Early Summer

beauty, Photography

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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Bright and Cold

Journal, Personal, Photography

The snow is back after two weeks of storm and mild weather. I am also grateful that it is getting brighter again. My mood is starting to get better and I am motivated to try something new when it comes to jobs. The economic crisis is not yet over. Yesterday, one of the biggest banks here in Norway laid off 600 employees. So yes it means an increase in unemployment rate in the country. It is depressing for those who have lost their jobs and it is also frustrating for job seekers like me to find jobs within our field.

Yesterday I had a meeting with the local social services office. They have given me tips on how to find jobs. I listened attentively even though I already know it. Then in the end of the meeting they asked me if I have a business or establishment. In my mind I was thinking, it is a good idea. I actually have business ideas already. All I need is to make a plan, budget and just execute the plan. I have faith in this because I have the knowledge in economics and accounting.

Anyway, since the weather is nice today (and so as my mood), Zorro and I went for a longer walk this morning.

 

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The view from the flat. It’s white everywhere!

It’s the Journey that Matters in the End

Lifestyle, Photography, Travel

During my stay in Bergen, I got sick. I got a flu for around a week. Though it’s not serious (or fatal.. Lol), it still was draining my energy. However, I was so eager to go out because of the nice weather and use the remaining of my vacation days into something fun. So I went out with Zorro, despite of my flu.

We went for a walk (hike) at a hill at Toppe. Zorro and I followed the sign to Geitanuken (our destination). We walked around from 10- 15 minutes before we found the trail up to the hill.

The temperature was approximately 25 degrees Celsius. It’s tolerable but as we go further up the hill, it got warmer and more energy demanding. Even Zorro had to take a break.

_DSC8479My hiking companion. He may be small but I can say that he has a stamina like a mountain goat.

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Moving on, we reached this beautiful spot. I thought that we’ve reached Geitanuken already, but later I found out that it’s not the right place and I also found out that we’re a bit lost. Yes, I know. Sometimes I don’t have any sense of direction. But what can I do? It’s my first time there and I didn’t see more signs. 😛

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_DSC8521The place that we’ve been to is enclosed with a fence because it’s a grazing area for cattle. However, it’s still open for everyone as long as we don’t disturb the animals.

_DSC8536On our way down the hill.

Zorro and I didn’t make it to Geitanuken unfortunately because we got lost, but I had fun exploring the place that I’ve never been to and I’m sure that Zorro had a great time running and sniffing nature. So it’s not bad after all.

_DSC8545The view from Lokketodalen. Hurtigruten cruising the fjord.

The trail that we took on the way down led us to a residential area. The view’s not disappointing either. 🙂

Anyway, the trip took us 1.5 hours. We’re slow because we took 2 breaks and as I’ve said earlier, we got lost. When it comes to food and drinks, I took a liter of water, cookies and dog treats.

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” -Earnest Hemingway

My Spontaneous Trip to Dalsnuten

Lifestyle, Photography, Travel

It’s around 9 a.m. when my alarm rang. I could have just slept back again but no my mind won’t allow me too. So I got up, took a shower and ate breakfast. I was thinking of great ways to utilize my day off, wisely. The first thing that went into my mind is the gym. Second is window shopping. Third is do the laundry and last is hiking. I chose the latter even though I knew that no one is available to go with me and that I’ve never been to that place before. I’m a bit concerned when it comes to new places, specially mountains and forests because sometimes (ahem!) I got a wrong sense of direction (Even though there’s a map.). However, I want to be adventurous this time and set aside my worries. So I packed my bag. I packed light because the hike is only 2 hours total so I won’t be needing a bunch of stuff with me.

I took the bus to Dale and got off the stop Gramstad and walked up to the site. It took me around 15-20 minutes to get to the post. It’s impossible to get lost here because there are signs.

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And so I followed the sign to Dalsnuten.

_DSC8059Here’s one of the heaven on earth view just a few meters away from the post.

_DSC8062The first “stoney” path.

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_DSC8091-2This is one of my favorite views from the trip. It looks like a scene from Game of Thrones or The Vikings.

_DSC8096As I went further up, the view gets better and better!

_DSC8100I wasn’t alone apparently..

_DSC8142I made it to the top! It’s a great feeling.

_DSC8134Cool monocular. I want one too!

_DSC8123Can see Stavanger from the top.

Facts about Dalsnuten:

Altitude: 324m above sea level

Duration of the trip: 2 hours (back and forth)

This trip is also great for beginners.