The Visa Fiasco

The Swedish Visa Fiasco [petiteadventures.org]

It’s been nearly three weeks since we arrived in Stockholm. It’s amazing to be here, and I am loving every minute of it, but I’d be remiss not to acknowledge just how difficult and frustrating it was to get to this point.

I shared the bare bones of our visa saga in my August month in review post, but it was all too fresh, the wound was still open. Now that we’ve been here a few weeks and the wound has started to heal, I think it’s finally time I shared the story of my Swedish visa fiasco.  Continue reading “The Visa Fiasco”

Petite Adventures Month in Review: September 2017

Petite Adventures Month in Review: September 2017 [petiteadventures.org]

Well, September was quite the month.

The first two weeks of the month were nothing short of a whirlwind. In just a matter of days I finished up work, packed up and (intensely) cleaned our flat, and said goodbye to friends.

Before I could even take a breath, we were on our way to Stockholm, saying goodbye to Leeds for the foreseeable future. Continue reading “Petite Adventures Month in Review: September 2017”

Petite Adventures Month in Review: August 2017

Petite Adventures Month in Review August 2017 [petiteadventures.org]

And, once again, I’ve gone an entire month without really posting anything.

Let’s all say it together: Worst. Blogger. Ever. Again.

Oh well. C’est la vie. Moving on.

Overall, August was a pretty good month and saw us taking a delightful city break to the south of the Netherlands to visit friends. We spent three glorious days riding bikes along the canals, exploring smaller cities like Nijmegen and Molenhoek, eating Bitteballen, and drinking beer.

It was fantastic! The air was so clean and clear, and it was such a treat to be out in nature, riding bikes alongside fields of sheep and cows. Honestly, it was just the break that we both needed after a hectic July. Continue reading “Petite Adventures Month in Review: August 2017”

Everything You Need to Know About Eating Herring in Europe

Everything you need to know about eating herring in Europe: An Interview with our resident herring expert [PetiteAdventures.org]

When you think of a European fish delicacy, I can pretty much guarantee the last fish that you’ll think of is herring. Despite being an awesome source of vitamins and minerals, this small, oily fish is often overlooked in favour of its more famous, sexier fish cousins, like tuna or salmon. But, that hadn’t always been the case. For centuries, herring was one of the most important fish foods and even played a pivotal role in the history of marine fisheries in Europe. Since at least 3000 B.C. herring was a staple food source for many European cultures.

Who knew, right?!

Even today, herring plays an important, but understated role in many European cuisines. Whether eaten raw in the Netherlands, fermented or fried in Sweden or pickled throughout much of Scandinavia, Germany, and Central and Eastern Europe, herring is still enjoyed all across Europe.

Somewhere throughout our travels, my travel partner and boyfriend Dave developed a taste for herring. It started as a curiosity which only grew with each city we visited. Very quickly it became a tradition for us to seek out the best herring stand in each city so Dave could sample the local fares and provide me with his review. After having eaten the fish in its various forms in six cities across five countries, I’ve decided that Dave is pretty much an expert in herring. That’s a thing, right?

While we were on holidays in Canada, and his workload was minimal, I politely requested (aka begged, pleaded and hounded him) that he share his experiences of eating herring throughout Europe with the world. Thankfully my charms (and unrelenting nagging) won him over.

So here you have it: Petite Adventures’ resident herring expert, Dave, tells you everything you need to know about eating herring in Europe. Continue reading “Everything You Need to Know About Eating Herring in Europe”