Personal, Travel

Post vacay depression: Coping skills.

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Am I the only one who suffers from post-vacay depression? Ever damn time. It’s like a soul-sucking void that leaves your heart to bleed out. I know it’s coming and I try to prepare myself, but it gets me every time. I thought I’d share my coping skills with you and how I get back to normal habits after borrowing funloving time from the future. Here we go:

Day 1: Sleep and weep. Let’s be honest, I’m usually worn out AF. I sleep and then morn the end of a relationship with my travelling alterego.

Day 2: Gym. I also add berries to my proteinshake to try to make it more tasty. Does it work? Meh..

Day 3: Gym.

Day 4: Gym.

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Day 5: You see the pattern. Then I don’t feel like going to the gym and I remind myself that I have a new trip coming up. So I go to the gym and start getting excited about a new trip for sucking funloving time out of the future.

I add friends and family to the mix as well, a long with browsing the internet for new and old destinations.

….And that’s how I cope. Have you got any actual good coping skills, please share with me! I beg you.

På gjensyn!

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Personal, Travel

Visit Israel part 2: My top 5 favourites!

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There is one thing I love about travelling and that is the authentic experience. Although Israel in itself is super fascinating and that I had a great experience doing touristy stuff, my top 5 is a bit different than the usual touristy thing. I love it when I get to hang out with locals and I want to share what I appreciate while having amazing trips like this one:

img_0133The numbering doesn’t really matter. These are all great things that I will appreciate and be grateful for, for the time to come.

I tasted a lot of different foods. I was lucky enough to come along for shabbat dinner as well. Thank you so much for that. Even if I thought I was going to die from overeating that night. Seriously..

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I also got to attend a Jewish wedding, which was such a fun experience! It’s so very different to the weddings I’m “used” too and it was refreshing to see it from another cultural perspective.

I went to two concerts. One was mostly CHRCHK for me because it was in Hebru, but I really enjoyed it. Second one was a Jam Sunday at Jimmy Who?, which was a lot of fun! The music scene in Israel is great and there is really a lot of amazing musicians – so much so that an American basketball player is actually chasing his music career there as we speak. Weird huh? I would have never thought..

The people I met was super funny. It’s been a long time since I laughed as much with strangers. Their humor is amazing and I love the self irony. My kind of people. If you don’t find Israelis funny, there’s something seriously wrong with you.

And of course the country in itself is absolutly stuinng. Everywhere I went the view was amazing. There’s not a lot of places in the world that happens. I mean, usually there is some ugly you know.. But no. I’m actually a bit jealous.

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Thank you so much for a wonderful time Israel. See you again sometime in the future. ❤

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Visit Israel part 1: 6 things you must do!

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As the social outkast-Norwegian I am I made very spontaneous decision to book a trip to Israel two days prior to leaving. Alone. It might sound crazy to some, but then again completely normal to you fellow Globetrotters out there. I did have a person waiting for me on the other side of customs though, so I wasn’t going completly bananas. Even so, it really was a trip of a lifetime. I never thought Israel to be a destination I would visit, for reasons unknown, but then again it really surprised me how wonderful this place is. In many ways it was like coming home – I will get back to that later in this post. First, lets get in to the practical stuff:

It takes about 8 hours to travel from Norway to Israel, with one stop. I chose to fly with Polish Airways simply because it was 1. Cheap and 2. A shorter amount of traveltime. There are many hotels to commit to, so you might want to set your intentions for your trip before you pick one. Prices are high and therefore staying at a beach resort might be a waste of money if you plan to travel around. Relax, there is enough beach for you to spend time on anyway. I chose the Leonard Boutiqe Hotel, which was really really great! The room was super nice and the staff super friendly. The only thing that weirded me out was the whole kosher thing about not pushing buttons on Saturdays. What – no coffee machine?! Crises! You must know that I knew absolutly nothing about Jewish culture piror to my trip. Anyway, I survived that as well. They did have coffee after all.  There is no need to panic about booking hotels in other cities if you plan on staying over somewhere either, you can do that when you arrive. Now, with the practical stuff out of the way let’s look at 6 things you must do!

You can go pretty much anywhere and it’s all beautiful. I also love that Tel-Aviv is full of chill zones where people just lay down and feel life. Isn’t that just great?! It’s unusal for me to see people spend so much time outside with friends and family, mosty because Norwegians do that in remote places like the mountains or in the forest. And even though we come out of our winter hibernation during spring and summer, you usually find us in a bar or in the park that we turned into a bar. In Tel-Aviv people are just everywhere – which is great!

I spent my 7 days travelling around seeing all that I could see. I feel very honored though to have such a great tour guide to rely on – because I had no idea what to do. As you can see we spent time by the Dead Sea, in Tel-Aviv, the Bahai gardens, Jaffa and Jerusalem. Everything is just an hour or a couple away, so you really can make it all in good time. I was very astonished by the fact that what I though was so different actually reminded me of home in many ways. I mean, Israel is different, but the whole vibe of people are very similar. With that I mean the temper and behaviour of people. I didn’t feel out of place at all. Take away the chill zones and Sunday on Saturdays and voila: home.

If you’re tempted, go for it! I’ll share my personal top 5 and why with you inmy next post.

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På gjensyn!