Sweden

by Reid Peryam· July 03, 2015· in Europe, Travel· 0 comments
Arrived into Goetenburg, Sweden via train due to a logistical juggle after a ferry I had planned on taking from the Denmark coastal town of Kristiansand to Gotenburg was unexpectedly soldout upon our arrival day into Denmark from the Faroe Islands. Such is the fun of travelling unburdened by prior obligation of reservations. No it really is fun! So instead of a two hour ferry, alternately ventured via an 11 hour train ride through Denmark, Copenhagen and up into Gotenburg. Beautiful scenery the entire trip. Giant wind-powering turbines and unending, lush, immaculately farmed, groomed fields of wheat and hay acre after acre. Lush, green forests — every 10 seconds looking out of the train window afforded a post card of scenery worthy of a 17th century landscape painter. It confirmed my prior perception that Denmark is beautiful — had the previous, more simplistic route been taken would have missed this peek at Denmark’s countryside. Gothenburg was terrific. Stayed at a five star hotel (thank you Hotwire.com) in the middle of the city’s cultural epicenter. Explored cafes, riverway and even Scandanavia’s largest amusement park. The view from the top of a giant ferris wheel provided perfect coverage of the entire town. The second night moved north […]
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Faroe Islands

by Reid Peryam· June 29, 2015· in Europe, Travel· 0 comments
Took a ferry from Seydisfjordur, Iceland to Torshavn in the Faroe Islands. Arrived at 3 AM local time in frigid, windy weather with no accessible sleeping accommodations other than shelter beneath a few fir trees in an isolated city park. Then thewind picked up and the temperature dropped. Between the 24 hour daylight and the weather, didn’t get much sleep. Powered through the rest of the day and did a boat tour of some of the coastline out of Vestmanna. I saw some puffins, jagged rocks and a lot of precipitously positioned sheep before the weather turned for the worse and remained horrid for the remainder of the trip. In a bid to maximize exposure to all the Faroes had to offer took a bus to a city of twenty thousand in the North called Klaksvik — a port, fishing town — and there wasn’t a soul to be seen on a rainy, windy Sunday. Nothing was open. Took the next bus out. The Faroe Islands was an exploratory destination and I’m glad I visited. Like Iceland I feel that it has been hyped by those enamored with its simplistic charm. There is a mythic charm inherent in the north Atlantic. It’s an exotic place with a […]
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Iceland

by Reid Peryam· June 24, 2015· in Europe, Travel· 0 comments
After spending a week in Iceland it feels like there’s nothing left to come back for. It’s easy to see why this rugged, open-spaced adventure destination is so popular; accessible waterfalls, hiking and outdoors make covering the entire island a piece of cake. Coming from the western United States though I can’t help but feel that the rustic charm is better reserved for urbanites; the wide open spaces seem reminiscent of our American west and the diversity in features is similar (without beaches) to New Zealand. Highlights included eating whale (absolutely delicious — I will now advocate not to save whales but instead eat them), horse, puffin. I enjoyed walking on my third glacier (after Zermatt and the Fox glacier), sea angling in Reykjavik, standing on two separate tectonic plates at the same time, wilderness ATVing and a myriad of waterfalls.
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I have arrived into the Czech Republic and after a week of transitioning to a new timezone, work place and lifestyle — I love it. I write this from a small cafe serving as respite from an exhilarating, exhausting week of arrival. In such a short time I have made 70 new friends, eaten delicious (and copious!) food, walked over twenty five miles in exploration, become infatuated with and humbled by Iyengar yoga, and rekindled my enjoyment of Crossfit — in addition to working full-time. Though I have made time to record happenings in my journal, time itself is fleeting and demanded as the opportunities for exploration, companionship and learning are ubiquitous. I expect a continual evolution in myself to follow from these catalysts afforded by the daily challenges to adapt, grow and lea
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