Iceland

I really miss traveling these days. As I now have finished UNI and are about to leave for Norway, the question on whats next occurs on conversations all the time. Most of the time I would love to say “I am going to travel the world!”, but that would be a lie, at least for now.

So to help on the travel blues I am now going to tell you about a amazing business trip I took to Iceland in April! I were so lucky to get a job with the travel company Discover the world in London and they sent me to Iceland to document

one of their class trips. And what a class trip!

We went everywhere! I got to drive snowmobile on the top of a volcano, crawl in to caves, walk on glaciers, see seals, drive through the most amazing landscapes. One day we woke up to snow, during the day it turned into sun, then fog and in the end of the day it was raining! What a mess 😛

But if you ever get the opportunity or time to go to Iceland DO IT!!! It is the most magical place I know, I have been there twice and I want to go back again! AMAZING!

Have a closer look at what I did in Iceland on the official Discover Iceland with Discover the World video:

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Thank you Iceland

Then our last day in Tokyo. For second time we were of to Narita airport. This time prepared to maybe go back again after a hour or too. Standing in the line we kept a scarp look at the departure board. We felt really bad for the people going on the air france plain when it got cancelled. But we managed to get true the line without Rome getting cancelled. So we were very happy when we got out tickets to Rome.

We weren’t able to fly direct to London from Rome, so we got 3 extra days in Rome! Im not complaining. At the airport we found a cheap and nice hotel in Rome centrum and started to plan the next days in Rome, the main capital of Italy.

When we got to Fiumicino airport in Rome it was very late and we didn’t have any money. Of course everything can´t go as planed, when Dave went to take out money his card didn´t work. He didn´t manage to get out any money, not good, since my card was in Sopporo somewhere. We exchanged the Japanese yen for euro, but it was still not enough. After some phone calls he manage to get his card working, thank God.

Then the next problem was to find out how to get in to town. We found out that it went a bus and a train. The bus was cheaper, but we couldn’t find it and almost missed the last train.

Finally in town we had to find the hotel. Im always surprised over how nice some people are. We went in to another hotel and asked where it was and he showed us on a map. Finally late a night we came to the hotel and what a hotel! I was to tired to appreciate it full, but Antico Palazzo Rospigliosi (the hotel) was really beautiful.

So then we finally were done with a month backpacking in Japan. It have been awesome! Japan is a beautiful, exiting, different and cultural country I think everybody should visit once in their life. I had a great time, and I hope you all had a great time reading and watching out trip. Now its time to walk the streets of Rome, a totally different city from Tokyo in so many ways.

Harajuku girl

Well as you maybe remember we now had some extra days in beautiful Tokyo, because the Icelandic volcano by the glacier  Eyjafjallajøkull decided to erupt and stop all plain traffic with its ashes. Anyway, we didn´t complain. The insurance said that they would cover food and hotel, and we had a new flight home some days later, nothing to be worried about at all.

We have spend a round a week in Tokyo by now, but you can spend a year in Tokyo and still see new places every day. So we chose a new place from the guide book and went to look at the harajuku girls at the Harajuku square. Japanese people have this strange thing about cosplay, dressing up. They love it! We had a look at it in Kyoto at the Manga museum but this time we were going to the core. Have you ever heard “Harajuku girl” by Gwen Stefani? Well that is inspired by the place we went today, Harajuku square.

The first we meet is some people dressed up like rockers from 1950. They are placed in groups round the square and are dancing after music. They do not ask for money, they just do it for the love of it. Its kind of cool. Its more then rockers there as well. Everywhere you can see different groups with punk, skaters, goths and so on. All gathered in one place where they can be what ever they want. Its not only the people that interest me, but also the park. The parks in Tokyo is always beautiful, but they also are very different. Earlier parks, like Hama Rikyu Garden in Mr. Satoshies tour, was much calmer, silent in a way. But Harajuku park was busy. People everywhere on picnic, walking the dog, talking, having lunch, preforming, dancing and so on. It was awesome and confusing, all at once.

Deeper in to the park we fell over another shrine, Meiji Jingu Shrine. Here you could buy Votibe tablets to write prayers on and then they was hung round the divine three and your wish would come true. I don´t believe in that stuff, but it did look nice in a way. It was special nice to go round the divine three and read what people had prayed for, even if it felt a little bit like peeking.

It was when we left the park again we saw what we usually thing Harajuku people look like. Standing on the bridge posing for the tourist. I guess If you like to dress like that you like attention, so they look like they were in the seventh heaven. We took some pictures and filmed a bit and then we left the strange world of Harajuku girls.

BTW I had some technical difficulties with the SD card for this part of the trip. It just decided to get corrupted just like the Hiroshima and Osaka card. But this time Dave came to rescue and found this program, Wondershare, that managed to convert the corrupted files over to mov files again. Ok so every clip have now “Wondershare” in the left corner and the quality is mush wors, but I got the film! And when I get back to Swansea I promise to try and fix Osaka and  Hiroshima so I can show you those to.

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The beginning of the end

Then our last day was here. After 3 weeks in fantastic Japan we were on the end. We got our self to Narita airport with heavy bags from all the shopping. It was very easy to find out where we was checking in and then it was just to wait. We had heard about the volcano in Iceland that erupted, but we had checked online before we went to the airport and everything looked good.

So while we was waiting in the line I saw all the workers run together behind the check in counter. One of them was holding a phone while she was talking to them all. Of some reason this concerned me a lot, Dave on the other hand seemed untouched by this event. When the line started go again Dave thought he was right about nothing being wrong, but after a while we saw that everyone was being send of with their bags. It was now clear that our plain was cancelled and that it was no way we would get home today.

I am really happy I was there with Dave. He knows what to do in these cases and went soon of to get us new plain tickets. We got a tips from another british guy there and Dave found the right person to talk to. After a while she was able to get us a plain to Rome 4 days later and then a plain from Rome to London 4 days after that again. So that means that we will get a couple of days in Rome as well, not bad. Of course we were a little bit concerned about money, specially because I didn´t have my credit card anymore after day day 7 “Up North” were I lost my card holder in Sopporo. But you always have to look at the bright side, we get a week extra vacation!!!!

The next was to call the hostel again and get rooms for the next days. We had to change rooms after a night, but as long as we had a bed to sleep in that was no problem. After lunch we went back to tokyo to continue the adventure we just had ended.