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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Weekend trip in Norway

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Long time no see! In August I started my master’s degree in economics and finance, and this fall has been full of studies, work and internships… Sadly that means no travelling (and no blogging). But, I still have one trip from September I haven’t told you about!

You know that I love to travel and explore the world. Because of this, I consider myself as quite lucky living in Norway – the most beautiful country in the world! Norway has the most amazing nature I have ever seen – and there is still so much left I haven’t seen in Norway. In September I took a break from my studies and went on a small road trip in Norway. We went to Skjåk, a small village where my grandmother grew up and where we have a cabin today. There is not much to see and do in Skjåk, but around the village there are several famous sights and beautiful nature.

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Exploring Cyprus in a buggy

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In the end of August, I went to Cyprus with my boyfriend. We went to Protaras/Fig Tree Bay, and the purpose of the trip was to relax on the beach. Honestly, that was also the only thing to do in the area, as it is built for tourism and there is nothing else to see or do. The main streets are full of overpriced restaurants and souvenir shops, but it was a nice place to relax for a week. But, as the travel geek I am, I wanted to see a bit more of the island. We had planned to rent a car and drive around the country – but as I got sick after the first day, we decided to take it easy. Instead of renting a car, we rented a “buggy car” and drove along the east coast of Cyprus for one day.

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Slovenia: Ljubljana

DSC00295Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, is such a lovely city! I didn’t have any expectations to the city, but its beauty overwhelmed me. The old town is adorable, with dozens of cafés, bars and restaurants. There are no famous attractions in Ljubljana – but there are a few you should check out. One of them is The Dragon Bridge – an old bridge with dragon statues, which was built more than 100 years ago. Another attraction is Ljubljana Castle, which offers a great view of the city.

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Slovenia: The wine district Goriska Brda

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The next stop on our road trip in Slovenia was Goriska Brda, a wine district south in Slovenia. To get there, we drove through Trenta Valley, along the crystal-clear blue river Sôca. There are several villages along the river, and we stopped in Kanal Ob Soci for a break and lunch. We stopped here because this village seemed to be the nicest one – and I think it was, because it was so lovely here. We ate lunch at a small restaurant (actually, the only restaurant I saw in the city), and the food were amazing. They only had one option; a three course lunch for 6 euros. We started with soup, then we got some meat and vedgetables and we ended the meal with a local cake. So cheap and so good!

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Slovenia: Kranjska Gora & Vrsic Pass

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Kranskja Gora is a mountain area located northwest in Slovenia, very close to both the Italian and Austrian border. The area is famous for skiing, both as a popular winter holiday destination and for hosting international sport competitions every year, for example the World Cup in alpine. During the summer, the place pretty quiet, despite the amazing hiking and biking opportunities in the area.

Vrsic Pass is a mountain pass going across the Julian Alps, with the highest point at 1611m above sea level. Visiting Vrsic was the main reason we went to Kranskja Gora, as it offers an impressive view and great hiking trails.

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Slovenia: Bohinj

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Lake Bohinj

Lake Bohinj is another lake in the Julian Alps, not far from Lake Bled. I found Lake Bohinj as beautiful as Lake Bled, but it is less visited by tourists because the area doesn’t has as many sights as Bled. But, if you are going to Lake Bled, I would recommend a visit to Bohinj as well.

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ROAD TRIP THROUGH THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

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The trip to Scotland was my first visit to the country so I wanted to see more than Edinburgh, even though it was only a weekend trip. Scotland is famous for amazing nature, and we decided to take a day trip to see the highlands and lakes. We rented a car for one day, and the plan was to drive a distance that would take more than eight hours, in one day. And, that during winter, in Scotland, where they drive on the “wrong” side of the road. Help!

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SLOVAKIA: BRATISLAVA

Etter Wien og Praha gikk turen videre til Bratislava i Slovakia. Ganske tilfeldig valg av destinasjon; vi dro vel egentlig kun fordi Bratislava bare ligger en liten time unna Wien. Vi ankom Bratislava senere enn planlagt på grunn av veiarbeid, og hele oppholdet var preget av mye regn, så vi fikk ikke sett/gjort så mye. Bratislava er sentrert rundt gamlebyen, som er ganske liten (spesielt i forhold til feks Praha), men veldig koselig likevel. Her finner du mange uterestauranter, spesielt er det mye lokal mat. Andre sights i byen er UFO tårnet (med utsikt over hele byen) og borgen. Det jeg fant interessant med byen var kontrastene; kommunismens arkitektur preger en side av byen (jungler av blokker så langt øyet kan se), mens andre deler av byen er som gamlebyen.

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NEW ZEALAND: ROAD TRIP (3)

Dag 5 utfordret vi oss selv skikkelig og la ut på Tongariro Crossing. Dette er en fjelltur på 2 mil, med en stigning på over 700 meter før en nedgang på over 1000 meter, med nokså ulendt terreng. Vi var forberedt på at det var mye hardere enn det faktisk var, men vi var likevel så slitne og stive dagen etter at vi ikke kunne gå ett skritt, haha… Turen var like fantastisk som vi hadde hørt, bildene sier sitt! I tillegg var vi heldige med været, vi hadde solskinn hele dagen; alle andre dager har vi hatt regn.

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ROADTRIP TIL SYDNEY

Etter Phillip Island fortsatte vi mot Sydney, men nå var det litt lengre kjørestrekninger enn tidligere. Planen var å dra innom Wilson Promotory, en av de mest kjente nasjonalparkene i Australia, men vi rakk det dessverre ikke. Vi var innom noen små landsbyer, bl.a. Foster, Lake Entrance og Eden. Det er jammen mye ødemark her i Australia! Jeg skjønner ikke hvordan folk kan bo i de små landsbyene, det er rett og slett ingenting der! Landsbygda i Norge er nesten storbyer sammenliknet med dette.

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