Summer Vacation in Rena

Rena is a small town in Hedmark region. Seven and a half hours car drive from Bergen and is located in the eastern part of Norway. Bf and I visited a relative who owns a camping place at Åsta just 15 minutes away from Rena center. We went here on the third week of July this year. We were invited so we didn’t have to pay for our stay. How cool is that? 🙂

 

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At Kvile Camping

 

Kvile means “relax” in Norwegian. I can say that my bf and I had a very comfortable and relaxed week during our stay here.

 

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Our cabin

The cabin that we got is around 25 square meters big. It has a double deck bed, a dining table, chairs, heater, small fridge and a small kitchen counter with cabinets. So in short the cabin has everything that we need. However, there is no water supply and toilet inside the cabin. We had to go to the common washing area which is located just a few steps from the cabin.

 

 

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Inside the cabin. 

 

What I love about this place is that there are a number of activities to choose from such as fishing, hiking, swimming, kayaking and grilling. Also, Rena is just 2 hours away to Sweden and circa an hour away to Oslo by car.

 

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The field.

 

The camping area is also near a huge field. Just perfect for morning walks with the dog.

 

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Glomma is 621 km long.

 

Just 5 minutes walk from the camp is the longest river in Norway, which is Glomma. According to my bf’s cousin, the river is rich in fish and therefore people come here to fish. But there are rules to follow and people who wants to fish here must get a permit first, since this is a freshwater river.

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Information about the permit and fees.

You can find a handful of information about fishing by the river and somewhere near the railways.

More pictures of the river shot from different places.

 

 

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In memory of the victims of Åsta train accident 2002

The place is also near the railway where the Åsta train accident happened in 2002. Here stands a monument stone with the names of the victims engraved. The accident is one of the biggest in the history of the transport industry.

 

 

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300 m to the railway

 

 

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Make a wish?

Speaking of railways, have you heard about making a wish while standing on the railway? I had a classmate before in high school who told me that her wishes came true when she wished for something while standing on the railway. I admit that I had to make one when I took a picture of it.

Anyways, as I’ve mentioned earlier in this post, we were just 15 minutes away from Rena town center. Here can we find the schools, shops, restaurants and a wooden church.

 

 

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Åmot kirken (church) from 1901

Moving on, the weather during our visit here varied a lot. One day it was raining hard and just after a couple of hours the sun comes out. I can say that the weather in this part of Norway is way better compared to Bergen.

I can say that the 7.5 hours car trip to Rena is worth it. There are lots of beautiful places to see and this is one of the trips that I recommend if you want to see the difference between the western part and eastern part of Norway because you can see how the landscape change as you travel from the west to the east.

I’m ending this post with the link of Kvile Camping, for those who are interested in renting a cabin/s and caravan/tent place: http://www.kvilecamping.no/

Thanks for dropping by! 🙂 Have a nice day!

 

 

London Trip 2017- Last part

A trip to London is incomplete without going to one of their plays. When I was planning this trip, I checked the plays that they have in London. There’s the Harry Potter, Mathilde and etc. I wanted to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. But I didn’t pre order, so what happened is that the tickets were sold out during our stay in London. Lesson learned! Being spontaneous is not always a smart thing.

We went to Stomp instead because it was the only available play during our preferred time of the day and we booked the ticket at a shop/pawnshop/ticket office near the Queensbay tube station. The man who is working there (who I think is the owner) was helpful and was full of enthusiasm. He showed us a brochure of the plays available in London and tried to convince us to watch a play at least. He also promised us a good seat in the theatre too (which we didn’t get). The man seemed harmless and it seemed that he was just trying to make a living. I know that the tickets didn’t cost a lot, but since he is a reseller, the tickets cost a bit more than buying it directly at the theatre. I trusted him, my friend trusted him. My friend and I agreed with the price and paid him using our credit cards. I only found out about what he did when my credit card statement came and to my surprise I paid 40% more than the price of the tickets. He robbed us!

 

 

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The Harry Potter theater.

 

Even though we didn’t get the promised seat, my friend and I had a great time watching Stomp.

 

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About to watch Stomp, but first let me finish my nuggets!

 

 

 

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Near the Trafalgar Square

 

 

 

 

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One of the views from the double decker bus! 😀

 

 

 

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Church of St. Paul in Notting Hill

 

 

Anywho, a long weekend is not long enough in London. I don’t have a proper picture of the Big Ben, The London Eye, The West Minister’s Palace and the London Bridge because I forgot my charger and we spent our last night at my friend’s flat. But that’s alright at least I have seen them from the bus. I’m sure that I’m not gonna forget how they look like anyways! 🙂

Nevertheless the bad experience, London is a great experience. Aside from crossing the road (well, looking from right to left), I’ve learned that the Londoners are friendly contrary to what is portrayed in the media sometimes. Because you know, the suit and tie.

Till next time London! 🙂

 

London Trip 2017- part II

Chinatown

One of the main highlights of my London trip is experiencing the Lunar New Year in Chinatown. This is special to me because it was my very first time to visit a Chinatown in Europe.

My friend and I got there by foot from Primark store at Oxford Street on the western side. I think, we walked for around 15 minutes. When we arrived, the dragon dance just started.

We had a plan of eating at one the restaurants there, but because it was Chinese New Year, all of the restaurants were packed of people! People had to fall in line and wait. We did not wait because we’re starving and running out of energy, luckily we found a small place that sells steamed rice buns. So the main lesson here: “The early bird catches the worm”. However, we’re still grateful though because the steamed buns are good.

 

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Chinese red lanterns everywhere!

 

 

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Roasted duck in the window.

 

 

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Charm vendor and customers.

 

 

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One of the dragon dances.

 

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Moving on, a tour to the Chinatown is not complete without visiting a tea shop or a Chinese pharmacy. As a tea lover, I made sure that I would not miss the chance of getting myself at least a pack Chinese tea.

The tea shop’s name is Beijing Tong Ren Tang and is located at Shaftsbury Avenue. I only found the tea shop accidentally on our way out of the China Town.

So, what to find inside? Well, of course lots of teas and teawares! They got everything, from dragon tea, oolong, pur erh and you name it. I got myself a pack of pu erh, a pack of black tea, a clay teapot and a gaiwan (will write a separate post later).

 

Anyway, I can say that I had fun at Chinatown. I’ll definitely come back here again on my next trip to London.

 

 

To be continued.. 🙂

 

London Trip 2017- part I

London is one of my must-see cities. So on my birthday week, I went to London with my friend who also has the same birthday month (January) as I am.

I flew directly to London with British Airways from Bergen. The airfare was not the cheapest (but has one of the cheapest fares) but I prefer it than SAS and Norwegian because it was the only direct flight to Heathrow. The SAS flight have a layover in Stavanger, which I really hate because it only means chaos in the airport and tax-free. While my friend flew with SAS because she was taking the flight from Stavanger.

When I left, the temperature in Bergen was approximately 10 degrees Celsius and to my surprise, it was colder in London! It was zero degrees! Good thing that we have brought our good warm jackets with us. It was freezing cold! When we arrived at the hotel, it was already dark so just stayed in the hotel and relaxed.

Our first day in London’s spent in sightseeing and exploring the nearby parks. Since we stayed at Byron Hotel which is in Queensborough Terrace, we were just a couple of minutes away from Hyde Park and the Kensington Palace.

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Inside the park. Lots of trees!
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Yes. That’s me. A tree hugger!
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Swans on the pond.
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The statue of Queen Victoria. In the background is the Kensington Palace.

The next park we visited is the Holland Park. Actually, we were looking for the famous Filipino restaurant in London, but we have decided to take a walk in the park first on the way to the restaurant.

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The famous red double decker buses!

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Kyoto Garden

Inside the Holland Park, you can find the Kyoto Garden. I would call this a gem because it captures not only our attention but also our senses. It is indeed unique in this place. Kyoto Garden was created by a Japanese designer to celebrate Japan Festival in London in 1992 according to rbkc.gov.uk. My friend and I spent at least half an hour here to unwind.

After a couple of hours walking in the park, we were off to find Romulo Cafe, the famous Filipino restaurant that I mentioned earlier. I’m sure some of you will ask why eat in a Filipino restaurant when you’re in London. Our reasons are because my friend and I were craving for Filipino food and there is no Filipino restaurant in Bergen and Stavanger.  So this was our chance to satisfy our cravings!

 

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Waiting for our food at Romulo Cafe.

 

After our dinner, we are on the move again! This time, to meet our friend in the Royal Victoria and Albert Museum.

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Here we are!

 

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Tea time! Thanks for the chat ladies!

My friend and I were on a budget trip, so as much as possible we went to places with either free entrance or with cheap entrance fee. We were lucky during our visit to this museum because there was a free concert too. So it’s like hitting two birds with one stone! 🙂

 

 

 

Continuation on next post. Click here.

A Day Trip to Mostraumen

Sometimes the thought of travelling abroad to see new places makes us forget to appreciate our own country/home. I’m not saying that we should for example stop dreaming of seeing the Eiffel Tower or the Coloseum of Rome. My point is that there are also beautiful and unexplored places in your own country. Not only that you get to learn about the history of the nearby places but you also get to support the local tourism in the country. And besides local travelling can be less expensive too. You can also squeeze in a short trip to the next town or city in your busy week.

About a month ago, I took a 3 hour cruise to Mostraumen. The catamaran leaves at 10 a.m. and is back in Bergen at 1 p.m. I took the trip because I really wanted to travel somewhere I’ve never been to and at the same time near my place. My bf was out of town for work and I was left with our dog and the fishes, hence the short trip.

The trip is very relaxing. I chose to sit on the upper deck on the way to Mostraumen for a better view. I usually get anxious during boat rides but because of the beauty of the fjords, I didn’t get nervous at all!

The cost of this fjord trip is 550 NOK or 59 Euros. Snacks and refreshments are not included but there is a small kiosk on board if ever you get thirsty/hungry.

For more information about Bergen-Mostraumen cruise please check out this link.

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The best views can be viewed from the upper deck.

 

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A mission impossible scene is going on here. Kidding! I think they’re just having a drill.

 

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Inside the boat

 

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Osterfjorden

 

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This is Modalen. The second smallest municipality in Norway.

 

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The falls.

 

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A crew filling up the bucket with water from the falls.
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Cheers for fresh water!

 

Our Home

Earth is not just a planet. It is our home and our one and ONLY home in the universe. Therefore we should take good care of it because this is the only home we have. I don’t care if you have the largest mansion or if you are the richest man in the world. If you do not respect nature then I suggest that you find another planet to pollute!

The pictures below were taken on the 2nd day of Easter. Hubby, Zorro and I went to Kaland Austerheim to celebrate Easter. We were fortunate enough for the sunny weather during that weekend. A very good friend of mine visited too, so we had a wonderful Lenten season this year.

Then there came the mood breaker. When we were walking along the shore we found some plastic trash! There’s the plastic grocery bag, a plastic bottle, small hard plastic bits which I could not tell what and smaller plastic bags! Instead of just sitting and enjoying the view, I picked up the trash because I cannot take it and never would I let these wastes get back to the sea. It is just painful for me to imagine that animals can die because of these plastics that we have found.

Anyway, have a nice day and happy Earth day everyone!

 

 

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Such a beauty!

 

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Seriously people?

 

Costa Adeje 2016, Part 3- Last Part

Day 3

I woke up to the sound of the pouring rain. First, I thought that I was just dreaming. Then I looked outside our balcony. Our towels and our swimming attires were soaked and the sky was grey. I thought that I’d never see the sun for the rest of the day and that we’re stuck in the hotel. I went back to sleep and when I woke up it’s already almost 11 a.m. It means that my bf and I should move our ass out of the bed right away if we want to eat breakfast in the hotel restaurant. This time the rain stopped and the sun was up. My bf and I had no plans but you know Norwegians when the sun is up there is only one thing in their mind, to get a tan. I almost forgot that the weather in Tenerife is way different from home. Rain doesn’t have to last the whole week. We spent our day at the hotel with the bf’s family and enjoyed unlimited foods and drinks by the pool. How cool is that?

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The kind of blue that keeps my blues away.
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Took a dip into the pool with this little one.

 

Day 4,5,6 and 7

Even though our hotel is almost perfect, I didn’t limit myself from just staying on the hotel’s premises. Tenerife has a lot to offer and staying at the hotel for the rest of the trip would be a waste of vacation days. Anyways, here are some of the things that I did during my stay at Costa Adeje Tenerife.

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Visited Playa Fanabe

 

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Walked by the beach alone.

 

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Drank tequila sunrise while watching the waves.

 

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Appreciate the stylish straw umbrellas.

 

Chased waves.

 

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Checked out hotels, bungalows and houses.

 

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Watched the sunset.

 

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Went hiking.

 

I also met some amazing people when I was there. I usually don’t talk to strangers or initiate a conversation with someone I don’t know but I’m quite friendly and talkative when people start talking to me. So, the first one that I met is a Chinese waiter from Taiwan. He’s working at Intercontinental restaurant at Playa La Pinta. He asked me where I’m from and I told him I’m from the Philippines residing in Norway. From there we exchanged stories. The second one is a psychologist from Berlin. I met her at the same restaurant, same evening I met the Chinese waiter. She was too sitting alone in the restaurant. She too asked me when I’m from and since we’re both alone that evening, I’ve decided to join her table.

I hope you all  enjoy my Tenerife posts. Thank you and have a nice day!

“We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.”
Pascal Mercier, Night Train to Lisbon