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A Day In Oslo With MBV, JWV & Lei.Noire

Welcome to my fourth series: A Day with MBV In Oslo. In this post, I will be having two other travel bloggers join me! Carry on reading to find out more!

Last year I was asked by Jenna of JennasWorldView if I would like to catch a cheeky flight to Oslo for the day and of course, I said yes!  

I mean, who in their right mind would say no? 

JennasWorldView a day in Oslo
JennasWorldView

We were later joined by Liz of Lei. Noire who also wanted to spend a day in Oslo! Looking back now, I can honestly say that it was a lovely day, filled with lots of laughter, plenty of shade and small girls talk. Read below on more detail and find out how we spent a day in Oslo. 

Lei.Noire a day in Oslo
Lei.Noire

Where is Oslo?  

Oslo is the capital of and most populous city in Norway. It was known as Kristiania from 1877 to 1925 when its original Norwegian name was restored. Oslo is now known to be the economic and governmental centre of Norway.  Oslo is primarily a city that is a little bit like London in that it’s a city that is meant to be walked. Many of the city’s attractions lie in the central part of the city. To make the most of your day in Oslo I would suggest using the city’s extensive and efficient public transportation system.  

Please don’t make the same mistake of travelling on the fast train as we did. And then end up paying more than you need to. I would also advise against using taxis in Oslo. Oslo is known to be very expensive, and you’ll be spending more than you anticipated. 

A day in Oslo

I started the day bright and early by catching and meeting Jenna on the train to Victoria station. It was good to catch up before the busy day we hadn’t planned ahead! Jenna had niced me with some tasty snacks, which I was soo grateful for. Me and Jenna were so busy chatting that we almost missed our coach. 

You can easily catch a coach to Stanstead Airport by booking through National Express.

Gunnars Generasjonsbar   

We first headed out to get some brunch! We hadn’t really planned what we were going to do. Well, Liz had given us a list of things that we should do a few days before, but we hadn’t agreed on a brunch location.

Lucky for us, Jenna was able to locate Gunnars, and we headed to the restaurant. It took us forever to find this restaurant! We went through back streets and all sorts! When we eventually found the restaurant we were very much impressed with what we ordered.  

A day in oslo brunch
Brunch

JWV: I don’t really do travel logistics but when it comes to finding a good spot for brunch you can count on me. Social media is a powerful tool and I managed to find this lovely spot after a few minutes of scrolling on the gram.

Location: Torggata 13, 0181 Oslo, Norway 

The Royal Palace  

Royal Palace in Oslo for the Day
Royal Palace in Oslo

We then headed to the Royal Palace in Oslo. It wasn’t far from where we had brunch, but it had started raining! Can you believe me and Jenna paid 10 pounds for an umbrella?!! Honestly, you should be smart and bring your own umbrella-like Liz did! 

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Historical Fact: The Royal Palace in Oslo was built in the first half of the 19th century. It was built as the Norwegian residence of the French-born King Charles III John of Norway. Who reigned as king of Norway and Sweden.

Liz: I love learning more about history when travelling. The palace is sitting on top of a hill elegant and modest. I was surprised at how close you could get – unfortunately, we could not go in as it was closed. Oslo is a beautiful, calm place – you can see more on my Oslo vlog coming soon on my YouTube Channel.

Location: Slottsplassen 1, 0010 Oslo, Norway

Frogner Park 

Frogner Park Oslo

Liz then suggested that we should head over to Frogner Park. This park was the most challenging place to find! and I didn’t waste any time to let Liz know about it! I do apologise, Liz. Once we were able to locate the park, I was blown away by how beautiful it was. 

Liz: The ladies doubted that this place existed and where ready to head back but to be fair we had been walking for a while and a random lady had directed us down a ‘short cut’. In the end, we found the park just before it got dark! The sculptures are a unique and interesting expressing of ‘human form’ by Gustav Vigeland – definitely check it out if you are in Oslo.

JennaFinding Frogner Park was a stressful yet funny experience. Lucky for you I caught the entire thing on video so be sure to Subscribe to my Youtube Channel. A day trip to Oslo blog is also coming soon.

Location: Nobels gate 32, 0268 Oslo, Norway

Oslo Opera House  

The last thing we wanted to do was head over to the Oslo Opera House. I had heard how beautiful the sunset was and wanted to see it for myself! Unfortunately, google maps lied to us and we didn’t manage to see the sunset.

Final Thoughts on a day in Oslo

I think it’s fair to say that we all enjoyed Oslo and would certainly go back! A few things you might want to make note of if you are going.

  • Everything closes a little earlier than usual on Saturdays.
  • Oslo is very expensive so bare this in mind if you want to stay there!
  • The Norwegian currency is NOK (Norwegian Krone) so you won’t get very far with Euro. However, a credit or debit card is approved almost anywhere so grab your Monzo.
  • Norway has the Best Salmon so be sure to have some!

Hope you enjoyed our time in Oslo. I still have Dublin and Bologna to walk you through, so subscribe so you can stay in the loop with my monthly newsletter of blogposts!

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What I Hate About Travelling

I feel like I haven’t been travelling for a while so today I wanted to rant and tell you 8 things I hate about travelling. Yes, I do talk about how fantastic travelling is and yes I do try my best (at times) to show the glitz and glamour of travelling. 

When you cut all the bullshit with the packing, planning, waking up early, getting interrogated at the airport and have done the flight! Let’s be real and honest with our readers, and say that travelling can/is sometimes exhausting and isn’t always glitz and glamorous as we all show you. 

Today want to focus around on the not, so glamours part of travelling. The things people don’t tend to show you on their socials. 

Things I Hate About Travelling

Checking in 

I hate this checking-in with an absolute passion! It’s a difficult one because if you don’t check-in, you ain’t going nowhere! And if you forget to check-in, you might face a penalty (only budget airlines do this)! You can’t win – honestly! 

Security 

I hate having to put liquids in a plastic bag so they can be checked. Don’t get me wrong I understand why it has to be done, but 7.5/10 I am always the girl that gets stopped. I remember travelling to Singapore to Australia. This was when I lived in Singapore, on arrival, Australia had me unpacking my suitcase and answering a million questions. I was close to having a real melting point! 

It gets worst.

On my way back to Singapore, they managed to find my mac foundation, which was more than 120ml!! – guess what they took that from me and flung it in the bin! I was heartbroken! Can you imagine living in an Asian country and not being able to find your foundation colour because it’s not catered for in that part of the world! 

Stop overflights

Last year I did a long haul flight and realised how much I don’t very much like stopover flights. Yes, they are useful to cut costs or explore another country, but when they have no wifi, this can be extremely testing! Read this – 5 Things You Should Know When Taking A Stopover Flight

 Things I Hate About Travelling

The lack of sleep  

This is one dislike I have on my day trips. I get so nervous that I will miss my flight that I don’t sleep! Day trips usually consist of a coach leaving the house at 3/4 am, and a plane from Stanstead Airport at around 6/8 am! 

The fear of losing your passport….  

Oh my gosh, the fear of losing my passport always scares me! I will check before I leave my flat. Check again when I’m at the lift. Check again when 

I get into my uber. Then check when I get on the coach. I will check when I get to the airport. I will basically check and check again until I am sure I have seen it!  

Flight Delays 

Flight delays can irk my soul, especially if you are only doing a day visit. I have experienced several delays in my time. The worst was with AirAsia on my travels in Asia. 

Honestly, flight delays can ruin your whole day and disrupt plans you have put in place for your travel journey!

The whole planning of the trip  

Planning a trip can be quite stressful, especially if you haven’t been to the country before. Trying to figure out what you should go and miss out when you get to the country can be hard work. 

Luckily we have social media, which allows the hard work to be taken off. 

Coming back home  

Don’t get me wrong sometimes I can be away and miss home. I felt this a lot when I was a student in Singapore. 

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What I’ve noticed about myself when travelling is that I am so carefree. I’m prepared to take risks you know climb mountains, go sky scuba diving.  

When I’m back in the UK, I become this senseless robot that has to pick up from where I left and continue with the same old basic ishh!

Sigh, I think this was quite a depressing post. Not all my post are like that I promise! travelling isn’t always glitz and glamorous as people on the socials make it out to be!  

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Travel Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia in 10 Days

So you want to know how to travel to Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia in just 10 days!

I always believe if you can you can, kill 2 birds with one stone – you should. I personally don’t like birds; in fact, I am terrified of them, I run the other way when I see them. Literally!

For the purpose of this blog, I am sure you already know by the title that I am not talking about birds.    

To ensure this works well you need to do the following:
  • You need to plan well ahead  – like 3 months before
  • Make good use of public transport   
  • Be prepared to fly with Air Asia
  • Be sure to have three different currencies   
  • Only stay short periods of a time
  • Lots of Sleep

Earlier last year, I travelled over to the sunny side of Singapore for a close friend’s wedding in Malaysia, Johor Bahru. While I was planning my trip to Malaysia, I decided that it would be good to ‘kill 2 birds with one stone’ and fly out to Bali for a few days. Want to know how? Read on!

How to travel to Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia in just 10 days

Day 1: Arrival in Singapore

I arrived in Singapore late afternoon, without my luggage! Upset was an understatement! I mean my eyelashes and all my hair products were in that suitcase! So I couldn’t slay on my first day, but I did take the pictures above!

It was agreed that my suitcase would arrive in Malaysia, which is where I was heading that very night! I was given S$70 so despite the delay, happy to use the money for my taxi journey to my friend’s house. We had dinner and got ready to head over to Malaysia.

Day 2: Malaysia

The journey from Singapore to Malaysia was horrendous! We were in traffic for at least 3-5 hours. This worried me slightly because I had agreed to meet the cargo driver for my suitcase and I thought I might miss it. At around 4 am we arrived at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Johor Bahru with just enough time for my suitcase to arrive! Yeah me!

A few hours later…

The morning was the henna party! This is a Malaysian party before the wedding ceremony. There are lots of food, henna designs, talking and laughing. The night ended with a rehearsal and an early night for the big wedding day!

Day 3: Malaysian Wedding

Dulang girls - Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia in just 10 days

The wedding day was an early start with hair and makeup. I was asked to carry a stand into the room which you can watch on my Instagram highlights. The day went along with wedding ceremonials, music and food!

Day 4: Last day in Malaysia

On my last day, I was invited to my friends family home to indulge in some rich Malaysian food! The night ended with us celebrating the new couple with the new family.

Malaysia
Malaysian Home

At around 11 pm I decided that it was time to head back to Singapore. I will be writing a piece on how to cross the border so subscribe and stay up to date.

Day 5: Back in Singapore

Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia in just 10 days
Singapore

I headed back to Singapore on my ones and decide to go and do more tourists things. It was good for me to experience the Singaporean tourist sites I missed as a student. Also read – 11 Things To Do In Singapore.

Day 6: Catch a flight to Bali

I headed back to Singapore airport for my solo adventure of the year – Bali! My arrival was quite overwhelming if I am honest with you – looking for my taxi driver was hectic with no wifi! Anyways I arrived in the afternoon using AirAsia and caught a Gojeck to my hotel! There were lots and lot of traffic so I wasn’t able to get to my hotel until the early evening. My first night was spent with a massage, facial and dinner.

Day 7: Touring Ubud

Woke up very early at 5 am to get my HudaBeauty Eyelashes on! To head out and see the most Instgrammable places in Bali which were booked with FoverVacation for just £70!! Here is a list of things I got up to while on the tour – Bali, Indonesia: My Experience, an Itinerary of What I did Part 2

Day 8: A trip to Semiyank

Woke up early to have breakfast by the pool and get another massage! I had made a friend the day before on my tour who had invited me to meet her at Potatoe Head Beach Club. We ended the day in both KYND and Bali Bola! I was so full up in the evening that I was glad to head home and have a nap!

Day 9: Goodbye Bali & Hello Singapore

Malaysia Singapore Indonesia 10 Days

It was my last day in Bali so I headed out to the Monkey Forest and Ubud Palace. By mid-afternoon, it was time for me to head home so-called on my taxi friend and caught a short flight back to Singapore.

Day 10: Last day in Singapore

My last day in Singapore was a chilled one heading out to the local restaurants and buying souvenirs.

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Unpopular Opinion: Dubai is Overrated

Dubai is sooo overrated.

I am always a believer that you shouldn’t take on what someone says about a place, destination or anywhere in the world. Why? Well, because everyone’s experience is and can be completely different from mine or anyone else’s.  

For example, I remember while travelling in Cambodia and briefly discussing with a friend on what Vietnam was like. He had commented on how much he hated it and that it was racist! Now we all know the racism that I have experienced in the past, but I have to be honest. I can tell you all that when I travelled to Vietnam myself, I didn’t once experience racism and very much enjoyed myself. But honestly, guys, can you imagine if I took on his word? I wouldn’t have gone!  

So you’re rightly wondering where I am going with this right? 

This is a post that is very much an unpopular opinion’. I write this post with a strong line that I think Dubai is overrated. Yes, I said it, and if you want to understand why and willing then I would suggest you continue reading this post. 

Why do I think Dubai is overrated? 

Before I get into this. Please understand why I say I am only speaking from my own view. Just because I think Dubai is overrated doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go. Read when I talk about this in a recent blog post – Travelling Perceptions & Safety: Why I don’t Allow the Experiences Stop me From Seeing The World?

I travelled to Dubai five years ago and although I enjoyed myself with a few hiccups (cause everywhere has a few hiccups when travelling). Honestly, after all the 35+ countries I have been too, I guess Dubai is overrated for me. 

Listen BEFORE YOU JUMP ALL AT ME! Please hear me out! 

There is no uniqueness to Dubai 

I have grown up most of my life in a city (London) and travelled to several cities in the world. Travelling and living in cities has made me realise that cities don’t fully represent a country. I love to experience the cultures of a country, I like to see the difference between the upper and working class (whatever they call it in their countries). And I love to understand the politics of a country. 

When I went to Dubai, I didn’t really feel the countries uniqueness. It came across to me as a money pumped place.

Glorified living in Dubai 

My other reasons for seeing Dubai as an overrated destination almost links to my first point. There is almost a sense of a glorified way of living when you are over there. People go there to style and do the absolute most! Which for me removes the feeling of real reality. 

Uggghhh smoking 

I also hated that smoking was allowed in all the clubs! And it was gross! My weave, my clothes everything stank of smoke and it was disgusting! Clubs also all finished at 3 am- way too early for me ( a girl still wanted to party). 

Dubai clubs closed at 3am!

Indoor Ski Paradise 

Another thing that makes me feel like Dubai is overrated was the indoor ski paradise! I mean what????? It made me really uncomfortable seeing a country in the middle of a desert with an indoor ski paradise. It’s no wonder that Dubai has the largest ecological footprints of any city in the world!

ski paradise in dubai

Migrant work like slaves  

The city has so much money and big bling boats, skyscrapers and skylines. When you are there you will see a number of migrants working on these infrastructures. This saddens me that it’s built by migrant workers from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, which I am sure they all live in slave-like conditions.  

Final thoughts…

Overall, I think Dubai is overrated because it lacks real culture because again it is a man-made city. The country is one big shopping mall! I never really got the sense that there was a real religion of Islam while I was there.

Dubai came across very business and materialistic like. A place that is heavily revolved around making money, driving fancy cars. For me, Dubai exists as a place that is fit for those that like to appear to live the high-end materialistic lifestyle.   

Again, I don’t think this means you should not go! I wanted to state my opinion (and glad I did)! I am sure I will go back again to see what has changed since I first went there, but for now, I think everyone should express how they feel about a country.   

What about you, have you been to a country that you just weren’t impressed by? Let me know in the comments below. 
P.S. I would like to thank everyone on Twitter that gave me the confidence to get this blog posted.

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Friends You Need Patience For When Travelling Abroad

The friends you go travelling with can literally make or break a trip! Here are a few examples of friends you need to have the patience for when travelling with them. 

– The friends that can’t take a good picture  

I mean girl come on, we need a friend that can break her back go on top of a mountain like because yeah, we require that excellent picture! Allow them friends that take a picture with their thumb in the right-hand corner or where you are bare blurry the person is just not needed! 

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Bad Picture

– The friends that don’t embrace a culture.  

Them ones that travel, but don’t know how to experience and live in the culture surrounding them. They complain about everything! It can be the weather, the fact that people are speaking another language around them or worse that they can’t stand the food!. FYI traveller – you are in another country – embrace what is around you or STAY AT HOME!

-The friends that need you to hold something for them – like every two seconds!

Oh my gosh! I can’t. I recently went away with someone, and they always needed me to put something in their bag. If it wasn’t that, then they wanted me to hold something. Now I think I wear my emotions on my face so this person could see this was getting on my nerves. 

There is absolutely nothing wrong with holding something for someone here and there; every second can be extremely annoying!

friends that need you to hold something

– The friends that don’t do anything!

Lucky for me I haven’t yet been on holiday with anyone like that – tell a lie I have been with someone like this, and it can really ruin a holiday! I have a friend who went on holiday with someone that was basically terrified of going anywhere and basically ruined the holiday and can you believe we both had that experience when we went to Barcelona – I need to go back! 

friends that do nothing

-The friends that rush you to get ready 

Hunnie I am a black girl, and when I am on holiday I like to slay! I have a massive obsession with doing my face up – adding my eyelashes and just trying on a few outfits and planning how I am going to look! If you are rushing me, this gets me angry. Just don’t rush me but please don’t be the person that is always the very last to get ready that will get annoying when everyone’s still sitting around waiting for you.  

rushing to get ready

– The friends that rely on you for everything  

We can agree that if you are travelling with someone who plans or decides to do nothing that can be a hell of annoying! I have been on a few trips with people who rely on you for everything, and it can be incredibly frustrating. However, what I will say is at least you get to do everything you enjoy. 

-The friends who always need the toilet 

Look, I get it. I am someone who should always go to the toilet when I leave a location. But some people don’t have self-control! This person will slow you or the group down, and you don’t need this.  

toilet friend

– The friends that are always on social media  

I am very guilty of this so I can’t really talk – *wait yes, I can it’s my blog*  

Let’s face it when you are Instagramming, Facebooking, snap chatting, and whatever there is nowadays it can get very annoying! As I am very guilty of doing this, I think I have learnt that it is ok to take videos and pictures and whatever, but spend some time trying to enjoy the moment and then do all of that stuff letter.  

friends always on social media
social media

– The friends that are CHEAP

Now I know this isn’t me, so LISTEN and listen well!  

Please don’t go on holiday with stingy people and I mean people that are happy with you to pay for everything and they give you an I.O.U tab on your head. I’ve been on holiday with some CHEAP people and trust me it can hurt one’s soul! Let’s be real when you are on holiday you want to participate in activities and if you have a friend that doesn’t want to pay up you are going to be a little irritated trust me! 

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11 Afrobeat Travel Lyrics for Your Instagram Captions

I love me some Afrobeats! Anything to get me moving and I tend to play at least one or two songs a day and more while I’m on holiday!

To tell you the truth, this post was inspired by Char of memoirsmusings.com. Her witness and banter is one not to be missed! I did ask her if I could do this post – please note she hasn’t done the genre Afrobeats but she has done many other particularly around Drake – check them out on her blog!

Have a look at the 15 afrobeat travel lyrics below, and if you have to share then leave in the comments below!

15 Afrobeat Travel Lyrics for Your Instagram Captions

1. Adekunle Gold – Before You Wake Up 

Let’s go away for 6 months twice in a year

2. WizKid Feat Femi Kuti – Jaiye Jaiye  

Lagos Today and London Tomorrow Oluwa Lo Seyi ( God has done this)

3. Davido – Assurance

She go follow go Atlanta. The cause disaster

4. Falz and Simi – Foreign  

I’m foreign, just call me foreign baby oh “international” 
Foreign baby, just call me foreign baby oh “I’m international” 
Foreign baby, just call me foreign baby oh “international” 
Foreign!

5. Cuppy ft Zlatan – Gelato  

I go take you to Italy, I go take you to America, Take you to London, I go bring you come Nigeria. Just to have some Gelato (Gelato)

6. Olamide – I Love Lagos  

If i carry you go banana 
My guy you go love lagos 
You go love lagos 
If i carry you go to elegushi 
you go love lagos ooo  

7. Burna Boy – Dangote  

When I dey move from Place to Place.  Wetin I dey find …? 

8. Mike Tyson ft Runtown- DrkoVibes  

We de spoil everwhere from Bolga to Canada …

9. Runtown – International Badman Killer

International Badman Killa , pull up in a benz she go reconisder.  

10. Ahann – Nana Peruzzi  

Tell me what is the time and place No holiday for you case

11. Teni – Billionaire

I wan chop life on Santorini…

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