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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INTERRAIL PLAN

Hey!

First of all, I want to thank for all the positive feedback that I´ve gotten on my posts, to see people liking my posts makes me smile. This was one of the reasons why I started this site, so I could share my photographs, and thoughts with others, and of course get some sort of feedback. I did not expect that I would get it so fast, and I´ve already gained a few followers, wihu!

Second of all, I have made a more detailed plan on how I want my interrail trip to be. So, after going through different countries, things to do in them, and what I wanted to do the most I was left with fourteen destinations.

This is how I think my trip will be:

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I found a site named interrailplanner.com which worked excellent! I just simply put in the date I thought I would be traveling, and then started typing in which cities I want to go to, then it automatically finds out how long the train ride will be, and you can find hostels etc. to stay at directly from the page! Super easy, would recommend for all of those who are planning an interrail.

As you can see I will take the ferry from Oslo to Copenhagen, and from here my adventure starts.

Berlin: This is the second city I will visit, and I plan to stay here for two nights. I know that there is a lot of museums, and historic things to see here, like the Berlin wall. So in Berlin there will be plenty of sightseeing.

Amsterdam: Next stop is Amsterdam which I´ve planned to stay for one night even though there is a lot to do there too. I will definitely visit Anne Franks house, but I will probably roam around in the city with a bike.

Antwerp: This is a place I am hyped to go to. The reason for this is because a direct train from Antwerp will take me to  the “Tomorrowland” – festival! This is a huge festival with super famous, and great artists. So I will stay in Antwerp for some days because of the festival.

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Zurich: After partying it´s time for some beauty, and there is no better place to discover that than Switzerland. I have been in Genévè before, so I decided to go to Zurich this time because I have never been there, and people tells me that it is sooooo gorgeous there. I am planning on taking a scenic train ride here, it is a great way to see the fantastic nature Switzerland has to offer.

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Source: http://www.seduniatravel.com/cosmos/switzerland/scenic-switzerland-train

Zagreb: Croatia baby! Zagreb is one of the cheapest cities in Europe, and I am on a budget (some times I seem to forget) therefore I will visit this city to save some money, and it is a really good place to stay because a direct train to split goes from Zagreb.

Split: …And that takes us to Split! This is one of the destinations I am looking the most forward to. It has breathtaking beaches, nice weather, yummy food, ah I can not wait! Here I will get my tan on, and relax. I have heard that there are some nice walking paths here to, so maybe I will do that to (if my lazyness does not kick in.)

Venice: After my chill days at Split, I will take of to a bigger city, Venice. I feel like this is a city I will eat on many different small cafes for some reason, and of course take a boat ride through the canals.

Rome: Departing to an even bigger city, Rome! My grandmother has been here many times, and she has fallen in love with it. Hopefully so will I.

Cagliari: Till this point, the train has been my ride. Now I will take the ferry as my transport, and I will first set sail for the island, Cagliari. This is an island in Italy, and I am not planning on staying here for long, and I have never heard of the place but I want to check it out, it can´t be that bad?

Palma: Then I will keep the ferry as my driver, and set over to Palma, a Spanish island. This is also a place I have never heard of, but I found it easier to cross the ocean to Spain, than taking the train all the way round.

Barcelona: Finally I will set my foot on land again, and it happens to be in Barcelona, a coincidence, don´t think so. Also one of my top destinations at this interrail. Well, what can I say, it is Barcelona. A beautiful city that offers about everything from art, history and beaches!

Madrid: I have been many places in Spain, but I never been to their capital, so I got to pay my visit. I´ve heard the nightlife here is great!

Monaco: My last country, but not destination. Monaco is the next city, and here I will live my life on a yacht and in full glam. Well, probably not, but who knows?

Paris: My last city, Paris! Here I will spend the rest on my money on clothes, before I will be heading home.

This is how my interrail trip looks for now, but there are so many places I want to visit, like Montenegro so there could be a change in plans, but then I will just update you on that later!

Are there any of you that know of any things I should see in any of these countries, or tips on hostels, restaurants etc. please leave a comment, it would make me very happy!

 

NATURE FEELS – TRIP AT RJUKAN

This weekend I took a trip to Rjukan (Ibiza I wish…) and it was so beautiful there! The weather was superb, and the surroundings were absolutely breathtaking. I have tons of images from this place, but I have chosen a few of them which is from when we took a cableway up to the mountains (I know lazy, right?).

If any of you are in the Rjukan area I highly recommend this cableway trip, there are also a lot of bicycle trails up there which is really popular. There is also a really good restaurant there where you have view over the whole ally, and the mountains. Super lovely! There is also a bungee jump nearby which I am planning on doing next time.

 

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INTERRAIL?

As I mentioned in my first post I am going on a trip through Europe, which I can not wait to do. One of my friends did it last year, and three of my friends left about a week ago, and I envy them so much. When the lust for traveling is big, there is a challenge just sitting still at my house in Norway. At the other hand, I know that I will be going next year when I have enough money, and I will spend it all on trains, booze, and cheap hostels.

The reason why I fell in love with the whole interrail consept was mostly because of the price, because believe me, it is really cheap. I can write briefly about what they offer, what I chose, and why.

So, interrail.eu offers two types of passes; global pass, and one country pass. The one country pass gives you the opportunity to roam around in one country, when the global pass opens the opportunity to travel all around Europe, except your own country (in my case, this will be Norway.)

The global pass is the most popular one, and the starting price is 200 pounds, and with this pass you can travel for a two weeks. I chose the pass where I can travel for a month, and this costs 479 euros, which is approximately 5000 nok. This is not cheap, but it is quite a good price looking at what you get from it. Travel across whole Europe for 479 euros? Yes, thank you.

Another reason why I chose this pass is because there are a lot of benefits when purchasing this pass. First of all, I get a 25% discount on the pass because I am aged 15-25, so that is really nice. Second of all, when traveling I get discounts on specific ferry companies which is an advantage when traveling across seas, and last but not least, I get a free interrail travel pack with a map etc.

I have not decided which countries I want to visit, if I could,  I would visit them all, but I don´t think that I have time for that. I probably would´ve reached many countries if I traveled fast, but I want to take myself good time in each country I pay a visit. I do not want the trip to become stressful, maybe I wont follow my travel plan at all, maybe I will just stay in a specific country a much longer time than planned because I like it so much, who knows?

But, of course, I need to have plan ready and the countries that I have on my list at this point is: Denmark (which will be my starting point, therefore, I will not spend much time here), Germany, Switzerland, Croatia, Spain, Italy, and France. This is not in the right order, but these are on the list, but as I said, I am not sure yet. I will write a post when I have made a finished plan on how I believe my interrail trip will be.

Stay tuned.

Have any of you ever done the same thing? How was it?

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