Faraway Files #34

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Summer is here! Hooray!

One of the interesting things about being an expat is noticing how different cultures respond to change. And the weather is no exception. The level of excitement rises to fever pitch in the UK when the sun comes out. Paddling pools are dragged out from under stairs and clothing is shed at quite an alarming pace.

We joined a mass exodus from London to the seaside last weekend to enjoy the summer sun. Having previously visited Whitstable and Brighton, we decided to find the nearest sandy beach so the kids could enjoy some sandcastle building. The tide was out in Littlehampton and the conditions were perfect for paddling and splashing in the sea.

There’s a certain charm about the English seaside but I’ll never get used to the crowds during summer and I find myself thinking nostalgically of the Great Ocean Road.

Thanks to everyone who joined our Faraway Files link up last week. As usual there was a wonderful mix of practical advice and inspiration. My favourites were:

Wilbur’s eventful train and bus journey through Eastern Europe from Instanbul to Tblisi. Passing through cities and towns most of us know little about, the scenic journey took him to the beautiful Geghard Monastery.

Staying in Eastern Europe, Kit’s exploration of the historical sites and wine regions of Serbia opened my eyes to another region I’d like to explore further. I don’t know about you but I’m always tempted by wine!

If you plan to visit Puerto Rico, Allison showed us the incredibly beautiful beaches of Vieques and provides a wealth of tips and information on how to get there by ferry.


Kanelbulle cinnamon bun

Cinnamon buns! Actually all manner of baked goods. That’s one of my long lasting memories of our brief stop in Sweden’s second city Gothenburg.

We visited Gothenburg en route to Copenhagen from Oslo and enjoyed cruising the nearby archipelago, visiting one of Europe’s biggest amusement parks and discussing the merits of different types of buns! You can read all about it on my post – Get your Swede on – 48 hours in Gothenburg.

About Faraway Files

Faraway Files is a weekly travel link up hosted by Katy from Untold Morsels, Erin from Oregon Girl around the World and Clare from Suitcases and Sandcastles.

Faraway Files is a weekly file of the best travel ideas on the web. We want to dream of faraway places, make new travel plans and share our travel secrets. Inspire us to travel to new places or revisit a place we thought we knew. We know that you can feel faraway even when you’re close to home so share your experiences of travels near and far wherever you are in the world.

We’d love you to join us in building a supportive community who will inspire and share each other’s posts. All three hosts will try to read and comment on every post and we’ll share them on social media too. Each week we’ll choose our favourites and highlight them on our blogs and social media channels using #FarawayFiles.

How it works

✪ The link up will go live every Thursday at 8am, UK time, until midnight on Friday. It will alternate between Untold Morsels, Suitcases and Sandcastles and Oregon Girl Around the World.

✪ This week I’m hosting the link up on Untold Morsels so link up a travel-related post and add the Faraway Files badge available below to your blog or link back to the hosts.

✪ Link ups work best if everyone shares so please comment on all three of the hosts’ posts and at least one other.

✪ Tweet us your posts (@suitandsand, @UntoldMorsels, @oregongirlworld) using the hashtag #FarawayFiles and we’ll retweet to our followers

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