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5 tips for bicycling safe in China

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Getting a bike/e-bike when living in Hangzhou/China is one of the best investments you can do. You can get a new bicycle for as little as 300 CNY/350 NOK and an e-bike for around 2000 CNY/2500 NOK. I’m not sure if the smallest e-bike goes faster than a bicycle, but it’s for sure easier. In the morning- and afternoontime, both e-bike and bicycle are much faster than a car! Because of the traffic congestion it’s not always safe to bike. Here are my 5 tips for bicycling safe in China:

 

  1. Be aware of both cars and people walking in the cycle-path.
  2. Yes, cars and other “cyclers” do “beep” with the horn. They don’t always do it to tell you you are in the wrong place, but to warn you that they are coming behind you. E-bikes are very quite and because of that they may warn others that they are coming.
  3. Remember that a green light in China is not always only green for you!
  4. Don’t be stubborn, but give way to others.
  5. Take it easy and don’t rush. Although you don’t have control over what’s happening around you, you will have a better overview if you are slow yourself.

Happy cycling!

 

 

What do you do if you really *have to* at take-off or landing?

bildeSome of you know that I struggle with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). Although I follow a strict low FODMAP-diet to control the digestion-system, I sometimes end up in trouble, like I did in Athens. It’s not harmful, but I can assure you, it hurts and can sometimes be very… surprising…. literally. If you have to, you have to…

In that aspect I have always been aware when flying, especially at take-off and landing, as I know it’s not possible to use the toilet at these times. When returning from Athens I didn’t feel my best and told it to the flight-attendant when I arrived the aircraft. She told me it was good I told her because then she could look a after me. We started to talk and since I had her I asked her:

“What do I do if I really have to go to the toilet at take-off or landing? I know it’s not possible to use the toilet but… eh… ”

“You just run… We will scream to you and ask you to sit down, but then you just scream back that you have to go! We can’t stop you and honestly, it’s better for all of us that you go to the toilet, it will be a mess if not… The best thing is to tell us if you don’t feel well because then we will be aware and will not yell at you!”

I was also told that if somebody is very ill or have gotten food-poisening they will close a toilet for just that person.

So lessons learned: TELL the flight-attendant, first thing, when you enter the aircraft if you are not feeling well. They will do the best to help you and to be honest, psycologically, it feels better if somebody knows how you are feeling. I don’t know why, it’s just how it is, at least for me!

 

Been there, done that!

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This is my last day in Athens before going back home tomorrow and… I’m not lying when I’m saying I’m looking forward to getting home. This trip has been challenging with migraine, stomache-problems from H%$#%#” etc… etc…(Although eating “safe” low FODMAP something went wrong with my stomache/digestion this time.)

I have always said that I will continue traveling as long as I can, and I stand by that. However I have, finally, come to the conclusion that I will not travel on my own anymore (unless it’s within Norway/Scandinavia and I really have to). Not because I’m scared traveling alone, but because I have just too many illnesses. Being abraod, having to discuss with yourself wether to call a doctor or not, when bending over in pain, is not fun and I have to admit that it makes me anxious.

Another conclusion is that I have seen the world, I have been to Tokyo, Beijing, Seoul, Chicago, Las-Vegas, Hawaii, all over Europe… etc… when I had the energy to explore. I don’t have that energy anymore and for me, the best holiday I can get right now is to travel to a warm place (helps my pain), plan to do nothing but relaxing and don’t stress with sight-seeing. I really want to see so much and at home I plan…. Unfortunately it usually ends in me being sad because I didn’t explore and it feels like I’ve let myself down. It doesn’t actually get better when everybody tells me what I should see and do… (People tend to forget that I have more than one chronic illness because I look quite healthy when I see them.)

Well… It feels like a relief to have taken the stand about how to travel in the future. It’s not a defeat as I thought it should be. Maybe because it’s more about reality than that I’m scared of traveling alone. I don’t know, I just know that I’m finished with being stuck at a hotel-room, in pain and alone!

How to get an upgrade!

 

Intercontinental Aphrodite Hills, Cyprus

Intercontinental Aphrodite Hills, Cyprus

I remember my first upgraded flight with KLM. We were going to Toronto and had reasently been upgraded to becoming a gold-member. I had heard that the chances for an upgrade was close to zero, still I had also heard that people had gotten an upgrade. I crossed my fingers that the flight was fully booked.  Continue reading

20 ting jeg skulle ha visst før jeg startet å reise

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I dag ble jeg inspirert av denne bloggposten til Randombloggen. Hun har her ramset opp 20 ting hun skulle visst før hun startet å reise. Jeg må si jeg kjente meg igjen i en del av det hun skrev. Bl.a. at det ikke er spesielt lurt å pakke shampo og flytende væsker rett i kofferten. Jeg har ikke tall på alle de gangene jeg har kommet hjem med tannkrem og/eller shampomarinerte klær! (Og så kan man jo undres over hvorfor dette har skjedd flere ganger….)

Flere bankkort er også greit å ha. Og om du ikke finner lommeboken 5 min. før drosjen kommer for å hente deg, finn frem et gammelt bankkort selv om du ikke kan koden! Det er tross alt bedre enn ingenting når du står på andre siden av jordkloden!

Å alltid ha snacks i vesken er et must, spesielt når man er i India og man må fjerne gamle matrestene fra forrige gjest fra gaffelen, før man får sin egen mat. Plutselig ble en tørr Bixitkjeks veldig attraktiv!

Reiseforsikring er både viktig, praktisk og veldig greit når man har trakket på en kråkebolle og må på sykehus. Eller når bagasjen med burberryskjerfet og den fine drakten står igjen i Amsterdam og du er i Barcelona… 😉

Mange jeg kjenner pleier å ha kopi av passet sitt som de legger igjen hjemme i tillegg til at de også har med seg en kopi selv. Dette har jeg aldri gjort, men jeg har hatt det i tankene flere ganger. Kan være greit om man blir frastjålet passet!

Å merke kofferten med ett eller annet lett gjenkjennelig er ikke så dumt. Både fordi du selv vil se kofferten med en gang, men også fordi sjansene for at andre skal ta feil koffert blir mindre. Sønnen min, da 12 år, var ikke spesielt høy i hatten da han skulle på sjakksamling i Oslo og det eneste som lå på bagasjebåndet etter at alle andre hadde fått sin bagasje, var en koffert som lignet på hans!

Et tips for litt mer erfarne reisere er å ikke tro at du vet når flyet går. Flyselskapet kan nemlig ha endret rutene siden sist du reiste.

Noen byer har både to og tre flyplasser, sjekk at du drar til rett flyplass før du drar fra hotellet!

Ikke tro at du vet hvordan du skal komme deg til flyplassen og hvor lang tid det tar. Noen ganger kan det som ser ut som en kort tur med undergrunnsbanen rett og slett være umulig, taxituren til togstasjonen kan være mer enn 5 minnutter og togene kan gå med svært ujevne mellomrom. Ikke så veldig greit når man står på hotellet i Tokyo 3 timer før flyavgang og man tror undergrunnsbanen skal både gå ofte og til flyplassen. Det er godt mulig undergrunnen hadde gått ofte til Narita, om den hadde gått dit…

Jeg klarte ikke å finne 20 reiseråd, men sammen med Randombloggen sin liste tror jeg du skal være godt forberedt til din neste tur!