Camping in Scotland

Adventures

Towering mountains. Rugged hills. Shimmering waters. Thick woodlands. Dark Skies. Star gazing. Pleasant weather. Campfires. Wild dancing. Wild Swimming. Lush Meadows. I was very much looking forward to this camping trip. It was going to be magical.

It was not.

The clouds hovered over the skies, threatening a dreadful storm at any point. It rained all night. We were attacked. By tiny creatures. Our legs. Arms. Faces.

We saw towering mountains. We saw rugged hills. Clouds forming atop them. One day of good weather gave us beautiful views of the shimmering loch and a pleasant walk through thick forests and winding trails. Hovering clouds deterred any chances of star gazing and dark skies.

When did anything ever stop me from having fun?

We did build campfires. We roasted marshmallows. We wore nets on our faces. We danced wildly. We recited poems. We sang songs. We cooked fresh meat on the fire. We ran down lush meadows playing War with the bugs. We marveled at the vanilla sky. We pet dogs. We saw wild ponies.

When nature gave us lemons, we made lemonade!

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Shades of Pink

Adventures, Parties, Gifts & Crafts

Two all-time friends on a mission to explore the pinkest of pink cocktail bar in London. It cannot get any girlier or pinker than this. They discover strong female bonds. Beautiful women empowering each other and having a brilliant time. Amazing looking and delicious tasting cocktails. Different shades of pink, sassy feminine / feminist quotes, and lots, and lots of picture taking, (with phones with shitty cameras and not very good  lighting).

Like this ….

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Bucket List Update

Adventures

Have I lived my life to the fullest?

A little reminder of all the things that I have ever wanted to do (travel wise) and all the ones that I would like to in my lifetime. I love, how having a travel bucket list, has been such a positive impact on me. I am due another stock check soon. It really does help to see where I am now, and, where I would like to be, and set in motion the things I dream of.

Sometimes I forget, but look at all the places I have been to and the fun that I have had. I must remember, this list is so limited compared to my actual life, there have been so many other adventures I have had before this list, some that are not even on the list, which have blown my mind. And others that I have just not had the time to write it up. Some that I probably felt so inspired by, but then forgotten about it, ( as you do with life getting in the way). 🙂

Do you have a travel bucket list?

Lets see what I have done to date 🙂

Live in San Fransisco

 

Go on a road trip in the States

 

Go camping in Yosemite

 

See the wild life in Alaska 

 

Go to a Jazz bar in New Orleans

 

Eat amazing food in New Orleans

 

Ann of Green Gables - Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island

 

DisneyWorld Orlando

 

Stay at Flamingo Las Vegas 

 

Stay in tree house in Scotland

 

See seals

 

See otters

 

Stay in a cosy cottage

 

Bibury Village

 

Kenilworth castle

 

Wear Dutch clogs in Holland

 

Drink champagne in Champagne, France

 

James Bond style weekend in Monaco

 

See the fjords in Norway

 

Drink Guinness in an Irish Pub in Ireland

 

Oktoberfest

 

Moulin Rouge 

 

Visit Portumna castle in Ireland

 

Dracula’s castle

 

Visit a Turkish/public bath

 

Buy something from a Turkish market in Istanbul

 

Disneyland Paris

 

Eat octopus burger in Berlin

 

Drink at a medieval tavern in Prague

 

Dress up and attend Venice carnival

 

Drink wine and eat olives in Tuscany

 

Leaning tower of Pisa

 

Cheese tour in France

 

Plitvice National Lake – Croatia

 

French Wine road trip

 

Dead sea

 

Machu Picchu

 

Turtles in Galapagos

 

Cruise the Amazon

 

Drink Mojito in Cuba

 

Bathe in a Japanese Onsen

 

Stay in a traditional ryokan

 

Watch a sumo wrestling

 

Watch the sunrise in the Himalayas

 

Dandia in Rajasthan

 

Mesopotamian Ruins

 

Walk the Great wall of China

 

See the Terracotta army 

 

Ride a boat in Fewa Taal - Pokhara

 

Tea gardens of Darjeeling 

 

Eat Momo in Darjeeling

 

See Penguins/Polar bears - Antarctica / Arctic

 

Hobbitton in New Zealand

 

Dark forests - Night sky

 

Get stuck in a traffic of sheep

 

Northern Lights

 

Watch a live world cup match

 

Hot Air Balloon Ride

 

Bathe under a waterfall, ANY waterfall!

 

Skinny dip, on any body of water

 

Camp at a festival

 

See the lion king den

 

African safari and wildlife

 

Norwegian wilderness

Adventures

I went in search of magical creatures. Why, of course they are real. Mermaids, nymphs, trolls, ogres, pixies, goblins, fairies, name them all and if you look hard enough, you just might find them.  Perhaps a quick glimpse, before they vanish right before your eyes. Perhaps they will seduce you with their intoxicating beauty and music. Perhaps you will live to tell the tale. Perhaps you will die.

I lived to tell the tale.

I set off on an incredible adventure in the Norwegian wilderness. Along the journey, I saw majestic waterfalls. So many that I lost count. I crossed the rocky, rugged cliffs. I delved deep into nature. Made friends with trolls, some scary, some friendly. I climbed high on blinding, snowy mountains, met some friendly goats.  The scenery and landscape took my breath away. I sailed on shimmering waters, violent rapids, and past magnificent fjords.

And then I heard it. The most beautiful sound ever. A song. A hum. It started slow and soothing. It got louder, and I knew I was closer, or was it closing in on me? Then, perched on the edge of a giant and powerful waterfall I saw her. A huldra! Dressed in a ravishing red dress, with flowing golden hair, she danced to her song. Drawing me and other humans alike towards her.

Had it not been for the clackety clack and a screechy stop of a train in the distant, perhaps …

 

 

The Red Mill

Adventures

I have titled this The Red Mill, because well… Moulin Rouge!

That was the main reason I ever wanted to visit Paris. I never had any other interest or fascination of going to Paris otherwise. But I am so glad I went. I saw. I learned. I had a brilliant time, and I liked Paris.

The highlight of the whole trip obviously was Moulin Rouge. The show was amazing. The costumes were brilliant. Dazzling, vivid, bright. Reds, Pinks, Silver, Golds, Glitters, Crystals, Velvet, Lace, Feathers, Boobs, Bums. We got a whole bottle of champagne between us and I drank well, without getting drunk or having a hangover.

Like always, I do the Walking tour, if the city provides one. I have done many of these walking tours in many European cities, but this tour guide was the best. He had abundant knowledge on the history of the city and he was entertaining, full of jokes, puns, and amazing stories. I was amazed to learn that Paris is a ‘new-ish’ city built around the 1850s. I never realized that the Notre Dame had a much more deeper story than what the eye sees. It was a shame I was unable to go up top and see the gargoyles, but maybe for next time.

I ate frog legs. Lots of cheese. Lots of bread. Ham and Cheese baguette. I bought a beret. I wore the beret. Saw people fight and argue passionately. Rode on the local bus. made sure not to get sucked into tourist traps and scams. Basically just had a good time.

I’ll let the pictures say more. 🙂

Doing Life

Adventures, He and I, Renovations

I am still around, just doing Life.

Making: Travel Plans! I hope that I will be crossing off at least nine items from my Travel Bucket list, this year.

Cooking: Udon. My in laws seem to love it. I made a fiery gingery batch, (how I like it) and apparently it tastes like Pho. Need to give that a go. Also my manager send out his family recipe for pancakes, maybe I’ll give that a go over the weekend.

Drinking: Taro Milk.

Reading: Emerald Street Subscriptions, which comes into my email, every day. They always have pretty ideas, which naturally leads to me spending more money, but also having fun. Lots of fun.

Wanting: More money. To travel and see above.

Looking: “Your face is so clear, but your eyes are so tired. Like so so darn tired.” That is what husband said.

Deciding: Where to go and what to do in Paris and Bergen.

Wishing: “If I was a rich girl, nanananana”  –Gwen Stefanie.

Enjoying: Getting home early from work and having an evening.

Waiting: For March bank Holiday.

Liking: That the weekend isn’t far off, and looking forward to Momos and baking.

Wondering: How much money I would make, if a book I wrote were published.

Loving: My new Nivea Tinted Moisturizer. Makes my skin glow!

Pondering: Whether there is a way, I could better structure and live my life, to be able to do everything I want to do and not run away from ‘responsibilities’

Watching: Mad Dogs. The American version.

Considering: Taking meditation classes.

Hoping: That the coming family trip to Africa is totally awesome.

Marveling: At how strong I really am. ‘You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only things you have’. So true.

Needing: A full body massage.

Smelling: Myrrh.  It makes the house smell like heaven.

Wearing:  Black jeans and a fleece top. Comfort, always comfort.

Following: Amy Turn Sharp. Her poems make me feel better and passionate about life.

Noticing: My skin clearing. I have started to take better care of it. Aloe Gel at night. Moisturizer every day. Hydrating Masks every week. A Facial every month. Drinking lots of water. Eating lots of fruits.

Knowing: Everything will get better.

Thinking: About finishing and publishing a book

Feeling: Restless.

Admiring: My mother. She is a strong woman.

Sorting: Ideas and things I can take as a solo traveler and on long haul flights to make it more interesting.

Buying: Little bits and pieces for above

Getting: Settled into my new job.

Bookmarking: Lonely Planet Guide’s Solo Travel handbook

Disliking: Having to wake up way too early.

Opening: My journal. To write a few ideas down.

Giggling: I just remembered how in Prague a friend’s boyfriend and I were drawing silly things on the snow-covered cars. I drew boobs, he drew willies.

Feeling: Thankful at how much I have achieved and how far I have come in life.

Snacking: Wasabi Peas

Coveting: These

Hearing: My neighbor’s canaries, in his backyard. They are the sweetest things.

 

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Adventures, He and I, Poetry

Hello!

Here I am. All set. Ready to take on 2018.

The last two months have been heavy. I have been working. All seven days, of the week. There was this constant dread and anxiety over finding a new job. Redundancy was kicking in toward the end of December. Bills, mortgage, payments of generic goods a girl desires. How was I going to afford it all?

I did it though. I worked hard. 50 days. Constantly working. In between, looking for, applying and preparing for interviews. You know , for that good, solid job.

Like I said, I did it. I worked hard. I got offered a new job. I made some extra money. Met new people. Made new friends. Experienced new things. Learnt a lot, about the world, society, about myself.

And I am proud. You know what, I would like a medal. Perhaps I will do just that. Buy myself a medal, hmmm perhaps a crown? I have always wanted a crown. And why not? I can be the queen of my own life!

After nine months of anxiety and dread filled 2017, it had all worked out in the end. Almost like it was a Christmas miracle. It led me to have an enjoyable Christmas with family and friends and welcome the new year joyfully.

And so, to welcome 2018, I will leave two pieces of poems on the blog. They are both by Amy Turn Sharp. Her words are beautiful and has inspired me to have a go at writing my own on many occasions.

Poem 1:

How about not overanalysing 2018 into a mess?
What if you made a pact with your heart today?
A truthful and lovely treaty
With agreements that will honor you like:
-I will follow love everywhere
-I will lean into magic
-I will trust myself
-I will forgive
-I will live deep this year

Poem 2:

This is a spell.
The things you want
In 2018 will want
You back.