Started the year at home in Norway, in a cabin in the mountains with my family and dog. Skiing, snow, walking, cozying, all the best things in life.
Around February I was lucky enough to travel to Breckenridge, Colorado with a group of crazy Norwegian students. Between the snowboarding and the scenery, it is by far one of my favorite places in the States.
Mobile, Alabama. Again with a group of Norwegians. This time to pass the baton as Information Officer in ANSA USA on to another lucky person. My second trip to the South, but definitely not my last.
Costa del Sol
In June I traveled with my family to “pick up” my youngest sister from her exchange semester in Spain. Tapas, sunshine, the ocean and fresh fruits and veggies and more family time.
Back home to Norway for a couple of weeks before heading off again. This time to play in the ocean, paddleboard and show off my city to a couple of visiting Nebraskans.
2015’s Chinese adventure started in the capitol, Beijing. Though we were checking the air quality on our phones every day, we got so much out of our days here, and there is still enough to explore for me to go back again.
No pictures of the terracotta warriors, but we did see them! However, the most memorable experience in Xi’An included a terrible guide and highway hiking trip.
The Yellow Mountains. While the fog completely covered the view, we still enjoyed hours at the natural hot springs, hiked through the clouds and explored parts of this little town not catered to Western tourists.
Hangzhou is known to be the most beautiful city in China, and it did not disappoint. We stayed close to the West Lake, rented bikes and saw pure sunshine for the first time in two weeks!
It’s strange how appealing the most mundane things are after a couple of weeks in a country where everything is foreign. Hong Kong offered legible transit systems, English-speakers and menus where everything makes sense. However, my favorite part of this city is the unique blend of East and West, as well as the insane(!) skylines.
After three weeks of trekking through China, our last stop was Thailand, and it was amazing. Beautiful place, wonderful people, delicious food. We stayed at the Andaman White Beach Resort in Phuket and hardly left the hotel because we had everything available there. From the fresh breakfast buffet, personal patio and hot tub outside our room to the private white sand beach in front of the resort.
Before heading back to Nebraska to hunt for jobs, I managed to squeeze in a couple of days in Prague. We stayed in the cutest AirBnB (one of my favorite travel “secrets”), roamed from coffee shop to restaurant to cocktail lounge, and walked the beautiful city streets all day.