Archive for May, 2013

How to tell if you have Facebook’s new “graph search”

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

I'd heard about Facebook's "Graph Search" but had no idea how to tell if I had it. Once I had it, it became clear. Not everybody has it, but once you have it, the top left of your Facebook window will look like this: And the moment you click where it ...

The Bunn MCU Coffee Brewer: Yes!

Friday, May 24th, 2013

A few months ago, I tried the Keurig Platinum coffee brewer. The result was coffee that's laughably weak. There was no way to up the ante. The Keurig went back to Costco. I typically make coffee directly into a 14 ounce mug, using a Melita pourover system (well, that's for descriptive ...

Last Full Day in Scandinavia: Odense to Copenhagen

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

I'm at the Go Hotel in Tärnby, near the airport. I'd considered staying here for my first night, but didn't really like the looks of it. Having seen it later on Booking.com, I decided to give it a try. The room is small, but adequate, and the desk is more ...

Day 12: Göteborg, Sweden to Odense Denmark

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

I'm in Odense, Denmark, which is about a 4 hour drive from Göteborg, Sweden, which is where I was last night. The Ansgarhus Motel is right across the street from the Ansgars Kirke. While in search of dinner, I took a 12K hike… first down to the Odense Zoo (which had ...

Day 11: From Västerås to Kvibergs (Near Göteborg)… or rain, rain, go away!

Monday, May 13th, 2013

The weather (intermittent heavy rain) is conspiring to make this day a mostly travel day. I'm in a cottage in Kvibergs, which is either in Göteborg or very close to it. The red dot shows where I am. Off to the west is Skagerrak Bay, which leads out to the ...

Day 10: Sandervoken to Västerås

Monday, May 13th, 2013

I'm currently in Västerås, about 80km WNW of Stockholm, en route to my first big mistake of the trip. I booked a cottage in the Göteborg area… the fine print says: Important InformationBed linens and towels are not included. You can rent them on site or bring your own but sleeping ...

Day 9: Kiruna to Sandoverken

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

Today was a heavy travel day. I'm heading down towards Goteborg, and had planned to do it in two days. But, today's trip was kind of wearying, so I've decided to split the second leg up into two days. Because it rained and snowed most of today, however, I suppose ...

Day 8: To Abisko, Norway, and Back to Kiruna

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Today was mostly spent driving to & through Abisko National Park. I also went beyond the park and drove an extra hour over into Norway. A few notable pictures.  When I got back to the hotel, I spent a few minutes sizing up tomorrow, after determining that tomorrow is going to ...

Day 7: The Circle of Arctic—From Holmsund to Kiruna

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Yesterday was a travel day, spent entirely in getting from Holmsund to Kiruna, Sweden. The significant milestone was, of course, arriving in the Arctic Circle for the first time in my life. Yes… that does appear to be Santa Claus behind me. Odd… I didn't notice him until right now. I snapped ...

A year later…

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

It's now been a year. Karen's terminal cancer was discovered in February. And while we fought to make the prognosis not come true, she succumbed due to toxic shock on May 9th, 2012. I miss her laugh, her brilliance, her sense of adventure in travel, and her ability to analyze ...

Day 6: 3 Degrees South of the Arctic Circle in Holmsund, Sweden

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Today was primarily a travel day. I left the Stockholm area at about 10 am, and arrived in Holmsund at about 6:30 pm. Today's amusing moment was the reaction of the Swedish family as they watched me loading my car this morning… out my hotel window. Arriving here at 6:30 meant ...

Day 5: Kungens Kurva to Uppsala via Sigtuna

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

I started out this morning for Sigtuna. Sigtuna is a little northwest of Stockholm, and is the oldest city in Sweden, having been founded around 980CE. I was looking for the St. Olof's church ruins when I found this ruin instead. It might be St. Pers or St. Laurence's, but ...

Day 4 Part II—Stockholm Environs: Two Churches and a Royal Palace

Monday, May 6th, 2013

This afternoon was a church-and-palace kind of afternoon. I decided to visit two historic churches, and I serendipitously happened upon the royal palace on the way to the 2nd church. First, I decided to visit Bromma Kyrka. Bromma Kyrka is a round church in the borough Bromma, in Stockholm, Sweden. The ...

Day 4: Around Stockholm

Monday, May 6th, 2013

I'm at the Dialog Hotel in Kungen Skurva, outside of Stockholm. The room is 50% larger than the Comfort room was, and there's actually a usable desk that fits my laptop AND external keyboard. And the internet is a decent speed for a hotel--15Mbps. If I were a single woman, ...

Day 3: Malmö to Stockholm, via Gräna’s Brahehus

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Today was mostly a travel day. I'm at the Comfort (sic) in Stockholm. I say "sic" because nothing really is comfortable about the place. The room was too hot, and the A/C doesn't do anything, so I opened the window. That helps with the temperature, but now I have lots ...

Malmö and other Stuff in Southern Sweden

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

Today, I continued on my nomadic style of travel. I began the day thinking "Oh, yeah… I'll visit a restored Viking village!" This being Saturday, it never occurred to me that it'd be closed. Yep. The sign said (in Swedish, of course) that it's open Monday through Friday until June ...

First Day in Scandinavia

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

Note: this is long and has a lot of pictures. I can stay here and edit it or I can go down and have breakfast. I'm opting for breakfast. I'll come back and edit later… maybe. I'm at the Comfort Inn in Malmö, Sweden. The fellow next to me on the ...