Friday, 27 July 2018

back

Hi there,

I'm sitting in front of my computer, in my home office in Brunei, back home after 2,5 weeks in Sweden and Norway. My brain is slow from jet lag but I'm in a pretty good mood!  I've had a great time in Scandinavia, spending time with my family and most of my closest friends. I've had tons of good food, swam in both the sea and lakes, read books, gone out for dinners and drinks and even got to spend two fabulous nights dancing Lindy Hop in Herräng. But as always it's great to be back. I have a busy time ahead of me the next few months, mainly because I have finally started my own business and need to sort that out and I also plan to study a few courses when the new semester starts in September. So I have come to a conclusion - I will stop blogging here for a while. Maybe forever, but who knows. I can't really find a reason to write here any more - I mean I have never been a very consistent blogger - but it's been a nice little diary and an efficient way to keep my friends in the loop of what I'm doing. But as I'm growing more and more fond of Instagram (I'm @holly_hawkeyes there) and will probably start a small blog on my business web-page I just feel this place has lost most of it's function. Maybe I'll change my mind, but I have at least decided to take 3 months where I will not post anything here. Then we'll see if I miss it!

I hope you have a great summer!

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Mongolia

Hello internet. I’m glad to be back in the real world! Although this adventure holiday has been one of the best trips I’ve ever been on.

If you follow me on Instagram (holly_hawkeyes) you have already seen a sneak peek of what our Mongolia trip looked like. We started the whole adventure with an unintentionally long travel day: about 30 hours including a detour to South Korea as a delay caused us to miss our connecting flight in Beijing. This resulted in us not having that extra day to discover Ulaanbaatar but ended up not being a big deal. Just slightly annoying. Anyway. The most significant impact this holiday had on me was how nice and relaxing it was to live without internet or phone connection for two weeks, and how easy it was to completely stop think by about daylight routines and plans and let my mind wander in more philosophical directions. I spend so much time with an audio-book or podcast in my ears I rarely let my mind just go but this trip let me do that. Plus the fantastic scenery and lovely climate made me both happy and a little moved. And I’m a very unsentimental person.

So, what did we do for these two weeks? Again I will not bore you with too much talk and a thousand photos. I'll just show you in a few of my favorite ones from these tow weeks, and summarize real quick.

We traveled from Ulaanbaatar to the north, by plane and then four-by-four and spent the first of our trip camping, kayaking (or actually pack-rafting) along a beautiful river and hanging out with our fellow tourist Seth and the crew organizing the trip, the main organizer Gregg, the guides Gana and Anha, the chef cook and drivers Bagi and Mende. All very nice people. We had an amazing time, spending all our time outdoor or in our tent. We also spent two day by the lake Khovsgol, where we slept in and partied in a yurt, and went diving on a wreck. After nine days me and Andreas continued by ourselves, accompanied by Jagi and Bagi, and spent five days driving from the north back to Ulaanbatar, taking our time to visit a few sites and among other things trying to ride a Mongolian herder horse and a camel!