Autumn signifies the end. After comes rebirth.
It’s rather fitting that I finish up my time in Stockholm with the passing of autumn. Right now I’m gearing up ahead of my future travels. I’m a tech freak, so I have acquired a few new things to help me document my future trips; all second hand mind you, I’m on a budget.
I got one of those little lenses, the ones that connects to your phone via WiFi; for what seems to be a good deal. It takes excellent images (the featured image for this post was taken with the new lense) but it is a little bit slow. It is however a lot easier to carry around on a trip with limited space and carry capacity than my dSLR, which now also sports a battery grip. Of course a longer journey can’t be done without my trusted companion but there’s been many times when I wished I had a smaller, less conspicuous camera, especially in cities and when I only want to bring a small backpack, like for my upcoming hitch hiking adventure. Basically, down sizing was necessary.
With this latest addition I should be able to bring only my smaller backpack, since everything I’ll need for the North Sea Loop should fit in that one.
The major stops have been decided, but the dates haven’t been set yet. I aim to travel as goes:
10 major stops where I plan on spending at least one night. Travel time in between will vary as I intend to hitch hike most of the way, but have found myself defeated by a few obstacles I’m not able to get over. The first being the bridge from Sweden to Denmark. I guess I could go hitch hiking across, but then I run the risk of becoming a drug mule (not that anyone brings drugs from Sweden to Denmark; it’s usually the other way around) so I just think it’s a hell of a lot easier to catch a train across the bridge.
Next up is how to get from continental Europe to England. I will be taking the tunnel and I haven’t even looked into how that works yet. A train is all I know so far.
After that I was planning on going by boat from Newcastle to Gothenburg or at least to Oslo, but it turns out the ferries stopped running a few weeks back. That means, regrettably, that I will not be able to make the same voyage my ancestors did about a thousand years ago. Instead I had to look into flights; it’s about 100 euro cheaper to fly to Oslo from Manchester than to Gothenburg. So I will work my way from the capital of Norway down to Gothenburg, and then on home.
I know, this is another boring post where everything is about me. I promise I will have something better for you soon. I’m just too excited right now to think straight.
But with this I can announce that I will soon be bringing in a “Guide” section to the site with information on things such as how to get a visa, how to hitch hike, how to find work on the road and all other things on how to be a backpacker; at least through my eyes.
Beppe Karlsson, Stockholm