Isle of MTV Malta 2017

Isle of MTV Malta 2017

  The Isle of MTV is one of the biggest annual music festivals in Europe. It is organised by MTV Europe and has been held in Malta since 2007. It was previously held in France, Portugal, Spain and Italy. The main show is preceded by the Isle of MTV Malta Music Week, featuring several events across the island.   This year’s line-up included Jonas Blue, Raye, DNCE, and The Chainsmokers. Last year’s line-up had Wiz Khalifa, Jess Glynne, Steve Aoki and Clean Bandit. Certain parts of the night were less than music-festival festive, but DNCE did not disappoint! I really…

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Travel weight gain and how to avoid it

Travel weight gain and how to avoid it

Did you know that travel weight gain is a real phenomenon? If you have wondered why your clothes seem tighter than you left them pre-holiday, you are not alone. Travel weight gain happened to you, like it does to many other happy travellers.   The food back home does not make me fat, but every time I travel, I gain weight. The struggle is real. I have been away from home for so long and the pounds have definitely piled on. Yes, yes, I know what my friends are thinking. Every time I say I need to lose weight, people…

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Malta International Airport – Tips to keep you sane in the Med

Malta International Airport – Tips to keep you sane in the Med

Malta is a great destination for many travelers to the Mediterranean, and Malta International Airport will be your entry and exit point if you choose to fly.   When in Malta, you have to keep your wits about you, this is not Northern Europe. Things can go so many more different ways than you’re used to. If you’ve been to other warm climate regions before, you know what I mean. Things run a little differently in warmer parts of the world. A book called Foreign to Familiar has actually been written about this by the way. It is a very…

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Traveling to Malta this spring/summer? Tips for a smooth trip during peak season.

Traveling to Malta this spring/summer? Tips for a smooth trip during peak season.

It is peak season for travel to Malta this time of the year. The sun is shining bright, the streets are busy, and the capital – Valletta – is buzzing with tourists. Some of them are wandering around by themselves, and others in groups following the raised umbrella or placard of their tour guide. The ocean is everywhere you look, and you have a myriad different things to keep you entertained. There seemed to be a higher number of seniors this week, compared to other times. Maybe they prefer to visit Malta in May, I’m not sure. All ages find…

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Nidarosdomen – Norway’s grandest cathedral 

Nidarosdomen – Norway’s grandest cathedral 

    Nidarosdomen is the northernmost medieval cathedral in the world, and it’s the site of the coronation of kings in Norway. You can see the cathedral’s peaks from almost everywhere in Trondheim. I enjoyed taking pictures of it from every angle I could as I wondered around Trondheim. You don’t find cathedrals this old and grand so far up in Northern Europe, which makes Nidarosdomen that more special. Not that it needs the extra bump. It’s very grand all in itself, in spite of having suffered 3 fires over the centuries.     I had the pleasure of enjoying…

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A visit to Popeye’s Village

A visit to Popeye’s Village

  Popeye’s Village is a quaint little village tucked away on one of Malta’s rocky shores. A relic from the movie on Popeye the Sailor-man that was shot here decades ago, they’ve kept this themed piece of rock true to the movie set. While it is not skydive-exciting, it is worth a visit for adults too. See, I thought it was a children only place but it turned out different. Parts of it burnt down years ago but they were able to rebuild it. Popeye’s Village makes for a good view of the rocky island from here, the scenery is quite…

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The Maltese Islands – Gozo

The Maltese Islands – Gozo

Gozo is the second biggest of the Maltese islands, and a must visit when in Malta. Think of it as a more serene, cleaner version of mainland Malta. There are many sites to see on this island, it is rich in history. You may want to book yourself a room, or villa and spend more than one day on the island. Places to go  while in Gozo 1.Victoria – The capital. A good place to visit quaint shops with Gozitan crafts and more. 2. Citadella – The fort, originally built by the Romans in the heart of  Victoria then rebuilt by…

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A seafood date at Bergen Fish Market

A seafood date at Bergen Fish Market

Fisketorget i Bergen – or Bergen fish market – is a very popular attraction for tourists in Bergen.  Here, you will find sea food of  all sorts of shapes, some of it too frightening-looking for me to ever lay a finger on, let alone taste. But a savvy traveller like yourself already knows that  many strange looking things are delicacies in many parts of the world. I learnt that Fisketorget has been around for ages. This is perhaps best evidenced by the fact that the locals love it too. On our night there, there were several older Norwegian couples that had…

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Understanding Scandinavian Culture and the Nordic People

Understanding Scandinavian Culture and the Nordic People

I have been trying to understand Scandinavian Culture and the Nordic people in general, to make my integration here as smooth as possible. This region has got many cultural nuances, and I have learnt that you risk some frustration if you go in unarmed. You know what they say: knowledge is power. And forewarned is forearmed. When I first started coming to Norway, Ian encouraged me to buy this book. The Almost Nearly Perfect People – Behind The Myth of The Scandinavian Utopia. Very interesting title, I know! From hygge to janteløven to nude saunas, this book is a great…

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Scandic Ørnen

Scandic Ørnen

    I will say this first about Scandic Ørnen: they know how to lay out a breakfast. It’s such a large spread, you are left wanting for nothing! Whyy am I leading with food? Because who does not like a good breakfast!     Our room was great; it was a junior suite, and when hotelling, extra space is always nice. More than nice, it is great! We booked it through hotels.com they always have these great offers, you might want to check them out. And for finding other unforgettable experiences at your travel destination Viator is a great place to start. I’m told this is…

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