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I started travelling in 2004/2005 when I moved to Ljubljana, Slovenia at the age of 20. I had never before heard of Slovenia and the decision was made by a teenage girl with a teenage-broken heart. But my year living in Slovenia had my teenage-heart grown stronger and made me a spirited youth ready to take on the world. Without Slovenia I would not have been who I am today.

It was in this period that I started travelblogging and found it an amazing opportunity to not only keep those at home updated, but also to have a reminder in the years to come. I travelled the Balkans for a over a month after my stay in Ljubljana. I visited places which to this day still remain strong in my memory, places that came to represent what I would later recall as "my Balkan".

see first blog on the trip: Enjoying my last days

My next big travel was in 2006, where I spent time travelling La Peninsula, discovering places such as Granada, "Chauen", Fez, Lisboa, Salamance, Valencia and off course Madrid, the centre of it all. I lived the following half a year as an Erasmus student in Madrid, in Argüelles. It was my time "living la vida loca", enjoying the freedom to do as I pleased. It was a time of love, of friendship, of life, it was Spain.

see first blog on the trip: Madrid - the journey begins

After having watched a travel documentary about the Caucasus countries, I embarked on a journey there in the summer of 2008. My love for Eastern Europe and the old Communist bloc was reinforced as I made my way through the plains of Azerbaijan, the mountains of Georgia and the churches of Armenia. Rarely have I seen anything so diverse and beautiful as the three Caucasus countries. But the journey was also a journey to understand and better myself, and to come to terms with my own cultural intolerance and (mis)understanding. In particularly through my visit to Azerbaijan did I learn how limited my world-view had been and how narrow-minded I was as a Westerner. However, it should take me years before I could truly say that I had fully improved and become better at meeting those different to myself.

see first blog on the trip: First taste of the Baltic - Riga

Half a year later, I went to Lithuania for an internship, mingling in the diplomatic circles of Vilnius society. For the first time, I got the chance to become probably acquainted with the labour market and have a sense of how it felt to have a nine to five office job. But the job was not what kept me awake, Lithuania was. It seemed so close to home and yet so far away. As if it was worlds apart from my Copenhagen life. While being used to wasting all the free time I had had as a student, knowing I had only the weekends for myself made me extra careful to explore new places when ever I could.

see first blog on the trip: There is something about Vilnius

In the summer of 2011, I crossed the big Ocean for the first time and had an amazing time discovering Canada and the US. Here I began out with a month in Edmonton followed by a West to East travel across the continent from Vancouver to Toronto with Amtrak's Empire Builder (I now understand why Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory has such a fascination for trains).

see first blog on the trip: Basecamp Edmonton

Next time you'll see me bloging will be when I travel to Japan in the
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City May 22nd 2015

I have been to London twice before. Once as a young girl with my mum during the traditional Autumn Holiday, and once after a crazy New Years Eve in Portugal celebrating the arrival of 2006. I don't remember much apart from China Town from my first visit and my disappointment of Portobello Road from my second. Thus, I must admit I was not exactly over enthusiastic when my boyfriend dreamt of us visiting London. However, last year for his birthday I gave him a plane ticket to London, and finally we found the time to fit in a long weekend trip. But seeing as it is a long time since any of us visited London, we wanted to make the most of it. Most of all I have been looking forward to the pubs. Ever since ... read more
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Europe » Greece » Crete April 2nd 2015

One part of me complains, screaming that I will never do this again in a million years. Another part of me wishes that I could have more days such as this. We are back from a long walk in the beautiful Sfakia. Imbros Gorge Since our trip to Crete is outside the normal tourist season, we have had limited options in possible day trips. However with the help of an extremely friendly and engaging lady at the Chania Tourist Information, we have managed to plan a full day to the Southern part of Western Crete. We begin the day by joining the Cretans in the early hours at the bus station. After a wake-up coffee and lots of greasy breakfast pastry, we board the 8:15 AM bus to Hora Sfakion, the main town of Sfakia. On ... read more
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MISSING April 1st 2015

As a student of European Studies, I have read my share of academic articles which begin with the founding myth of Europe and its symbolism in present day EU. According to Greek mythology Zeus fell in love with a Phoenician princess named Europa. While Europa and her maiden friends were out picking flowers by the sea, Zeus approached from the sea in the disguise of a beautiful white bull. As Europa petted the bull, it laid itself down in front of her. Though timid, she placed herself on its back, whereafter Zeus abducted her and brought her across the sea to the island of Crete. Here they made love (some argue that this happened while he was disguised as an eagle) and she ended up as the first Queen of Crete. One must conclude that the ... read more
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Europe » Greece » Crete » Chania April 1st 2015

The last days of March are busy in Chania as the locals get ready to welcome the tourist masses who move in from April 1st. Our first day in Chania, we are met with people out in the streets cleaning and repainting the inventory and façades of their restaurants. We are close to the only tourists here and seem to have the old town almost to ourselves. I'm already in love. It is a long time ago that I experienced something as romantic and picturesque as the old town of Chania. The colourful old houses, the small streets and, in every perceivable spot, potted plants giving off a green and fresh atmosphere. Our hotel is right in the middle of the old town, in the Splantzia Quarter which used to be the Turkish part of town. ... read more
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Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman June 2nd 2014

As many other cities in the region, Amman can count its history back to the Neolithic period. It is known for spanning over seven hills, though today that number has increased to 19 hills as the city has rapidly expanded since the mid-20th century. It became a capital in 1921 when Abdullah I made it the centre of the Emirate of Transjordan, and turned into a large city with the influx of Palestinian refugees in 1948. My friend lives in a newer area of Amman close to a fancy shopping mall and a Starbucks. Half the houses on the street are still being build and you can feel the constant expansion of Amman as you look around. It seems as if small enclaves are build in the dry and hilly area. So much empty space lies ... read more
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Middle East » Jordan » West » Madaba May 30th 2014

Madaba lies approximately one hour from Amman and is most famous for its mosaics. You might have heard of the 6th century Madaba Map which is a large mosaic in the Byzantine Church of Saint George displaying the holy land. But this is not the reason why I have convinced my boyfriend to stop in Madaba for a few days. On the contrary I am more into softer fabrics and after discovering that Madaba is also a carpet city I have become dead-set on finding myself a magic carpet. I have grown up in a house with oriental rugs and I love the earthy tones of such carpets. In my stepfathers summerhouse there used to be a particular massive kelim carpet which was all eroded from decades of use. I love it. To me it is ... read more
Carpet making
Mosaics
People being baptised

Middle East » Jordan » West » Al Karak May 27th 2014

After two days in Wadi Musa we are on the road again. We are heading to Madaba which is only an hours ride south of Amman and close to quite a list of biblical places. The drive there will take us most of the day, and on the way we will get the chance of a few hours to explore the Temple Knights castle of Kerak. I can't wait to explore Kerak and I must admit that in anticipation of our trip I have re-read Jan Guillou's amazing trilogy about Arn Magnusson, Knight Templar. Jordan is dry and with little vegetation as we drive up the Kings Highway. All the houses which we pass seem unfinished with metal sticks on the roof as if the Jordanians are all planning to attach another floor to their home ... read more
View from King's Highway
Anna the Crusader
The winding road

Middle East » Jordan » South » Petra May 26th 2014

Petra is hands-down the biggest tourist attraction in Jordan. As one of the new seven wonders of the world it has been segmented as a must-see place for any tourist with respect for him- or herself. Most come in large buses from neighbouring Israel and Egypt. Lonely Planets edition for Israel and the Palestinian Territories even has a chapter on Petra. They arrive for a two hour visit during which they have the time to walk the winding road of the Siq until it opens up to the iconic view of the Treasury. They might have time for walking to some of the graves and the Amphitheatre, but as much as they will be in awe of the grandness of the place, they haven't even scratched the surface of why Petra is a new yet old ... read more
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The Royal Tombs
On the road to the Siq

MISSING May 25th 2014

Sometimes you come across a place which takes your breath away. For me, a dry and hot desert somewhere in the Middle East, which shares its name with an alcoholic beverage, happens to be one of those places. I cannot imagine anyone would leave Wadi Rum without feeling overwhelmed with the magnificence of the place. For some reason that has also made it extremely difficult to write this blog entry, because writing inspirationally about a place of sand, rock and dry heat is rather difficult.Our visit to Wadi RumAfter a day of snorkelling in the Red Sea, we went to the absolute opposite extreme with a Bedouin guided tour to the desert area of Wadi Rum. We had originally planned for a few nights stay in a Bedouin camp and a painful trek on camel, but ... read more
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Middle East » Jordan » South » Aqaba May 24th 2014

While I hate the idea of myself in a bikini and have an odd fear of drowning, I have had a long time dream to experience the wonders of the sea. Aqaba and the Red Sea seemed the obvious possibility to try out my dream. Partly Jordan is a Muslim country and Aqaba is a rather conservative city where tiny bikinis are only the norm in the southern resorts. Thus, I could show off my very conservative bathing outfit. Partly, the Red sea is not muddy green and cold as the Baltic, but rather crystal blue and clear - not to mention warm, making me feel a little safer that Jörmungand or the Loch Ness Monster were not to grab me from below. Therefore, before going we had booked a tour on Layla One, where we ... read more
Cowboy Camel
Beach life
Doing the scary eyes - under water




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