Entering 2012, the year the Mayans ended our calendar, I decided that 2012 was going to be the year of adventure and travelling. It sure was some hell of a journey. I travelled so many places I never thought I would, but hey- I couldn’t die without seeing as many countries as possible, right?
And no, I did not honestly believe that we were going to die in December, but it sure was a good excuse to get the hell out of Norway and see other places.
I started 2012 by celebrating in Tokyo and experiencing an earthquake exactly 1 year ago.
In March I went to Amsterdam and Prague. I was not overly impressed by Amsterdam (If you look away from the Red Light district), but Prague blew my mind! There were so many beautiful places and lovely architecture! And of course, it was cheap as well, which meant that I had to drink as much beer as I could.
My sweet speaking partner from Japan, Rika, Came to Norway to visit. We went to Trondheim for some sightseeing, but the weather was horrible!
In April I cut my hair, opened my own business (wictorianart) and went to the gathering, returning home with prize money.
In spring time I got my hands on some shoes my mother would like to see burning, and I bought a flunking new camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II. Although it was expensive as hell, I don’t regret it at all. It’s the best expensive thing I have ever bought!
In May I went to Rome, eating Pizza, enjoying life. I was rather surprised when entering Colosseum, and wasn’t sure if it really was Colosseum or not. You see, the floor was gone, so it didn’t match the image I had of Colosseum from the movies. After some thinking and googling, I realized that it was Colosseum, so I got from being “O.o” to getting satisfied. I also went to the Vatican, which I neither believed was the Vatican as it didn’t match what I had seen in the twilight movie (now I’m not even sure if they actually were there at all), so I was rather disappointed and I anyway had too little clothes on for entering the Vatican. So I had to buy some new clothing. Quite fancy pancy. Being in Italy I also got the chance to meet a fantastic friend I got to know while living in Japan. I had not seen Antonio in over one year, so I was in heaven. It is really strange, meeting people in another setting than what you are used to.
Next I went to Hungary, Budapest, drinking coffee and hunting for castles. Yet again, drinking beer became a very important point about being in Hungary. I never knew Hungary was so beautiful. The world kept surprising me. Oh yes, and I had the best Tomato soup I’ve ever tasted!
Some time after this, life was quite hard on me. But I’m still hanging in here, right? So trying to focus on the fun part of life I decided to go to the medieval festival in Oslo. It was a wonderful experience. I got to make some new acquaintances with some people I have been keeping and eye on for some years (reading their blogs), and I spent time with good friends.
Then my self went to London, eating Asian food, enjoying the weather and taking pictures.
Yet again I went to another fantastic festivals filled with Vikings! I met some dear friends, enjoyed the atmosphere and wonderful weather!
I went to the north of Sweden with my family. A camping wagon trip actually! It was good for a day or two, but then I started feeling restless and spent hours running in the forest listening to dub step. Like skrillex, yes. Like it or not.
I sold my art at Desucon.
My baby brother Simon also saw the light of this world.
Hola! To spain I went. I was deadly afraid of getting tanned, so I made sure to dip my whole body in SPF 50 +! I managed to go from signal white to white. At times the heat almost killed me, but somehow I survived.
Then I headed to France- Perhaps one of the most fantastic vacations I’ve ever been on! The journey started in Nice, where I could imagine living for a year or two. I went jogging early in the mornings, alongside the promenade, enjoying life.
A beautiful car was rented and we named her Molly. The journey went from Nice to Monaco! The scenery on our way there was like torn out of a movie.
Driving towards north we often had the chance to stop at different locations and capturing the scenery with my wonderful Canon camera. I was always searching for castles on our way. I’m obsessed with them.
We even slept on a castle! And I felt like a little princess, drinking coffee in a castle, sleeping there, eating there and so on. It was a childhood dream to come true. Now I want to live on a castle! Anybody got one?
Then the rest of the car drive through France was all about castles, to my pleasure.
Mont Saint Michelle and Claude Monet’s garden.
Paris was wonderful as well, but I was more impressed by the other places France had to offer. Besides, Paris was even hotter than Spain so I got easily exhausted while walking around Paris.
I celebrated my birthday in Ireland with Tomo. Ireland was fantastic! It was so wonderful spending my birthday at Cliffs of Moher! It was one of the best birthday presents I could have given my self.
I went a second time to Japan, eating, eating and eating. I ended up putting on 4-5 kilos in 2 weeks. Oh my God. But I can’t help it when the food is so delicious!
Again I went to Hungary, this time the weather was much better so my pictures turned out better than last time.
My last journey in another country was Denmark, Copenhagen. The weather was horrible, but the atmosphere was great anyway.
Then my Christmas was celebrated up in the north.
My sister, is soooo cute!
It was a splendid year! I don’t regret one second of it. I hope 2013 will be as thriving as 2012. I also hope everybody else had a wonderful 2012 and a better 2013. Hugs and kisses.