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.
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.
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.
Yesterday was Norway’s constitution day. My hubby and I were home in our new place since it’s a holiday. Here in Norway, people pay respect to their holidays by not doing any kind of “noisy” work that will disturb the neighborhood and the solemnity of the celebration. Well, of course there are some who does not care about the holidays and their neighborhood, so they either get a friendly reminder from the neighbors or being reported to the police if they do not listen.
Anyway, this is our first time to have 17th May brunch in our new house. This is also my first time to prepare a proper brunch for us. I usually did not care about how the table would look like. As long as there is food on table I’m good but this year is special because we got a bigger crib and we had my hubby’s dad over for a visit.
This is also our first time to raise the flag. Never knew what time of the day we should do it. Thankfully there’s Google. We raised it around 8 a.m. and lowered or take down at 9p.m. According to the Norwegian flag site, we can raise the flag around 8 in the morning during the summer because the sun rises up during that time and pull it down no later than 9 pm because that’s the time the sun sets. Also, we can raise it even though it is dark (For instance during winter) but should NEVER lowered it when it’s already dark.
I have no pictures of the parade because our place is not one of the routes of the 17th May parade and I got busy in preparing food and cake for dinner. However, it didn’t stop us for having a great time but next year I’ll make sure that we get to see the parade or take part of it.
Our proud Norwegian flag.
Our humble brunch setting.
Fruits on the top, dried hams on the next and slices of bread on the buttom.
As I’ve mentioned before in this post, we are in the process of moving. We had moved all of our stuff into the new crib and we are still renovating the old one. The renovation of the flat takes time because my hubby had decided to take down a wall as suggested by the interior designer.
Our house is circa 45 minutes car drive from Bergen centre. We can also take the bus but it takes 1.5 hours because of the stops. Another way to reach the place from Bergen is to take the westamaran and that takes approximately half an hour with 3 stops included. The location of the house in my opinion is good since it is not that far from the main road and at the same time it is not too near the main road. Thus, safer for the dog and for the future kids. 😀 We have one “visible” neighbor with a huge sheep farm. I find it relaxing and comforting to see his flock of sheep in the morning when I wake up because I feel that we are not alone in this area.
What I like in this area is how close the nature is to us. The trail to the valleys and mountains are just right behind the house and it means that we do not have an excuse to just stay at home all the time. The only downside of living in the countryside is that transportation is more expensive because the shops, schools and cafes are farther, but there are always pros and cons in everything, right? It’s just that we have to know what we need and want. So far, I love it here. Once we’re finish unpacking our stuff, I’ll invite our Family and friends over for dinner.
Here are the shots from the new place. Enjoy!
Zorro is always looking forward to his daily walks here.
The green path
A wrecked car
A willow tree?
An abandoned pickup truck
How old could this be?
It’s a Toyota pickup truck!
Reminds me of zombie apocalyse setting.
Maybe I can take this home with me and use it for my plants. What do you think?
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.
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.
The best views can be viewed from the upper deck.
A mission impossible scene is going on here. Kidding! I think they’re just having a drill.
Inside the boat
This is Modalen. The second smallest municipality in Norway.
A crew filling up the bucket with water from the falls.
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.
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!
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! 🙂
Inside the cafe.
Believe me or not it’s just cola. 🙂
On the 10th deck.
You can get a tan on the Sun Deck
LNG stands for Liquified Natural Gas
One of the beautiful views to be seen from the ship.