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Christmas feels is here! I’m so happy to have finally visited the Christmas Market in Bergen. It’s very beautiful because of the lights, decors and the people who are having a good time at the market with their love ones. This Christmas market is not that big compared to other Christmas markets in other parts of Europe (or the world) but you can find good stuff and good food here. There are also tivoli rides for the young ones and for the young at hearts.

And because I got busy with food, I only took few shots.

Here you go. Enjoy!

 

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!

 

A Rare Phenomenon

It is already mid October and the weather is surprisingly lovely in most parts of the country for almost two weeks now. I am not complaining though. The weather is just perfect for hikes, road/boat trips, picnics and you name it but do not let the sunshine and the blue skies fool you because it is absolutely cold.

A week ago we visited my partner’s family and while the bf was busy with his father’s garage I took our dog and the dog of his sister out for a walk. My plan was to go to Vardetangen but had to change course because I suddenly got a problem with one of the dogs. So I followed the sign to Fonnes kai(quay) instead and tada, a beautiful scenery welcomed us.

Times like this should be spent wisely, especially here in Norway because you never know what the next days gonna be when it comes to weather. For some reasons it is not easy to predict the weather anymore.

 

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!

 

Cruising for Five Hours and a Half

At the beginning of this year Fjordline has started offering domestic travels between Bergen and Stavanger. For your info the cruiseship that goes from Bergen to Stavanger is the same as the one going to Hirthsals Denmark. It’s just that before it was not possible to only take the boat on short distance routes like Bergen-Stavanger. I guess the management thought that by accepting passengers who are traveling to and from the two cities would earn them extra income. And besides the ship docks in Tananger, Stavanger to pick up passengers traveling to Denmark.

I find this way better than taking the bus, because you can relax the whole journey, eat at the cafe, drink wine or just enjoy the view and plus a one way ticket would only costs you 200 NOK regardless when you book your ticket! Good deal, right? Unlike the bus (Kystbussen), it would costs you at least 540 NOK and that’s if you book the ticket two days ahead of your travel date. The travel time is almost the same as taking the bus but the comfort is much better than taking the bus. However, the ship docks at Tananger and not in Stavanger center. You will need to book a bus if you want to proceed to the town proper. Fjordline’s bus fair costs 75 NOK. But still the total fair is cheaper.

Since this route is a short distance one, I am not allowed to buy anything from the tax free shop. If you want to shop tax free then you should be traveling for at least 24 hours abroad. But don’t worry. The prices on board are not bad!

So what are you waiting for? Book your trip now! 🙂

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Inside the cafe.
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Believe me or not it’s just cola. 🙂
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On the 10th deck.
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You can get a tan on the Sun Deck

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LNG stands for Liquified Natural Gas
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The helipad

 

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One of the beautiful views to be seen from the ship.

The Horse Farm

After around two weeks of absence from this blog, I’m finally back! I’ve been busy with my part time job, Norway’s Constitution Day,  spent the Pentecost weekend with the bf’s family and traveled to Rogaland to visit my friends and family.

For the first time, I celebrated the 17th of May (Constitution Day of Norway) at Hundvin, a little village outside of Bergen, about an hour car drive from the city center. My bf’s sister lives there and she has a lovely horse farm.

I went closer to the farm, to get nice shots of each horse but all of them went away and turned their back on me (camera shy much?) except for the smallest one. 😛 I think the smallest horse thinks that I have something for him so I let him smell the camera. But when he found out that it’s not edible he turned his back on me! Maybe he’s saying that his services are not free. Who knows? 🙂

 

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The most curious of them all.
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The stable
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All of the horses. They won’t go near me!