Guangzhou countryside

All around the world, China

Sorry that I haven´t been active lately, but the wifi in China was really bad and when I got home to Norway the wifi didn’t work here either, so now I am like sitting on a public place with free wifi. I will blog about China until the trip to Berlin, so I hope you want to follow up!

So after the atelier, our next activity was a trip to the countryside of Guangzhou. It was different from the city life in China that I have gotten so used to, but it was magnific. A river flowing through the whole village with old tree boats made me feel like being in a Chinese Venezia.

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I feel like a village like this represents the old China, before the skyscrapers, blocks, etc., but not entirely of course. People were sitting on the street selling fruits and different kinds of food. When we were on the boat we tasted something directly translated to english called “two-layers-milk”, and oh, that was yummy. It is the white thing you see in a bowl on the board in the picture below. _MG_2889_MG_2898

And the fruit on the picture underneath is so good. I am not sure what it is called in english, and I don´t know how to spell it in Chinese, but it is something like “wangpì” in Cantonese pronunciation. Many Chinese people don´t like this fruit because of the sourness, but it is that mix of sour and sweet that I really like about it. Warning though, there are like 3-4 stones in one fruit, so many also think they are annoying to eat. _MG_2905_MG_2911_MG_2926_MG_2939_MG_2949_MG_2978_MG_2952_MG_2968_MG_2994

We spent half the day in the village and after we went to a restaurant to eat. Before we got to the restaurant we stopped by a fruit stand where they sold a weird fruit that turned out to be delicious. Directly translated it is called “big-tree-pineapple”. By look it is easy to confuse with durian, but this fruit doesn’t smell as much and alike, and it kind of tastes like banana, but with another texture. _MG_3001

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Pulau Redang Island

All around the world, Malaisie

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To this island I encountered Paradise. We took the ferry from Kuala Terrenganu to the island. The downside about the ferry was that it only had three departure times, and due to bad planning, we had to wait three hours in KT which was a bit disappointing because that meant less time on the island. There is not much to do in KT, so the time waiting we spent eating. The people there however are really nice and hospitable, and helped us out and served us tasty local food.

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When we finally arrived the island we were met by a very friendly and joyful staff that showed us the resort and the room we were staying in before going out to the big, turquoise ocean. The temperature and the atmosphere were perfect, and when the sun shone on the water it was see-through and clear, so beautiful.Processed with VSCO with a5 preset Processed with VSCO with hb2 preset

The food on the island (and Malaysia in general) was really cheap, and even though we only had 300 RM for all the expenses of four people, we could have eaten two dinners!

We didn´t get the time snorkeling with an organized excursion group, but we found an area where we could snorkel on our own. The underwater world was an amazing, and I have never been in such awe for underwater creatures before. Swimming among fishes and mini sharks were extraordinary.

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This island made me really happy and inspired again. Sitting under the clear sky watching the blinking stars and not sleeping just to see the sunrise made me really appreciate our planet and all its wonders. _MG_2304Processed with VSCO with a4 preset

It was a lot of fun on the island, and I wish we could have stayed for a few more days to really explore everything that was on it. I really wanted to go hiking on the mountains and diving, but unfortunately we didn’t get enough time. This means that I am kind of obliged to return to this island to discover the undiscovered!

Guangzhou arrival

All around the world, China

Friday morning we departed from Norway and arrived China saturday morning chinese time. 12 hours on the plane usually feels like forever, but this time I watched movies which kept the time going. When we finally arrived, we got picked up at the airport by some friends and they drove us to our grandparents home who were really happy to see us!fullsizeoutput_13fd

We went out with them yum cha which was very nice, but we were all so tired and just wanted to sleep, so that´s what we did when we came home.IMG_0096IMG_0088

Day 2 we went shopping in China Plaza and Beijing Road which are the nearest shopping areas nearby our apartment. Otherwise, we have yum cha, eaten dinner and spent time with our grandparents. I love when grandpa buys us fruits, they are just so fresh and delicious here compared to Norway!fullsizeoutput_13f2

Today we have just chilled in the city, and later eaten dinner with some friends of my dad. A day superb.fullsizeoutput_13f7Tomorrow we´ll be leaving for Malaysia, so stay tuned!

 

Krakow 2015

All around the world, Poland

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We went to Krakow in Poland christmas holiday 2015. My oldest sister didn’t come with us because she had to work, so it was only me, my little sister and my parents. Krakow was a really charming city, and the heart of the city was not really big so everything were within walking distance.

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The first day we strolled around sightseeing, and we paid one of those “turist taxis” to drive us around the city to get an overview.

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The buildings and architecture were amazing here as well. I think that Norway is the only country without really old and majestetic buildings.

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One of the places we visited was the salt mine which were incredible. We had to go down hundreds of stairs below the earth to reach the mines. It was a bit claustrophobic down in the mines, but how the mines were made was amazing. There were large, caved rooms with statues and decorations all made of salt. Yes, I tasted one of the walls, and it was pure salt. The thing that amazed me the most was the underground cathedral. It was really beautifully made.

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We also visited the Auschwitz concentration camp. I knew what was coming, but it was so horrible to stand where so many people unfairly had lost their lives in horrific ways. It really made an impact on my seeing all that was left behind only the last week before the camp were rescued; hair, glasses, suitcases, shoes, etc. belonging to real human beings.

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After the touristic visits, we explored the city centre and did some shopping, and tasted polish food. Some things were better than others, but overall I really enjoyed the food in Krakow.

IMG_6855IMG_6866This was a quick resumé of our little trip to Krakow. Honestly, I can’t remember everything because it’s like 2 years ago, but what I can remember is that I really liked the city and would definitely return if I got the opportunity.