Category: Travel

I went to Ireland

Surprise, I went on another trip. This time I traveled with my mum for a long weekend to Dublin and the surrounding area. It was an absolutely fantastic trip and I had a lot of fun exploring the city.

Trinity college Dublin

To be completely honest with you guys, this trip happened back in the beginning of April which is why the weather appear gray in the pictures. It might also be that I smashed my phone on the pavement and lost a lot of the pictures from the trip…

For our first day (arrival day) we explored the shopping street, Dublin Castle and had a glass of afternoon wine before going out to dinner. We finished the day strong at the bar at our hotel.

Second day was our big sightseeing day! I’ve borrowed a guide book from a friend/Ireland fanatic so with the book in one hand, my camera in the other and an exciting mother by my side I acted as a private tour guide. We visited Trinity College (pic above) and saw various monuments, old neighborhoods and had ice cream in the freezing weather before we dashed into a coffee place right as it started to rain. After crossing the canal on the Ha’penny Bridge (called so because you once had to pay half a penny to cross and now acts as the oldest pedestrian bridge in Dublin) we found a nice little bar for a glass of afternoon wine before going out to dinner and finished up the day at the hotel bar.

Our last full day in Ireland we left the city of Dublin for a day trip to the village of Howth (I spent most of the day trying to pronounce that in my brain, still doesn’t get it). It was a short train ride and suddenly we were out on the Ireland countryside. We walked out to the pier, walked along the picturesque cobblestone streets before sitting down to have a filling lunch. It really was the highly of the trip and such a nice place to visit.

Howth Pier

We finished of the day (yeah you know the drill by now) with a nice dinner and drinks at the hotel bar.

If you haven’t visited Ireland yet it’s a about time you look over your schedule and did something about it.

With love,

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9 Things to Pack in Your Carry On – Long flight edition

CarryOn Long Flights


1. Phone

Your precious device that is your lifeline to the rest of the world. And while some flights have wifi on boards, far from everyone does, so remember to keep it in flight mood! You’ll just have to wait and reconnect with the world when you land. However, the phone is still your camera and your music storage. It will come to great use during the long hours on the plane.

2. Headphones

This is your life savior. This smart little device have 3 functions on a flight.
1. (the obvious function) Use them to listen to music or watch movies with.
2. (the please-do-not-disturb-function) Did you happen to get seated next to Chatty-Cathy? While it’s nice to exchange a few words with you’re closest neighbor on the flight it can also get real annoying real fast if all you want to do is relax and have some quiet time. Just pop in those earphones and it will work just as well as if you had a do-not-disturb-sign on your forehead. Just make sure they are plugged into something or you will not only be a jerk, your neighbor will know about, scheisse!
3. (The noise reducers) Is the kid two rows back making the entire airplane listen to their one-kid-show involving monologues, singing and a few sprints up and down the aisle? The earphones might not be as good as some hard core earplugs but they will reduce the noise enough for you to think about something else.

3. Computer/Tablet

Your entertainment for the flight. Most longer flights have individual entertainment stations and while those are usually equipped with a pretty good movie selection you might want to watch the TV-show or movies you have on your own device or you might want to work. The computer will be your best friend.

4. Snacks

Nom Nom Nom!

5. A book

I don’t mean an actual book made out of actual paper. We live in the age of technology and I want to welcome everyone to the very handy thing that is e-books and audio books. Just download your book of choice to your phone or tablet and you have some good entertainment without the extra weight in your bag. You’re welcome!

6. Lady supplies

Are you a dude? Too bad. Ladies- always be prepared. It’s not fun to be on an 20 hour flight without the necessary supplies.

7. An extra sweater

Flights have air condition, and the system will be pumping out fresh (cold) air into the plane from take off until you reach your destination. And you might be thinking that I’m just overly sensitive, and you’re a warm blood and there’s no way you’ll get cold. Well, if you don’t use the sweater as a heat protector you can be handily fold it up and use as an extra pillow (The pillows the flight company provides is usually thinner than F. Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby).

8. Toothbrush and toothpaste

This is the time to invest in some travel sized toothpaste (under 100ml). You might want to take care of that morning breath of yours for your fellow travelers sake (and your own).

9. Deodorant

I’m not saying you stink… but you stink. Ain’t nobody smelling like roses after sitting on a plane for hours and hours on end. Splash some of that fresh scent on your body before you leave the airport to go hang out with the locals. Don’t forget, it needs to be less than 100 ml to get through custom.

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3 Highlights From My London Adventure

The excitement people! I finally made it to London! Bucket list

The last weekend of august my friend Evelina and I made our way to the land of the Beatles and red telephone boxes. Visiting London has been something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time and our trip did not disappoint. Here are some of the highlights from our visit to Queen Elizabeth II hometown.

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea


Oh my dear sweet Lord! This was like a sweet dream of pastries, tea and bubbles, coated in a pink shimmer while floating on a fluffy cloud.

I’m pretty sure no words will be able to describe the absolute fabulous feeling it was to sit in a fancy pantsy hotel, eating small sandwiches, scones and treats while sipping tea and champagne.

When it comes to fine dining I’m pretty sure this is one of the more fancier meals I’ve ever had. It’s not only about the food and drinks, it’s everything! The atmosphere, the matching little tea set and the scented hand towels in the bathroom. I felt like a real life princess.

Afternoon tea


Afternoon Tea


The Lion KinG

This one was my idea. London is a very popular destination and many of my friends have already been here so I decided to asked around to see what they had to recommend. And so many of them said we should go see a show if we had the opportunity.

My decision landed on The Lion King and boy was it an absolutely fantastic show! After about 5 seconds we were gaping in astonishment at the sheer production value. The performances were great, the music was awesome and the service was impeccable. They came to our seats with our ordered drinks and snacks in between the acts, if that’s not service I don’t know what is!

If you ever get the chance to go see The Lion King I highly recommend it, you wont regret it!

Lion King London


At the theater- The Lion King



And last but definitely not least, Evelinas choice of activity- Zorbing. I had no freaking clue of what it was beforehand, but it was so much fun! Basically you, and your friend of choice, sit in a gigantic plastic ball that has been filled with a little bit of water and then, when you are situated and ready to go, they roll you down a hill. It feels like going down a water slide at a water park and it was totally amazing! The amount of laughs escaping me was pretty intense.




Both pictures are taken from GoZorbings facebook page.

These were the highlights from our trip and they were so much fun! I can definitely recommend them if you are going to visit London over a few days.

If you’ve been to London- what did you do while you were there? And if you haven’t been there yet- what would you like to do while visiting the city?

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DESTINATION SYDNEY | 5 places not to miss

Sydney is a city with a lot to offer. No matter if you’re here for just a few days or you’re staying for weeks there is always something new to discover. I’ve made a list of 5 places and things to do that every Sydney-visitor needs to experience at least once.

Destintaion Sydney: 5 places not to miss while visiting one of the greatest citys.

1. Sydney Opera House

We are starting out with a classic! I know, no one has to be told or reminded of the big white house in Sydney Harbour that has hosted some of the greatest musicians in modern time. But (yes there is a but) everyone who has been to Sydney needs the obligatory touristy picture of themselves in front of the Opera House. Strike a pose, do the jumping-picture or get really close and take a picture of your hand touching the tiles, it’s a pretty amazing building. And even though the area are full of expensive tourist shops, take a moment to sit down and enjoy the view and watch as ferries leaves and enter the Sydney harbour. It’s kind of an amazing thing to experience.

2. Pancakes on the Rocks

Pancakes on the Rocks- the most amazing pancake in all of Sydney.

This may be the best pancakes I’ve ever had in my entire life. Pancakes on the Rocks are located in the small city area called The Rocks. The Rocks was once a slum, occupied mostly by sailors and prostitutes but now days it’s a charming tourist area.

Pancakes on the Rocks have a large menu, not limited to pancakes although that’s the reason I would go there. They are open 24 hours a day so you can get a very nice midnight snack or a sugar filled lunch, depending on what you are looking for.

To be honest, it’s not the cheapest place to go and if you are on a tight budget it will make a pretty big, black hole in your wallet, as far as food budget goes. But if you want to celebrate something or just wants a bit of luxury in your everyday backpack life this is the place I would recommend.

3. Manly Beach

Manley Beach

Sydney center can be busy and crowded a lot of the time and you might feel like you want to relax and chill for a day. Manly Beach is the place for you. If you think this is a very manly beach with a lot of handsome men to gaze at, as you take in the sun, you are correct. Although, that’s not all Manly Beach has to offer.

The easiest way to get there is by ferry, and the view from the ferry as you pass by Sydney will be an experience in itself. You don’t have to worry about the trip being time consuming, I would advice to set off a whole day for Manly Beach, or maybe even book a hostel room and stay a night or two. Not because the ferry takes a lot of time but because you will love the relaxed and laid back atmosphere of the area. Small restaurants and shops line the boardwalk and the pedestrian street, so if the sun gets to be too hot you can always walk around in the air conditioned stores or sit in the shadow of a restaurant while cooling off with a cold drink.

4. Royal Botanic Garden

Relaxing in the shadow of a tree in the royal botanic garden, Sydney.

This is the most crowded place during New Years Eve because it has the best view over Sydney Harbour Bridge where the fireworks are fired from. If you decide to celebrate New Years Eve in the Royal Botanic Garden you should be prepared for waking up early, getting a big packed lunch and head out to the Garden at the break of dawn, this way you might get a somewhat good place for the big spectacle midnight will bring. But even if it’s not New Years Eve when you visit Sydney, this place still has one of the best views over the Opera House and Sydney Bridge.

However, this is also a very nice place to spend a random sunny afternoon, just walking around and take in all the green colors around you. Sit down and relax in the shade of a tree or make the most of the sun and work on your tan (but don’t forget the sunscreen).

5. Paddys Markets.

Paddys Markets are located just on the outskirt of Chinatown and this is the place to be if you want to find souvenirs for friends and families. Just take an hour or two to walk around the place and take in the smells, the sounds and the atmosphere of the market. The best part, according to me, is the section where they sell fresh fruits and veggies. During my months in Sydney I often went here to buy kiwis, mangos, bananas and other fresh things. With almost no money at all you can make a kick ass fruit salad that will have your taste buds thank you for an eternity.

BONUS: Darling Harbour

Darling Harbor

A bonus?! You say what now? I know, it’s amazing when something like this happens. I couldn’t write a post like this and not mention Darling Harbour. Although the place is a big touristy spot I would still take my time to see this place, walk around for a bit and sit down by the dock, maybe with an ice cream or a chilling smoothie. If you decided to sit down with your lunch or some other food item, I would advice you to protect it with everything you’ve got because the seagulls are very unforgiving and they don’t care if you are done with your food or not. They will nick it right out of your hand if you’re not careful. I got a perfectly, barley started, kebab ruined this way.

From Darling Harbour you have an excellent view of the city skyline and if you decide to visit the area after dark you will have some spectacular photos to show off to friends and families when you get home.

Have you been to any of these places and would you recommend them to your fellow travelers? Tell me which places would be on your list? And if you haven’t been to Sydney yet, tell me if these are places you would like to visit or if there are other things in Sydney you’ve been dying to see.


How I fell in love with traveling, the world and places I've never been.

I’m not sure the exact day when my passion for traveling began. I was not brought up with a lot of traveling and I had never been on an airplane until I was 15 years old, mostly due to my dads fear of flying and my mums inexperience.

After my high school graduation a friend asked if I wanted to join her on a work&travel holiday to Australia. Since all I had was a temporary summer job I told her YES and 2 months later we were off.

To be honest, we didn’t plan our trip very well. We had some loose point we wanted to do but nothing else. This was mostly because of two reasons.

1. We were young and inexperienced travelers and therefor had no idea what we wanted out of the trip or what we wanted to do or see when we got there. We just knew we wanted to travel.

2. It was a very quick decision made and a lot needed to be done and fixed before the trip began, such as applying for a visa and earning as much money as possible. So the actual planning for the trip itself had to give way for more urgent preparation.

It took about a week for me to fall in love with Australia and about an other week before I fell in love with backpacking and traveling. The fact that we planed virtually nothing until we got there made the entire trip constantly spontaneous and full of adventures. If we liked a place we stayed for longer, if we disliked a place, we up and left. Usually when we arrived at a new place we had no idea how long we were going to stay, which was part of the charm.

Not every travel experience can be made like this, sometimes due to visa restrictions and other times due to outer thing you have no control over. But it is one of the most liberating ways of traveling and if you’re ever given the chance to jump into a travel experience head first, take it and don’t look back!

When our 8 month in Australia was up I found myself back in Sweden longing for the next great adventure. I wanted out on the road again with a backpack strapped to my back and the freedom to choose my own destination.

I think it is this longing that sets a backpacker and a world traveler apart from other travelers. The longing, the planning and the constant lookout for new places to visit, can make even the smallest of conversations turn into a full fledged travel plan in a few minutes. For me, traveling is not about going to a warm country to lay on the beach for a week, visiting the same restaurant ever night and drinking the same coconut drink each day. It’s more about the people I meet and about the cultures I get to see and experience. It’s about getting out of your comfort zone and branching out, getting to know yourself as you get to know a new country.

I believe we grow as people if we travel. I believe we become more tolerant, more acceptable and more open people the more we travel. I think among all the things that makes a person great, these are the main attributes to have and to share with others.