Hi! January started with a dead laptop, luckily it was just the charger that was broken and not the computer itself. So I’m working on it.. In the meantime I’m trying to manage this thing with my mobile that is also pretty shitty. It’s so typical that everything expensive fails you when you really really need to save up some cash!
But negativity aside! I’m travelling to Asia again! And it’s been far too long! I’ve always been returning to Thailand for some reason, it has just become my second home. It marks the beginning of a new life, a good one. So going back always gives me the same butterflies I had the very first time the aircraft landed. But I’d hate to become one of those who get stuck at one place every year when I know there is so much more to see and explore. So I decided to go for something close to Thailand but still different. The Philippines!
Originally I had my mind set on Indonesia, but what I didn’t account for is that the rainy season is still not completely over in march. And as Scandinavians in serious need of some vitamin D we really want to make sure that we get the most out of our month. The climate in the Philippines should be pretty similar to Thailand, at least so I’m told. It looks amaaaazing! And with over 7 000 islands we are bound to find a place less affected by tourism. Diving and amazing nature here we come!
As I mentioned earlier my job gives us the opportunity to travel for nothing but small fees, it all came down to what flights were available in the little time frame we had. I was actually a little hesitant to go to Rome with a 7 year old at first. I though maybe Malta or some other sunny location would be a better match for us, but Rome surprised us. There was no problem at all and there is plenty of cool stuff to see that’s engaging for everyone despite of age. I think we walked at least 20 thousand steps per day and we didn’t plan anything. We just picked out some spots from our map and started walking. I’m so glad we just walked around and didn’t just jump into a taxi to get to every location. There’s plenty of quirky stuff that I had never seen if we didn’t take this route.
How amazing is this?!
What is this? This my friend, is Italian parking.
The Palace of Justice, Pretty fancy.And if the battery runs out; there is always gelato!
We tried a bunch of different shops that specialized in ice cream. With diamond decor, walls that looked like chocolate waterfalls and hundreds of flavors to choose from. But at this tiny shop outside the Palace of justice I found, hands down the best ice cream I’ve ever had! I would go back just for the ice cream..
We wandered the streets and stumbled across Piazza del popolo (People square). It has a beautiful viewpoint where you can view the city and walk through the Villa Borgese gardens. We wanted to hire a bike and explore because the garden is huge. But unfortunately we didn’t have enough time.
Obelisk of Rameses II. Finding hieroglyphs and even a pyramid in Rome felt so out of place! Apparently these hieroglyphs where brought from Egypt in 30 BC and there are thirteen of them all around the city. The Egyptian empire and Greece had a big impact on Rome and I love how they all had their very distinct style and culture. The obelisk was originally a pagan symbol dedicated to the sun. I find it funny how they just put a cross on tope like; Nope! If you are interested in more of this, Netflix just released a docuseries based on historical events called “Roman Empire: Regin of Blood“. Check it out!
The Villa Borgese gardens.
Simba Leo, all this will be yours..” haha sorry I could’t resist.
Nedless to say; Beautiful place.
.. do as the Romans do? Well that would be very nice if it weren’t 20 degrees and they were all walking around in the streets with huge winter jackets complaining about the cold. We declared Norwegian summer and walked the streets in T-shirts, haha! Just make sure you bring appropriate clothing if you want to visit Pantheon and all the other beautiful buildings.
After mapping out our must-see destinations we just started walking. There is something to see on every corner and to me, I got more fascinated by the little details and the way the city was buildt rather than the enormous buildings and tourist attractions. I absolutely love the narrow streets and the cozy restaurants on every sidewalk.
For those interested, Column of Marcus Aureliu.
Leo is obsessed with “Cars” I even baked a Lightning McQueen cake for his birthday. So when we stumbled across this Disney shop it was a very pleasant surpise. Disney break!
Cute rooftop terrace <3
Sant’Ambrogio e Carlo al Corso, just a church we stumbled upon that I thought was incredible detailed. I didn’t take any pictures inside because it was so quiet and I didn’t want to disturb anyone. But it would seem like this church was nothing compared to what we were about to see.
Now we’re going to explore that viewpoint in the distance, see yah! 😀
Rome is amazing. I think I had imagined something more modern, with some old buildings here and there. But Rome has old buildings and amazing architecture on every corner. I have hands down never been in a city this rich with history and architecture. Rome is considered the first metropolis of the world and it shows, it’s just really one big beautiful museum.
Haha Leo trying to decide his wish before throwing the coin into the fountain.
We got a awesome room a couple of minutes walk away from the famous Trevi Fountain. The streets are super cosy and narrow. But that didn’t stop the taxi from driving us to the doorstep. It would definitively just been a walking street in Norway, but on the contrary the public transportation in Oslo is very good and it Italy it has not exactly been a priority. The subway looked like it was ripped out of some thriller, but it was a fun experience either way. The lady at Town House Fontana Di Trevi was super nice and helped us circle the best destinations on a big map.
Let the adventure begin!
Last week I spent my days off in Italy. Some of the perks of being a Cabin Crew is the incredible cheap flight tickets and not least, that I work 5 days on and always have 4 days off. We didn’t actually know where we were heading this weekend. We looked up all flights that had the most available seats and took it from there. We considered Iceland, Copenhagen, London and Spain. But If you are Norwegian, like me. The warmer temperatures seemed to tempt way more at this time of year. We decided to travel to Italy the very same day. “The numbers looks good, let’s go”. I am fairly used to the whole travel on impulse thing, but I must admit this was a new record for me, especially traveling with a 7 year old. I spent my time on the express train reading up on dress codes, currency, the top 10 “must see” locations and of course the most important word in the book “Thank you” (grazie mille. Loosely translated; Thank you very much). My knowledge of Italy was pretty blank. All I knew was that we were heading in the direction of the homeland of pizza, lasagne, gladiators, amazing architecture and gelato. Sure! why not?
We arrived late in the evening, so we drove to the coastline and booked into a small hotel by the beach, Hotel del Mare. We arrived pretty late, so the owner urged us to get outside if we were to catch any restaurants still open. Next door was a restaurant with mostly seafood and pasta. A boy were celebrating his 9th birthday on the table next to us and the owner was so kind to give Leo a piece of his birthday cake. We had been in Italy for two hours and here we were sitting next to a family celebrating and eating real Italian food for the first time. It seemed surreal that we started our morning in freezing Oslo, eating knekkebrød while watching Pokemon on Tv.
The next day we checked out the beach. Since we arrived when it had become dark we had no idea how the neighborhood would look. I love arriving when it’s dark, it’s like the world is wrapped in paper and you just have to wait until the next morning to see what the location will bring. The temperatures were alright, but not enough to make a beach holiday. We went for a walk on the beach while waiting for our taxi, that would take us to Rome.
To be Continued!
Thought I would shed some light on that one;)
I’m not new to blogging, as a matter of fact I had my first blog in 2004 before anyone knew what a blog actually was. We called it «my space» and it was a part of Windows Live Messenger. (MSN). Which mostly worked as a online diary where I complained about village life, homework and how much I loved HIM. Hahah time flies!
In 2009 I moved to England and studied illustration and I blogged mostly about art, England and Alternative fashion. In 2012 I started a new travel blog and backpacked through South East Asia, which is 4 years ago now. I went by the url kijoeibon.com and I used Kijo as a synonym. Heck I even looked a lot different back then, with neon hair and crazy outfits. I changed the url, the design, deleted all the content and that’s why I’m now showing up in everyones feed who subscribed to my RRS feed (bloglovin, feedly, google reader +++) back in 2012.
It was a good year. However when the adventure came to an end and reality hit there wasn’t really much to write about. Diving into a 800m long cave, playing with tigers, zip lining through the jungle, arriving at an abundant island.. Awesome, right!? Working 24/7, combined with a confidentiality declaration? Not so much. I worked non-stop for 4 months, moved to the capital, moved around, meet my fiancee, got a stepson, a new job in aviation, and purchased my first apartment. Boom. Grown-up points.
My goal right now is to get this apartment together and then travel. My job gives me the opportunity to travel the world for nothing but small fees. I got my base, I got the perfect job. The groundwork is done. Then there will as always be some art and creative projects in between. So for those of you that don’t care much for renovation, bear with me! Travel posts are coming! 😀
I know that there haven’t been a lot of updates lately, but to be honest the worst part of the renovation progress is not fun nor interesting. It’s a mess! You know that stage where the floors are gone, everything you own is in a pile of dirt and the walls are covered in tape? Yep. But luckily that’s all done now. We’re IN! Lately we have been spending time on orders and taking measures of everything. Washing machine, wardrobes and even a Murphy bed / office space. It will take 4-6 weeks to get the wardrobe in place, so I guess we just have to learn to live with the chaos for a while.
I decided to paint my contrast wall in the living room with something called Lady Minerals from Jotun, it’s a paint that gives a limestone finish to the walls and I really love it. You start by painting with a brush diagonally. Be quick and don’t give yourself any breaks between because this paint dries fast and every brush stroke shows. It had a terrible color when it was fresh and I must admit I was freaking out between the layers. But when it finally dried, I really love it!
The color name and code is Lady Minerals 1623 Marrakesh. I’m going to use an acrylic mix in the same shade around the kitchen area, this paint is really sensitive towards stains and water so don’t do it in a hallway or a kitchen area without a sealer!
And.. I love our new floors!
Today was my first day off after a heavy work-week in the air. It’s high season and everyone is going on their holiday. Me? I’m juggling renovation and a full-time job. And Daniel has two.. Jeezes! Welcome to Chaos.
I had stops in Molde, Tromsø & Harstad this work period so Daniel painted the ceiling and repainted all the white walls while I was gone. It seems like the white walls were not so white after all.. I should have known, that there is nothing called just «white» in the interior world. Our old shade had some sort of yellow hint to it, eggwhite or whatever the correct term is. We wanted pure white walls, the problem with that was that every single thing in the apartment was just that.. eggwhite. The skirting, windowsill, the sockets, the doors and even the whole kitchen fronts were eggwhite. With the freshly pure white walls everything else seemed dirty and yellow. So I had to decide; repaint or redo.
I have decided to paint the frames and windowsills shiny white. And I’m going to have a darker contrast color surrounding the kitchen fronts to make them more clean and white. I’m not quite sure what to do with the doors. We have 3, were one of them is the bathroom door that already has some water damage. So I think I might just replace them. We’ll see…
Tomorrow I’m doing my second coat on the contrast wall in the living room and Daniel is continuing on the floor. To be continued! 😀
Even though I love how big and bright the apartment looks with the white floor, I know it’s not going to last with our lifestyle. We want a pet eventually, I paint, Leo likes to drag his cars and toys all over the floors and I don’t want to worry about stripes and marks. I’ve bought some samples and it looks like we’re going with the shade that we wanted from the beginning.
We’re going for number 3. It’s not too white, and the structure is rough and more rustic.(Marks and wear is going to add to the charm, not become an annoyance.) I like the warmer shades, but I’ve never had light floors before and want the apartment to still look bright and clean.
These two pictures are exactly the same as sample number three, but as you can see the product photos come off completely different than the real deal. My advice to anyone who is looking to get their floors replaced is to quit wasting time online and go directly to the shops. I promise you will save yourself a lot of time and confusion.
I am really looking forward to get the roof and walls repainted, so we can get started on this! The floor really sets the tone and mood of the room. Right now we are ripping off skirtings, throwing out old wardrobes and prepping the rooms for paint!