Guatemala

Made it to Guatemala after six amazing weeks in Mexico, and I am still stunned by this beautiful place. I didn't expect Guatemala to be very different than Mexico, just because it's so close, but it's something totally different . Guatemala is amazing, everything I have seen so far is just goregeous, and I am happy I decided to stay here for a few days (almost went directly to El Salvador to surf). 

Mayans  

Mayans  

Lake Atitlan  

The beautiful view from the yogaforest. 

The beautiful view from the yogaforest. 

Lake Atitlan is a beautiful lake just a few hours drive from Guatemala city. The lake is surounded by mountains and small cute little villages with a different vibe in every village. In one of the small villages called San Pedro, there is a Volcano, this makes the views around the lake amazing and it's possible to do multiple hikes around the lake. You can get around the lake pretty easy with boats for a cheap price and the boats go all the time during the day. Don't plan to go back to your village to late though, the boats stop going around sunset. You can also travel between the villages with a tuk tuk, but it's not recommwnded at night. I chose to stay in a small quiet village called San Marcos, based on the research I did in advance. 

San Marcos

The view from the yogadeck at hostel Delago

The view from the yogadeck at hostel Delago

San Marcos is a tiny little village on the lake, known for it's chill vibe, amazing places to do yoga, organic food and a hippie vibe. Lake Atitlan and San Marcos is amazing, but I can't decide if I like the vibe here or not. I know that I don't feel at home here like I do in other small, hippie, yoga towns. I live in a hostel called "Hostel San Marcos", wich I can highly recomend, around 6 USD for a bed and breakfast, good athmosphere and amazing breakfast.

Part of the reason I came here, was to try and reconnect with my yogapractice, but I don't feel that this is the right place, especially not to get a lot of new input from other yogis. My yogaexperience here is still very limited, and I know this is very honest and direct, but it's only my personal experience.  I have decided to stay here at the lake a little shorter that I planned, and rather do a few extra nights in Antigua (more about Antigua later). I love a relaxed and chill vibe, but San Marcos is maybe a little to chill. I need to moove (and because of my tiny budget I can't afford to do any activities)! I have been in bed before 9 pm every day. Except from this the lake and San Marcos is so beautiful and totally worth a visit, most of the people I meet here love the vibe here. 

It smells like herbs when you walk around town. 

It smells like herbs when you walk around town. 

My favourite place in San Marcos so far is the "yogaforest", this is a yoga retreat center in the middle of the jungle a 20 minute hike from San Marcos. You just follow the flowers on the rocks to get there.

Can you Imagine a more wonderful place to wake up and do yoga every day?  

Can you Imagine a more wonderful place to wake up and do yoga every day?  

So pretty.  

So pretty.  

I have one more night at the lake before I go back to Antigua. Today I am travelling to one of the other small villages around te lake called "Santiago", and we might end the day with a yin yoga class at the yogaforest. I am just gonna enjoy the silence while it is still here, simulair feeling to beein at my cabin in Norway. 

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When there is no waves in San Pancho.

It's interesting how the vibe in a surftown like San Pancho changes when there's abselotely no waves for a couple of days. In San Pancho there's a lot of ambitious surfers, that pretty much surfs, eats and repeats every day and work when they have to. A lot of the surfers here are locals, or from one of the small towns close by. There's also a few travellers, some that are staying and some that are leaving. Theese guys (and some girls) are athletes, surf comes first. And the two words I hear the most around here is "buenas olas" wich means "good waves".

Driving around, looking for waves.  

Driving around, looking for waves.  

With no surf it's obvious that people get a little bored and restless, me included. It's not only that it's small in San Pancho, it's small everywhere around here right now. So there's no help in driving around looking for better waves.

There is no limits for how much fun you can have in the sand.. 

There is no limits for how much fun you can have in the sand.. 

When there is no waves it's fun to see how people have to find other ways to use some of their energy, just so much creativity with finding other options for outdoor activitys! People are playing on the beach, swimming, diving, rockclimbing, skateboarding and many other things.

Great place for rock climbing on the other side of the beach. 

Great place for rock climbing on the other side of the beach. 

Perfect day to check out a new sunset spot. 

Perfect day to check out a new sunset spot. 

Last but not least, perfect oppourtunity to have a "fiesta". Last night was the ending of the "San Pancho days", a big party that have lasted for nine days, and pretty much everyone in town was out until early morning, dansing banda and drinking tequila. Me included! In Mexico you just have to "fiesta" sometimes, loose that balance. It's just such a big part of the culture. Today I am planning on rinsing last night of with a capoeira class, a yoga class, a big beverage and hopefully a sunset surf!  Buenas olas por favor!

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Morningvibes in San Pancho

Mornings are my favourite, and I love to make some kind of morning routine wherever I am.   If I am home in Oslo, I would maybe sit at my kitchentable listening to my favourite morningshow on the radio with a big cup of tea and a bowl of oatmeal, or go to a morning yogaclass.

Our beach house in San pancho. 

Our beach house in San pancho. 

Here in San Pancho we are renting a house so close to the beach that we can almost hear the waves from our bed. What I love to do here is to just bring a cup of coffee down to the ocean, watch the sea and the surfers for a bit, maybe do some yoga, maybe meditate. This alonetime in the morning is amazing, before it gets to hot outside and, and before anything gets buissy.  I am so grateful that I am able to start my day in such a beautiful way. 

The beach in San Pancho, yesterday. 

The beach in San Pancho, yesterday. 

Have a beautiful monday! Namaste

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Becoming a yogateacher

Me and Tina are both working on becoming yogateachers, we did our teachertraining earlier this summer, but we both need experience!  We have been offering yogaclasses for free in Sayulita the last couple of weeks with a huge succes, yesterday 10 people showed up for morningflow. How amazing is that? Turns out that a lot of people wants to do yoga, especially when it doesn't cost a fortune and they have easy acces to it. Since it's low season in Sayulita, only a couple of studios are open and our friends are supergrateful for the classes we offer for free. For me it's a great pleasure to share my passion for yoga with whoever is interested, and it is a great way of bringing people together! 

A picture of me and Tina from YTT in Costa Rica

A picture of me and Tina from YTT in Costa Rica

Bring a fruit to yoga at La Redonda

An american girl named Emily have offered free classes at a hostel in town called La Redonda and she kindly asked us if we wanted to take over her classes when she leaves in the end of this week. The classes at La Redonda is completely free, except that everyone has to bring a fruit so that we can all make a big fruit salat after class. I love the consept, and I am superexcited to be a part of it! 

Donationbased yoga in Sayuilta

From this week we are going to make some of our classes donationbased. This way people can still do yoga for a very reasonable price, but we get the opportunity to give some money to charity and maybe a few extra pesos for food. We hope that this becomess a hit and that people still wants to come to our classes! Check out our Facebook group; "Donationbased yoga with Tina and Kristine" if you are interested in checking out our classes!

Yogis at lush

Yogis at lush

Namaste!  

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Weekend getaway to San Pancho

This weekend has been pretty buissy in Sayulita, Mexico have celebrated their independenceday (their national day) and it has been raging partys in town all weekend. It is actually low season here at the moment, but this weekend the place has been packed. Because of that we decided to escape to a small town 8 minutes from Sayulita, called San Fransisco or San Pancho. San Pancho has a much chiller vibe, and even though we knew it was supposed to be awsome over there, it was even better than expected. All about the vibe you know. We actually realized that we might need to switch town. We were planning to stay only for the day, but didn't feel like going back to Sayulita so we decided to get a room for the night and just hang out. A funny guy named Walter hooked us with some bunkbeds and we were all set. 

Sunset in San Pancho

Sunset in San Pancho

Surf in San Pancho is way more advanced than Sayulita, wich meens people are more serious about surf and less interested in partying. We feel that there is just a little to much partying in Sayulita. We are going back to spend more time in San Pancho and then figure out what to do.  We were actually lucky with our timing, usually surf is pretty advanced in San Pancho, huge waves, but this weekend it was pretty small and perfect for us to practice. Some local surfers hooked us with boards and took us out, gave us lots of advice. Maybe San Pancho is the the key to be better at surf. Heading back today for a full day of surf and a sunset, before a big swell comes in next week. Can't wait! 

Cute little cafe and shop in San Pancho that I completely fell in love with. 

Cute little cafe and shop in San Pancho that I completely fell in love with. 

Acai-bowl

Acai-bowl

I mean, give me an acai bowl, and I am sold!  

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Mexico

Allready been a week in Mexico and I love it here. First week has been a little hectic, been trying to find a nice place to stay, locate good surf, figure out the yoga situation and it always takes a few days to figure out the flow in a new place. Me and Tina are staying in a small town called Sayulita at the moment, and we are planning to stay here for a while. The reason we chose Sayulita is because it is what came up when we researched "good surf" and "good weather" in Central Ameica in septemper. And I think we have found the right place to hang for a few weeks. Sayulita is a small surftown, small enough to recognize people on every corner, but big enough to never get bored. I love small towns, awsome to feel that you are a part of a community for a while. For me that is the most exciting part about travelling. Sayulita is a popular spot for tourists, but also a popular spot for Mexicans. We feel very welcome, and I think we will have an awsome time here.

Sayulita, my hometown for the next couple of weeks. 

Sayulita, my hometown for the next couple of weeks. 

I thought that blogging and travelling would be peace of cake. You have all the time in the world right? Turns out you dont! My Life is pretty much as buissy travelling as it is working a full time job in Norway! Believe it or not. And wifi is not everywhere! I still choose to live the moment, rather than stay at home and work on my blog, but I promise to give plenty of uppdates from this amazing place!  Now we are about to head off to a small town close to here, called Son Panchos for the day. Later.

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Mac breakdown

After almost a week in Mexico, me and my travelbuddie Tina finaly found a place to stay with good wifi and a relaxed athmosphere. And what do you think happens? My computer starts crying and shuts completely down. I guess I have to blog from my phone while I am praying to higher forces that the Mac just got sick and just needs to rest for a couple of days.. 

 

The patient

The patient

More cool stuff from Mexico comming up! 

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Epic California weekend!

Tame Impala

Against all odds we got tickets to Tame Impala at the Greek theater in Berkley on Friday! Amazing show, and a great start to a  great weekend.

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz boardwalk

Santa Cruz boardwalk

Two weeks in California wthout checking out the surf fascilitys would have been a shame. Santa cruz is ia cute little beach-town with a cool vibe. Totally worth a visit. We were planning on camping there to get a couple of days on the beach. I suggest to book a place to sleep in advance if you want to stay. We couldn't even find a place to put our tent up. 

 

Santa cruz beach.

Santa cruz beach.

Not the best surf we have ever had, but still felt great to be in the water again.

The reef, Hawaiian restaurant and bar, 

The reef, Hawaiian restaurant and bar, 

We had dinner at "The reef", hawaiian restaurant with cheap food and a good vibe. Also a pretty good band. I would definitly recomend a meal at this place if you are in Santa Cruz.

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

New consept in San Fransisco, a local brewery opened this chill place to hang out on weekends. Laid back atmosphere with a beach vibe.  Cool spot to hang out on a sunny day.

The Farmers market

Sunday morning farmers market. 

Sunday morning farmers market. 

Farmers markets is from what I have heard pretty good all over California. This is from the local one, close to where I stay in San Fransisco.  What better place to go shopping for a good sunday breakfast? 

Napa Valley

 

Scribe

Scribe

A visit to the wine country has been pretty high up on my California bucket list. On monday we visited this gorgeous little winery called "Scribe". We had reserved a picnic blanket and bought a picnic basket and chilled out in the sun for hours. This place is a little hard to get in to, you have to reserve early or be a member, but there is plenty of other options in the area, only an hour drive from San Fransisco. 

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I got baked in San Fransisco!

Mr. Holmes Bakehouse

 

Mr Holmes Bakehouse, San Fransisco

Mr Holmes Bakehouse, San Fransisco

What a fun way to have breakfast. A mandatory visit in San Fransisco, people wait i line for hours at this place to get something called "cruffin".  We ditched the cruffin line, but the other stuff was pretty awsome to. Worth a visit!

 

And no worries, there is so many hills in San Fransisco that you will walk it off in a second. Happy friday!

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A foodie in San Fransisco!

This is a small selction of the amazing places I have been having food and COFFEE in San Fransisco. 

 

Blue bottle 

Blue bottle, Linden street.

Blue bottle, Linden street.

A hole in the wall, with the best coffe in town. What I love most about this place is the random seating across the street. 

The mill

The mill, divisadero street.

The mill, divisadero street.

This is the place you go for toast. Best toast in town. You probably have to wait in line for it, but trust me, it's worth it. Also a good vibe.

Souvla

Souvla, Hayden street. 

Souvla, Hayden street. 

Greek awsomeness, allready went twice to this place. 

Zazie

Zazie

Zazie

This is the place for brunch. Actually where Adele brunches when she is in town. Unfortunately no cool pictures, but the place needs to be mentioned.

In n out

In n out

In n out

When in America, right? If you want to loose that balance for a second and have a real treat. Try the cheesburger and the chocolate milkshake at this place. It's famous for it. 

Bon Apetite!

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A yogi in San Fransisco.

One of my favorite things about yoga is that you can do it anywhere. If you are a yogi like me, you probably feel that your mat is a safe place. To me it's a sanctuary, a place I can always go for a reset I need to clear my head and gather my thoughts. Therefore, one of my favourite things to explore when I am travelling to new places is cool yogastudios and teachers, I would say it's as imortant as the rest of the sightseeing. It's also a perfect way to meet other yogis and learn some new mooves. 

My number one tip to find yogastudios in a new city is try a donationbased one, they usually don't make you sign up for anything and you can pay whatever you are capable of. The instructors usually work voluntary, wich also means they have a true passion for yoga. 

Yoga to the People, San Fransisco

Yoga to the People, San Fransisco

This beautiful studio (with a cityview) is a donationbased studio, with great yogaclasses. I would definitly go again.  Check out www.yogatothepople.com.

 

Yoga garden, San Fransisco

Yoga garden, San Fransisco

This gorgeous little studio is just a couple of blocks from where I am staying while I'm in San Fransisco. A neighbourhood that I love, this studio is on Divisadero street, supercharming little house and studio. I tried a vinyasa class there, wich was awsome. 

 

Yoga Tree, San Fransisco.

Yoga Tree, San Fransisco.

Yoga Tree is another charming little studio i visited, on Hayes street, also very good. 

At the moment there is a campaign in San Fransisco that makes it possible to try five different yoga classes in different studios within two weeks, it's called classpass (www.classpass.com). To me this is perfect, since I am staying here for twelwe days.  It makes it possible to try different studios, for a reasonable price.  

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San Fransisco (to be continued..)

Finally back on the road, this time for seven whole months. I'm starting out in San Fransisco, wich is a big contrast to how  i'm going to spend the rest of the year.  What an amazing city! I don't even know where to start.  

Been spending a lot of time in restaurants and coffeeshops the last couple of days, and that is exactly how you should spend your time in San Fransisco, you can basicly eat your way through this city (I'll be back with a list of awsome places to do that). So forget about  your diet for a few days and enjoy. 

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I live in trendy, kind of hiptser neigbourhood with so much fun stuff to do, this neighboorhood has so many names that I haven't really got a hold of the name of it, but it's close to the painted ladies (houses from full house), wich is a popular spot for tourists. Within five minutes walkingdistance there is a number of coffeeshops, restaurants and also other fun things to do and I just love exploring the neighbourhood.

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I'll be back with more cool stuff about San Fransisco,  just been "yoloing" non stop since I got here four days ago. 

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Travel solo and meet friends for life!

One year ago I travelled solo for the very first time, one of the scaryest things I have ever done. I had just come out of a relationship and I needed some good old soulsearching, on my own. Some of my friends had really good experiences with solo travelling. I was curious about it and felt like I needed a re-set. I watched the movie eat-pray-love over and over (cliche, I know), and I felt this urge to go away for a while. After I broke up with my boyfriend I started doing yoga every day, and I knew that as long as I could practice yoga I would be fine, no mather where I was. I googled yoga-spots all over the world and Ubud, this little hippie-town in Bali caught my interest. I wasn't sure if I could call myself a "yogi" yet and not sure if I would fit in with all the superadvanced yogis that I imagined I would meet, I was actually totally prepared to spend three weeks by myself, but I decided to just appreciate the experience. 

 

The yoga barn - Ubud, Bali

The yoga barn - Ubud, Bali

Booking that ticket to Bali a year ago is one of the coolest things I have ever done for myself. It opened so many doors to the future, totally changed my life. Now I'm not scared anymore!  

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I met two amazing girls in Ubud,  almost the minute I got there and we ended up travelling together for the two most awsome weeks ever. I couldn't have  asked for better travelbuddies.  And now, one year later we are all going to meet up in San Fransisco for a reunion. And its only a week away!

Charlies angels

Charlies angels

Solo travelling is a way to connect with people in a way you probably wouldn't have if you travelled with your friends. When you loose your safety net, and fall out your comfortzone it might feel more comfy and more safe than you could imagine. And what is there to loose? 

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I have said it before and I'm saying it again; YOLO.

  

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Counting days, hours, minutes and seconds!

If anybody wonders why I haven't posted anything on the blog lately, I can tell you that there is a perfectly good explanation. The last couple of weeks I have been caught in a "cant-wait-to-go-on-my-next-travel-bubble",  and all I do is  work my ass off to get everything organized before I leave, and work my ass off at work, while I'm counting days, hours, minutes and seconds until I'm finally back on the road for seven more months!

Right now I'm feeling a little lost in my hometown, it feels like I am just visiting for a few weeks. Why is it, that when you suddenly fall in love with travelling, home doesn't feel like home anymore? Probably sounds like a cliche, but it is totally how I feel.

Give me a couple of weeks and I will be back. In the meantime, I promise to check in. 

Workinggirl

Workinggirl

YOLO! 

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The jackpot called life!

Looking through pictures from this summer  I have to say; what a beautiful world we live in. And to me it's important to remind myself to be grateful that I have the opportunity to travel, explore, be healthy and happy, and to see all the beauty. When I travel I can actually choose "happy-places", beautiful places and pretend there is only good in the world, it's up to me to decide what the world and my life is going to be like. I know this is kind of unfair, but should I feel guilty?

To be born as Kristine, 27 years ago, was like winning the lottery, unfortunately not everyone can say the same. I'm not going to spend my life feeling bad about that, but to me it's important to use my jackpot wisely, don't waste it complaining about things I can easily change or waste the possibilities life throws at me, but be grateful, be kind, be generous and be loving. And I truly believe that if I use my jackpot wisely, I am not the only one getting a share of it. 

Anyways! I wanted to share some of those shots with you. This is a random selection;

 

 

Pasaia, Spain

Pasaia, Spain

San Sebastian, Spain

San Sebastian, Spain

Santa Theresa beach, Costa rica

Santa Theresa beach, Costa rica

My favourite beach!  

Sintra, Portugal

Sintra, Portugal

Beautiful view from a bikeride in Portugal. 

Ericeira, Portugal

Ericeira, Portugal

Santa Theresa beach, Costa Rica. 

Santa Theresa beach, Costa Rica. 

In the rainy season this beach looks completely different every day. Makes it so alive!  

YOLO! 

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Morningvibes..

Every blog needs at least one picture of a coffee cup, so does mine I figured. And this is my favourite way to start the day! Simple as it gets. Coffee and oatmeal, wakes me up and fills me up. Perfect. What I also love about mornings is time to myself, listening to the silence, or my favourite morningshow on the radio. And you know what? This is a morning-rutine that works everywhere in the world, in the middle of the jungle you can probably still start the day with silence, coffee and oats! 

 

Coffee and oats, what better way to start day?  

Coffee and oats, what better way to start day?  

Have a beautiful morning!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Yoga everywhere! Keep up with your yoga practice during the summer.

During the summer I haven't felt as connected to my personal yoga practice as usual (with yoga I mean asana). I have practiced regularly, but the summer has been filled with so many impressions, that to be able to really sink in to my practice has been challlenging. Still, back at my mat this week I feel stronger and more flexible than ever.  

Don't be too hard on yourself

Feel bad if you don't practice every day? My advice is; don't! Ask yourself why you didn't practice. Maybe because you were on a awsome vacation? Maybe you met some cool people that you wanted to hang out with? Maybe you just enjoyed the moment and totally forgot about yoga? Then ask yourself; was it worth it? If the answer is yes, dont beat yourself up. 

Yoga everywhere

To keep up with your physical yogapractice you don't need to do traditional asana every single day, it's a lot of activities that can be as mindful as yoga and strenghten your practice as well. Yoga is about connecting with your inner self, move with your breath, strenghten your body and strenghten your mind. How you want to do it is completely up to you. This summer I mixed asana with surfing, stand up paddle boarding and hiking. All of theese activities felt mindful, strengthening and gave me all the same benefits as a yoga class would have done. If you are a true yogi, you will always come back to your mat! 

Trust your practice

Yoga is not yoga if your head and your breath is not in it, then its just like a regular workout at the gym. That is why I think it's better to "go with the flow" a littlebit, especially in summer.  There is plenty of "everyday's" during the year, and plenty of months to do asana every day. If you have a strong physical yoga practice, a week of can't kill it, you just have to trust it.    

The amazing thing about our body is that it has a pretty good memory card, the muscle memory. You are not going to lose the ability to do the postures you worked hard to learn, they will easily come back to you when you start practicing again. 

First time I got in to this pose, after a week off my mat! 

First time I got in to this pose, after a week off my mat! 

Enjoy summer! Just do a downwarddog every now and then, feels great!  

Namaste!

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