Stress has taken a toll on me these past few months. Physically, I got migranes and low energy. Mentally, I got depressed because of the situation we are in. Despite the effort to exercise and eat healthy, I felt that nothing is working. Good thing I have friends who motivate me to take a break and relax. I’m also thankful for those friends who stay despite our distance and lack of time to talk with each other.
Last month, I took a very short trip to Stavanger and Førde. The latter was an unplanned trip. My friend from Sandnes picked me up and then we drove to Førde to fetch our friend and her baby. Before we left and drove back to Stavanger, we went to the tourist attraction in Førde which is the Rex Garden. This garden is just a hundred meters away from my friend’s home.
So, what’s the story behind Rex Garden? Well according to my friend, this nature park is run by someone who apparently has a huge passion for landscaping. The park/garden has lots of plants and flowers. That’s why it is attracting visitors from other places. The wooden statues and sculptures here were made by a local artist from the area. The place is also beautiful because it is situated by the sea and a perfect place for grilling during the summer days.
Skausnøya or Skausen tour is our one of must hike and must see for us here in Lindås in Alver kommune (county). It’s been almost two years since we moved here and to think that we’re just two minutes drive from this hike makes me think that we’ve been either the laziest persons here or just the busiest. Hmm.. I think it’s the latter. There had been an attempt though during the first year, but I was 9 months pregnant, I was too heavy so we just turned around.
Anyway, there are many options to where one can start the hike to Skausnøya, but I think the easiest way is to start from Vågseidet and park the car along the side of the road by the bus stop. From Bergen, it only takes around 45 minutes drive. From the bus stop it takes around 1 to 1.5 hour to the top.
This hike is a special one because this is the first time we went hiking with our toddler. My hubby took the honor to carry the little one to and from the mountain top. 🙂 Everything went fine until we reached the top. LO started complaining. But, what can we expect? LO is just a toddler and sitting on the carrier the whole hike is sure boring. So we resolved this by taking more breaks as we decended from the top.
As for me, I wasn’t in my top form during this hike. I had to walk slower than normal because my right knee started to ache and I was exhausted because of lack of rest. However, that didn’t stop me from finishing the hike. Just had to take longer breaks, though.
Half way through the top, there’s a stop place where anyone can take a break, sit down on the bench and enjoy the scenery.
There are also small rivers along the way. The water is safe to drink. How do I know? Well, I forgot my drinking bottle, so I had no choice but to drink from here. Yet here I am still alive and writing! 😀
The paths are easy to spot because they’re marked, but there are many steep areas. I’m glad that I have a good pair of hiking shoes because this hike is not an easy one. Some areas could be muddy, wet, full of snow or dry.
After the narrow part, I thought that I’m just a meter or two away from the top. But, wrong! There’s still more to go. I was about to give up but my LO and hubby were waiting for me on the top. Then there’s the snow that concerned me a bit because there might be a thin layer of ice under which means slippery. Thankfully, it’s not slippery!
After 10 or 15 minutes, I finally saw my hubby and LO. It’s a very nice feeling to be able to reach them after the struggles that I had on my way up.
Skausnøya is 363 meters above sea level. Not that bad but there are steep paths to consider. Nevertheless, every thing is beautiful here. I must say that it’s worth every struggle.
Bergen is the second largest city in Norway next to Oslo and is located in the west. Bergen is a very charming city because of its unique architecture, breathtaking views and lively people. It is also known as the rainiest city in Norway because of its geography. There are Seven mountains surrounding the city which makes Bergen one of the most visited hiking places in the country and in Europe as well.
Aside from the Seven mountains, there are many hiking spots in Bergen. One of them is Toppenipa at Åsane which is just 10-15 minutes drive from the city center,
So, I’ve been here 3 times already and I never get tired of this city. There are still so much to explore and to learn. I’ll definitely keep coming back. 🙂
Oh yes, we grill, play under the sun, and sunbathe!
Tasty chicken bbq and grilled corn by my friend.
Chaos? Nah, it’s just sunny in Stavanger. At Vaulen.
My friend Brendan trying to look like he’s drowning but for me he looks like as if he’s calming down the water .
Small beach. Too bad the water’s too cold for me.
Testing the water. It’s ice cold!!!
Picnic with friends.
The swan was provoked by the dog, so it’s really angry and was on its offence mode. The little dog ‘s not intimidated though.
A party boat. It has big speakers on board and a group of teenagers on it.
Norwegians are hungry for the heat because of the long winter. We seldom get a very nice weather (warm and sunny) here, so when the sun comes out, everybody gets gaga. Grateful for the very nice summer weather during the weekend.
The temperature’s around 26 C and it’s really warm under the sun.