During Easter, I went to Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. Going to Lisbon was a rather random choice; we wanted to visit a European city with nice weather in April, and I had never been to Lisbon. I did not have the highest expectations, but Lisbon really impressed me and fell totally in love with the city! Here are my 12 top things to do when visiting Lisbon.
In February I went on a weekend trip to Riga with a group of 18 friends. I have never travelled in such a big group earlier, so it was quite a different travel experience! I still managed to do some sightseeing (along with a lot of partying!). I visited Riga in June a few years ago, which was an even better experience, as the weather was amazing – but I really love this city. Here are five tips for a weekend in Riga!
Schiphol is a major flight hub in Europe as KLM has its base here. After spending hundreds of hours at airports around the world, I honestly have to say that considering how big Schiphol is, it is a very boring airport. Food is expensive and crappy, the airport is old and dirty and there is not much to do. On my way home from Israel I had 5,5 hours at Schiphol, so I decided to go into the center of Amsterdam instead of waiting at the airport. I highly recommend doing this, so here are a few practical advises and some suggestions for what you can do!
Planning a long-weekend in Oslo? After spending my summer working in Oslo (I normally live in Trondheim, which you can read about here). Here is how I would spend 72 hours in Oslo. Oslo is the capital of Norway and the biggest city in the country, but compared with other capitals around the world, Oslo is actually quite small. I think 72 hours is the perfect amount of time to spend in the city. Continue reading →
Earlier this month I went on a trip to Warsaw and Kiev. I have been to Poland several times, but this was my first time to Ukraine. I was pretty excited when our flight landed in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine – and I absolutely loved the city!
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!
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.
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.
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!
In January I went to Oman, and I really enjoyed the trip. The country is underrated as a travel destination. Oman has a lot to offer, but it can be difficult to plan the trip, as Oman is not a typical travel destination. In this guide I give some advices I wish I knew before I started planning my trip to Oman!
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.
Staying in a «riad» in the medina of Marrakech is essential if you want the real Moroccan experience. A riad is a traditional, Moroccan house with a courtyard in the center. Most hotels in the medina are riads – they can be everything from expensive 5 star hotels to cheap hostels.
The last week my mum and I went on a week-long holiday to Marrakech. I have always dreamed about Marrakech; it seemed like such an exotic and magic place. Marrakech did not disappoint me; it was as exotic as I had imagined. Marrakech is different from every other place I have visited – even though the city somehow reminded me a bit about some Indian cities and Istanbul. The streets are full of donkeys and motorbikes, the streets are filled with the smell of spices and you never know what you will meet around the next corner.
In early August, I went to Sicily with my family to visit my mum’s aunt, who has lived in the town Taormina for decades. On our way to Sicily we decided to stay a couple of days in Rome, as none of us had been there before. Would we be able to see most of Rome’s famous attractions in only two days? It seemed impossible, but with some planning we managed to see everything we wanted to see – and more!
Our two days in Rome were very busy. We walked around 30.000 steps a day – we didn’t take any public transport or taxi during our stay (most sights are in the same area). We didn’t spend much time at each place, so we will still have plenty to see and do if we go back to Rome. As I am not the biggest fan of museums, and they are quite time consuming, we chose not to go to most of the museums in Rome. In between the sightseeing, we enjoyed Rome’s famous gelato, pizza and pasta. I will publish a post with a few restaurant recommendations in Rome later.
When I was studying inHong Kong in 2013, I spent a lot of time exploring the city. Hong Kong is the city where East meets West, and you will find everything from beautiful beaches to old temples to amazing skyscrapers here. You can spend weeks exploring the city, but if you only have a few days, here are my advices for your stay: