Day 3 of 4: Bristol to Oslo

I am now on my way to Gothenburg, with one more train to go to get to Oslo by 5pm tonight. Reflecting on the journey yesterday, there are some interesting points to make about how travel can affect us, for better or worse. As I mentioned in yesterday's post, the Thalys service to Köln from…

Day 2 of 4: Bristol to Oslo

I made it to Brussels yesterday, without any incident, and picked up some new friends along the way. The Eurostar, as always, was a pleasant experience. Check-in was easy, the train left exactly on time and arrived on schedule too. The seats were comfy, the carriage was quiet and the food onboard was good (although…

Day 1 of 4: Bristol to Oslo

I am embarking on the longest train journey I have completed to date, and yesterday was the start of it. I decided to try and get to Oslo to attend a conference about 6 months ago. Unfortunately, because the journey is so long, I would need to stay in three different cities along the way…

Barcelona by Train

I returned on Sunday from a week of teaching Bristol's undergraduates in Barcelona. The trip was, according to the students, a great success, and much fun was had by all. I, being the nuisance I am, made a case to the trip leader that I should be able to go by train on the grounds…

Belfast on a Boat

When going low-carbon west from the UK, there is a major problem. It is, in fact, one of the largest problems in the world - the Atlantic Ocean. The Atlantic is one of the reasons aviation took off (so to speak...). When Captain Sir Jack Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown set off from Newfoundland, Canada…