Monochrome Series 1: Moods do not lie.

Blue skies, green fields and one happy weiner dog. I got nothing to complain but my mood says otherwise.

 

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Kill Them with Kindness

If you’re living in the countryside, expect that you won’t be able to see your neighbors every day because of the distance between their house and yours. Well unless you pay them a visitor of course, but it depends if you have the time.

Yesterday, the dog and I went for a walk. Took the opposite way because I was also going to check our postbox. While walking, I saw the neighbor number 1 observing us. I didn’t wave back but I smiled. I’m not sure though if he smiled back because it was raining. Then it began raining even more so we hurried up. On the way, the dog stopped in front of neighbor number 2’s property and then the dog began sniffing the place while I was a bit preoccupied by my Pokemon GO game. All of a sudden, I heard a loud knock on neighbor number 2’s window. She looked angry at us and she was signaling that the dog should leave her property. I didn’t panicked though, but I got stressed. I immediately pulled the dog out of her property and I checked for any signs of poo. Nothing there, but I think the dog marked a small spot on the on the property. I smiled and waved at neighbor number 2 but she just rolled her eyes on us. Neighbor number 2 by the way is an old lady, around 80 years old something and according to the old owner of our house, she is from the east coast. She doesn’t live in this place but she is here once in while for vacation.

To be honest, I’m still bothered. How can an old lady be so angry like that? Is it because she’s a cat person? Or, maybe she had a bad day yesterday? Who knows? I hope that it’s nothing personal, really because after all we are living in the countryside and neighbors should really get along.

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9 Months in the City of Rain

Wow. I have been living in Bergen for nine months now. Who would have thought that I am going to survive here? Did I become so Bergensk now that I become used to the rain?

At first, I was really optimistic about the weather even though I know that it rains a lot here in Bergen. Then I was surprised to have witnessed and experienced the amount and the duration of rain. So the saying “When it rains, it pours.” is applicable here because it can rain up to 14 days continuously. Stavanger is nothing compared to Bergen when it comes to the amount of rain.

I once asked a colleague at work about how she feels about summer in Bergen this year. She said that she misses the sun but the rain is pretty normal this time of the year. Haha! Typical Bergensk! They do not complain about the rain!

I admit that I get depressed sometimes with this gloomy weather. Who does not? But there are things that I do to keep my sanity like workout indoors, play video games, hang out with friends, hike and take photos. Speaking of photos, here are the shots that I took in Sandviken last week. It was raining here I swear!

 

No Shortcuts. Just Fun.

Zorro and I hiked Fløyen yesterday. This was not our first time together at Fløyen. We were there around 2 years ago. This time we did not take the funicular to the top. We hiked. The path is not hard to find, it is just on the left side of the entrance.

We left the flat at 12 noon, then took the bus to the city center. I felt pity for Zorro because he does not like taking the bus. He was nervous and shaking and just wanted to go off the bus every time it stopped. I am sure that he had a long day in the bus rides.

We went off at “Torget”. I walked Zorro along the pier to relax his nerves after the horrifying bus ride. He seemed very excited and happy to once again explore Bergen center! Then after 10 minutes of walking we started going up to the path to Fløyen.

The path is very easy to hike. It is baby and toddler friendly. Anyone can go up there with trolleys. Even old people can go up too. All you only need is the will to reach the top.

Unlike the funicular, hiking to Fløyen takes around 35-40 minutes. But in my case, it took me an hour to get there because of Zorro. You see he has tiny legs and he is kind a heavy for his size, so we just walked nice and slow. On the brighter side, we met some awesome dogs too on the way and we got to enjoy the view as we get higher and higher.

The hike was a bit exhausting. But I prefer hiking to taking the funicular because there are more to see and the feeling of reaching the top after the struggle is just superb.

 

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“We are not going to take that monster ride again, right?” -Zorro
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“One day, I’ll have my own monument here too.” -Zorro

 

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One of the paths.

 

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The funicular rail
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Reading signs is an important part of any hikes/trips.
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Sniffing from this height and view must be extra good for Zorro.

 

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The struggle is worth it. 🙂

 

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Pets

For the first time, I am joining Cee’s Black and White photo challenge. I have been following Cee here on WordPress for quite a while now and I always get tempted to do some of the photo challenges. The reason why I am only doing this now is because I am doing photo challenges already from The Daily Post and I did not want to fill my blog with just photo challenges. But then I realized that I am already posting a lot of photos here so why not join other photo challenges as well and besides it is fun.

Anyway, this is my entry for this week’s Black and White challenge which is pets. This is my pet Zorro. A 5 year old dachshund.

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New Home

It is official. I have finally moved to Bergen!

New home. New city. New opportunities. However it does not mean that I am saying goodbye to Stavanger for good. My family and friends live there and there are some places that I have never been to but would love to see/visit.

The place that I am living now is not far from Bergen sentrum. It is just 15 minutes drive and 20-30 minutes by bus. Then, there are two grocery stores just across the flat building. Not bad, right? The flat is also close to the mountains, hills, farms and fjords. So, the views are really good and the place is good for short/long walks/hikes.

Anyway, let my pictures take you for a walk. These were all taken today.

🙂

 

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