I think I'm about 3 months into my new uni now. It's still the best decision I could have ever made and I'm pretty terrible at making decisions so the positivity levels have been high so far. Nonetheless, the weather is beginning to turn and it's definitely noticable. It seems like people are getting more cranky, more lonely and more irretable.
I've always thought there was something beautiful in the way in which we're influenced by the people around us. I've cried at other people's stories and become energised by other people's motivation. Yet I refuse to become more cranky, lonely and irretable by others as well. I'll need to give myself an exception to this week because I definitely had a weak moment there. I guess it's time to get back on track.
Why did I include a picture taken with a phone that clearly struggles to take photos in low-light? Well, this exact moment sparked a pretty random but important realisation about these colder and darker days. I was with a friend who was telling me that she's been feeling rather lonely. The usual response would be to talk about it, figure out what was wrong and how to make her feel better. But this was a special case. I've heard so many comments and conversations about people feeling lonely that I'm starting to think there's no avoiding it.
This one conversation was enough to make the whole puzzle complete. If everyone feels lonelier or sadder during the winter months, then nobody's really alone. It can be difficult to overcome that feeling if you're the only person experiencing it, but if you're together with everyone else you can literally solve it by talking to each other. Again, people tend to wear off on each other. Negativity will be met with negativity but the same can be said for optimism.
Let's not feel down about the time of the year or the stress that's already beginning to build for deadlines. It's November, the strangest 'inbetween month' of the entire year. At least, that's what I thought until I saw this quote. It's true that November doesn't really mark the beginning of something new but it's definitely marking beginning of an end. We have one more chance to leave 2017 on a high. So why the hell not take risks and do the unexpected. The year's almost over anyway.
My goal for the end of the year: to have courage and be kind. It seems simple but courage and I have some unresolved issues that I think we'll never be able to erase completely. Let's kick this winter depression aside before it has the chance to over!
To say that I've been busy would be an extreme understatement, exams seem to have totally taken over. I've been pretty bad at socialising, sleeping and taking care of myself but at least I can proudly say that my music playlist has drastically developed over the past few weeks. I've tried to catagorise them according to how I listen to each song, but to be quite honest I just love most of them in any situation. I have been told that I have quite predictable taste in music which I still don't know how to interpret but I guess every song in this list is pretty similar. If you have a similar taste in music that's only good of course. I'm not really sure what the point of this post was, it was just fun looking at which songs I've actually been listening to.
I wrote a few sentences about every song in this list because I sometimes forget about them and why I loved them in the first place. Now it's written down so I'll never forget. If you play the playlist in order you can read along to see why it belongs under that particular heading.
Anyway, I've made a spotify playlist which you can find by clicking the button below. Do note that all songs sound much better with headphones.
*Little Disclaimer: my favourite artists are Coldplay (which I think I make more than clear in this post) and John Mayer. They'll come up more than once. Nonetheless, I've really tried to keep a bit of a mix so grab your spotify and enjoy.
Autumn leaves - Ed Sheeran
this has been my alarm for the past 3 weeks. I'm not sure whether it's because it's about autumn or whether it's the chill way in which the song starts up but it's been waking me up very pleasantly.
Spirit Cold - Tall Heights
I'd completely forgotten about this song until I heard it in our study area a few days ago. I first discovered it through Ben Brown's (youtuber) Visual Vibes. I think I may have over-listened to this song because it's not my favourite. But it remains the perfect song for those groggy mornings where you're not quite sure what century you're in.
Lonesome Dreams - Lord Huron
This song also has a good morning build up. It starts pretty calmly but slowly builds up which is, again, perfect for those slow mornings.
Green eyes - Coldplay
Oh green eyes. This song has been my all time favourite coldplay for over a year now. I must admit, I also listen to this song before bed, it really works any time for me. I think it's the simplicity of this one that I absolutely love. Also, some of the chords in here still give me goosebumps although I'm not entirely sure why.
Tenerife Sea - Ed Sheeran
Just like my alarm, I have been religiously listening to this song any time I've had to cycle to classes in the morning. It's just a very pleasant song to cycle to as it gets you ready for the day but keeps you moving with that 3/4 beat.
Native - KYKO
I don't have very much to say about this song other than the fact that the build up in this song is a perfect way to prepare yourself for wherever you're going to. Whether it's the gym, class or just a study session.
Sirens - Woodlock
Again, I love the build-up and love the steady beat to walk/cycle to. Also, they keep saying "I'm going nowhere" which is why it has to be in the 'travelling music section'.
Pass it on - The Coral
The little backstory behind this song can be found with my absolute love for Scrubs, that cheesy series about doctors. It's my all-time favourite show and at some point, they play this song in the background. I found this song online and forgot about until I looked into the depths of my spotify account.
Way Back When - Kodaline
A few days ago I left my phone to play some tunes in the background, my youtube automatically switched over to some old songs I used to listen and this song popped up. I don't know why, but oh boy, this song brought me back. To me, this is the perfect sing along song.
When you're feeling good:
Life in Technicolor II - Coldplay
Before my love for Coldplay really started I heard this song on the radio in the morning. I used to wake up at 5:55 am so having an upbeat tune like this really brought my mood up. Little did I know it would remain among my top Coldplay songs for many years to come.
Glass of water - Coldplay
Even though this song is rather 'rock-like', I can't resist a smooth transition between 4/4 and 7/4.
Run - COIN
Another song that I used to absolutely love and then somehow forgot about. If you ever feel down, just listen to this song and you'll immediately feel better.
Savannah - Relient K
Writing this post, I've realised how important I find good build-ups. So again, listen to this song if you want to listen to a song that slowly makes you feel more and more energised.
Celeste - Ezra Vine
I really wasn't sure where to place this song. I listen to it while I'm studying cause it's so repetitive but then decided that most people would find a little too distracting. So I guess it belongs here?
This is the thing - Fink
I must admit, although this song doesn't really appeal to me that much, it serves its purpose as study music quite well. Don't ask me what it's about though cause I can't understand a word of what he's actually singing.
Perfect Storm - Tristan Prettyman
You may have noticed that I have a preference to male voices. I'm not sure how that happened but somehow, I just that music a lot more. In fact, I think this is the only song with a female singer in it. To be quite honest, I only like this song cause of the chord progressions during the chorus.
Brazil - Declan McKenna (repetitive but good)
Just like the first song in this study music list, this song is pretty repetitive. Somehow, that seems to work for me while I'm studying. It's like my brain is able to enjoy it without being too distracted.
Riva (Restart the Game) - Radio edit - Klingade, Broken Back
Okay, so this song doesn't really fit with the other songs in this list, but I discovered this song last year while listening to some kind of yearly remix. The motivation provided by this song and lack of words just makes it quite a good tune to listen to while working on Calculus or something.
Mykonos - Fleet Foxes
This is again, not one of my favourite songs but it does keep me focused while studying so.. Why not?
When you need to chill
Gravity - John Mayer
This. Song. Is. Perfect... If you're looking for a way to relax, just listen to this and you'll immediately feel better. Have you listened to it? Now listen to the live version, it's even better once you know the song. How anyone can have such amazing guitar skills remains a question to me.
Storybook - Skinny Living
Although this song is pretty jolly, it somehow remains pretty relaxing. I don't listen to this song very often, but it's quite sweet so again, why not?
Sunsets For Somebody Else + My Mind is For Sale - Jack Johnson
In case you weren't aware, Jack Johnson recently released a new album and it's been my go to chill/study album ever since. There's something about his songs that makes you feel immediately relaxed.
Help is round the corner - Coldplay
This song is rather similar to Green Eyes, which is also why I love it so much. It was never officially released. I'll never understand why because again, those chord progressions can give me goosebumps. If I've ever had a bad day, I'll listen to this song just before I go to sleep and instantly feel good again.
John Mayer - Stop this train
I'll be completely honest here. At some point, this was my go to 'emotion' song. There's something about John Mayer's chords and build up that gets me every time. Now, I love to listen to this song just before going to bed. Don't worry, I don't cry to this song anymore, it's too pretty. Also, can we just appreciate how he perfectly immiates the sound of a train with his guitar? I think that's one of my favourite features.
The Wolves & The Ravens - Rogue Valley
If you've ever seen the Secret Life of Walter Mitty, this song may seem familiar to you. It took me a long time to find, but I'm so glad I did. The peacefulness of this song is good enough to send me to sleep in an instant.
Daughters - John Mayer
Just like all the other John Mayer songs listed above, this song was once my go to goosebump song. Even though the lyrics remain questionable to me, I can't resist some good guitar chords. . To top it all off, I fell in love with song all over again when I heard the live version.
Define Dancing - Thomas Newman
Little warning here, this is a really random song that I simply love from Wall-e. I'd also totally forgotten about this song but found it again in that spotify history. There's no words, no singers, just a combination of beautiful instruments doing their thing. Again, there's no complicated chords, no fancy rhythms, just a simple, little melody. It's pretty short and I don't actually listen to it often, but when I do I can't do anything other than listen (all multitasking skills go out the window).
Old but yes, still amazing
Sunday morning - Maroon 5
If you've never heard this song, you're in for a treat. I'm not sure how it happened, but I recently got a little obsessed with Maroon 5's older songs. This is one of them.
Don't ask me why - Billy Joel
Billy Joel has three good songs. Two of them are known by most (She's always a woman to me and piano man... and maybe also uptown girl). The third one however, is one most people don't know. This song is amazing to listen to when you're in the shower, washing up or tidying your room cause it's just such a jolly tune.
Tiny dancer - Elton John
I actually discovered this song after a John Lewis advertisement. I know it's pretty long but it remains a classic.
New Shoes - Paolo Nutini
I couldn't not include this song in this playlist. I think it's the first music video I ever saw on TV and I still love it. It's the kind of song that everyone knows even though the lyrics are totally weird.
Over my shoulder - Mike and the Mechanics
Even though I love this song, there's one point that always bothers me a bit. Somewhere in the middle of the song, the singer whistles the melody and every inch of my body feels an urge to whistle along. It's a such a shame I'm such a terrible whistler in a family of natural talents in this random skill.
Send me on my way - Rusted Root
Most people who hear this have a pretty similar reaction. Yes, they play it in Matilda (the film). Now, whenever I hear this song, I can't help but feel ready for an adventure.
She moves in her own way - The Kooks
This is good to me for one reason only. When I was too young to really listen to music by myself, my brother was absolutely obsessed with this song. Actually I have a rather similar experience with the song 'Don't stop me now' by Queen. I know every word to both of these songs without having ever listened to them by myself. It's just a good nostalgia song.
I know, I know, I just couldn't resist adding just a couple. I'm aware of the fact that this is by far the longerst list but I can't make it any shorter, it's impossible. I'm sorry if that bothers anyone but this post needs to reflect some honest music listenings. Also, obviously I love yellow, speed of sound, fix you, viva la vida and paradise. It's just that most people have just heard that song often enough, so I decided to go with a few lesser known songs.
In my place
I first discovered this song before I really knew about them. There was a music quiz (I embarrassingly didn't know it then) and I absolutely loved it.
I have always loved this song, but just imagine listening to it with thousands of beautiful different coloured lights during their concert. Definitely the best concert I've ever been to.
First off, the beginning actually sounds like rain falling outside which already places the song in my good books. But the string section in the song really finishes it off for me.
Lovers in Japan
Another feel good song that I love listening to when I'm feeling slightly down.
It's quite a controversial song, sometimes I'm really not up for such a rock-like song. But let's give the guitar some credit here.
Everything's not lost
If I listen to this while cycling or walking I can't help but move along to the buildup. One of the reason's I love coldplay is cause they prepare you so well for more 'dramatic' parts.
Okay, I'll admit that their latest album isn't my favourite. There quite a few songs that are relatively 'meh'. Birds however, has a faster pace I sometimes miss in their other songs.
The hardest part
This is one of those songs that I always forget about. But when it comes on I can't help but think that this is exactly the song I needed, whatever mood I'm in.
Swallowed in the sea
This song is one of my favourite for personal reasons. I had a long discussion with my sister about this one. She thought the beginning was in 6/8. Clearly the whole thing is just in 4/4. The fact that we need to have these discussion is still pretty cool though.
The only reason I love this song is because it reminds me of the perfect 'angry' song. If I need to blow off some steam, this song comes pretty high on list of possible listening options.
Us Against the World
Here comes another kind of weird reason for liking this song but the introduction always really intrigues me. The guitar plays a consecutive 6 note sequence for quite a few bars. The only thing is that it doesn't really become clear what measure this song is until the vocals are introduced. Try it, count in twos (1,2,3 - 4,5,6) or threes (1,2 - 3,4 - 5,6) during the introduction. It's just a fun little distraction thing.
I realise that this list is super long. If you're still reading, kudos to you my friend. But this used to be my 'I need to sleep' song. It's really peaceful. Also fun fact, you need to totally un-tune your guitar if you want to be able to play this song. Not cause it was thought through, just cause they felt like untuning their instruments and seeing what would happen. This is the end result.
Don't let it break your heart
This song is again for when you're cycling somewhere and feel like listening to something upbeat.
Happy listening ;)
When it comes to 'the ideal holiday' I always seem hear very contradicting suggestions. Some want to relax, others want to learn and some just want to explore the location as much as possible. I'm affraid I definitely fall under the number 3 category. I'm not too big on museums and also get pretty bored in luxury locations. Sure, I love a little luxury, sunshine and top quality food, but give me a tent and a mat and I'll be happy as a clam wherever we go (as long as there are no creepy bugs.. It turns out I'm a serious arachnophobe). Luckily, my two best friends seem to have similar ideas. Together we make quite a team.
*Sadly these pictures were all taken after my camera got completely distroyed so I apologise for the blurry, overly edited images (I just wanted to save them)
We've been wanting to go on holiday for a long time now but have never managed to find something 'adventurous' but affordable at the same time. One of these friends happens to be half Brazilian and half Irish (the combination is strange but trust me.. It's a good one). One day she randomly messaged both of us saying "let's go to Ireland!", so, off we went! I have to admit that I'm romanticising it a little. It really wasn't as easy as that but for the simplicity of this introduction, let's pretend that we were THAT spontaneous.
I know what you're thinking of. Why were three teenagers going camping in Ireland? No party trip in Ibiza? No city travels to Paris? Well, I guess we're just that unique. Or maybe we're just the only one's to try it. So let me tell you why you should also consider it.. Especially if you live in North-Western Europe.
I won't lie, there isn't THAT much to see in Galway but it was on our way. Now, I definitely think it was worth the visit. The houses in Galway are covered in a hundred different bright colours of paint and flowers. Flags from lots of different countries are cascaded accross the streets. While taking in the scenery, we heard some typical Irish music. First, an Irish band played some Celtic music. Later, we saw a girl dancing to some jolly Irish tunes on her stereo. She smiled while her feet carelessly fluttered accross the cobblestone streets. Even though I'm not sure how she remembered all the movements, the tapping and brushing sounds her feet made somehow always managed to perfectly match the rhythm of the music. The entire town just has a slight Disney-vibe to it.
This was our main stopping point throughout the trip. We ended up staying at a campsite right at the coast of for 5 nights. If you've already googled Doolin, you may have noticed that the village consists of what seems like 4 houses. But I'm here to tell you that that's a big fat lie... Nope only joking; that's exactly what it is. I was worried about spending such a long time there but I wasn't bored for a second. Everything you see below is within walking distance of the campsite in Doolin (except for Poulnabrone which we visited for the day by renting bike at Doolin's local shop). These are all the things we saw during our stay in Doolin:
For those of you who do not know: Dublin is Ireland's capital. It is quite interesting but it was definitely my least favourite place to visit for two reasons:
Some notes before you visit Ireland:
You may have noticed that the last post I wrote on here was rather reflective. I'm guessing it was pretty clear that I'd been mulling over some thoughts and ideas. You may have even guessed that some 'big event' had just passed. Yep, birthdays call for reflective times!
It was a bit strange going from 18 to 19. It's just such a random number. When you turn 18, you hit the big one. Finally, you're classified as an adult, you finally get the independence to make your own mistakes (Oops.. I mean decisions of course). Turning 20 is also a pretty big thing. Suddenly, you're no longer a moody, hormonal teenager. That room for you to make your own mistakes suddenly disappears and you've reached a new chapter in your life. But what happened to 19? Does it count? Does it even mean anything? While we're at it.. What about after your 21st birthday? Is it only downhill from there. I think you can see how I always end up being so reflective during my birthdays.
So here's the thing. Why am I so bothered about what is expected of you at a certain age? Who cares about how old you are anyway? I could easily just lie about it anyway (I have been told on different occasions that my face is oddly similar to that of a 12 year-old). I feel like the years are already speeding up (and I'm not even 20 yet). So, I've decided to do something else. I want to remember each and every age, just not in the way that we're often encouraged to: "young and naive", "moody teenager," "overworking adult" and "helpless and old". I want to remember the purpose and meaning of every age based on the events I've experienced and lessons I've learned. For example, when thinking of a typical 18 year old, I think of a teenager drifting away from their family and finding a life of their own (through friends and partners and whatnot). But I didn't really have that. In fact, I definitely learned to appreciate my family more this year.
Why don't we create new years resolutions when we turn a new age? Why don't we reflect and appreciate the lessons we learned during this time? Somehow I always feel a much stronger urge to do it now rather than at the new years.
I'm not trying to encourage you to turn your birthday into something big and reflective if you don't want to. Some don't really identify with their birthdays and that's perfectly fine. Maybe just keep a list of your accomplishments at that particular age when you turn another year older. It's just a little suggestion.. Or thought..
Two days ago I was sitting in a café with a friend. We hadn't seen each other in a while so there was a lot to talk about. All of sudden he announced that he recently discovered my blog. There was a small silence as I tried to process what he'd just told me. My first reaction was to burst out laughing, not because you can't really call a website with three little entries a proper 'blog'. To me it's more like a project, or a little thing I like to do while mindlessly while listening to a film in the background.
After I had my little laugh my head started to fill with some more serious thoughts. I started to wonder about which blog it might have been. When I first started creating my own little websites in 2011 I was still in primary school. I was 'a little girl thinking big' and I still remember exactly what that website looked like.. Since then I think I've made approximately 20 different websites/blogs all with the same first entry which goes something like this: "I have a good feeling about this one. I promise I'm going to stick to this website, to keep evolving and developing this particular page!". Clearly, I managed to fail. every. single. time. I didn't stick to a single one. Now, I think of my 'random little website' as a small project, but when I started I was serious. I was ready to fight, to put in the hours and to get this blog going.
At this point the shame started to kick in. Why have I failed to stick to my 'random little project' so many times? It's a difficult thing to admit, but the simple answer is because I get bored and lazy. I get bored with the layout of the page and I'm clearly too lazy to change the layout of that page. So my lazy brain tells itself that it's "because I've changed" and that "the only solution is for me to create a new one".
It turns out that my friend was referring to this blog right here: Eucatastrophes (a word I still absolutely adore). I'll share a little fun fact with you: Since this page (which was created a little over a year ago) I've already created a new website since this page. It's still Eucatastrophes but it's been created using Wordpress rather than Weebly.
But here's the deal.. I like writing and I like photography. I don't care if my friends or family members see the pictures I take or the words I write down so why not just keep it plain simple and easy. Why not just keep everything on a single platform?
So after this long and tiring block of random nonsense it's finally time for me to tell you the purpose of this post. Are you ready? I'm introducing a challenge. I'll admit, it's a pretty well-known one but it's a challenge nonetheless. I challenge you (whoever you are) to choose something that you have been wanting to do for a while now, something that you have been making excuses for again and again. I challenge you to work on/do that thing for an entire month (starting September 1st). It doesn't need to take up the same amount of time each day. It doesn't even need to take 10 minutes out of your day if you happen to be busy. In fact, you don't even need to physically do anything everyday. As long as you're doing something that allows for this idea/passion to develop itself I'm happy. Maybe next month I can introduce a new challenge saying "okay, this month you actually have to work on the project". But I'm hoping that will come by itself.
Are you ready to find out what mine will be? You guessed it: I'm going to work on this website/blog right here. I'm not going to post something every day.. But I'm going to work on it, change it up and perhaps write a few posts for the fun of it.
I want this thing to stay fun of course, but I also don't want anyone (including myself) to look back and think "if only". So here, take these words as a sign or a simple kick of motivation and GET GOING!
I'll check back with you in 2 weeks ;)
I was going to write a little post about the excitement surrounding the coming of spring. But then I realised that it's still February and that people would probably not agree with or understand my enthusiasm. Additionally, it's been pretty lousy weather here in the UK which again wouldn't really correspond to my Springy post. So I decided to focus on this period. Yes, I can already hear you saying: "why would you focus on this period? It sucks! Let's just hope it ends soon and forget about it forever and ever."
Wherever I go and whoever I talk to, most people say the same thing. They complain about their life, about the world and about their mood in general. Most people are not very happy at the moment, including myself. So let's just take a second and reflect upon the nice things. After all, the news has a had a few glimpses of happiness.
So after all this commotion about Christmas it's finally over again. I won't lie to you, I always hate this period. I've been home with the family, eating whatever I want, doing whatever I want and felt pretty contend with myself. Now, I'm home in my dingy little room, nobody around me and worst of all, all the christmas lights and songs have disappeared for another year.
At least there's always one thing we can be happy about: the christmas presents we managed to collect throughout the festive period. Since I moved out this year, I asked for mostly practical things but I decided to do a separate post about it nonetheless.
In total I received the following items:
- pink bowl (Blokker: €7,00)
- Cheese slice (Blokker: €5,00)
- Cutting board (Xenos: €12,00)
- Gold leaf decoration (Xenos: €3,00)
- Chocolate (English supermarket)
- Cat statue (German Christmas Market €5,00)
In addition I also got:
- Big, fluffy blanket (Wohnwelt pallen: €5,00)
- Animal pillow (Wohnwelt pallen: €10,00)
- Maroon turtle neck jumper (outlet store €15,00)
This year was basically everything I needed for my room which is exactly what I wanted ;)
If there's one thing I love about my university, it's the fact that they have 'reflection weeks'. This means that I get one week of holidays every 7 weeks. The weeks were up, exams were completed and I had only one thing left to do... Visit my family! Autumn always manages to pick me up again. To smell the fresh air again, forget about my worries and snap some autumnal pictures, that's the goal right?
The weather is getting colder, wetter and more beautiful now, I suggest we all make the most of this situation and spend as much time as we can enjoying it.
Three weeks ago, I spent my first night in this new, strange place I'm going to have to call 'home' for the next three years. I must admit, it was strange, the walls were empty, the bed felt unfamiliar and the toilet was no longer just mine. It never felt like this was a mistake, or like I was doing something I shouldn't, it just felt a little odd. But as the walls were painted, the pictures were put up and the little bits and bobs were added around the room it started to feel more like a place I could live in. It's not finished, but I'm getting closer to an end result.
Making my own mistakes is scary, but also quite fun. I feel no pressure to do things right because the only person facing those consequences is myself. If the food isn't nice, I'm the only person who needs to eat it, if the washing turns out a different colour, it doesn't matter because it's my washing. It's just so relaxing knowing I don't need to ask somebody's permission to go out or money to buy clothes. All I need to do, is walk out the door and remember my keys (so far that hasn't gone wrong yet but it will definitely happen soon).
Since this is the first room I'm having to decorate, it's quite difficult to discover 'my style'. I think my room will be facing quite a few stages of development. The printout pictures hanging above the table were supposed to be temporary to cover up all the patches on the wall, but they're actually beginning to grow on me. I suppose I'll see where the room takes me. Perhaps I just need to do something and live with it for a few days. If I don't like, I can change it.
The overall vibe of the place so far is quite cosy. The beams make the ceiling quite low but chique and the kitchen is definitely a one person area. The blue wall is still quite bare, but once my inspiration comes, I'll have something to place there, I'm sure!
The room itself is very central. The marketplace is right outside my door making it ever so easy to nip to the shops. the alley is cute and (even though some may say it appears quite scary at night), I feel very comfortable in my little space. I realiset that this may seem like a bit of a 'useless' post, but the actual uni posts will come, no worries.
See you in the next post!
Norway, a rainy, mountainous, beautiful country... well, that was my experience anyway. We went to Norway for one week, stopped at all the famous spots, hiked a bit and went home very much satisfied at the end. My family and I decided that it would be cheapest for us to see Norway via cruise (don't worry, I'll get to that later). This meant that we saw most of the highlights but didn't have nearly enough time to truly experience each town. But I think we got as much out of it as we possibly could.
Oslo, a quiet little town the Norwegians like to call their capital. It's a shame that I felt pretty ill that day because it meant I couldn't enjoy most of the city. We visited the most important sites but personally, this was my least favourite place.
I'll admit that my expectations for Kristiansand were below zero. I'd googled the place a few times, looked at some pictures on pinterest, but the place just seemed uninteresting. However, once I actually visited the place, it was cosy, the people were friendly and it seemed to have character. It wasn't extroadinary but it was cute and I was very pleasantly surprised.
And now for the bucketlist section: Preikestolen. As soon as my mum told me that there was even the slightest possibility that we could make it up there in the time we were allowed ashore, I was sold. I was absolutely deteremind to run up the track if it meant that I could see this famous...rock.
We had 4 hours to do it, 4 hours to walk up the entire mountain, see the rock and walk all the way back down and we could have easily done it if it weren't for all the slow pokes we had to try and pass every step of the way.
We made it up in 1 hour and 30 minutes but we were scared it would take us longer to go back down seeing as all the other hikers would need to make it back down as well. This is where the cruise was relatively irritating. Due to our limited time and the questionable time we had left to make it back down, we spent a total amount of 2 minutes on the rock. TWO MINUTES! We raced back down and made it back again within 1 hour and 15 minutes meaning that we did the entire trip under 3 hours. Personally, I would have loved to have spent more time enjoying the view but there just wasn't enough time for it. But I'm still SO grateful I had the opportunity to see this beauty.
One of the the most beautiful train journeys in the world, the flam railway was a must. It was stunning and fulfilled my expectations, but I'm glad we got off the train to enjoy the actual scenery as well.
I know it will sound strange, but Flam was definitely my favourite destination, even more than Pulpit Rock. It was unforgetable, not because of the rain, but because there was something to see around every corner (hence the trillions of pictures).
Our Cruise Experience
And now for the luxurious aspect of the trip... I'm not much of a pamper person, so I was sceptical to say the least. But I was very pleasantly surprised by the whole experience. From all you can eat buffets to amazing evening entertainment, this ship had it all. I'm not sure it's the best for every trip, but for Norway, I saw a lot more than just one place. Cruises are expensive and sometimes a little too posh, but if you like the James Bond lifestyle (where you hike up mountains during the day and dress classy with fancy meals at night) then this is REALLY something for you ;)
If you ever have the chance, go to Norway. It's not cheap but it's worth it. Trust me.
I'm a university student who loves to keep themselves busy with anything but university work. I also enjoy looking like a banana as you can tell from all the yellow coat pictures. I've somehow managed to turn into a music and photography geek. I'm not entirely sure how that happened but let's just go with it. That seems to be my life motto at the moment.
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