2019, amsterdam, the netherlands

2019, singapore

2018, longyearbyen, svalbard archipelago, norway

2018, paris, france

  • my friend's dorm being the prettiest and most modern dorm i have ever seen
  • buying a baguette at a night bakery upon arrival, eating it at midnight by one of the canals
  • the smell of our morning coffee
  • the heat and how we would always forget to bring water
  • getting lost in orsay museum only to finally find van gogh's room; crying in front of his autoportrait
  • roaming around shakespeare&co bookstore for a long long time, finally deciding to buy some books i'd been looking for earlier
  • being absolutely terrified of taking the metro
  • that one time i thought i sprained my ankle on an uneven street
  • seeing eiffel tower (from far away since tom cruise blocked the entire area around it with his movie premiere) but it was enough
  • crowds everywhere, not being able to hear my own thoughts in louvre; the mcdonald's inside louvre what the heck
  • going to see ballet in opera garnier for only like ten euros and being able to see only half of the stage, it was worth it
  • seeing the french celebrate bastille day AND football championships, the craziness
  • french pastries that made me think of clouds
  • beauvais being the worst airport i've ever been to

2018, munich, germany/innsbruck, austria

  • getting lost at the munich airport, twice
  • pretzels everywhere
  • the fair at my friend's uni (the huge slide inside of her uni), the ferris wheel and how pink the sky was when the car reached the top
  • how my friend said that austria was only two hours away and joked about going for a roadtrip but i took it too seriously and we ended up going
  • the alps, their summits covered with snow even in may
  • the small teashop with shelves from floor to ceiling, stacked with boxes with different kinds of teas; the way i carefully chose one that smelled the best but in the end tasted not so good

2017, tromsø, norway

  • the views from the plane looking just like the ones i'd seen on the internet, the tears upon landing.
  • my two suitcases and how i struggled with them (a lot)
  • the dorms, the housemates from downstairs who adopted me to their little group (how i was the youngest out of all the people in our neighbourhood, and in my classes, and in the cafe i worked at)
  • how happy i'd get whenever i understood what was going on in classes, how many trips to the supermarket it took me to finally understand the cashier was asking if i needed the receipt
  • first northern lights in my life and then all the northern lights that followed, how i would tear up every single time
  • waffle wednesdays, playing uno, losing 9 times out of 10
  • senja roadtrip: sleeping in tents by the ocean, looking for streams with fresh water, porridge with jam for breakfast, hiking in the national park and how i regretted not having waterproof pants, changing clothes in a parking lot and how we were so tired it wouldn't matter anymore, the shovel we had in close vicinity at night, the mountains! oh, the mountains and the views and the mountain roads and how unreal it all was; the last night and how someone started panicking there were moose (or worse) close by our tents but it turned out that one of us was just hungry; being woken up by cows strolling by our tents
  • 8am free yoga on mondays, and the free breakfast that followed
  • the hilly way to the uni, the way it was impossible to walk in winter since it was ice all over, the many falls
  • all the hiking trips in the forests/mountains around town, the way reindeers became something we'd see daily (but they'd still scare me)
  • polar night, missing the sun for over a month before coming back home; the way i'd never been that sleep-deprieved; day and night becoming unrecognizable unless you looked at the clock
  • having to walk to school with a headlamp on, and spikes on boots
  • experiencing elena's first snow with her, building her very first snowman together as we were listening to winter playlists & elvis presley because his voice reminded her of the times she spent with her grandma

2016, stockholm, sweden

  • the soaked shoes, how it wouldn't stop raining
  • the hostel we booked turning out to be located in an old basement with a very distinct atmosphere, and with tiny pieces of bricks falling down now and then. i still think rather fondly of it
  • the free walking tours; history had never been this fun
  • the narrow streets of old town, how we couldn't find our way no matter how hard we tried. until the last day of our stay
  • whenever we eventually did find our way, it led us to the same, small bakery; said bakery's pastries

2016, stavanger, norway

  • the neverending rain
  • finding shelter from the rain on a boat offering trips; buying a ticket for said boat trip
  • the way we hadn't realized how expensive it was there until we went to get groceries and all we could afford was bread and water (which was a bit stupid, tap water is crystal clear there)
  • hiking up the mountains from early morning when it still was very foggy and gloomy, with forests all around, and how the sun welcomed us on the top. i got sunburnt funnily because i was wearing sunglasses the entire day
  • eating breakfast on a steep cliff over 600m above lysefjorden
  • the norwegian man we met on the way, the stories he told us about glaciers he'd climbed
  • an elderly japanese man hiking in his neat suit

2015, berlin, germany

  • first time travelling all by myself (after a vienna trip fail)
  • 10 hours on the bus
  • sleeping over on the floor at my aunt's, the impossibly high ceilings
  • the park not far away from brandenburg gate, having picnics by myself almost every day
  • cycling through the city (a nightmare)
  • cycling out of the city that one time and stopping by a lake for a quick break; discovering a supposed nudist beach this way
  • how hot it was
  • the longest queues to the museums, seeing ancient egyptian items
  • the bus breaking down on the way back, being stuck in frankfurt for a few hours and exploring it a bit until another bus arrived
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