Couchsurfing Stockholm

Sometimes the things you want to do is not that unreachable. I managed to do two of the things I wanted to this weekend: visit the capitol of Sweden and couchsurf. A couple of days before I went, I had been on and gotten in contact with people living in Stockholm who had a couch to offer me.
The first night I spent on a horsefarm about an hour outside of the city center. The people hosting me were two friendly girls who were living in a small cabin with just one small room for kitchen, beds and table and another one for shower, sink and toilet. I felt really bad taking up the last of their floor space with my foldable bed, but they ensured me that they were glad to host me and that they were okay with me stepping over their beds to leave in the morning.

The mediaeval bar: “Sjätte Tunnan”

I spent the second night downtown Stockholm in a punk-ish girls apartment. As soon as I got  there I was asked if I wanted to go out with her and her friends to see a movie and have some beers in the old city. It ended up with a nice cultural experience, where we sat in a castle-like bar, where they served mead, fresh bread and roasted meat, discussing politics for the election that was going to take place all over the country the next day. Now I just wish that we had that kind of bar in Norway, and hope that Norwegian couchsurfers show the same kind of hospitality towards people who are coming to visit our country and to get a Norwegian cultural experience.

For only one thousand Norwegian krones, I will get three travels with train in Sweden. The first one being this weekends trip to Stockholm, the week after that a trip to Lund in the south of Sweden, and on Wednesday me and my friend took a daytrip to Gothenbourg for a daytime pubcrawl. My ticket gives me free pass on all trains travelling in Sweden, and can be used for for five days in one month. Sweet deal.

Travelling on impulse

“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.


Recreational Vehicle


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.



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 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.