Recently, the Elk (or Moose if you are American as the North American Elk is a different species) in Slotskogen park have given birth to two calves (or Mooselings). These babies have caused much excitement and many visitors.
Fårikål is Norway's national dish, and its position was reaffirmed recently in a national vote. It is a deeply simple meal with only six ingredients assuming you count water as an ingredient.
INDONESIA: Nasi Goreng
Something of a taste from my childhood, Nasi Goreng is a staple of Indonesian (and Malaysian and Singaporean) cuisine, spicy fried rice with omelette pieces its a filling dish.
The Lemaire Channel is one of the top tourist destinations in Antarctica, comparatively protected the waters are often still, though its location means it is equally often impassable due to the icebergs that accumulate in the Passage and remain for weeks or months due to the calm waters and narrow width.
Observing the Moon
Sunday evening was a cold clear night and a half moon over Gothenburg. I got out my 1D MkIII, 100-400mm Zoom and 2x extender and took it out into the cold of my garden. Learning from my previous session, I plugged in my laptop to do remote shooting rather than shooting from the back of the camera.
AUSTRALIA: Tomato Relish
An Australian friend of mine was horrified that I'd never heard of, let alone tasted Tomato Relish, a key staple of the Australian diet. Shortly after Christmas (thanks to international postage and general Swedish post delays) I received a Christmas present of two jars of Relish, with some instructions on how best to use them.
A large village in the new forest, heavily aimed at tourists and offering various crafts, knick-knacks and speciality foods and drinks. Cafes and cosy pubs are easy to find and numerous stores for unique (for a certain value of unique) gifts can be found.
Hurst Castle, Milford-on-Sea
A large castle, heavily used as a part of the United Kingdom's sea defences in World War I, the originally Tudor castle of Hurst sits on a split of land in Lymington. Reached either by a regular ferry or by a reasonably long walk along the single strand connecting it to the mainland it is a fascinating place for an afternoon.
Hinton Ampner House
A manor house, built in the 18th Century (though significantly remodelled in the 19th) and set in sprawling, well maintained grounds, Hinton Ampner House is a Grade II listed building, maintained by the National Trust.
Trakai was previously the capital of Lithuania, and the Grand Duke used the heavily fortified castle as his base of operations. After the capital moved to Vilnius, the castle fell to ruins and was renovated, though not unobviously.
TUNISIA: Lamb Couscous
Working from 192 Flavours, I cooked a lamb Tagine with Couscous for my Tunisian international meal.
Returning to Vilnius
Due to speaking at Agile Lithuania, I returned to Vilnius, one of the cities I'd visited as part of my 12 Cities in 12 Months tour. I took the time to visit some of the places I had not seen on my last visit to this beautiful Balkan city.
Using the recipe at The Spruce Eats I made Finnish Karjalanpaisti, a traditional meat stew. Listening to the comments, I added much more seasoning, which helped, but the stew was a fairly thin mix of watery sauce and meats, rather than the thicker red shown in the illustrations.
Hiking through Aspen
At the end of the season, a friend and I headed out to the forests east of Gothenburg for a short weekend hike. It was the first evening that the temperature dipped to -4 degrees and so we had a very cold evening.
Its been quite some time since I did any astrophotography, but my new 100-400 lens has been waiting for the nights to get dark enough to start trying to catch the moon again. The ongoing issue of the weight of the lens, extender and body on my travel tripod makes maintaining sharp focus a challenge, and next time I'll be plugging my laptop instead of using the rear viewer for focusing and getting the shot centred. I may also borrow the heavy duty tripod from the office for a weekend.
Helsingør, also known as Elsinore, is a port city in eastern Denmark. Overlooking the Øresund strait, the 15th-century Kronborg Castle provided the setting for Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” Nearby, the M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark illustrates 600 years of Danish seafaring history. The glass-walled Culture Yard in the old shipyard organizes cultural events. On the pier is “Han,” a polished steel sculpture of a man.
Isla Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz is perhaps the second largest of the Galapagos islands, and is heavily wilderness, with the Parque Nacional Galápagos taking up much of the island.
Isabela Island is shaped somewhat like the United Kingdom with Ferdinanda it's own Ireland. It is one of the larger islands in the Galapagos archipelago, and has some of the more iconic experiences.
Floriana Island is a small place with approximately a hundred and fifty inhabitants, it is a common stopping point on the way to Isla Isabela.
Isla de San Cristobal
Isla de San Cristobal has a relaxed casual atmosphere to it, almost Caribbean in its vibe. The main strip of the shops and restaurants runs along the beach, and is cluttered with sea lions, how have made themselves at home amongst the human constructions in the Galapagos. A particular favourite for the sea lions are benches near the sea. A typical 'park' bench is just the right length and width for a sea lion to really stretch out and relax.
A small town between Tulcan and Quito, Otavalo is famous for its local market offering various tourist souvenirs as well as more practical local goods.
A small village has sprung up around the church, mostly offering snacks, drinks and souvenirs. During the season I was there it was fairly quiet, but during the busy periods, you could tell the location would turn into a market square, with shouting and haggling going on in all corners.