First of Malaysia

 Efter Hong Kong hoppade jag alltså på ett par flyg (Hong Kong - Singapore - Kuala Lumpur - Lankawi) till nordväst Malaysia, där ön Lankawi var mitt första stopp i dethär landet. Djungel, vildlife, underbara stränder, lyx och not too bad turistigt vill jag väl beskriva vad vi såg av ön, så kan absolut varmt rekommenderas! Här kommer en liten bildserie över den 3 nätters vistelsen där med min travel buddy Chris.
 
 
Btw I know, mina färger på bilderna suger visst? När jag editerar och fixar till de blir de jätte fina, eller åtminstone så som jag vill ha dem, men sen när de landar på bloggen är de i en mera plain boring färgskala. I wonder why hmm.

Island Lankawi

I'm excited to get to know this for me new country.
Malaysia, show me what you got! First out is the island Lankawi.
 

Comfort to Comfort

Okay so I stayed 19 days home in Finland, which wasn't my plan. I've been already 4 days in Hong Kong, which wasn't my plan either!! Okay but what's the problem Jess? That I get stuck in my freaking comfortzones!! Finland and family, Hong Kong and friends. Comfortzones. Too easy. EASY. Life growth doesn't happen from easy. And why don't I do something outside of this zone then? Because I'm so fcking lazy..
 
Oh well, here's my pics from my HK stay so far.
And I'll move my ass away from this city soon. Soon.

Mission impossible

It happened! I travelled standby all the way from Miami to Kokkola during the busiest time of the year! What I thought would be absolutely #missionimpossible just happened. It ofc took me a lot of airport hours (13 hours) and it took me 3 flights (11 flight hours). But I came home, I'm home for Christmas!
 

My Uruguay Adventure

Så kortfattat. Jag blev trött (eller egentligen nä, men I wish att jag skulle blivit..) på att vara wifey och lämnade killen i Chile och ville ge mej av på en solo trip. Somewhere. Fast bara en snabbis. Så what to do and what to see i Syd Amerika med mindre än 7 dagar? Hmmm vad är det där lilla landet till höger? Uruguay??? Who knows vad det är, jag har nog aldrig hört om det, men det är enda landet i världen med government controlled legal marijuana, de har en lång kust remsa, det är ett semester land, det bor 3 miljoner människor där men bäst av allt det ser super litet ut så det låter som en bra idé! Så yes, jag satte mej på ett 2,5 timmes flyg österut, landade i huvudstaden Montevideo där jag mötte min couchsurfing host. Som jag skulle stanna hos i max 2 dagar, vilket jag började med och hann se hela halva (I would definitely say hela) huvudstaden.
 
 
Men han tyckte min idé var fenomenal om att resa norröster ut i landet till, typ wherever, men jag bestämde delstaten Rocha, till lilla stället Barra de Valizas och världens mest hippie ställe utan elektricitet Cabo Polonio. Okej kom med mej, men 1) jag vill göra en HIKE mellan byarna och 2) jag vill sova utomhus. Okay! 5 timmar i buss och vi anländer till en by som är byggd av hur 100 år gammla sommarhus i Larsmo ser ut. Simple and just simple.
 
 
Efter att ha krossat vadande (höft höjd typen av vadande) igenom en saltvattens flod (gick bra den vägen, dagen efter blev min kappsäck dränkt där och alla kläder genomblöta haha. Well that's a good story for another time) gått igenom något som känns öken i 3-4 timmar och sett 5 döda sjölejon så anlände vi till byn Cabo Polonio. Jag brukar älska hippie ställen, jag älskar hippie ställen och PRECIS såhär har jag haft en bild i huvudet över hur jag önskar jag ska bo en dag (på stranden, ingen elektricitet, fyra väggar och that's it. All I wish for. Simple as possible.), jag fick väl en wow feelingen att se det lilla stället med en miljon sjölejon och de max 50 små husen där, men ingen connection över att this-is-soooo-me!!!!! , så hmmm nope, weird and not sure why jag inte bestämde där och då this is heaven on earth men ja, man väljer inte vad man connectar med, unfortunately. Anyway watched an amazing sunset där med världens bästa underhållning som kändes som straight out of a Discovery Chanel program med sjölejon som skrek och härjade som apor. Sunset check, så jakten på var vi skulle sova började. 2 timmars natt vandrande, med en otroligt vacker MOONRISE show (seriously? Jag tror jag aldrig upplevt dethär innan: total darkness, i 30 minuter fundera man where the fuck is the moon men man oroar sig inte alltför hårt för man är upptagen att njuta av hur klart stjärnorna syns i beck mörkret, sen se något eld gult stiga upp ur vattnet and wow, that's a moonrise.) och en miljon stjärnor så tog vi fram dun täcket och lag oss på sanden.
 
 
Morning glory och sunshine hela nästa dag innan vi tog bussen i 3 timmar till min host's föräldrars hem. Otroligt häftigt att se ett local hus, och underbar atmosfär around the Maldonado strand området. Efter att finally fått pröva macha var det dags att sova en natt i en bunkbed (let me sleep on top let me sleep on tooop!! Högsäng = barndomsminnen = älskar högsängar) och sen var det dags för sista dagen som vi hann med löjligt mycket med speciellt med tanke på noll tid. Cykla typ 30 km, såg the famous rich bitch vacation staden Punta del Este och surroundings och sen lyxiga men mer chilled Punta Ballena.
 
 
Så, efter många diskussioner om Dulce de Leche kommer från Chile eller Uruguay och så plötsligt så har 5 dagar i landet flygit förbi, och det kändes precis lagom (låter ju sjukt kort tid, men to be honest it was enough) och mina tankar flög fram och tillbaka över om vad landet påminde mej om allt från Budapest, Danmark och Spanska semester orter. That was Uruguay for me.
 
 
Och btw, sounds ridiculous easy att bara göra en spontan random resa va? It is. Och btw vet ni vad för tanke som slog mej the other day? I don't know a single person on this planet som jag tycker är coolare, som lever ett häftigare liv, än mej själv.  

Week 1 Chile

So, I actually was here in Chile just like 7 months ago. With the same guy. But we spent in total 18 hours in the air to spend like 30 hours in Chile. Which most of those hours was partying at his besties wedding. So worth it hah! But this time we're doing Chile for real. And this is how the first 7 days have looked like so far. And I already can say this country is exactly what I've been looking for, I'm already madly in love with it.
 
 

Welcome to the #goodlife

I wrote this a month ago.
When I just had left Japan and started my America journey . 
 
I've been travelling around the globe for 6 years and the FIRST time I jumped on a flight is only 7 years ago. But I've never been on a flight flying from west to east over the Pacific Ocean (and actually, I've only ones before gone over the Pacific with a LA-HAWAII-SINGAPORE route). And I've never before been in the air without flight changes for 15 hours straight. And only in my wildest dream could I belive I would experience this in BUSINESS CLASS. #isthisreallife? Getting served 7 course meals, ordering freaking burgers as snacks whenever the desire hits (omg), cuddling up in 2 blankets in a laid down position watching Angry Bird and half a season of Top Model and just totally relaxing COMFORTABLE the whooooole journey, that totally blows my mind of awesomeness.
 
 
Yes it's so fucking awesome I felt a big need to take a millions of pictures. I wish I just could describe the feeling of being served multiplied courses of meals and always get the "miss Edstrom" sentence every time the staff approach me and just feel 110% like a freaking queen. But I can't describe it. And I do wish that everyone of you get the chance to do this for yourself one day in your life.
 
 
And I just need to put this in too.. That I've always said if I won a million dollars I would NOT change my life. At all. I would keep travelling the hard, challenging, budget way. I would perhaps invest some of the money, I would give some to my family, and yeah well to be honest I maybe perhaps would use some on travelling this high end way now and then just because I could. But what I really would love to do with that million dollar money is to be able to let my family see and feel this kind of lifestyle. To let them experience flying in business class, staying at amazing hotels, eat multiple course meals, see beautiful beaches, crazy cities, but mostly just to be able to FEEL that extreme luxurious feeling to be treated like kings and queens. Just a tiny bit of it. I mean, anything that's not a hostel or motel feels luxurious to me, and I've stayed at a lot of 4 star (I actually think I've done 5 stars too?!) thanks to others through the years. It's totally just wow and I feel SO blessed, lucky and thankful that I've been able and still are able to experience these kind of wow luxurious feelings now and then, and it is only because of and thanks to the AMAZING ppl that I come across on my way through life that showed me and let me feel that side of life. Because I could never been able to give it to myself. 80% of the last 2 months I couldn't have done if it wasn't because of others. It feels so surrealistic and I know I'm extremely lucky and blessed. 
 
 
Buuuut... Honestly.. If I was someone of you, looking at this from the outside, pictures of this backpacking bitch in weird situations as in business class (that btw cost more than most ppl's monthly salary.. x 2!!) eating meals for hundreds of dollars, staying at 5 star hotels, travelling the world (and I don't just mean from this trip I'm talking in just generally throug the years what been showing up on my blog) what I personally would think about this person. I mean she only "works" half the year and then become fucking rich enough to throw money around the world? Tsss yeag right that girl is bullishit. I know exactly what I would think. Exactly. And it is just one single word. The word I couldn't take away from my mind seeing a girl traveling as I do, posting the pictures as I do, and just acting the way as I do is : PROSTITUTION. Maybe I could filter it out in my head making and being nice saying that girl is an "escort", "gold digger". Prostitute sounds just so raw. Dirty. Gold digger sounds more kind of classy right?
 
 
But let me tell you what. I have never done and I do NOT sleep my way to this, I don't do this as a escort or gold digger. I don't even play any fucking games. I do nothing else than being myself. And if someone offered it to me, telling me hey they'll fly me in business class 15 hours if I just give them a simple easy blow job, I wouldn't even considering it. I wouldn't even cuddle with somebody to get something. It's not because I think it's nasty or anything  (I'm not against prostitution or gold digging, really, and I don't judge. It's just nothing I would do) it's just the way my brain works - if you ask me to do something for you I will simply just not do it. I would do it if you didn't ask, because I'm a nice girl, but since you asked I'm really not interested in doing it. I do what I personally feel for, not what you feel and think I should do. Whatever it is having sex or clean the house, it will not happen when YOU ask for it but I bet you it for sure will happen randomly and frequently when I feel for it and you let me do it before you open your mouth asking for it . Yeah I had a lot of earlier relationship problems to this mindset, haha. No actually it's not haha, it's really sad, but I can't help it. It feels wrong to me to please someone who have asked me to do it. And for the same reason I couldn't get myself to use somebody for my benefits. If I could, oh boy how my pockets would be filled with money and dollar bills from blowing business men, shaking my booty at strip clubs, getting paid for having dinner with old guys and why not get fucked in front of cameras. But I can't. Because nobody can buy me, especially not against my will.
 
 
" I was an adventurer, but she was not an adventuress. She was a 'wanderess.' Thus, she didn’t care about money, only experiences - whether they came from wealth or from poverty, it was all the same to her. "

Hello Chile

 

Tortola BVI (BritishVirginIsland)


Florida - Miami - Orlando

 
 

New York - Brooklyn - Manhattan

 

Nashville


Live the Yacht Week

Minns ni jag skrev lite hastigt och lustigt om min crazy party week ute till sjöss i Grekland? Aah jo jaa jag kunde och kan fortfarande inte sätta ord på den veckan. Men en party trailer har just släppts som rätt bra förklarar och ger känslan av what Yacht Week really is all about.. 
 
 
 
Tycker du det såg sjukt kul ut? Well then, just FUCKING DO IT! De har rutter i Grekland, Kroatien, BVI, Thailand och flera än så har jag för mej.. Värt varenda jävla euro, så jävla kul och minnen, vänner och kärlek för livet.
 
 
Och på tal om fest, vänner och kärlek... Det är precis det som händer i helgen och just därför jag just nu i New York. För att fira Halloween med de craziest party ppl on this planet, som jag festade Yacht Week och Tomorrowland med.. Det är time för en Good Life Crew reunion!

Chicago


Hong Kong

 
 
 I've now had 3 nights in Hong Kong and I really wish I could say I like it more than what I did 1,5 year ago but nope not really. I thought I did, the 2 first days I did hikes to the Peak (which was the only reason I liked Hong Kong last time), hang out with some friends, having bbq, chilled and I thought oh well HK is not that bad after all? Yesterday I went for a walk around by myself and I definitely got back that feeling of why I just don't feel much for HK. But it was definitely good to have a few days here again, seeing it with a bit different eyes than first time! 

The Japan List

 I got a little fast fact Japanese list for you about what I've found out and think about this lovely country during these 12 days I've been here! Can't promise everything is true fact, just what I've self heard and experienced. I've put the prices in € because I bet you guys don't have a clue about yen (but FYI 100 yen is around 1$, around 0,8€ )
 
 
- Most of the Japanese toilets are super high tech. It's standard to have a toilet with heated seating, flushing-your-butt functions, and a privacy-button which plays music or water sound. Haha sick.
 
 
- It's easy to find public toilets for free at train, metro or subway stations, or in parks. I LOVE that! Do you know what a public restroom costs at Kamppi busstation in Helsinki? 1,5€!!!! Wtf Finland...
 
- Japanese people are the most service minded people I've ever come across. They treat every customer like it would be the king or queen. Bowing is standard.
 
- Everything is CLEAN. No rubbish on the street even if it's million ppl cities. And it's actually really hard to find public rubbish bins outside on the streets, but in kiosk and stations there is if you search for them.
 
- Breaking the rules just don't happen. If the traffic light is red and there's no cars around a Japanese person will stand there until it's green light and it's legally okay to cross the street.
 
 
- Japan is ridiculous expensive. I've never been in a country that I have found that is this expensive to travel in. It's NOT THE most expensive country I've travelled in, but I think I wasn't mentally prepared on how expensive it is here and just therefore having the omfgitissoexpensive-feeling.
 
- Taking a single city busride cost minimum around 2€, and if you have to change bus you'll need to buy another ticket. This will add up in a lot of money to just get to one plsce.. A one-day subway pass costed around 6€ in Nagoya, which I think it's fair enough. The bullet train from Nagoya to Tokyo (around 350 km) cost minimum 110€. I think THAT is sickly expensive. I wanted to go for a hike one day, which would been around maybe 50 km away but decided not to because the public transportation travel costs would have been around 40€ each way.
 
- If you will travel Japan, and are not a millioner, you have to buy a train pass to get around saving a little bit of money. I did not since I spent so few days in the country and just focused on 3 cities, but I definitely will do so next time. Unlimited train passes starts around 250€ for specific areas.
 
- Getting around with highway buses is the cheapest long distance travel options without rail pass. I got my 2,5 h Kyoto to Nagoya for 25€, and a 6,5 h nightbus Nagoya to Tokyo for 35€ (train 110€). Tokyo to Narita airport 70 min 9€ (train 30€)
 
- I've never seen as many Finnish stores in a country outside of Finland as in Japan. Nope not even Sweden or Norway. I walked buy a lot of stores with Finnish name (for example "Otan Tämän" and another one "Minä Perhonen") and I found Iitala stores and Marimekko. And once a day I saw at least one person with a Marimekko bag. But fair enough, I saw minimum 10 a day with a Fjällräven backpack but yeah.. And Moomin stuff everywhere!
 
 
- I got to hear that 7/11 comes from Japan (and is named 7/11 because that's the time they thought kiosk are open in the western countries) (I Googled about it and turns out that non of that is true, but I liked the idea) and you can find it everywhere and anywhere (30% of the worlds 7/11 are in Japan, fact!) and they sell most necessary daily use products. Even ties and stockings for the ones who forgot it and are running late to work. Prepared meal package with a big variety is also to be found. A sushi pack with 4 rolls cost around 3€ and a noodle sallad around 4€. And they actually do taste good! Eating at 7/11 is absolutely most budget friendly option. They also got tables to eat at and free WiFi.
 
 
- I haven't seen a lot of grocery stores around. I always check out grocery stores when I travel because I just love walking around in them and look at everything haha. But as said, there is a lot of 7/11 and other kiosks.
 
- A traditional Japanese 8 course high end dinner cost around 80€ per person. Eating out at a standard cheapish restaurant cost from around 15€ and up.
 
 
- Japanese have so much crazy shit that feels like should be standard for us western ppl too. Like heated bathroom mirrors - no more foggy mirrors after a long shower! How smart?
 
- They remove their shoes every where. Even the homeless ppl remove their shoes before they walk "into" their little cardboard box homes. And btw I saw maybe 10 homeless ppl , and I spent time in cities that have a higher population than the whole Finland..
 
- There's female sections in the train to avoid the men grabbing and touching female passengers.
 
- First time I walked in to a Japanese casino was the most fucked up feeling I've ever experienced for the 30 seconds I was in there. To describe it I just can say it felt like I was on E and start trippin' really really really bad. Doesn't sound so bad but I really can't put words on it. The noise level of hundred machines screaming in different tones and noise in at least 100 decibels , and on top of that the bright colours flashing and blinking. Still doesn't sound bad. My face on the pic doesn't even show how fucked up I felt being in there either. 30 seconds and we were out of there.
 
 
- Capsule/cabin hotels were from the beginning made for business men who been out partying and didn't wanna go home for the night before getting back to work.
 
 
- BTW to make clear what a capsule hotel is (on the picture).. It is a hotel filled with just small capsules that you crawl into and sleep in. Super cool! There's mostly separate floors for guys and women.
 
- I never felt unsafe in Japan. NEVER
 
- Slurping isn't something rude or someone with no manners does. Slurping soups or noodles is to get the most out of the aromas and taste from the dish. I hate ppl who are noisy eaters and I really had to control myself whenever I sat next to someone eating.
 
 
- I saw very little western tourists, or call it white ppl, and I did absolutely not see many in my age. Not really a backpacker country? The most touristy place I saw was at the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo.
 
- It's not in the Japanese culture to help a stranger. My CS host told me that they only would help someone if the person would ask for help, and if it's someone who's drunk they have the "they can blame themselves" mentality and not interested in helping. I got this confirmed in Shibuya, at one of the world's absolutely busiest road crossings, when a young woman (sober tough, just busy) ran and tripped, falling down on the concrete in front of everyone who had stopped waiting for green light. Even if I wasn't the one closest to her I was the first walking up to her asking how she was and helping her up. 2-3 others joined me shortly to help her, but it was clear it wasn't a natural thing, as it is for example me, for the people around to check if she were okay.

- Japanese loves their beauty products. I invested in some natural products to use on my skin and are excited to see how it works. Tea tree oil for acne, horse oil (YES it really is oil from horses. Craziest shit ever so I just couldn't resist) as moisturiser and scars, and a water based exfoliating face wash (Japan's, the world's, most selling face wash with 1 sold every 12th second. Haha couldn't even find it on the shelfs in the pharmacy because they don't seem to bother filling it up since they just gets sold out all the time, so I had to ask for one).

 
 - The Japanese are kinky as fuck. I've been into sex shops around the globe but I never been to sex shops where there is 5 floors filled with porn dvds in any category. Bondage, poop, puke, piss, hair fetishism, over size, kid looking type, rape, basement, public transportation, cartoon.. Omg those Japanese got some fucked up fantasy I can tell u. But no western or gay pornos, only Asians. And nobody in these shops were ashamed of being there. No no no, casually looking into which dvd to buy home, no biggy
 
 
- C told me there is rumours that in Japan you can buy used undies from vending machines. Haha that can't be right? But oh yes we found them in the sex shops. It's true. You can buy one pair of used undies from a random girl for less than 10€. Or a whole bag with mixed used ones for around 50€. Or you could even buy a porn dvd, get a picture and autograph plus used undies from the pornstar from the movie! Good deal I guess?
 
 
- There is a lot of weird places and districts in Tokyo. You can find anything and everything and somebody who thinks they've seen crazy shit in Amsterdam or Thailand or wherever have seen nothing before they've seen Tokyo. Tokyo is FUCKED UP. In a crazy good way. But I had incredible many moments I felt like whatthefuck and felt soooo uncomfortable. Not in a bad scared uncomfortable way, just in a incredible fucked up way. Yes as you can tell, I can't really describe that feeling or put words on it.. And I'm definitely not the sensitive kind of person who feels uncomfortable from small things. I mean I absolutely don't feel weird being in a pornshop looking at poop sex, but eating ice cream at a Maid café felt just weird. The times I felt that way, that thinking I don't know if this is super fucked up cool or just super fucked up as in suuuper fucked up, was around the Golden Guy district (100s of mini mini mini bars that could fit like 8 person in each), in the Manga district Akihabara (with Manga porn, Maid Cafés, casinos, game neerds and 110% weirdos), Shinjuku with all the flashing lights and weird vibes of prostitution hostess club and fucked Japanese business men.
 
 
- What didn't feel so weird after seeing the fucked up side of Tokyo, was visiting a hedgehog cafe. Haha, only in Japan this would be something.. You pay for a 30 minutes session, choosing a hedgehog and playing with it for your time and that's about it. I wouldn't supported this if I wouldn't felt like the animals was right treated.
 
 
- I also visited a cat cafe with the same idea as the hedgehog cafe. Or well, cats got their own will so you don't get to choose one to hang out with, you just go there and let them hang out with you. Cat cafes seems to be found a little bit everywhere.
 
 
- I've been in big big big cities before with skyscrapers and big buildingscreen (like New York, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Panama..). But nothing is like Tokyo. Watching the world from the famous New York Grill (seen the Lost in Translation movie? That's the place where it got recorded) was breathtaking. I'm able to get that feeling from nature but it's extremely rare I get it from looking at a city, but seeing Tokyo wow.. Seeing lights and skyscrapers as long as the eye can see is extremely wow.
 
 
I've travelled for 6 years but I can say I'll never see the world the same way again after spending a few days in Japan, especially Tokyo. It's amazingly crazy and even if I have hard for liking a big city, Tokyo is really so fucked up crazy it's hard to not love. And hard to explain. I know I'll travel Japan again one day, and that time I hopefully take more time to explore their amazing nature.
 

Tokyo - Basic

 
Let me hit you up with some keywords for these pictures from my 3 basic budget Tokyo days. 7/11 sushi, capsule hotel, walking sightseeing, funky, mesmerising, Japanese stores, Tokyo madness, people, skyscrapers, Finland love, cute socks, shopping, horse oil, backpacking.

Basic & High End

Wow. I will never see the world the same after spending time Tokyo. What a crazy city.
 
 
I've been 6 days here and I will definitely share my pictures with you, but I really need to make two different blog posts from these days because I've lived pretty much as budget basic as you can do here , and I've lived the way over average standard. I feel so incredibly blessed I got to experience both sides of travelling in this big city.
 
 
 From a capsule in a dorm at a cabin hotel to a massive room at a premium floor at high end hotel. Yeah what can I say. I love anything and everything.

Jappo

 
"The question is not what you
look at, but what you see."

Welcome to Tokyo

This morning this girl walked together with the 6AM sunrise into the world's biggest city.. HELLO TOKYO!! I was surprisingly excited to get there, especially because I was totally smashed after my adventurous side decided it was a good idea to take a over night bus (where I got 0 minutes of sleep) for 35$ instead of the 2h bullet train for 110$, aaaand to walk 8km from the bus station to the hotel. But I have to say it was a pretty cool feeling to walk into this crazily big city when it's empty a early Sunday morning .
 
 

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