Hello Countryside!

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. ūüėÄ 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?

 

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Dedication

Before I hit the sack, I just want to share this photo of my hubby. I’m sure that he’ll protest once he sees this but I’m just proud of him. Today he worked alone on the installation of the laminates and it amazed me how he put his 100% on this task. You see, doing something that you don’t normally do is not that simple. If I were to do this, I’m sure that it will take me days to complete just a small part of the room.

This is one of the things that I noticed with the Norwegians in general, they love to renovate their houses/flats. Of course who wouldn’t love to have a cosy place if you are living in a cold country. Since the manpower is expensive here, they do the reparations and renovations mostly by themselves. Well except for the electricity and piping though. You need professionals to do that or else you wouldn’t be allowed to rent it out or sell it for a good price.

Anyway, thanks for dropping by and reading my entries. Have a great week ahead. ūüôā

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A Rare Phenomenon

It is already mid October and the weather is surprisingly lovely in most parts of the country for almost two weeks now. I am not complaining though. The weather is just perfect for hikes, road/boat trips, picnics and you name it but do not let the sunshine and the blue skies fool you because it is absolutely cold.

A week ago we visited my partner’s family and while the bf was busy with his father’s garage I took our dog and the dog of his sister out for a walk. My plan was to go to Vardetangen but had to change course because I suddenly got a problem with one of the dogs. So I followed the sign to Fonnes kai(quay) instead and tada, a beautiful scenery welcomed us.

Times like this should be spent wisely, especially here in Norway because you never know what the next days gonna be when it comes to weather. For some reasons it is not easy to predict the weather anymore.

 

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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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!