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One thing that seems to mark the difference in altitude between countries is the bedding. Warmer countries seem to go for blankets whereas Switzerland and Austria went for duvets.

What not to wear in Avignon

Avignon – the other city of the popes – is famous for its Mistral wind. That makes wearing a short, flowy dress there as bad idea as Marilyn Monroe’s blowing in the wind experience. Granted, my dress was black, but I still had to hold my skirt down as I …


Andorra was really nothing more than mountains, banks and petrol stations. We tried being tourists, but apart from official buildings and a playground (with age limits so we couldn’t play) there wasn’t that much to see on a Saturday afternoon. Getting out of the country proved to be difficult. Not …

Good for me

Today is June 19. In Barcelona while writing this. The weather was gorgeous yesterday – warm, but just windy enough that I didn’t feel like I was sweating into a tiny puddle outside Sagrada Familia. The hotel was good. It’s in a rather quiet neighbourhood, but close to the Metro, …

Loathe radio

I’ve spent some time focusing on making a road trip playlist. The reason for this is that I listen to music, but I really don’t like listening to the radio. I get the feeling that even the radio channels that advertise that they have just music, have just as much …

Strange taste in music

I don’t know why, but while putting together a soundtrack for my upcoming summer vacation… it ends up being impossibly long. And even then, I’ve excluded a lot of the songs I might have included if I was driving on my own. It’s a weird and eclectic mix that will …

Packing panic

It’s rather strange. I’ve spent so much time planning this trip – it’s been in the works for 2 ½ years now – that it was only last week that I realised it was time to start packing.

Holiday weather

Obsessively checking the weather of everywhere we’re going. is not making it easy for me, with their 10 days ahead forecast. Damn it, I want to know what the weather is like in Rome in 12 days.