Tall Ships Races 2019

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.

It’s raining here but still beautiful. This was taken late in the evening, from the hotel room.

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.

The dream summer weather. Sunny and just with few clouds.
The last night of Tall Ships Races in Bergen was ended with the amazing firework show.
Sail day. Au revoir! Vi ses igjen!

I hope you enjoyed the photos. 🙂 Have a nice day!

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From Bergen to Stavanger

One of the perks of taking a bus during summer (or during a nice sunny day) here in Norway is the beautiful views. Whenever I travel to Bergen (or Stavanger from Bergen), I always take the bus because it’s cheaper than flying (though flying would save lots of time). The travel time is 5 hours, with short stops and 2 ferry rides included.

Here are the shots from the ferry ride from Halhjem to Sandvikvåg.

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The wind turbines at Stord

My Spontaneous Trip to Dalsnuten

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.

A Hot Weekend at Brattholmen Søgne

Hello everyone 🙂 I hope you guys had a wonderful weekend. Yeah I know it’s Tuesday today, but I still have a week before the school starts so in short it’s still summer for me.

Anyway, I’ve been to a cabin tour and birthday party at Søgne this weekend. We’re lucky with the weather, the temperature was around 28 degrees when we arrived at Brattholmen. It’s really sunny out there and I’m glad that I could still get a tan! 🙂 
On our way to Brattholmen

Spotted a cool vintage car

At the quay,waiting for my friends to pick me up.

Apparently, Norwegians love boats. 🙂

The fantastic view from Brattholmen.

The cabin

Kjetil’s protecting himself from the harmful rays of the sun.

Camwhoring!
The view from the boat
Summers in Norway could be really hot so there’s always a reason to wear sunscreen!

Stavanger Gladmat Festivalen 2012

It has already been a tradition for me to go to the annual food festival in Stavanger. Without this festival, summer is incomplete in Stavanger (in my opinion). This is the most visited time in Stavanger. Fortunately, the weather is cooperative unlike last year it was rainy. So I made time yesterday after my work even though my body was protesting about it and besides there’s food!!!! 🙂
Lots of people!

Walking in the midst of these crowd and finding where to eat is no joke here. You may find what you want to eat but then you gonna have to stand in long queues! Hence my requirements for a satisfactory Gladmat experience:  Empty stomach, patience, cash and a camera!

MSC Magnifica
There were 4 cruise ships at Stavanger bay that day. They’re not just big, they’re ENORMOUS! 

Grand Princess

Chocolate fountain! 

They also have a white chocolate fountain 😀 

Norwegian sausages

Date of visit: July 26 2012