Vegas was insane.
We started our trip up by taking a six hour long bus ride from LA. Arrived at our hotel at 7 pm and I ended up crashing in bed and slept until 7 am the next morning. I needed those 12 hours of sleep because the following nights we didn’t sleep at all. Apparently “You don’t sleep in Vegas!!”.
Stayed at “The Stratosphere”. Room was good, price was good, but it was a little bit far from The Strip and it’s not a big party hotel. We didn’t get the chance to see a lot around in Vegas because we had too much fun going out until early in the morning. But we at least got to see the Grand Canyon.
The Canyon was amazing! So majestic and beautiful. I would love to go back in the future and stay a little bit longer. The one-day trip from Vegas was exhausting, especially if you go out partying the night before without sleeping. Ended the night with one last party before going to bed, sleep off and head to San Francisco. Thank you Vegas! I’ll see you again in the future! :)
After flying for a total of 18 hours we finally made to L.A! We found ourselves a hostel close to the beach in Santa Monica and I can recommend this hostel to anyone. It was the H.I Santa Monica. Clean, nice people working there, nice breakfast etc.
In LA, we actually didn’t do much, just relaxed, took a walk down to the pier, tried out different foods. After traveling for 3 months it’s nice to take it slow and be back in a country that is more close to ours. Started to get a little bit tired of Asia, so nice with a little bit of change. :) Corn dog. Yummy….Being in LA, we wanted to go and check out Universal Studios. Wish we had a little bit more time there, because I had super fun and wanted to see and do everything. When our visit at the park was over we went down to see all the beautiful stars at Hollywood Blvd and fill up our stomach with some proper food. Hooters was our choice. We needed some junkfood and big boobs. :) Love America! Everything is bigger here. :) Last thing we did before leaving LA was to rent a bicycle and go to Venice Beach. Had to check out the life over there and the Muscle Beach. :) Thank you Los Angeles for a wonderful time. Hope to see you again in the future :)
I’ve been home for over a month now and it’s about time that I post the rest of the photos from my around the world trip. After Hong Kong we traveled up to Tokyo. I was really looking forward to see he craziness of Japan and I can now assure you that Japan is a fun and crazy country.
Our first experience at a restaurant was quite odd. We went in and there were only Japanese people sitting in small booths. Inside there was a screen were you ordered your food. I got and finished my food before my friend, and while we were waiting for her food looking towards the kitchen, I suddenly saw something running from one side to the other. While I was thinking to myself “Did I really see something moving” it ran back again. Of course it was nothing else than a beautiful fat rat. Cannot say that our trip to that restaurant was a success. First time in and never went back.
Walking around in Shibuya, we suddenly spotted something we are not used to see in Norway. A pet shop were they have animals like dogs and cats in these hamster glass boxes. In Norway, if someone wants to buy a dog, they have to go to a breeder usually in someones house. Made new friends in Tokyo as well. A lonely swedish boy we had to take care of and some fun american guys. :) Crazy crazy Tokyo. We had to experience it but were could we do that? ROBOT RESTAURANT! Somebody told us about a crazy restaurant were you got crappy food, but it had a crazy Robot show. If you ever go to Tokyo, go to the restaurant. Easy to find and it’s in Shinjuku. Food was in fact, disgusting. The guys in particular were loving the show. Tons of Japanese girls with small dresses and boobs that went up in their face. Robots…Enough craziness for now. Next thing we did in Tokyo before leaving was to see some culture. Our swedish friend wanted to see some karate, so he took us to a regular karate training session were they allowed us to come in and watch. More sightseeing…Of course, with my luck, I ended up getting sick with severe tonsillitis and had to go and get antibiotics intravenous three times at the hospital. But, I managed to get well quickly and eat the best sushi I’ve ever had! Thank you Tokyo for all the fun and thank you to the people we met for making it even more fun. Tokyo is a city I would like to go back to if I ever get the chance. Next stop after Tokyo was USA. :)
After Fiji the trip continued to Hong Kong! I was really looking forward to getting here because my dad has always talked about it. AND, my brother was made in Hong Kong, so had to check this place out.
Our first dinner was at some chinese restaurant where a girl told us that we had to try these dumpling noodels since that was the specialty. Not very special to me. During this trip we have decided that we have to do at least one sightseeing thing, so in Hong Kong we decided to go up and see the “Tian Tan Buddha” which is the largest broze Buddha in Asia. While you are up here you can also see the Po Lin Monastery, but it was unfortunately closed when we were there. It was raining. A lot. Hurray for poncho! They saved our cameras. My dad was awesome! Since he has been here before he wanted to give us a present and book a hotel room for us. It was amazing to get into a big and soft bed after sleeping in hostels/cheap resorts in Fiji. The breakfast at this hotel was the best on the trip. They had everything you could ever dream off. We basically didn’t do much in Hong Kong. Just walked around the city, some shopping etc. Have to say that I kind of liked it. I might even go back in the future. Who knows.
Next stop; Tokyo! :)
After 3 wonderful weeks in Australia we left for Fiji. There is no word that can describe how good Fiji was. It is my favourite place so far. I was so excited that everything made me happy. This bottle of water for example made me super happy. You see Fiji water in so many magazines and this is the pricy luxury water from the beautiful Fiji, and you think that you might never go to a place that beautiful. I would never ever spend tons of money on this water in Norway, just because our Norwegian water is great and from the tap. But here I was in Fiji drinking this exotic water. Our trip was booked through Awesome Fiji Adventures and we had Island jumping in the Yasawa Islands. Our first Island was Wayalailai resort. It was beautiful there and the people working there was super nice. They almost felt like my family taking so good care of us. :) The resort is owned by a village so the women from the village gave you the possibility to make bracelets, necklaces etc with sea pearls or you could wave your own book mark. This was so they could earn more money that went straight to the village. I had fun sitting there with them, talking and learning about different Fijian things. :) The first night the people working at the resort had an evening with Bula dance and warrior dance and stuff. I won the Bula queen price this evening. So I got a free beer. Hooray! On Sunday we got to attend their church service. Probably about 80% was in Fijian, but it was fun to do a local thing and experience a little bit of their daily life. Somebody got bored during the service. :)
Our second island/resort was White Sandy Beach. A very fun resort as well, but slightly different. The place felt more like a touristic spot comparing to the other resort, but the people working here were younger so it had more of a party place feeling. Weather changed the second day here. It was beautiful. On this resort we got to go out and snorkel with Manta Rays. That was insane! So awesome, it’s something that you do not do every day. These animals are so huge. The one I managed to see was about 3-4 meters. That is a lot! Unfortunately I don’t have any photos from the snorkelling. At least not yet.
This island had also another beach we could explore on the other side. Of course, like everything else in Fiji, it was beautiful. Our next and last stop in Fiji was Nabua. Nothing bad to say about that place either. I LOVE FIJI!!!
The first night here we had super fun with staff. Got to drink tons of kava and had a little party together. Last day was of course super sad, but some of us went to see a village on this island. Tons of cute kids running around and people are so nice! And then, goodbye Fiji. :( Fiji is the best place so far. I have never met as friendly people as Fijians. They made me feel so welcome and at home. Not to mention the place is beautiful. Sunsets are amazing, the water is amazing, beaches, EVERYTHING. If you haven’t been to Fiji, you should go there!
Sad to leave but the trips goes on and our next stop is Hong Kong. :)
After the Philippines we went a short trip to Thailand for four days and then left to stay 3 weeks in Australia. We started off with a couple of days in Sidney before we were heading off to the Gold Coast to stay at our friend Elin’s house for a couple of weeks.
I get now why Emirates is the top airline company in the world.We stayed at a very nice backpacker hostel, do not remember the name right now though. Our roomies were super messy, but super-duper fun!
Tree hugging ginger…
I think that the design of the opera house is pretty cool, but (Sorry Australians that are so proud of this building), I was kind of disappointed because I thought it would be a lot bigger. After Sidney we jumped on a plane that took us to Brisbane/Gold Coast. We were going to spend about 2 weeks here at our friend Elin’s house. She’s a very good friend of mine from back home and I hadn’t seen her in a while, so it was super fun to go and visit her. We also got to meet a couple of other friends that we studied with in Norway and we hadn’t seen them for a couple of years, so it was great to see them again! :)
Here in Gold Coast we didn’t do too much. Just relaxing at the beach, went out, ate good food, and super good desserts. We just enjoyed life!
We also got to meet Magnus! A cute guy that went to the same school as us in Norway. Hadn’t seen him either for a couple of years.
LOVE ANIMALS IN AUSTRALIA! Well, Maybe not all of them, but at least these two! :) We also got to experience Byron Bay. We had super fun there and got to learn how to surf. That was awesome! I want to keep doing that when I get to Norway. It’s so so hard, but fun. :)
Our last stop in Australia was the Great Barrier Reef. We booked for a two day sailing trip where we got to see Whitehaven Beach and slept on an island for two nights. It was beautiful there, but the weather was crappy. A little bit sad, but you can’t always have super good weather.
Thank you very much Australia for tons of fun. Our next stop is wonderful Fiji.
After 20 hectic sightseeing days in Cambodia and Vietnam we were ready to relax a little bit in the beautiful Philippines. In April 2012 we met three awesome Filipino siblings in Italy, told them about our around the world trip and they told us that we should also come and visit them in the Philippines. So we thought “why not?” and a year later we found ourselves in Manila. :) First night out we got to meet Miguel and Frits and they took us out around town to a couple of places and meet their friends. We had to try their local Red Horse beer. A strong beer but very light in taste AND not very expensive. :) The next days Miguel left for Spain and we moved in to the Delgado family’s house. It was so nice to hang out there, especially after living in hotels for the past month. And this family is the best. I love them! Going out for dinner I got to try black paella and it was amazing. After dinner we went out to the small red light district in Makati. Where we got to see midget boxing. A weird experience.
Our last day Manila Frits and his friend Debbie took us out to see Manila city we couldn’t bring our cameras because someone would probably steal it from us, so we bought disposable underwater cameras. That was the only thing we could find. But those photos are still on a CD and my small Acer doesn’t have a CD reader thing. But Debbie took some photos with her phone.
LOVE YOU GUYS! After a few good days in Manila we left for the island Boracay. And it was beautiful there. The only thing we did there was relaxing and going out at Juice bar and Epic. I think those are pretty good places there. I am definitely going back to the Philippines! :)
Next stop, Australia. :)
Before getting to Halong Bay we had a stop over to the town of Hue. For me this town was not very exciting at all. Not much to see and do there but I managed to somehow have fun anyways. I always do! We also had a pretty nice bus ride up the mountains. Arriving Hue we went to eat lunch and then had a little walk to a market. We were supposed to go to the forbidden city, but for some reason we ended up taking a taxi back to the hotel. The next day we left this boring city for Halong Bay. After about 12 hours of train (this time a good train) and 4 hours of bumpy bus ride, we arrived Halong Bay, checked in to the hotel and drove down to the dock for our boat ride. After lunch we arrived to a place where we could do some kayaking. This was my first time and in the kayak with me was my dear friend Katie. We thought it was pretty boring at the beginning and we were gonna do it for 1 hour. But, after a little bit we decided to stop following the group and do our own thing. So we paddled to the sea gypsies, said hello to them and got a free beer. They also wanted us to get up on their house to see their fish farm, but we didn’t have the time for that since our group was waaaaaaaaay ahead of us. After the kayaking the boat took us to see a cave. And in the cave me and my friend Katie met our Philipino friends from the Kayaking. You see, we didn’t have much control over the kayak so we bumped into everything and everyone. This was a family that was sightseeing on a small boat which we crashed into. They just laughed about it and we started talking with them, so when we met them in the cave of course we had to take a photo with them. :) Back on the boat we celebrated beautiful Ana’s birthday with some wine. :)And of course the birthday girl had to have some cake for dessert :)) After Halong Bay we drove up to Hanoi which was my last stop in Vietnam. Me and my travel partner would leave the group here and move on to the Philippines. A little bit of sightseeing around the city…
We also got to try some really really cheap street food. It was very simple but tasted really good. A meal for less than five dollars. Happy times! :) And after dinner we needed to top it up with a 50 cent beer. Wonderful!The night was ended by going out partying. Fun night!
Thank you people for making my 20 days in Cambodia and Vietnam the best! Couldn’t have asked for a better group. My next stop was Manila, and even if it was going to be weird leaving 16 people and being just me and my friend, I was looking forward to get there and meet other friends. The reason of why we wanted to go to the Philippines in the first place. The wonderful Delgado family. :)
After having the worst night in my life on a night train, with cockroaches, stinky and cold room, we finally arrived the beautiful city Hoi An. After checking in to our room and eating lunch we started off with a nice river sightseeing
This man was insane. He was so happy, singing weird songs and laughing the whole time. And people got to try and ride his little boat with him. He’s in the river with the boat waiting for tourists to come so they can jump in with him. After the boat ride we took a walk around the city. And it was so beautiful there. Very cosy as well. There was tons of small houses, small shops, lanterns hanging and waiting for the night to come so they could be turned on. Hoi An at night was magical because of all of the lights around town, and the glowing bridge.
Day two in Hoi An was awesome! We had a bicycle ride to the rice fields were we got to try and ride a water buffalo. And after the ride we went to a beach. I love riding a bicycle through fields. Reminds me of my younger days when you played around as a kid in the summer. When I first saw this guy I actually thought it was just a statue for tourists. It was standing completely still and just staring straight at you. In the evening at dinner I got to try a disgusting thing. Guess what this is:It’s a duck embryo….
We finished off the night by going out and check out the party life of Hoi An. I was not impressed at all. But ended up having fun anyways. I found out that I was very good at foosball.
Love my new weird friends Tom and Jack. :)
Hoi An was beautiful and it’s definitely a place in Vietnam I could return to. Our next stop before getting to Halong Bay, Hue.