From Bergen to Stavanger

One of the perks of taking a bus during summer (or during a nice sunny day) here in Norway is the beautiful views. Whenever I travel to Bergen (or Stavanger from Bergen), I always take the bus because it’s cheaper than flying (though flying would save lots of time). The travel time is 5 hours, with short stops and 2 ferry rides included.

Here are the shots from the ferry ride from Halhjem to Sandvikvåg.

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled
The wind turbines at Stord

It’s the Journey that Matters in the End

During my stay in Bergen, I got sick. I got a flu for around a week. Though it’s not serious (or fatal.. Lol), it still was draining my energy. However, I was so eager to go out because of the nice weather and use the remaining of my vacation days into something fun. So I went out with Zorro, despite of my flu.

We went for a walk (hike) at a hill at Toppe. Zorro and I followed the sign to Geitanuken (our destination). We walked around from 10- 15 minutes before we found the trail up to the hill.

The temperature was approximately 25 degrees Celsius. It’s tolerable but as we go further up the hill, it got warmer and more energy demanding. Even Zorro had to take a break.

_DSC8479My hiking companion. He may be small but I can say that he has a stamina like a mountain goat.

_DSC8497

Moving on, we reached this beautiful spot. I thought that we’ve reached Geitanuken already, but later I found out that it’s not the right place and I also found out that we’re a bit lost. Yes, I know. Sometimes I don’t have any sense of direction. But what can I do? It’s my first time there and I didn’t see more signs. 😛

_DSC8499

_DSC8521The place that we’ve been to is enclosed with a fence because it’s a grazing area for cattle. However, it’s still open for everyone as long as we don’t disturb the animals.

_DSC8536On our way down the hill.

Zorro and I didn’t make it to Geitanuken unfortunately because we got lost, but I had fun exploring the place that I’ve never been to and I’m sure that Zorro had a great time running and sniffing nature. So it’s not bad after all.

_DSC8545The view from Lokketodalen. Hurtigruten cruising the fjord.

The trail that we took on the way down led us to a residential area. The view’s not disappointing either. 🙂

Anyway, the trip took us 1.5 hours. We’re slow because we took 2 breaks and as I’ve said earlier, we got lost. When it comes to food and drinks, I took a liter of water, cookies and dog treats.

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” -Earnest Hemingway

Moving On

Beginnings is something that we always look forward to. There is the butterflies in the tummy feeling, anticipation to be precise. The chest might tighten and stomach might take a 360 degrees turn.

Because of that, our brain becomes somehow useless. We always see the sunshine in everything and we forget that it is just the beginning, and beginnings are usually full of colors. Everything beyond the beginnings are boring, shocking and overwhelming. The flaws are starting to show and that is one of the reasons why we always think of the past (or the start) instead of the present. Our brains are designed to remember the good memories.

A good example of this is a break up. When we experience any break ups, we get upset, depressed and frustrated. However, we remember the person and miss him/her at the same time, not because you still have feelings for him/her but because of the good times that you had together.

A second example is when a couple gets into a fight. During an argument they always tend to bring up the past and how their partner was before and how different he/she is today.

Anyway, when it comes to my relationship, I am still in the first stage (Romantic Stage) and I think that the bf is already on the next stage (Which I admit is making me a bit upset.). I know that I should be happy for us because it means that we are heading the right way.

But I have learned that relationships should reflect reality. Relationships are NOT a source of happiness but it is where you build happiness. You have to work for it.

Shopping in Bergen

Yesterday I took the bus from where I’m staying here in Hordaland (Which is at Åsane somewhere.) to Bergen sentrum to shop for some stuff that I’ve been planning to buy since last week. The bus trip went well except that it’s a bit longer than I’m used to. Where I live, going to the town centre is just 20 minutes with the bus.

Anyway, I got surprised when I arrived in Bergen because there are lots of people! So I got this Saturday feeling in me yesterday. I found tents and booths at the fisketorget  and lots of tourists! Never thought that there would still be a lot of them in this time of the month.

I checked out the tents to see the reason why people are coming over there…

_DSC8446

There are lots of seafood, especially crabs!

_DSC8447

 You can choose from boiled crabs to fresh ones.

I find it  very tempting to order one, but I’m allergic to crabs unfortunately.

_DSC8452    

_DSC8455

 Tourists spotted!

_DSC8457    The view from theTorgallmenningen_DSC8459 The Sailor Monument

I checked out the shops inside the shopping malls Galleriet and Kløverhuset and I bought the stuff I need and some stuff that I want. I like shopping in Bergen because they almost have everything there.

The biggest obstacle of them all: Procrastination

If there’s one thing I should never do again, it is delaying to change the bedsheets.

Last night my skin got rashes and it was itchy. I tried not to scratch because I don’t want to make it worse but I couldn’t help it. I scratched my skin and thought that after that I could just sleep. But no. It didn’t work.

So what I did, I tried some of the breathing techniques that I’ve learned from my yoga class and my mindfulness books. It worked for 15 minutes. Then my skin started itching again so I was awake again but really exhausted. I’ve been trying to remember if I ate something that I’m allergic to but no I haven’t ate anything that would irritate my skin.

Then it came to me that my bf and I were supposed to change the bedsheet last weekend. That bedsheet has been there for a month (or maybe two) already. We haven’t forgotten it but since we’re both preoccupied by our games, trips and other stuff we were just postponing it.

So I’ve learned our lesson. Don’t procrastinate because it will only lead to another procrastination (I actually have plans today but because I didn’t get enough sleep last night, I got sick today and have to stay at home.) and irritation.

This post is my response to the Daily Prompt assignment this week.