• Earth porn,  Photography

    Travel cravings

    In Swedish we say that ”our travel nerve has been tickled” when we get a hankering for travel and looking at these lovely photos I’ve been tickled to the maximum. I’d love to visit these lovely locations and see the Wonders of the World. Amazing!

    Have any of you been at these places? 

    Copyright of all the pictures below belong to the photographers, unfortunelty I don’t have all of their names, but if you have any information, please let me know so I can give credit where credit is due!

    Cherry Tree of 800 years old in Achi, Nagano, Japan
    Cherry-tree-of-800-years-old-in-Achi-Nagano-Japan

    Great Wall of China – reclaimed by nature.

    Great-Wall-

    Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

    Ha-Long-Bay-Vietnam

    Isle of Arran, Scotland

    Isle-of-Arran-Scotland

    Neist Point Duirinish, Isle of Skye, Scotland – Photographer: Karl Williams 2011

    Neist-Point-Duirinish-Isle-of-Skye-Scotland

    Pamukkale, Turkey

    Pamukkale-Turkey

    Puente-del-Inca, Argentina

    Puente-del-Inca

    River Canyon, Fjadrargljufur, Iceland

    River-Canyon-Fjadrargljufur-Iceland

    Voringfossen waterfall, Hordaland, Norway

    voringfossen-waterfall

    Yosemite National Park, California

    Yosemite-Natinal-Park-California

    Zion National Park, Utah

    Zion-National-Park-Utah

    Zion National Park, Utah

    ZION-NATIONAL-PARKUtah-USA

  • Earth porn,  Photography

    A bucket list of locations 3

    Another beautiful set of pictures of the most amazing places of the world. And again, a big thanks to Caramella11 on Imgur!

    Swarovski Crystal Worlds, Innsbruck, Austria
    Swarovski Crystal Worlds, Innsbruck, Austria
    The peacock room in Castello du Sammezzano regello, Tuscany
    The peacock room in Castello du Sammezzano regello, Tuscany
    Giant's causeway, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
    Giant’s causeway, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
    Rock tombs in Myra, Lycia, Turkey
    Rock tombs in Myra, Lycia, Turkey
    Ristorante Grotta Palazzese in the town of Polignano a Mare in southern Italy (province of Bari, Apulia)
    Ristorante Grotta Palazzese in the town of Polignano a Mare in southern Italy (province of Bari, Apulia)
    Le Mont-Saint-Michel, France
    Le Mont-Saint-Michel, France
    Taormina, Sicily, Italy
    Taormina, Sicily, Italy
    The bone church (the bones of up to 40000 people) in Kutna Hora, Czech Republic (not far away from Prague)
    The bone church (the bones of up to 40000 people) in Kutna Hora, Czech Republic (not far away from Prague)
    Phraya Nakhon cave, Sam Roi Yot National Park, Pranburi, Thailand
    Phraya Nakhon cave, Sam Roi Yot National Park, Pranburi, Thailand
    The Singing Ringing Tree, Lancashire, England
    The Singing Ringing Tree, Lancashire, England
    Mitchell falls, Australia
    Mitchell falls, Australia
    Bolwoningen, Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (These are real houses)
    Bolwoningen, Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (These are real houses)
    Salvation mountain, Niland, California
    Salvation mountain, Niland, California
    The Merry Cemetery of Săpânța, Maramureş, Romania
    The Merry Cemetery of Săpânța, Maramureş, Romania
    Marsaxlokk, Malta
    Marsaxlokk, Malta
    Hosier lane, Melbourne, Australia
    Hosier lane, Melbourne, Australia
    Devil's bridge, Kromlauer Park, Kromlau, Germany
    Devil’s bridge, Kromlauer Park, Kromlau, Germany
    Natural pool in Hierapolis, Turkey - where the Egyptian queen herself is said to have swam on her visit!
    Natural pool in Hierapolis, Turkey – where the Egyptian queen herself is said to have swam on her visit!
    Huacachina, Peruvian desert
    Huacachina, Peruvian desert
    Pamukkale, Turkey
    Pamukkale, Turkey
    Pangong Tso Lake, a narrow saline lake in the Himalayas between Tibet and India
    Pangong Tso Lake, a narrow saline lake in the Himalayas between Tibet and India
    The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Saint Petersburg, Russia (go inside, it's worth it!)
    The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Saint Petersburg, Russia (go inside, it’s worth it!)
    The Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park in Gansu Province, China
    The Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park in Gansu Province, China
    Chichilianne, Rhone Alpes, France
    Chichilianne, Rhone Alpes, France
  • Earth porn

    A bucket list of locations 2

    I always marvel at the amazing places of the world that I’ve never heard of or had the pleasure of visiting… What you say, wanna go on a trip???

    All credit goes to Caramella11 on Imgur!

    The Bastei Bridge in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains of Germany
    The Bastei Bridge in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains of Germany
    Herrenchiemsee New Palace, Lake Chiemsee, Germany
    Herrenchiemsee New Palace, Lake Chiemsee, Germany
    Popeye Village in Mellieha, Malta
    Popeye Village in Mellieha, Malta
    The Labassin Waterfall Restaurant, located at the Villa Escudero Resort in the Philippines
    The Labassin Waterfall Restaurant, located at the Villa Escudero Resort in the Philippines
    Sidari, Corfu, Greece
    Sidari, Corfu, Greece
    Bellinzona, Switzerland
    Bellinzona, Switzerland
    Spiral Staircase in Taihang Mountains, China
    Spiral Staircase in Taihang Mountains, China
    A nice corner in London, England, where new and old buildings meet!
    A nice corner in London, England, where new and old buildings meet!
    Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai, Thailand
    Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai, Thailand
    Procida, Italy
    Procida, Italy
     The scarab beetle statue in Luxor, Egypt. The legend says that if you walk around the beetle counter-clockwise seven times, you will have good luck.
    The scarab beetle statue in Luxor, Egypt. The legend says that if you walk around the beetle counter-clockwise seven times, you will have good luck.
    Bishop Castle in the San Isabel National Forest located North West of Rye, Colorado
    Bishop Castle in the San Isabel National Forest located North West of Rye, Colorado
    Cappadocia in Central Anatolia, largely in Nevşehir Province, in Turkey
    Cappadocia in Central Anatolia, largely in Nevşehir Province, in Turkey
    Castillo de Colomares in Benalmadena, Malaga, Spain
    Castillo de Colomares in Benalmadena, Malaga, Spain
    Mount Ai-Petry at night, Crimea, Ukraine
    Mount Ai-Petry at night, Crimea, Ukraine
    The Sun Temple at Modhera in Gujarat, India
    The Sun Temple at Modhera in Gujarat, India
    In front of the St. Patricks Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland
    In front of the St. Patricks Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland
    Samos, Greece
    Samos, Greece
    Ragusa, Sicily
    Ragusa, Sicily
    Wroclaw, Poland
    Wroclaw, Poland
    The Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi
    The Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi
    Wooden boats bridge, China
    Wooden boats bridge, China
    Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra, Portugal
    Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra, Portugal
    Again Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra, Portugal, from the inside
    Again Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra, Portugal, from the inside
    Gloucester Cathedral n Gloucester, England. The cathedral has been used from as a location for the Harry Potter films.
    Gloucester Cathedral n Gloucester, England. The cathedral has been used from as a location for the Harry Potter films.
    Prinsengracht, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Prinsengracht, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Egypt,  Festivities

    Egypt 2012 day 1

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    I still haven’t been able to post from our trip to Egypt last Christmas. We had a lovely time and I took lots of pictures, but I still haven’t been through all the pictures but now I hope to be able to post some of our doings in Egypt.  I hope you’ll enjoy the post even though they are “slightly” late =) 

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    More from our trip to Egypt 2012-2013.

    December 21Th, 2012

    The wait was only the beginning…

    Due to a snow storm in Istanbul the plane we were getting on was late leaving Istanbul making it’s arrival in Stockholm almost 2 hours late. Therefor our departure was almost 2 and a half hours late. Hoping for some in flown time we held our fingers crossed to catch our connecting flight in Istanbul.

    Do I have to explain that we didn’t make the flight? We landed at the same time as our flight to Istanbul was to depart. And no one from Turkish Airlines was anywhere to be found. So we ran to the security to find information about our flight but apparently no one knew anything. So after a lot of nothingness we joined the growing line at the transfer desk to know what the hell we’d be doing now. An hour later we had new tickets with a flight 12 hours later and a booking for a hotel in the city.

    We just had to realize the good with the bad and instead of being bummed by missing my grandmothers birthday party in Egypt later on that evening (which sucked, don’t get me wrong) we stayed positive and had a bonus day in Istanbul.

    At a Starbuck’s at the Airport we formed a friendship with a Swedish girl Fazee whom had the same predicament as we did and started to plan our sightseeing day in Istanbul. But first a trip on a shuttle buss into the city and a check-in at the Grand Yavuz Hotel.

    A little pearl in the center of Istanbul, in the Fatih district, on a street with a steep slope and if you leaned far enough out of the window a glimpse of the beautiful Blue Mosque.

    We joined up again and started walking towards the mosque… We strolled up some beautiful streets with buildings old and new and the contrasts of rich and poor side by side.

    2012-12-21 Turkey 01The snowstorm that had delayed us in the first place had covered the city in a thin layer of snow and the temperature was creeping towards zero. But since Istanbul is surrounded by water both The Mediterranean and the Bosporus river the humidity was quite high and therefor it was quite cold.

    2012-12-21 Turkey 02A city of true contrast, it was a wonderful experience to just walk through the streets soaking in the history and the atmosphere of one of the worlds oldest cities.

    2012-12-21 Turkey 03 2012-12-21 Turkey 04 2012-12-21 Turkey 05 2012-12-21 Turkey 06 2012-12-21 Turkey 07We strolled towards The Blue Mosque and were amazed at it’s beauty.

    2012-12-21 Turkey 08 2012-12-21 Turkey 09 2012-12-21 Turkey 10The crisp white marble against the beautiful blue roof. Outside the mosque men were washing themselves for Friday prayer, and it looked so incredibly cold. We entered through the outer gates of the mosque and into the beautiful courtyard and gazed upon the multiple domed Mosque with towers and layers everywhere. Such an amazing sight.

    2012-12-21 Turkey 11 2012-12-21 Turkey 12Unfortunately for us the Friday prayer was just starting so we couldn’t enter the insides of the Mosque. Which was too bad, but it means we have something left to do next visit, because we decided early on that Istanbul was a city we wanted to visit soon.

    We continued on towards the square outside the Mosque with an Obelisk and lots of beautiful buildings. We found a little café, Sultan Café where we could get warm.

    Sultan Café has three floors and is really cozy. We made our way to the second floor and made our orders. Apple tea was high up on my list and it was really good. A sweet and sour taste of apple. Just right. And with it some sandwiches. A lunch that really was a big long laugh in it’s entirety but it probably wouldn’t be funny at all if retold. But isn’t that how it usually is?

    2012-12-21 Turkey 13After lunch we continued through the city towards Hagia Sophia but found lots of beautiful spots along the way.

    2012-12-21 Turkey 14 2012-12-21 Turkey 15 2012-12-21 Turkey 16 2012-12-21 Turkey 17 2012-12-21 Turkey 18Freezing our asses of we ventured into Hagia Sophia and reviled at it’s grandeur and the fact that an amazing church could also be ”reused” as a Mosque and have a picture of Jesus and a symbol for Allah and Muhammed side by side. The serenity was breathtaking and we spent quite a while just walking around and breathed in the spirituality, the peacefulness and the beauty.

    2012-12-21 Turkey 19 2012-12-21 Turkey 20 2012-12-21 Turkey 212012-12-21 Turkey 22 2012-12-21 Turkey 23 2012-12-21 Turkey 24 2012-12-21 Turkey 25 2012-12-21 Turkey 26 2012-12-21 Turkey 27 2012-12-21 Turkey 28We continued our sightseeing trip by stopping of at another café, Bodrum Café to warm ourselves. Before entering I’m not sure that we actually understood what a great place it would be. Four stories up the café had the view of the century, a panorama of Istanbul. Beautiful.

    2012-12-21 Turkey 32Some apple tea and cheesecake later and when Wilderbeasts hands finally had thawed we made our way to the Grand Bazaar to do some shopping.

    2012-12-21 Turkey 29 2012-12-21 Turkey 30 2012-12-21 Turkey 31Similar to Cairo’s Khan El Khalili Grand Bazaar is buzzing with sounds and people. Smells, lights and sounds take you back to an ancient time and it was a really cool place. The difference is that Gran Bazaar is indoors, which made it nice and warm. There were jewels, gold, pottery, textiles, spices, and lots, lots more and we could have probably walked around for hours but started to feel the adventures of the day and called it.

    2012-12-21 Turkey 33 2012-12-21 Turkey 34 2012-12-21 Turkey 35We were back at the hotel around 17.30 and decided to meet up at 20.00 for dinner before checking-out and going to the airport. We spent the rest of the time resting up and sleeping a while. The several night before had contained little-to-no sleep, so we were getting really tired.

    After packing up our hand luggage (we didn’t take out our luggage from the airport) we met up for dinner at hotel restaurant.

    We were offered (no menu here) carrot salad, lentil soup, meat and veggies and a coconut pudding. A pretty sad dinner but all in all neither bad nor good.

    Check out and such took a minute and then we waited for the shuttle buss that was late. And at this point we really didn’t want to miss our flight. But finally it arrived and we were whisked off to the airport.

    At the airport we just breezed through everything and didn’t have to do any of the usual check-in stuff. Passed security and we made our way towards Starbuck’s and settled in for a while. Then at go-to-gate time we moved towards the gate and eventually to the plane.

    After quite a bumpy start with annoying seat-changing-before-checking-if-everyones-omboard-fellow-passengers and a cabin crew that seemed to be straight out of the training program we finally got underway to Cairo…

  • India 2010,  KFC,  Photography

    India 2010 revisited – day 15

    Vi fick gå upp mitt i natten för att komma till vårt flyg. Vi hade beställt taxi via hotellet och när vi då kom ner för att checka ut och åka till flygplatsen visade det sig att bara den ena bilen hade kommit. Lite panikartat blev det eftersom vi inte riktigt litade på att det skulle lösa sig. Men vi fick till det så att bilen åkte med 3 st och sen så försäkrade vi oss på att han åkte tillbaka till hotellet för att hämta de andra. Och vi fick hotellet att garantera att chauffören skulle komma tillbaka och efter en ganska stressig timme, befann sig alla 6 på flygplatsen i Mumbai, incheckade och klara. Efter säkerhetskontrollen ramlade vi ihop i varsin fåtölj på The Coffe Bean & Tea Leaf.

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    Flyget var lite försenat så det blev en lång väntan och strax innan ombordstigning blev jag och Adde framropade till disken för att prata lite. Tjejen bakom disken sa att vi var tvungna att byta säten och det var vi inte så glada för eftersom vi fått riktigt bra stolar. Men det visade sig att personen som satt i stolen på väg från Istanbul blivit dålig och spytt ner hela stolen. Jaha ja… då var det bara att tacka för sig och sätta sig någon annan stans, och det var nog bra för K2 och K3 som satt någon stol bort från ”spy-stolarna” sa att det luktade ganska illa hela resan. Men iväg kom vi i alla fall till slut mot Istanbul. 2013-10-29 Indien revisited 02 Vi landade i ett soligt Istanbul och hade några timmar att avvara på flygplatsen. Det fick bli lite matintag och så allmänt häng innan vi tog oss till gaten för nästa flyg.  2013-10-29 Indien revisited 03

    Vackert var det när vi flög över Istanbul hem mot Sverige. 2013-10-29 Indien revisited 04

    Lite mat, och Turkish Airlines har riktigt bra mat. Första gången jag tyckte att maten var fullt ätbart på ett flygplan och jag har rest otroligt mycket. 2013-10-29 Indien revisited 05

    Vackert på vägen hem…2013-10-29 Indien revisited 06

    Efter många timmar landade 6 trötta resenärer på Arlanda och var glada för att ha kommit hem, men hade redan börjat sakna Indien. Resan hade varit en riktigt underbar och helt klart en resa för livet. 2013-10-29 Indien revisited 07Jag kommer aldrig att kunna återberätta hur underbar resan var för oss, men jag hoppas att dessa inlägg om India 2010 revisited har fått er att förstå lite om resan och hur fantastiskt vi hade det. En resa som jag sen kommer glömma och jag kommer att vara evigt tacksam till grevinnan och Sir för allt de hade fixat med och mina fantastiska vänner Berget, A2, K2 och K3 för otroliga resekompisar. En otrolig resa med minnen som kommer finnas hos mig för alltid och vyer som har etsat sig fast i mitt minne. Tack för att jag fick uppleva denna fantastiska resa med er och att jag fick uppleva ett land som jag alltid har velat besöka. Och ett stort tack till Indien!

  • Food

    Local wierd and exotic McDonald’s variations

     

     

    McDonald’s McSausage Burger – Germany

    german-sausage-burger

    McDonald’s CroqueMcDo – Belgium and France

    le-croque-mcdo-france-belgium

    McDonald’s McCurry Pan – India

    mccurry-pan-india

    McDonald’s Bacon-Potato Pie – Japan

    mcdonalds-bacon-potato-pie

    McBeer – Germany

    mcdonalds-beer-germany

    McDonald’s Deluxe Breakfast with Spam – Hawaii

    mcdonalds-hawaiian-deluxe-breakfast

    McDonald’s Kiwiburger – New Zealand

    mcdonalds-kiwiburger-new-zealand

    McDonald’s McArabia – Egypt

    mcdonalds-mcarabia-egypt

    McDonald’s McFalafel – Israel

    mcdonalds-mcfalaffer-burger-israel

    McDonald’s McSpicy Paneer – India

    mcdonalds-mcspicy-paneer-india

    McDonald’s McHothot Mega Breakfast Sausage – Japan

    mchotdog-mega-breakfast-sausage

    McDonald’s McLobster – Canada

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    Chicken Maharaja Mac – India

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    McDonald’s McPork – Japan

    mcpork-mcdonalds-japan

    McDonald’s McWine – Argentina

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    McDonald’s Mega Teriyaki – Japan

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    McDonald’s Paneer Salsa Wrap – India

    the-paneer-salsa-wrap-india

    I’ve only had the pleasure of trying one of these, the McArabia from Egypt. But I had it one of the times that I visited Dubai. It was alright, tasted like chicken burgers in a pita bread with some nondescript sauce. So they probably have the ”burger” all over Arabia. I haven’t even seen the others, except McBeer in Austria, but I would have loved to try the Lobster Roll in Canada, because lobster rolls are sooooo good.

     

     

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