Vacation in Sweden – part 1 of 3

June 28th, 2011 by UFO in Traveling

Finally I have got some time to write about the vacation that I had in the end of May. Me and Alina planned to meet in Nyköping, Sweden and then explore the capital of Stockholm and city of Uppsala. Everything in eight days including travelling.

Enlarge map

The first day was almost entirely reserved to travelling. I started my journey at 2:30 in the morning by train to Warsaw, where I had my flight to Nykoping. The Wizzair flight was short and I even managed to catch some sleep, despite the amount of advertisement served. When I landed, I took a bus to the city and found the hostel. The procedure of accommodation was adventurous: nobody was at the reception, so I called the service number. The woman told me: „Do you see the keypad?“ – „Yes, I do“, I replied. – „Type the XXXX and enter the room“. When I entered the room, I got similar set of instructions beginning with „Do you see the safe on the wall?“ :-). That was how I got the room key. The beddings were not provided so I called the number again, getting the response „Do you see the locker in the hallway?“ :-D. Nicely done.

I went for a walk to the city to take some pictures and find something to eat. I did not have to search long and McDonald's came to my path. First big meal of the day. Alina arrived quite late in the evening and since it was quite chilly outside, we decided to go to sleep and start exploring on the following day.

Harbour in Nyköping

Next morning we visited the city centre and took a train to Stockholm, where we immediately bought Stockholm card that entitled us to use public transport and enter almost any museum for free :-P. We started in the Museum of History and continued to the Vasa Museum where the large wooden warship Vasa is preserved. From there we went to the Junibacken children's museum, which is the museum devoted mostly to Astrid Lindgren and her famous fairy tales. Inside the museum there was a train ride through a fairy tale land, which was really spectacular (no photographs allowed though).

Our first night in Stockholm we spent in Best Hostel Old Town, which was in a very good spot and quite cosy, considering we were in eight-bed room.

To be continued…


Vacations in Warsaw and Vilnius

April 5th, 2011 by UFO in Lithuania, Traveling

I am quite busy lately and can't get to write anything here. Now I reserved some time to catch up and post some info with pictures from vacations.

Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw

The first vacation was just a weekend in Warsaw in the beginning of February. We met with Alina there, because it is a good meeting point for us, just in the middle between Ostrava and Vilnius ;-). The program for the weekend was to relax and also to see any museum we missed last time we had been there.

Copernicus Science Centre is a relatively new exposition not far from the Warsaw city centre. The thing of being new had an unpleasant sideeffect – the looong queues. On the first day we came there, saw the queue and left. On the second day we were prepared and armed (with hot tea and sandwiches :-D) and endured over two hours in the queue, despite signs saying otherwise (see pictures). Inside there were lot of gadgets and toys to play with, although many of them did not sustain the flow of people and broke down. I'd like to see it again when the hype wears off and it is not so crowded. More of the exposition is also going to be open this spring, so it is a good opportunity to return. Comparing to the Universum in Bremen I favour the Universum, because the exposition was better organised, it made sense. In Warsaw, it looked more like chaotically placed together. Maybe it is just an impression because of the big crowd we saw there.

The vacation in Vilnius was a „real one“, the whole week free. Although I had some work to do, I tried to have a good time. Alina pushed me to go to the Impuls sport centre on every weekday, so I did not just lie in bed and sleep :-). It was very nice there, after some workout a large choice of saunas, jacuzzi, water massage or swimming.

One evening we also bought a discount meal in a recently open Sushi place. It was only my second encounter with sushi, so I really cannot compare the quality, but since we had to wait two and half hours to get the meal, it did not really matter, because at that time I was so starving I could eat anything.

My „traditional“ picture from the Šilo bridge

After the sushi dinner we ended up in the Skybar of the Radisson Blu hotel. The view was magnificent, the prices better than I would have expected from such place. I even tried the „Lithuanian flag“ shot, which looked good, but the taste was an interesting mixture, that glued my mouth: yellow – Suktinis (strong mead), green – melon liquor and red – grenadine.

The vacation was nice, but although longer, it went away so fast…

GALLERY (Warsaw) ->

Photos on Flickr

January 17th, 2011 by UFO in Czech Republic, Denmark, EILC, Lithuania, Other, Traveling

Recently I was looking through my photos and decided to assemble a collection of the best ones and put it to Flickr. The photos date back to 2003, when I got my first digital camera (Nikon Coolpix 2000).

Created with Admarket's flic­krSLiDR.


Silvester in Lithuania

January 15th, 2011 by UFO in Lithuania, Traveling

Christmas holidays were over and I was on my way to Vilnius, Lithuania to see Alina and spend Silvester (New Year's Eve) there. We had really good time: on December 31st Alina prepared a marvellous dinner :-P and we went to watch the fireworks from the nearby hill.

Cathedral Square in Vilnius

I also met Vilius (my former neighbour back in Denmark) and went for couple of beers with him. It is a pity my stay there was so short, but it was definitely worth it.

Skiing in Bormio

December 24th, 2010 by UFO in Traveling

My mom told that we have not been skiing for some time and that we should go somewhere. She consulted the idea with her friend and they together organised a trip to Bormio, Italy. On 18th December our family and two others travelled from Ostrava to a small town of Isolaccia, where we had our accommodation.

On the first day of skiing I had to re-discover, how to do it properly, because I have not been skiing for two years. I remembered pretty quickly and soon I was enjoying carving the steep slopes. On the second day the weather got perfect (most of the Europe was under snowstorm, but we had blue sky :-D), so I decided to take my camera. It was worth it in the end, you can see in the picture gallery.

Me and my brother at Bormio 3000

The last two days we became tired and the weather became worse. We interleaved skiing with visits to the bar situated directly on the slopes and drank the local speciality Bombardino :-P, especially on the last day when it was snowing and raining at the same time.

During the evenings we were drinking supplies and played Activity. We also tried to visit some Italian restaurant, but Isolaccia was the right name for the town: nothing was really there :-).

On the way back to Ostrava we stopped in Livigno to buy something (read alcohol) in the duty free shops. The prizes there are really amazing, it is a pity there are so low export limits per person :-).


Long time no post…

December 9th, 2010 by UFO in Lithuania, Traveling

It has been a long time since I posted something here. I have been busy lately and also little lazy and without inspiration to write something.

In the end of October I took a journey to Rybnik and Gliwice in Poland to visit my fiends Barbara and Wojtek. Although Rybnik is not so far from Ostrava, the trip is quite an adventure – two trains per day and price like for several hundreds kilometers ride :-).

We had a lot of fun there, played pool, babyfoot and darts. I even tried to practice my rusty Polish. It was a really nice evening there. Unfortunatelly, because of only two train connections per day, I had to wake up very early. The day light saving time change was the thing that saved me, otherwise it would not be possible for me to wake up after so many Lechs and Tysikes :-).

GALLERY (Rybnik, Gliwice) ->

In the middle of November I became restless that I have not been anywhere for some time and went to Vilnius to visit Alina. It was good to be in the city again even for a short time, I missed it (especially Čili restaurants). I would like to go there again as soon as possible.

Neris river from the Šilo bridge

GALLERY (Vilnius) ->

Weekend in Warsaw

September 22nd, 2010 by UFO in Traveling

Last weekend I spent in Warsaw and I would like to share the pictures here. The weather was fine, gofry were sweet, Zywiec bitter and Zubrowka green, just like it is supposed to be :-).

Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw

I visited the zoo, the Royal Castle and many museums, but there are much more places that I wanted to see. Enjoy the pictures.


Vacation in London

August 19th, 2010 by UFO in Traveling

The plan to travel to London was more than year and half old, the main reason was to push my friend Andrew to go there, because it is the place that he had always wanted to see. But, when it should have happened, volcano on Iceland exploded (some people say that it was just Chuck Norris barbecue, but it is another story :-D) and we did not go anywhere. Since we were determined to visit it, we booked the tickets for middle August.

Day 1

First day was our travelling day. We were supposed to fly from Katowice to London-Stansted. Lukas was so kind and gave us a lift to the airport. Our experience with Polish roads was horrible, I do not understand, how people can drive there without SUVs :-).

The flight was all right, considering we were flying in a „bus“ with RYANAIR. I fit there ok, I could even stretch my legs a little, but Andrew did not look to sit comfortably at all. From the Stansted airport we took the EasyBus service, which we had booked in advance.

River Thames and Eye of London

The bus dropped us next to the Sherlock Holmes museum. From there we decided to walk across the whole Hyde Park to the hostel. I must say, on the map it seemed shorter, the park is really huge.

In the hostel we accommodated ourselves and since it was not so late, we went to the city to visit the Trafalgar and Picadilly Square, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament and Parliament Bridge. I took several night shots on that day, you can see them in the gallery.

Day 2

On the second day we got up early, ate the breakfast included in our accommodation – toasts and corn flakes and took underground to Tower of London, where we spent quite some time. The expositions were very interesting: the crown jewels, royal armoury and treasury, medieval palace and the famous ravens.

Crossing the magnificent Tower Bridge lead us to our next stop – the HMS Belfast. It is a ship, former light cruiser, that is now permanently anchored on the river Thames and rebuilt into the museum.

Tower Bridge

We took a walk on the riverside and then turned next to the London Bridge towards the Imperial War Museum. But before we had reached it, we found a nice tavern and had „flat“ beer. It was different, but drinkable. Andrew did not like it at all, so he got some Italian one to put away the bad taste.

The Imperial War Museum is much bigger than we had expected, several floors filled with expositions and the lobby with air planes, tanks, rockets and various other vehicles.

London skyline from Greenwich observatory

We hoped we could also visit the Churchill's War Rooms, but it was late and we would not make it. Instead of that, we took a train to Greenwich to see the Cutty Sark and the Royal Observatory. When we reached the Cutty Sark, most of it was not there :-). Posters said it is under conservation works and will be available in late 2011. However, the observatory was still standing and was open to public, so we can take the classic picture standing on the Prime Meridian.

We came to the hostel very late and were so tired that we just dropped to bed.

Day 3

On our third day we planned to visit Wembley stadium. It is quite far from the city centre, but eventually we got there. To our disappointment we found out that there was a friendly match between England and Hungary and that there were no stadium tours taking place. That was a pity. Andrew wanted to see some English stadium, so we went to Arsenal. But there we found out that all tours are sold out :-(. At least we got to Highbury stadium square, which is an old Arsenal stadium rebuilt into blocks of flats.

Later we visited the Churchill's War Rooms and went to take lunch: grilled sausages with potato mash, onion chips and balsamic vinegar sauce. It looked very strange, but it actually was pretty tasty.

The evening was reserved for shopping. We came in time of major sales (like 70% or so), so it was an opportunity to take advantage of them. Most of our shopping took place in the store on the Picadilly Circus. It had six or seven floors and together with crowds of people made us more tired than walking across London.

Day 4

The last day was, same as first one, the travelling one. We got up later, had the typical breakfast and took underground to monument, where I climbed up and down all the 311 stairs. Then we took sandwiches at EAT. They were tasty, lot of meat with slight taste of bread :-P.

Rest of the vacation was just travelling: going to the airport, waiting for plane, flying, waiting for Lukas at Katowice airport, drinking lots of Żywiec beer :-D and going home.


Stroll to the Belmontas Mill

June 30th, 2010 by UFO in Lithuania, Traveling

The last days' weather in Vilnius is very hot. During the day it is very hard to stay outside for a longer period of time. Since sitting in the apartment for the whole day is very daunting, we decided to take an evening walk to the nearby Belmontas mill and have a beer in the restaurant there (that is always a good motivation, isn't it? :-D).

We went on foot from our home and after an hour we reached our destination. The mill was very nice, I really liked that place. The food and beer were very good too.

The Belmontas mill

Our plan of going home was to take a bus, that would take us closer to home, but in the end we missed all of the buses (by a few minutes) and had to also walk back on foot. Fortunately there was another route and our evening walk changed to a nice 12 km stroll.


Another short stop in Warsaw

June 30th, 2010 by UFO in Traveling

Travelling from Ostrava to Vilnius involves changing from train to bus in the Warsaw city centre. Since delays of the Czech railways and the Polish railways combined are far less predictable then occurence of solar flares, it is a good idea to be prepared and have a large time reserve. In this case it is about five hours.

As I was traveling together with Alina (surprisingly for the first time), we used this five hour window to explore the city centre of Warsaw.

Presidential Palace in Warsaw

We saw a lot of interesting places and made a list of the most interesting for us. We will go to visit those next time, probably in the middle of July.