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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Hello Countryside!

Journal, Lifestyle

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!

 

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Zorro is always looking forward to his daily walks here.

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The green path

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A wrecked car

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A willow tree?

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An abandoned pickup truck

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How old could this be?

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It’s a Toyota pickup truck!

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Reminds me of zombie apocalyse setting.

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Maybe I can take this home with me and use it for my plants. What do you think?

 

Norwegian Landscape

photo challenge, Photography

Some of my friends ask me why I always have a camera with me and why I always take pictures of the place I have been many times before. The views will always be the same and the mountains will always be there. My answer to them is simple. I find the place really beautiful and it deserves more than one shot. For me a place or a mountain is never the same the next time. Also taking pictures is my way of showing my appreciation not only to Mother Nature but also to my senses.

The Photo Challenge last Friday is one of my favorite weekly themes since I love taking pictures of landscapes. Here is my take on The Daily Post Photo Challenge, Landscape. This shot was taken from Hitlandsbakkane in Åsane. This was my very first time to walk here during the day, so I was ecstatic to take a good shot from the highest part of the hill.

 

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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