Travelling on impulse

41179_430138911851_696547_n
“Want to go on a road trip to Poland?” was the question that met me when I came late to a birthdayparty a couple of weeks ago. After five seconds of thinking, I managed to shout out an “of course!”, full of eagerness from the impulsive suggestion. Half an hour later me and my friend were sitting in my RV on our way to Poland, without knowing how long it would take us to get there, or how much it would cost.

As my car did not go faster than 80km/h, we did not get further than to Gothenburg the first night, where we got ourself a late night snack, and some sleep for the long journey we had ahead of us.

The second day was more or less spent in the car, with just a few stops for food, gas and a longer stop at the university in Helsingborg. The final destination point for the day was set to the student city Lund, just a few minutes outside of Malmoe, where the plan was to visit some of my friends and experience the student life in Lund. After a night well spent in the student city, we were ready to take the boat from Karlskrona to the Polish city Gdynia, but as the ferry was a bit too expensive for our budget, we ended up driving to Copenhagen. After spending the night out in the biggest city in Scandinavia, we agreed that we had seen and spent enough on our road trip and decided to hit the long road home to Halden.

41179_430138901851_4672425_n

Recreational Vehicle

bilen

As an attempt of lowering my spendings as a student, and to get more flexibility of where I am living, I have now moved into fully living in my car. The car is a big blue Ford Transit, that has got most of the things I need: a fridge, a gas stove, TV, a speaker system a table and a bed. So far I have been road tripping Scandinavia (Norway, Denmark and Sweden), but I also hope to go on bigger trips next summer, but until then the car will be my home in Halden.

IMG_20100818_101544

Romania

Romania is one of the two countries I have only visited on a family trip (the other one being Tunisia). The year was 1999 and I was there for two weeks, where we travelled with a chartered flight to and from Constanta. 

On our first days we did some sunbathing and swimming on one of the beaches of the Dead Sea, which is one of the busiest beaches I can remember. Local people were walking up and down the beach shouting what they had for sale and beggars would also not leave us alone. After the days in Constanta we took the train up to Brasov where we were picked up by my uncle who took us to his family in law who lived in Odorhei Secuiesc. Here we were served papricas filled with meat, which was one of the most tastiest local dishes I have ever eaten. 

During our two weeks stay in Romania we also got to visit the capital of Romania, Bucarest, and the famous castle of Count Dracula in Transylvania.


Tunisia


Tunisia is one of the two countries I have only visited on a family trip (the other one being Romania). The year was 1996 and we had booked a round trip to Sousse, which is a coast city in Northern Tunisia. 


The trip started like many other chartered trips, with some lazy days by the hotel pool and the beach in Sousse. From there we travelled by train to Al-Munastir where we visited the Great Mosque, Habib Bourguiba Mauloseoum and the Ribat Castle where parts of Monthy Python’s Life of Brian was filmed. 


Towards the end of our trip we travelled by bus south to Tataouine and the Tunisian Sahara. On of the highlights there was to visit the Star Wars filming set and get to ride on camels in the Tunisian Sahara. 


Things that could be bought everywhere in Tunisia was tea, desert roses(stones), bongo drums and dried scorpions that one can have for display (I bought maybe ten of those!). Thats all about my trip to Tunisia for now, but I am sure I will be back for more North African travel sometime soon. 

Arenal and the Hot Volcano Springs



Arenal is known as one of the biggest and most active volcanoes in the world, and attracts visitors from all over the world. A great way of seeing it in action is to go to Hot Springs Arenal, which is a water park with freshwater that is naturally heated from the volcano. The water park consists of around 25 different pools, with slides and even bars and restaurants that you can go to while sitting in the hot pools. Almost all of the visitors are Americans and Europeans and it is clear that the water park is made as a tourist attraction. In the water park you will not hear when the volcano is having an eruption, but you will see a lot of people stopping what they are doing and flocking around the towers where the view is best. An eruption can last for around twenty minutes where you can see flames, lava and a lot of smoke coming out of the volcano. About two years ago, there was a case where some this smoke had killed some tourists in the water park, but when entering I was assured that this was a place that was almost a hundred percent safe to visit.