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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Top 10 Travel Handbag Essentials

When traveling there is not many items you can bring, you have to pack your favorite jeans, blouses etc. Although I could wish that it was possible to travel with my whole closet, so if anyone knows how, please let me know!

Anyways, there are a few items I consider more important than others, and these are the things that I always keep in my handbag when I set out for a new adventure.

 

1. Camera

No matter how you put it, a camera is the key when traveling. This is how I document my trip, and keeping memories visual forever. With me I have a Canon 550D which is a big camera that takes super good photos, but sometimes having such a big camera with me can be annoying, or bit of a struggle. Therefore I also have a GoPro camera with me, which is an action camera that can take a hit, and also a dive underwater. Highly recommended for anyone who are often out in the nature, hiking, or just travels around.

2. Free 4G in EU countries

Well, in Norway where I live, I can purchase a mobile subscription which aloud me to surf the internet for free in other EU-countries, which could be really expensive if you do not have this deal. Many people think that I “kill the travel spirit” when I can surf, and be online just like home, but I do not think so myself. We live in a digital world, and I like to post pictures on Instagram, and Snapchat. Or it can come in hand when I am going to find a certain place, or other things. Come on, internet is full of opportunities.

3. Dictionary/Travel book

Okay, so this is more if you are going to a specific country, or city, if you where to go out on an interrail and visit 10 countries there would be a lot of books, which is not that practical to have in your bag. But, if you were to go out on a travel in Rome, purchase a Italian dictionary, and learn some language. Also, buy a book which has written about Rome, so you could find some cool places to see, and some nice restaurants for an example.

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4. Dry Shampoo

So this goes out to the girls (mostly), and this is also kind of a “luxury” thing that I like to have with me when traveling. Like, I hate when my hair gets greasy, so I always bring a mini bottle of dry shampoo so I could feel fresh, and I do not have to stress with getting a shower, or finding one. This is of course just when I travel the big cities, not when I am out hiking mountains, or if I am in the woods, then I could not care less!

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5. Phone Powerbank Charger

If my phone battery dies out, I feel lost, especially if I am in a other country. So I always have this small powerbank, which I can charge my phone in emergencies. They are not that expensive eiter!

6. Headphones + A Good Travel Playlist

This may be one of the most important things for me. I love music, and listen to music 24/7 so some good headphones, or headset is a must. Mix it with a super good travel playlist on your phone (I use Spotify, cheap and all the songs you could think about in there). When on flights, buses or in the car it is super relaxing putting on some music, and stare out the window.

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7. Notebook

I like to have something to write or draw on, therefore, I always bring a notebook. Although I have my phone, I feel more creative using a book to write in, and I can customize it the way I want it, so you could call me old-fashion I guess.

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8. Money

I was not sure if I should write this or not, because it says itself, but I wrote it anyways. Money is of course super important to have in your handbag when traveling, and you should think of the currency in the country you´re going to before you travel. Always have some change, don´t have all your money stacked in your bankcard.

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9. A good Book

I love to read so I make sure to always bring a book or two when I am traveling. You never know when you have to wait for a flight in hours, or if you are just going to the beach. A book never fails you. If you are a youth, I recommend all of John Greens books, he is one of my favorite authors. Jojo Moyes also has some really good books.

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10. First Help Kit

I know, this sounds stupid, haha. BUT, I promise you, you will not regret it. Of course it depends on where you are traveling, if you are in a big city medical help is never far away. On the other hand, if you are hiking, or are some place far away from the big cities some cleansing water, and bandages will help you a lot. One time, a friend of mine fell on a rock, and got a deep cut in his leg and we were in the middle of nowhere. Everyone panicked, then I came with my miniature first help kit, and “saved” him. Later on, everyone bought me food and drinks. Be the hero, people!

Ebay sells some cheap ones, just search for “first help kit”. That is where I got mine from.

 

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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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:)

Top 10 Islands to Visit

Hey!

I thought it would be cool to make a category on my blog that is named “Bucketlist”. I first planned on doing a post about it, but then I quickly found out that there are so many different things that I want to do, and places I want to see that it would be better to split it up into different posts.

In this post, as the title says, here are my top 10 islands I want to visit!

The Galapagos Islands: 

Since I was a kid I´ve completely fallen in love with this place. It looks so beautiful, and tropic. There is also a bunch of rare animals living at Galapagos, and well, I love animals so it seems like the perfect place for me.

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Hawaii: 

Well, to be honest it just looks amazing here, and there is no better place to learn how to surf. There is also an abandoned hiking track here that I want to visit, it is called “the stairways to heaven”. Many people says that it´s very dangerous, and thats also the reason why it is forbidden to hike there. But it looks amazing, and I know that some day, I will be walking those steps.

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Bora Bora: 

This is a small island located in the South Pacific, northwest of Tahiti. It has these sand islets around, and a turquoise lagoon with coral reefs surrounding it. Therefore, it is a super place for scuba-diving. This is also kind of a luxury place, so I have to save some money to go here, but I will someday!

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Bali: 

Oh my god, Bali. Known for its tropical forests that is located on volcanic mountains, the super pretty beaches, and of course, coral reefs. There are also many different temples etc. there which would be so cool to see.

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Tenerife: 

You have probably heard the song, Tenerife sea by Ed Sheeran. Well, I had actually never heard about Tenerife, but I had to check it out after listening to this song. I liked the place right away, and it quickly took a place on my list.

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Santorini: 

This is a greek island, and a thing I want to do is go island jumping in Greece because my parents did when they were younger, and they don´t regret it. But, Santorini is an Island that stands out because I was here when I was younger, and I have this special love for this place, so I would love to get back there soon after all these years.

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Borneo: 

This island is located in Asia, and has the most amazing rainforest, as well as beaches. Like Galapagos there are many wild animals there like leopards.

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Vancouver Island: 

From tropic islands, to a bit colder climate. This island is located in Canada, and is a popular destination for biking, hiking and camping. The wilderness there is fantastic I´ve heard, and I love to hike so this is absolutely a place for that.

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Sardinia: 

Back at it again with the tropical islands… This island has amazing beaches, actually a coastline on 2.000 km. But it is also a nice place to go hiking because of its landscape with mountain like areas, could not be more perfect!

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The Maldives: 

Wow. This place got the wow-factor. And I want to go there before it is to late (sadly), because of the climate changes it could be under water some day. Just imagine living in a bungalow here!!

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So, that was my top ten islands! There are many more, and maybe there will be a part 2 of this, haha. None of the pictures displayed in this post are mine, I simply found them on Google, just so you know.

Favorite Travel Playlist

Hey, how are you?

I want to thank everyone who follows this blog kind of thing, it means so much to me! To please you I would really like to know if there is anything that you would like me to write about, it could be things like my recent trips, top 10 lists, experiences I´ve had traveling so far etc. Just comment below!

Anyways, I thought it be cool to make a different post this morning. Since I am a huge fan of music, and then to it all the time I found out that I could share my current travel playlist. When you are on the road it is so important with some good music which sets the mood.

Here is my current travel playlist, you have no idea how chill it is to listen to these songs while driving, sitting on a an airplane, or a train.