Stockholm is packed with options with accommodations. One of those hidden jewels is Hotel & Hostel Zinkensdamm. A small cozy hotel in a park area. Surrounded with high buildings. That gives the place the feel of being a phone both in a Supwerman movie. The people staying there is from around the world. Sitting on their front porch during summer time. See the stars in the sky. A beer in your hand from a local brewery, a beautiful girl by your side.
The Hotel rooms is quite cozy. Not that big. But with ac. Tv. A good quality bed. A mini-bar for about 900SEK/pp/night it is good value for money. And the breakfast with Belgian waffles that you can make yourself is. Hmm.. Nice.. 🙂 Specially after a long night and come down to the breakfast lounge / restaurant is a sight before sore eyes. And when I stayed there. The breakfast was supervised by at least one staff. Making sure that the buffe never ran out of anything. And that is service. 🙂
Hotel & Vandrarhem Zinkensdamm | www.zinkensdamm.com
A few years back I did a round trip in Asia. And ended up in Sabah Parks – Mount Kinabalu after a few weeks in big cities like Brisbane, Singapore. On the way up to the park I ended up in a tourist buss that was driven by a cousin to Michael Schumacher. On these small mountain roads. Two cars wide. He raced everything he could see. Grannies, other busses, airplanes (felt like it). 🙂
Said to myself that “If I would survive this. Every day after this is a bonus”.
Traveled with a group from england that I got to know on the way. We did not get a room on top of the mountain. So our option was to do a climb in 24 hours. But to be able to do this. We had to get a special permission that we did not get right away. So we spend a night at their hostel. With bunk beds.
That night at the hostel was one of nights where I found on of those perfect nights. It was something about the surrounding wilderness. The sound of birds, winds in the trees. That night I had a dream that I was tarzan. Looking for my Jane.
The following day we got the permission to climb the mountain in a day. Also got a guide to follow us. Make sure that we are ok. The whole mountain had hand made steps that took us all the way to the top. The feeling could be compared to spend a day at stairmaster at the steps. Where all the steps were unique. So the legs really had to work.
On the way wearing high tech boots and clothes etc. I got quite humble. It was a old granny that passed us 4 times that day on the way up and down. Her job was to carry thing to the restaurant on top of the mountain. She must have
had 50kg. On her back with just a wide piece of cloth holding everything with her head. 🙂
Going back to experience the people, nature and mountain is definitely on my bucket list.
Mount Kinabalu | www.mountkinabalu.com
Royal Flying Doctor Service | www.flyingdoctor.org.au
RFDS founder, Reverend John Flynn
The RFDS has a rich and vibrant history, starting with the dream of a Presbyterian minister, Reverend John Flynn. Ordained in 1911, Flynn initially worked in rural and remote Australia setting up hostels and bush hospitals for pastoralists, miners, road workers, railwaymen and other settlers. He witnessed the daily struggle of pioneers living in remote areas and his vision was to provide a ‘mantle of safety’ for people of the bush.
On 15 May 1928, his dream became a reality when a long time supporter, H.V. McKay, left a large bequest for ‘an aerial experiment’. This enabled Flynn to open the Australian Inland Mission Aerial Medical Service in Cloncurry, Queensland (later to be renamed the Royal Flying Doctor Service).
From that first flight in a single engine, fabric covered bi-plane, Flynn expanded the service to include the first ‘telehealth’ services for those in the bush using the early radios of the time (which later lead to the establishment of the famous School of the Air, which also still operates to this day).
Fittingly, in 1994 the Australian Council Office collaborated with the Reserve Bank of Australia on the design of the Australian twenty dollar note, which now features the face of the Reverend John Flynn.
The growth of the RFDS in those early days was rapid and soon reached right across our vast continent. By the late 1930’s there were Sections of the RFDS operating in Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales, Northern Territory and of course Queensland, and by the 1950s the RFDS was acknowledged by former Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies as “perhaps the single greatest contribution to the effective settlement of the far distant country that we have witnessed in our time”. You can read more about the history of each of the RFDS Sections here. A biography on Reverend John Flynn can be found here.
From the 1960s the RFDS moved away from using aircraft contractors to instead progressively purchasing our own aircraft and employing our own pilots and engineers. Today, we own a fleet of 66 fully instrumented aircraft, operate from 23 aerobases across Australia and our pilots annually fly the equivalent of 34 round trips to the moon! We also now have customised vehicles built expressly for dental care, eye care and patient road transport. We’ve come a long way since that first flight in 1928 when the Flying Doctor became airborne!
When enjoying the Gothenburg nightlife. It is not that easy to keep up the energy. Without something to eat. A hidden secret if you are tired of McDonald, Burger King. Is to head for the tram stop “Valand” and look for a guy on a moped selling hot dogs from his mopeds. He does it first class. In a chef uniform, hat, if the weather permits he has candles on a table next to him. If you want to find a date he has a collection of dating cards. Of other people wanting to find a math. Some romance. Maybe something more. 🙂 Anything can happen after a swedish hotdog served with style.
Varmkorv.nu | www.varmkorv.nu
If you ever end up in New York not knowing what to do. A trip to Empire State Building is highly recommended. Just to see this powerful building that has been the background of so many movies, stories, music is one thing that has to be checked on the bucket list. Take the chance to have a walk on the fifth avenue on your way to the Empire State Building. So you feel like a new yorker for a moment. See the New York police cars pass by. Limousines that is so long so just making a right or left hand turn is just as magic as a episode of Star Trek.
On top of Empire state building it truly feels like you are on top of the world. So what are you waiting for? Head there and see with your own eyes.
The Empire State Building | www.esbnyc.com