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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Autumn Leaves

Hey!

Last Monday I was back to school, which is okay, but I don´t got as much spare time anymore. Therefore, my blogging is a bit reduced at the moment, but I have some cool posts that I am working on so stay tuned!

In Norway the leaves on the trees are already starting to become red, and yellow. The sun has more or less flew away, and the wind is super cold. Personally I like the autumn, but I cringe when I think about what comes after this beautiful season. Winter.

Here are some pictures to honor the autumn.

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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!

 

The Mountains

Okay, so me and some friends of mine rented a cottage in a valley surrounded by all these majestic mountains, and we quickly decided to climb one of them. So, we went a little of track, and hiked a mountain that there was no marked route on. Very exciting, but also a bit scary when you are afraid of heights.

Anyways, here are some of the photos I took, it looked even more beautiful in real life of course. I do not know the name on the mountain, but it is located in Norway, Hemsedal.

 

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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