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Now I am back in Norway and the travelling is on the minimum, but for once I can explore Norway a bit more. It is nice to check out your home place for a little bit. So the first place I went was Bergen! I have a friend there studying and she had room for me for a weekend. So why not!

Bergen is beautiful, when it is not raining. And incredible enough it was not raining once while I were there! Just sun and beautiful snow. We went up Fløien, saw the christmas lights, went out on town, saw the gingerbread house town and saw a theater play. What a dream trip. So now you can have a peak at it:

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Food in Singapore

Singapore is known for having a rich variation of food. Since Singapore is filled with people from all parts of Asia they bring with them a lot of their local food. The food is also much cheaper to buy already cooked out then to buy the groceries and cook back home. Something that is very different from most other countries.

When you go out to eat it is a lot of places to chose between. You can go from all range of prices as well as all kind of food. If you are unsure if you will like the local food it is more then enough American and

European restaurants to go to. But you should really have a taste

of the local delicacies. One of the cheapest places to eat is at a Food market/center were they have many small stands were you can get good food.

Singapore is one of the few places in Asia were you can be sure that everything is clean no matter were you are. Every place is checked regularly by the government to see if they are following the guidelines for food cleanliness. The places is then given a sign with A, B, C or OK. If you see a A or OK you know it is a clean place to eat. B and C is less clean, but still clean enough to stay open.

Dave brought his friend to Newton Food market and are presenting some local food you should try if you go to Singapore.

 

Weekend trips outside Singapore

If you are lucky to stay in Singapore for a long time, maybe you work or study there, you should use it for all it is worth. Singapore is a central part of Asia and it is cheap and easy to travel for short or longer trips to other countries.

One of the places that also is a big hit among the locals is a trip to the island Bintan in Indonesia. It is easy to get to with a ferry and before you know it you are in Indonesia. We stayed in a bungalow at a place called Nostalgia Yasin. Beautiful place to just relax. You can get a massage, swim in the ocean or pool, go for a walk, eat some awesome food. And it is all very cheap. Really worth a trip if you have the time!

If you want to check out Malaysia one of the more historical places that often is forgotten is Malacca. This is a cute little town with a lot of hidden treasures. Here you can go mental with shopping in arts and crafts shops as well as the famous night market. They have some of the cutest cafes I have ever been to and the river is just so beautiful to walk along. You can also have the chance to learn something about their history with pirates!

If you want to go to Borneo, Kutching is a nice town to visit. It is in the Malaysian part of Borneo and is a really quiet and small place to visit. I have to admit that not much was happening when we were there. I think the biggest thing to do there is to get out of the city and in to the jungle. We didn´t do that because I got sick…

That happens and then you just have to make the best out of it. To bad, because I think Borneo would have been a great place to explore better.

One place we went that is really not worth visiting is Johor Bahru in Malaysia. This is a border city of the scary kind. I felt so unsafe when I were there, almost didn´t feel safe to film anything. The place is usually just visited to buy cheap stuff and things that are not legal in Singapore, like gum and porn. Not worth a visit at all, just keep away.

 

Kuala Lumpur on the other hand is worth having a look at. This is the main capital of Malaysia and a must see. You can take bus or plain there and stay at nice hotels for a fraction of the Singaporean price. Try the monorail, go in the parks, visit the Petronas towers and just look around. Not the best capital I have been in, but maybe you see something else when you visit it.

Sightseeing in Singapore

This summer I got the great opportunity to live and work in Singapore. Singapore is located in Asia and is a good place to have your base when looking at Asia for the first time. Finding yourself in Singapore, it is a big variation on what to do. One smart thing is to the the Hop on Hop of sightseeing busses around Singapore city center. They are worth your while.

When driving around be sure to hop of at Little India. Singapore is built up with areas reserved, in a way, to a certain culture. Little India is as the name say a area dedicated to the Indian way. Here you can get good curry and other Indian foods and cheap stuff from the many stores along the street. You can also have a look at some nice mosques that are spread around the area. Mustafa Center is probably the most known part of Little India. This is a HUGE store with everything you can possibly need. For me it felt a bit like a storage house with lots of cheap crap, but in fact most of it is ok quality for a ok price. So do have a look.

Another colonial part of Singapore is Chinatown. As Little India this is also a part of Singapore dedicated to one specific culture, China.Chinatown is beautiful I think. With wonderful small houses and interesting streets and cafes.

They also have a big street marked that sell all kind of souvenirs. Here is the perfect place to get some cheap gifts for back home. If you come here during the Moon Festival you have to come to Chinatown and by Moon cakes here. The Moon cakes are just made once a year at this festival, try the lotus flavored, it is delicious and very filling.

Another interesting food you can find in Singapore is Durian. This fruit you can smell before you see. If you get a sniff of something that remind you of old puke you are close to it. It is round and brown with spikes, but inside it is soft and yellow. It has a very distinct taste, either you like it or you don´t kind of food, it also have a strange texture like soft cream. You can also have it in ice cream, a often more popular way to try it among the tourists.

If you want to have a look at the nature, but don´t have the time, it can be a good call to look at the Urban Jungle. Take the MRT to Harbor Front and at Exit D “Telok Blangah” you should find a path up the hill. Keep on following this and you can have a beautiful overlook over the city framed by tropic plants that fill the hill. It is a nice and confutable walk that everyone can take.

When you are up there you can also take the cable car down again. The cable car go from the Jewel box and take you all the way down to Sentosa Island if you want to. It gives you a great view over the whole city, but if you are afraid of hight I do not recommend it.

Some of the best times in Singapore is spent at night. When the sun settle it is many places that are a bliss to visit. Have a walk to Arab Street. This part of the city follow the Arab way. Here you can admire the most beautiful mosque in the city, or maybe buy a carpet for your living room. The streets are crowded with cafes offering Shisha pipes (also called Hubbely bubbely or water piper) and ginger tea. This is a nice place to bring friend and just relax in the cool night after a long day.

If you want to have a look at the old fashion glamour of Singapore. Go to Raffles Hotel and Long Bar on the second floor. This part is open for everyone and offers a colonial bar preserved from when the first british colonized Singapore. Here you can drink, eat, talk and enjoy a live jazz band. Long Bar is also known to be the creator of the Singapore Sling, so it is a must to order one if you visit Raffles Hotels Long Bar.

The most beautiful part of Singapore by night must be Marina Bay. This is a newly renovated area of Singapore and the place is shining when the sun goes down. Have a wanter along the docks and look at the buildings light up like stars. Enjoy a water show that is held every no and then. But you have to go to Marina Bay Sands and go to the top to get a wonderful view over the city. And also have a peek at the world famous infinity pool. This is not open for public, so if you don´t want to pay for a hotel room, you just have to settle with a picture.

This is just some of the many things to experience in Singapore. I enjoyed it and hope you will too!

Alice Springs

When we finished in Melbourne our next place was Alice Springs and road trip. At Alice Springs airport we picked up our small car and started our adventure in the outback.

We started with driving to Alice Springs town. Alice Springs is the second largest town in the Northern territory in Australia. And that tell u something when you see how small the town is. But it is also extremely charming.

I just loved walking around in there. It was so quiet and calm, not like the bigger cities Sydney and Melbourne. They sold beautiful homemade souvenirs and good food and coffee.

It was also very interesting to finally be at a part of Australia that had more Aboriginal residents. The whole time we had travelled around we had just heard about them in different historical places, but not yet seen or met any. In Alice Springs it was many. What I thought I would see was a happy people living a healthy and interesting mix of two cultures. What I saw was sad and poor people, sitting in dirt and hanging on the corner. Even on their own land they can´t seem to be happy.

Anyway, Alice Spring is still a little oasis in the wast desert around it.

Melbourne

Then we were done with the warm Cains and the Barrier Reef. We left this place to go to Melbourne. Here we stayed with some friends and had a lovely time.

They took us to Melbourne city center were we got a closer look at another of Australia’s great cities. The city is decorated with many interesting and special buildings and art that cud be enough to fill the whole day, just to marvel over the new architect around the next corner.

They are also rich on culture and history. I specially found the Royal Arcade interesting. It was built in 1869 and is Victoria Heritage Registered. If you want to have a look at quirky and cute stores, have a walk down here.

The culture center and meeting place of Melbourne is called Federation Square. It was built in 2002 to give the citizens a place to interact creatively and socially in the great city. While the design of the building surrounding the square is difficult to describe as pretty, it make the place easy to find.

As all cities Melbourne also have a library. But, this library is a bit more then a lot of others. Melbourne is the proud owner of the State Library of Victoria. It contains study rooms, gallery, game room, internet access etc and of course the library itself. All contained in a beautiful building worth to have a look at.

Melbourne central contains come of the more special attractions in Melbourne. It is a shopping center built around Coop´s Shot Tower. Coop´s Shot Tower was built in 1888 and is 50 meters high. The shopping center also have a very special pocket watch that was given from the Japanese as a precent. Every hour it hold a special show. Everyone should have a look at this pocket watch if they ever visit Melbourne.

One of the more popular sightseeing possibilities in Melbourne is the City Circle Tram. This is a old fashion tram that you around the city in a loop that last for 48 min and it is free. It it a great way to get around and you can also learn something on the way.

If you have time also try to visit the National Gallery. It is very popular and a interesting visit if you are a art lover.

Beside that Melbourne is also the perfect place to just relax and go for a picnic in one of the parks or just go out for a meal with some friends. It´s a reason Melbourne have been rated the best city in the world to live in.

Have a look at this great place in my video:

The daintree ice cream company and Cains

The last days in Cains area is coming up. Today we went to daintree ice cream company. A really cute place were they grow their own fruit and then make delicious ice cream out of it. And as the most ice cream loving family I have ever met we had to visit them. It was a beautiful place. With a nice garden with beautiful flowers and a lot of butterflies flying around, love butterflies ❤ We got 3 flavors of ice cream in a cup from a nice lady and just enjoyed it in the garden. After the nice and special ice cream we went and looked at the fields of different fruits and berries. A lot  I don´t know what was and some familiar once, like banana. A nice little stop of if you´r ever in Daintree.

Then we went back to Cains. We haven´t really been in Cains center yet, we just went and got the camping car and drove of. Today we took a better tour. It is smaller then Sydney of course, it more like a little city, but not yet a town. They had a nice common swimming pool/fountain by the cost were it seemed that half of Cains were hanging. From there you cud walk up a shopping street that ended up in a shopping mall. So basically like any other city. I am sure it´s more to do in Cains, but we didn´t have that much time there.

Have a look at the video for more information.

Sydney

I am back again! This time I will tell you about my amazing trip to Australia! I so want to go back again. I travelled there for almost a month with my mom, dad and sister. First place we went was Sydney.

I really liked Sydney. Not just because of the Sydney Opera and Harbour bridge, bud because of the over all atmosphere of the place. I specially liked it a Darling Harbour and the Rocks area.

Ok, the first you should do when you arrive Sydney is to go to Sydney Tower. You can see all of Sydney from there and get a great first look of this amazing city. I like to go to some sort of tower to have a overlook every time I visit a new city. Nice way to be introduced to a place.

If you are a big movie fan (like me) you should definitely go and see a film at the iMAX at Darling Harbour. This is the biggest screen in the world! Don´t miss it! It is massive…

We also went to Sydney Aquarium. They have over 11 500 animals in there and is a amazing way to see how much life it is in the Australian ocean. They have turtles, sharks, Nemo and so much more.

I am not much a shopping person. But, do take a couple of hours to roam the stores in Sydney. It may be a bit expensive, specially in the Rocks area, but they have a lot of exiting stores that should be looked at. You don´t have to buy something if you don´t want to of course.

Now, me and my dad really wanted to try the bridge climb over Sydney Harbour Bridge. But, after looking at the prices we decided that it wasn´t worth it. That does not mean that it´s not an amazing thing to do. I have a couple of friends that have done it and they say it was magical. So if you feel you can afford it I really think you should go for it.

What we did instead of the bridge climb was to walk up on the bridge and go to the first pillar were the Harbour bridge lookout is. This is very cheap and you get to walk through a museum about the bridges history as well. The view on the top of the pillar is more then good enough for me.

Then you of course have to see the Sydney Opera. See it from a view first. Maybe from  Harbour bridge lookout or from the Rocks dock, something like that. Because it is very beautiful far away. But, when you come closer it change. I found it a bit yellow, not white. And the surface was not smooth as I thought it would be. It was interesting to take a closer look, but I was a bit disappointed. It look best far away and it look brilliant at night.

After that you can take a stroll through the Royal Botanical Gardens right beside the Opera house. It looks more like a park I think, but beautiful never the less. And it is filled with birds. Specially the Kakadus are round here, screaming their head of. Be a bid careful round them because they are quit aggressive. The thing

that shocked us the most in Sydney was the amount of fruit bats! They were everywhere and in massive numbers. We walked out of the Botanical Gardens late evening and got to see the bats wake up. It was almost creepy to see them all fly up from the threes above us.

When you are sick of the city life and want to relax a bit, maybe try some surfing or just look at it. Take a trip to the famous Bondi beach. Even if it is the typical tourist beach it is beautiful and the water is so warm!

I am sure it´s more to do in Sydney. But this was all we had time to. I hope you have gotten some tips and ideas. Have a look at the Sydney video as well for some nice visuals.

Short look at Vaasa

Then we finally arrived in Vaasa and its time to check out the place. Vaasa is a small town by the sea in Finland. So it didn’t take long for us to walk to the sea. The center is very small and simple, but give a nice feeling. Everything in Finland is usually like that, nice in all ways and very simple. It´s also quit few people there, you never end up in a busy street where you get walked over.

Vaasa have some stores and clubs, but I have to admit. From a tourist point of view, its not much to do in Vaasa, but it have a very good student reputation.

I have to admit it was a bit nice to relax in Vaasa, but I was also longing home. So we staid just for a couple of days then we left for Norway again. I was so eager to get home that I drove the little car for almost 8 hours straight, just to get home to Norway from Finland in one day. Nice place Finland, but I think Norway is better 😉

One day in Stockholm

We woke up in the tent after a surprisingly nice sleep. Outside it was warm, sunny and beautiful. We got some breakfast and went in to town as soon as possible. This time we had a swedish “guide”, her name was Julia Brolin. The same girl that let us sleep in her garden.

First she took us to Gamla stan, thats the old part of Stockholm. It is so beautiful, with narrow streets, funny stores and wonderful old buildings. We just walked round there for a while to enjoy the harmony the place had. After a while we got out to Stockholm castle with guards  standing outside. Round the corner it we got to see a whole troop of guards march out with music and everything. That was pretty cool. We also got to see Storkyrken where the princess of Sweden just had got married.

After that we left the old town and went in to the modern centrum. Looked at some stores and parks. In the end ended we up on Hard Rock Café, of course, and had a nice lunch in our favorite café. After that Julia had to go, so we said see you later and wandered off alone.

We ended up going to Djurgården, one of many half island along Stockholm’s harbor. It is really beautiful there, with a lot of threes and grass. Statues and not that many people. Just nice to walk and sit there.

In the end I was so tired that we took the boat back to the center and just went back to the tent. Preparing for next day and going to sleep.