Excited to tell you guys that I’m the cover story on Wanderlust Mag! You can read my story from page 6 onwards. This issue is about health and the story focuses on my health routines in my daily life and my medical studies. And as always my life as an expat in Bangkok and how I got here! I love it, I can believe little Levanger is mentioned in a Magazine outside my county, let alone outside the country AND even another on another continent. Fun stuff!
Maldives have been nothing short of a dream so far. The endless blue waters and white sandy beaches. Anantara Dhigu is actually a family resort-island but yet it is so quiet and peaceful here. We’ve been soaking up the sun all day and gazed at the stars during night time. The night sky is so beautiful here! Yesterday we went for a SPA treatment and it was the best one we’ve ever had. The masseuses are from Thailand, higly skilled with firm hands,but the location is what makes it. It’s surrounded with turquoise blue water and sunshine, I’m not even exaggerating. It lifts your mood right from the start and creates a perfect feeling. The window under your massage table let’s you stare right into the ocean. You can even watch the sunset from the jacuzzi at the end. Amazing!
Hi guys! There might or might not be any blogging during my week in Maldives. The internet hasn’t been great so far, but this is only day one. We’re staying at Anantara Dhigu and it’s gorgeous! We are located right on the beach in a sunrise bungalow, safe to say, I’m IN LOVE. We are staying here for three days before we move to the over water bungalows at Anantara Veli. This is truly a dream come true. Follow me on Instagram story for daily updates!
We stayed at so many cool places during our trip to Pai in February. We loved them all, in different ways, as I made sure we got a nice variety when it came to location and hotel style. But, Puri Pai Villa was the one to put a mark on us. The decor, the feeling of modern luxury and all this combined with a panoramic view of the hills of Mae Hong Son. Because of the location, you will only be able to catch the sunrise, but it is one of a kind. It gets quite chill in the morning, so you get that nice mountain vibe, having to wear a blanket as you gaze into the endless nature covered in this magic golden light. It’s so relaxing and it doesn’t even feel like you’re in Thailand anymore. As the sun settles and noon comes creeping by you can get into your bikini without any problem. It’s all of a sudden a total different place. Get a bottle of wine at the pool bar, located on a large balcony overlooking the rest of the villas and just relax to the sound of nature. The food there is AMAZING, you have to try their pastas, all of them were good! Then night comes, you can hang out at the bean bags in the sun deck, there’s even a fire-place, a draft beer place and on Fridays there’s a BBQ! Puri Pai Villa, we’ll be back!
I feel like I become wiser every time I go visit my grandparents in Surin, my Thai brushes up, my stomach grows stronger, and my perspective on life changes. Having stayed with my grandparents in Ban Thawan Phrai throughout the years, I am constantly reminded to be grateful for what we take for granted in our daily life, like electricity, internet, AN AIRCON, warm water, a job that enables us to take care of ourself and our families and not least proper health care… The contrast of the way of living is enormous. You won’t see a single person sitting with their eyes glued to the smart phone, never anyone picky when it comes to what to wear, what to eat or where to go. The stress level is non-existent.
But I think the biggest lesson is the kindness and helpfulness of the people. They welcome everyone that walks in with a smile, they share to the ones in need, even if they don’t have enough themselves. They take care of one another, just like human beings should. They all act as one big family, sharing their crops, fruits and whatever they have to offer with eachother. I swear, it feels like Utopia! We might have years and years of education, but it is obvious that some things, you won’t ever learn in school. And living as priviliged as we do, some of us might never learn. I always wondered why my mom wouldn’t spend much money on us while growing up, but she would always give loads to the kids back in her hometown. As a child you never understand these things, but growing up, getting to witness all the good things she has done back home, makes it all worth it.
After 11 days of chilling with friends and family in Norway (and eating candies almost every day), and of course missing my baby Tom, it was time to come back to Thailand. Don’t get me wrong Norway will always be home to me…The familiar corners of little Levanger. The people there… the people I grew up with and my family. I do miss the fresh breath of air and having all four seasons- but if could choose only one of my homes to live in for 365 days of the year…Thailand has my heart right now.
Having lived in Asia for a while, I am finally starting to see the things that I always deny when people tell me us Norwegian people are so different from the norm. Firstly our strong sides- being independent is one of them. Sometimes maybe a bit too independent. But also the awkward sides like not looking people in the eyes. Having to go to Oslo for school has made me have to take the public transportation a lot, and really… Norwegian people are… different from here. That’s not always a bad thing, but one thing that really annoys me is that people never give up the seat next to them. Going into Oslo on a weekday in the morning means a full bus. Some people are lucky to get on the bus earlier than others, and use the other seat to out their tiny handbags or their jacket. It shocks me how they try to look away when people come into the bus, and don’t even offer their seat to others. And the loud teenagers on putting up their legs on the seats…and swearing loudly. I don’t know if I grew up in a small town, or just at the right time, because that is not how I remember it.
Enough reflections, I’m up early for my 6 am flight to Surin!… Or who am I kidding. I never went to bed. Can’t wait to see my grandparents and Thai family again!!