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London – Short and Sweet

Let me tell you about my short and wonderful trip to London last week! It all started after a night of no sleep (because going to bed at 1-2 is useless when you have to get up at 3.30) and the regular wonderful travel nerves. Left my apartment at 4.15 am with my backpack on and headed for the bus to the airport.

Everything ran as smoothly as it possibly could, and at 7.38 am my Ryanair flight to Stansted was ready for takeoff. Sleep took a hold of me for most of the flight, and even though I love Ryanair for always being on time and having very affordable tickets, I certainly wish that they were easier to sleep on. Who sits with such a straight posture for an entire flight? Luxury problem, I know. I managed to fall in and out of sleep anyways.

A couple of hours later I was on British ground and headed for yet another bus. On previous trips to London I’ve taken the Stansted Express into town, but as I found that the bus was much cheaper, I decided to give that a go instead. The bus was comfortable, had free wifi and was a lot easier to sleep on. So I sneaked in another hour or so of sleep there as well and finally felt rested and ready for a busy day.

It was a rainy and grey London that met me when I got off the bus, but that wasn’t going to wear me down. The reunion was still filled with love and joy. I spent a few hours just walking around the city, soaking in that feeling of being home. The city, the people and the creative vibe of the place makes me walk around smiling like a crazy person.

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After a few hours of walking around and getting lost on purpose, I found a sweet little café where I had some coffee and did some much needed writing. Typing came much easier than it had for quite some time, and I wasn’t at all surprised. Traveling really makes my creativity thrive and I wish I had the time and the money to do much more of it.

A few hours of writing passed by and I really got some good work done on my novel, and then I found my way to St. Christopher’s at the Village, the hostel where I had booked a bed. It was close to London Bridge, so extremely easy to get to and the staff was absolutely wonderful! I got the top bunk in a 33 bed dorm. Connected to the hostel was Belushi’s Bar, a very nice bar with a good atmosphere and cheap drinks for everyone sleeping at the hostel. I ended up sitting there to write for a while before I put my Surface away and ended up having a few beers with an Australian who was also traveling by himself.

I really enjoyed my stay at St. Christopher’s Inn and I will definitely stay there on my next visit as well!

The next morning I had to check out by 10 am. and the fact that I had forgotten to drink water before I got to bed hit me quite hard. Got a good walk in, some food and a coke, and I finally beat the hangover. After that I found my way to Victoria Station, sat there and did some more writing while enjoying a snack, and then it was already time to head back to the airport for my flight home unfortunately.

It was a very short, but much needed trip. I enjoyed every minute of it (well maybe not the short period of time where I felt horribly hungover), and hopefully I will be able to sneak in another one of these writing trips again soon! It does wonders for my creativity and for my happiness! The only downside is that now I just want to travel even more. Bitten by the bug, yet again! But I’m not going to complain about that. The traveling will happen in time, and I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to experience such a short and sweet experience in a city that I love and have missed.

London baby, I’ll be back soon!

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2017 Vlog #1 – Creativity, Dating and London

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I think we need a break! 

It’s not that I don’t love you, I just that I feel like I need to get away for a little while. 

Oslo, we need to see other people! 

At the very moment that I’m writing this, I’m waiting for my plane to start boarding. I’ve been talking about that familiar tug of a traveler who hasn’t traveled in a while (way to long in my opinion) and about working on my novel. It was about time to have some change of scenery combined with focused writing and meeting new lovely people. So I booked myself a trip to London! London is one of my absolute favorite cities. I can’t really explain what it is, other than every time I go back it feels like coming home. I was get a lot of new creative input from the place and the people! 

My backpack is beside me with all of my writing gear, my camera is with me and I’m just enjoying the feel of being on a new adventure! I love every part of it, even getting to the airport extra early to wait. It’s all part of the journey! 

How long am I staying you ask?? Oh I’m staying in London for a whole 36 hours.. Yes, it is a short trip, but 36 hours are way better than no hours. And I’m going to enjoy myself every single minute of it. 

London baby, I’m coming home! Can’t wait to see you again! 

If you’d like to come along for the ride then you can add me on Snapchat: featherpen87 🙂

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That Familiar Tug!

It’s grabbing a hold of me every day now. A plane flying by over head, the smell of coffee, that glimpse of sun, hearing foreign languages and watching strangers faces. Pretty much everything I see these days, reminds me of everything I’m missing when it comes to traveling.

I haven’t been away for a proper vacation since my family trip to the US in 2015, and that seems like a lifetime ago! Three of my closest friends and I went on a minicruise to Denmark a few weeks ago, but that just made it even worse. It was like being able to smell the chocolate cake, but not really biting into it!

I find myself going through Airbnb, Couchsurfing, Booking, TripAdvisor and every possible airline company site, and daydream myself away.

By now it actually hurts a bit, that’s how bad I want to go on a new adventure at the moment. The tug wont let go of me, and I’m pretty sure the only solution is to pack my backpack and go out and find one!

But that’s not really an option right now. Work, family and money are just a few things that’s in the way between me and my next trip. But I’m not here to make excuses for myself. I’m here to put the promise out there. The one where I promise myself that I will do everything it takes to go on that writing trip to Amsterdam that I’ve been thinking about for a few years, and I will do it next spring. I want to rent a cheap houseboat, only bring my backpack with clothes and writing supplies, drink red wine and write on deck while the sun goes down!

This is me, making a promise to take myself on a vacation! Soon my dear self, we will be sitting on that plane you see up there! Soon!

 

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I Was Thinking… Let’s Explore!

In April I went on a vacation with my mom’s side of the family. Our trip started out in San Fransisco, then LA and Las Vegas. This trip was a huge reminder of just how much I love to travel and explore the world. To see new places, get to know new people and watch the beauty of diversity.

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This was my second trip to the US and I loved it just as much this time around. The people are so much more open and easy to talk to. If you talk to a fellow stranger (Norwegian) here most of them would immediately be uncomfortable and question your sanity. But when I travel I like to make new friends and get to know their lives as much as I can with the little time that I got. So screw you sanity and stranger danger! Hello happy stranger word exchanger! And we did get to know a lot of interesting people! And see some amazing places! I will be posting a video from the trip as well so be on the look out for that on my YouTube channel!

 

There’s no doubt about it that we are a curious species and I realized during my trip that I need to explore more.  (Explore More! See what I did there?) But I don’t have Bill Gate’s wallet or his private jet so my exploration possibilities are a bit more limited. So I’ve decided to explore more (I did it again) around me! Oslo has a lot to offer and I haven’t even seen half of it, so I’m going to start exploring my own town. And some other places around here in Norway whenever I have a chance. I’m going to make it into a journey. Some of the exploring will be on my own and others will be shared, but either way I will share them with you guys 🙂

So what do you say guys? Want to explore with me? 

Let’s go!

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