Header

Active, Photography

Ja, det ble ikke så veldig mange flere blogginnlegg etter at jeg kom hjem igjen til Norge. Helt enkelt fordi det var så mye annet jeg ville prioritere min tid på først som jobb, skolearbeid og hestene. Dette blogginnlegget skriver jeg for å fortelle at det ikke vil bli helt stille her det neste året. Selv om jeg har mye å gjøre så har jeg også litt av hvert jeg vil sette av tid for å dele her med dere.

Som sagt gjør jeg mye, og har alltid tenkt at det jeg gjør er egentlig ikke så spennende at jeg vil blogge om det. I fjor derimot ble jeg litt småforelska i noe som jeg aldri har likt noe særlig før - fjella. Mitt friluftsliv har endra seg drastisk bare siden april i fjor. Jeg begynte å bevege meg opp i høyden da jeg bestemte meg for at alt jeg frykta skulle jeg møte head-on, og høyde er en av disse fryktene. Jeg starta i det lave og det enkle - og det er blandt annet Molnesfjellet og Signalen med sine respektive 126 og 231 høydemetre.

Før jeg reiste i oktober var det 20 forskjellige fjell som hadde blitt besteget - hvor 10 av disse var på over 1000 moh. Å komme seg ut i naturen og opp i høyden ble det jeg gjorde så snart jeg hadde et ledig sekund, både sammen med venner, med telt og alene.

Det er disse turene jeg ønsker å ta dere med på i år. Jeg tar gjerne på meg å spre litt turglede, vise alt det fantastiske landskapet vi har å by på - samt at det kanskje vil dukke opp litt forskjellige tips her og der (her er det bare å komme med ønsker altså..hehe)

Planene for året er store, men dog i konstant forandring etter vær og tidsforhold. Lengre sammenhengende turer er planlagt, og kan også avsløre at året i år vil fungere som en oppkjøring til forsøk på litt større og mer omfattende ekspedisjoner (jepp, du leste riktig!!) i 2019!

"Hvordan gikk det med høydeskrekken" tenker du kanskje nå... Vel, den er der ennå - ikke helt totalt overvunnet, men den utfordres varsomt og med omhu gang på gang. Med god hjelp fra turpartnere, hehe.

Move your blog to Nouw - now you can import your old blog - Click here

Likes

Comments

Life

So, it has been nearly a week since I got home from my Southeast Asia adventure - and it has gone by so quickly! I've had so much to do, and turning my sleeping pattern around has proven to be a challenge. I'm up at 5 or 6 am every day.

It was really nice coming back to the horses and the dogs, my favorites. I actually competed yesterday with my horse Hurricane, and that was so much fun!


This past weekend has also gone to celebrating my birthday, which was on saturday! I baked a cake (yes, I did it all by my self, which might come as a shock to those who know me) on friday evening and brought it to work on saturday morning for their lunch break. This is my fourth year with them and I have never been at work for my birthday, so I decided to go there this year regardless. And also, one of my colleagues' birthday was on sunday so I wrote "75" in M&M's on the cake - 51 for her and 24 for me. Haha.

Later on saturday I celebrated with my family at home, with a lot of cake and even more fun!

Sunday evening, after competing, I went out for dinner with my five bestest friends! I'm very grateful for all of them, and that they were able to come have a small celebration with me!

I am now mentally preparing to go back to work, and getting all my essays done. I was supposed to get started on my essays while traveling, but that became quite impossible when my macbook decided to shut down. There is also a few longer blog posts that I have started to write - about my last week in Bali at Rapture Surfcamp and another one about my thoughts on traveling solo. So stay tuned, there will be a few posts up in the next couple of days!


Likes

Comments

Photography, Travel

Yesterday, Sunday was a day without surfing on my part. I had to pack and sort my clothes and check out of the room before noon.

I woke up at 7am, as per usual. Had breakfast with the group who was going on a day trip rafting before I went out and layed by the pool for a few hour just as a last effort to get aim colour on my skin. Amazingly I managed to avoid getting burned.

After lunch, Katha and I decided to try and walk to Green Bowl - a famous beach near the camp. And by near I mean on the bottom of the cliff. To get there we have to go on the main road, and that’s a bit of a detour. Travis also decided to join, and when we started walking we changed our mind and went for the secret beach we’d heard of from Meike instead. And after a few wrong turns we found the road we had to be on and the path down the cliff. It was a bit slippery and overgrown at times, but the struggle (both me and Katha in flipflops) was worth it when we got down to sea level.

We then decided to try and walk along the reef over to Green Bowl. Doable because of the low tide. It was a fairly uncomplicated walk and we got there pretty quickly. Going back tho is another story. The stairs up from Green Bowl is something else, and it was a long way back on the road. Thank god it started raining when we hit the road, we were all very warm and sweaty. But it was without a doubt a nice and needed walk.

After this we all had a shower and went to the Padang camp for pizza night. I had a really good time, but was insanely tired. When we got back to the camp I was asleep in no time, and then got up again at 4am to catch a flight to Bangkok. This is where I am now, currently in the Siam Paragon shopping centre. I have 14 more hours until I need to check in to the flight that is going to take me home, and the goal is to stay awake for most of that time, so I’ll sleep on the flight and hopefully be able to avoid jet lag!

Likes

Comments

Travel

So this past week I’ve spent on Rapture Surfcamp Bali Cliff. They have two camps here in Bali not too far away from each other, but I chose to stay in the more remote one.

I booked a surfcamp because I’ve always wanted to learn how to surf. It’s always been something I thought I’d like. And I wasn’t wrong, it’s been amazing! It’s hard though, and a proper workout. I could tell I had been travelling for six weeks when I started for sure. I’ll tell you more about my entire week of surfing when I get home! Mostly because I’m writing on my phone since my MacBook shut down, and partly because I haven’t received the pictures from the actual surfing yet.

Today is my last day in the Southern Hemisphere for now. At 7am I fly to Bangkok for a layover before I fly back home. It is insane how fast time has flown by! I don’t feel like I have been away very long and I’m not quite prepared for the long flight or the cold weather at home yet.

Likes

Comments

Travel

So we are already at the weekend. Or, the weekend has almost passed! Time flies by so quickly, it’s surreal.

Yesterday - Saturday - I took some “time off”. So no yoga or workouts or anything. I woke up, had breakfast and went back to bed. It was so good to just sleep it off haha. At 2pm I had a Balinese massage booked, and it was without a doubt the best massage I’ve had.
In the afternoon I went on a little scooter ride with Dave, Paris and Emily to a temple called Tanah Lot. It is a Balinese temple on its own island and is very hard, if not impossible, to get to when it’s high tide. Tourists are allowed to cross over but not enter as it is sacred.

We had dinner at a Warung on a cliff overlooking the temple and the sunset. I mean, the sunset could’ve been better but it was still pretty to see the colours change.

Today has also been pretty chilled. I’m moving to my final destination which is a surfcamp further south. I’ve spent the morning packing, and then briefly went to a Sunday market. After the market I drove Emily for a quick visit at the clinic before going to The Loft for lunch.

I’m very excited for the surfcamp, and I’ve got my first surf lesson in the morning! I’ll tell you all about it!

Likes

Comments

Travel, Photography

Luckily both Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday was sunny. Tuesday after a morning Hatha session, Jasmine and I rented a scooter and navigated the small Bali streets from Canggu to Seminyak. We wanted to find somewhere to go shopping but ended up in a very pricy shopping centre. Outside there was local small shops, but everything was extremely overpriced. We ended up having a delicious ramen lunch in Seminyak and went back to Canggu for the actual shopping bit. I ended up buying a pair of shorts and a new bikini. In the evening I also went back to the shopping street because I needed another yoga outfit. We also did some more yoga this day, we had a restorative session in the afternoon which was really nice. Emily, my fave americano, also arrived to the same hostel as us this day. So me and Emily went to the hostel restaurant and had dinner together in the evening.

Wednesday I was supposed to get up early for morning yoga, but when I woke up and felt how sore my throat was I just went back to sleep. Went to the beach with Jasmine, watched the surfers and got thoroughly burnt before we decided to go and lay by the pool. The waves was so big it was hard to go cool off in the ocean. We basically had the chillest day. I also tried Ashtanga yoga in the afternoon. I prefer Hatha but Ashtanga wasn’t bad hehe.

Thursday I tried something new again - aerial yoga! Basically you use hammocks hanging from the ceiling and do poses in them. This makes the stretch go even deeper and it can also make it easier to do some poses you’re not strong enough to do on the ground. I reaaaaally liked aerial yoga! It was so amazing. I was a bit sore after but it was worth it!

After yoga we were so tired and hungry we went across the street for some lunch. I had a pretty good smoothie bowl. Then we just chilled for a bit before I went to do restorative yoga. That is without a doubt the best way to end the day. After restorative I had dinner at this place called Dandelion with Jasmine and one of her friends. The service was amazing, and all the staff we encountered learnt our names. Incredibly they learned mine as well, 10 points to them. And there was rabbits! No, not on the menu but alive and hopping around the restaurant! That was the cutest!

Friday was a lazy day for me. I tried to go to the pool early but the heat was to much to handle so after an hour I went back to my room. My body felt very tired after aerial and restorative the day before so I was very conflicted regarding whether to do aerial again or just relax. I ended up going to aerial, and I could feel all the way through the session that I was exhausted. The fact that I managed to hold a headstand on my own that day is amazing. But yeah, I did! And that was one of my major goals for this week!

Later in the afternoon me and Emily went down to the beach and just strolled around watching the sunset surfers.

Likes

Comments

So, it’s been a week since my last post - sorry mama. And a lot has happened since last time. I told you I had changed my flights to go to Bali earlier, and the journey over here was long and draining. But I had downloaded stranger things to Netflix on my phone so I managed. I got to Canggu, Bali safely and got settled in to my new dorm where I arrived extremely late.

The reason I haven’t updated you is because I’ve had a lot going on. I mean, I’ve done quite a lot. And yea I know that probably makes the best blogpost but I just haven’t prioritised any time to sit down and do it. And in the evening when I go to bed I’m simply too tired. Now tho, I will prepare a few blogposts about the previous week.

I’ll start by telling you about Monday, which was my first day. Jasmine and I had breakfast at Motion Cafe, you’ll see a picture above, and that’s when I first discovered how amazing food is in Bali. We then went to Hatha yoga around midday, and after yoga it was pouring rain so we just chilled at the hostel! Which is probably the best hostel I’ve stayed in so far, and it costs less per night than you would pay for a happy meal in Norway. Amazing right?!

Likes

Comments

Travel

Is coming to an end more quickly than I had planned. I’ve been here since Thursday and the plan was to be here and fly to Bali on Wednesday, but I decided to change my flights and go to Bali already tomorrow morning. I’m leaving Cebu at 7am, but I won’t be in Denpasar until 10.30pm. So that means a very long wait in KL. I don’t mind it tho, airports is a great place for people watching! Haha!

So while I’ve been here I have been working out, went to boxing and a circuit workout yesterday. It was so hot, I was insanely sweaty after just warming up. In the afternoon we went to Movenpick Resort in Mactan for Happy Hour and dinner and today I’ve just been chilling. Went to a cafe by jeepney for breakfast/lunch and since then I’ve been at the hostel just reading and getting everything organised for my voyage to Bali tomorrow! I’m very excited for it, and I guess I’ll see ya in Bali!

Likes

Comments

Travel

Yes, I know it has been a few days since I last posted, but truthfully - I haven’t done much exciting.

Sunday was a very chilled day for me. Started off by getting some work done in KLCC Park, which is one of my favourite places in this city. After that I went out for dinner with Ella and Kira - the two British girls that was staying in the same dorm as me. We went to TG’s, a local Indian place. I have become obsessed with Indian food btw, it’s amazing!

Monday the plan was to go on a day trip to Melaka, but we got up a bit late so we were gonna go to the sky bridge and observation deck of the Petronas Towers instead. But when we came there we realised it was closed on Mondays. It had also started raining so we went to Pavilions, another shopping centre, and headed for Jalan Alor. This street holds a night market from about 6pm, but we were there a little bit earlier so we just sat down at one of the local places and had a little lunch and tried to wait the weather out. We had bought an umbrella each, so when we realised it wasn’t gonna stop we got a grab car back to the hostel. Later in the evening we went in to Chinatown in Petaling street.

Yesterday (Tuesday) all of us slept in, and we weren’t out of bed until midday. Which is horrible, I know, but also kind of amazing. After a delicious lunch (brunch - you’ll see it in the picture above) we headed to the bus station and got on a bus to Melaka. We arrived quite late, and went to the Huskitory (a cafe with huskies) - only to realise the dogs were having some downtime after being in the cafe all day. We got to meet a few puppies tho, and they were the most adorable little creatures I’ve seen in my entire life.

After being there we headed to Jonker Street, just to find out there was no street market that day. How incredibly unlucky?! We sat down at a cute little place called The Geographer and had some food before heading back to the bus station to catch a bus back to KL. And let me just point out how amazing the busses here are. The comfiest, biggest chairs!

Today I have spent preparing for tomorrow’s departure. I went in to Suria KLCC, the shopping centre underneath the towers, and got a few essentials before I travel on to the Philippines tomorrow morning. I also treated myself to The Magic, by Rhonda Byrne - a book in The Secret series. I am so excited to read it! I also got myself a gratitude journal, something that I feel like every human being should own.

Like I said, tomorrow I’m headed to the Philippines where I’ll be staying for a little less than a week! And oh, this weeks video will be a little late because of some technical difficulties. I seem to have lost a lot of footage, but I’m hoping to have it out tomorrow!

Lots of love xx

Likes

Comments

Photography, Travel

Saturday I woke up to a clear sky, thank god. This meant that the Batu Caves was doable today. Emily and I met up relatively early, and hopped on the train to take us there.

We hadn’t done much research on the place, but after a little googling we realised there was three large caves and a few smaller ones. We went in the two bigger ones but the third was the dark cave and it wasn’t open to roam freely. The guided tour was all about looking for bats, spiders and snakes and that wasn’t very appealing to me.

In front of the stairs you find the big Hindu statue of Lord Murugan. And it was HUGE. The stairs is also very heavily guarded by monkeys. Not the cute kind you want to play with but overfed (by tourists), aggressive monkeys. There are signs up telling people not to feed them but a lot of people don’t listen. And if you have food they will probably take it from you anyway so.. and there was guidelines for clothing, like cover your knees and your shoulders. A few people didn’t even do that, which I find strange. We may have been more sweaty than we have ever been on the top but at least we were respectful to their beliefs. This was a cool place tho, it really was.

After being in the caves we went to a local Indian place just by the steps and had some great food. Then we headed back in to the city. We ended up going to the National mosque. It was prayer time when we arrived so we hung out at the planetarium just a short walk away for about an hour. When we went back we borrowed a robe each and got to walk around in the mosque for an hour.

Outside the main prayer room we met a man who told us a lot about his belief. He showed us their prayer ritual, sang the first part of their prayer and told us about the purpose of the different positions. Like how when their forehead touches the ground they are in harmony with the universe and then also in harmony with god. He also told us that how they believe the Koran holds the past, present and the future. And it can also tell you who came first - the chicken or the egg. I find all of this very interesting, and I love to hear about all the things that are so different but all the similarities as well. I had a lot of fun listening to him.

After this we kept walking around, and got some pretty cool pictures! The mosque is absolutely beautiful.

After hanging out at the mosque we headed to Central Market for some food, before we went back to our hostels to get changed. When we met up again we were supposed to go to the Traders hotel skybar but ended up in a festival and a performance about Malaysian culture. This was absolutely amazing, and there was even fireworks after.

We quickly went to KLCC later so Emily could see the Petronas towers at night before she left KL.

Likes

Comments