a change in elevation of 863 meters (2831 ft) over 20.2 km (12.6 mi), running between the end of a fjord and a small mountain town, Norway’s Flåmsbana makes for one scenic ride. The track passes multiple waterfalls, goes through 20 tunnels, across one bridge, and is doubled in only one spot so that trains traveling in opposite directions can pass one another. The rest of the way, there’s
A Peek at the Nigardsbreen Glacier
When my parents asked if I had interest in visiting a glacier while in Norway, I was in Africa. I had proper hiking boots with me and, thanks to the generosity of friends, warm clothes to layer. So when I wholeheartedly said yes, I thought I’d have these things with me. But life had other plans and as it happened, I gave away most of those warm clothes and the
A Hike up Preikestolen
Having spent more time outside of the U.S. than in it over the last 3 years, I’ve become accustomed to life without safety railings and liability waivers. If you’re crazy enough to hike along or stand atop a sheer cliff edge, then you should know that all could go terribly wrong and you’d have no one to blame but yourself. Or the person who knocks you over the edge when