Lobster rolls all over New England are delicious, but where better to have a Maine lobster than in Maine? They aren’t cheap, but this one from Perkins Cove was well worth the price and drive to get there.
We don’t travel with guide books. They add too much weight, take up precious space and buying a new one for each country we visit would cost too much. Sometimes we read the ones left behind in guesthouses, but mostly we look to the Internet for a few important answers. Before arriving in a new country, we always look up the following information:
1) the local currency and exchange rate 2) what the tipping etiquette is 3) any local customs or important cultural differences And, super important: 4) can you drink tap water without getting sick?
This last question has become very important to us. Being in constant travel mode between very foreign places has caused us to miss certain things, and ice on a very hot day is one of them. Sometimes, if you can’t drink the local water, you can’t have ice, a smoothie or diluted juice. But other times, like in Malaysia, ice is made in factories and purchased by local establishments. Thank you, Malaysia! But we wish you the best if you attempt to drink ice water in India.
Obviously this is very important information to be prepared with. Here’s a breakdown of countries we spent significant time in during our trip and whether you can drink from the tap.* Some of them may surprise you:
Finland turned out to be the perfect location to recharge our bodies and minds. After two weeks of driving, hiking and pulling over at every point of interest we found in Iceland, Finland offered an opportunity to watch some soccer, defrost in the sauna and relax. The timing of our stay in Finland coincided with the summer solstice. This holiday, which they call midsummer, empties every city, as its residents pour out of their urban dwellings for their summer homes in the countryside.
Sauna in Tampere, Finland.
Luckily, an old friend whom I studied animation with in Prague was willing to hold off hightailing it to her summer house with her family for several hours in order to pick up Tara and I from the airport, set us up in her flat and take us around the city. In the evening, we went out to dinner to a famous Finnish restaurant with her partner and 11-month-old daughter. The food was incredible – Tara had a salmon fillet and I had perch – and we finally had a decent beer. Continue reading →