I was in Vietnam during Christmas break and over New Years 2015/2016. My better half got me a GoPro Camera for Christmas right before we left, which resulted in me making my first ever GoPro-Vacation-Movie. There's a first for everything.. I know it could've been better in many ways, for instance the fact that I should've bought a stick sooner instead of using the head strap and chest mount all the time - The shots unfortunately got very shaky... But you do nothing but learn from mistakes, so next time I know what to do different. It's all small steps towards a better result. But it's a start.. And I'm actually pretty satisfied with how it turned out, considered it's my first one. I hope you guys'll enjoy it!
"Life is too short to not enjoy it - Travel the world, hold hands, have fun, make love, get a tan, watch sunsets, share kisses, eat fresh fruit, smell flowers, go for hikes, swim, smile, laugh!"✈️🌎🍍🌴☀️❤️
We had a great trip to Vietnam this winter! We went half-backpacking from the North to the South - through Hanoi, Sapa, Hue, Hoi An, Mui Ne and Ho Chi Minh City. And I say "half-backpacking" because the only thing that reminded me of backpacking was the fact that we had backpacks on our backs. Other than that we had a pretty comfortable trip - Great hotels and resorts, nice rooms and suites (except half a night at Ali Baba Hotel in Hanoi, don't go there..), airplanes instead of sleeping busses, sweet food and fruits, nice beaches.. To sum up, I had an amazing trip! And to share it with my favorite person in the entire world, ah, I'm a lucky girl!
The movie shows our trip chronologically, from a to b, from North to South, from Hanoi to Saigon. Enjoy!
GoPro Hero 3
Music by La Belle Musique - La Belle Mixtape | Summer Memories | Henri Pfr https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1Ol6M0d9sg
Hello Norway! Long time no see.. The last week has been crazy. A lot of impressions, both sad and great, and a lot of new things and getting used to actually being here. Addis Ababa is a great city, but extremely different from what we are used to. It's like traveling twenty years back in time! There's no real roads (all muddy and bumpy), a lot of broken and small houses (don't know if we even can call them "houses"..), people are living in the streets everywhere, the first city train is being built right now, and the Chinese people are in charge of the infrastructure which also means that there's really hard getting a good phone and internet connection, or even any connection at all. This is the first time in a week I've been on the internet. And now we are living in a luxury hotel in Hawasa, for a week's "vacation". But despite the fact that this country has a lot of lacks and a lot of poorness, is this vacation amazing! It's great to be able to see what I've been urging for my entire life, and I could never have imagined how it's really like. The people are amazing. They're so down to earth, lively, talkative. I love people's mentality here. And the food! Wow! I've been longing for injera and Ethiopian spices for a really long time now. We're eating Ethiopian for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, either at restaurants or at friends and family's places. I'm literary in heaven. And yes, last but not least, it's been great to finally meet and get to know family and friends! We've been visiting so many people, I don't even know everybody, but it's been great. And of course my closest family here: My uncle, aunt and two cousins. We've been hanging out with them almost every day, and they're actually with us here in Hawasa. We're gonna have a great time here, and also enjoy the last week back in Addis. They're great! Can't believe it took us so long to meet them.. But now we're finally here, and we love it! Here are some iPhone photos from my hotel room and the last week:
Shalom! Yesterday was a fun night. We had dinner and a pre party at Martine's, with great food, lovely girls, good music, a cute piñata, and much fun. Afterwards we went to The Scotsman (because everything else was closed yesterday.. Stupid..), and made the place really lively and fun. It was a really random, but awesome night.
Afterwards did some of the girls go back to Martine's and had a little "after party" with luxury food, before we went to bed and slept to the middle of the day today. Before I went home did we go to McDonalds for breakfast. Ah, what a lovely night. Right now it's kinda okay to be back in Oslo actually, hihi. How was your Monday? #bursdag#party#middag#kos#veronikaroth
It sure is sad that my Parisian adventure is over. I've had such a good time there. I've loved it! I've met so many interesting people, made lots of good friends who I'll stay in touch with for the rest of my life, I've seen so much, attended to huge amounts of all kinds of different events, and last but not least: I've grown. It's hard to describe, but this trip has changed me a lot. All in a positive way. I've become more extrovert, more secure and I've learned a lot about myself. It's really personal, and hard to describe, but I really noticed this for the first time when my close friend came to visit me. We had lots of deep conversations about everything you could ever imagine, and we both noticed how different I've become. A really good feeling. It's a bit personal actually, because I've had trouble knowing exactly where I stand earlier, in relation to both others and myself. But this is definetely a big step in the right direction. It feels so good. Paris has been so good for me. And it's gonna be incredibly sad that it's over..
But, on the other hand, I have a big adventure in front of me as well. My life is really starting now. First up there's the family trip to Ethiopa in the end of June: I can't wait! It's my first time visiting the African part of mye origin. And I'm gonna meet some relatives for the first time. It's gonna be an amazing and memorable trip! And when I'm back home in Norway after this trip, do I get to know which of the uni courses that I've applied to, I've gotten into. It's so exciting! I'm so curious! You guys have no idea how excited I am for everything the future holds. As I mentioned earlier: My life is really starting now!
So, despite the fact that I'm sad because I've left Paris, I'm very very excited and curious of what the future holds. 2014 has, and wil continue to be, such a good year! I am so excited. My life is starting to get together, and my future is looking really bright! Wow, what a positive post! I'm in susch a happy place right now!
Hi, sweeties! At the moment I'm lying in my big, soft bed in my own room back in Oslo, Norway. It's with tears in my eyes I write this post. It felt unreal waking up in my own bed. These three months has passed so incredibly fast. One moment I'm living in Paris, and another moment I'm back home. It's surreal. Right now it's just sad..
Anyways, my last days in Paris were amazing. One of the best weekends in a long time (I've got the feeling that I say that every Monday..ha). I had two "going-away" gatherings with my lovely friends, and ended the weekend and my trip by watching the World Cup match between France and Honduras with good friends in a very cool place. Here are some pictures from my last days (iPhone):
Saturday: Olivier, me, Suyin and Doreen having a picninc in Parc Floral de Vincennes during the Paris Jazz festival.
Sunday: The Paris Jazz festival.
Sunday: Kevin and Arthur. Having another picninc in Parc Floral de Vincennes during the Paris Jazz festival.
Me and Arthur.
Sunday: Comptoir Général. An amazing alternative bar and foundation. We had drinks here and watched the match.
Me an Arthur.
Amazing mood in front of the big screen. Allez les bleus! Viva la France! Loved it.
Monday: Right before I left my apartment to go to the airport. A sad moment..
So despite the fact that it was sad that I was gonna leave, I had a really, really good last weekend! And Guillame and Suyin drove me to the airport, and were with me to the very end of my trip. My sweet friends! We had a finishing cake and coffee at Patisserie Paul. Ah, I'm gonna miss Paris so badly.. Pars, je t'aime!
Bonjour, mes amis! I'm again well placed in my favorite café with my favorite salad, a good natural ice tea and a pain au chocolat. I love my Friday rituals! But it's kinda sad sitting here today actually, knowing that it is my last Friday here in a long time, and probably my last day with this well practiced ritual.. Miip.. But, I love it here so I have to try to forget about the fact that I'm leaving soon, and try to enjoy my favorite café one last time. Later today I'm going out to watch the World Cup match (Spain-Netherlands) with some friends. And this weekend is packed with plans with my lovely "Parisian friends". I'm having two "going away gatherings", and I'm gonna hang a lot out with Suyin who came back from her holiday yesterday. Ah, this weekend is gonna be so good!
I'm going international by the way, haha. My face has been showing up on norwegian television frequently lately and now am I soon to be seen on French tv as well. Haha. I was just interviewed to a French report about café EXKi. Funny. Sad I won't be able to see that myself.. Oh, I hate that I'm leaving Paris..
I got some kind if "last supper" feeling now, haha. Anyways, I'm gonna enjoy my lovely food and the great weather now. It's once again sunny and around 30 degrees in this lovely city. I'm maybe going to "Paris Plage" after my lunch as well. Or not "Paris Plage" that one isn't set up before mid July, but there's another one who is pretty much the same. Anyways, have a great day everyone!
A couple of days ago did I walk through this incredibly cute street in the 12th arronedissement. This is a short street filled with cute painted houses. I pictured myself living in one of theses adventury houses, as I saw all the families eating their dinner in the middle of the street. They just moved their chairs and tables out in the middle of the street, and had a big family dinner with their neighbours. A real fairytale life living in this street. I'm in love!
Bonjour, mes amis! Or, the day isn't that "bon" actually.. I'm lying sick in my bed.. But I'm watching The Voice while I'm listening to the pouring rain outside - It's actually kinda cozy if I try to forget the part that I'm sick.. Anyways, yesterday evening the storm came back up. And this time I had to go outside and try to capture some of the amazing lightenings. It didn't turn out as good as I hoped, considering the fact that it was a spontanious action, I was sick, cold and scared, and I thought I had ruined my camera with the rain at some point.. So it was a short and stressfull shoot, which shows in the pictures.. Anyways, I got some pictures just to show you have amazing the lightenings are here. It's incredible!
And here's a slow-mo video I made: Please click on settings and choose 1080pHD.
Nikon d90 + AFS NIKKOR 18-200mm, 3.5-5.6 - edited inPhotoshop and Windows MovieMaker
What do you think?
I was scared as hell yesterday, so I'm actually kinda proud of myself even going out there! haha
Hi guys! Yesterday was a lovely day! I went to the jazz festival in Parc Floral in Vincennes, with Suyin's flatmate, Guillame, to listen to Didier Lockwood playing the violin (and Thierry Eliez [piano], André Ceccarelli [drums] and David Encho [trumpet]). It was a great concert, in a great parc. And the weather was amazing! It was 30 degrees in the shade.. Yes, that was too hot at some points.. But a cooling scooter trip back in to the city made up. Back in the city we went to Parc Champs du Mars to see the tennis final between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Wow, that was an amazing match, and the mood in front of the Eiffel Tower was amazing! Everybody was rooting for Nadal, so you can just imagine the mood there when he won. Amazing!
Back in my flat I made a nice dinner and placed myself in my bed with season two of "Orange is the New Black" on the screen. I love that show! After finishing up my dinner and a couple of episodes of OitNB, I had a long phone call with a friend. And during the call did this incredible storm show up here in "the city of lights". And, yes, it really was THE city of lights yesterday evening. You guys have no idea how scared I was. There were pouring rain, thunder and amazing lightenings! I was scared and amazed at the same time. Really incredible! Lucky me that I had my friend on the line, or else I probably would have peed my pants.. Haha, I was so scared! And I didn't have any rubber boots or a car with rubber wheels to protect me.. Yes, I'm a sissy.. haha. I turned off every light and all power digits (except my phone.. HAD TO talk to someone!), and tried to "enjoy" the storm. It is the most incredible lightenings I've ever seen!
Hi sweeties! Yesterday I woke up so late, that I just stayed inside a couple of more hours. After taking a long shower, cleaning my apartment, and editing a couple of photographs, I started to play around with my blog design. And I felt that it was time for deleting that old, boring, grey design of mine, and make it a bit more brighter and summerly. And so I did. Here's my old design:
And here's my new design:
Nice, huh? I really like it! It's much more summerly, and it fits the season perfectly.
Yeah, I've got that question a lot lately. And I do understand why.. My eyebrows look horrible at the time. I've decided to let them grow, using the Talika Eyebrow Lipocils, so I can reform them and make them fuller/thicker. After years of different (horrible) eyebrow styles, and my crazy use of the tweezer, they have become very thin.. And the fact that I've had to draw on top of the already very thin eyebrows, didn't actually help.. So now I'm using Talika Eyebrow Lipocils to hopefully make this process go faster. I'm actually a tweezer maniac, so I'm really proud of myself breaking this barrier: I haven't touched my tweezer once the last month! It's crazy! And the eyebrows are really growing. I hope they continue growing this fast, so I can get them fixed, and stop feeling so uncomfortable with my face. It's actually crazy what the eyebrows do to your face. I would actually go so far to say that they are the most important thing in my face. If I'm not comfortable with them, I actually feel really ugly. But once they look okay, I feel okay. I don't know about you guys, but my eyebrows are really important to me. I could even wear no makeup as long as my eyebrows are okay..
Anyways, I'm using Talika, and I'm really happy with it. I bought it for 20 or 30 euros or something, on Sephora.
Nikon d90 + AF NIKKOR 50mm, f/1,4D - Edited in Photoshop
This picture was taken a couple of days ago, my eyebrows are actually a bit thicker at the moment. This process is starting to go really fast, wii.
I don't remember if I told you, but a couple of weeks ago did Henriette decide to come visit me one more time. My sweet bestfriend. She arrived yesterday, and she had a pretty hectic start this time, poor thing. She took the wrong bus from the airport, so she ended up in the south of this big city. And she didn't get to charge her phone on the airport either, so she couldn't contact me. We met up at Châtelet metro station, the ones of you who knows Paris well knows how big this station is, and how impossible it is to find each other there. So after a couple of, I don't even know how long it took, but we eventually met up, Henriette with tears in her eyes. Haha, poor thing. I don't find Paris that difficult to navigate in any more, but I understand she did.. Anyways, we went straight to Dominos and ordered pizza when we finally got home. And then we had a very good night's sleep.
And today, after several hours of shopping in Châtelet, did we have a fantastic lunch at Sushi Planet. My favourite sushi place, and it's in the street right next to where i live. I tried something new today, a spicey salmon maki menu. And we had different salads as starters. #foodlove
Nikon d90 + AF NIKKOR 50mm, f/1,4D - Edited in Photoshop
Bonsoir, mes chéries! I hope you all had a great start to the new week. I know I did. This morning I woke up early, ate a quick breakfast, and jumped into my workout clothes. I took a two hour long walk along the Seine. It was really nice! And when I got back to my apartment, I flattened out my blanket on the floor, played some relaxation kundalini yoga tracks, and had a mini yoga and strech session on the floor by myself. Wow, I really needed this! With my back hurting the last couple of weeks, and my stressed out brain, this felt really good. I don't even know why I've been stressed.. I haven't actually been physically stressed, it's more a mental thing. I guess it just had been a too big gap between the last yoga session and this one.. I really need to relax both my body and my brain. That's why I love yoga. Gonna start getting my old routines back. I need it. And with my new, healthier eating habits it's probably gonna be even better.
Right after my long and wanted workout session, i jumped straight into the shower, and had a long, hot shower. I did some hair treatments as well, and had a small home spa. What a wonderful Monday! I've been chilling in my new kimono/kaftan (h&m) all day, taking care of myself. I love days like these! Spoil myself♥ My plans for the rest of the evening is to chill a bit more, and later am I going out to capture some of Paris' nice spots and corners. It's been a while since I activly took my camera for a walk..
Nikon d90 + AF NIKKOR 50mm, f/1,4D - Edited in Photoshop
How are the boys/men in Paris? (handsome, accomodating, nice, etc)
South European boys in general are known for being more accommodating and direct, and that's actually not always a good thing.. There are a lot of crazy men here! But of course there are some normal, very nice ones as well. I've got to know a couple of both types..
Does Paris stand to all the expectations you had before you got there?
Indeed! It's maybe even better than what i expected. I really don't want to leave..
Where did you find your apartment?
www.9flats.com. I think it primarily is for vacations or shorter stays, but some apartments/studios are available for longer periods.
Did you get in touch with a boy who you wanted to get to know more?
I've got a boyfriend back home in Norway, so I haven't exactly been looking for something like that.
Are you aware of that you're on Norwegian TV? A commercial.
Yes, I'm totally aware of it, haha. A month ago I participated in this "video selfie" competition with my Norwegian phone service (Talkmore), and I actually won. So now they're using a small part of my "video selfie" in a commercial on TV back home in Norway. It's funny because people back home tell me that they've seen me on TV all the time, while I'm here in Paris and probably never will get the chance to see it myself. If I'm lucky maybe they still send it when I'm home in July/August. Anyways, it's funny that I actually won!
What do you think about the journey back home? Have you found out what to do next? Do you put Paris and France on a break for a periodd, or are you planning to go back and live there? I love your blog, I'm planning to go to France myself, as an au pair in Nice I think.
I'm going home in the middle of june. When I'm home am I first going to spend a month in Africa with my entire family, and afterwards is hopefully my student life on uni starting. I don't get to know what courses I've gotten in to before july. But, yes, Paris and France is on hold for a periode. Unfortunately. I'm going to miss it very much. I already feel it.. But, I bet I end up going back here some other time, to do something. I really love it here! Thanks, sweetie! Ah, that's great! Do it! It's a fantastic opportunity!
Do you work out when you're in Paris? Have you joined a gym, do you run in the park or do you walk a lot?
I've been walking a lot of long walks, and I do some easy core exercise home in my apartment. In adition to a couple of yoga- and self defence classes ocasionally. But, no, I haven't actually signed into a gym.. I miss it a bit.. But I don't have that much time left here, so it's no point of doing it anymore.
Are you into clean eating and execising?
Yes, I'm pretty into healthy food and execising, but I have to say that I have put it a bit on hold while I've been here. I still eat relatively healthy, but it's hard to stay away from the fantastic, sweet, French bakery.. But i work out, so I don't think there will a be a problem.
Could you make a post where you show us how you edit your pictures? Something that's not too complicated. For example how you edited the pictures in this post.
What a cool question! I'll see what I can do.
Is it easy to get to know people in Paris?
Uhm, it depends. Paris is known for being a city where it's hard to get to know people in a deeper level. But if you know the right places (and some of the right people), then it shouldn't be a problem. But you have to really be out there and try hard, or else you could find it diffucult.. I've actually been thinking about writing a post about this exact topic, keep visiting the blog for a deeper answer.
When you're talking to people do you speak French or English, or both?
It depends. When I'm with my closest friends is it mostly English, considering the fact that they're "étrangers" as well. We're in such different levels, and everybody isn't that comfortable speaking French. But when I'm with others (for example people from my french "course"), and when I'm talking with randoms and French people, I speak French. That's why I'm here, to practice and improve my French. So I actually get to practice two languages I noramlly don't use, which is a very good thing.
Do you read any blogs from Paris/France?
I like these: www.misspandora.fr, www.paulinedarley.com and www.hjartesmil.com (the latter is a Norwegian girl who now lives in London, but she has many good posts from when she used to live in Paris). Hope you like some of these:)
Oh, I'm also going to Paris after high school, but I dont know what to do there yet. Where did you fin your apartment? Are you planning to move to Paris or another city in France later?
That's a great idea! Find something to do, and just go for it! It's absolutely worth it! If you're not sure what to do, you could go as an au-pair. That's a really nice and easy way to do it. Then you can combine visiting the city itself, with practicing the language and get to know different people. If you don't choose to be an au-pair, I at least reccomend you to find SOMETHING to do. You can, and will most likely, eventually find it kinda lonely when you're alone in such a big city, no matter how happy you are in your own company..
I found my apartment/studio on www.9flats.com. This is an international web page where people rent out their appartment/studio, or a part of the apartment (a room), for a very good price. Paris in general is a very expencive city, so you have to expect to pay at least 500 euros a month. Otherwise are there a lot of youth hostels, etc., depending on how long you plan to be here.
I don't know if I'm going to move to Paris permanently when I get older, but I do, as I mentioned earlier, have a big crush on this city. So I'm defenetely going to try to find my own apartment here eventually, so I can travel here as often as I can.
You're really lucky! I want to go live in Paris for a short periode as well, but I'm not sure what to do there. What do you think of the city so far? Is it to reccomend?
I absolutely reccomend you to do that! But, yes, I think it is very important to find something to do here. The first couple of weeks it's lovely to wander around and just inhale this beautiful city, but in the long run it's going to be "boring" and lonely.. Find a language course, a french cuisine class, be au-pair, etc. I love this city! But I remember that it started to feel kinda lonely and sad in the start when I didn't know anyone here.. It gets lonely in such a big city.. So, find activities that make you interact with other people. That's the key!
I found my apartment/studio on www.9flats.com. There are several web pages like that if you search on google.
What products did you use here?
Most of the products are from Gosh, except the eyeliner (Maybelline New York).
What's a typical day in Paris? (from waking up to going to bed)
I think this question is impossible to answer.. No days look the same. I wake up around 09, then I usually have some kind of appointment with someone (could be anything, café meetings, meetups, shopping, walking, visiting museums, picinc in different parks, etc.), and the evenings are never the same. Sometimes there are vernissages (openings of some kind of exhibit), sometimes there are different events, meetups, party's, concerts, etc. It's really hard to explain a regular day. There are no regular days here, haha. Of course I have some days I just spend the entire day in bed watching series and movies as well.. I try not to do that too often, but I get tired here as well.. haha. There are many late nights who actually exhaustes you in the long run. Anyways, there are no days that look the same. That's the cool thing about being here.
How are the prices in paris? Is it less expencive than in Norway, or more or less the same?
Paris is known for being an expencive city, and it is. But for me, coming from Norway with a Norwegian salary, it's been kind of cheap. The prices here are more or less the same, but most things are probably a bit cheaper here. That's when you figure you come from an extremely expencive country.. When Paris is cheap.. But an important detail: The prices in Paris are very varying! There are differences from arrondissement to arrondissement, on everything from rental prices to the food in the grocery stores..
Do you reccomend to go up in the Montparnasse building?
Absolutely! The view from the Eiffel tower is amazing, but if you go to the Montparnasse building, you get a beautiful view including the Eiffel Tower. It's sad, but you can actually not se the Eiffel Tower from the Eiffel Tower.. So, yes, I absolutely reccomend that. It's beautiful.
What's the best about Paris?
Everything! Wow, that's a hard question. I don't know. The fact that it is so much bigger than where I'm from. It's always happening something (vernissages, exhibitions, party's, etc). It's less expencive. I'm adventurous and this city is a big adventure itself. It's a great city for photographers. I don't know. I love everything about this city.
How long are you going to live there?
This is my last month (miip:(), I'm going home in about two weeks (june 16th). I'm gonna miss this so incredibly insanly horribly much. Buu
Nikon d90 + AF NIKKOR 50mm, f/1,4D - Edited in Photoshop
Aloha, mis amigos! I bought this summer top two days ago, and I really love it! I've actually been dreaming a lot about Hawaii, summer and the sweet islandic life lately. It's probably because I've been a lot with this person who actually lives there. Jealous! And the fact that I'm listening a lot to Manu Chao and Martin Jondo, is probably not helping my brain focusing on something else, ha. When I listen to these artists I really get the feeling of lying in a hammock under a palm tree with a coconut drink in my hand. Feel good songs! I really want to go to one of Hawaii's beautiful islands. Badly..
Bonjour, mes amis! I'm sitting at café EXKi again, eating my favourite salad and drinking my favourite juice.
I think I'll make the Q&A tomorrow, and answer all your questions about my stay in Paris. So if anyone has anything more to ask, do it now! Hihi. I'll probably make another one later, but ask now if you want the answers already tomorrow. Ask HERE! Now I am going back to my freshly cleaned and washed apartment to take a nap. I'm pretty tired.. Someone woke me up way too early this morning..
Good morning, sweeties! This day has started perfectly, with a really good and healthy breakfast. One positive thing about not having any visitors here, is that I get my routines back. I have a bit more normal circadian rhythm, I eat healthier and I drink a lot more of my detox tea. Hihi. I love it. The most used topping on my Wasa Knekkebrød now days are: hoummous, red pesto, pastrami, salami, lettuce, cucumber, leek, red onion, avocado and cherry tomatoes. And I also eat a lot of carrots (wich also is very good dipped in hoummous), and drink a lot of juice and green detox tea.
Nikon d90 + AF NIKKOR 50mm, f/1,4D - Edited in Photoshop