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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.

Here you go. Enjoy!

 

9 Months in the City of Rain

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!

 

My Happy Place

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Happy Place.”

Whenever I need to unwind or take a break from work, I always go out in nature. It’s not only good for the mind and body but it’s also free.

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Disappointed at Humanity

We humans are blessed because we’ve been given the ability to think and thus making us superior to other species. We also have the best tools in the world which are our hands. Without them we won’t be able to work for food and shelter.

Last Monday, my friend and I went for a walk at Møllebukta, one of favorite places in Stavanger. It’s a nice sunny day, the sea’s calm and the temperature was great, around 16 degrees Celsius.

The view never fails to amaze us even though we’ve been here a couple of times before. So we stopped and took some pictures from our phones. Then we moved on and found one of our favorite spots which is the cottage with table and benches. Usually, people from the nearby places come there to meet friends and grill there. It’s open for everybody. But when we got there we were surprised to see trash.

It turns out that a/some group of people used the cottage and when they’re done they just left without cleaning up after themselves. Their trash told us that they had grilled sausages, corn in a can, cigarettes and soda.

 

 

I can’t understand these people. Is it hard to clean up? There are lots of trash cans in the area and if they can buy groceries and take it with them at the cottage, then I’m sure that they can also carry the trash into the trash cans nearby.

 

It’s funny. When we were alive we spent much of our time staring up at the cosmos and wondering what was out there. We were obsessed with the moon and whether we could one day visit it. The day we finally walked on it was celebrated worldwide as perhaps man’s greatest achievement. But it was while we were there, gathering rocks from the moon’s desolate landscape, that we looked up and caught a glimpse of just how incredible our own planet was. Its singular astonishing beauty. We called her Mother Earth. Because she gave birth to us, and then we sucked her dry. -Jon Stewart 

 

We only have one planet. So we better take care of it before it’s too late.

 

 

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Can you see the swans?
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Nice view of Madla residence area from Møllebukta.
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Trash everywhere!
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Disposable grills. The one on the right has still a sausage on it.
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The cottage.

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

It’s the Journey that Matters in the End

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

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!

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And finally we reached the top! Good job!