9 December 2012

India: Introduction

India. A place of opposites. Beautiful and ugly. Clean and dirty. Modern and old-fashioned. Illiterate and educated. Rude and helpful. Friendly and dismissive. No matter what; India never fails to surprise and maybe even leave you short of breath at times.

29 September 2012

The Hobbiton Tour- New Zealand

I arrived in Auckland from Los Angeles ready for a month of adventure. I had no plans for New Zealand. So what happened next was completely by chance.

19 September 2012

Las Vegas- Disney World for adults

Las Vegas was early on nick-named Sin City because of its lenient laws towards gambling and prostitution. Nowadays the government proclaims Las Vegas the Entertainment Capital of the world,  a place of all things fun and exciting. Like a Disney World for adults, right in the middle of the Nevada desert.

11 September 2012

Besseggen- a true story

Norway is famous for its endless mountains and fjords. Growing up in a country so blessed with natural beauty has made me spoilt and maybe even unappreciative of the natural treasures that are so available to me. Sadly I take lush forests, riveting mountain hikes, stunning fjords and fresh mountain air for granted. This is the story about the first time I realized that Norwegians don't have to travel across the world to experience something truly breathtaking.

31 August 2012

Hollywood- in search of a star

Hollywood. A place of dreams, hope, passion, drama, glitz and glamour. My two purposes with the visit: See (and take a photo of) the iconic Hollywood sign, but most importantly: Find Will Smith's star on the Walk of fame.

19 August 2012

San Francisco- in all honesty

San Francisco is a complex city, and always portrayed as colourful, vibrant and happening. But there is more to it; a profound honesty hidden beneath it's extraordinary beauty.

13 August 2012

Seattle- the Emerald City

Seattle is the city of many things; Jimi Hendrix, Bill Gates, Sleepless in Seattle, Grey's Anatomy, The Space Needle and Starbucks' first coffee shop. To me Seattle is first and foremost a happening city, and rich in art, culture and history.

31 July 2012

New Zealand- Extended cut!

You don't have to be a fan of Lord of the Rings to enjoy New Zealand. It's a country of extraordinary nature with endless possibilities of adventure. If you've dreamt of sky diving, swimming with dolphins or hiking infinite scenic mountain trails, the land of the Kiwi is your destination.

27 July 2012

Victoria - British Colombia

Seattle in Washington is only a couple of hours away from Victoria in British Colombia by ferry. When  arriving to the USA I was greeted with suspicion and hostility, and was therefore apprehensive that Canada would be the same. To my surprise and delight; when stepping off the ferry in Victoria the friendly atmosphere was palpable.

19 July 2012

The Archaeology of Art- Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium

White Spirit by Till Gerhard
The Archaeology of Art is the 2012 exhibition at Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium(Art Laboratory). 33 artists have been carefully chosen amongst the Jack Helgesen Family Collection. A wide variety of artists and media are displayed over four stories in the charming old paper factory. 

9 July 2012

I heart New York!

Vibrant Times Square
New York, New York! The city is probably one of the most filmed locations, and with good reason. There are few cities that is as exiting and vibrant as New York. A mecca of all things culture, great nightlife, shopping and an amazing variety of things to experience for everyone. If you think New York  looks great in movies go there yourself, it's even better in real life!

4 July 2012

The Great Ocean Road

The Twelve Apostles
My favourite trip in Australia was the road trip along The Great Ocean Road. It goes along the coast in Victoria, from Torquay to Warnambool. It is a definite must-see in Australia, simply indescribable.

2 July 2012

Gregory Crewdson- In a Lonely Place

In a Lonely Place is photographer Gregory Crewdson's exhibition at the Stenersen museum in Oslo. It consists of three series: Beneath the Roses, Fireflies, and Sanctuary, linked together by the underlying themes of alienation and loneliness. You can see In a Lonely Place in Oslo until August 5.

30 June 2012

Atherton Travellers Lodge

After my disappointing two days in Cairns, I went to Atherton, a town about an hour away from Cairns. I expected mesmerizing rain forest and a working hostel which had promised farm work, that could get me a second year in Australia.

Cairns- a mad monday indeed

After four months in Brisbane I decided it was time to see more of Australia. It was winter in Brisbane at that time, and it was tempting to go somewhere a bit warmer. I had heard good things about Cairns and was curious to see what so many backpackers before me had found so intriguing.

27 June 2012

Fremantle and Perth

The Attic in Fremantle
Fremantle is one of those travel treasures that you really have to see for yourself to realize how wonderful it is. Freo has everything: Art galleries, beaches, shopping, concerts, pubs, night clubs, restaurants, coffee shops and museums. A lot of the buildings are beautifully preserved from early settlement. A beautiful, interesting, inspiring and thriving city. I heart Freo! 

17 June 2012

Morph suits

When strawberry- picking on the Sunshine Coast, my English room mate simply had to have a Morph suit. For $75(which is a lot of money for someone who works at a strawberry farm) he bought a truly sensational Morph suit in the passionate color of red, covering his entire body and face in a material that left nothing to the imagination(he didn't take the advice of using shorts). 

13 June 2012

The solo traveller

For some people, just the thought of travelling alone is enough to shake them to the core. However, you don't need to be brave, self-confident or worldly to make the world your oyster.

11 June 2012

Knitting makes bicycle-art

On Australia Day in Adelaide, I came across numerous bicycles, conscientiously covered in colourful knitting. It was part of a series of art events celebrating "everything bike" in connection with The Santos Tour Down Under, Australia's premier cycle event in January.

10 June 2012

Harbour Bridge, the Rocks and Royal Botanical Gardens

I was delighted to find that everything I was eager to see in Sydney was in a walking distance. The Opera house, The Harbour Bridge, The Royal Botanic Gardens, The Rocks and Darling Harbour.

7 June 2012

Margaret River- Dunsborough

In movies, vineyards are places where beautiful and successful people go to relax, find themselves and maybe even fall in love. The idea of working in a vineyard therefore seemed appealing to me. I wanted to walk amongst sunbathing vines in a never-ending landscape. Have a sip of wine and laughingly stomp grapes in a tub just like they do in the movies. The art of making wine however, is far from glamorous.        

5 June 2012

Sunshine Beach

Sunrise at Sunshine Beach
 The Sunshine Beach itself is just part of a breathtaking string of more than ten km of beaches. You can literally walk along the beach from where Sunshine Beach starts, all the way to the end at Coolum Beach. On the way you pass Sunrise Beach, Castaways Beach, Marcus Beach and Peregian Beach.

4 June 2012

Tomatoes and Meanies in Bowen

I thought I would never want to see a tomato again after working on "Eatough" tomato farm in Bowen, in the middle of nowhere. The supervisors treated us like worthless slaves and had us working thirteen hours a day for not much pay. The working hostel "Barnacles Backpackers" was absolutely dreadful. I shared a tiny room with thirteen others. The hostel managers treated us like scum of the earth. And the atmosphere felt more like imprisonment rather than a home.

3 June 2012

Eumundi strawberry farm

Strawberry season on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland goes from roughly beginning of June till November. At Eumundi Strawberry farm, where I worked, the last berry was picked in the beginning of December because of a late crop that year. If you want to land a job picking strawberries, you need to be early.

30 May 2012

Liberty Island

New York skyline from Liberty Island
Out of all the places I've been in the world, New York is my absolute favourite place. After seeing the city portrayed in countless TV-shows and movies, my expectations were incredibly high. I wanted to see it all: The Empire State building, The Rockefeller Plaza, The Statue of Liberty, MoMA, see a Ballet, a play on Broadway and the slightly less traditional Sex and the City bus tour.
First on my agenda: The statue of liberty!

21 May 2012

Tasmania part 2- Port Arthur

Port Arthur is just north of Marion Bay, about 1. 5 hours drive from Hobart through Sorell on the Tasman Highway. The penitentiary and open air museum of Port Arthur is Tasmania's most visited tourist attraction. From 1833 some of the hardest convicted criminals from United Kingdom and Ireland stayed here. The treatment they received was brutal, and the prisoners were used for slave-labour and experiments.

20 May 2012

Tasmania part 1- from Devonport to Hobart

Gorgeous "Wineglass bay" in Freycinet Nation Park
If you decide to take the trip to Tasmania, the best way to see the island is by car. If you already have been exploring the mainland by car and want to take it with you to Tassie, take the Spirit of Tasmania  from Melbourne.

11 May 2012

Glenelg and Australia day

I don't have one bad word to say about Glenelg, a beach suburb in Adelaide. From the city it's easily accessible by a 20 minute tram-ride. You've got all you need there; great caf├ęs, restaurants and shops.  I stayed at "Glenelg beach house", a splendid  hostel with great people, and the first hostel I've been to where there are no bunk beds, making me feel like a person rather than something that needs to be stored away to make room for better things. This is also where I spent Australia Day.

The Sydney Opera house tour

The Opera house in Sydney is one of the most visited performing arts centres in the world. The extraordinary building was opened by Queen Elisabeth II in 1973, and has since then had about seven million people visit, 1.2 million of these attend the 1500 events per year. It is surrounded by Sydney Harbour, the Royal Botanical Gardens and is in close vicinity of the Harbour Bridge and the historic area of The Rock. 
About 300 000 people choose to take a tour while they're visiting, as did I with my family. 35$ for a tour might sound like a lot, but it's a great investment. The guide seemed knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and gave a great tour worth every dollar. In addition to English, tours are available in French, German, Korean, Japanese and Chinese.
We also wanted to see a show while we were there, and was lucky enough to get the price of the concert ticket (Schubert's Great C Major) + a tour for 85$. I didn't have a lot expectations for the tour, I guess I just assumed it would be stupidly touristic. I was pleasantly surprised and highly recommend it!