Top 10 unforgettable places (by Elsa)

Now that the dust starts to settle, I start to see more clearly the places that have marked me the most. When it comes to the order of them I ranked the list the first time on the plane back to Stavanger but since then whenever I rank them again they switch places sometimes. But I still include the same ones in my top 10 and they have one thing in common: given the chance I would definitely go back in an instant.

Cape Town – definitely a wonderful surprise. From the mountains, to the white sand and blue water beaches, to the wine farms and delicious tastings, this was an amazing place to be. Add the chance to be at the most southern point in Africa (part of the old glory days from Portugal), the view from the Table Mountain, the V&A waterfont and the beautiful African penguins and this is a difficult combination to beat!

San Francisco – I always thought I would like SF and it did not disappoint. The European feel of the city, the outgoing people, the great weather and the views around the bay are the things I miss the most, together with the cute sea lions 🙂 Continue reading

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Tokyo – urban glamour and neon lights

Arriving in Tokyo was a true cultural shock. The language barrier is huge since so few people speak English and it really is very different of everything we have experienced until now. But we loved it!

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Just understanding the public transportation system was a challenge but using the subway app solved it right away! It is definitely the most organized country we have seen so far. There is a lot to learn from the Japanese with regards to organization. There is a system for everything and everything is well marked, we just might not understand it since we cannot read most signs. Even which side of the stairs to walk on is marked and since they drive on the left it was confusing at first. We can see who the outsiders are 🙂 Continue reading