The Viking Imagination: Medieval Cartography of Scandinavia

Just because I love cartography, here’s a couple of remarkable Scandanavian medieval maps. Note the dominance of several kraken and sea monsters off the Norwegian coast and how each country is barely hanging on by a thread because of these menacing beasts. Here be magic, Vikings and mysterious beasts. Velleius Islandia by Abraham Ortellius (1603)… Read More The Viking Imagination: Medieval Cartography of Scandinavia

Medieval Icelandic Sagas: Tales of Blood Feuds, Dangerous Women and Warriors

In this series of podcasts, Australian writer and broadcaster Richard Fidler and his friend, Icelandic writer Kári Gíslason travel to Iceland to regail us with the stories of the ancient Vikings; tales of blood feuds, dangerous women, fugitives and warrior poets. They also go to the windswept country to discover more about Kari’s own mysterious origins.… Read More Medieval Icelandic Sagas: Tales of Blood Feuds, Dangerous Women and Warriors

The Sensual World of The Unseen By Photographer Duane Michals

Photographer Duane Michals pushes the boundaries of photography with evocative, erotic and sensual images. I’ve written about Polish poet Anna Świrszczyńska before, she also has a similar aesthetic. I think photographs should be provocative and not tell you what you already know. It takes no great powers or magic to reproduce somebody’s face in a photograph.… Read More The Sensual World of The Unseen By Photographer Duane Michals

A trip to the Renaissance fortress and city of Zamość on a sunny summer weekend

We visited Zamość Fortress (Polish: Twierdza Zamość) and town on one of those perfect Polish summer days where the sun and heat pelted down and made everything bright and vivid. Locals and visitors in this far south eastern city of Poland seemed to have a spring in their step on this fine day and everyone… Read More A trip to the Renaissance fortress and city of Zamość on a sunny summer weekend

Welcome to the English Countryside – that’s so English it’s Japanese

In Kyushu, Japan you can step into a quaint, cinematic vision of the English Lake District or Cotswalds region parked right in the centre of mountainous Japan. Although all is not as it seems. This place has a distinctly enchanted Harry Potter and Beatrix Potter vibe that will delight and bewilder you. There’s a petting zoo,… Read More Welcome to the English Countryside – that’s so English it’s Japanese

Polski jedzenie/ Polish food: My om nom nom nominations

Polish food could be considered similar to many other central European traditional dishes. There’s a sprinkling of a German, Czech, Slovakian, Ukrainian and Russian influences here. Although any Pole worthy of his or her passport will patiently explain to you that while there are similarities, Poland are the original creators of some of the most… Read More Polski jedzenie/ Polish food: My om nom nom nominations

The mindblowing history of Wrocław told with music and light on the banks of the Odra

The Odra river is the lifeblood and backbone of Wrocław. The river stretches from the Baltic sea and snakes past the borders of Germany and Poland through Wrocław. On the banks of the Odra there are countless beautiful bridges, islands, parks, streets, municipal buildings. As the sun set during one of the longest days of… Read More The mindblowing history of Wrocław told with music and light on the banks of the Odra