The Ultimate Guide to 2 Days in Charlottesville

2 days in Charlottesville—a central Virginia college town—are packed with outdoor recreation, wine tastings, and a hard look at history. People from various generations will enjoy 2 days in Charlottesville. This central Virginia city, boasting a rich history dating back to the Founding Fathers, has appealed to older visitors for many years. As the demographic […]

Bald Hills Trail Hike, Jasper National Park

The Bald Hills Trail hike in Jasper National Park is for those of you who don’t mind putting up with a slog up a fire road to reach kilometres of wondrous hiking above treeline with panoramic views of Maligne Lake, the Evelyn Creek Valley, the multi-hued Opal Hills along with a glacier or two. Of eight day hikes I’ve done in Jasper National Park, it’s my favourite. Bald Hills Trail Summary One of the outstanding and popular hikes in Jasper […]

11 things you’ll love in Tirana

When I was in school, Albania was a mysterious country, run by the enigmatic Enver Hoxha. It was solidly behind the Iron Curtain, yet neither part of the Soviet Union nor Yugoslavia, and isolated from the rest of the world, a bit like North Korea today. We learnt that religion was forbidden. And if you […]

11 things you’ll love in Sarajevo

What do you think of when you hear Sarajevo? Depends on how long you’ve been around here on Earth, perhaps. I remember the Sarajevo Winter Olympics in 1984, the first Winter Games held in a socialist country. That could be because I hail from Norway, where Winter Olympics far outweighs summer ones in importance. Mostly […]