croatia, Travel, Youtube


We couldn’t visit Dubrovnik, Croatia in the summer and not experience one of their sunsets. What a sight!


2017, croatia, Travel, Youtube


In which we brave 31 degrees celcius in the shade to wander the streets of Old Town Dubrovnik. There are so many incredible things to see in this city, including a LOT of Game of Thrones locations.


2017, Europe, Travel, Youtube


After months of planning the Englishman and I have finalized our Interrailing route for summer 2017. It will be an intense few weeks in 8 countries in Easter Europe!

Our route:

  • Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • (Kotor, Montenegro – maybe)
  • Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Split, Croatia
  • Zagreb, Croatia
  • Ljubliana, Slovenia
  • Vienna, Austria
  • Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Kraków, Poland.

We will of course see the sights and the cities, but along the way we plan to hit up some museums, visit Lake Bled, go sea kayaking, hiking and trying local food. We also want to go on a Danube river cruise, a self-guided Game Of Thrones tour and swimming in the Croatian Islands . Safe to say, we can’t wait!

Brazil, South America, Travel, Uncategorized

2 Weeks in Rio De Janeiro Videoblog

I recently spent two wonderful weeks living with my Brazilian friend Laura and her family in Rio De Janeiro. We spent some time sightseeing, a couple of days relaxing on beaches and I got to see what live in Rio is like, living like a  Carioca.



Travel Preparations: Vaccinations

Yesterday I went to my local GP and got vaccinated in preparation for my upcoming trip to Brazil in March. If you are going abroad it is always worth checking if you might need to get any travel vaccinations. This especially if you are going to certain countries in Africa, Central & South East Asia and Central & South America where getting immunised is recommended.

Some common vaccines against serious diseases are Hepatitis A/B, Yellow Fever and Typhoid, most of which will be given for free at the NHS (UK). The same goes for top up vaccines like Polio/Tetanus/Diphtheria as well. For information about vaccinations based on countries read more at

I have seen that some American bloggers say they don’t get the vaccines due to cost, but as most of the vaccines protect you for many years, I would argue that it’s better to invest in vaccines than get unlucky and contract a serious disease abroad and then have to pay insane hospital bills and transport bills. Getting vaccinated is definitely a valuable investment.

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Bucket List: 10 Places I Need To See Before I Die

Someone the other day asked me where I really want to go. What places I have to see at some point. The question got me thinking and after a little contemplating I think I’ve come up with a shortlist. It wasn’t easy, because there are so many places in the world I would like to see, but here are the 10 places that definitely makes it onto my bucket list.

  • Vietnam
    Vietnam has been on my radar for the past few years, but jumped up on the bucket list quite recently because I was browsing Contiki and read up on their Vietnam Experience. The trip has since then been in my head and I hope to go sooner rather than later!
  • Macchu Picchu, Peru
    Macchu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as one of the Seven New Wonders Of The World. I hope to walk the Macchu Picchu trek one day and take in the view, the ancient grounds and the long lost culture. I also want to visit the village of Cuzco and see Peru in general. Latin American  and Native American cultures fascinate me.
  • Hobbiton, New Zealand
    Now this one just calls to the inner fantasy nerd in me. New Zealand looks beautiful and good for an adventure, but mostly I want to go to learn how to dive and to see Hobbiton. I am a massive Lord Of the Rings and Tolkien fan and walking around in his world made tangible would be a dream come true.
  • The Great Wall of China
    Another of the Seven New Wonders Of The World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site is the Great Wall of China. Though a lot of the wall has disappeared over the years there are still man many miles left that are open to explore. This architectural and cultural giant is definitely on my to-see, or in this case, to-walk list!
  • Chichen  Itza, Mexico
    Chichen Itza is an old Mayan city, possible the oldest, and in it there are plenty of Mayan temples, pyramids and history. I would love to visit them and take in some Mayan history which in my opinion, together with the Incas and the Aztecs, have some of the most interesting histories in the world. Chichen Itza is one of the Seven New Wonders Of The World.
  • The Forbidden City, Beijing, China.
    Another bucket list place is the Forbidden City in Beijing. The Forbidden City was an imperial palace during the Ming Dynasty and now houses the palace museums, with countless artifacts from different emperors.
  • Dubronvik, Croatia
    Dubrovnik is the now famous location of King’s Landing in Game of Thrones, but it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site full of history and gorgeous architecture. I have to admit that Dubrovnik first showed up on my radar because of GoT, but after some research I think I’d love to visit it just because it looks so beautiful!
  • Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
    Egypt is one of the countries I really really want to visit in general and while I am there I would have to see the Pyramids of Giza and go on a tour or two to learn more about Egyptian history and culture. A river cruise on the Nile doesn’t sound too bad either 😉 The Pyramids of Giza are the oldest of the Seven New Wonders Of The World.
  • Marrakech, Morocco
    Another African country that I want to visit is Morocco and when I started to think about where I wanted to go Marrakech came to mind. In my post about my holiday in Tunisia I mentioned visiting the Berber town and loving it and Marrakech is a major city built on Berber traditions. I can’t wait to walk through the Medina (town market), smelling the spices, taking in the colours and getting aquatinted with yet another culture.
  • New York, USA
    Iconic New York also made it onto the list, mostly because it is one of the American cities I would like to visit the most. It doesn’t rank high up on the list, but it does make it because I would love to visit America. The fact that New York is full of tourist attractions also helps.

I have chosen a range of places where some are very likely  I will see and others are less likely, because I would love to cross some things off the list eventually. I don’t believe in just giving myself near-impossible goals and chose some that aren’t that impossible at all. From a travel point of view these are all possible, but it is going to take time and money to make it happen. Which places make it onto your top 10? 🙂

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Europe, Italy, Travel

Exploring Northern Italy – Tuscany, Assisi and Venice

With our base in Florence for 10 days we took the opportunity to explore other cities in Tuscany as well as Venice and Assisi. This seemed to work well as it allowed us to have a steady base, but also see so much of the nature in lovely Northern Italy as we crossed back and forth by train 🙂


It wasn’t our first day trip, but it was certainly the most emotional one so this gets go first. We got there by train and local bus, but while we were there we saw quite a few tour buses so it shouldn’t be difficult to find a company doing trips there. Assisi is a tiny village in the Umbria region in Northern Italy. It is famous for being the birth place of Saint Francis of Assis as well as several other religious figures. For such a tiny village, it sure has a lot of churches (notably Church of San Pietro for examples) , and for this reason as well as visitors being able to visit the tomb of St.Francis it has become a place of pilgrimage.

Must Do: Walk to the very top of the village, next to a fortress of sorts, and take in the view. It is breathtaking.

It is a beautiful little village, quiet and traditional, despite the occasional souvenir shop. Or maybe not souvenir shops, but more like shops for religious mementos and figures. It was very clear that though small, it has been, and still is a religious centre. This said, I have never considered myself particularly religious, always believing in “something” but never God as we know him. A higher power yes, a man who created all of earth, no. I still had one of the most emotional experiences of my life when I entered the Holy site of St. Francis tomb. Laura and I  walked into the round room and sat down, a little way apart from each other. It was quiet and I thought of my late Grandfather and sent some thoughts his way. I sent some thoughts to my friends and family. And then I looked at the tomb and started crying. Not hysterically, and not audibly, but tears were running at a steady pace down my face and I felt so much grief. Overwhelming grief. Like the entire room contained the grief of centuries of people mourning the loss of the patron saint of Italy.  I won’t go into it more than that, but I will say this : I walked out of the room and out of the church and felt lighter than I had in years. That silent church room felt peaceful and safe and the emotional release that happened in it stayed with me for a long time.

Monterosso – Cinque Terre Coast

We were only going to go to the beach one day to relax a little by recommendation of Nadine (our host at the B&B) but once we got there we decided to go back for another day. Who knew that such a tropical looking and feeling beach could be found so far north?  Monterosso al mare is the biggest of the five villages that make up the Cinque Terre coastline. Now, we had spent so much time exploring other cities that when we got to Monterosso we spotted the beach and decided to just stay there. It didn’t help that it was very very warm for the season and lying straight out soaking up some sun seemed like the best plan of action. We enjoyed it immensely, despite me getting a severe sunburn on my legs after going for a dip, and I know I want to go back there and see more.  Only this year the Cinque Terre coast line and the villages along it have become the “it” place to be and now everyone who is anyone have explored the five villages and my Instagram timeline is all Italy. It has become evident that we missed out on some spectacular views, but that just means I have an excuse to go back. As if I need an excuse 😛


One of the cities we really were looking forward to visit was World Heritage Site Venice. The city that is not a city exactly, but rather hundreds of little islands that all together make up the rocky foundation of a city. Gondolas, the architecture, the picturesque river “streets”, it all came together and offered a wholly romantic experience. I didn’t question the honeymoon destination stamp for a minute, because everything screamed romanticised nostalgia and historical grandeur. It was gorgous, but quiet, if one walked out of the steam of tourist (the Norwegian herring in a bucket metaphor has never been more appropriate).

It also felt like a ghost city. We took a wrong turn on purpose and ended up in no mans land. Only old buildings and quiet waters. No life in the windows and no life in the streets. The historical grandeur was still present, but it became aerie. The emptiness of the vast city compared to what it must have been like was loud and intrusive, but an experience in itself. Venice was an odd mix of bustling tourism and absolute silence, but it was all together beautiful.

Lucca and Bologna

The other two cities we visited were Lucca and Bologna. Lucca is known in particular for the historical Renaissance city walls. We spent hours walking the pedestrian paths on the wall and enjoying the view of the architecture. When lunch time rolled around we had followed the maps to the Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, a square that used to be an old amphitheater, but is a shopping and food centre today. We sat down at a café and spent time people watching, soaking up the smells and the sounds and the rapid Italian flying around all around the square.

Must Visit Tip : Piazza dell’Anfiteatro is a wonderful square full of life and colour, cafés, restaurants and souvenir shops if you go looking for postcards.

Bologna is another historical city, but this one is arguably most known for the use of arches in the architecture. Bologna is also the place of origin of Bolognese, but arguably not the Dolmio kind, as when we had some bolognese in Bologna it tasted heavenly. The food we ate in Bologna was as Italian as it gets and there were so so many places to choose from. If you prefer a menu in English some restaurants do offer that, but often restaurants that cater to locals more than tourists are cheaper so take that into consideration!

Our 12 days in Rome, Florence and Tuscany were some of the best days of my life and we couldn’t have asked for better weather or better hosts. Impressions for a lifetime, but just a taster of what Italy has to offer.  I can’t wait to go back one day, hopefully not too far in the future. Xxx