Bits and bobs from Oslo pt. II

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The past two months, I’ve been out photographing in  Oslo. There hasn’t been anything in particular I’ve been aiming to shoot, I have just wanted to shoot things I that catches my eyes and I find pretty / interesting. I’ve also wanted to spend more time with my 35mm lens, so that have been my primary lens when I’ve been out photographing. I’ve been walking around different parts of time, both the center of Oslo and the west side.

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Lofoten – the midnight sun

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Last week, on friday afternoon, I went on a mini vacation to Lofoten. My dear friend Linda’s boyfriend Glenn is from Lofoten. They were there on vacation and I came to visit. I had the pleasure to stay at Glenn’s parents house during my 5 days stay and it couldn’t have been better or more welcoming.

Lofoten is an archipelago and is known for a distinctive scenery with mountains and peaks, open ocean and sheltered bays, beaches and vast untouched lands. It offers surfing, cycling and many rock climbing and mountaineering opportunities.

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Colorful Oslo III

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The fascination for colorful buildings haven’t stopped yet and when you walk around Oslo you’ll see many of them. You just have to go to places that’s not in the middle of Oslo, stay away from the parade street Karl Johan’s gate and the streets where the shops are located. If you avoid the inner city, there are many of beautiful building with different colors.

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Colorful Oslo II

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June has really graced us with great weather here in Oslo. For days now it has been warm and sunny. Early this week the temp was close to 30C; it has cooled off a little bit now and today I think it was 23C.

I put on a summer dress this morning, ready to embrace the city. First on my to-do list was to run some errands downtown and I had planned to meet up with my friend Ellen. We stopped by a few stores, bought a few things, walked around time, devoured an icecream each and sat under a tree and played a geography quiz on her phone. After three hours together we parted, she had another meeting.

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Winter wonderland

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I’ve been neglecting this blog for a very long time. I started this blogpost A YEAR AGO and I forgot to post it. That’s how things have been… I had planned to post some other photos from a photo walk a week ago. But since I hadn’t posted the photos below, I’ll post them later.

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Easter

Easter is just around the corner. I’m not a Christian so to me Easter doesn’t evolve around Jesus being cruzified, getting up from the dead and travel to heaven. To me Easter is time off the office, eating eggs, watching criminal series on the TV, eating candy and be with friends.

This Easter I’m not going to be in Norway. I’m travelling to see Chantie (and Cisca), which will be awesome! So I won’t be able to see any of my other friends that I could’ve seen this Easter.

Not long ago I came up with the idea to create and send some Easter cards to some of my friends. I’ve never done that before, but one time have to be the first, right? I doubt I’ll make this a tradition, but since I’m going away I thought it could be nice. It’s always nice to get a card in the mail, right? I think so at least. I love to get written cards and letters. It’s so much better than getting an e-mail or something posted on your facebook wall.

So the past weeks I’ve created some cards. Four to be exact.

Each card says ‘Happy Easter’.

I bought a lot of different yellow and green cardboard for these cards. Too much. I haven’t used half of it. Well, I’m pretty sure I’ll get it used some other time. The rabbit is from a clear-stamp set I bought  few weeks ago. I first bought the clear stamp set (called Friends in the forrest) for my friend Sissel’s birthday. When she had her scrapping birthdayparty I borrowed it and liked it so much I had to buy it myself. I find that rabbit very cute and it fits as a Easter Rabbit.

In addition to the card I’m gonna put candy like pictured above in the envolope. Just to ‘spice it up’ a bit.

Sending a little surprise card to a few friends is something everybody should do once in a while. It doesn’t take that much time and I’m pretty sure it would mean a lot to the recciver. You don’t even have to make the card as I did, you can buy one.

Now go send someone a card! ;)

Papers & organizing

I had my first day at work after the Christmas holiday today. Man, it was tiring. I fell asleep late last night and didn’t get enough sleep. My breakfast was two donuts and a glass of milk.

When I left the office I had to go to the postoffice to post a few things. I went downtown. My packages was already pre-stamped so I just had to deliver them. No queue!

I treated myself with a trip to two scrapbooking stores after that; Steffens and Panduro. I had two things I needed:

Cardboard in various colors. I picked a little bit of everything. It’s good to have some basic paper when you’re gonna make cards. That Bloom & Grow pattern paper was on sale. My mind tricked me into thinking I needed it. I got a lot of pattern paper for Christmas (from my scrapping-friend  Sissel), but this was so beautiful and on sale…

Storrage for my cardboard and pattern paper. I do have one of the boxes (bottom picture) already, but it’s full! I need to devide the papers in two categories; one with pattern paper and one with one-color cardboard.

I also bought a few other things on sale. Some Christmas things; stickers for Christmas light, stickers for gift-tags or cards and two of the same plywood figure for Christmas cards.

Now I’m ready to make lots of cards; mostly birhtday cards. I have some upcoming birthdays that I need cards for. And I think I’m gonna give a set with five or ten birthdaycards as presents as well.

It will be a lot easier to do this now,  since I’ve tidied up in my scrapbook-things. I put away all the Christmas things and organized the rest.

I’m good to go :)

Walks & photos

Sunday was really nice! I was at Lierfoss at my parents house. The sun was shining and I smiled waking up seeing some blue sky. After breakfast dad and I, we wrapped us in warm clothes and headed for the forrest, our very own. We were going to find a tree to put out on the terrace.

We walked for about five and then we found a tree. None of us expected it to turn up so fast. We’ve been out looking for Christmas trees before and it’s never been this easy. But we didn’t stop walking. Dad wanted to show me this hight, were I could take pictures from. From up there we would be able to see a part of my tiny hometown.

On our way down we walked by an old ski-jump where I used to play when I was a kid. Dad too. I rarly jumped, cos I was afraid of that. But I drove down the landingslope. Sometimes I used my skies, but sometimes used one of my sledges.

Dad told stories from his childhood, which I listened to with big enthusiasm. It was fun listening to him.

After I had helped dad put up the tree on the terrace, I went out on my phototrip. First by car and then by foot. I needed pictures for one (and maybe two) calendars.

I took a lot of pictures. I wish I had started on the photowalk a bit soon than I did, because at 14.07 the sun was gone behind the hill. It was still bright outside, but you didn’t have the sunlight.

It was just great to be outside while the sun shone and take pictures of other things than just doors! I felt good. When I took the picture of the shadow of me (botton, right) I saw throgh the viewfinder that it would be a smashing picture and I felt so genuinly happy. I remember saying out loud: I love to take pictures! ;)

Now I have to sit down and figure out what picture to include in the calendar for my uncle Einar. And I have to figure out if I have enough pictures for a calendar to my other uncle, Bjarne too. it will be difficult, but it has to be done.

Wish me good luck!

Obamarama

Oslo went crazy yesterday and this morning. Barack Obama came yesterday to accept the Nobel Peace Prize. This was a big deal for a lot of people and people made a lot of fuzz about it.  The President of the United States of America was coming. Pretty huge!

I kept myself away from the city center yesterday. I was occupied with other things; movie with two friends, we saw A Christmas Carol which was great!

But I still  managed to get a piece of the Obama-cake. He was going to drive past our office, on his way to the hotel downtown. When I headed for work and was close to the office I saw lots of policemen and half closed streets. The security was high priority.

We could, the support department at the office, follow the madness outside from the office windows. I could turn my head to the left and then I saw everything that was going on outside. A bunch of people had taken stand at the nearby gas station to get a glimpse of the cars.

Around 09.15 he and his entourage came down the highway, left it and drove by our office. It was insanely many cars. Around 30 maybe? And it was impossible to see which one he sat in, because they were all black looked a like.

And today we watched him leave.

I guess he is in on of the two last cars above. They look exactly the same so nobody would know where he is.

That truck, it reminds me of those trucks you see in American movies. You kind of expect the back doors to open and that a whole SWAT team to reveal!

The helicopter flew around both days. Today it flew so low that I would not have been surprised if the landed on the rooftop of our building. We could just hear it and then suddenly we see it closely; close enough to see the men with machine guns, ready to take down anything that it threatening Obama. It felt much like an american war-movie!

Everything was over in a short time and it was time to go back to business as usual.

I have to say, and I might seem very starstruck now, but I think it’s pretty cool to have seen Obama’s cars and the whole entourage. I have been closer to Obama than I thought I ever would be! It is mighty cool!

After all, he is the President of the United States of America. He’s not just somebody.

That said, I would rather spend one minute with Springsteen than one hour with Obama. ;)

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