Omg. It’s been forever since I wrote and I’ve been so lazy lately. I always think that I’ll have a ton of time now when I’m traveling, but then I get so caught up in the moments and try to see and do everything. I’ll try to blog more in detail on how I travel and how much I usually spend so that people will get an idea.

It’ll be my little project. Anyway, I’ll start blogging more about China in a bit. That trip itself was quite exhausting and sometimes I don’t even wanna think back to it. I really liked the country itself, but didn’t really agree with the people at times. However, China do have a lot to offer and I would recommend it to people who likes adventure.

See you guys soon!

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Okey everyone... I KNOW I SUCK. I really wanted to be good at this blogging thing and now I’m already almost done in China and haven’t even told you about my time in S. Korea. Which was - by the way - amazing. We landed in Busan and my first thought was; why is everything dirty? But coming from Japan, EVERYTHING will always be dirtier. I haven’t been to Singapore (yet) so cant say about that, but literally everything in Japan is perfect. I miss it.

Anyway, Busan wasn’t a favorite of mine to be honest. Maybe it was because of the rainy weather we got or that it’s difficult when you come from Japan, but I guess it was alright. Not a city I’d like to live in but okey... We went out and looked around a bit, went to bed and the next morning we decided to go to the colorful houses on the hills. A british guy from our hostel decided to join us so we spent the whole day with him and the rain. After two days we finally came to Seoul and it was love at first sight. Wow. I knew I’d like that city the moment I came. It has this funky vibe to it, a bit more like a careless Tokyo, more dirty, hip and fun in a way. I stayed with my friend Brit whom I met in Tel Aviv. She took me in for four whole days... haha! During those days we hiked up to Bukhansan National Park, which was absolutely gorgeous. I recommend everyone to do it. We also had such great weather and everything was just... wow. But damn it was tough.

At night we decided to party it up in Gangnam with Brit and her friends (who had her birthday). I never thought I’d say I have partied in Gangnam. But here I am... full of rich Koreans of course and us. Hahaha! The morning after we went to the food market in Itaewon, had some food, saw Myeongdong and Hongdae area, ate bibimbap, Gimbap and Udon noodles and just chilled. I was really sad to leave Seoul and could’ve easily stayed for much longer.

It’s actually not so true what everyone says about how expensive it is in these countries. Yes of course it’s expensive if you compare it to South East Asia, but I would say it’s do-able. I ate udon noodles for around 4 euros, which I would say is a good price - and I also got full. Public transportation is really cheap as well and there’s so many ways you can save in money while traveling. I’ve couchsurfed quite a lot this trip because my budget is kinda low, and also I don’t want to only stay in hostels anymore. I’m kinda over it... so it’s a win-win for me.

I’m so tired now after a full day of sightseeing in Guangzhou, China... but more about that next time....

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I want to write about that movement #metoo that Alyssa Milano started. It’s to raise awareness of how many women around the world have been sexually assaulted or harassed in their lifetime. This I’m sure is in lightness of Harvey Weinstein, who has been raping and assaulting women all throughout his career. Since he is a “top shot”, rich and a white man, he’s been getting away with it from quite some time.

But this post is not about him. This is about us women who have to deal with this kind of shit all day. Although we live in 2017, women are still seen as objects. I have seen and heard it when I was in Japan and South Korea, and I’m sure that it’s like it in China as well. Honestly, where isn’t it like that? Even in Sweden, who’s supposed to be one of the more equal countries in the world, still struggle with the unequal balance between men and women.

Me too. I have also been sexually harassed in my life. There’s been many moments when a guy has felt the freedom to touch my ass or boobs in the clubs. My latest scare was when my Couchhost in Tokyo woke me up by caressing my cheek and laid next to me in my bed, trying to spoon me and waited for a reaction so that he could go further. He didn’t, but it still left some mark on me. I felt so scared, being alone with a stranger in a foreign country. That man had the power to do whatever he wanted.

I think this movement is something that needs to be heard throughout the world and that women’s issues should be taken more seriously. We are far from equal and we have to teach men that we are not objects. We are not made for their desires. We are women and we are strong.

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We intended to stay in Osaka for 5 nights which sounded like a lot, but now time has passed so fast and it’s almost time to leave for South Korea. I’m super stoked about that but also sad to leave Japan. One thing I’m not sad to leave behind is the food.

Osaka is great! I really like this place. It’s smaller than Tokyo and dirtier, but it has another “cooler” vibe to it almost. The area “America Mura” is amazing. So many hipster places, teens who dresses so freely, hip hop music and just weird ass stores. I also went and saw the Osaka Castle which was... not so impressive, but worth the visit I think. Didn’t go inside and paid 600 yen though. Then we’ve just been sightseeing around the Shennoji Temple, went to the Shinsekai area (Japans poorest and dirtiest neighborhood supposedly) and partied last night. Maybe a bit too hard because today we could barely do anything.

Tomorrow’s a new day though and then we’ll go see Nara! A place approximately 1 hour away from here. Apparently it was Japan’s old capital, but now it’s more of an old city with temples and stuff. Hehe... yeah, after a while you’ve kinda had it wit temples and shrines.

Rainy days in Osaka Castle and America Mura.

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Alright. We are in Osaka right now and super tired so I thought I’d update my blog. I have some things to share about Kyoto and Japan in general. We decided to stay in Kyoto for 4 nights, which I think was a good decision. We took an overnight bus from Tokyo which cost us around 35 euros. You can also do it the easier and faster way with the Shinkansen train, but it’ll cost around 100 euros and it’ll only take 2 hours (instead of 8). As we are in no rush and we could skip paying one night at a hostel, we thought - why not.

It started pouring the first day we were there so we just walked around Gion area, which is the famous ‘Geisha district’ but we didn’t really see any authentic ones (they usually try to hide from the crowd). We stayed at a guesthouse called “Santiago” which was really nice with great location. Small, but you get what you pay for I guess.

The next day I couchsurfed at a guys place, but thank god this dude wasn’t creepy. In fact he was quite the opposite from the other dude. I’m so happy I stayed with him! Me, Tobias and Malin went to the Golden Pavilion, which is around 40 min with a bus. Then we walked around and decided to eat at Falafel Garden.... yeah..... hahaha! You can’t go wrong with falafel. The other days in Kyoto we literally saw a thousand temples and shrines. There were soooo many spread around the city but the most famous ones were a bit further away.

This is the Torii Gates, which is an extremely popular site with tourists. The thing is that you can hike up for an hour to “the mountain top” and since so many are lazy, it started getting less crowded the further up we went - hence a photo without any tourists. But trust me, there were soooo many. Still worth it though.

Definitely worth a visit. It cost 400 yen to get in but it was really pretty. This is the “Golden Pavilion temple”.

Lots of rain our first day. This is in the Gion area.

The beautiful bamboo forest in Arashiyama - took me around 50 min to get there from Kyoto.

Here’s just a bunch of shit we’ve been eating lately. The soy milk donuts were the best! So yummy. You can get them at the “Nishiki” market. But otherwise... for a vegetarian - SO DIFFICULT to live in Japan. I can’t even eat fruits because it’s too difficult. Everything here is fish based. If I’m lucky... and I mean very lucky... I’ll find something vegetarian that tastes good. Otherwise, so disappointed in the food here.

Okey, so after traveling in Japan for almost 2 weeks, there are some things that can be worth writing down:

• It’s not AS expensive as everyone hypes it up to be. Yeah, it’s not south east Asia, but it’s not Switzerland either. A night at a hostel can go from 10-15 euros (if you take the cheapest) and a meal is usually from 3-8 euros. Although we did buy a tofu meal which cost us 14 and it was disgusting. Yuck. But otherwise food is quite cheap and if you eat meat - it’ll be even cheaper and easier for you. You can go to sushi train places where one plate will cost you 100 yen - which is equivalent to maybe 1 euro. There’s also a 7 eleven or Lawson, etc, in every corner and there’s always sandwiches and stuff you can buy for like 2 euros.

• Japan is so safe. You’ll never feel unsafe here. You could forget your phone on the subway and no one would take it.

• You dont tip here - it’s rude. Either you tip nothing or you tip A BUNCH.

• Eating and walking is considered rude. Don’t. Also don’t smoke and walk. Super rude.

• You get on the bus in the back and then when you get off you pay in the front. Really good system actually!

• I would recommend buying a “Pasmo” card (if you don’t have the JR rail pass). You can use it almost anywhere and just fill it up. It cost around 240 yen for one way (1.6 euros).

• It’s quite easy to get from point a to point b, but google maps will always be your savior. The good thing is that WiFi can be found almost anywhere in the bigger cities. YAY!

That’s it for now... Kyoto has been really nice and now we are gonna enjoy Osaka for 5 days. I’m so tired of walking, but glad that I’m here.

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Alright, I'll try to keep it short because I don't have any energy right now. I'm waiting at the hostel because tonight we are leaving to Kyoto! Sad to leave Tokyo but excited to see something new. These past days have been really good! We've been to Ueno, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Asakusa, Ryogoku, Harajuku, partied TOO HARD in Roppongi (gosh) and then some other areas around Tokyo. My favorite has actually been Asakusa, the area I live in. My two friends are also here but since my Couchsurfing experience did not turn out .... any good, then I had to check in to a different hostel. I stayed at Sakura Hostel which wasn't the best, but I loved the location. However, my friends stayed at "Anne Hostel" in Ryogoku (the sumo area) and it was so lovely. It's a bit further away from Shibuya etc, but it was really nice to get away from the crowd after a whole day there.

Tokyo is so crazy, but beautiful and so organized. It's just what I imagined it to be. I really love it and I know 100% I'll be back one day - it ain't over yet. 


Some random facts about Japan/Tokyo:

• The Japanese do drink a lot. I mean... a lot. Many people fall asleep on the streets, but I think that's also because the subway doesn't operate until 5 am.

• Everyone's very polite here. The amount of times someone says "arigatou gosaimasu" is too damn high.

• Japan is super organized and very clean, very safe. You could leave your phone in the metro and no one would take it.

• Fruit IS very expensive. A box of grapes can be up to 10 euros. I mean.....

• If you're a vegetarian (like me) you're bound to struggle here. Everyone loves the food here and I'm like... meh... yeah, Ramen is great but not 24/7. There's some vegetarian sushi but not a lot. However, people tell me its better in Kyoto so we have to see!

• The Japanese don't really speak a lot of English, but as long as you learn some phrases then you'll be fine! They'll try and help you as much as they can anyways.

My advice: go with the flow. I haven't been to a country where I felt this safe. It's the least criminal country in the world so.... yeah. Take a guess! Just enjoy Tokyo and have fun!

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This weekend my sister was home so we decided to go and pick some mushrooms with our dad. It was quite spontaneous though, and we didn't have any proper gear... We ended up finding around 2 kg of "trattkantareller" (I'm too lazy to google the English name) and also got lost in the northern woods. Let me tell you. It's not fun being lost in the woods up here in the north of Sweden. First of all; it was quite cold and misty that day. We started picking mushrooms quite late so the sun was also going down. It was creepy as hell.... and we walked in the woods for almost 2 hours and had no idea how to get out. HAHA! Yeah... immigrants 😂 we try to adjust and this is what happens, lmao!

Anyway, I love the forest and being in nature during fall is just.... amazing. This is another reason why I can't imagine living anywhere else but Europe.

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Yesterday I met my bff Evelin for some food before we both part ways. She's going to Germany on Tuesday and I'll be going to Japan. CRAZY! It's getting sooo close, I can almost touch Tokyo. Anyway, we wanted to go to Curryhouse, but it was.... not so nice. So we decided to get burgers instead at Biteline which was the way better choice. I'll miss her soooo much! But!! I know that we both are going to live in Europe, so we'll always be close to each other.

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My god. Only 5 more days until I go and I have also finished my last shift at work. I feel like time is passing SO slowly though. When I'm abroad I'm sure it'll feel like time flies by. In my mind I'm already in Tokyo but I'm sure it'll feel so surreal once we land in Japan.

I'm also panicking a bit about what I want to do AFTER my trip. I know - it's a long time. But as I said - time FLIES. All I know is that I just don't want to come back to my old job and be miserable again, wishing I was somewhere far away. Hopefully my mind will be a bit more at ease once I've gotten on my flight and I can relax more. So much has happened in my life this year, for better or for worse.. I just hope 2018 will be better. Although I really loved being in Tel Aviv, I realised the importance of close friends. Being surrounded by people who are like... you. That's the most valuable thing in life. Of course family as well, but aside from the obvious.

It didn't matter if I was seeing someone, met new people everyday, could spend everyday at the beach, lived in one of the coolest cities in the world or was eating great food all the time - it just wasn't the same without my real friends. There were so many great people there and I really enjoyed everyones company, but I also didn't feel like I was creating strong bonds with anyone - probably because I was just going to be there for a short time. It's truly the deep connections you make with people that counts. If that would've happened, I'm sure my stay there would be permanent, lol. I miss seeing hot boys everyday.

For next year I'd like to focus more on the relationships I already have, instead of always connecting with new ones. I mean - I love socialising and making new friends, but I feel like I'm not nurturing the ones I already have. I miss so many people in my life and they're the ones I should be with. Well.. That was my random ass thoughts for this week.

Some of my humans.

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