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It’s always seemed “Awhile away.”, but as I ponder my impending departure, it’s here at last – SCANDINAVIAN SOJOURN 2006.
My first-ever long-service leave - 13 paid weeks off work! As the title suggests, I will be exploring Scandinavia mostly, with highlights being; the point from which the planning of this holiday started - a friend’s wedding in Sweden, a journey on the Hurtigruten in Norway, and ending with an expedition on an icebreaker ship from Svalbard in the high Arctic in August.
The adventure begins with my first stop 5 nights in Helsinki, the capital of Finland.

I enjoy travelling. It gives me a sense of ‘breaking the norm’ and discovering and experiencing how differently others do things to the way we consider ‘normal’. At other times I end up looking at the same things in different ways. The tastes, sounds, smells and other assaults on the senses experienced by the traveller contribute to waking up those parts of us that go to sleep when we loiter in normality.
Perhaps the challenge of solving issues when things don’t go to plan will play a part? This holiday is not a package thing, rather the adventure will be the culmination of years of research and planning. Much accommodation and transport is booked, but the rest I will sort out on the way, leaving room for the chances of travel. Here’s to adventure.

This is my itinerary –

Depart on Fri 26th May

Perth, Western Australia – Helsinki, Finland
Helsinki – Tallinn, Estonia
Tallinn – St. Petersburg, Russia
St Petersburg – Helsimki
Helsinki to Stockholm, Sweden
Stockholm – Vienna, Austria
Vienna – London,England
London – Oslo, Nor
Oslo – Longyearbien, Svalbard
Longyearbien – Copenhagen, Denmark
Denmark – Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok – Perth, rhymes with “best place on Earth"

Return on Sat 26th August

As for the details of the 3 months of experiences in between – pop back here to my blog for a look and you will be able to read what I’ve been up to. I look forward to sharing my holiday with those of you who are interested enough to come here.
So friends, as I grab my backpack and head off exploring, again, I hope you enjoy travelling vicariously with me via this blog.

Malcolm Roberts

Just because I wander does not mean I am lost.

Posted by TheWandera 04:34 Archived in Australia Tagged preparation

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Malcolm! Have a great time. Look forward to some Northern European quisine when you get back. Be Safe.

by woulfie

Yo Malcolm; Just logged on for the first time. I enjoyed your comments very much about Finland. I am of Finish descent. Hope to catch ya again.
Gasjarvi (USA)

by Gasjarvi

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