See the world with Spar

I have just entered a travel competition with Spar.

The world is just getting smaller and smaller. To travel to 14 countries in 4 months would be impossible for just some years ago. But now I have the possibility to do this with ´See the world with Spar`!

This will be the perfect ending of my three years at university. I love to travel and blog so vote for me and I will show you why the world is worth to see.

If you like my video you can help me see the world with Spar, just follow these steps:

1. See my video!
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4. Share my video on Twitter (write: http://youtu.be/OGBzCsAUk9U#sparworldtrip)
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6. Like Spars Facebook site (https://www.facebook.com/SparNorge)

Do one or all of these steps and help me win so I can see the world with Spar.

Thank youuu!
Siri

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What´s next?

Until now I have showed you Budapest, Japan, Rome, London, Norway, Sweden and Finland. I was suppose to show you Dubai as well, but that film got stolen. So the next big trip is in 50 days, when I will go on a family trip to Australia! I am planning to make a couple of Young World episodes from that trip, but before that I am afraid I am empty when it comes to more materiel.

So while you waiting why not follow up on Travel Dave, who is publishing a lot of new and interesting articles at the moment.

Or why not go back in time and take another look at previous episodes of Young World. Why not go back to Budapest and take a look at “A trip to Budapest“, that was a nice trip to look at again.

Young World have also now gotten their own YouTube account, if you would like to subscribe press here to get to the homepage.

What do you think I should look at in Australia?

A weekend in London

I am now going a little bit a head in time again. This is after Budapest, Japan and Italy in the beginning of summer vacation 2010. This time I am on a weekend trip to London with my mom and sister.

The first day was a half day. I came down to London in the middle of the day and met up with my mom. My sister was coming later next day. We went for a cultural look at London, trying to see parts of it we haven´t seen before.

The first place we went for was Covent garden market. A cosy marked in the middle of London, but maybe the part that is more tourist like and not so business like. It have a lot of exiting stands with artsy products for everyone. The streets round it is also very nice and a prime example of British architecture.

After a nice shopping trip in the marked, without buying anything, we went along and took a look at  London eye and Big Ben. We didn´t go up in London eye this time. Last time I was in London we did that and its breath taking. You are in this big glass bobble looking over the whole of London. It go slow, its no scary shaking, it´s just like a relaxing trip through/over London. It´s a have to if you are new in London. It´s right by Big Ben, so you can take everything in one.

After dinner later in the evening we went to The National Gallery to look at some old art. It´s always fun to play a little bit cultural sometimes, even if you don´t really have that much fun looking at old paintings in quiet and big rooms. I was more impressed over the rooms then the paintings a lot of the time. When we came outside I also got more interested in a giant bottle with a ship inside it standing as art outside.

So to end the day with the most british that are we took a look at Buckingham palace. It´s always beautiful and full of traffic. Something that still irritates me. Why do you make a traffic road in front of the royal palace anywhere? It ruins the grande feeling it should give. It´s parks all round yes, but with a motor way running right through it the charm kind of disappear.  Beside all of that it is beautiful and the parks are mostly very peaceful.

One of the things that kept on popping up in London this time was elephants. Last time it was filled with cows, this time it was elephant statues decorated in all sort of funny paintings, all for sale. It´s for a organization to rase money. I kind of forgot to read what it was for, because I was so occupied with having my picture taken in front as as many elephants as possible. It was like a treasure hunt.

One thing I have never understand is people that take the tube everywhere in London, when you with no problems can walk to most of the big tourist spots and more, everything seem to be inside walking distance from each other. So next time you are in London try to walk from one place to another, don´t take the tube.

We are the winner!

For some days ago I posted a post about foXnoMad. I told you all that one of the Japans episodes “Mr. Satoshi´s tour” was nominated in a competition on foXnoMads travel blog. It was a public vote and then 3 other travel bloggers voted and then foXnoMad himself voted. 3 out of 5 voted for us, so we won with one vote!!!

Thank you everyone for voting for us. Everyone on the public vote, but also travel blogger Roni Weiss and Cailin O’Neil for voting for us. This have been some exiting days, so now its just to sit down and decide were the trip will go next, now funded by foXnoMad 😉

Look at how they decided who would win:

http://www.foxnomad.com/2010/10/26/announcing-the-winner-of-the-live-the-backpacker-life-contest/

Take a look at Mr. Satoshi´s tour once again:

https://yowo.wordpress.com/2010/06/16/mr-satoshis-tour/

A little break

Hey everyone

I though I would just update Young World before I post a new place tomorrow.

The next trips I will post on Young World will be Budapest (4 episodes), London (3 episodes), Roadtrip to Finland (5 episodes), Besseggen Norway (4 episodes). This Christmas Young World are going to London, Paris, Norway and maybe Scotland. But everything can happen before that. I hope you can enjoy it all as it comes.

Episode nr 2 “Mr. Satoshi´s tour” of Japan have been entered in a competition on foXnoMad. The voting will start in 5 days on October the 12th. I will make you all obs on it when the day comes.

So tomorrow the first episode from Budapest will be posted. I hope you all have enjoyed Young World and that you will keep on enjoying it for the months to come.

Thank you for now, see you all tomorrow.

Ciao, sayonara, goodbye, hade…

I know I have said this before, but this time it´s true! Today is the last day of mine and Dave´s amazing backpacker trip to Japan, and then suddenly Rome as well.

It wasn’t the most beautiful day in Rome. It was raining. So we decided to use our hop on hop of bus tickets once more. You soon realize that you can see most of Rome in just a day. So we didn´t see a lot of new things on the new bus trip, but oh well, beats walking…

After a last quick look at beautiful Rome we got back to the hotel and then back to the Fiumicino airport. This time with no problems. Got on the plain and of to London we went. We came so late to Heathrow that all the subways and busses had stopped for the night. So instead of paying a insanely sum to the taxi we slept over at the airport. I have never done that before so that made it more exiting, but thats mostly it.

Sleeping at a airport is like spleeping in a car; uncomfortable and cold. Dave almost didn´t sleep at all. He sat there watching the things and me. While I tried to sleep just a little bit. Some how a manage it and somehow the night past and we got back to Swansea in one peace.

In all this have been a great adventure. I have done so much I never thought I would ever do and I was lucky to shear it with such a awesome person. I think everyone should try to get to Japan once in their life. It´s a beautiful place with so many new things. You will come back with a new perspective with life and always carry the memories with you. I know I will….

Thank you for this time. I will be back with more to tell in a couple of weeks. That time I will tell you about Budapest in Hungary.

Rome in a day

Day two in Rome. Through the whole trip we have been lucky with really good and sunny weather, but you always have to have one wet day and this was the day. But as I always say;

“It don´t exist bad weather, just bad clothes” Siri Saugstad

So we got dressed and went out again. This time we jumped on a tour bus, you know those jump on jump of busses that exist in almost every major city in the world now. Its really nice to just sit in a bus under a ceiling and watch the city go past. It was a little bit colder, but we still had a good time.

One of the major stops we wanted to jump of, was the Vatican city. I didn´t know this, but Dave told me that the Vatican city is a county in its own. So by visiting the Vatican you can cross of another country on your list.  We manage to get in. The last time I was there the line was so long that it took me and my dad almost 3 hours to get in. This time we just walked in. I don´t know why it was like this this time, but the line was nowhere to be seen.

The Vatican just keep on amaze you. Its amazing and beautiful and detailed in every part of the place. On one side I am a very romantic girl. I love those kind of palaces with so much thought and love behind, but on the other side I know the story behind this rich interior. The reason why they cud build all this was because they made people pay for their sin, give indulgence to the Pope. People all over the world did this to get a place in the heaven and this is were it all ended up. Not just this though. They also had soldiers going all over the world gathering treasures for the church. The Vatican was never build on honest money, but it still is a amazing and incredible place in the world. A proof of how creative people can be, when they have the money…

Tomorrow is the last day of our amazing trip to Japan and Rome. Come back in a week and I will tell you all about it.

Rome sweet Rome

Yesterday we arrived in Rome. We managed to get to the hotel and fell a sleep. So now we have 3 days in Rome and we will try to see it all. Rome is very different from Tokyo. While Tokyo is modern and urban, Rome is old and antic. The Japanese people is very private and its hard to get to know them. While in Italy it don´t take long before someone talk to you. In Tokyo you eat suhi, in Rome you eat pizza. So a little bit of everything!

The first day we are just starting with a walk. We manage to find Colosseum and since we are so lucky to be in Rome under the cultural week, of everything, so we got in to Colosseum for FREE! Yey, thats perfect for two poor students stuck in Rome. So that mean that we would get in for free in a lot of cultural places. But first Colosseum. Its huge! And beautiful and magnificent. Its amazing that they cud build something that big for that long time ago, and it still stands! Can we say the same about the houses we are building these days? I don´t think so.

After you have seen the Colosseum you go across the road past the Arch of Constantine to Forum. Forum is the old city center. Here they have dug out old beautiful buildings, you can almost see how the old city looked like before. Its nice just to walk around take it easy, just admire the view.

After that the trip went to Fontana di Trevi. A gorgeous fountain that is also the most know one in Rome. The legend say that if you trow a coin in the fountain you will come back to Rome again. For my part it have worked so far. For almost 3 years ago I was in Rome with my dad and we threw a coin in the Fontana di Trevi. Three year later Im back! So maybe I will get a chance one more time to get back to beautiful Rome in the future, Dave too.

Next was Piazza di Spagna, the Spanish stairs. It is really crowded as every other place in Rome, and really beautiful. Young and old people were siting on the stair, bathing in the sun. It really pop out from everything around, because its so white. It was really warm that day, so we didn´t manage to stay there too long and kept on going.

“It got it´s name because it´s next to the Spanish embassy” Dave Brett

We also went and took a look at St. Peters Basilica, but we will visit that tomorrow. For dinner we found Rome´s Hard Rock Cafe. Its become a tradition, we have to visit every Hard Rock Cafe in the city we are in. Its really interesting to see what is different and how the food is. After that we walked tired back to out awesome hotel, ready for a good night sleep.

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.

Stranded in Tokyo

Today was the big to do day. We had met up with Victoria, another stranded person and a friend of Dave. We decided to take this as a opportunity to see more of Tokyo. We started with buying a all day pass at the subway station, whit this we cud get everywhere. After that we took Victoria back to Ginza street for some sightseeing and shopping. Since we had been there before we didn´t feel the urge to stay long and went on.

We visited a lot of stores, took some pictures in a strange automat, visited Swallowtail a butler cafe instead of he more usual maid cafe. Well when I say visited Swallowtail it was more looking at the sign, finding out that you have to reserve a table and the turn around and went to Starbucks instead. After Starbucks we went to Sunshine City a known shopping mall. It was really big, just like we had heard, but so is everything else in Tokyo. But its also so much more, its a observatory, museum, aquarium, planetarium, hotel and theatre. We just saw the shopping mall though.

After that we went back to Shibuya. Here we finally found the statue of Hachico. The story about the dog Hachico is really cute. It was this professor that found a puppy all alone on the Shibuya station. He took the puppy as his own. Every day the dog followed him to the station and waited there all day, until the professor came back again at night. One day the professor died at work, but the dog kept on coming to the station every day. Waiting for its owner until it died. And now its a statue of it at Shibuya station.

And the we went to Grand Cyber Cafe B@gus. Its a cafe where you pay for each hour you stay. Then you can eat as much ice cream you want, drink as much as you want, se as many films, play as many games, surf as much as you want online. Its kind of cool, but also a little bit creepy. You get a little box to be in so no one else can see what you are doing. So people can do everything inside those boxes, everything… Anyway its till a must do.

At the end of the day we went to Roppongi and Hard Rock cafe. It´s become a kind of tradition, to visit all the Hard Rock cafes we can find in each country we visit. At least we know its good and safe food, and they are really cool to eat at I think 🙂 A nice way to end the day.