A Walk in the Cemetery

In my opinion taking a walk in cemeteries is a good way to reflect about life. It is also a great way to learn about the history.

When I was visiting my friend in Stavanger, we went out for a walk in the cemetery near her place. No she was not visiting someone that she knows but she only wanted to show me what the tourists are visiting in their community. I have also learned that in Eiganes Gravlund lies soldiers from World War 2.

I also cannot help but admire the grave stones because of the shapes, colors and the engraved words. Some has pictures too.

I also had some questions in mind while we were inside the cemetery. The first is, does the dead appreciate us visiting them?  Lastly, how much does it cost to be buried in that beautiful cemetery?

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Here lies some of the soldiers from WW2

 

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The map/layout of the cemetery

 

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The chapel

 

 

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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.

Nature Photography Cured Me

Being out in the nature makes me feel free and contented. It makes me forget all the unnecessary things that I crave and it motivates me to be a better person. Before, I used to be dependent on people around me when it comes to hiking (traveling), because I was afraid to get lost and I didn’t trust myself. I was anxious about being alone in the woods for example.

As time goes by and with the help from my therapist, friends, family and partner I overcame my fear and anxiety. My love for taking pictures (photography) is also one of the major factors why I continue to walk and explore unknown territories.

Dalsnuten Again

This is my second trip to Dalsnuten. This time I wasn’t alone. My friend Pearl’s with me. Believe it or not she just got back from the Philippines! She said that she doesn’t want to just sleep the whole day so she asked me to go hiking today. Luckily, we have a nice weather today. 15 degrees Celcius and sunny. Not bad!

_DSC8350Just circa 200-300 meters from the site, you’ll find a teepee made from bamboo like tree.

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Inside the teepee.

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I don’t have an idea what those hanging things are for but I think that people hang them there. I actually like it because it gives  a nice touch to the teepee.

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Running water!

_DSC8371-2_DSC8385 This is one of my favorite views. I could imagine myself bathing here, but first I have to remove the stones. 😛   _DSC8389

And finally we reached the top! Good job!

Fiesta in Stavanger! Day 1

Today is the opening of the annual food festival in Stavanger, Gladmat Festivalen (Happy Food Festival). My friends and I went there today to see what they have this year. I found out that it’s almost the same as the previous years. They have seafood, burgers and grill food.

Apparently there are lots of people today. The “not rainy” weather takes credit for that. I’m glad that I get to wear a summery outfit today too.

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At 10 PM today.

While waiting for the bus this evening, I took some pictures using my new phone LG Leon H340n. I bought a new phone because I lost my S4 Active on the bus on the way to the town a couple of weeks ago. I think I might have dropped the phone on the seat while trying to put it in the pocket of my jacket (I fell asleep). I can’t still get over it because I love that phone and besides I’ve taken lots of pictures with it.

I got no luck in locating it via the Android finder. Could it be that no one found it yet? I filed a report to the bus company and they said that they would call me once they find it but now it’s been two weeks since I lost it and haven’t heard a word from them. But I’m still hoping that they’ll find it one of these days.

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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!

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

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_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.