Coming back from Atenango, I felt ready for newadventures and decided to head for San Pedro, located at the lake Atitlan. Gettingtherewasprettysmoothcompared to theothershuttle ridesI'vehad, as it onlytookabound 3 hours. Whenwestarted to drive downtheswingingroadstowardsthe lake wewasstruck by thebeautiful lake unfolding in front ofus, in-betweenthe tall volcanicmountains.

The suttle dropped us of in the middle of the main street and we headed for our hostel, Hostal Fe. The lake side is lined with some cozy cafes and restaurants, as well as a little streetfood selection of puposas and tacos. Right up the street there is a market every morning where you can get fresh fruit, vegetables and secondhand clothing.

The vibe in the town is great, with lots of travelers working in the hostels. During the day there is various things o do. We mostly relaxed and hung out in the hammocks to unwind after our hike. From town, you can do a daytrip to San Marcos(the hippie town) or any of the other cities surrounding the lake. There is also various hiking trails in-between the cities. Not all of them are safe though, and there has been recordings of several robberies on the routes. However you should just ask the locals, and there is also hiking trips over several days, offered.

There is main two popular hostels in the town, Hostal Fe and Mr. Mullet's. San Pedro is famous for being the party town around the lake, and as it's pretty small, we quickly realized how the nights went about there. We started off at our hostel, before we went to Mr. Mullets and ended the night at Sublime, before maybe heading back to the hostel again. As the music in the clubs shuts off at 11pm and the club itself closes at 12pm, the partying starts early here.

Even though Lake Atitlan is colder then the average places in Central America, it's definitely worth a visit. San Pedro captures you, and i know me and my travel companions are not the first group who needed several attempts to leave the little town, before succeeding.

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When I left Norway El Salvador was not on my list, considering the reputation of this little country is rather frightening for someone from outside Central America (or is that just me?). When I met other travellers however, it became clear that this country is highly underrated and worth a visit.

With two wonderful girls from Finland I started out from San Pedro, Lake Atitlan in a shuttle that would bring us all the way to El Tunco for 175 GTQ. After 3 hours we got to Antigua where we changed shuttle, after another 6 hours more we arrived. El Tunco is really small, but acutally has a lot of hostels. After checking out a couple of places, we ended up staying at Miramar for 8 dollars per night inc. aircon, a good deal concidering other places only offered a fan for this price. Still, you will be able to find a couple of cheaper alternatives if you're willing to settle for a fan. But, the beautiful view(picutred above) and access to the beach won us over, and in the end I stayed 4 nights in this little paradise.

If you go to El Tunco is for one of two reasons, surfing and the weekend partying. We came for both. As none of us had ever surfed before we were clueless to what we were getting into. A nice El Savadorian guy, Julian, who spends his weekends at the hostel hanging out with his family who own the place, offered to teach us for free and before we knew it, we were out in the whitewater. After two days in the whitewater, we went for the real waves, and I can honestly say I'm hooked. Leaving this place, I'm already planning my surfing in Nicaragua.

So the traditional dish of El Salvador is Pupusas, if you've been around in Belize and Guatemala or other Central American countries, chances are, you've already tried it. It's a corn/rice based cake that they fill with a variation of stuffing, the traditional being beanpaste and cheese. Then they fry it, before you top it with a cabbage salad and tomato sauce. We basically lived off of pupusas in El Tunco, as it was the cheapest option. You can get up to 3 pupusas for 1 USD!

If you take the bus to the next town, La Libertad, and check out the pier you'll be able to buy all sorts of fish and seafood, we took the opportunity to try out Ceviche, fish, clam and shrimp "cooked" in lime and vinegar. Definitely something I recommend, and I'll try to make it myself some time. Sounds sketchy but it was really delicious.

All in all, the days in El Tunco was relaxing. Spent on vulcanic sand beaches with beautiful sunsets, surf and pupusas. Definitely a place not to miss out on!

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So this weekend I did something I never in my wildest dreams could imagine me doing. I climbed a vulcano, all the way to the top, 3976 meters above sea level. It was hard, it was painful and it was amazing. Here is a little summary of my experience climbing Acatenango.

Acatenango is one of many vulcanos, located in the area around Antigua and has a great view to, among others, the active vulcano Fuego. I'd met people in my trip who told me about their incredible experience hiking the vulcano and eventually decided to do the hike myself.

The pick-up at out hostel was scheduled at 9, but as everything else in central America, as a bit late. When we finally was on our way, we where a group of 12, with two guides. Despite the fact that they both only spoke Spanish, they were great support and amazing guides(Thanks to the German girl being the translator for the 30 hours of our trip).

The view of the vulcano Agua was beautiful from the camp.

We started off at the base camp at 1200 meter hight and even though I didn't keep track of the time, I was told we used about 5-6 hours, including 3 "longer" stops, up to our camp for the night. The camping area had a beautiful view over Fuego and as the sky changed from blue to shades of pink and orange and the night came, Fuego started its show. Sitting around the bonfire with good company and eruptions happening every now and then, was just magical.

We went to bed early and tried to keep warm in our sleepingbags, the tents, bags and maths provided by the tourcompany was decent for one night's, and after a night of uneven sleep and vulcano eruptions in the backround(not complaining!), We where woken up at 4 am, and short after started our last climb, oy in light of the moon and a couple of headlights, to the very top of Acatenango. At this point I was struggling, the ground lose and slippery, muscles tired, every step forward felt like two steps backwards. After a uphill hike that felt like it lasted forever, but actually lasted about 1,5-2 hours, and with wind so strong at times, that I lost my balance on every step I took, we were finally at the top. Fuego decided to great us with a orange firework, beautifully in harmony with the sunrise happening at the moment

Beeing at the top, no matter how amazing it was, was also super windy and cold, and after a short time we were all shaking like leafes, and decided to run down again. I promise the hike down to the camp was way more fun than the klimb, and with a tour guide at 62, jogging in front saying "vamos, vamos", we where all entertained and impressed by the shape of this man.

Before backing up and heading back down, we all enjoyed breakfast, with breathtaking view around the bonfire. The descend took about 2 hours, believe it or not. I have to say it was a mental and physical challenge for me, but I'm proud and happy that I made it. If you're ever in the area, please don't miss this unique and amazing experience!

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I went from Bacalar in Mexico in the morning and my final destination for the day was the island Caye Caulker in Belize. I'd heard lots of different experience from the borders crossing from Mexico. Most of them about the tourist tax that people had to pay, 500Mpesos, and how it was impossible to get around it. I didn't really understand how that tax worked and who who had to pay it, therefore I decided to write about it so that other people in the same position as me hopefully will be able to find some information about it.

Crossing the border from Yucatan went without any trouble. From Bacalar you have two main options; the more pricey, taking the Ado straight from Bacalar to Belize city, or the more affordable one, taking a collectivo to Chetumal and the belizian chicken buses from the square close to the market. The prices doesn't really vary that much, it mostly depends on what you're in the mood for, the easy way or the adventureuse way that might take a little bit longer. I went for the last mentioned and together with two travel companions, ended up being the only tourists on the bus.

So to the boarder crossing. It's actually really simple, if you arrived Mexico by flight, you most likely paied a tourist tax, and if you have been in Mexico less than 7 days you're not supposed to pay when you leave the country. For this to work out you need to bring a print-out of the recite from your plain ticket, where the tourist tax is stated. Then you're not supposed to pay anything for leaving Mexico. In any other case, you will have to pay 500 pesos when leaving.

With that said, Mexico was amazing and I'll be back!

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In november I started off on my second solotravel adventure, and my destination was Brussels. I decided to go just a couple of days in advance as I was headed for Paris on a oneway ticket and though, why not Brussels?

I headed there on flixbus, and payed about 28 euros for the 4 hour drive there. If you haven't tried Flixbus yet, I can definitly recommend it. It's afortable and they have electric outlets and WiFi. What more can a girl ask for?

So here is a little summary of what i did on my 2 days in Brussels. Hope you find it helpful.


Accommodation and getting around:

Eventhough Brussels is a pretty small city it has lots of hostels and hotels to choose from. I ended up choosing one cheaper option and staied in Meininger Hostel, about 10 min walk from the Grand square. Some locals told me that its not the nicest are to stay in in Brussels, but the hostel was brand new, clean and the staff was helpfull. This hostel is also the biggest one I've ever staid in and as a solotraveler there was no problem meeting cool people in the same situation as you, to hang out with.

As for the location it's pretty easy to get around and there is a metro station close by, for when you need to get to the train station with luggage. Other than that there is honestly no need for metro in this city.

The Grad square at night, definitly worth a vist on your way back from beers or a late dinner. Its beautifuly lit up.

How to see the city:

Go for a free walking tour. I can't tell you how much I recommend this. Its a pretty common offer in European cities. The guides mainly make their money of off tips from the participants, so make sure you have a little bit of cash at hand, like about 10 euros. In aproximately 3 hours you get to see and hear so much about Brussels. There was so much stuff i didn't know. This tour let you see a little bit of almost everything and hear about the stuff that they don't show you, therefor it can be smart to do this tour as early on in your stay as possible. That way you know what you want to see the next day.

The tours depart twice a day from the main squere at 10.30 and 14.00.

Manneken Pis:

One thing is for sure, you can't go to Brussels without seeing the famous Manneken Pis, the first statue was put up in1918/19. There is many stories about the little peeing baby boy. What i found funny is that is on certain ocsations Manneken will pee beer and people can come by to fill their glasses. The statue is also said to have several hundred costumes that the dress him in. There is also a peing girl statue(1987)(and a peeing dog(1998)), just for equalities sake. You can find them in Rue des Charteux and Rue du Vieux-Marche.

Comics:

Belgium is the second biggest country in the world when it comes to comics, with Japan on second, at least acording to my tourguide. You can see some pretty cool graffity of comics on the walls as you walk the streets in Brussels.

The European Parlament:

So Brussels houses the most of the European Unions organizarion. So a short walk from the main city centre you'll be able to check out the buildings housing EU, and you can walk trough a pretty park on your way there.


The Royal castle is a must to check out while you're there! Did you know that the royal family actually dont live there, but only use it for special occations? They rather live in a big house outside the capital.

Eat and drink:

Didn't do too much eating, but I would definetly recommend Peck 47. I went there for breakfast, and they have the best sandwitches, soups and smootheis. They also seemed to have some really cool lunch and dinner menues what I would've defenitly tried out if i had stayed there longer.

For drinks I have to admit I mainly tried out the beers there. It's a good activity to do after you've done the walking tour. We headed to a place called Moeder Lambic Original. It had a calm and chill vibe with knowlidgable bartenders, and I really enjoyed it. It's definitly a place to try out if you want to learn some more about Brussels beers! Afterwards we headed to Delirium Cafe which is another must for beer-loving travelers in Brussels. The three floors all have different beers and vibes which makes it easy to find your thing.

Another think i couldnt live brussels without trying was some belgian chocolate, there is plenty of places to choose from. I decided on a belgian hot chocolate as i was there in the fall, and after walking around in the chilly streets that seemd like a good idea, which it turned out to be. nothing better than melted delicious chocolate and warm milk.

If you have more then two days in Brussels i highly recommend doing a daytrip to one of the cities close by, like Gent or Brugge and try to make a walking tour there too. I went to Brugge and really liked the charming little town.

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So this summer I visited Cinque Terre as a part of my backpacking trip through Italy and France. I completely fell in love with the cities and I still need to visit the biggest one Monterosse del Mare. So even though it was my first time visiting the are, it certainly wasn't my last! Here are a couple of introducing tips to spike your interest, as well as some pictures I took while visiting. If they don't convince you, I don't know what can.

RIOMAGGIORE

It is pretty hard to get a reservation for the harbour restaurants, BUT as low budget travellers its an even better idea to buy some delicious ham, cheese olives and local wine and sit by the seaside, look up on the beautiful city lit up in the dark and listen to the waves. Can you think of any other setting suited for great conversations?

MANAROLA

Manarola is the next town you get to when you take the trainline which takes about 5min, and of course you can hike there from one of the cities lying on each side of it, Riomaggiore and Corniglia. It's is a famous picturesque place and you've probably seen pictures of it.

CORNIGLIA

Corniglia is the only one of the 5 cities that don't lie directly by the water. I reach the city you have to walk up some stairs, about 30 minutes of walk, or you can take the bus that goes continuously from the train station to the city. It's small, but beautiful and totally worth seeing even though you have to go to some of the other cities to have a proper swim.

VERNAZZA

So a couple of last advices I would give after being there myself is that you should definitely spend the night in one of these cities as the whole mood of the place changes. From the busy, crowdy and touristy streets during the day, the pace changes and becomes calm and magical during the night. It might be a bit more expensive then staying in ex. La Spezia, but its totally worth it!

You should have at least two nights there if you want to do a hike and also see all the towns. You can buy a daypass for the trains and take them as much as you want to during that day, which makes it fully possible to see all the cities in one day, which we did. If we didn't have to be in France by the evening we would totally have stayed longer and done one or two of the different hiking trails, and staid in several different towns. Some of the trails might be closed off due to landslides, but there is usually always a trail to pick.

You should also look into the boatrides, you can rent canoes and also be transported by boat from a city to another, and I can only imagine how beautiful it must be to arrive from the sea and see all the beautiful pastel covered houses lying there in the mountainside.

PS. We stayed in Riomaggiore and absolutely loved it. I would say its my favourite town, but this might change with further visits.


Let me know if this spiked your interest!


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So this summer my best friend and me decided to backpack through Italy. The decision was pretty spontaneous, and we didn't do too much research before hand. But we had an amazing time and fell in love with Italy's culture and beauty. Everything is in a different pace then back home in Norway, Italians seems like true enjoyers of life, and they are so kind and warm. Through this post i want to share our travel route and some pictuers from the beautiful country. I hope you'll find it inspiaring!

HOW TO GET AROUND

So first of all, getting around in Italy proved to be way simpler then we had expected. They have really good train connections that ran often, are affordable and where the trains are in pretty good conditions. You'll have a lot of options on what train to take, and we always just checked the day before and went there 30 min before our train departure to purchase the tickets at the station.

Other options are Flixbus which is pretty affordable if you book 24 hours before departure, and a plus for the bus is that they have electrical outlets AND Wi-Fi! I would especially recommendflixbus if you plan to go from, ex. Genoa to Nice as its more affordable. Just make sure to be there a bit before, as its not always that easy to figure out where the bus stop is. Still, really recommend it for the distance between Genoa and Nice as the trains somehow were a bit more expensive on this distance.

VENICE

So we did three days in Venice. I would definitelyrecommend you to be out in good time to find an accommodation here. We planned everything pretty last minute and ended up settling for a camping area outside the city. It worked out pretty well as there was buses running all the time and not more then 10-15 min away, but for another time we would definitely go for something in the city itself.


You should buy a travel pass for the wather taxi, for the amount of time youre staying there. It is excpensive, but it gets you around quicker, and youll be able to see more. There is some beautiful Islands a short boatride outside Venice center, among them are Burano, Mura and Lido. Definitly worth checking out. Lido even has a beach if you feel like having a day away from the city.

BOLOGNA

We just spent a couple of hours in Bologna before we took the train to Florence. We found that to be enough at that time considering Bologna is a student city, Iwould love to go back during the semester to see it full of life:) We still got to walk the streets and see some beautiful buildings on our time there.

FLORENCE

Florence was one of my absolute favourite cities that we passed through. Every street is full of beauty, there is so much fascinating history and art here, cute restaurants and vibrant nightlife. Not to mention the city lies in the wine district Tuscany. We spent three days in the city, but would've loved to stay longer. 

Do a walking tour or try to meet some locals that can give you some intell about the amazing history of the city! And definitly see it from above!

PISA

Pisa was pretty cool to see, but there is not that much more to see. its a cute town, but pretty touristy. We arrived early and chilled on the lawn while we watched more and more tourists arrive. Afterwards we had lunch before we headed to Lucca.

LUCCA

Lucca is a cute little town with really well preserved medieval architecture, if you go there irecommend you to rent a bike and use it to see the city. Its small, so we only stayed for one night, but its really worth the trip if you're in the area!

CINQUE TERRE

We ended our trip in Italy with the 5 cities on Cinque Terre before we headed of to France. Cinque Terre consisted of 5 cities, that are all really close together, and it takes from 5-10 minutes with the train in-between them. There are also several hiking trails that visitors can chose to take in-between two or several of the cities. Characteristic for all the towns are the colourful houses and the mountain and seaside. If you choose to go here, i would really recommend you to stay in one of the towns. Then you'll be able to see it trough different hours of the day, and not just during the touristic hours of the day. We only had a day here, before we had to meet up with a friend in France, but i would really recommend two.

From Cinque Terre you could continue of to, by example Positano and Genoa if you have more time than we had. Or you can head in to france to explore another country, with amazingly beautiful nature!

All in all Italy, once again, blew me away with its beauty and culture, and i hope to go back there to explore more, and ill happily go back to Cinque Terre, Florence and Venice, the highlights on the trip for me.

Please let me know if you have any questions, or if this was helpful for you!


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So in October I had some time to spare and decided to head for Portugals south coast. For mainly two reasons, I wanted to go somewhere warmer and not to far away as I had to be in Paris by the need of the month. Portugal also ended up being my first solo traveler adventure, and it wouldnt have been better!

And, who can say no to Portugals beautiful cliffs?

In this post ill share my travel route in Algarve with you, along with some snaps i took while there. Hope it spikes your interest for Portugal!

GETTING AROUND

First of all, it is super easy to travel in-between the cities in the area. There is busses departing several times a day, and the ticket is right under 5 euros. If you're more adventurous it it is also pretty easy to hitchhike here.

FARO

I started my trip in Faro, where I arrived pretty late. Getting to the airport is pretty easy, a bus for a couple of Euros goes several times an hour. As Itraveled low season the streets where pretty empty, but it's a charming little city, and iI guess that later in the fall there is more life there, as it's a pretty big university right outside the city. The hostel was filled with surfers and other backpackers and my impression is that Faro is a first or last stop for people, either they fly in or out or head to Spain from there.

I stayed in Faro for two nights, did a bike ride to a mountain called San Miguel, some 15 km away. Such a tough ride, but it was amazing to bike past all the different fields with fruits. I find it so fascinating to see trees full of pomegranate and oranges as we don't have that kind of stuff in Norway. I also did my first solo couchsurf in Faro, and enjoyed the most beautiful sunset from their rooftop, drank some Port Wine and had great conversations about how life in Portugal is.

ALBUFEIRA

From Faro Itook the bus to Albufeira. This town is completely different and pretty touristy. I imagine that during the winter there is not a lot of people left here, as I seemed like they mainly maid a living of Tourism here. Never the less the town is super cute, with lots of white buildings, small streets and a huge beach. You can also make a day or two out of walking along the coast from beach to beach,see the amazing cliffs and finish off with an amazing sunset, if your lucky. When I finally reached San Rafael I was just in time to catch the sunset. With almost no other people around it was a really beautiful experience.

LAGOS

In Lagos I stayed at a super small hostel(8 beds), the owner claimed they are the smallest hostel in Europe. No matter what we ended up becoming a good gang on the hostel. What I learned on this trip is how easy it is to meet new people. Even though I started out alone I needed up having a travel companion for most of the trip, and didn't spend much time alone. I spent a total of 4 days in Lagos and I loved it. Once again it was low season, so when we went out we where pretty much alone and got to have the pool tables to ourself. I can also recommend the burrito place there, it's amazing! You can walk along a cliff path between the beaches here, and they are unique. Sitting on the edge of the cliffs there, looking into the clear blue water, such a liberating and thrilling feeling. If you're lucky you'll find a cave on your routeas well. Unfortunately the water was too rough to do a cave tour when I visited, but I would definitely do it another time. I really want to go back to Lagos or the area around to learn surfing. Just another point on my bucket list.

Let's just say I had an amazing firstexperience as a solo traveler and there is lots and lots of more adventures to come. I've been traveling pretty much non stop since May, so I intend to update you with some of my adventures and experiences. Both thoseI've had, and the once to come. Hope you want to follow!

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So I've spent about a week on board of Nordkapp and I'm really liking it here. Since I've gotten used to the rutines it's not that exhausting anymore and the weather and sea has been good to us. Yesterday we had one hour of when we docked in Brønnøysund and we took the opportunity to use the crew bikes and look around in the small town and of course eat ice cream by the sea.

Fresh air and wind in my hear really did good, as we mostly spend our days inside on board. We're currently at sea somewhere between Trondheim and Bergen. Tomorrow we'll turn around in Bergen and go up north again. Now I'll just relax in my cabin with some music before my next shift in the restaurant start.


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I'm back at sea on one of the ships that sails along the coast of Norway, this time I'm spending 19 days on Nordkapp. I've only been here for a couple of days, but I think the crew is awesome and it's nice to get back in to the rutines, eventhough it's long days here.

Today I got the greatest of news! I'm most likely going back to Korea in not too long. I'll share more about it at another time, but here is some pictuers from my last trip there, this summer. The hotel we stayed at in Busan had this big window overlooking the famous Haeundae beach. And when my roommate left for a walk before dinner, what's more sensible than to rigg the room for a little shoot?

This was my second time in Busan, but both times visiting I only stayed for a day or so. I would deffinitly go back there to do some more exploring!

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