“The snow doesn’t give a soft white damn whom it touches.”

I enjoy snow a lot only these particular dates; December 23,24,25,26,31. I wish that the snow could just be perfect for the whole winter and when it is time for it to leave, it would melt and bring us flowers, birds, green grass and a beautiful warm sun.

But no. This is winters cruel sides

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This was on monday. Beautiful and perfect snow covering my hometown.

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This is from today. Snow melted, it was wet, cold, slippery on the roads. And this goes on and on for a whole winter.

Well, no more complaining today! My life is pretty great, I just miss the summer :)

Good night everyone :)

“One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.”

Last stop on a four month trip New York. I LOVE YOU and we WILL meet again. ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage
Back in Norway. I’ve had a blast traveling around the world. Done so many exciting things, met so many wonderful people and it is really hard now to start looking for a job and get serious. Wish somebody could hire me to do some work were you have to travel around a lot. 
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Las Vegas

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!!”.
ImageStayed 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. LV3 LV4LV5We 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. LV9
LV6LV7The 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. LIV8LV10Ended the night with one last party before going to bed, sleep off and head to San Francisco. LV2Thank you Vegas! I’ll see you again in the future! :)

Los Angeles

After flying for a total of 18 hours we finally made to L.A! ImageWe 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. :) ImageImageCorn dog. Yummy….ImageImageImageBeing 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. ImageImageImageImageWhen 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. :) ImageImageImageImageImageLove America! Everything is bigger here. :) ImageLast 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. :) ImageImageImageImageImageImageThank you Los Angeles for a wonderful time. Hope to see you again in the future :) 

Tokyo

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. ImageImageI 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. 
ImageWalking 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. ImageMade new friends in Tokyo as well. A lonely swedish boy we had to take care of and some fun american guys. :) ImageImageCrazy 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. ImageFood was in fact, disgusting. ImageImageThe guys in particular were loving the show. Tons of Japanese girls with small dresses and boobs that went up in their face. ImageImageImageImageRobots…ImageImageImageEnough 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. ImageImageMore sightseeing…ImageImageImageOf 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! ImageImageImageThank 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. :) 

Hong Kong

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. ImageDuring 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. ImageIt was raining. A lot. Hurray for poncho! They saved our cameras. ImageImageImageImageImageHK1ImageImageImageMy 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. ImageImageWe 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! :)

Bula bula!

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. IMG_3068 IMG_3070 IMG_3076This 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. IMG_3077 IMG_3078Our 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. :)  IMG_3080 IMG_3082 IMG_3083The 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. :) IMG_3084 IMG_3087 IMG_3088 IMG_3092The 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! IMG_3104On 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. IMG_3111 IMG_3114 IMG_3119 IMG_3123 IMG_3132Somebody 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. IMG_3148 IMG_3150 IMG_3152 IMG_3158On 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.IMG_3140IMG_3141IMG_3142IMG_3145IMG_3146IMG_3147 Our next and last stop in Fiji was Nabua. Nothing bad to say about that place either. I LOVE FIJI!!!
IMG_3170 IMG_3174 IMG_3182 IMG_3185The first night here we had super fun with staff. Got to drink tons of kava and had a little party together. IMG_3163 IMG_3168Last 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! Barnehage2 IMG_3190 IMG_3192 IMG_3198And then, goodbye Fiji. :( IMG_3211Fiji 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. :)

The land down under

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.IMG_2328
I get now why Emirates is the top airline company in the world.IMG_2330We stayed at a very nice backpacker hostel, do not remember the name right now though. Our roomies were super messy, but super-duper fun!IMG_2346 IMG_2364
Tree hugging ginger…
600957_10151454119589226_1709413967_nI 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.   943272_10151454114494226_92144599_nAfter 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! :)
IMG_2511 IMG_2512 IMG_2513Here 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!
IMG_2524IMG_2545IMG_2661 IMG_2687IMG_2668IMG_2698 IMG_2664IMG_2720 IMG_2738 IMG_2757 IMG_2766We 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.
IMG_2798LOVE ANIMALS IN AUSTRALIA! Well, Maybe not all of them, but at least these two! :)  IMG_2844 IMG_2857We 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. :)
IMG_2578 IMG_2597 IMG_2642 IMG_2626IMG_2550 IMG_2556Our 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. IMG_2993 IMG_3010601794_10151465697329226_342380696_nIMG_2944

Thank you very much Australia for tons of fun. Our next stop is wonderful Fiji.