Travel Guide: 48 hours in Trondheim

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Trondheim, my hometown, is the third biggest city in Norway, located in the middle of the country. I grew up in Trondheim, and I am currently living here as a student, as it is the major student city in Norway. Lately a few friends from other countries have been visiting me, and I have gotten to explore my own city as a tourist. Here is how I would spend two days as a tourist in Trondheim!

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“How can you afford to travel?”

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“How can you afford to travel as much as you do?”. This is a question I get all the time. The answer is not simple. I am only a student, and no, my trips are not sponsored – nothing is free. Because the question is asked frequently, I think it is appropriate to dedicate a blog post to it!

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Vietnam on a shoestring

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Two years ago I went on a week-long trip to Vietnam. As you may know, I love Asia. The culture, the nature, the weather, the people – what is there not to love? Before this trip I had already visited many countries in Asia, but not Vietnam. A good friend of mine is Norwegian-Vietnamese, and after hearing her stories about Vietnam and the culture, I was really excited to visit the country.

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Guest post: Five days in D.C.

For the first time, I have guest writer contributing to my travel blog! Terese Nordgård is a Norwegian travel blogger who just came home from a trip to Washington D.C., and she has been kind enough to write a guest post about her trip. I recommend you to check out Terese’s travel blog here!

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Yangshou – a Chinese village

Recently I was looking through my old travel videos and I found this video from Yangshou in China. I went there on a weekend trip in 2013 while I was studying in Hong Kong. Over the years I have spent some time in China, but I have usually stayed in urban areas. I went to the village Yangshou because of the beautiful nature in the area. We started our stay in Yangshou on a river boat in the sunrise, which was amazing! We spent the days in Yangshou enjoying the charming village and its lovely atmosphere. We also went on a trip to the even smaller village Xingping, watched old Chinese play traditional games and ate the most amazing street food I have ever had. I loved Yangshou!

A weekend in Krakow

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I first visited the Polish city Krakow when I was 14 years old, on a school trip to Auschwitz. I enjoyed the city so much that I went back the year after. At that age, what attracted me the most was Krakow’s cheap shopping. Recently I decided to go back to Krakow and see what I thought about the city now, almost ten years later. Not surprisingly, I still find the city awesome. Not because of the shopping, but because of Krakow’s charming old town.

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Beautiful Tanzania

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In 2011 I had just finished high school and I decided to take a year of to travel. That is the best decision I have ever made. During my gap year I did not only get to see the world; I also learned a lot about my self and I learned to see things in different perspectives. In the fall of 2011 I spent three months volunteering at a hospital in Tanzania. I also got to see a lot of the country, and here is a list of my favorite destinations in Tanzania. I really recommend a trip to this beautiful country!

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Oman’s amazing nature

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When I went to Oman, one of the things I really wanted to see was the desert. Wahiba Sands is a desert located 2-3 hours from Muscat, which was perfect. When I did research about Wahiba Sands, I found a few other attractions in the area as well, which we visited on the same trip. Our route for this road trip was Muscat – Bimmah Sinkhole – Wadi Shab – Sur – Muscat. We did all this in a day, and we used around 12 hours.

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Oman: Nizwa and its surroundings

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Oman is so much more than the capital Muscat. We rented a car during our entire stay so we would be able to see more of the country, and I am so happy we did that! We did two road trips from Muscat. On the first road trip we drove to the city Nizwa and explored the mountains surrounding the city. Nizwa is a popular weekend destination for people living in Muscat, as it is a short drive from the capital and offers great nature experiences. It is possible to see Nizwa and its surroundings on a day trip from Muscat, but we chose to stay in Nizwa for a night to have some more time.

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Oman: Things to do in Muscat

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Muscat is the capital of The Sultanate of Oman and the biggest city in the country. When you are in Oman, spending a few days in Muscat is a must; just the name itself makes the city sound exotic. Oman is not a country we hear a lot about, and the average Norwegian would probably not even know where Oman is on the map. Oman is actually growing as a tourist destination, and tourism is one of the most important economic sectors in Oman. In addition to the oil, of course; as the rest of the Gulf states, Oman is quite dependent on oil. At the same time, Oman differs from the other Gulf states. Omanis actually have regular jobs and the foreign workforce is smaller than in for example Kuwait and Qatar. One explanations to this can be that Oman’s oil reserve is smaller, but also that the government has a big focus on creating other sources of income than oil.

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Kuwait City

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I just came back from a trip to the gulf where I visited Kuwait and Oman. The plan was to visit Bahrain as well, but because I did not have enough blank pages in my passport for the visas/stamps we decided to spend some more days in Oman instead of going to Bahrain. I am really happy we prioritized Oman, as the country really has a lot to offer – but more about Oman later!

We spent two days in Kuwait City, which was more than enough time. It is not much to see in Kuwait City – if you ask me, the city only has one real tourist attraction; The Kuwait Towers. It was really hard to fill the days with things to do. Even the malls (where Kuwaitis seem to hang out) were boring. During the day, the streets were empty and nothing was going on. Such a weird place, I have never experienced this kind of emptiness in a city before. Continue reading