It’s technically still autumn here but it feels like winter and hit zero degrees already. The weather is very bad (compare to my previous summer paradise of course) and changing all the time. Talking (and swearing) about weather is very common in our daily conversations, including this one particular cold day in our dorm kitchen.
(It was starting to rain)
J: “It was sunny five minutes ago! What the hell?!”
M: “It is crazy!”
O: “It is Norway.” (insert neutral face emoji)
Yup, welcome to Norway! So inspired by that, I’ll put some ideas about what to do on a cold day a.k.a crappy weather. These things are basically what I do on daily basis nowadays.
If you’ve seen my Kjergbolten hiking post, then you know I have love-hate relationship with the mountains. And guess what?! Here I am again, made a split-second decision (again) to hike, this time to Dalsnuten in Sandness, Norway. I never heard about the place before and didn’t know what to expect.
It’s been a month since I moved to Stavanger in Norway. Life has been great so far, I feel home since day one and I’m not even surprised. First couple weeks were kinda busy with so much stuffs to do: report to police office, got bus ticket and mobile number, got my residence permit, attended the orientation days at university, went back and forth to Ikea and bunch of supermarkets, and blah blah blah. After I settled enough I finally got a chance to pick up my camera and being tourist for a moment.
“Say yes to new adventure” was probably what’s in my head when I accepted the invitation to hike Mount Kjerag. It was such a short notice, I’m not prepared, I haven’t even owned a pair hiking shoes yet! It’s about eleven at night when I said yes and at eight next morning we already drove our rental car to Kjerag.
Thursday, January 26th 2017
Hi guys! It’s been a long time since my last post! I just feel uninspired lately but the blog hiatus is over now since I’m back on the road again! I’m writing this on the train on my way to Prague, Czech Republic. Can’t stop looking out of the window to the miles and miles of woods covered with snow and the sun setting on my window.
So basically, I’ve just finished my adventure in Berlin. It’s been a good time and I had a proper adventure yesterday. As you may or may not know, Berlin is a very hipster city. There are graffiti everywhere, old and abandoned building scattered all around the city. From abandoned theme park to abandoned airport to abandoned hospital to abandoned spy station! You named it! This city was pretty messed up by the war and for that it becomes heaven for urban explorers.
It’s not a secret that London is hella expensive. Here are some proofs to make sure we’re on the same page. I paid £10 for an espresso and 3 mini cupcakes, and I mean… teeny tiny mini cupcakes; when in home I can probably buy around 12 regular size cupcakes from a good quality bakery (rolling eyes emoji please!). I paid £5 for snacking a plate of Dutch pancakes with warm Nuttela and icing sugar, take away, in a market, not in a fancy cafe when you can sit down in a comfy sofa with the fastest wifi ever. Another example, £11 for a regular lunch (burger, fries, and lemonade), super basic! Not to mention by the time I was there, more than 1.5 years ago, before all of the Brexit drama, the British Pound Sterling’s still very strong (£ 1 = around IDR 20.000). Now you do the Math!
I arrived early in the morning, after a long horrible train journey from Munich, Germany. Seriously, don’t you dare thinking about the classic, pretty, fancy, and comfy European trains. No, it’s not like that. Okay, maybe tourist trains or scenic trains look like that, but regular trains are not!
That’s not a secret that I love being at heights, I love riding planes, I love crazy high rollercoasters, I just love to see everything from above and have wider vision. But don’t get me wrong, it’s also not a secret that I HATE stairs in any way! I usually take elevator to just going one floor up because I’m just too lazy. Being a flat city, Paris has changed me 100%. In my 5 days stay in Paris, I climbed several domes and hundreds of stairs, I didn’t even know who I am. Here’s several places to enjoy Paris from above.
The Italy’s capital is messy yet beautiful. It’s home for a lot of ancient Roman ruins, a bunch of fountains, and also the headquarter of Catholic Church because Vatican City is located within the city of Rome. There’s a lot of things to see and do when you’re in Rome. Here’s the top 10 of Rome bucketlist!
La Sagrada Familia is a Roman-Catholic basilica, designed by Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi (1852–1926). It was actually just a church at the beginning, and later on had been a cathedral, until 2010 when it was consecrated as a basilica by Pope Benedict XVI.
What makes this basilica special are the architectural design, its gigantic size, and the fact that it hasn’t finished yet and still under construction after 134 years (started 1882). The expected completion time is 2026, which ironically will be the 100th years after Gaudi’s death.