I’m Quyên “Misa” Gjone (29), a freelance travel writer born and raised in Vietnam, studied MSc. in Communication in Sweden, and currently live in Norway.
I write about travelling, food, and lifestyle with my strong passion for culture, intercultural communication, languages, history, and culinary. In this site, you will find my stories about countries I have been to, and also the colourful world out of my comfortable zone.
My life & travel milestones
In December 2012, my best friend and I travelled to China. We came to visit her university’s best friend studied in Hangzhou. From Hangzhou, we travelled to Shanghai where I celebrated my very first New Year’s Eve away from home.
In August 2013, we travelled to China one more time to explore the Sichuan Province. When we came back home, I realised I must have been bitten by the travel bug ever since. It was this trip that has (partly) changed my life.
In August 2014, I moved to live and study (and also travel) in Gothenburg, the 2nd largest city in Sweden.
Early March 2015, I met a Norwegian guy – my cousin’s coworker. Less than a year, we married and moved to live together in Eidsvoll, a small commune north of Oslo, Norway. I’ve thus decided to make a pause from school to focus on family and to figure out what I really want to do with my studies and my career life afterwards.
I now work as a travel blogger, freelance travel writer, and content marketing expert for both print and online magazines in Vietnam. The rest of the time I spend for another job, full-time mother of two under two.
My travel philosophy
This is so far my favourite travel quote. And if you ask, yes, I’ve met my several “selves” through my travelling here and there.
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Hun… đix sư tử ở Girona, bạn dám thử hông? Chuyện là ở Girona, ngay chỗ quảng trường Plaça de Sant Feliu khuất khuất một chút về phía sông là tượng một con sư tử, nhìn qua thì không biết đực hay cái nhưng theo cái tên bằng tiếng TBN thì Quyên đoán là con cái – Lleona de Girona hoặc La Lleona (giống cái). Nghe đồn/ tương truyền là ai tới đây là hun đix của con sư tử này (coi hình minh họa) thì sẽ được quay trở lại Girona. Không biết có thật hay không vì từ lúc hun tới giờ mình chưa quay trở lại, nhưng nói chung là vui, không gây hại chỉ gây cười!
I met myself falling in love with Italy after 3 months studying in Perugia. Even now when I’ve been living in Northern Europe for almost three years, I can meet myself sometimes dreaming to come back to Italy, to walk through the small cobbled streets in Perugia, to have a chance to eat a fresh porchetta and sip a cold beer while sitting in the main square watching people, to take a bus ride to Lago Trasimeno in late August when the whole town turns to a flea market with the smell of porcini.
When I was on top of Emeishan in China, I met myself longing for the life of a young nomad, selling all my stuffs and quit my jobs, just to chase the endless flights taking me to new horisons. That self of mine wanted to live freely and wildly for one time in my life so bad, the life when I look back, I’d never have to say I’m sorry.
And now when I’m 9,177km (5,703 miles) away from home, I once met myself crying my eyes out in Český Krumlov, realising that family is not the most important thing in my life. It’s just everything I have in this life.
I know I haven’t travelled that far enough, but I travel, therefore I am.
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Một con đường / hẻm ở khi Barri Gotic. Đừng nhìn vào những tấm bảng chữ tiếng Tây, hay mấy dây đèn vàng giăng giăng “ạc ạc”. Hãy nhìn cao lên một chút, tới cái ban-công nhà phơi tấm drap trải giường, tới những chậu cây vươn lên tìm chút nắng, tới tấm rèm cửa bằng vải cột hờ hững ngoài cửa… Tất cả những sự lộn xộn gọn gàng ấy, có gợi tới cho kẻ xa nhà chút gợn nhớ quê hương không?