I Heart Travel, Part II- Greece

Oh, Greece. How I love thee. I dream about you often…..

I have been lucky enough to visit Greece twice. Once as a recent high school grad with about ten Norwegian girls, and the second time when I was almost finished with college with my roommate. The first trip was amazing…I had never been somewhere so far away and so beautiful. But, I was also 17 and able to drink legally for the first time so the trip may have had a little bit of partying involved. We went to Crete and stayed in a little party town called Hersonissos for two weeks. We made friends with the bar owners across the street, drank homemade Greek wine and watched the sunset every night. Then we went out all hours of the night and walked back to our hotel at sunrise and sometimes even swam in the Mediterranean as the sun was rising. It truly was the most amazing experience of my life at that point. I wouldn’t trade that trip for anything.

Here are some photos from that first stay in Greece.

Years later, when I was just about to finish my last year at Chico State, I decided to go visit my friend in Norway. My roommate wanted to come along so we planned our trip for about a three week stay. Once we were there we decided we wanted to travel to at least one other country. My Norwegian friend found us an amazing deal to Crete, Greece for 7 nights so we jumped on it. We stayed in Crete and ended up taking a boat to Santorini, a city I have always wanted to visit. It was beautiful and exactly what I imagined Greece was like. This is the city where all the buildings are white and blue and the water such a gorgeous backdrop to the white buildings.

Here are some of my favorite photos from my second trip to Crete and my first trip to Santorini.

Santorini-

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I Heart Travel, Part I- Norway

I love to travel. If I could do one thing in this world I would travel around it and see every place I haven’t seen. My dream has always been to close my eyes, point to a spot on the map, and go there. If my time, money, and life in general allowed for that I would be one happy woman. I would go somewhere new every chance I could.

But, this is not my reality. I have to work through the week, so instead, I plan ahead. I often decide on a trip I want to take and start working on it a year in advance. It gives me something to plan (which I love) and something to look forward to (which I also love). It has been a few years since I have taken a really BIG trip and I can’t wait to do it again soon. Right now I have a trip to Norway and possibly Spain in the works. I am getting so excited I can barely take it. The trip would be in May, to go to a friend’s wedding in Norway, and then to stay at her parents beach house on the coast of Spain. Not too shabby.

Now you may be curious why I have a friend getting married in Norway when I am from Northern California… So here’s the story- In high school, my best friend had an exchange student from Norway and we’ve been bff’s ever since. I have visited her in Norway twice, one time staying for 3 months, we have met up in Italy when I was studying abroad, and she has come back to the states 4 or so times since she left. I love her, and will continue to visit her for the rest of my life. She was just here last month when we met in Hawaii for a week and then she stayed with us in Sacramento for a week. I usually use any excuse I can to go visit her and this one is just perfect!

For this travel blog post,  I was going to post some pictures and a little information about why I love each place I’ve been. But then I realized that would be the longest blog post in the world. So, I am going to do this in sections. One post per country or city that I think is worth blogging about. For the reasons above, and the fact that it really is one of my favorite countries to date, I am going to start with Norway.

For those of you who haven’t been, Norway is one of the most beautiful places in the world (okay, so I’m biased, but it’s still true). There are beautiful bright green fields, gorgeous, soft sand beaches, amazing, huge fjords, and so much more. The people are beautiful of course, and so friendly and welcoming– not to mention they speak perfect English even though it is their second language, which makes getting around a little easier if you don’t speak Norwegian.

Here are some of my favorite photos from my trips in Norway. Keep in mind they were in 2003 and 2008 so the photo quality is not what it would be today. I can’t wait to go back with a real camera and truly capture Norway’s beauty.

This.is.the.coolest.photo.of.my.life. (so far) This is on a hike in Norway called Kjeragbolten. Don’t mind the blurry, scanned photo circa 2003. This will always be the coolest hike I’ve ever done. (this is me and my best friend on ‘the rock’)

Who knew Norway had such beautiful, prestine beaches?

And there is a beautiful, woodsy area by my friend’s cabin that is so nice in the summers.

Some of my other favorite photos around Norway

Actually, a pretty nice little Wednesday

I love Wednesdays! All because of one thing- the farmer’s market. There is a great one directly across the street from my work and I try to go every week. I stock up on way more than I can usually eat, but I just can’t help myself. I love watching the stands change over the weeks and months from the beginning of the summer until fall. I try to get something I’ve never tried at least a few times a month so I can have fun experimenting with cooking whatever new vegetable I choose. I’ve learned so much since I started going to this market 2 years ago. This weekend my husband and I are both going out of town (sadly to two different locations) so I didn’t want to buy a whole bunch this week. Instead, I helped my co-worker carry her abundance of veggies while snapping pictures of all the pretty fruits and veggies with my iphone! I’d say today has been ” actually, a pretty nice little Wednesday.”