Traveling with the Dog – Stockholm Edition

P1020994So how was it – traveling with man’s best friend? Well, I got to say I’m glad I tried it, but I don’t think my chihuahua will be a world traveler anytime soon. 😀

I decided to list some pros and cons I discovered during our week in Stockholm. I guess the most important thing in traveling with your pet is that your pet is social and fine with the situations. But after this trip, I guess it all might be a bit too much for mine.

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Let’s start with pros:

+ You won’t miss you your dog, because he’s with you!

+ You get different experiences when you have to think your trip the dog friendly way

+ It might be easier to get contact to locals as you have a dog as ice breaker

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…And the cons:

-It’s stressful and more work: customs, vaccinations, dog might be stressed…? Even when you want to get a taxi you have to make sure dogs are allowed.

-Is the apartment/hotel/cabin dog friendly? You might have to start your vacation cleaning the place so your four legged friend won’t get anything suspicious to eat/chew!

-It costs more money: You might have to pay ticket for your dog too or get a vaccination/medication before/during the trip, like we did.

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Also summer time would be better to travel with a dog – then you can just hang out outside too!

Carnival of Lights

IMG_5321Linnanmäki, an amusement park in Helsinki, has arranged “Valokarnevaalit” (Carnival of Lights) for 10 years now. It means the park has opened some of it’s rides for a week outside the main season, and the park has been decorated with different lights. It’s a nice idea in the middle of darkening autumn.

As I’m a fan of amusements parks, I’ve always wanted to go, but I’ve never lived in the capital city area before at this time of the year! This week I finally got my chance.

I was waiting for the carnival because of the atmosphere but also because I though it would be great for photography. Photographing there was a bit frustrating for me though; I should have brought a stand for the camera with me and I should have had a better camera to begin with! I’ve been considering getting a new camera for quite some time already, but maybe now it really starts to be the time to get the wheels rolling… As much as I like my 50D, I’m starting to feel like development has driven past it.IMG_5456 IMG_5343 IMG_5327IMG_5355 IMG_5391 IMG_5394 IMG_5419 IMG_5427 IMG_5431IMG_5332

Asklepion

IMG_4439Asclepeion, asklepion… Ask-whatever is a hard name for me to learn (maybe because the spelling seems to vary?), but one of the best historic sights at Kos. The name comes from a god Asclepius, who according to Greek mythology was the god of medicine and healing.

So Asklepion was a temple for gods, but apparently also sort of an ancient hospital. It was an institution where healers tried to cure patients and to systematize medicine. It is said that Hippocrates got his medical training at this very asclepieion on Kos.

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Waldemarsudde

IMG_2010On last weeks short visit to Stockholm we stopped by at Waldemarsudde early in the morning. I’ve visited Djurgården many times before, but never made it to Waldemarsudde there, so I wanted to fix that.

There’s a museum, historical buildings, garden and a great view. The atmosphere was so peaceful and quiet, we were basically the only people there that early. I wish I get to see the place in the summertime too sometime in the future. The garden is surely beautiful when all the flowers are in full blossom.

By the way, isn’t it great that the signs of spring start to be as strong here at home, as they were in Stockholm already a week ago?IMG_1974 IMG_2024IMG_1976 IMG_2008 IMG_2028 IMG_2033 IMG_2037 IMG_1971

Icelandic Horses

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne of the best things I experienced in Iceland was riding with an Icelandic horse.

I’ve taken riding classes when I was a child, but that hobby faded after I fell off a horse (well, it was a pony, but the situation was dramatic nevertheless! :D). I guess that sort of left a small fear towards horseback riding — because anything can happen when there are living creatures involved.

But after the riding trip in Iceland, I’ve been wondering why did I ever stop?!? Riding is so much fun. And it wasn’t scary at all (might be because the tour was made so safe and easy and it was suitable for beginners… Actually my mom rode for the very first time in her life!)

There are many different tour options and companies that organize riding tours in Iceland to choose from. And many of them are only less than 20 minutes ride away from downtown Reykjavik. We went with Islenski Hesturinn (The Icelandic Horse) and I have nothing bad to say about them. Our guide Inga seemed really skillful, reliable and nice. I really had a blast!

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