Tourist in Barcelona

Good morning guys! The two last days I have been doing a lot of tourists stuff with my parents here in Barcelona. It has been a lot of fun and I’m so glad that I went to these places, because these places is so beautiful I have no words! I’m a little nerd when it comes to old history in Europe I have to admit, haha! I love old architecture, it’s just something so unique about it!

Palau de la musica catalan

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Palau de la musica is a concert hall in Barcelona designed by the architect Lluis Domènech i Montaner between 1904 and 1908. If you go to Barcelona you should visit this place. The whole building is so beautiful, with a lot of details. They still use this hall to have concerts, and it has been many of the biggest artists in history that has performed on this stage.

Parc Guell

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The Park Güell is a public park system composed of gardens and architectonic elements located on Carmel Hill. This parc is so cozy and beautiful! It is a very green parc with some really cool architecture. Also you get a beutiful view over the city. Even if you don’t want to pay to enter, the area around the parc is so nice. The perfect place to just go for a walk, listening to birds and enjoying the view. Love this parc!

Tourist bus

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We also took a city tour bus. It was really nice. I do recommend you to take one tour too if you come here. I always like to take one of these city tour by bus when I visit big cities. It gives me a good overview of the city I feel. On this trip we did see some miraculous buildings.

I hope you all are had a great week, and yes, finally it’s Friday! Enjoy!

xoxo

 

New visitors in Barcelona

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Hi guys! I hope you all are doing well. This night my head just wouldn’t fall asleep at all. The last time I took a look at the watch it was 5 am!! Anyways, I did get up 8.30 am to spend as much time as I could with my parents, who arrived yesterday. I’m so happy they are here so that I can get one week of quality time with them, yay! Only thing is that I have to go to work in the hospital at 15.00.. But we did had a great morning together. It started with a delicious breakfast at their Hotel. After that I showed them La Rambla, the big tourist street here in Barcelona, and we went all the way down to the beach. The weather has been absolutely perfect today. The sun is shining and I have been feeling energized (even with so few hours of sleep)! Before I had to go to work we went for a lunch at one of my favorite restaurants, Enkel. I had this delicious Buddha bowl and a detox green juice. That’s what I call a perfect lunch.

Well, now it’s 22.45 pm, and I will try to get some sleep (finger crossed). Have a good night.

xoxo

 

Where to eat in Barcelona

I have now been in Barcelona a while and I have been trying out some various restaurants by now. So if you are a foodie and want to know some great places to eat here in Barcelona, just keep up reading my friend!

First of all, I should mention that I eat mostly a plant based diet that doesn’t include any meat or fish. I also try to stay away from diary as much as possible. My choices of eating like I do, won’t be the focus on this post, let’s talk about the restaurants. Don’t worry, these places I’m gonna mention does not only serve vegan or vegetarian food!

Flax and Kale/ Teresa Carles 

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The reason I put these two restaurants under one, is because it’s the same owner and the same kind of style when it comes to the food and the place. These two places must be my favorites! These places are both very popular places, always people, but you don’t have to wait forever to get a table. The food is really fantastic! The menu is not only for vegetarians. I have only tried the vegan food and wow, they really know how to make food taste perfect. What I really can recommend is the taco from Flax and Kale, that is made out of a special fruit that replace the meat. Even my non vegetarian boyfriend loved it! The service is great, very friendly and kind. The price is good too. These restaurant’s is the perfect breakfast spot or a nice dinner  with friends or as a dating place (they have good wine)! Check out their homepage here for more info and photos.

Enkel

Enkel is the restaurant that is just under our apartment, that’s how we found it, hehe! It’s located in the gothic quarter, kind of hidden in one of the many small streets in this area. The restaurant’s looks kind of trendy and it has a cool vibe to it. The waiters is so kind and friendly and the price is good. The food is so amazing! Since it is so near, I have been there many times, tried different things, and every time I get surprised about how freaking good the food is! I guess that’s why it is so popular and always have people there. They have both meat, normal burgers, fish etc, and also a very good vegetarian friendly menu. The Buddha bowl is fantastic, so is the goat cheese salad. They serves fresh juices that is perfect if you go there for breakfast, or tasty wine if your out dining. Click here to see more from this place.

Surfhouse

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Well, hello beach vibes! If you having a beach day and want some energy between sunbathing and playing in the waves, this is the place for you. It’s located right next to the beach and they have a big area outside, so you can enjoy your food while you’re listening to the ocean. The food is really good. Again, not only for vegetarians, but they have a great menu if you are plant based. For sure the best Acai bowl I have had so far! The price is good and the people are nice. It’s a very popular place, so you might have to wait some minutes to get table if you come around lunch time. Check out their side here.

Brunch and cake

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Before moving to Barcelona I did search over my social media to look for vegan friendly places to eat. This was the one I found on Instagram, their profile looks amazing, so it was a sure thing that I got to try this place when getting here. They have 3 or 4 restaurants, I have been to two of them. Both times I had to wait about at least 30 min before getting a table. The place looks very cozy and cute as you see with all their flower decorations outside. My expectation to this place was kind of high! And who walked out disappointed? Yes… The food wasn’t that wow at all. Actually I couldn’t finish my vegan burger because I didn’t find it tasty (and let me tell you, I’m one of those persons that eats EVERYTHING, of course not now when I’m plant based, but you get the point). The service wasn’t that good, of curse, they constantly have a 30 min line of hungry people outside their door. The price was good though. If you want a super cute Instagram photo, this is your place. But, if you want good service, tasty food and more relaxing environment, this is not your place. Check out their side here

If you ever go to Barcelona and try out some of these places, I hope you’re pleased with my recommendation. It’s plenty of places to eat here, and I still have 8 weeks more, so it might come up more tips on that front later on.

xoxo

The never ending journey

12169287_10156101763710277_1923903478_oHiking in Bergen. Photo by Ingvild Hovda 

Isn’t it funny how your experience in life make you grow and change as a person? If you asked me 9 years ago how I felt about living my life in my home town Bergen, you would probably get an answer like; it’s not big enough here, too quiet, nothing exciting blahblahblah! Well, if you ask that same question today, 9 years later, after I have moved 14 times, lived in 4 countries and 6 different cities, your answer will be something totally different!

My journey stared in Denmark were I spent one year in an international gymnastic school. If I could describe that year with two word it would be unforgettable and fun! After that year I wanted to keep exploring, so I did. I moved to Mexico City with a plan to start my nutrition studies there. It didn’t went exactly as I planned, but one thing was certain, I did grow so much as a person during that year! The following years I kept up with traveling while I studied because my schools have been located in other cities. In 2014 when I came back from my second year in Mexico City I told myself that I would never ever move again. I was tired of moving, tired of not having one place I could call home and most of all I missed my family and friends like crazy!!

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In 2016 I had to move again to start my bachelor in nursing. I was not sure if I wanted to do it, because I knew I didn’t want to move again! But I knew that I wanted to study more, so I decided to do it. After all, this time it wasn’t that far away, just 3 hours from Bergen. But this is even a smaller city than Bergen, so less things to do. During my first year I met my boyfriend, who lives in Bergen. A distance relationship started. The homesick feeling just overgrew inside me like a monster!  And it still does. Maybe some of you are thinking why I decided to spend 3 months in Barcelona if I’m that homesick? I have some personal reason why I decided to do so. Now when I’m here I do enjoy the city. It’s a big city with great shopping, restaurants, lot’s of people and night clubs etc.

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But what I really realizes after my 9 years of experience of moving back and forth, is that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. It might be better shopping, more restaurants, even more sun, but after all, none of this matter if you don’t feel like you’re home  and without the people that means the most to you. My biggest dream right now is to finish my education, move back to Bergen and start my life with the person I love and build a home together in the near future. Also being able to spend time with my family and friends more often. I’m so tired of missing them. Today, big cities doesn’t excite me as much, I prefer a more quiet city with less people. I really start to appreciate everything I took for granted before… like family time, mountains near by, drinking water from the sink, cooking in my own kitchen etc. Even the sun can’t change my mind. If the sun doesn’t shine, well, let’s dance in the rain!

7ab83c3670d593ef943e7e7e0387fe92Our first summer together visiting his family in Sweden.

This was a bit long post,  but you got know me a bit better I guess, more personal post.

xoxo

 

A week full of love

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Hi guys!

As I mentioned on my last post, my boyfriend was on his way to visit me. I decided to not use any time blogging during his stay, just enjoying the moments and focusing on quality time with him. It has been one amazing week. During the week we stayed at a hotel in Barcelona. I had to go to work at the afternoon, but we tried to get as much as we could out of the mornings. We went shopping, eat at some great restaurants and just enjoyed the city.

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For the weekend we decided to go to a little place one hour from Barcelona, called Costa Brava. It’s a beautiful cozy little place. it was so nice to get out of the city for a bit. Less people and more quiet. The beach was really nice, just very wavy, haha. I got thrown off a big wave and ended up loosing my sunglasses that I have had for many years. Would have been fun to have photo of that, but I don’t. Sorry! But we enjoyed it a lot.

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The only thing I didn’t like so much about Costa Brava, was that is was more or less the same menu at all the restaurants. We couldn’t find anything else other than pasta, pizza, paella and some meat.

But all in all it has been an amazing week, I’m really grateful that I got to spend this time with the person I love during my stay in Barcelona.

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I hope you all are fine. I wish you a super start on your new week!

xoxo

Sunkissed weekend

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Hey guys! 🙂
Hope you all had a great weekend with a lots of fun! My weekend has been pretty good. My best friend are flying back tonight, so her last weekend has been spent mostly at the beach.

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We have also been enjoying some amazing food, as the Acai bowl at the Surfhouse, that is a restaurant next to the beach. I have been there two times now, and it’s really good! If you ever go to Barcelona, you should give it a try.

IMG_20180930_191953_921We haven’t just been lazy, we have also been at the gym Saturday morning. That is the best way to start the day if you ask me. Something with the energy you get after a great session, don’t you agree?

Right now we are soon going out to have our last dinner together, and Ingvild’s brother that happened to be in Barcelona the same time is joining too.

Even tough Ingvild is leaving tonight doesn’t mean I gonna be left with no visitors. Tomorrow my love is coming to spend one week with me. I’m so excited for that, I miss him way too much!

xoxo

living out of comfort zone

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So, I decided to join the exchange program the day they had the information meeting about it. That was a really quick decision I made, and honestly I didn’t surprise myself, haha. I’m one of those persons that absolutely love new adventures, especially if they put me a bit out of my comfort zone.

And is not the first time I have done these kind of things, moving to another country. Even though I have the experience, it’s always a little scary, especially this time if I am being totally honest. It was only one other girl going to Barcelona too, we didn’t know each other from before. And then it’s the main reason for the trip, working at a hospital in a another country with a language that I’m still trying to learn. All this question went through head during the summer, like what if they don’t speak any english? what if the other girl and I don’t get along? what if…

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Now, I’m here on my 3th week. So far I can already answer some of my own questions. The other girl and I get along, communication is key! We haven’t been so lucky when it comes to where we live. The apartment isn’t as expected, the roof at the bathroom has been leaking, the beds are super bad, the apartment isn’t easy to keep clean, and the neighborhood is NOISY. I mean after 2 years in Mexico City I though I knew what noisy was, but I guess not, here it’s worse. So we are currently looking for a new place to stay, if we don’t find anything, we will anyhow do the best out of it.

When it comes to work I’m really happy. My friend and I work at a children hospital here in Barcelona. I love the building and how they have designed this hospital. Everything is playful and colorful. The people don’t talk any english, but somehow it works. They are all very nice, and being able to work with children is so giving.

The city itself is amazing. Barcelona has something for everyone. It has beautiful buildings, beach life, shopping, amazing food and it’s sunny.

I’m very excited for the following weeks to come. One thing is for sure, when stepping out of the comfort zone like this, living in a foreign country, you will learn so much, and mostly about yourself. I have never grown more as a person as the two years spent in Mexico City far away from little Norway.

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If you ever have an opportunity to do something a bit out of comfort zone, don’t let fear stop you. No matter how it goes, it will give you lessons in life that for sure will make you grow as a human.

xoxo