Arctic Winter

Tromso, Norway

Tromso, Norway

If there was one good thing about not being able to visit Israel and Jordan, it was that there were two good things.  The first was our extended time in Turkey, one of our favorite countries so far.  The second was a chance to head north.  Like, above the Arctic Circle north…Tromso, Norway north.

Mandy and I wanted to experience the Arctic winter.  Due to Tromso’s northern position near the top of the world, the sun doesn’t rise between November 26th and Jan 15th.  This period is known as the Polar Nights (we experienced the opposite phenomenon, the Midnight Sun, in Iceland back in July).  There is something powerful about visiting the world’s extreme locations–places that deviate starkly from what is familiar stoke the senses and invigorate the mind.
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Neuschwanstein to Heidelberg

A snowy day at Neuschwanstein

A snowy day at Neuschwanstein

By the next morning, Munich was blanketed in snow and it continued to fall heavily.  Mandy and I took the train one hour from Munich to Fussen, and then transferred by bus to Hohenschwangau.  The small alpine town is a base for exploring two castles built by King Ludwig II: Hohenschwangau (which the town is named after) and Neuschwanstein. Continue reading

Munich Underground

Munich Underground: Candy Club

Munich Underground: a night out @ Candy Club

Munich is the first and only city we’ve visited twice on our travels.  We passed through all too quickly during Oktoberfest, but now we were back to see what else the city had to offer.  If we were a bit disappointed to miss out on the Berlin underground scene (Mandy was sick at the time), we made up for it in Munich. Continue reading