After some morning-yoga in our hiking gear we were ready to go! Today we are moving in to colder regions..
I didn’t mind the rain, I had a new rain jacket and trousers. And I was listening to my hiking playlist which includes classical music, post-rock and indie folk songs. There isn’t much else to do when it’s raining than to keep on walking.
It was soon dinner time and we decided to find a good place to set up camp.
Because of my super-strength I accidentally ruined my tent by breaking a pole in half. Luckily I could use the repair kit from Fredrik’s tent to fix it.
Good morning! Time for breakfast.
We started off by walking 300m upwards to reach the snow covered areas and icy lakes.
Lunch time. And Petter is making a flute/whistlepipe.
When we first saw snow we were playing around like kids. (It’s exciting because it’s the middle of the summer)
I hate snow now. especially walking uphill in it.
Not far to the next station now, where we’ll treat ourselves. With waffles.
And then out in the cold again to find a good place to set up camp. (where it’s not covered with snow)
And then, just before going to bed we got a bit of sun.
Tomorrow there will be less snow. But more rain. Good night.
Two years ago me and Fredrik started hiking and since then we’ve had a yearly hike. After Kebnekaise last year we wanted more epic views and taller mountains. This year 5 of us decided to go to Jotunheimen, Norway. (For 8 days in August)
We arrived in Gjendesheim in the windy and cold evening. The only plan was go up 500m to find a good spot to set up camp for the night.
Today we’ll be going from Gjendesheim over Besseggen to Memurubu.
But first, some breakfast. I’ve missed waking up early (even though I’m always the last one to wake up) and cold after the night to go out in the sun to set up the kitchen and make some porridge and hot chocolate.
I’m happy we decided to walk from east to west, which meant we were going down Besseggen, not upwards. Carrying 18kg is enough fun as it is.
“It’s not even noon and I’ve done more things today than during the whole of summer”
We were a little bit too excited the first day and walked for too long without breaks. So when we reached Memurubu, at least I, was quite exhausted.
I was told I cannot miss out on Nara when hanging out in the Kansai region (Where Kyoto and Osaka is). And they were right.
I got the local train and about 40 minutes later I was there. And then a short walk from the station to Nara Park.
Funny thing happened. When I was looking at the map over Nara I recognised the girl next to me. I had a brief chat with her and her friend who stayed in the same dorm as me in Kyoto a couple of days ago! She was planning on walking up the mountain/hill to get a better view of the city, so I joined her.
And then we reached the top.
And then we headed back down again.
The deer are usually polite, they even bow to you when you walk by (trying to get food). But sometimes they get a bit rude.
And that was it. We got some snacks from 7-Eleven and then I got the train back to Osaka and Julia was going to stay a couple of days in Nara.
Back in Osaka I had a shower and then went out again to get something to eat. Arisa had recommended a good place for Okonomiyaki so that’s where I went.
It’s been a long day so I was happy to get back to my small room where I fell asleep straight away.
My main reason I wanted to go to Osaka was this. The Harry Potter World at Universal Studios Japan.
Trying to get a ticket online was a nightmare, so I ended up going to USJ early in the morning to queue instead. Apparently you could be standing there for hours but it turned out fine. I wasn’t very bothered about the rest of the world, but for the Harry Potter World you need to reserve a time slot to gain entry which my was my top priority.
I had about 30 min to check out the rest of USJ until I could visit HPW.
And then it was time. I rarely get visibly excited about things but for this I couldn’t stop smiling.
A couple of minutes walk through a “forest” before reaching Hogsmead.
29°C warm and the “snow covered” roofs didn’t really match. But that didn’t matter, there was so much to look at. And compared to the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio in London you could actually enter all the shops.
You could buy Chocolate frogs, Every-flavour beans, Pumpin juice, Jumping Snakes, Chocolate Wands, Fudge Flies, Fizzing Whizzbees, Peppermint Toads, Candy Floss, Exploding Bonbons, and more. It was extremely busy in there though.
You could go on the “Flight of the Hippogriff” ride too, but I’m not a big fan of rides.
Instead I went for a walk inside Hogwarts. And of course there was a queue for that too. I had plenty of time though.
It’s weird to see and hear Salazar’s and Helga’s portraits having a conversation in Japanese.
When I got back out the queue to the Butterbeer shop was shorter, so I got myself a Iced Butterbeer. Better than the normal (that’s also served in London)
While I was having a break, trying to take it all in, a couple of kids came up to me and wanted a picture (weirdly enough this kept on happening and it’s confusing every time)
Way pass lunchtime I got hungry and decided to eat at The Three Broomsticks (It wasn’t a hard decision)
I was amazed by this building. Felt like an old english pub but with the quirkiness of the magical world. I’m surprised it was so cosy even though it was so busy.
I ordered “The Hogwarts feast for one”, tasty. Although the roasted potatoes weren’t that great.
You could access the Hog’s Head from here. They even had Fire Whiskey at the back (not sure if you could buy that though…). But they had their own beer called the Hog’s Head Brew. While enjoying my lunch I thought that it would be cool to open a pub like this in Stockholm. Sweden need to take more from the English culture. And especially when it’s Harry Potter inspired. I reckon this would work in Stockholm.
After a couple of hours at the Harry Potter World it was still hard to leave, it felt like home, but I decided to head back.
When I arrived in Osaka I got the tube to Shinimamiya to check in at my hostel. I was only planning on staying in Osaka for three nights so I got a cheap hostel. I didn’t know anything about Osaka but when I got to the hostel that area felt a bit… rough.
I spent most of the day at the hostel, doing my laundry, planning my trip and updating the blog.
But when I got bored of that I went into Namba to check out the more buzzing areas.