Author: Clarissa Hirst

Travel: The six most beautiful autumn walks in Värmland

Spectacular colours are on display, mushrooms and berries are ripe for the picking, the summer tourists have disappeared and the days are still long enough to enjoy the sunshine. Autumn is without a doubt the best time of year to explore the Värmland region in western Sweden. The Local Sweden, 2 September 2016...

Playing with Russia in the Baltic Sea Sandpit: Challenges and Opportunities

  That the ongoing conflict in Ukraine is having some seriously detrimental effects on EU-Russia relations is nothing new. But I think we’ve heard enough about this so-called ”new Cold War”. I think we should take a break for a moment from discussions about increasing tensions in the Baltic...

A Region of Contrasts: Impressions of an Australian in Kaliningrad

My heart pounds as I hand the officer my passport, waiting nervously as he thumbs through its pages, the majority of which are covered with stamps and visas from the many countries I’ve visited on my travels around the globe. He turns to my partner, who is sitting beside...

Mouth-watering Memories: My Most Unforgettable Street Food Encounters

Many of my most memorable travel experiences – the ones that make me laugh, cringe, gasp and wax nostalgic – have involved food. Good food brings me great joy in life, both for the assault on the senses that I get to experience, and the way in which it brings people...