Brüssels

I just got home from Brussels, and wow. This city blew my mind!

One week in Brussels was to little, and all I want to do right now is to get on a direct plane to Brussel. While sitting on the plane from Norway to Brussels, I actually thought that this would be a boring place with nothing to do, or see. I was wrong. We arrived in the afternoon, and the airport was very nice (and it was kinda weird to be there because of the terror-attack that had taken place earlier).

From the airport we took the train to Garde Central Nord, which is the centrum, and where our hotel was located! The train, and metro was super easy to navigate on, everything was in English, and it was cheap. So, after 15 minutes on the train, and five minutes of walking, we found ourselves at Hotel Aris. A 3-star hotel with breakfast included located two minutes away from Grand Palace (which is one of the most extraordinary, and beautiful things I´ve ever seen). The hotel itself was ok. The rooms were clean, and somewhat modern, for the price we paid it was very good!

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By this time I was exited because just from the short way from the station to our hotel I saw a pretty cathedral, cute bars, waffleshops, and the whole city was in cobblestones. Therefore we rushed out, and ate at a restaurant called Drug Opera, which we ate at later in the week too.

Brussels impressed me so much, and here are some of the things I found good, and bad about the city:

+ The food was fantastic, and cheap. There were a lot of different types of restaurants, and food which can make everyone happy. My favorites were Drug Opera which were a restaurant split up in three floors, and it was actually an old opera, and an old pharmacy so they´ve kept the old look. Manhattans burgers were also soooo good, and this was more of a hipster place, I recommend to try their homemade ice tea.

+ The people in this city were so welcoming, happy, and nice. I am from Norway which is a country containing people who are very cold, and not open-minded so I was shocked by the cute belgians. Me and my friends met many new people, and we still have contact with them, and we are going to visit them in the summer!

+ Nightlife in Brussels was lit. There were always people in the clubs, or bars regardless of whether it was the weekend, or a Wednesday. We were out almost every day, but one of the days we were just hanging at a Shisha bar, and it was really cool.

+ The architecture in Brussels was pretty, and carried throughout the whole city. There were old buildings, big palaces covered in golden details, sculptures, big parks, and so on. Very many things for the camera to catch!

–  The only  thing I found “negative” was the military roaming the streets. They are there because of the terrors that have happend, and still can happen. Of course they are there for the safety of the people, and to create a feeling of protection over the Belgians, but it was a very special sight, and feeling to have them around everywhere we looked. At the end of the week I was used to it, but at the start of the week it felt weird, and scary.

Anyways, Brussel is a city for everyone, and if you´re young then go! The young people in this city are the coolest. I can not wait to go there in the summer again.

Have you been to Brussels before?

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City Recommendation: Copenhagen

Last christmas me, and my family took a cruise to Denmark, Copenhagen to stay there for a long-weekend. Copenhagen is really beautiful.

We went there in December, and the whole city had a christmas theme. There were bells, mistletoes and cute lightning everywhere, especially in the shopping street, Strøget. In this specific street there were all kinds of shops, and many of them do not exist in Norway like Topshop, and Abercrombie so I was extremely happy about that.

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For those of you that are not that interested in shopping, take a trip on the paris wheel, in their super nice tivoli. Try out caramelized apples, and enjoy your time. There is also very pretty decorations at the tivoli, so bring your camera!

If you have money, and time there is an aquarium a cab drive away from centrum. At the aquarium it was a tunnel, so you got the opportunity to walk under where sharks, and other cool fish swam. That was quite a memorable experience, and I highly recommend it. The aquarium were located at the coast, and Denmark is well-known of its coastline, so then you can get a glimpse at that too!

Biking is also super easy because Denmark is so flat. In other words, easy to explore the city. There were bikes for rent outside our hotel, and the rent was cheap and really easy to do if you have a smartphone. We stayed at Grand Hotel, which sounds really luxury, but it is luxury for a small amount of money! I believe we stayed there for 850 NOK, which is approximately 90$-ish. For a long-weekend it´s a really fair price I think, it was included breakfast!

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Booked Tickets 2 My First Trip

HEY! I am sincerely so happy right now. But, first thing first. I haven´t been able to blog recently because of school work, and it´s constantly on my mind. I will try to update the blog as often as I can, and of course there will be a lot of exciting things on my page in the summer times!!!

So. My first trip this summer is actually booked. AND, I am soooo excited.

The place I am going to is….. (drum rolls)……

Tenerife!

This is not a place I have had in mind at all, but I just stumbled across it, and now I am going. I´ve read that this is a typical tourist location, but, my dear readers, I found a hack. It´s said that the north coast of Tenerife is very crowded with tourism, the east coast on the other hand, not that much. There are mountains I can hike, hidden natural beaches, small fishing villages, and there´s a volcanic cone.

Have you been to Tenerife? Any tips on what to see etc.?

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WANDERLUST

Ah. I am sitting on my room in Norway which is ALREADY starting to be cold. On my speakers I am bumping full volume with travel chill out beats. I can feel my wanderlust crawling under my skin, every atom, every cell in my body wants to get the heck out in the world to explore, and having an adventure.

This year has been a very boring year for me, and especially this summer! But, I am just waiting for next summer because then I am finally going out on an interrail which I have planned for several months now. I can´t wait, although I have to for one more year (buhu). I just hate the ordinary life,  I guess it sounds weird, but I do not want to spend my days at a desk from nine to five. I do not care about the money, it´s okay for me not to be rich, as long as I can do what I love, and thats traveling, exploring, get to know new people, and different cultures.

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Well, when I am done with school I am planning on taking a year free before starting on the university, and use it for traveling. And who knows? Maybe I will found a whole new path to walk after traveling for so long? I certainly hope so…

PS. I am working on a new short-film that will be posted on my blog! It´s from some of my hiking trips this summer, it just need some editing etc. I love working with visuals, and this is my first video ever, but I hope it will turn out good:)

GREEN IN OSLO

My city, Oslo.

I took a walk here the other day, which I love, because it is a really small city, so you can almost walk wherever you want. There are so many things to see in Oslo, like, there are all these different people, restaurants, rivers, parks, and even the ocean. The city is devided in very unlike parts; there is one place where all the hipsters live, and goes for shopping because of the amazing shops you can find there (like vintage shops!). A bit further east there are many foreign people living, and there is a good quantity of small vegetable boutiques there, and many different clothing shops which have clothes from other cultures.

If you go down to the docks by the ocean, there is really high-end with expensive restaurants, but also many food trucks which is super cool. And the docks there are super fancy, and so beautiful. I would recommend to take an ice cream here from one of the food trucks, and enjoy it while watching the ocean, but keep an eye on the seagulls, because they are known of being crazy! (they once stole my ice cream).

Oslo can also offer a huge amount of different architecture, if you are interested in that. To be honest, there is a lot to see in Oslo of course that I have not mentioned here, but that is because I have written about the things that I appreciate about my city, and notices as I walk around.

Anyways, here are some pictures I took while roaming around in the city I love!

 

INTRO

Like every good album it is an intro before any of the real, and good songs starts playing. Well, I guess that this is the same thing.

On this website, or blog (call it whatever you like) the plan is to post pictures that I take with my Canon EOS 500D, my go pro, or just simply my iPhone. These pictures will all be from my trips all around the world, but there is a hatch to it. I will not be going for any large trips before next year, so for now, it will mostly be pictures from my recent trips or from my travels in my beautiful country, Norway.

This is also why I called my site for “tripsterlife.com” because well, I think you get it.

There is nothing worse than to wait for something you urge, and for me, the urge to travel across Europe is huge. This is what I am going to do next year, and I am going to do it by train. I got the idea from a friend who had done it himself, and he did it via. a site called “interrail.eu“. I will be gone for a month, traveling all across Europe. I will make a post about this later on, where I will go more in depth on the subject.

I hope that you will follow my site through many exciting adventures, and breathtaking pictures, feel free to comment if theres anything you would like to say!

 

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