Lofoten – Ramberg beach, Sakrisøy & Reine

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I’ve come to the last day on my vacation in Lofoten this summer. Previous days can be read about here, here, here and here.

My flight back to Oslo was scheduled to leave at 7 PM. Since the airport was only a few minutes from where I stayed, you could see it from the terrace, and it’s VERY small, I only had to be there like 40 minutes before takeoff. That meant I had quite some hours to spend before I left. 

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Lofoten – Henningsvær & Svolvær

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On the forth day in Lofoten Linda and I went on a roadtrip again. This time it was only the two of us. There was going to be some shopping included so Glenn didn’t want to come, he wanted to walk in the mountains in stead. We asked Linda’s mother-in-law to join us, but she wanted to stay at home. 

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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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Forest of my childhood

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Last weekend I went to the countryside, to my parents place where I grew up. It’s always nice to be there, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s so much more quiet there. I was visiting a friend of mine, an uncle and spending a some time with my parents. I grew up close the the forest, it’s just a minute away from our house.

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The beach

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Last year I went to the Netherlands again visiting my friend Chantal. Visiting her have become a yearly thing. The weather was so nice, we decided to bike to the beach again. Chantal lives in Alkmaar, 45 minutes north of Amsterdam. As the year before we decided to go to beach at Egmond aan Zee, it’s only a 30 minutes bike ride away.

As you can see it was sunny day, with a clear blue sky and it was warm. The sand was hot, too hot to walk barefoot in and it was the right amount of wind to cool you down a bit and play with kites.

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Trägårdsföreningen

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I’ve been to Sweden a couple of times this summer. My Dutch friend Chantal visited me and we went on a 4 day trip to Gothenburg. We took the train, it took 4 hours. I had booked us a room at a lovely boat hotel, a tiny bit outside the city center, but close to the central station.

On the second day in Gothenburg, we visited Trägårdsföreningen. It’s a park full of flowers, trees, a lovely cafe, a big restaurant with an outdoor area and green grass big enough to host conerts. We saw them build a stage, so I think a concert was just around the corner. As you can see, the sun was shining and it was a lovely summer day. All the different flowers / plants were amazing. I love walking in gardens like this one.

On  our last day in Gothenburg we had to leave the hotel before noon. The train didn’t leave before 18.00, so we had quite some time to kill. We decided to spend the hours in the park, since we had our luggage with us and didn’t want to walk around with it. And after all, it was sunday, so not many shops were open and we didn’t want to spend much money. We spent the hours sitting in the park, reading, watching people going by us rating their outfits (socks in sandals is a BIG NO NO!) and eating a lovely lunch at the cafe. Chantie had a lovely salad and I had a yummy ham/cheese sandwich.

We took lots of photos in the garden. At least I did. Here are the photos I liked the most.

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There will come more photos from Sweden and Gothenburg later. Hopefully I’ll be able to share some in a few days.

A berry good time in the forrest

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Last weekend when I was at Lierfoss, I went to the forrest to pick berries with my parents. We try to do that every year. Normally we walk through the forrest close to our home.  It starts only a few  hundred meters from the house. This year we wanted to try some place else. We decided to try my uncles forrest, which is located a 5 minute drive away from us.

This year we wanted to pick blueberries. When we had parked the car and started walking we saw some bushes with wild raspberries. We also spotted some on our way into the forrest.  So we decided to pick some raspberries on our way back.

Little did we know that we would find cloudberries in that forrest as well. That made us all happy, esp. dad. He loves cloudberries.

I had to bring my camera on this forrest trip. I love being in the forrest and photographing it. What I didn’t like was all the bites I got from ants and mosqitos. An ant bit me in my foot and it hurt so, so bad. I don’t think I’ve been bitten by an ant where it has hurt as bad as that did. Yesterday morning I counted all my bites and I found 12! They itch, some more than others. I have three on my right hand that is very annoying.

Oh well, enough about the bites and back to the photos. Here they are:

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Exploring London

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While being in London in May, I took a lot of photos. So far you’ve seen photos from the London Eye and Hyde Park. I also took photos while we visited spesific areas like Covent Garden, Chinatown and Camden and just random places we went to. When photographing I wanted to capture some of the essensial things about London / England, so I took some photos near Buckingham Palace and Big Ben, but I also just captured random things.

I would have to divide this into two posts, just because there is quite some photos I want to show you. Here are the first batch:

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More photos are comming soon. Stay tuned for more London! :)

 

 

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?

 

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