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!
2. Like my video on YouTube and/or Facebook
3. Comment on my video on YouTube and/or Facebook
4. Share my video on Twitter (write: http://youtu.be/OGBzCsAUk9U#sparworldtrip)
5. Share my video on Facebook
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

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?

The Roadtrip

Hello again. I have now moved away from London and this time I will bring you on my first ever road trip all by myself with Dave. We travelled from Oslo to Vaasa in Finland in my grandmothers tiny car. A awful car to drive, but we ended up loving it ❤

We started as early in the morning as we cud and drove from my house in Oslo. Since I was the only one with license I had to drive all the way. It was sunny and beautiful and we got our GPS that showed us the way to Sweden. Our first stop was by a beautiful lake out in nowhere. The GPS had led us out on a dirt road in the middle of the forest and here we stopped by the lake to enjoy the view. After a little rest we drove away from the silent and stress free forest and out on the motor way.

The next stop was at a McDonalds in Karlstad, on the border between Norway and Sweden. It is always difficult to go of track with a GPS so it tock us a while to figure out how to get to the McDonalds, but in the end we got our burger and the car had a chance to cool down a little bit. Poor old thing.

After filling up with gas we realist that we would end up coming very late to Stockholm if we didn´t move alone fast. So it was no more breaks before we arrived in Stockholm. We slept in a tent in the garden of a Swedish friend of Dave. She was really nice and the weather was good enough to sleep outside with no problems. A nice night sleep absolutely. But then again I was so tired after all that driving that I cud have fallen a sleep anywhere by then.

Sightseeing all day long

Third and last day in London. This day was my day and I wanted to see more of London, so this day was used for sightseeing.

We started the day with taking the tube to Westminster. Here we looked at the Parlament, Big Ben and London eye. I have allready seen all of this, but we chose to go here for another reason. I wanted to take the boat to Greenwich. I didn’t know a lot about Greenwich, but I had heard it was really beautiful. So I thought that would be a fun thing to do. We also got to take a boat up the river Thames!

It is really easy. You go down to the river by Big Ben and bye a ticket in one of the stands. They will then tell you wich boat to take. Then you just jump on the next boat that arrives. It is a lovely toure. It is no guide on the boat, but the captain uselly tell a story or to about what we are driving past. They are also very good at it, and I think I learned more about London of that captain then any history teacher I have had.

Greenwich is a lovely part of London. It is not so city like and you get more that calm feeling inside you. They have a lot of markets in Greenwich that I higly recoment go to. It is so much beautiful at places like that. Keep on going round and you will find big old buildings and small cure alleys. Big grass fields and maybe a blues festival.

When we came back to London center we walked back to our hotel through Regent Park, got to play with the squrrels. And then we said goodbye to London and took a Taxi to the airport and went home to Norway. But I will always come back to London, it is still much to see.

Shopping, shopping and shopping

Even if I love the culture side by traveling, I am a girl and a big part of going to a new place is to take a look at the local stores. London is well known for their wide selection of fashion stores.

We started down at piccadilly circus, also known for the big wall with neon advertisement. A fun place to see and a good starting point. From there we walked up. One tips is to walk a little bit in to the small side streets. Here you can find the more independent, one of a kind, stores, that you later still will remember as something special. I find it really fun to almost get lost in London, because you can always find your way home with the tubes. Just don´t be to late out on no where 😉

After a while we came to Oxford street . Oxford street is the biggest shopping street in London, with all the fashion stores you can imagine. It´s also one of the most busy once. It´s so many people everywhere! For my part it´s a little bit too many people. I prefer the more quiet side streets where I can breath and walk in my own speed, without getting stepped on.

After that we went for Harrods. Harrods is a luxurious shopping center in London. It have the most expensive brands in the fashion marked and the most luxurious exhibitions. It was really beautiful and some not so beautiful. If you want to see someone known you can almost be sure you will come over one or two if you hang round Harrods long enough. It is here the rich and famous shop. So for a backpacker it´s more window shopping I would think.

London is a shopping mecca thats for sure. But I have to admit, a whole day with walking around in stores is hard. It´s not something I would prefer to do. Take some stores each day instead of everything in one day.

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.

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.

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.

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.