Lyngheisenteret

Lyngheisenteret or the Heathland Centre is a museum and an information centre about preserving the culture, traditions and lifestyle of coastal heathlands. According to their website this unique and beautiful landcape is dissappearing in a high rate not just here in Norway but also in Europe. The Heathland Centre is located at Lygra in Alver Kommune. From Bergen it is about an hour car ride. You can also reach Lygra by taking the boat for only 40 minutes from Strandkaien.

I took this trip out of curiosity (and spontaneity) and because I wanted to see and explore a new place that is not so far from home. Since I had a day off last Wednesday, I took the opportunity to be extra active by taking long walks with my dog. I was also lucky because the weather was perfectly sunny.

From where I live, circa at Vågseidet, it takes around 15 minutes to drive to Seim. Then from Seim to Lygra where the Lyngheisenteret is, in theory should only take around 15 minutes. So, in total 30 minutes. But, I found the car trip longer as I’m not familiar with the roads and plus the roads are also narrow as well. So yeah, I took it slow.

As I was getting near my destination, the views were also getting more and more picturesque. I had to stop at atleast one of them! My favorite is the bridge that connects Lygra to Børøyna. I find it fascinating because of how low this bridge is!

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The small and low bridge connecting Lygra and Børøyna. In the end of the bridge is a 79 meter long tunnel, the Lygra tunnel.

After a couple of minutes, my dog and I were finally there. There are signs along the way so it’s not easy to get lost. There’s a large info board by the parking area with a brief history of the Heathland Centre and the map of the place. It’s actually very detailed.

 

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The information board.
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Dogs should be on a leash because this is a grazing area.

 

One of the grinds.

 

The facade of the Heathland Centre

The Heathland Centre is closed during the offpeak season. However, people are free to explore and wander the place. Just don’t forget to close the grinds because there might be sheep grazing here.

Just another grind!

As expected of the west coast, the land is wet and moist. It has been raining a lot these past few months so there are short muddy trails. So I highly recommend that you wear good footwear here.

 

Zorro’s always excited to move on.

What I love about this place is that it has a beach. It’s not a typical mountain hike where there are mostly thick pine tree forest. Zorro and I took a break here on the way back.

 

The sign to the beach

 

The beach
For grilling

To sum up, I can say that this is a very easy hike for people of all ages who love to take long walks with their love ones or with a dog. The trails are easy to spot and the information is not lacking either. The duration of the hike from the parking area is around 1 to 2 hours depending on your tempo. My number one tip is to use a pair of waterproof boots or hiking shoes.

When it comes to public transportation, check the bus company Skyss’ website for the schedule. For the information about overnight stays, camping and other concerns, check out the museum’s information site.

Trying Out EM1X -part I

Disclaimer: I’m not a professional photographer nor paid to write for Olympus.

Olympus is one of the big camera brands in the market today that has been in the market since 1936 ( that is the year Olympus’ first camera was introduced according to Wikipedia).

Last month, I was fortunate enough to have been given the opportunity to test their mirrorless camera. I saw the Olympus ad on Facebook about their mirrorless cameras ( which are the EM1X and the E-M1 Mk2 ) that they are borrowing out to people who are interested in trying out Olympus cameras. So, I immediately filled up the form and since it’s Olympus, I didn’t have a huge expectation because for sure there are hundreds or thousands of people who would like to put Olympus cameras to the test. To my surprise one of their consultants emailed me and asked some information about me and what I usually take pictures of. He informed me that I could borrow a camera of my choice but the waiting time is long because there are lots of people who showed interest in the ad. I was also informed that this is also a project that he is working on (will do a seperate post about this).

I chose the EM1X and I asked for a telephoto lens. Unfortunately, I got late and I got the telezoom and a standard lens instead. I’m not complaining though.

Here are a couple of shots that I took using EM1X. Fixed the lighting on LR.

Introducing Føllet Bolle. Føllet is Norwegian for foal.
A cooperative muse.

That would be all for now. Till next post. 🙂

Tall Ships Races 2019

The Tall Ships Races is one of the biggest events in Europe every summer. The idea is to build good relationships between the different countries and cultures through sail training “tall” ships or sail boats. The participants should be at least 50 percent young people.

This year, we are fortunate enough to have witnessed this event because Bergen is one of the hosts. Even though Bergen is just 45 minutes away drive from where we live, we booked a room for 3 nights because we really wanted to see the festivities and to make most out of our city trip. The first days were rainy but it did not stop the people in checking out the sail boats.

It’s raining here but still beautiful. This was taken late in the evening, from the hotel room.

The weather has finally cleared up the following day and up to the day the ships had to sail to their next destination which is Aarhus Denmark.

The dream summer weather. Sunny and just with few clouds.
The last night of Tall Ships Races in Bergen was ended with the amazing firework show.
Sail day. Au revoir! Vi ses igjen!

I hope you enjoyed the photos. 🙂 Have a nice day!

Monochrome Series 4: The Worker

When I was still living in the city, I wondered where the bees were, because I only saw a couple of these pollinators even though the place is rich in plants and flowers. I always have a fascination for bees because of their bright yellow and black color. Also, these species has an enorm contribution to the ecosystem. Without them, we would starve to death. Going back to where the bees are, they are on the countryside. Apparently, they do not thrive in the city. For sure, because of the pollution and the human population threatening their peace and existence.

 

 
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Monochrome Series 3: Abandoned

A couple of hundred meters away from where I live, there is a growing number of forest. Inside these forests are hidden cabins/houses that have been abandoned for many years. We found two of them at the moment and these cabins seem to have stories to tell if only the doors are unlocked. There was of course the temptation to break in, but I respect the door locks for perhaps the owners wanted it that way. And I find it very rude to just break in into someone’s property without permission. Well, we were already trespassing on their property already and breaking in will be way too much, in my opinion.

The first house is not hard to find because it is located by the main tractor road and it is located just behind someone’s active property. But as you can see in the picture, mother nature is slowly, but surely taking over the property.

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House #1

House number 2 on the other hand is a bit isolated. It is hard to find because of the dense forest that surrounds it.

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House #2

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House #2’s side entrance/door.

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Some of House #2’s details.

The Product

After months of never-ending work, noise, body aches and frustration, here we are finally done with the flat renovation. It’s great to see the outcome of combined ideas and tips not just from the designer but also from our family and friends.

In the process, the renovation has thought me something. It is about the effort, time and how we incorporate ideas into reality when we only have limited resources or limited budget. I’ve learned that it is alright to seek for help. We shouldn’t be afraid to ask and admit to others that we can’t do everything on our own.

Anyway, this post is not just to show you the final product of the upgrade but also to give tips on how to upgrade a flat and make it presentable on a limited budget. So here you go:

1: Declutter! – Decluttering will not only make your place neat and tidy but also easier for you to picture how you actually want the flat to look like.

2. Find for inspiration on the internet No designer? Don’t fret! Just type a keyword or two and see what the Internet has for you. Well, you don’t have to copy every single detail that you see in the pictures but let this give you an idea on what you really want to do with the flat.

3. Talk to your broker and ask for advice: If you are going to sell your crib, it is wise to ask the broker for tips and advice about what is the best for your flat. Here in Norway, brokers are good in giving tips on how and what to upgrade and calculate the cost of the renovation.

4. Borrow stuff– You don’t need to buy new sets of furniture or room decorations for the photoshoot. Ask friends if you can borrow their couch, plants and etc.

5. Less is more. – One thing that I’ve learned from Scandinavian homes is simplicity. You don’t have to use all your decors all at once. Remember, you want to emphasize the flat/property and not the decorations in it!

6. Remove all personal belongings. – I’m refering to your toothbrush, laundry and your family/couple picture on the wall.

7. Color coordination. – Colors should compliment each other.

8.Clean! – Who wants to buy a dirty place? Remember, first impression, last.

9. Use plants. – Plants can make the place look fresh and it can also take away the focus from the things that you don’t want the potential buyers to see.

10. Be sure to let natural light in. –Light is essential for bringing out the best in the room.

 

 

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The living room.

 

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Renovated kitchen.

 

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Hotel style bed. Courtesy of my partner’s siblings.

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Details

 

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The terrace.  The chairs and coffee table are borrowed from my partner’s siblings.

 

 

The Season

They’re here again to invade our pavements, restaurants and city. No they’re not on war. We are not on war with them. They walk in pairs, groups or solo. Cameras, especially the system ones are a common sight with them. Do not forget the maps and the translation devices too. Some of them know where they are heading and some get lost. Everything that we find mundane in this city, they find it exciting and interesting. Because of their curiosity about history, they fill up the museums, churches and souvenir shops.

Some locals would probably find this season annoying. Perhaps because of the amount of tourists that storm in to Bergen. In terms of the areal size, Bergen is not a big city compared to NY, London, Barcelona and etc. So a cruiseship or two will somewhow make the city center look overpopulated.

If you would ask me how I feel about it, I think it’s great that they want to explore Bergen/Norway. Tourism is also good for the economy. My only concern regarding the cruiseship industry is the pollution that comes from it. I hope that they’ll fix that too.

 

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The tourists.

 

 

Early Summer

If you will ask me when the summer season is in Norway, I’ll say in the month of May. This is the time of the year when temperature can be so high as approximately 30 plus degrees. Hence, people go out in shorts, mini skirts, and bikinis. June is really the start of summer here but it is usually rainy and cloudy. Not to forget the lower temperature as well!

So anyway, before the sun hides from us again, time to spend time under the sun or at least appreciate it.

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