Saying Goodbye to Norway
In the week before I left, my boyfriend also came over for one last visit which did not exactly take away from the stress of studying and moving, but thankfully allowed me to give myself permission to explore the gorgeous countryside around Bergen one last time.
After visiting Sichuan my parents and me flew to Shanghai. I had never been before, but had heard many amazing things about it and so I was very much looking forward to this visit. And what can I say - Shanghai delivered. People often say that Shanghai is very European and while the city definitely looks very different from other places in China - and the traffic was not nearly as crazy as in Chengdu - it still felt distinctly Chinese to me.
After our three-night-stay in Shanghai, my parents flew back to Germany while I headed off to Hongkong for my first solo travel experience. I had no idea what to expect of Hongkong, but I ended up absolutely loving it. It is a super crazy city: There are so many people, so many stores, so many flashing lights and the humidity is so bad that you have to flee into a shopping mall every ten minutes. But Hongkong also exudes an amazing energy and I would have loved to have more time to explore it all.
June ended with a bang and a trip to Bali. One of my friends from university and me traveled around this Indonesian island for ten days, trying to sample as many different sides of the place as possible. We spent three nights in Munduk in the mountains of North Bali where we had the most amazing view from our room and explored the beautiful nature in the surrounding area. Many people think of beaches when they think of Bali, but the jungle and the rice terraces are equally stunning - if not more so!
We also spent three nights in Ubud, the cultural centre of the island where we drank lots of fresh juices, ate lots of amazing food and took a class at the iconic Yoga Barn. Ubud is a pretty small town, but has a really great vibe - I totally understand why some people never leave! After Ubud spend some quality beach time in the South of Bali, before we had to say our goodbyes and I headed off to Thailand.
I will be spending most of July traveling through Thailand with my boyfriend before flying back to Germany for good. I am so excited about exploring Thailand already, because it is the country I first dreamt of visiting in South East Asia and the reason I started planning this trip in the first place. I am sure there will be lots of stories to tell next month!