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Norway by @savannahmius

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Savannah Ius was born in Vancouver to a Filipino mother and a father with an Italian last name -- so she’s been an international from the very beginning. Words and people inspire her, places intrigue her, and her love of trying just about any kind of food keeps her going. She firmly believes that you can tell a lot about people by how they react to a strange new food. Currently, she spends most of her free time reading, writing, and planning her upcoming wedding.

In this month’s feature, Savannah’s adventure begins and ends in Oslo, where she explores the city’s cultural, historic and culinary offerings. Her journey continues out west with hikes that bring us up close and personal with Norway’s majestic fjords. Read more here, and follow Savannah @savannahmius.

What led you to travel through Norway?

It was a pretty last minute decision. I had been looking at a few other destinations, and when the prices for a flight to Oslo dropped, the decision was made. The flight was booked and I left about a month later. I had been interested in visiting Norway for a while, and when the opportunity presented itself I was more than excited to take it.

What was your most memorable experience during this trip?

During my first day in Ålesund, the person I was staying with took me on a hike up one of the many mountains that surround the city. The weather was beautiful, and we arrived at the top just in time to watch the sunset over the water. It was breathtaking, but the nicest part was that this wasn’t a tourist spot at all. We were the only ones there, and it was so nice to break away from the beaten path and do something different.

Do you have a favorite place that you’ve visited, and why?

I truly love things about every place I’ve been to and would go back to any of them in a heartbeat, but my favorite city has always been London. It’s one of the few places I could see myself living someday. I love the history, culture, people, and variety found there. I also love the people, food, and culture of Italy and would love to spend more time there.

What’s your favorite travel tip?

One that has continued to prove true is to pack everything you think you need and then cut it in half. You’ll be surprised at how much space you’re wasting with things you’re really not every going to use. And I always think that you should be able to just go with the flow and not be set on sticking to a detailed plan. The best experiences and memories come from the unexpected.