The World Is A Gift

I love traveling and seeing different places, experiencing different cultures and surroundings and meeting different people with different ways of seeing things. I've been very lucky to have a family who shares the love of traveling.

Me and my dad are having a traveling competition. Who ever reaches the most amount of countries in our lives wins! haha. I've been to 18 countries in 18 years and he's been to probably over 65 countries in 50 years. I've got some catching up to do ...

So ... In this category "Traveling the World" I will share my experiences in different countries with you. I will write something about every country but I can't give you any details since it's hard to remember everything and since I just started this blog so this is the first time that I will have the opportunity to write about it. Unfortunately I haven't got pictures of all places.

Let's start from the beginning

Denmark

Most Swedes say that it Denmark doesn't count as overseas since it takes an hour from the city I live in to get to Denmark. But it's still a different country! I can't even count all the times that I've been to Denmark. I go there several times a year. Normally to Copenhagen or Helsingör.

Helsingör is a small city with cozy shopping streets and they have the best hot chocolate! I actually went there with my friend yesterday to see the christmas markets and drink hot chocolate!

When i was 16, me and my friends used to go over to Helsingör to by alcohol and to go to the night clubs since the age limit is 16 over there instead of 18. Haha, cheeky wasn't it? ^^

Copenhagen is the capital and it's a beautiful city! Me and my family have a tradition for my birthday which is to go to the Copenhagen amusement park called Tivoli. I've had a lot of fun there!

Last time I went to Copenhagen was about a month ago for John Mayer's Paradise Valley tour! It was amazing! :D

Australia

When I was 2 years old, my family moved to Australia and lived there for a little more than a year. Since then we've been back every second year. So I've been there quite a few times!

I've got a really big family in Down Under and we want to visit them as much as possible! My plan is to move to Sydney in 2015.

Australia is a beautiful country with so many things to see. The wildlife, the outback, Sydney!

When I was little I used to love going to the National Parks to feed all the kangaroos and koalas. I remember one incident when me and my family parked our caravan in a national park and my dad took me out to see the guana. It's huge lizard that's really dangerous but still me and my dad insisted in following it. haha.

Now, one of my favorite places when it comes to nature, is a place called Kelly's Falls in Sydney. It's a beautiful forrest with a really great view near a waterfall. If you're lucky you'll see lizards and platypuses there!

At Circular Key in Sydney they usually have street musicians, mostly aboriginals playing on digeridoos. And if you want to see the hookers and drunk people, go to Kings Cross. AND Kings Cross has the best pie shop! :D

The only time I "surf" (At least I try to surf) is when i go to Australia. We've got the best waves in Oz!

We celebrated Christmas and new year in Sydney last year and Sydney has the most beautiful fireworks!

But the best thing about going to Australia is seeing my beautiful family. Xx

Here's a link to a movie I made from our last trip home to Sydney: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftw-uR4iT4M

Thailand

Thailand is normally our stop when we travel to Australia. We normally stay there for a couple of weeks. Last time I went there was in 2011.

Thailand is a good meeting point with our family in Australia. So almost everytime we go there we meet someone from my family. It's a really nice place to have a vacation together.

The thai people absolutely adores little children so I used to be very popular there when I was little. I remember me helping the hotel staff in the restaurant, serving food just because they thought I was so cute. So while my family went to the beach, I was in the restaurant. But they don't quite adore me as much anymore... haha.

We normally ride elephants when we go there and last time me and my cousin got to ride bareback on the elephants and we jumped in the water with them! It was so cool now that I think back on it but in the moment we were freaking out and screaming our heads off!

Apart from the kind people, warm weather and beautiful beaches, Thailand has got the best food! Except one time when I got food poisoned ... I was laying in the too warm bungalow room for two days throwing up that stupid pineapple rice ... It took me a while to like thai food again after that. At least we had a good while I was eating it. We were sitting on the beach watching men do tricks with fire. It was cool!


Belgium

When I was 7 years old my dad took me on his working trip to Belgium. It was only me and him and we spent 2 days in Belgium. We spent most of the time on the ship that my dad was working on but we spent some time in the city one evening too. I remember that I ate a disgusting spaghetti Bolognese... It had carrots in it and I didn't like it. And i remember getting really excited when I heard that they were serving pancakes for lunch on the ship but when they served it I realized that the pancakes were stuffed with something disgusting. Why do I only remember the bad food from that trip? 😱

I can't tell you much about that trip unfortunately. BUT what I do remember is that I through up at the airport on our way back home. That's a good memory.

Spain

I've been to Spain twice. I think I was about 10 years old the first time and maybe 12 the second time. We spent a lot of time looking for a hotel to stay at since we hadn't booked the hotel yet. So we were driving around for ages until we finally found a really chabby hotel to stay the night at but we left again as soon as we woke up and found another really nice place. We ended up going back to the same hotel both trips.

We walked up the Gibraltar mountain and saw the little monkeys on the top of the mountain. Gibraltar is an english colony in Spain and it's really beautiful.

I remember that my dad wanted me to practice my spanish since I was learning spanish at school at the time. He wanted me to order the food in spanish but I sucked.

Portugal

When I was about 9 years old we traveled to Portugal and spent a week in Lisbon. I don't really remember a lot from this trip more then that it was terribly cold since we were expecting warm weather and had summer clothes in our luggage. And I remember staying at a really cool apartment and buying the most comfortable socks that I had up until a year ago!

That's about it from my memory :S

France

When I was about 12 or 13, we spent a beautiful spring weekend in Paris. We had a great weekend eating snails and frog legs ... No, just kidding. No snails! But we did climb up the Eiffel tower and saw the beautiful view from up there! We also saw the Louvre :-)

Paris really is a beautiful city. And the city was surrounded by creepy street performers dressed as clowns and mimers :S I remember a clown kissing my hand because he wanted money. It was fun though 😄

Italy

Autumn 2010, we spent a few days in Milano. We went to see a football game at the huge football arena San Siro. It was so cool! There was about 80 000 people in the crowd and I was enjoying watching the crowd more than the game!

Me and my mum also spent a day on the shopping street. We spent 6 hours shopping that day!

We also had some good Italian pasta and pizza! Can't miss that!

Greece

Summer 2009 we spent a week in Greece. We had two days in Athens. It was a really hot day when we went up to see the Acropolis. But it was really cool!

Then we took the boat over to one of the little islands called Agistri. It was a very peaceful and nice place. Beautiful surroundings. Clear blue water and nice beaches. We rented two mopeds that we drove around the island with. I remember feeling so excited that my parents let me drive it.

Every night we ordered a greek salad with feta cheese and white bred with olive oil and salt. I was addicted!



Morocco

Christmas 2010 we spent a week in Morocco. It was very different from the other places I had been to. I had to cover my legs and arms since they were muslims and not very used to tourists in the little village we went to called Taghazout (Don't know the spelling of that).

We stayed at a really nice place near the beach which was the only place I could wear a bikini. We got there the only rainy week they had in the whole entire year. They told us that it hadn't rained for ages and of course it had to rain the only week we were there! But we still had a good time.

Me and my brother got to ride a camel. We also got a favorite restaurant that we ate at every night and we always got free pancakes for desert.

We went to visit the souks which is a special market with different herbs, jewelry and fabrics. We got to go in a little wooden boat to get to the souks.


Dubai

In 2012 we spent a week in Dubai. It was one of the coolest places I've been to!

It's a really modern country built in the middle of the dessert! The women walked around in full coverage in 35 degrees!

We spent almost everyday on the beach or on the hotel sealing deck. We went to a huge super mall that contained a room with fake snow were you could go skiing.

We went a whole day out in the dessert. We drove a four wheel drive through the dessert and the driver was insane and we all thought that we were going to die! They took us to a nomad camp where we got to see how a nomad camp looked like. We got to eat arabic food and watch belly dancers and other acts.

England

I've been to London twice in my life. The first time I was only 3 and me and my mum went to visit my cousins.

But last year (2012) we spent a weekend in London for my birthday.

We spent a whole day on Oxford street shopping and eating! We also went to the Madame Tussauds. We saw all the famous wax dolls which was pretty cool.

But the best night of all was when we saw Slash live! It was actually my first concert ever and I was so excited when Slash played the old Guns n Roses songs!


Iceland

Iceland was one of the coolest countries I've been to! The whole island is built out solidified lava from volcanos.

We spent a few days in the capital, Reykjavik. It's a really small little city. It almost looks like a lego city cause it's got really small and colorful houses.

We spent one day to see the beautiful nature in the snow. We drove up to see the geyser which is a "whole" in the ground and it splashed up water from it. It's got the same effect as the volcanos. We also saw a huge waterfall!

We had a spa day at the hot springs. It was freezing outside but the water is heated up by the lava so it was about 40 degrees in the water and it was snowing while we were swimming! They also had special mud that you put in your face and it was supposed to make your skin smooth.

And of course we went riding on the Islandic horses! :D




Finland

I was chosen together with 8 other people in my class to be in a project that we are doing together with students from Finland and Holland. It's an entrepreneurial project where we are supposed to form a concept that we are going to perform on stage. So we have 4 workshops in the different countries. The first workshop was i Finland Nov 2012. We went to a small town called Jakobstad.

It was a really boring city so I can't tell you much about it. All I can say is that I got to meet some amazing friends and I learnt (still am learning) a lot from the El-Art project.

South Africa

I was chosen together with 9 other singers to be in Sweden Star Choir who got to go with the organization Star For Life (read more about me being an ambassador and what the organization is under the category "Star For Life") to South Africa.

I went there together with the 9 other singers and the ambassadors of Star For Life. We performed at two opening ceremonies for two new Star For Life schools and also a few other small concerts.

South Africa has always been a dream of mine and it was so unreal that I was there. I got to meet all the wonderful children of the schools and got to see how they lived in their little villages.

We went on 4 different safari tours and saw all the wild animals! Every day was full of excitment and our tour bus took us to all the places! We went to a big beach called Sodwana Bay where I also met up with two of my aussie cousins. We spent the evenings around the campfire and got some nice african food. We got to see the amazing nature and meet amazing people.

The africans are so happy and outgoing. Everywhere we went we started singing and dancing with the africans.

But the best part of all was performing at the schools in front of the enthusiastic children.

See the more pictures under the "Star For Life" category.


China

Me, my brother and my dad spent a night in China by mistake. We were traveling back from Sydney in Jan 2013 when our flight got canceled in a town called Gongzu (Don't know how it's spellt). We spent the night there and then we flew to Beijing. We didn't get to see that much but it still made me want to come back and really visit China!

Turkey

Me and one of my best friends went on our first trip together. We went to the obvious party city called Alanya the summer of 2013. We had such a great time and we spent everyday on the beach or in the restaurants eating Ceaser Sallad cause we couldn't afford anything else. And the nights were spent in the crazy city at all the night clubs!

One day we got lost and walked for two hours and we were all sweaty and yuckie and bored so we decided to pull faces towards all the turkish men who stared at us. It was fun but still very sweaty. haha.

The last day we spent on a boat. We were supposed to go on a 5 hour cruise but I got sick after an hour so they had to pick us up with a life saving boat... Fail.




Holland

The 3rd workshop of El-art was held in the dutch city Leewuarden in Nov 2013. It was a really nice little town and as usual we had a great time with the El-art people. We got to tast some real dutch candy.

We spent the days working on the project and the evenings spending time either in the room together with a beer or at the nightclubs!


That was my little story of the countries i've been to so far. It took me 2 hour to write... haha. Next countrie will be Chile!!!! I will try to do a weekly update of that trip!

See ya! Xx

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