One week in this city feels like one year. It's been 2 weeks since I came back from my mini euro trip but time has passed so slowly. Mostly because work feels heavy but also because I'm so excited about something and just want it to start. I've started to follow some travel bloggers and tried to write down some recommendations on what to do and see in Japan, etc... But I love doing my own travel itinerary and just go with the flow. That's when the magic happens I guess, haha!

I started doing a lot of soul searching and thought of what I would like to get out of this life. I remember my guide in Bosnia who told me to always enjoy the little things in life and never take your freedom for granted because it's the most valuable thing we have. But what exactly is freedom?

We have so much social pressure on us that sometimes I think we don't make the choices we would like to make, but more so to please others and in that way we think we are making a free choice. For example - the pressure of having a boyfriend or be married by a certain age. If I'm 30+ then it'll sure be more pressured to find someone to spend my life with. We can also do the whole career thing or babies, et cetera.. List goes on. For as long as I remember, my dream has always been to see the world. I know this will sound really wrong and spoiled, but having this lifestyle has also made me sacrifice a lot of things. Sometimes I also wish I had a safe place at home, stable relationships and a good job. But then again... Would I change anything in my life? No.

From now on I will try to not feel the social pressure, to not put too much weight on my age and to always follow my gut instinct. Especially if it makes me happy. I don't want to listen to other peoples critique about my travels and listen to people saying "you're traveling... again? not surprising" with a sarcastic tone. I'm really proud of myself that I dare to live the life I chose, that nothing really feels impossible if you don't make it that, and that when I get older I will always be happy of the travels I did. I've already started planning my next trip, hehe.. I'd like to go to Ukraine, Russia, the Stan countries (at least Kyrgyzstan) and then if I have money and time to go to Georgia and Armenia. I think that would be my most challenging trip so far.


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Yesterday me and Evelin went to Vezzo and tried their pasta and pizza... I gotta say; I wasn't impressed and I felt quite bad afterwards 😂 but the atmosphere was good. Afterwards we went and saw the new movie IT in the cinema and it was so nostalgic and actually quite good. Go see!

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Alright... Let's just do this. I went Down Under and to NZ after India and spent around 2 months over there. Australia had been one of my life long dreams and my expectations were very high. When I came there I was like... Meh... But New Zealand was another story. I booked a flight when I was in Australia spontaneously and decided to see what NZ could offer instead for 2 weeks. Wow. It still remains one of my absolute favourite countries in the world. One thing NZ really has is beautiful nature. I heard Iceland resembles it a lot.

Although a super expensive destination if you're only planning on traveling there, many people decides to do a "Working Holiday Visa" which means you can stay there for one year - two if you do a certain amount of farm work - and you're able to work and travel freely. Quite a sweet deal but it just wasn't for me. I'm happy I decided to go home. I actually worked there for one day because I desperately needed extra money and it was one of the toughest days in my life, but they gave me 100 dollars in hand so... I wasn't complaining. Just paid my stupid skydiving photos though :-(

Whoever is reading and is planning on going to Queenstown, NZ - Do NOT forget to go to Fergburger. It still holds the title as the best burgers I've had in my life. I could literally go there only to eat those burgers.

Let's begin with New Zealand:

They might not look a lot to you guys but literally the BEST burgers in the freaking world. Ugly ass photos but super tasty and vegetarian.

My first day in Christchurch when I couch surfed for the first time at three college dudes place. I look like a hobo.

Now let's move on to the Aussie photos:

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Alright.. Let's take it WAY back. In 2012 me and my friend Jacqueline went to India, but only to Goa. Unfortunately.. I liked it, but to be there for 10 days was quite a lot. We were also harassed on the beaches so after a few days we decided to only be by the pool since we were fed up with dudes taking pictures of us in our bikinis. Lord knows where those photos ended up...

One day I really want to explore India more thoroughly. The only thing that's stopping me is that India is a country that takes a long time to travel through and right now I just don't have the time or money to prioritise it. It's also not a country I'd feel comfortable traveling alone as a girl OR with another girl even. I'll just wait until I'm dating a bodyguard and bring him there, hhe... But for an easy vacation involving beautiful beaches, good food, some waterfalls and chilling.. I'd recommend Goa. We were too young to realise there were wicked parties as well. I'm sure it's worth going there for the rave. Mind you guys that this was 5 years ago and there wasn't such a thing as trying to take beautiful, perfect pictures to show everyone on social media so the photos are kinda crappy. Also -- we look so young and kinda fatty. Lol. I remember I got the worst diarrhoea ever in India that lasted for almost 4 days.

HAHA I MEAN.. LOOK AT US. God... I'm hesitating to put these photos out but walla.....

Looking super excited about eating corn

Look at how long and pretty my hair was? DAMN, what happened? Bruhh...

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Me and Elsa went to Gdansk earlier this summer and we literally got the worst weather ever. It was just pouring the entire time but we tried to keep a good attitude about it and just enjoy. Fortunately, we booked one day of festival in an area close to Gdansk, and we got to see The Weeknd. SO GOOD. I really wish I could've seen Lorde as well, but oh well. Her new album is fantastic.

We stayed at La Guitarra Hostel in Gdansk which was... Okey. Not anything special to be honest. Just a place to crash and I think the dorms was alright. We just walked around and ate all day long because there's not that much to do when the sun isn't shining. Overall, Gdansk is a super cute little town but I wouldn't go back and I wouldn't stay there for more than 2 days maybe.

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Sometimes a story has no end
Sometimes I think that we could just be friends
"'Cause I'm a wandering man, " he said to me.

And what about our future plans?
Does this thing we have even make sense?
When I got the whole world in front of me

So I said, "I don't wanna be alone forever,
But I can be tonight
I don't wanna be alone forever,
But I love gypsy life"

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One of the funniest and weirdest trips was when me and Evelin took a Blablacar from Vienna to Bratislava (takes just 1 hour). We had no idea what to expect, but just went to a Free Walking Tour, ate some local food (not so yummy) and then went to a really crazy pub crawl. The night started so innocently and then... Well... I don't remember a lot more after that. Maybe that's better. I know I'm almost going on a trip and so much can happen in a year, but I really want to plan a proper and longer trip with Evelin in Europe. I'd love to go to Spain, Portugal and bike around in France. I'd also loooove to finally go to Iceland and do a proper hike. So much left to explore of Europe! But first... ASIA.

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Throwback to when I went and visited my friend Evelin in Zürich. We started in Milan and then took a Blablacar to Zürich - the cheapest and fastest way to get there. I really wish I would've stayed there for longer. Although it wasn't my favourite place in the world, I wish I could've explored Lake Como, Geneve and Lausanne. Oh well.. NEXT TIME. I'm convinced that my friend will eventually move there in the future and then we have plenty of time to explor

The sun was hitting us quite hard, lol.

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26 hasn't really been my year... At all. I think it's been the most confusing age so far. I'm in the midst of a grey zone where I don't really know what I want to do or what is best for me. As you guys know, I'll be leaving to Asia soon for a big backpacking trip, which excites me a lot. But I'm also one of the people that needs to think about what happens after the trip as well. I can't really relax if I don't know what will happen. The plan is to return back to Sweden in February or March (latest) but I really, really don't want to be here in Sundsvall. It's just nothing the 26 year old me could accept. But at the same time I'll probably be poor and tired.

So where do I want to live? Now that's the trickiest question of them all. I think I know that I want to pursue a Master Degree for next fall, so that leaves me with a few months to freestyle and do "whatever I want". I've thought a lot about moving to Lisbon or Berlin - but it's just so difficult finding a job there if you don't speak the language, especially in Portugal. I've also looked at some English Teacher jobs in.... Tokyo and Seoul! However, I really would like to live in Europe, so that I'm closer to home. The vagabond in me would much rather try living in an exciting environment as Tokyo. It's foreign, there'll be plenty of cultural clashes, it's completely different and it's bound to be a challenge.

... But, the other part of me just longs to have something stabile in life and to maybe advance in my career and finally find a place in Europe where I'd like to stay for a few years, get stable relationships in life and maybe even decorate my own apartment for once! I don't know... I'm just scared of missing out on adventure and maybe this is a great chance for me to do something a bit wild like moving to Asia? At the same time... I think I'll miss Europe too much (which was what happened to me in Tel Aviv). I guess this backpacking trip comes in the right time in my life - it's a perfect opportunity for me to figure shit out! What do you guys say - any advice?

January 2016: when I decided to travel solo to the Philippines and discovered that I didn't fall head over heels for that place like literally everyone else. But more on the Philippines another day...

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My next destination was to the BEAUTIFUL Ljubljana. Wow... I really liked that city. It's small but it's the perfect weekend city. Me and my friend Julien also discussed that it's the perfect Erasmus place as well. Plenty of things to do, for a little better price and the size is just perfect because you can easily avoid taking taxis and buses (if you find a place a bit more central). The bad thing about Ljubljana is that it's expensive and quite the hassle to fly in and out of the city. So the easiest way is to go from Zagreb or Venice.

Me and Julien stayed at a girls place called Ina. Her and her roommate took good care of us, haha.. Couchsurfing is great sometimes. I recommend it to anyone who hasn't tried it! Not only does it save you money, but you also meet locals and explore a city in a complete different way. Sometimes you even get a private room to yourself - which is well appreciated after staying at hostels for a long time.. Where someone always snores so loudly. Annoying as hell, haha. But hey, that's what you get if you pay 10 euros per night.

Ljubljana can easily be seen in 2 days. We went on a free walking tour, then just walked around the entire city and relaxed with some fresh figs and ice-cream. We also went to Lake Bled that was so beautiful but very touristic. We got some sun, went in the lake and swam a bit and then just relaxed with some beers during the night. You can easily reach Lake Bled with bus at the main bus station in Ljubljana. It cost us 14 euros going and returning. There are different activities that you can do there such as hiking in the mountains. But we didn't have time so we just walked around and found ourselves a little spot to sunbathe.

The cutest little balcony where we couch surfed

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