Roadtrip and living the camper life!

I've lived in Alicante now for a few months and never had I been to the north of Spain before, and neither had Viktor. I was able to swap a working day with a colleague of mine so I got an extra day off, which made it possible for the both of us to go on this little trip! The plan from the start was to rent a camper van and live the full camper life! It had all you needed, a bed, a table, a mini fridge, air conditioning and even a shower! But because we didn't book anything in advance, and they are extremely popular by this time of the year, everything was rented out already by the time we decided to go. But we really still wanted to go, so we took Viktor's car, and made it into a camper van! With the back seat folded all the way down and with a mattress on top, we made our own little bed were we where about to spend the upcoming 5 nights! 

On the first day we made it all the way to San Sebastian! (That's a drive of approximately 7 hours!)

Xx,

Maria

HELLO ROME

Hello Rome!

I've been to a few cities in Italy, but Rome makes it to the top of my list! There's no cosier (or crazier) city to just stroll the streets, finding nice restaurants and cute hangouts around every corner. And if you dare to risk your life, I'd really recommend renting a scooter or just go by bike to see most of this amazing wonderful city and its breathtaking ancient buildings!

Viktor and I stayed for 3 days while off work and we couldn't get enough! We have a few new favourite restaurants and hidden gems we'd love to go back to - so long Rome ;)

 

EXPLORING IBIZA OUR WAY

Emma and I were invited by the Grupo Nassau to stay at their beautiful boutique hotel Casa Munich just outside of Ibiza town for a few days. We had an exciting week with quite a full schedule, our goal of the trip was to explore the island as much as we possibly could. Throughout the week we got to see the island's beautiful landscape and a visit to the nearby island Formentera, which is now my absolute favourite spot in Europe. We also had the chance to visit the Nassau Beach Club for the closing party of the year and got invited for dinner at their partner restaurant Tanit - never had that good ceviche before... 

Photos taken and edited by talented Emma Möllerberg ❤️ Check out her Instagram here!

I made a vlog about our trip on my YouTube channel! You can check it out here below 😘 Please subscribe here ❤️

 

 

FLYING OPEN CANOPY AND SKYDIVING IN ITALY

When Maria asks me if I want to come to Italy to fly a Tiger Moth from the 1930's - I'm not going to say no. 

We stayed at the cutest little Bed&Breakfast just outside of Fano, and the older couple that rented our room out to us was so kind and friendly. They gave us maps and showed us where to go. I've never been to the east coast of Italy, so the first thing Maria and I decided to do (after enjoying a typical Italian breakfast) was to take our rental car to go see Fano town.

We didn't stay for long because we had other plans for that day - so after an hour or two we headed to an airfield not too far away where we met up with Cesare and Corrado. Together they fly the legendary open canopy Tiger Moth from 1930. They wanted our help to do their adventure of their lifetime - to participate in the Vintage Air Rally, where only 15 vintage airplanes will be selected to be part of this life-changing crazy trip that begins from the world’s southernmost airport, Ushuaia, Argentina, and heading north to Florida, USA, journey’s end.

Both Maria and I know what it's like to have a dream and thought that if we could help just a little bit with achieving theirs, then we're more than happy to do whatever it takes. The selection of which teams that will qualify is judged solely on popularity and likes on the Vintage Air Rally's Facebook Page, I ask everyone to give a big thump up by liking Cesare and Corrado's video on Facebook! I know it would make both of them so happy! 😀 Also, there's a flight giveaway!! One person of every 1000 that liked, commented or shared their video on the Vintage Air Rally's Facebook Page will get selected to get to fly with Corrado in the Tiger Moth!!

Flying the Tiger Moth was so much fun I couldn't stop smiling, THIS was truly something I've never experienced before and I'd love to do it over and over again. It's so different from anything I've ever flown before, such freedom feeling the wind with the open canopy. After our flight in the Tiger Moth we had a little break before our next adventure - skydiving.

Even though I've had the chance to try skydiving before with the Breitling team in Dijon, this was something completely different. We had the pleasure to jump out on an aircraft from 14000 feet (we normally use oxygen when at this altitude) while the sun was setting. It was SO beautiful to see the east coast of Italy at this altitude, and I was enjoying it so much more this time than the first time because I was feeling more relaxed. 

We got back to our cute little B&B that evening and went to bed with the biggest smile you can image on our faces. The next day before I went back to Tenerife and Maria to Sicily, we went on a little roadtrip to San Marino - a country I've heard so much about but never had visited. And I'm so happy we did this trip, because I liked it so much! The weather was perfect and so were the views! We didn't have much spare time before we had to go to the airport and catch our flights, so we tried to see as much as we possibly could. But both Maria and I said to ourselves that we definitely needed to come back, and next time we'd bring Malin with us, because without her our Swedish Flight Mafia trio isn't complete ❤️

Bye Italy & San Marino, until next time! Arrivederci 👋

(PS. Subscribe to my YouTube channel for the full video of our crazy flying adventure and a lot more)

QUICK VISIT TO LONDON

I went to London for three days to visit my friend Abbie. We strolled around the big city, visited Big Ben and jumped on a bus to go see all the lovely neighbourhoods around. Ate some great food at cute cafes and bought ourselves an umbrella at the Portabello market - yes, it was raining the whole weekend we were there. But that's okay, I still love you London :) 

THE GRAND MOSQUE

Photos taken and edited by Emma 📸

During our last days in Abu Dhabi we stayed at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton hotel, which has the most stunning view over the Grand Mosque. Couldn’t think of a better way of spending our last day in UAE than visiting this impressive landmark. From our balcony we had the green garden of the hotel and the mosque in the background, it was almost magical, so beautiful!! And to top that off the Al Bateen Executive Airport lies right next to the mosque so we could do some proper plane spotting with all the aircrafts coming on final approach for landing - all from our own balcony. A pilot’s dream.

Thank you Ritz-Carlton in Abu Dhabi for your excellent service and helping us arrange everything, giving us an experience of a lifetime! 

A SWEATY STORY IN ABU DHABI

Photos and edits by Emma and Abbie.

After two full days spent in Dubai and a one-hour taxi drive away, we had now finally arrived to Abu Dhabi, the capital city of United Arab Emirates. We checked into the modern Rosewood Hotel on Al Maryah Island, overlooking the Arabian Gulf and headed straight to the second floor's Manor Club Lounge. We heard there was going to be something to eat there - and there was plenty! So when our stomachs were filled with all different kinds of yummy snacks and food we wanted to check out the massive pool area before going to a public beach just outside the city.  If it wouldn't have been for our goal that day to go to the beach, I think we would have easily just stayed by the cooled-down pool. But we didn't, and the rest became a very sweaty story...

Going to the beach in UAE is quite special during the month of June. The water temperature compared to the temperature in the air wasn't that big of a difference. We struggled to keep ourselves cool in 45-degrees heat, adding that we're not allowed to drink any cold water due to the fact that we visited during the holy month of Ramadan and therefore wanted to show respect. So, our visit to the beach was a quick one and after barely standing the heat an hour or two later we once again found ourselves in a taxi on our way back to our air-conditioned suite at the Rosewood. We spent the evening on another beach (when the temperature had dropped a bit) watching the sun set over the majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – what a perfect first day spent in Abu Dhabi!

OUR VISIT TO UAE: DAY ONE IN DUBAI

When Emma, Abbie and I first booked our tickets to go visit the sparkly and mysterious UAE with the two destinations Dubai and Abu Dhabi none of us knew that we were planning our stay during Ramadan. When we realized I think all of us got a bit worried. What were we getting ourselves into when travelling to a country where the average temperature during summer is at least 40 C (105F), and the month of Ramadan means no drinks or food in public while the sun is up? Well, let’s jump ahead a bit and start by saying that I am so happy that we actually went during Ramadan, because all the things we got to experience have created memories that I will cherish forever. 

Our trip started by arriving to Dubai late, and by late I mean just before sunrise, so maybe it was early?! The first thing that chocked us all, even though we had tried to prepare ourselves, was the desert heat. It was SO hot!! During the first two days of our trip we had the opportunity of staying with my good friend Gio, a former colleague now based in Dubai. We arrived to his amazing apartment and managed to watch the sunrise before we all crashed into bed. 

That first day of our trip meant sleeping in, as all three of us were extremely tired from travelling. My friend Abbie from New York joined Emma and I for this trip, and she is an amazing photographer – making us a little trio of photo geeks! After a tasteful home made breakfast, Gio took us to the Dubai Mall which is the world’s largest shopping mall (!), where we went to the fountain at the bottom of Burj Khalifa and kept on stopping everywhere to take photos. I told you we are photo geeks. After a relaxed afternoon hanging out, we took the car to the Palm Island where we decided to go for Iftar, which is the first evening meal after sunset, where muslim families break the fast with a huge feast shared with friends and family. We went home full with excitement for the adventures the day after and our stomachs filled with traditional Arabian food so good it should be outlawed! 

Xx,

Maria

All photos edited by my talented friend Emma!