10 EXPERIENCES… on our bucket list for Greece

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we’re so excited for our first ever trip to Greece in a few weeks, and so far these 10 experiences are on our bucket list:

1. indulge in Greek yoghurt, feta cheese and olive oil!
2. walk the birthplace of democracy in Athens
3. swim in the Aegean Sea
4. take a National Geographic worthy photo of Parthenon – the ancient temple of Athena
5. spend a night at a 5 star hotel (thank you Greek economy!)
6. relive ancient history in the medieval town of Rhodes
7. get active and enjoy the flourishing spring on one of Greece’s numerous hiking trails
8. test our knowledge, skills and teamwork in a Greek mythology escape room
9. take a cue from the old Greek philosophers and energize our minds in a natural thermal spa
10. cuddle up watching beautiful sunsets overlooking the iconic white/blue rooftops

Any fun additions for us?

photo borrowed from here

   

MAY THE ADVENTURES CONTINUE

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FINALLY we’re back on the blog! the past couple of weeks have been a not-so-flattering cocktail of pneumonia (me), man flu (bradley), work, soup, sleep and nothing much else. Heck, we’re even behind on our streaming routine because apparently even the simplest tasks like pressing play on a tv show (and staying awake for it) has been too much 😉

Thankfully we’re both much better now, and yesterday we celebrated my 28th birthday with a fun night out, and we ordered plane tickets for greece next month, so I was a real happy camper (or hiker, same-same haha) 😉

Indblik i vores streaming refugium!

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forklaring til billedet følger nederst i indlægget^^

Ha, sikke en overskrift, hva? 😉 Lige så meget vi elsker at rejse og opleve, lige så meget elsker vi også at være hjemme. ’Bare’ at være hjemme. For lige så impulsive og aktive vi holder af at være, lige så rar er hverdagens forudsigelighed også bare i perioder, og hjemmeaftener med seriestreaming, te og chokolade, kan altså også noget – ja, faktisk er det ren balsam for sjælen; et streaming refugium om man vil 😉

Et refugium er ’et tilflugtssted eller et sted man kan søge hvile og opholde sig i fred og ro uden at blive forstyrret af andre’ og det er lige præcis dét, der er formålet med lidt god kvalitets-streaming-tid hver dag; at komme ned i gear, hvile – og samtidig blive underholdt. Enten sammen eller hver for sig med høretelefoner på i hver sin ende af sofaen. It all works!

Det er efterhånden mange år siden vi har haft tv-abonnement. Vi så ikke en brøkdel af alle de kanaler vi havde, og tv’et blev alligevel mest brugt til PlayStation spil, så nu klarer vi os med computerstreaming, netflix og et HDMI-stik. Og det er rart. Rart at vælge aktivt hvad vi vil se og hvornår – og lige nu ser min streaming uge cirka sådan her ud (Bradley ser med på nogle af tingene, og kører ellers anime-stilen + Arrow, Flash og Black Sails lige nu – og så slipper han for boligprogrammerne, haha).

Mandag: Zombie night med The Walking Dead (vi ER Glenn & Maggie <3) og Stjernerne på Slottet
Tirsdag: Kurs mod Fjerne Kyster (læs om den addiction her) og Kender du Typen, som jeg har elsket at se siden det startede med Jørn Duus for over 20 år siden(!)
Onsdag: Gift Ved Første Blik USA sæson 2 (bedste reality!) og Kurs mod Fjerne Kyster Ekstra fra Frihuset – jeg synes Lene Beier er sådan en dejlig vært med fantastisk udstråling.
Torsdag: Nybyggerne og Blændende Boliger – ikke sådan wauw-godt, men alligevel lidt catchy 😉
Fredag: Grey’s Anatomy (Meredith Grey er nok cirka den tv-karakter, jeg har ’fulgt’ længst – we’ve been through some stuff together, haha) – og er vi hjemme om aftenen ser vi nogen gange X-factor, selvom det, ærligt, mest er for at kritisere hele set-uppet…
Lørdag/søndag: Vi går tit i biografen i weekenden, og catcher ellers op på noget af ovenstående, hvis der er afsnit vi har misset + DR’s Bedrag (good stuff).
Og så er dén streaming-uge gået 😉

Hvad ser I derude? Er det lidt i samme boldgade eller noget helt andet?

P.S. Vi glæder os til sæsonstart på Game of Thrones i april – hence billedet fra Dubrovnik foroven, som agerer Kings Landing, Black Water Bay m.v. i serien, og som vi elskede at besøge og anbefaler varmt til alle.

   

Consider This: ‘Ser du Månen, Daniel?’

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Jeg tror stadig ikke helt vi har fundet den rigtige rytme her på bloggen. Hvilken form, hvilken type indhold, engelsk eller dansk? …Rejser generelt, eller kun vores egne rejser? …’Verden’ i et mere overordnet perspektiv? So many questions…

Jeg tænker at vi prøver os lidt frem de næste par uger, så hvis I føler vi ’stritter’ lidt i alle retninger og skifter kurs som vinden blæser, er det altså rigtigt nok! Vi vil bare gerne lave en blog, som vi også selv ville have lyst til at have som fast bestanddel af vores feed, og vi vil gerne både underholde, inspirere og give stof til eftertanke… (hashtag ’goals’, som de hippe ville sige, haha)

Et indlæg, jeg har tænkt på at skrive den sidste uges tid, er for eksempel mine tanker omkring bogen ’Ser du månen, Daniel’, som jeg netop har læst færdig. SIKKE en page turner – også selvom slutningen jo var givet på forhånd og massivt mediedækket for et par år siden. Bemærkelsesværdigt dygtige Puk Damsgård (som også har skrevet Ulvehjerter – en anden meget gribende bog), har talt med den danske fotograf Daniel Rye, om hans 13 måneder som gidsel hos Islamisk Stat i Syrien, og det er simpelthen så malende og råt fortalt, at det er som at være der selv. Som en flue på væggen i kældercellen med Jihadi-John, James Foley, Daniel selv – og de øvrige vestlige gidsler.

Et meget interessant emne, som Puk behandler i bogen, er den store forskel, der er i måden de vestlige lande forhandler (eller ikke-forhandler) med terroristerne på. Vi hører om den franske og spanske stat, der betaler kolossale løsesummer for at få løsladt deres statsborgere, den danske stat, som nægter at have noget som helst med terroristerne at gøre, men dog tillader de kidnappedes familier selv at samle penge ind til løsesummer, – og så er der USA, hvor selv sidstnævnte ikke er lovligt, hvorfor James Foleys familie f.eks. aldrig fik ham at se i live igen, mens Daniel Rye fik lov at komme hjem.

Det handler om politiske beslutninger, der optrækker en overordnet linje og værdigrundlag, men som i yderste potens altså også bliver et helt konkret spørgsmål om enkeltpersoners liv og død. Personer, som kunne være reddet, men ikke blev det. Personer som blev reddet, men måske samtidig finansierede andre terrorangreb med deres løsesummer. Begge dele har konsekvenser, og der er ikke noget black and white i komplekse udfordringer som disse. Det vigtige er, at vi bliver ved med at stille spørgsmål, forholde os kritiske – og, ligesom Daniel, også huske at give opmærksomhed og taletid til den syriske civilbefolkning, der fortsat lider under konflikterne, og som har brug for, at vi kærer os om dem, deres børn og deres fremtid.

Er der nogle af jer, der læser med her, som også har læst bogen? Hvad berørte den i jer, – og har I selv rejst i Mellemøsten? Del gerne jeres oplevelser i kommentarfeltet 🙂

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HELP US DECIDE: WHERE TO GO NEXT???

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Hey guys – what a beautiful day it has been again today, huh? it has totally gotten us in the mood for spring, sandals, sun and sea water, and as it just so happens that we have a few weeks of vacation coming up in not too long (april-ish), we have started bouncing around ideas on where to go.

So far we have been talking about Greece (history and citylife in Athens combined with sea, nature and relaxation on Santorini) or Morrocco (riads, medina and culture in Marrakech combined with sea, surf and hikes in Agadir) – both countries we have been wanting to visit for a long time, but we’re not really sure if either of these places are warm enough to go swimming etc. in April? We’re hoping for +20 degrees celcius, do you think that’s completely unrealistic?

Alternatively we might consider somewhere in South Aast Asia, but we also want it to be relatively budget friendly, as we’re also saving up for a kick-ass summer vacation 🙂

Where do you think we should go? Have any of you been to Greece or Morrocco in spring? Or do you have any other suggestions for us? Please leave a comment – we appreciate any tips and thoughts you might have!

Oh, and ps: the above photo is from a summer break two years ago in dubrovnik, croatia. One of our best vacations to date – check the blog later this week for more info (including Game of Thrones locations, cliff jumping, wild peacocks and a kayak-ride to remember!)

Backyard Adventures: Go skydive for Valentines?

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I don’t know with you guys, but around here we’re not all that big on Valentines Day… Sure, there’s nothing wrong with celebrating love (on the contrary), but rather than doing the whole roses/dinner/movie thing, our version is more in the lines of a sweet post-it on the bathroom mirror, and saving a piece of chocolate for the other 😉 A few years back though, we went all in, and decided to become certified solo-skydivers, and completed our training on a weekend course at the skydive club in Vamdrup an hours drive from where we live.

The first jump was an experience neither of us will ever forget. We both felt that tandem wasn’t really for us; the real challenge would be to jump out and let go – on our own – without an instructor attached to our backs. If you notice the top picture, you will see that I’m actually smiling as I take my very first jump. How crazy is that? I do not have a death wish, haha, but in those free fall seconds, life was just amazing!

All in all, the weekend was so much fun, and a great alternative date. Living and eating with all the experienced skydivers at the club was an experience in itself (the stories they could tell!), and by the end, we got our certifications. The hard part was watching each other jump. We were both TERRIFIED for each other, and after a few months, that’s also one of the reasons why we decided not to go anymore… Sometimes you just gotta count your luck and your blessings right, and so we do. On Valentines Day and on every other day.

What’s the craziest dates you guys have been on?

   

10 Reasons Why We Keep Going Back to Venice…

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…and 10 pieces of advice, if you are planning on going too!

1. Venice really is one of the most romantic cities in Europe. So completely its own with all the canals, ancient architecture, and the quiet lack of cars and modern buildings.
Our advice: stay for a while! don’t settle for a daytrip – the real magic happens at night, and there is so much to see and eat and experience.

2. Strolling around and getting lost in the charming streets and alleys is half the fun! We stopped using a map and just go with our gut. Turn left here? Yeah, why not! There’s always a new adventure waiting around the corner…
Our advice: don’t pack your days too heavily; Venice is all about slowing down the pace, lowering your shoulders, breathing in the fresh ocean air, and giving in to the laidback Italian way of living…

3. All sights are close to each other, so no need to spend precious vacation time on transportation. We recommend the San Marco basilisca, the Palace and Bridge of Sighs, the Rialto Bridge, as well as the monestary and belltower San Giorgio Maggiore on the small island just across from Piazza san Marco (this way you will look in on Venice from the viewpoint rather than looking out on the ocean + there is no queue here at all, and its cheaper than the tower on the Marco square too).
Our advice: Buy a youth-pass for i.e. 72 hours, and enjoy discounted entries to all the sights + you can hop on and off the waterbusses as you please.

4. Piazza san Marco at night. When all the day-trippers and cruise-shippers have left, the violinists are on their A-game, the pigions have settled down and love is in the air 😉
Our advice: Buy a bottle of Belini and some gelato and just find a bench or a step to sit on, rather than paying for overpriced seating and drinks on the piazza cafés.

5. The food! No further explanation neccesary, right? Pizza, pasta, seafood, wine, sausage, pastry and lots of lots of gelato (luckily, walking around in circles and getting lost several times a way will burn up some of the calories too ;))
Our advice: Don’t be fooled by the ‘tourist menus’ in the city centre. Look for the smaller places where the locals themselves hang out – or wake up early and head to the food market yourself if you want to stock up on (cheap) fresh fruit and bread (eating in Venice is overall really expensive).

6. The beach! Most people aren’t aware that Venice is great for beachin’ too, but it really has it all. Didn’t we tell you? Lido de Venice is only a 20 minute boatride from the Marco square, and offers kilometres of sandy beaches, small bakeries and beach bars, the opportnity to rent various water sport equiptment (it tends to be quite windy, so its possible to surf), but without being overly touristy and packed with families like i.e. Lido de Jesolo…
Our advice: Enjoy an entire day of beach fun, swimming and tanning, and feel content and happy that you have been able to squeeze both culture, history, relazation and active fun into a 3-4 day long trip! 😉

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7. Burano – the island of colourful houses! Makes for a great daytrip; eating lunch, talking with the local fishermen and taking lots of gorgeous photos. Also, you can’t not be happy strolling around this palette of crayon-coloured brushstroke-houses.
Our advice: bring your camera!

8. The shopping is goooood! Yeah, we’re that material 😉
Whether you are looking for unique venician souvernirs (carneval masks, murano glass etc.), high street new-ins from H&M to Muji, or splurge-worthy fashion from Gucci, Chanel and all their posh friends, Venice has got it!
Our advice: Be sure to either pack your strongest backbone or plenty of spending money. The temptations are plentyfull and right-in-your-face 😉


9. You can always find a cheap flight!
Whether from Hamburg, Billund or Copenhagen, it will rarely cost you more than DKK300 to get to Venice – and if you want to go really budget friendly, it is usually quite cheap to stay at the Lido rather than in the centre. Last June we stayed for 5 days with four of our friends and payed DKK 1,400 each for flight and accommodation. That’s not too bad, right?
Our advice: fly to Treviso airport rather than Marco Polo. It’s only an hours drive from Venice and the buses drive all the time.

10. Just go, go, go! Really.

Kurs mod fjerne kyster

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Åh, er der andre end os, der også bare elsker Kurs mod fjerne kyster-programmerne? …som også blir’ ramt af akut rejsefeber i takt med at de første toner af Havana-sangen vugger aftenens afsnit i gang? Vi har lige set snigpræmieren på den nye sæson, og sidder nu helt glade og opstemte og snakker eventyr og drømmer os tilbage til dengang vi selv var i tæt-på-samme farvande, nemlig omkring Fiji-øerne, hvor de øverste billeder også er fra. Tænk at have været helt omme på den anden side af vores planet; hvor er vi priviligerede at leve i en tid hvor den slags rejser (og oplevelser) er mulige – og som giver mulighed for at blive klogere på verden og os selv, præcis lige som det er tilfældet med både Kurs mod-programmerne og bogen, som også får en fin anbefaling med på vejen herfra.
Havana, Havanaaa. Ligger stille i sin sænk i nat… 😉

Stuff We Love: Sale Shopping for Summer

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Okay, so the only good thing about not being in Thailand right now (doesn’t it seem like everyone else is?), is that SALE season is here, which means that the rest of us can still shop for warmer days with considerable discounts on i.e. sandals, sun dresses and camping gear 🙂
And that’s basically my plan for the evening: webshopping and daydreaming about vacations to come …while eating lychees, lots of lychees (if you can’t bring yourself to thailand, you gotta bring thailand to you ;))

I love, love, LOVE the toastmaker from polerstuff, and can’t wait for bonfire nights with homemade burgers and tuna melts – preferably enjoyed waltzing around in the casual denim dress and cute leather sandals from asos, which are super budget friendly at only £22 each.

   

‘Our Way…’ of spending 24 hours in Skåne, Sweden

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The past week we have been roadtripping across the country in all its winter wonder glory, and even made it over to Sweden for a good 24 hours, where we had the best time! We started off with a bit of shopping in the Emporia mall just ten minutes from the border, where we stocked up on lösgodis (and an extra sweater for the -10 degrees weather), and after that we drove up to Malmö for sightseeing, coffee and semplar, before heading down to Ystad, where we stayed at the much (rightfully!) hyped Ystad Saltsjöbad.

We arrived late afternoon just in time for sunset, and Bradley took some amazing photos – so much better than my iphone pics above, haha – which hopefully he will share in here at some point. We made the smart move to have an early dinner (moose sausage, because when in Sweden, right?)in the hotel restaurant, which meant that we had the place entirely to ourselves, and then afterwards, when all the other guests left the spa area to go have dinner, we had that practically to ourselves as well, and it was HEAVEN!

The outdoor hottubs, surrounded by crisp snow lit up by the moon, was our absolute favorite, but truly the whole experience was just so relaxing and romantic, and we finished the night with gin&tonics in the lounge area overlooking the ocean. Pure bliss!

The next morning we woke up early to watch the sunrise, and after breakfast and another round of spa and a dip in the freezing cold ocean, we checked out, put on layers of layers of warm clothes, and went for a short hike to Alles Stena – Sweden’s ’stonehenge’. It was such a beautiful, sunny snowday, and the perfect way to end our Sweden getaway…

Picking the Perfect (Travel)Partner

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The other day, when we were walking along the beach where we live, I thought about something important I have been wanting to share with you guys about picking the perfect travel companion (and life companion really, but let’s stick to the travel analogy for this blog ;))…

As always, I was the one who made us go out for a walk in the first place (#naturelover #oceanlover #winterlover), and – as always – Bradley was the one who made it fun with all his playfull energy, throwing fireballs, playing skim (which quickly turned into a big competition) and just cracking me up with all his voices and sound effects. I love him so!
And it’s exactly the same when we are travelling. I am the one who picks out and plans all the most awesome places to visit, and Bradley is the one who makes it fun to ride the train/stand in line for two hours/get lost/ wait for the bus in pouring rain etc. to get there.
We’re both positive, happy people, but travelling with someone, who also has this extra quality of always just being able to make up a fun game or song, chat up strangers in a queue, make friends with the taxi driver or start throwing a ball around he just happened to have in his backpack, is something I truly value.

The journey itself, with all its stops and ‘in-betweens’ should be just as fun and memorable as the destination, right? This goes for travelling, and it goes for life – and luckily I have picked the best partner for both.

January Getaway to Cure the Gray

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Oh january, you are so ambivilant! On the one hand, we want to suck all the last bits of christmas cozyness out of you; snuggle up inside with our loved ones (+ netflix and chocolate), and embrace those rare sunny snow days when they finally come around in between all the rainy, cloudy gray… On the other hand, we also just really want to kickstart the new year with some sun, vitamins, fresh colourful foods, strong minds and bodies – and preferably some palms, a beach and some drinks 😉 Know the feeling?

We figure a roadtrip to a spa hotel in Sweden might be the cure! (Almost) guarantied snow and cozyness, heated pools (and even palms, we heard), and probably an abundance of both healthy foods, chocolate and drinks. It has to be good, right?
We’re planning on going some time next week, and can’t wait for our first getaway in 2016 – especially since it will be Bradley’s first time in Sweden. Any tips for us?