Overnight Camping Getaway

There’s something exhilarating about a spontaneous decision to do something fun. In our case it was the decision to spend a night out in nature . No fancy cabin or luxury accommodation, just a 2 person tent, sleeping bags, delicious but simple food supplies and fully charged phones to make sure we’d be able to buy our bus tickets the next day!

In the Northern part of Central Copenhagen, approximately 5 km’s from the town of Helsingรธr is a little gem called Gurre Lake that is sorrounded mostly by woods. The perfect location for a getaway.

About a 5 minute walk from the main road we hit a clearing from all the trees that gave way to a view of the beautiful lake but the main camping ground was a little further down the walking path. A log situated right by the waters edge was the perfect location to sit and enjoy the calm energy of the water. Bug spray is a definite must especially in the warmer months of the year as the mosquitoes seem to party all day and we unfortunately forgot ours! We were saved by the smoke that eminated from our picnic grill a short while later.

We made a quick stop to the grocery store prior to heading out to make sure we got some food for the night. In the style of keeping it simple we purchased some vegan cheese and burgers, whole wheat bread rolls, ketchup, salad and cherry tomatoes not forgetting the super affordable picnic grill to aid us with starting the fire quickly. Our lovely friends gifted us with some Croatian Red wine when they paid us a visit a couple of days earlier which we packed of course with some plastic cups to add a fancy reusable touch. I normally prefer crispy white wine however this red wine wasn’t as overpowering with the flavour that I have felt with other red wines. I forsee a wine tasting trip in Croatia sometime in the future. Hopefully that is!

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The burgers were absolutely divine and super filling, we had 2 each! The amazing thing with not using pots and other kitchen utensils is that the clean up is super easy and quick. After a short walk around we decided to head back to our tent and prepare to rest for the night, watching the light fade away with the sunset whilst nice and cozy in our sleeping bags from within the tent personally is one of those simple moments I won’t forget.

Sometimes when you strip away all the extras, simplicity is so fulfilling.

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Back to Nature

I might be speaking from a personal point of view or this could possibly resonate with other amazing people out there that being out in the wild and pure forests brings you so much peace and contentment.

After all the sightseeing in Rome this was the perfect way to end our trip. An hour by train to Terni from the Termini station and a short bus ride later we found our way to the Cascata Delle Marmore water fall. Created by the ancient Romans, it is the tallest man made waterfall in the world with a total height of 165 m.

The waterfall in situated in the Marmore falls park that has a couple of easily accessible and clearly numbered trails. The climb to the top is approximately 1km, aided with a couple of steps. The gradient isn’t too steep however I did break a sweat on the way up! We came across some really cool rock formations and a tunnel that leads you direct to an insane amount of spray at the end. I wasn’t up for getting soaked though, perhaps another time. Once we did get to the top, the view and much appreciated cool breeze were well worth the walk up.

It just so happened that as we were making our way out of the park we spotted a hiking trail that had a sign pointing to Castel De lago, a familiar name seen in prior searches online so we took off!

The first 20 minutes of walking were very strenuous, I was sweating so profusely that I would compare it to water pouring out of a shower faucet. Not very comfortable however, the gradient evened out after that and it was quite a pleasant hike for the next 45 minutes or so. By that time my body had adjusted and took the walking a lot better to the changing gradient.

Somewhere along the way we stopped to eat some pizza sandwiches we got prior to walking and took the chance to get much needed water in our systems then off we continued as soon as we saw gray clouds pooling in the skies. Safe to say we made it to the end of the trail approximately three and a half hours later mildly damp from the rain shower earlier on but exhausted with aching feet. Total walking time of around 5 plus hours from the time we started at the entrance of the waterfall.

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After so much activity the one thing we definitely needed was some good food and wine and knew just the place to visit again! Madre Terra, a vegan restaurant that has fresh and mouth watering twists to all their food, not forgetting their much appreciated generous measurements for glasses of wine had us back again to try the delicacies. My partner and I got fried rice balls as a starter, unfortunately no pictures were taken as we scoffed them down before they could cool down but I must say the texture and flavour definitely had us curious yet again for the main course. I chose to have ravioli and my partner had pasta tossed with some secret sauce because we couldn’t figure out the flavour, both dishes were absolutely divine and filling. We barely had enough space for the creamy chocolate pudding with cashew nuts but we ate it all somehow.

By the end of dinner we were fully satiated not just on the scrumptious food we’d just had but also on the entire experience we’d had in Rome as a whole. It would be such a Joy and pleasure to be back in Italy someday!

Aqua Park Mania

We viewed way more than we thought we would the first 2 days of the trip that we decided to do something spontaneous on the 3rd. What better way to do so than head to a water & amusement park! I personally hadn’t been to one before so I was super thrilled to get the opportunity to do so. Through our online searches we found one that had lots of good reviews and was fairly easy to get to with public transport called Hydromania.

Wooshing and swirling down the water slides I felt like I was a kid again, tons of fun! The park also has a restaurant to get food and ice cold drinks so its a perfect way to relax after zooming through all the slides. An ideal location to take a step back, leave all worries at the gate and enjoy being carefree, whether it’s with the slides or at the adult pool to get some quiet time.

After a couple of hours at Hydromania we decided to walk a little further into to streets of Rome and saw loads more incredible buildings as well as ruins and if it weren’t for my aching feet we would’ve continued walking till sunset!

Italian Getaway

With a 4 day halt between busy work schedules my partner somehow managed to whip up a trip to Italy! The journey is one he has taken multiple times but definitely a first for me.

Seeing the colosseum and Saint peter’s Basilica was a must and we most definitely did!

 

 

Insanely impressive structures just from the outside alone. A city with a lot of historic buildings that I felt thrown back into time. Super exciting!

Let’s not forget about the scrumptious food we had, I mostly eat vegetarian food but am slowly transitioning to being vegan which is not an easy feat especially when travelling however, Rome had a lot of options to offer. The 1st restaurant we went to was Bibliothe, a cosy restaurant not too far from the centre. We dove straight into their mouth watering curry in a hurry dish which consisted of decadent curried fried rice, hearty soup, refreshing salad and a tangy side dip with home made bread on the side. Absolutely divine and very filling.

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Fast forward to half an hour later when our tummies were settled, we took an easy stroll around the buzzing streets of Rome and tried my best to capture some of the amazing buildings around.

 

 

Travel within my own backyard

Fast-forward to 2018, my boyfriend and I planned a trip to Botswana because that’s the country where I spent most of my childhood years. It is a land locked country in Southern Africa with 70% of its territory covered by the Kalahari Desert. Despite this factor Botswana has the highest population of African Elephants in the world in its Chobe National Park, which is toward the north of the country.ย Botswana’sย Orapaย mine is the largest diamond mine in the world in terms of value and quantity of carats produced annually. The country is a hidden gem that is a must visit destination.

 

The continuation of our journey got us to Gaborone, the Capital city of Botswana and despite spending most of my early years there I had never climbed Kgale Hill which is a mountain nicknamed the sleeping giant towards the outskirts of town. It was a pretty steep hike going up but once we reached the summit, the struggle getting up was definitely worth it as we had the view of the entire city around us. The traffic on the roads looked like little ants and I must say that I never realized how lush the city is with a vast number of trees standing tall and proud all around . I had to take a moment to soak in the beauty of mother nature.

 

The following day we decided to grab a bite to eat at the much recommended Restaurant_Main Deck located at the Main Mall. A place with welcoming aura and amazing staff ready to assist at all times. The menu had quite a few vegetarian options so I chose to get a cheese and tomato toasty with fries which were absolutely divine and my partner had the vegetarian pizza which was super scrumptious. I was so stuffed I had to relax for a little while before I could even stand up! You could definitely tell a lot went behind the creation of the hearty meals. I can’t wait to visit again!!

 

 

 

 

Spanish Style, first glimpse

The final destination in the Europe tour was Spain. An absolutely vibrant country rich with culture and really impressive mountains!

My introduction to the largest country in Southern Europe was the town of Castelldefels located a mere 20km’s from Barcelona, a place known for its long beach which we definitely had to see. Strolling down the beach with the calm waves splashing on the shoreย I felt at peace, something about the ocean always seems to soothe me. To top it off we lazed around in the sun and had some potent yet refreshing and tasty Sangria. The following day we definitely had to see Barcelona and of course the Sagrada Familia. The enormous church definitely was a sight to see. The details already on the structure were just jaw dropping and that just made me wonder what the final masterpiece would look like.

After our enlightening day we travelled to Bilbao, in the north of Spain. The first thing that caught my eye was definitely the mountains, very green and dominant features all around. The short bus ride from the airport to the city centre gave a glimpse of the neat town however, actually walking within the little cosy streets tucked together really broadened the view of the city. All its gems hidden from plain sight. The city coming to life after Siesta gave life to an amazing aura and energy all around. Stores filled with locally made crafts, street musicians playing all around, kids playing and having fun, lovebirds walking hand in hand from the young to the elderly was amazing to see.

Then it was onto Amorebieta to spend a couple of days in a cosy guesthouse in the mountains. You could feel the pure energy just radiating from all the nature around,ย  which was much needed and appreciated after spending so many days sorrounded by a lot of people. At times its nice to experience other peoples good energy but at others you need to focus on buiding andย  maintaining your own. Being sorrounded by nature always helps massively with doing just that.

The hike we took at Urkiola National Park, 22km’s from Amorebieta was definitely the toughest one I had taken in my life. Having a goal of reaching the top and also having an encouraging partner really did help me not give up and I must say,ย that reaching the peak was the proudest moment I have had in a really long time. Achieving something I never thought I could simply because I had put limitations on myself and in that moment , laying on the grass at the top of the mountain exhausted and attempting to catch my breath I realised my life did not have a defined path or way to go but it was up to me to change my way of thinking to be able to achieve what I thought was impossible.

 

 

1st time in France

 

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My first couple of blogs will be about a lot of firsts for me because that’s my reality, I hope you enjoy!

The next European country I went to last Autumn was France. The vibe was definitely more intense than Denmark, more touristy which is alright but I personally prefer more laid back destinations. However I’m not taking any credit away from the country, it is full of amazing structures and statues and boasts a lot of vegan options which was amazing!

The Eiffel tower is such a magnificent structure, I was barely able to look all the way up without craning my neck with a very romantic feel in the evening after the lights came on around the entire tower. That moment I definitely felt the hype about Paris being the city of love. The Louvre museum unfortunately wasn’t opened on the day we went so we could only appreciate its beauty from the outside, we’ll go back one day to see the inside! Not forgetting the medieval Notre Dame church which just left my jaw gaping with all the details on its structure. So many things to take in with only a couple of hours with which to do them in.

Accommodation as well is pretty affordable if you stay in hostels which are located all around the city. Vacation doesn’t have to be about staying in the fanciest places because you could save a lot of money just by staying at hostels where the atmosphere is rather airy if you’d like to socialize or you can just laze around without feeling the need to be overdressed to live up to the standards of top hotels. However, if you do need a little time either for yourself or some private time with just yourself and your partner or even Family then yes hotels all the way.

We stayed at Peace and Love Hostel which had a relaxed vibe and was right in the city center with self service kitchen for people that enjoy being master chefs! The hostel does have happy hour almost everyday however, the rooms are located upstairs therefore you could barely hear any noise from downstairs which was amazing.

You can’t go to Paris and not see Mickey! Disneyland was the next stop with a full day planned at the amazing theme park. Goofy and I just happened to be matching, I promise I did not plan my outfit to look like his! A little stop for a vegetarian pizza and refreshments then it was back to the rides, the one I vividly remember is the ‘hall of fame’ roller coaster which had me screaming at the top of my lungs. Yes to Disney Land for adults and kids. The plan was to stay from around 10 am till 8pm when the bus would drop us back in Paris city center however, by 4pm we were well spent and opted to take the train back which was under 10 Euro’s each and ran every 15 minutes.

We took our time walking around the streets of Paris, absorbing all the amazing infrastructure and were famished by the end of the day so decided to spoil ourselves a bit by looking for a great vegan restaurant and we came across Tago Mago which is an independently run cafe with a great host, Laurent who clearly loves what he does. We could definitely feel the love that went into preparing the food. To top it all off he had an impressive selection of music and that;s the first thing we noticed walking in. Pretty chilled afrobeat music was softly thumping through the speakers and I could not help but move to the rhythm of the beat, the beer I had might have added to my jovial mood but only slightly as the scrumptious food and host already had me hyped.

It was also a perfect opportunity for me to practice my basic French but I felt really awesome trying to say a few words here and there!

So much to see and do, so the 3 days we had had to be fully packed with things to do but we had a blast, stay tuned in for the following France trip later on…. ๐Ÿ™‚