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

Singapore

All around the world, Singapore

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Little India

A day and a half trip to Singapore is simply not enough. There is so much to see, so much to taste and so much to do. We went to all the places we wanted to see, but we didn’t get much time doing anything in particular in each place, in addition we had some orientation problems even though the MRT was easy to use. Arab Street, Little India, Orchard Road, Marina Bay and Marina Bay Sands and Garden by the Bay were amazing, and I wish we could have stayed longer to truly experience Singapore.

China 2016

All around the world, China

Last summer me and my family went to China to visit friends and relatives in Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Xi´an. Our schedule was full of activities, and there was no time for rest. We were all super exhausted in the end, but we or at least I had a really, really great time!

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The time in Guangzhou we spent with our closest family like our grandparents and my uncle, aunt and cousins. It was really nice seeing them again after one year apart, or even more with my uncle´s family.

Other than just yum cha and eating dinner with friends and relatives, we did a lot of cool stuff. We went to cool cafés, explored the city, played tennis, went to an atelier and painted, went to the countryside and a grape farm etc. So much fun, in such little time.

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In our stay in China, we also went to visit some more relatives in Xi´an which is a very vibrant city which I like really much. We went to a lot of familial visits where we met people we hadn´t seen in a long time. Our “cousin” Wangang really groomed us, and took us to eat a variety of food so we could get a taste of Xi´an. He drove us around, showed us everything that was worth seeing, briefly; he did a lot for us.

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With him we bicycled 13 km around the wall of Xi´an which was really cool and a new experience. It was a bit hard with the tandem cycles in the start, but after me and my sister got the hang on it things started to go smoothly.

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Later in our stay we went on a trip with some friends of my dad and their families. The little town/city we went to the first day was marvelous. The petits shops were so cool and they sold a lot of coconut water, milk and everything with coconut (i love coconuts)!IMG_3395Processed with VSCO with a6 presetProcessed with VSCO with a6 preset

But what really was breathtaking was the beautiful view. The beach shocked me when I saw the clear, turquoise water. We went on board on a boat and drifted around for some hours where we could just enjoy the view and relax. When the boat returned to the beach we went for a swim in the perfect tempered water.

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong was just a one-day trip and we didn´t stay really long. It was super hot and sunny which I found exhausting. The city is great though, but not particularly different from the rest of China. Processed with VSCO with f2 preset

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.

Istanbul 2015

All around the world, Turkey

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Istanbul, Istanbul what a beautiful city. Half in Europe, half in Asia with a diversity of food and culture. Turkey had never appealed to me like France, Spain or Italy because I never really knew what was in the country. I had just heard about it in the news, mostly in a negative setting, like many of my friends, but when I found out that my family and I were going to visit some friends there I started the research. It’s really sad that many people don’t dare to/can travel to this country afraid of terror, because it’s absolutely marvellous!

When we first arrived, the “worst” thing happened. Our luggage had gone missing so we didn’t have anything clean the two first days there. I wasn’t really happy, but oh well, what could we do about it but wait? Anyhow, the day we were supposed to return to Norway wasn’t better. The plane from Istanbul to the Netherlands was cancelled because of  bad weather, so we had to spend an extra day in Istanbul. Couldn’t complain about that, but we were all packed up and had left all of the local money at our friends’ place, so it was a bit of a stress. However, the stay was really fun in despite of the inconveniences from Norway to Turkey and back.

1686159-7-1427697409295Anyway, the reason why we went to Turkey was because of my dad’s best friend and his family had moved to Istanbul (work), and my parents had decided that we should pay them a visit when they first were in Europe. They are lovely people, and we had so much fun with them. We stayed at their house, and the area was so cool. They had a pool and a tennis court, and this was the first time I tried tennis ever.

1686159-11-14277284112601686159-11-1427899181247The following days we went out eating and trying the local food. The markets here are amazing as well with fruits, candy, meats, vegetables and everything of turkish delights.

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The food we ate was delicious. Our friends introduced us to places they found nice, and they surely weren’t wrong. But, somehow I went to Turkey, and didn’t eat kebab. I have never been a fan of the kebab meat, so I didn’t wanted to try it even though I was offered it too many times. Haha, oh well.

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