Month: August 2013

Off to Skye

Today we’re off to the Isle of Skye. We’re staying in a small wooden cabin in the south of the island and are hoping to unplug from the world and just stare at the horizon. J has prepared a road trip playlist and we have a good supply of burgers and cider. Have you been to Skye before? Any last minute recommendations? Picture by super talented Emmanuel Coupe

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Roma & Campania Holidays: Part 1

In the beginning of August we went on a week long holiday to Italy. Even though our plans for the summer were very different, after discovering that Jakub’s passport expires in July, we had to drop the idea of a big trip to SE Asia I already started planning (but I’m hoping we will get to do perhaps next year). After looking at different options of what we could afford on our budget, we decided that Italy was going to be our destination. The choice wasn’t obvious, as August is the highest season and Europe is far more expensive than Asia but we were determined to make it work. The fact that I was listening to “Under the Tuscan Sun” audio book on my daily commute to medical school was also a contributing factor. There are so many things I love about Italy that I could list, but on this trip I realized that what really appeals to me is Italian charm and hospitality. In Polish I would say that to me Italy is swojska, …

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Troll hunters (hiking to Trolltunga)

After 5 days of relaxing on a small isand it was time for an adventure. Before 6 AM we were on our way up north to Odda to start our hike to Trolltunga. We had about 350km to drive so we were hoping to arrive there at lunchtime. First we stopped at a petrol station for a quick breakfast (of waffles with Brunost – Norwegian carmelised brown cheese, very sweet and delicious). We drove through small roads around dark blue lakes, countless tunnels and valleys with beautiful post-glacial landforms. Before going to Norway I read an article in Lonely Planet Traveller, which begain with a statement that “Norway didn’t do nature on a small scale”. It’s certainly true, the scenery was just breath-taking and the landscapes spectacular which made for an interesting drive, even if a bit long.       We stopped for lunch at a small tourist cafe right next to a massive waterfall.     We arrived in Odda at about 2PM and started the hike.Trolltunga is a rock shelf hovering horizontally …

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Åkerøya, Norway

  I love going on holidays to Norway. It’s difficult to describe but I feel like we Poles have something in common with Norwegians – not only the Baltic sea but also some mentality. Values and love for our respective countries, families and nature (not forgetting fish and pickles). Or perhaps I’m just biased because my best friend is Norwegian and I share a lot with her therefore I generalise that Poland and Norway have a lot of similarities. Either way it felt good to visit Norway again. This was our last stop on a crazy journey through London, Stokholm and Tallinn, where we attended our friends’ wedding in the end of June. We usually  fly to Oslo Torp (a small airport that is really 200km from Oslo, but luckily for us it’s closer to our destination in the Southern coast of Norway.), but this time we flew to the main Oslo Gardermoen airport. We had time for a quick (but delicious) dinner with my friend’s family and we were off on our way to …

It’s been a long while…

… since my last post. There won’t be many apologies for this silence though, life got busy, as it usually does, and we didn’t have time to document it. It seems like this phase is over now (fingers crossed) and we can go back to enjoying a slower pace and focus on what’s important. Writing in English comes easier to me now than it used to say 6 years ago, but still when I read my words they seem a little rigid, not quite forced but they don’t flow as well as I would like them too. Perhaps with writing more often I will get into the swing of it all – we shall see. To give you a quick update of what we’ve been up to: we still live in Edinburgh, we still miss Poland but will probably stay here for longer than we’ve already had done. I’m much closer to finishing my medical degree. We both discovered that travelling is what we love more than we expected and we try to do it …