Roadtripping through Tuscany pt. 2: Saturnia

They were a renewed couple getting into the car on Sunday morning. Both energized from two days of not doing much at all. Most of all, they were excited to reach Saturnia and the treasure that part of Tuscany held. But one treasure was already ready to be discovered half-way along the way. On Ole’s…

Roadtripping through Tuscany pt.1: Chiana

It was a long and winding road – no really, they went through a few roundabouts and the highways wasn’t much of a five minute journey – but they had bought bread and cheese, and a bit of a salami, for the road, so they wouldn’t go hungry. Fruits were in plenty. Thirst wasn’t supposed…

Our Biggest Regret

You don’t want to plan a lot of time to visit Lake Garda. Image//google It only takes five hours to drive around Lake Garda; who needs to make pit stops to take stunning photos or visit beautiful small towns around the lake anyway? Image//google And if you do go against all advice and go see…

Check-list: Venezia/Venice

Here are some bullet points we’d advice anyone to have the best possible experience in Venezia! Arrive early, that way you can leave early before everyone else. Water, water & water. Get a map and decide a productive route stopping at the things you want to see. We didn’t do this and spent most of…

Milan

If anything, this is a story* of precaution. It may also be a story about perception of race, if you chose to see it that way, and in that way it may also be a story about representation, values and fortune in misfortune. Young, optimistic and naive, they were a few hours into the journey,…

From Central Athens to Skiathos

No matter how much we searched the internet, we couldn’t find a comprehensive, straight-forward and up-to-date answer on how to travel to Skiathos and Skopelos (two of the “Mamma Mia – The Movie” islands) from Athens by bus and ferry. Therefore, I’ve decided to post a short, but up-to-date post about it (well, I’m trying….

Starbucks has Done the Impossible!

Everyone who knows me knows I don’t like coffee. Can’t stand the taste of it. Now, Starbucks (Mykonos) has managed the impossible ~ Yes, I drank it all!

Highlights of Milos (plus an Itinerary)

We were supposed to stay two nights in Milos and then move on further down south. Instead we stayed five and then headed north. Don’t get me wrong, we would have stayed longer if time would have allowed it.

Demokratiet: Et Sirkus

Hver gang det er valg går vi en usikker fremtid i møte. Men det som er sikkert er at Sirkuset alltid er punktlig. Som aktører tar representantene nesene ned fra skyene og for engangsskyld later som de hører hva vi sier, later som de bryr seg og verst av alt later som de kan gjøre…

Chasing Dares

Sorry for the long absence folks, alas, better a year later than never as they say (I doubt anyone would actually say that tbh). I hope you will excuse my silence knowing it has been due to (more) personal tragedies happening in my life, plummeting me into a tunnel of depression & anxiety, until there…

Me after “Me Before You” (Spoilers)

Warning: The following text contains spoilers to the book and film “Me Before You” (“Et Helt Halvt År” på Norsk). Please do not continue to read if you don’t want to know how either book or film ends. I’m going to reflect on this story like I did when I read it; by drawing  lines…

Bryce Canyon and Monument Valley: Team Bandana on tour, pt. 2

  Dear readers (or ghosts of readers still waiting for my next post), About eight months ago I promised you a full summary and review of the trek I did with TrekAmerica last summer, but then life – or more correctly depression –  got in the way and picking up the keyboard to blog became…

Vegas and Zion National Park: Team Bandana on Tour pt.1

It is time for me to tell you all about the amazing trip I had with TrekAmerica and fellow travelers – across 3 articles that is. The full itinerary can be found here. LAS VEGAS It all began in Vegas with a shattered phone and half a day until kick-off. I had only just arrived to…

Here and there in New York City

Manhattan I believe it is a testimony to how much I enjoyed myself in LA when, suddenly, I was at the airport, supposed to leave, but realizing I had done absolutely no, zero, zip, nill, nada research about New York whatsoever. What would I do once I landed at JFK? No clue.

Warner Bros Studio Tour, CA.

I was a bright eyed and excited girl meeting up at the Warner Bros. Studios gate. Like Disney and Universal, Warner Bros. stands behind so many great classics and entertainment productions that made up, not just my childhood, but especially my sweet teens. To be at the gate was pretty huge; like a being on…

Back to my beloved Trondheim: Torucon2015

Damn, it’s sad to be back home from Torucon 2015! I had such a good time standing on stand with the rest of the Kybernesis crew and I hope all guests and/or followers of our #kybernesisexperience on Instagram and Twitter did too!

Check me out, I was at E3!

*Throwback alert: This event happened almost two months ago, but, due to life, the article has been delayed from being published.*  I mentioned in the previous article that G was so kind to bring me to work where I could help out. This exposed me to some incredible experiences ranging from PA’ing at a music…

Meeting Georgia Van Cuylenburg

The door clicked open and we had a ‘Honey, I’m home!’ moment. Only, I didn’t walk in through the door, but was sat in her sofa, cuddling her dog, having just landed in LA and came face to face with G coming home from the office – for the very first time. From this moment…

Part 2: Disney’s California Adventure Park

*This post continues where Part 1 left off. It is thus strongly advised to read the previous post to get a complete picture of the Disneyland Resort, California experience. Disneyland was splendid and all, but the princesses were still keen to go where the Kings and Queens play. They got to Disney’s California Adventure bright and early…

Part 1: Disneyland Park, Ca.

Do you know what’s one of the happiest places of the world? Ah Disneyland. Decades of watching Disney films, dreaming about Paris, Florida – any places with a Disney resort really – and I finally got to go to the one in California. On their 60th Diamond Anniversary when the diamond decorations would be repeated…

Los Angeles Pick and Mix

In two weeks time I’ll be revealing what I’ve been up to in LA. However, as I’ve been super-duper-busy, it’s been hard to find time to check out the typical touristy things there. The list which follows is therefore very small, but here comes the few things I actually have been able to check out…

The LA Mission

Continuing on the thread of love, peace and community from the last post, I wanna tell you about the one and only humanitarian experience I’ve had in LA up to this point (I know right, bet you were all wondering when this one was going to come up). Last Wednesday, me and G – whom I’ll…

Some Mosaic Church Experiences

Last weekend (Yikes, it scares me to say that already – time flies away way too fast), I went with one of my (new) great friends (and future musical sensation) to a sunday sermon at her church, the Mosaic church. The sermon began with a concert of lovely (spiritual?) music and was followed by the…

Universal Studios

   Couple weeks ago I got the chance to visit the Universal Studios. Although always excited for a visit to a set and/or another place where movies and television have been filmed, I really didn’t know what to expect. I don’t even know if what I did expect was fulfilled once we were there. I…

Gold’s Gym (Hollywood)

I’ve been feeling tense lately; kind of edgy even though these huge fantastic things are happening in my life at the time being. Maybe I’m just waiting for it all to scramble down like it usually do – or maybe I’m missing something. I have been missing something for a long while now. I try…

Big Sur and Amtrak Coast Starlight (SF, Day 3 and 4)

Day 3 Memo to self, two days is not enough in San Francisco when you’re directionally challenged. These are just some of the things I would have liked to do if I’d had more time: Alcatraz (book in advance) Cable cars Fisherman’s wharf (I was there, but if you want to have a decent look…

The Golden – Excuse me – Fog City (SF, Day 2)

Day 2 This was easily my favourite day in San Francisco. The great thing about USA hostels is that they have a lot of tours inside and outside of San Francisco which you can book and get for a cheaper price than you might have done elsewhere. They also do daily activities which you can…

The Land of Dreams (SF, Day 1)

Finally, the first America post is ready! So the only right thing to do would be to kick off this Fairytale of the Land of Dreams at the very beginning right? So let’s do that! My very first stop in America was just that – a dream. I don’t know how many of you have…

Lima and Loki Hostel

It has come to my attention that I haven’t yet written to you about my staying in Lima ( two nights before I went to Huancayo) and, quite frankly, that is just something I have to do before I can see myself as finished with that chapter and begin to tell you about the amazing…

17th of May

– Or more correctly known as the Norwegian Independence/Constitution/National day for all Norwegians and friends of Norwegians.   It’s widely recognised as the day Norway and the Norwegian Facebook walls are dressed in red, white and blue. For us Norwegians, this day marks and celebrate the 17th of May in 1814 when we got our own…

Finding Back to My Footprints

Dearest Readers, It’s with a lot of regret that I look back at the past months and think of how much I’ve let you all down by not bringing the stories promised to you to the table. It can only be excused with the blues. I had them big time. After everything that happened at…

Losing My Baby Girl

It’s a difficult thing to have lost most things for then to lose everything.  It’s end of summer 1999 and we’re on our way to meet a little girl. I saw a tiny little creature with wild, soft hair and big, curious eyes. That’s the moment I became a mum. We met, it seems, such…

Happy Different Valentine’s Day from Peru!

I’m one of those who spent Valentine’s Day with comfort chocolate and Valium all her life, until last year when me and one of my best friends decided to do something different on Valentine’s Day; we wanted to help others. Our story of spending the day feeding the homeless all around Cardiff town got quite…

What’s Been Going on and Where it’s Going Next

*this article have been written over the past week It’s been quiet here for a while. My posts don’t come as promised. You’ve heard nothing of my volunteering. The fb page is equally quiet; only my own personal page is being posted on. My friends knows I haven’t been feeling well. But I’ve waited to…

Cusco and Marqueses Boutique Hotel

If you only have time to go to one town in Peru, then Cusco would be your best shout. I absolutely loved it here. The touristy city centre is full of life, clean, tidy and safe. You see the poorer areas where the locals live like a favela frame around the city centre. Although I…

Survivor of the Inca Trek 2015

The long-awaited report; it’s actually taken me so long to get this done simply because I wanted it to be really good for you guys (and because I haven’t been well). First: Some facts you need to know – If you’re planning to do any trek to the Machu Picchu you need to book early…

A tour around the Sacred Valley

I’m sorry for the silence on the blog folks, sometimes travelling just takes all my time you know – tut tut. However, in all seriousness, it’s been a crazy busy week and I got so much new things to tell you in a couple articles hereafter so stay alert: these are the reports you have…

Flying high or sleeping right?

This will be a pretty boring post for most, but I hope the following reviews may be helpful to anyone planning to or already travelling in South America. If you are in Lima only for a lay over inbetween flights, I would say the Manhattan Inn Airport hotel is a good shout because of it’s…

On the Road Again

And I’m on route South America! But I might be having a different reaction to it than what you’d think… It’s not that I’m not excited, deep inside I am. It’s just this trip was always going to be a mission testing my boundaries and capability to handle my death anxiety, and now a lump…

Happy New Year; what to expect in 2015!

2014 is coming towards an end and 2015 is just around the corner. On a personal level, 2014 have been incredible, but I won’t forget or look away from the fact it’s been a difficult, tragic and testing year for the rest of the world. Wars, terrorism, flight accidents and other tragedies have taken and ruined…

Merry Christmas, World!

Can you all believe it’s the 24th of December already? I remember the days would never go by when we were kids. I’m sure the days had five hours more and the nights were even longer. We counted down to Christmas Eve by playing outside in the snow; pretending to be these Norwegian characters from…

TBT: Travel Essentials

Now that I’m home for Christmas it’s been quite quiet on this blog, but mistake me right: its not because I’ve put my boots in the air and braids in the beer. I wish. No, I’ve been busy preparing for South America in three weeks (ish) time by studying TEFL, Portuguese and Spanish. However, let’s…

La Gorn (farewell), Thailand!

It’s been a long 30h travelling from Thailand and back home – jumping around on one foot with 45kg luggage – and I’ve only just gotten out of a very long recovery sleep. However, I’m surrounded by Norwegian “koselig” Christmas decorations and in company of my cat – life is good! Starting a new travel fashion trend…

But how did the teaching go?

So some of you might remember that I struggled with the teaching in the beginning. However, around the second week I had assessed the children’s skills enough to figure out that I’d only been planning a bit too advanced activities. I had to plan the activities as if they were pre-preschool than preschool, meaning I…

Not everything goes according to plan

I should have spent my last days in Thailand giving some amazing lectures that would make my kids scream with joy, spend some extra time in the nursery to cuddle with my toddlers and then I’d round of the trip by swimming with dolphins and go elephant trekking. Even more so, I was finally, after…

A Visit to the Fountain of Life

Like mentioned I got to go with the mobile unit today and here’s my report as promised. My thank you’s to Sarah Hansen for providing me with the information below. The Fountain of life has two purposes. One is to be a day centre for street children who either live on the street or the…

Name’s Qvam, Christina Qvam

Well, it is nearing close to home departure for some Christmas Celebrations (only 6 days to go!) so I made up my mind that I couldn’t really be leaving without seeing more of Thailand (I’ve only ever seen Pattaya and Bangkok and I’ve been here 4times!). I therefore got the tickets, contacted a recommended accommodation…