Hello fellow traveller! My name is Helle, or Ella if you meet me outside of Scandinavia thanks to Starbucks who have yet to get my name right after countless visits and chai lattes. No, it’s not Helen. Nope, not Ellen either. Definitely not Elena. How did you even get there?! But everybody knows Ella and I’m cool with that. As long as I get my freakin cappuccino!!
I am not from down under, but rather up north from the amazing country, Norway. What do you know about Norway? If you say “an expensive place with awesome nature”, well then you are on the right track, keep going. And I promise, we Norwegians are not as cold as the weather, it’s just that we aren’t used to talking to strangers. Stranger is danger, didn’t you know?
So, this is my ‘about me’ contribution and I’ll try and be short and sweet since I have an allergy against long and boring, and I bet you have more pressing matters than to read about me. Like watching paint dry, or feeding mice to your pet snake Rufus.
But hey, maybe you and I have the same interest and that would be pretty cool as I like to involve myself with likeminded people. You awesome individuals do not necessarily live down the street from me so I am forever grateful for the internet that can connect us from every corner of the world. We can literally be the same person, but life though, is never the same and it is the differences in our likeness that make new friendships blossom.
So, for you to know if we are gonna be awesome together, I guess I need to fill you in on some details. If you didn’t already know, my blog is a travel infested cyberspace and there ain’t no way this blog will ever revolve around hair, make-up, babies or whatever else not related to jetting off to see the world. Okay, it might be the occasional rant, but you have been warned! If you are not a keen traveller, I doubt you’ll find my words interesting.
Alongside my travel obsession I have other pastimes, but they kinda fade in comparison, but okay. I love a good book, especially in a cosy café in a big city where I can enjoy coffee. As long as it’s not black coffee, that is. I get hangry fast as fudge cause I am born with a flaw, literally thinking about food every second of the day. A vegetarian by conscious choice that wanted to go vegan, but who knows damn well she would die without cheese. And beer. And ice cream. Seriously. Life just doesn’t make sense without it. Like, what’s the point? My choice of music has gotten quite particular over the years, maybe expressed best in my worn out reggaeton playlist that runs on repeat occasionally broken by English indie pop, soul, rnb & electronica.
I know I’m not the only one, so here’s to you, me and all of us who only do workouts to make up for all the eating and drinking. Lifestyle change my behind. I will never go out jogging cause I think it’s so much bloody fun, I do it to make up for the guilt of being a lazy deadweight. You can only imagine what a shitty job I’m doing at it. My type of workout is the many nerve wrecking hours in front of the tv watching other people sporting around. I’m a complete sports freak. Especially during the winter, cause duh, I’m Norwegian and I like winning and we are insanely good when we get those skis going. Except me, I honestly can’t ski. What I do love though, is hiking, which I usually combine with my travels. So there. I’m also badass at city walking.
But guys, above all I am defined by my bottomless desire to travel and that’s what I want to share with you all. I don’t believe in fate, but coincidences, and looking back at my first ten adult years, there’s no doubt that my life has been profoundly shaped by decisions, encounters and experiences all resulting from this unquenchable thirst to explore the world. This is such a cheesy thing to say, I know, but traveling has really made me a better person and is the reason I continue to grow as an individual. It is the reason I speak Spanish, why I have lived in England for 3 years and spent 10 months in Latin America volunteering as a hiking guide on Nicaragua’s volcanos and teaching children the ABC’s in a small village in Colombia. Everything I have done and all the beautiful people I have met continue to inspire me to push myself in a more positive direction. But believe me, there’s still a lot of work to be done.
Karma Suitcase is my platform and constant reminder of my mission as a traveller to use the passion for exploring in a positive manner. I believe that traveling makes us better human beings and whether we fulfill personal goals or contribute to positive change for others, we should strive towards doing good with this incredible opportunity we have to travel the world and bring it closer together.
Now, people. A huge thank you, takk, gracias for reading my work, I hope you have decided that we are indeed more awesome together than apart!