Sunday in Bogota

After our huge lunch on Saturday we decided to dedicate Sunday morning to getting some exercise. Our goal was to hike to the top of the Monserrate Mountain (Cerro de Monserrate.) The peak of the mountain sits on the edge of the city. At over 10,000 feet above sea level it is a popular tourist … More Sunday in Bogota

Stockhom (finally!)

Oh, Stockholm: The city that I really like but that has been woefully ignored by this blog. I first visited Stockholm when I was a young teenager and took the overnight boat from Helsinki with my parents, siblings and grandparents. I remember being awestruck at how beautiful the city was. The many islands, cobblestone streets … More Stockhom (finally!)

London, Part 3

Our final full day in London was spent much the same way as our first and second: walking a lot, eating a lot and seeing some sights. Unless we are at the beach, that pretty much seems to be the formula for the Hayes family vacations. It seems to work for us! While Sean went … More London, Part 3

London, Part Two

You may have noticed that around here lately the answer to the question “what to do tomorrow” never seems to be “write a blog post.” One of the problems with blogging about your travels is that sometimes you are just too darn tired (or lazy, but tired sounds better) to write about your adventures after … More London, Part Two


We arrived in London early Saturday morning. Even thought the sun was already shining in Sweden, we needed the alarm to wake us up at 4 am. After only a few hours of sleep, we threw on some clothes and checked out of our hotel in Gothenburg. While I waited with the bags and the … More London


Today is our last day in Sweden. Early tomorrow morning we leave for a few days in London before heading home. We are back on the West Coast in the city of Gothenburg (Göteborg) after a few glorious days in Stockholm and the surrounding countryside. Stockholm is one of my favorite cities and our friends … More Gothenburg