WHAT I AM PACKING FOR A WEEK ON A GREEK ISLAND

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I did an Instagram-poll the other day (@strokeofadventure) and you seemed interested in knowing what I'm packing for my week on Kos, Greece. Can't believe it's almost time to go. But anyways let's get in to my suitcase. My suitcase is from Epic and my model is called Crate EX Wildblossom. I have the medium size and I really like it. It has a hard shell and fits everything I need. I haven't used it in a while though since I've only been on weekend trips the last year haha. It's nice to finally use it again. I couldn't get a picture of it for this post though since it's still at my relatives' house and I'm picking it up on Wednesday. 
 
SWIMWEAR

Let's be honest. You can't go to a greek island and not bring swimwear. So that's what I'm going to talk about first. I bought two new pieces of swimwear for this trip. The first one is a bikini top from Stadium and I think it's so pretty. I didn't buy the bikini bottoms because I didn't like the way they looked so I decided to pair them with a high waisted bottoms from H&M that I bought like two years ago...
 
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The other piece of swimwear that I bought is this long sleeved swim suit from Boohoo. I rarely get a tan and I almost always burn in the sun so I thought that a long sleeved option would be nice to have when you're in the sun all day. Also I thought it looked awesome. It was very hard to show on camera since I forgot my tripod at my parents house 3 hours away from here. But check it out on the website for a better look!
 
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Other than these two new pieces I'm bringing my high waisted black bottoms from H&M (similar here) and a plain back bikini set also from H&M several years ago. I'm also bringing cyclops and a snorkel which can be found here and a pair of flippers that can be found here.
 
CAMERA GEAR

Woho, my favourite part! I'm of course bringing way too much camera gear since that's just who I am haha. Besides my main camera, a Canon 6D, I'm bringing my GoPro Hero 5 Black that I haven't really had the chance to test out yet! I'm also bringing way too many accessories for the GoPro like a selfie stick, a floaty selfie stick, an arm strap etc. For my main camera I'm only bringing my 50mm f/1,4 since I'm too lazy to carry around my heavy wide angle lens haha. I'm also bringing my laptop and my external hard drive.
 
 
OTHER STUFF

This means clothing, skin care and other things that I really don't care about haha. For clothing I'm only bringing t-shirts, shorts and a beach dress haha. I don't really care about fashion that much and this is not a fashion blog. Skin care and make up I'm more interested in and this is what I'm bringing. 
 
 
1. Foreo Luna Play Plus - This I what I use to clean my face together with number 2. Your face feels so clean after using it and you can literally see all the dirt on the Foreo after scrubbing your face with it so it must be good!
 
2. Lumene Daily Cleansing Gel Cleaner - As you can see I've almost used all of this. I love Lumene and have been using their products for several years. It removes all dirt and makeup in just one wash so I'm impressed. 
 
3. ACO Sun Spray - Sun screen!!! So important and since I burn very easily this is a must for me. This one is SPF 30. 
 
4. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer - I love to use this both with and without foundation. When I'm just going to work or school I put a tiny bit of this on my nose and chin and my pores are gone with the wind. When I use it with foundation it makes the skin look so smooth! 
 
5. Neutrogena Nourishing Body Lotion - After being in the sun all day I like to moisturize and this is my all time favourite lotion. 
 
6. Superdrug Naturally Radiant Cream - I ran out of face cream when I was in Edinburgh and I ran to Superdrug to buy the cheapest thing I could find. This was it. It's okay and it does what it supposed to do but it's nothing special. 
 
7. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - I have been using this stuff for YEARS and I love it! It's SO cheap but still the best concealer I've ever used. I always buy several when I'm in the UK since you can't get them in Sweden haha. 
 
8. Isadora Grand Volume Lash Styler - A mascara right up my alley. It seperates the lashes beautifully and gives lots of volume. I'm happy with it. 
 
9. Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade - Really like this. It's pricey but I've tried cheaper versions but never been satisfied with any of them. This is the best one I've tried so far!
 

 
But that is everything I'm bringing. I have a lot of extra space in my suit case and that's usually the case when I'm travelling. I always travel super light but that's just the way I like it! And I never pack my camera gear in my check-in bag. I always bring it in my hand luggage since I don't want to loose it if my bag is lost. 
 
I hope you liked this post as it was really fun to write! Now I have to get back to studying for my finals so I can go to Greece with a good feeling. 
 

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GDANSK DAY 3

On our third day in Gdansk we rised early and hopped on a train to Sopot! The sun was shining and it could not be a better day for a trip to the ocean side. It appeared as the entire of Poland thought the same thing as us and let's just say; we we're not alone in Sopot this day haha. 
 
 
We started our trip to Sopot by visiting "The Crooked House" or Krzywy Domek which is its actual name. We sat down at the cafe and drank some coffee and tea. Fun story: I don't drink coffee, I hate it actually. But the lady in the cafe must've missunderstood me when I ordered a chai TEA latte. I didn't get anything with chai in it nor tea. It was some sort of coffee. I was too embarrassed to go back and complain so instead I poured 5 packages of sugar in it and then I was shaking for the rest of the day... 😂
 
 
After my horrible coffee experience we walked to the Sopot Pier! And as you can see, everyone else did too. But it didn't bother us that much. We still decided to walk out. 
 
 
At the end of the pier there's a pole. And apparently you're supposed to touch it for good luck according to the locals. So of course I did. Kind of gross though, but I was fine, I brought hand sanitizer haha. My mum and her boyfriend decided not only to touch it but also to kiss infront of it. I think they muliplied their luck by a thousand percent, at least. 
 
 
After hanging out with the entire polish population at the pier we found a sushi restaurant off the main street and it was so nice! The BEST vegetarian sushi I've ever had. We spent quite a while in this restaurant before it was time to head back to our hotel in Gdansk. This day, April 14th, is my mothers birthday so we had an entire evening planned in Gdansk. My mum got a spa treatment at the hotel as a birthday gift from Peter, her boyfriend. So meanwhile my mum was having the time of her life getting "the best massage ever" (quote from my mum) me and Peter went to the spa and hung out in the sauna. Then the four of us got ready for dinner and we found a really fancy restaurant called Piwna 47. 
 
 
We didn't make a reservation but luckily they had one table left! So we sat down and had the best, and most expensive, dinner of our lives. 
 
 
I had some amazing noodles and tofu and drank some amazing white wine. Everything about this place was amazing. Forgot to take a picture of the dessert, but believe me, it was amazing. Nothing could top this evening so after eating and drinking we decided to walk trough the Old Town back to our hotel where we ended the night. This has to be the best day in Poland out of all of our days. Beautiful weather and celebrating my mothers birthday in a beautiful part of the world. I can wait to go back to Poland and discover more of this country!
 

NEXT UP: GREECE

It's been about a month since I got back home from Poland and I've already booked another trip haha! For those who say that you can't afford to travel when you are a student: you are WRONG! I booked my next trip about a week ago and I've already announced it over on my Instagram (don't forget to follow me there!). But anyway; I'm going to Greece! To Kos more specifically! I've never been to Greece before so I'm so excited. We are leaving on the 7th of June and will be gone for a week! 
  
 
Picture from when I visited Cyprus in 2014. This was the last time I visited a warm destination haha, since then I've only been on city weekends.
 
I can't wait to swim, snorkel and dive in the ocean again, it's been too long! Speaking of snorkeling and diving; I'm planning to take my diving certificate this summer/early autumn so that I can scuba dive on future adventures, how cool?! Does any of you got a scuba certificate? Apart from snorkeling I'm also very excited to try out my GoPro under water! I got a GoPro in September and haven't had the opportunity to try it out under water yet, so I'm really looking forward to that. 
 
Picture by A Greek Adventure
 
If you have any tips or recommendations about Kos, Greece; please leave them in the comments below!
 
Now waits another 20 days filled with school, exams and working at my "regular" job before I head off to Greece. Please let these 20 days fly by faster than ever because I can't wait to go!

GDANSK DAY 2

The second day in Gdansk started with one of my favorite things in the entire world; hotel breakfast! I already wrote about our hotel and the breakfast here if you’ve missed it. Anyway I started the day with some bread, scrambled eggs, a smoothie and a boiled egg. A great start to our second day.

 

 

After breakfast we got dressed and decided to visit Gdynia for the day. We were lazy tourists and got a taxi to Gdynia, if we only realized earlier how easy it is to travel by train in the Tri-City area… The first stop of the day was at Akwarium Gdyńskie. It is a relatively small aquarium in the port of Gdynia and I would say it is worth a visit. Hot tip: don’t go before lunch, that’s when all the school children are there…

 

 
The aquarium has both live animals and more educational exhibitions. Sadly the information in English was kind of bad and some parts didn’t even have information in English. On the top floor there was a exhibition about the Baltic sea and its pollution but there were no English information at all so that was a waste of time. But otherwise I really liked the aquarium!
 

 

After our trip to the aquarium we moved on to a shopping centre called Centrum Riviera. I’m not a shopping kind of gal’ so it wasn’t really for me. But we had some lunch and the most exciting thing of the entire visit was when I, out of no where, got a nosebleed all over my lunch. That was fun. Or not. After strolling around for a while we decided to take the train back to Gdańsk and it was so easy! I was thinking about writing a post transportation in the Tri-City area, would you want to read that?

 

 

We ended our day in the Gdańsk city centre where we drank some drinks at Mojito Cafe and walked along the waterfront until it was time to head back to the hotel.

 

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