Travel


Four days in London have given me some experience with the iPhone as a trusty travel companion. Before departure I was hesitant about dataroaming expences running high, 3G availability and access as well as battery durability. The most useful feature is hands down Google Maps and GPS. Finding the hotel in Bayswater after exiting Queensway Underground Station was a breeze, and the time suggestion from the app was give or take quite on the spot.

Travelling with a Portuguese family it was crucial to find food from home, and finding Portuguese expats’ waterholes and speciality bakeries did also prove impressively easy. I had downloaded the London Tube app fra App Store and with a gliding interface, searchable and touchable, it was great to find the fastest route and navigate the tube on the handheld device. Frommer’s London Guidebook was also downloaded, but was of limited use even though it is a great resource if you want to know more about London’s attractions.

In terms of disappointments I had trouble with mobile networks falling off on several occasions. I did use 3G or free wi-fi if available, but the Auto-functionality proved fruitless searches more than once. This is a tad worrying if you find yourself lost in London suburbs without an oldfashioned map and a sense of direction.

Luckily I am reasonably familiar with London, and combined with the fantastic GPS navigation on the iPhone one is not left to ask around for directions anymore (the worst a man can do). The blue dot was accurate for walking, but I know it would be a different matter for drivers. London is not a place you want to drive though, it’s best for walkers.

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Artikkelen Åpenbaringer i Transkaukasia kom på trykk i Dagsavisens søndagsutgave sist helg og ligger nå ute på nett.

Det er akkurat ganske nøyaktig ett år siden planleggingen av fjorårets tourcaucasus begynte og det er moro å se at artikkelen endelig fant et hjem. Sysler med noen nye idéer til andre reisereportasjer – jeg har funnet gleden i å skrive igjen ved siden av å ta bilder. Det er en fin kombinasjon og ikke minst… en åpenbaring.

God tur!


Listening to Chris Isaak while traveling by train through gorgeous Norwegian winterclad landsscape. Looking greatly forward to come home this year. Merry Christmas, everyone

Da var jeg ferdig med siste språkvask og gjennomgang av min første oversatte bok og vender nesa hjem til Horten fra Oslo før sommeren store reise. Blir stille her en stund, men ting skjer forhåpentligvis på den andre bloggen. Det har vært en fin liten uke med ferie, men jeg har ennå ikke samlet meg helt til eventyret som venter.

mange tanker
små
fyller hodet

om litt
er hodet
tomt
og sansene
fulle med nye

jaja.

kroppen og hodet har vært stressa i innspurten.
nå kan jeg endelig trykke på pauseknappen og
sette alt inn på kontoen for mentalt
inntektsgivende aktiviteter

ah sommer