The bucket list – ten things I wanna do before I die

A while ago I started to think about things I want to do before I die. I’m not really sure how that thought popped up in my head, but none the less, it did. At first I had a hard time come up with anything at all. After some hard thinking I had like four things I wanted to do. That made me wonder if I’m this bored, none adventurist person who doesn’t want to do / dare to do anything.

I have to admit that I am scared of many things. You will never see me bungyjump or skydive. I’d rather bang my head into a wall repeatedly for ten hours than do any of those things. I am very picky when it comes to food, so whenever I think about places to travel, I never think about places where they have food I’m not found of. I could never go to Thailand, because I think I would find the food challanging to eat. I would also never go to South America for that sake, based on the same reason.

I also have to admit that I might not be the most adventurist person in the world either. I like familiar things.

After some serious thinking that lasted weeks, I have now come up with ten things I really would like to do before I die.

Go to Berlin

I have always wanted to visit Berlin. To me it seems like a very interesting city and I think it would be lots for me to photograph there.When I was on a two week vacation around Europe when I wsa 19, we had to options on the end of our trip; either go to Berlin or Hamburg. After a debate we decided to go to Hamburg, which was closer to home. We were a bit tired of being on the road/vacation and decided to take the shortest road back home. I regret now not going to Berlin. Hamburg was nice, but it’s far from as interesting as I imagine Berling would be.

See Rolling Stones Live

I have seen quite some big artists like Springsteen, U2, R.E.M, Leonard Cohen, Tina Turner and Dire Straights. What’s missing? The oh mighty Rolling Stones. I’m not a massive fan of their music, but they are iconic and I think it would be awesome to see them live onces. Who doesn’t want to see Mick Jaggers big mouth and his extra ordinary dance moves? I think they’ve been in Oslo once before. I never got around to go back then. I didn’t really think about it then. Hopefully they will come to Norway one last time? I sure hope so.

Publish a childrens book

For a long time I’ve been found of writing. When I was 13 I started to write poems. I remember impressing my parents with one poem, and it goes like this: Happiness is  life. Life is happyness. What if happyness goes away. Will there be any life left? Mum thought it was beautiful and a real good question. I’ve never been a very good writer, but I’ve always had a great fantasy. When I was like 16/17 I started on two childrens books. Well one for children and one for teens. The book for children was about a old, lonely lady with a cat. I don’t remember much from it. The book for the teens, was about a boy with a Norwegian mother and a father from Ghana. He was bullied in school and nobody saw it / did anything about it. The kid kept it to himself, like many people do, and he ended up commiting suicide. What a dramatic story. I wrote over 40 pages on that story, it got named ‘Different’ and never got finished.

Writing a childrens book would be awesome. I would have to hire someone to draw pictures, because I want pictures in the book to go along. I know a graphic designer who illustrate books and write comics among other things. She’s really good and I wouldn’t mind have here illustrate my story. So far I haven’t gotten a great idea for a book, but maybe it will come one day. If it does, I’m sure gonna be ready with a pen and paper (errr, maybe a laptop?)

Visit Asbury Park and the Stone Pony, Atlantic City and Freehold

No many may not know where these places are located. They are all located in New Jersey, USA. So why do I want to go there? It’s as cheese as it gets. Freehold is where Springsteen grew up. Asbury Park is where he started to play concerts and Stone Pony is a bar where he’s played a lot. Lots of young musicians have started their careere there. Atlantic City is a place Springsteen sings about. He even as a song called exactly that, Atlantic City.

It would be fun to see all the places he has been and where he grew up. It would mean the world to me. I would bring my best friend Linda and my camera. Every single thing that Springsteen sings about / is influenced by would be documented with my camera.

Visit Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Long time ago, it must be 15 years ago, a friend of mine and me, we planned a trip to Ireland. Well, first we thought about train travelling in England and Ireland. Then we dropped that idea and thought about renting a card. The first we did was buying a book over Ireland and find out places we wanted to visit. After that we tried to find out how much it would cost for us to rent a car. Sadly it costed so much, since we were so young and needed insurance etc, that we figured out we couldn’t afford it. You know, we were still studying at the time.

So the trip never happened. I still have the  book over Ireland and I still remember one of the places we wanted to visit. Carrick-a-Rede Rope Brigde is located up north in Northern Ireland. It spans 20 meters and are 30 meters above the rocks underneeth it. It connects the mainland and the tiny island of Carrickarede. I am pretty sure it’s a spectacular bridge and a place it would be fun to bring my camera.

Learn a new language

For a very long time I’ve wanted to learn a new language. Now I speak Norwegian and English. I also understand Swedish, but doesn’t speak it that well. It very similar to Norwegian, so it’s easy to understand it. I also can understand quite some Danish, but it sort of depends of where in Denmark they come from and how fast they speak. It’s way easier to read Danish than to listen to it.

I’m not quite sure why, but since I’v wanted to learn a new language, I’ve wanted to learn something not that many speaks. I would rather learn Russian than Spanish. I think I rather would learn a ‘odd’ language than a very common one, just because it would sound cooler to say I know Russian than Spanish.

I have some Dutch friends and for a long time I’ve thought about learning Dutch. I’ve never done anything about it though, just been thinking. I’ve searched for online courses, but I haven’t been able to find any. Most courses is in English, Spanish, French or Italian. I wouldn’t be able to practise my Spanish, French or Italian, so it would be a waste of time learning any of those. With no practise, I’m pretty sure I would forgot everything I would learn pretty quickly. That is how it went with my German. I had german in Junior High and High School. I wasn’t very good, but I learned the basics. After High School I never used it, so now most of my knowledge is gone. I do understand some, but it’s def. not enough to carry a conversation. I can say hi, how are you and goodbuy, but you don’t get far with that. (Hallo, wie gehts? Aus Wiedersehen.)

If I’m ever gonna learn a new language I think it has to be Dutch. Knowing how to speak Dutch would be cool to have on my resume.

Go to England and see Tottenham Hotspur play at White Heart Lane

I love football. The passion for football comes from my dad. He has been breathing football all his life, first as a goal keeper then a coach (for a whole team and just for goal keepers). Not only did I inherit my love for football from dad, I even ended up with the same fave English football team – Tottenham Hotspur. Back in the days, Tottenham had a Norwegian goal keeper. Since dad liked that team and they had a Norwegian goal keeper, I fell in love with that team myself.

I’ve been in England (London) twice, but I’ve never seen a football match there. The last time I visited London was in 1998 I think. Back then I bought a Tottenham scarf. I used that a lot. Now it’s been a long time since I’ve worn it.

I would love to go to London and see Tottenham play at their homeground, White Heart Lane. I don’t have many friends that are fan of football, so if I ever go, I will bring dad. He is the reason I love football and Tottenham, so it

Buy a telescope and look at stars/moon

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been fascinated by the stars. When I was a kid, I remember leaning my head back and staring at the stares for a long time. I think it would be very interesting to have a telescope and be able to look at the stars/moon.

Climb Galdhøpiggen again

Galdhøpiggen is Norways highest mountain, 2469 meter over the ocean. I have climbed that mountain once. My first attempt was when I was 14. It was less than a year after my heavy back surgery and my body wasn’t strong enough to go all the way up. I only made it half way, then I had to go back. The next year I tried again. This time I made it all the way up. It was exhausting, but I did it.

I want to to climb that mountain again. This time I want to bring my camera and take some spectacular photos, if the weather is good that is. A colleague of mine climbed Galdhøpiggen last year and it was all foggy when they came to the top. Not much to see then.

One thing is clear, I need to be more fit before I climb that mountain again. If I tried it tomorrow, I wouldn’t get far. I would be exhaused after a short while. My shape isn’t the best, sadly. So first thing would to get in shape, the next thing would be to climb that beautiful mountain!

Ride the London Eye

I have difficulties with hights. I don’t have any problems with flying or being on a balcony on the 10th floor, but being high up where I don’t feel completely safe / comfortable, is not my thing. Riding carousels that are high up or being in a ferris wheel, is not something my body likes.

Despite all this, I really want to ride the London Eye. It’s 120 meters hight. The view from the top would be awesome.

So what is on your bucket list? Tell me, I would love to know!

Dutchness – photos from the Netherlands

This is the last set of photos from this summers vacation to the Netherlands. Over 700 photos has been gone through and now I’ve edited the last batch. This is the photos that can’t be placed in any category. It is a variety of photos, spanning from airplanes to mailboxes, food and cityscapes. There is nothing much to say about these really. I think I’m going to let the photos speak for themself.

When I took this photo (the  photo above) I had my camera strapped around my neck and I held it hard with my hand. It was a bit scary, because I didn’t want to drop it while hanging with my head outside the train. I got a lot of wind in my hair. One time when a train came crossing us, I quickly backed up, got my head and camera inside the train, because I was afraid it would hit me. It felt like it was that close, even thought it probably wasn’t.

No vacation without some yummy food photos. I ate lots of good food when I was in the Netherlands. I normally don’t eat fries, because the ones we have in Norway is so thin and after they’re fried the are soaked in fat. I like the fries to be thick with lots of yummy potatoes inside. Thinking about the fries they serve at for instance Mac Donald or even Burger King (which I really like), makes me go ewww. The fries I bought in the Netherlands were thick and not a thin stick of just fried potatoes.

I ate two very yummy omelettes. Oh my, they were good. The last one I ate, was at a tiny place right beside a church/graveyard me and Chantie visited. I didn’t have that much expectation to the food. I got really surprised. It was very yummy that omelette. Look at all that yummy mushrooms, it was actually a bit too much! They were generous with everything. Nom, nom, nom.

The zoo – Natura Artis Magistra

Being at the zoo in Amsterdam was a bit bittersweet. Animals are kept in a unnatural way, captivated and far away from their natural elements. Keeping animals in a zoo is not natural, even though it’s been done for a long time. Thinking about this, it’s good to know that some of the animals that comes to the zoo is injured/hurt and would not have survived in the real life.

Knowing all this, it’s still pretty awesome to see all the different animals located in the zoo. There were so many exotic and interesting animals there; elephants, lions, monkies, wolves, zebras, wallabys, voltures etc.

We spent the entire day at the zoo and there wasn’t one boring moment throughout the whole day. I had lots of ‘wow-moments’, especially when we saw the gigantic and colorful butterflies and the zebras. There were also quite some ‘awww-moments’ too. How can you not go awww when you see penguins and baby elephants?

I took lots of photos at the zoo. You’ve already seen photos from the Aquarium. Here are some of the rest of the zoo.



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