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Travel the Pacific Ocean

Me and my good friend Sandra, traveled to Vanuatu in the South Pacific Island. The language here is french or Pitcairn-English as they call it. The people there is very friendly and I don´t think there is much crime committed in that island.

However, the capital of the Island Efate is Port Vila,  a lazy little town with a very short main street;) Takes 10.minutes maybe to walk through the entire city, or even less maybe. Due to this I would recommend to travel around the entire Island by car or quad bike, which is approximately around 135-140km. You can also rent a “bus” with a driver, but the price is high. Around 120 dollars.

Touristtip: The transport on the Island do all look the same, but if you look closely on their numberplate the busses has a little B in the corner and the taxies has a little T, the taxis is around 3 times higher in price than the busses. You should not pay more than around 150 Vanuatu with the bus to get from one place to another.

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You will drive past coconuts plantations were people climb the trees with their big knife. We found out that it was not that usual to go to the other side of the Island, as electricity is only in Port Vila. And people working in the villages looked very surprised when they saw two girls, they even asked if we where part of a helping organisation since we were not following the tourist sheep trails.

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Behind the waterfalls

We also went to Mele Cascades, the beautiful waterfalls. This is highly recommended as it is natures own “Wet and Wild” in its natural habitat.

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The name Vanuatu, actually means “home” and the motto of the Island is similar to the US, in good we trust.

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A Pearl in the Pacific Ocean – Vanuatu

I think my all time favorite have finally been found.

Vanuatu – In the pacific ocean, just listen to the sound of the name it says it all. It is close to Fiji, and the nature is particulare the same. However, there are not as many tourist here, which makes it a little treasure in itself.

 Blue Lagon – the closest you get to be Tarzan for a day. bluelagon2bluelagon1 Jump:)Bluelagon3 So Fun!vanuatu11

Beautiful sunsets.

And all kinds of activities you just can dream about

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The authentic burmesian world

Once upon a time there was this mysterious and forbidden land in the east. A land where no man from outside countries where allowed to explore. The land of Buddhas, pagodas, and munks, where the people where controlled by the the strictly harsh goverment keeping an eye on every move. To make sure no rules where broken and if they where you would pay for it with your own life.

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Picture above Borrowed from http://www.unpo.org.

Luckily this is shifting an the boarders are now open. In 2012 1.million foreginers visited Burma, in 2013, 2 millions and in 2014 aprox 3.millions and still raising. By other words go before it`s to late and before it is touristified like the rest of Asia.

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The people living there are very nice to tourist and they are always on alert to help or serve you. We did not see nor experience any kind of criminality or unpleasent behaviour.

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As you can see in this video the children was very happy if they got your attention.

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For faa aar siden var det utenkelig aa kunne ra til Burma. Landet som har et massivt utvalg av Buddhaer, pagodaer og munker. Landet har vaert strengt regulert av sterk kommunisme blant landets ledere  og den millitante juntaen.  Etter landet aapnet for innsyn for turister har antall besokende gaatt fra 1.million i 2012 til forventet 3.milioner i 2014.

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Vi verken saa eller opplevde noe kriminellt  noe gang . Og alle var veldig opptatt av aa hjelpe deg om man stod fast. Spesiellt barna elsket aa faa litt oppmerksomhet,15 sekunder i rampelyset om du vil.

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Yangon is also the home of one of the worlds largest Buddhas, made it impossible to film it in one picture.

Zootime in Yangon – Myanmar

” Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened” Anatole France.                                                                                 Yangon has this huge zoo, definitly worth a visit if you are a animal lover like I am;-) Giving you just a glance of it, enjoy!:-).

From Bagan to Mandalay by boat

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared” Buddha.                                                                                                                  imageInstead of going with bus or plane we went by boat from Bagan to Mandalay. By choosing this option you will be able to see the life along the riverbed. BUT! Be prepared to be patient, our boattrip supposed to last for 10 hours, became 14;-) This is because the water is so shallow and twice we got stuck in the ground.                                      image http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOpPHKYcto8.                                        image Norwegian: Istedet for å ta fly eller buss som er mest vanlig til neste destinasjon tok vi båt. Det ga en fin mulighet til å se livet langs elvebredden og livet til de som har levebrødet sitt i nettopp elven. Men! Vær forberedt på å bli forsinka. Vi kom fram 4 timer seinere enn det som var beregnet, en tur på 14.timer. Dette er fordi det er så grundt noen steder og vi satt fast 2 ganger.

Yangon – Every Buddhas Home – Myanmar

“Then, a golden mystery upheaved itself on the horizon – a beautiful, winking wonder that blazed in the sun, of a shape that was neither Muslim dome nor Hindu temple spire. It stood upon a green knoll…”There’s the old Shway Dagon”, said my companion…The golden dome said, “This is Burma and it will be quite unlike any land you know about.”                                             Rudyard Kipling

Shwedagon Pagoda
Shwedagon Pagoda

Quickly summarized this metropolis has a population of 5 millions. It also used to be the capital. This city welcomes you with a mixture of strange smells coming from all the tearooms and hot food stalls which is on every corner. imageThe massive Shwedagon Pagoda it’s the spiritual heart of Burma itself. The pagoda is 98meters high and the amount of gold is 60 tonnes. It’s stupa (the top) is also decorated with impressive 7000 diamonds. But this is not all! The area is huge and I’ve never seen so many Buddhas in my entire life. It’s like walking around in this Big Gold City and you get impressed over and over again:-)                                                 

One of the four entrance
One of the four entrance

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The Dead Sea – Jordan

                                “Water is the driving force in nature.”                                                                     Leonardo Da Vinci

When in Jordan we went for a daytrip to The Dead Sea.:-)

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And of course it was almost impossible to swim there because of all the salt forcing the body’s gravity into horizontal.  Fun to experience:-)

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As all the other tourists we made our own “Day-SPA” using the clay that supposed to be sooo good for you;-)

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