Back in Denmark

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We spent six incredible days in lovely Fort Lauderdale – we have lots of photos to show you. But first a more up-to-date post: we’re back in Denmark since yesterday and have some beautiful photos to show you!

We’re staying with Jonas’ parents. They live in the country side in Zealand and we were both surprised by how beautiful it is here in late spring!

Their house sits at the very end of a small town, surrounded by the vibrantly yellow rasp fields. The day started off cloudy but this evening the sun finally came out! The beauty of summer in Denmark is that the sun is out until very late. We went for a walk and I tried to capture the beauty here.

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I love everything about these photos. They’re extremely different from what we’ve been posting the last six months – but this is just another kind of beautiful. Even though I will admit that I miss the crystal blue Caribbean Sea…

We’re doing a little work on the layout on the blog – we want the site a little wider so you can really enjoy the photos more! So if something looks weird, you know why!

How do you like our home country?

Roasting Marshmallows Over Lava at Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala

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Some days ago we suddenly had plane tickets for Florida in our hands. We had not planned for that. The day before we purchased the tickets we had actually talked about staying in Antigua for one more month so we thought we had lots of time.

Stress struck us and we hurried outside to the streets of Antigua to find a tour company that could help us visit til Pacaya Volcano – an active volcano that gives you an opportunity to actually see lava!

The trip was only $10 USD per person (or 80 quetzales) and we booked it right away. We could either go early in the morning or in the afternoon. We opted for the early option and were picked up at 6am (!!) at our apartment.

After about an hours drive we arrived at the Pacaya National Park. The trip was constantly uphill and my ears hurt a lot – I’m so sensitive to altitude. To enter the park we had to pay 50 quetzales each. We started hiking up the volcano with our guide.

I found the hike extremely difficult. We were at a high altitude and I had trouble breathing. It seemed like I was the only one. The guide walked super fast and I had a hard time keeping up. I guess it was a mix between being in bad shape and the thin air.

We were followed by lots of men on horses constantly asking if we wanted a ride on the horse. They even called them “taxi”. Haha! Super annoying! They were there all the time, especially following me since I was the slowest and looked most tired.

Eventually the men with their taxi-horses gave up and turned around – probably to try to find other people in bad shape to annoy. Not short after that, we finally reached the top and saw the black lava rocks!

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It was incredible to finally see the volcano and the black lava rocks and smell it too. We couldn’t see the top of the volcano since a cloud was passing by! I still get goosebumps when I’m actually in a cloud! How cool is that? :D

Pacaya had a huge eruption just seven weeks ago – it had made parts of the volcano collapse and the black lava stones were still hot, some of them too hot to hold in your hand.

Others were colder but still hot. It was cold on the top but the lava made it much hotter – holding a still hot rock was a nice way to warm up our hands.

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We walked over to a point where the lava was hotter than the other parts. We had to wait for the tour group before us to leave and then we could enjoy the very hot source.

It was just a hole in the ground and the smoke coming from it was thick and had an awfull smell – like a sauna on speed.

Our guide pulled a bag of marshmallows from his backpack and handed each of us a stick and a marshmallow to roast over the hot lava stones – this was really one of the highlights of our trip!

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It was sooo yummy! And the best part was that around this time my body had finally adjusted to the thin air and I felt way better. The marshmallow however made us very hungry – we’d left for the trip on empty stomachs! Not the best idea ever…

We were circled by dogs who had probably learned that this spot was a good one to get some tourists to feed them. They didn’t get our marshmallows – don’t even think about it!

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We then crawled uphill again and this spot really offered the best views of the volcano and the valleys below it! There were even cities down there – crazy to live so close to an active volcano!

Our guide even told us that when Pacaya erupted seven weeks ago, the ashes fell down on his roof and the weight from it made the roof fall down!!! He and his family hid under a table – so crazy! I’m glad they were all okay.

But check out the views! The clouds even cleared so we could finally see the top of Pacaya – so beautiful. You can actually see where the lava ran down:

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Beautiful right? We spent a lot of time just standing there and staring with awe at the beautiful setting. It was almost unreal. I can’t even begin to describe how beautiful Guatemala is. I hope these photos gives you an idea.

I snapped a million photos up there and I could have stayed way longer than we did. The only thing that would have made it a little nicer was if there had been red lava floating around! People sometimes experience that. Next time were in Guatemala we’re definitely going again!

We walked back the same way we came. Since I finally felt better and was ok with the thin air, I could really appreciate the beautiful views!

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Amazing view of the neighboring volcanos: Fuego and Agua

 What a day! We were already back in Antigua by noon and we just really had the best day. If you ever go to Antigua don’t miss a hike up the Pacaya Volcano – even if the thin air makes you dizzy as well, it’s well worth it!

Monday Memory #6 – Marseille Was Beautiful

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Yay! It’s Monday and we’re once again remembering beautiful parts of our Europe Bike Trip that we really enjoyed. Today we’ll look back on a city that doesn’t really have the best reputation but really surprised us.

Marseille is supposed to be this very dirty and unpleasant city – and parts of it really is dirty and seems dangerous. We saw most of the city by bike and had to drive through some very sketchy areas. At one point it seemed as if we’d travelled to the Middle East!

Traffic was one big mess. Cars were everywhere and constantly honking at each other and drove around manically. There are some insane ghettos in Marseille but besides feeling that everything was bad and dangerous we didn’t experience anything negative (besides the reckless driving!).

Camping in Marseille

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We lived a bit out of town and had a crazy bike ride to the old (and pretty) part of Marseille. We actually camped in Marseille – something we didn’t think would be possible.

But it was! There’s a small camp outside Marseille called Yes We Camp!

It was very weird and sort of a place where people seemed to live or stay for a long period of time. It was very hippie and we felt a little out of place – but the price was right! At just 9€ a night it takes the spot as the cheapest camping we did on our entire trip!

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The “Gastonnette” car served as the campsite’s trading station. At Yes We Camp! they didn’t use Euros but Gastonnettes – a selfmade currency that was the only accepted one to purchase anything with.

The had different types of food stations there and everybody seemed to be pretty high and service was slow and the food was cold. We ate there the first night and had a lot of fun watching the characters there.

Vieux-Port de Marseille

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The old port of Marseille is the main area for tourists now – it’s huge and really a beautiful port. And here we didn’t see any signs of Marseille’s dirty reputation. The port is as beautiful as any port and people were nice.

Along the marina were lots of very nice cafés and restaurants serving very nice looking seafood. We only had one day in Marseille and we walked by it all pretty quickly.

We saw an old fort placed very close to the old port and a museum in that area as well. The view from the fort was gorgeous: the port with all the ships to the left and the Mediterranean Sea to the right. Love!

Walking around Marseille

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Marseille is as beautiful as any other city in France and the architecture is my favorite! All the old houses and buildings have the perfect, romantic French touch that can be found all around the old cities in France.

I’m such a sucker for it. It’s so gorgeous and I’ll never tire of walking around in a beautiful French City… Sigh.

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We walked around a lot in Marseille. There were lots of narrow streets and hidden shops all over. It had a very unique feel – almost like a very artsy feel.

We ended our tour around Marseille at a nice little café where I had an amazing cake: a fusion between a macaron and a cupcake – the French really understand cakes!

Château d’If

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The next day, we left Marseille. We were excited to continue to its neighboring city Cassis but would also have loved to see more of Marseille. We biked right past the Château d’If where the The Count of Monte Cristo is imprisoned in the book of the same name.

It’s possible to go on a tour to see Château d’If but when we were in Marseille the wind was too insane and they had decided to stop the boats going there. Too bad! We would have loved to see it on the inside as well…

What do you think? Doesn’t Marseille look nice?

A Huge Change Of Plans

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We’ll miss beautiful Antigua…

Yesterday when we went to bed I thought “What the hell just happened?” before finally closing my eyes around 4am.

You see, yesterday we did a lot of shopping. We purchased a total of four plane tickets – two each – all of which weren’t planned when we woke up that morning.

It all started when we decided to look at our options for returning home to Europe this summer. We have a lot of stuff going on in our families (graduations, a wedding and birthdays and much more) this summer that we needed to be back for. (more…)

Monday Memory #5: Looking Back on Monaco

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When we were on our bike trip through Europe last summer, we ended up not blogging too much about many of the lovely places we visited. We were simply worn out and whenever we had a free moment between sweating on the bikes and sleeping we had to work.

As our time here in Central America is beginning to run out (we need to be back in Denmark for some commitments this summer), we’re beginning to be excited for a summer in amazing Europe.

And so to warm you guys up for it, we thought we’d share some tales from our European summer last year in Monday Memories (which we started some months back and then stopped…)

Today we’ll look back on one of our absolute favorite destinations in Europe: Monaco. Prepare yourself for some eyecandy! (more…)

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