The sea, source of all life

While being in the Netherlands for my week vacation, I visited the zoo in Amsterdam. The city zoo was big. A part of the zoo was aquarium. I love aquariums. Walking around there, watching all the fishes and sea creature, is so calming. It is also very interesting to see all the different colors/patterns the fishes got. It’s rather amazing.

I wish that I someday will have a fish tank build in a wall in my livingroom. I know that’s probably not going to happen, at least not where I live now. Keeping a fish tank, is a lot of work. But it would be awesome. I would put a chair in front of the tank, sit down, watch the fish swim around and just let my thoughts wander off. It would be totally zen!

Photographing inside the aquarium was hard. The fish doesn’t stand still, the constantly swim around, so I got a lot of blurry photos. Still I managed to gather a handfull of photos that turned out ok.

Enjoy the colorful fishes and sea life.


The fish above is called a clownfish. The name quite fitting. Just look at all the different patterns and colors. It’s amazing that the nature has given us such a fish. I wonder why only half of the body is dotted and the rest looks like a ‘normal’ fish. The fish underneeth, is a lionfish. It got a rather amazing pattern too, don’t you think? The lionfish is big and not like a small goldfish.

Above: A pretty stripy fish. Lovely colors. Underneeth: NEMO! I found Nemo :) Seeing that fish now, makes me wanna see Finding Nemo again. We also saw Dory at the aquarium, but I didn’t get a decent photo.

There will come more photos from the zoo later. I have tons of photos, but they need to be processed first. I might divide it into two posts, because I took photos of nearly every animal inside the zoo. It would be a overload to post all at once! Stay tuned!

I love Dutch bikes

While spending a week in the Netherlands, I saw a lot of bikes. When I say a lot, I really mean a lot. There is bikes everywhere! The bike paths are awesome and so different from what we have in Norway. In Oslo we barely have any bike paths at all. It’s a joke really, the bike paths we have here. I would not go biking in the city center of Oslo. I find it scary. In the Netherlands on the other hand, the bike paths are everywhere.

Biking in the Netherlands is nice. Not only because you have all these bike paths everywhere, but also because it’s so flat there. There are practically no hills, so biking gets easier than here in Norway. We have lots of hills that makes it harder to bike, at least for me who has no condition at all.

Bikes in the Netherlands are prettier than in Norway. We have lots of new, boring bikes, but it’s very different in the Netherlands. Lots of bikes get stolen, so lots of people have old bikes. Some people might not think they look very pretty, but I do. Anyone who has followed this blog for a while, knows that I love old bikes. Even though there are a lot of black/grey/dark-colored bikes in the Netherlands, I saw a lot of colorful bikes as well. I spotted brigh red, orange, lilac and light blue bikes. Oh, even a hot pink bike, that you can see at the bottom of this post.

Enjoy these photos. I think I like the green bike in the third last photo (in the diptych), just because of the awesome green color. Which one do you like?

 

Out in the forrest, in the middle of Oslo

On sunday we had a real summer day. The first one in weeks. This summer has rained away and yesterdays sun and warm weather was more than welcome. I knew it wouldn’t last long, it would probably be over today, and it was. So I thought I’d make the most of it. It is already the 20th of August and the summer is almost over. Where has it been, really? Not here at least.

I’ve been wanting to visit Maridalen for a long time now. It’s been on my to do-list for a very long time, but I’ve never had the chance to do so. Either the weather has sucked, like it has most of the summer, or other things  has gotten in the way. Last night when I was editing the photos from the trip, I realised it was 3 months, on the day, since I talked about it for the first time. When I think about it, it’s a real shame it’s only three months since I first thought about going there. I’ve been living in this city for about ten years and I’ve never been in Maridalen. I know for sure, it’s not gonna go ten years until I visit it again. When the fall sets in, I’m def. going back to soak in all the beautiful colors the fall brings.

So me and a friend took tram number 12 to the end-station, Kjelsås. From there we walked for a short while to get to one end of Maridalen. The lake, Maridalsvannet, is the lake that provides the citisen of Oslo with water. So there was a few restrictions we saw printed on a board: 1) no bathing in the water 2) stay at least 50 meters away from the water 3) no fishing. We were walking on the north side of the lake and it was impossible to get close the water anyway, we were divided from the lake by train tracks. The tracks run alongside the lake. I’ve never taken the train that way, but I’m quite sure it’s a lovely route, looking at the lake while driving by. Seeing the train tracks made me think of the old movie Stand By Me (with River Pheonix, Kiefer Sutherland etc). A great 80’s movie, if you ask me.

We had brought lunch, so after walking for quite some time, we found a spot where we could sit down and snack. I have to say that buns / bread tastes so much better out in the woods after a long walk. At home a bun with cheese taste OK, but after a long walk out in the forrest, it tastes great! I’d brought a bottle with water, but since it was so hot I drank most of it before we sat down. I needed more water, so I filled it up with some fresh water from a stream. Not much beats fresh water from a stream.

I might have mentioned this before, but Oslo contains mostly forrest. The middel of Oslo is located in the forrest and almost only the part close to the fjord is buildings, houses etc. This is one thing I love so much about this city. Within 20 from my apartment, I can be out in the forrest. I could pack a backpack, bring my tent and go camping for the weekend.

As everytime I’m out on a trip like this, I bring my camera. When I came home I had over 200 new photos. It took some time to sort them out and find the good ones, but I’ve finished and here is quite a few photos from yesterday. It was hard to pick the best, so I ended up with 30!

Doesn’t the forrest look inviting?

 

A day at the beach

Two weeks ago, I came home from a weeks vacation in the Netherlands, visiting my friend Chantie. With me, in my bag, I had a memory card filled with over 700 photos. Yes, you read it right, over 700 photos.

On my seven days vacation, we did various of things like going to the zoo, visit a petting farm, visit the beach, bikeing, shopping, eating delisious lunches at cosy cafes/restaurants, watch movies, play Rummy etc. I brought my camera where ever I got and that is the reason for my 700 photos.

The vacation started off real good with 27 degrees celcius, sunny and not a cloud on the sky. We could only do one thing, go to the beach. So we packed our bags, found our bikes (I borrowed Chantie’s mums bike!) and set off to this little place by the North Sea called Egmond aan Zee. It was about a 10 km. bike trip to get there and it went faster than I had imagined. The Netherlands is flat, so that’s one reason for the bike trip to go so fast.

We stayed at the beach for a long time. It was nice to relax and soak in the sun. I even dared to take a swim in the North Sea. It was a bit cold as soon as I got into the water, but once my body got used to the temp, it was pure fun to be out in the water. Since it was so hot, it was quite refreshing to take a swim. The water wasn’t as salty as I thought it would be. I prefere to swim in fresh water, so I was very pleased it wasn’t as salty as expected.

I brought my camera to the beach and I’m so happy I did. When we arrived, had locked our bikes and headed towards the beach I got the feeling I was heading to a beach I’ve only seen in tv-series / movies. I felt like being on a American beach. It felt good! I popped out my camera imideately and snapped away.

Here are some of the photos from my day at the beach.

After being at the beach for a while, we had to get something to eat. Egmond aan Zee is a fish-town, so we had to eat fish. I ate fish and chips for the first time in my life! I’m not very fan of chips, at least not the thin chips you’ll get at the fastfood chains like McDonalds or Burger King. The chips at this tiny restaurant, however, was thinker and yummier. I ate a  lof of them. The fish, don’t remember what kind, was delish. I woudn’t be surprised if it was fished today, that’s how fresh it tasted.

The bike ride home took a bit longer than the bike ride to the sea. That’s because we took a different route home, so we could see other parts of Holland. I also had big pain in the ass because I’d biked so long, but I’m not gonna talk about that!

All in all, a lovely day that I will cheris for a long time, since we’ve had such a crappy summer in Norway weather wise this year.

Next on the Netherlands-menu, I think is either bikes or animals from the zoo. Stay tuned to find out.

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