Oslo In The Snow

I and my girlfriend went to Oslo this last weekend. Going from the second biggest city in Norway to the biggest city may not seem like it would be that different, but in a country as sparsely populated as Norway, this was something of a big-city vacation for us.

We were mostly going to visit a friend of my girlfriend, who had moved to Oslo many years ago.

Her parents still living in Bergen, she had visited us a few times, and this would be the first time we reciprocated.

We met up in the city center, then proceeded to walk around to see the sights for much of the day, stopping in stores along the way.

While Oslo was not much colder than Bergen, it was much more covered in snow. In Bergen you usually get snow, then rain, then ice, then snow, and so on, so it is more slippery than wintry here at this time of year.

Much of the distance we covered was along this river. At the point pictured here,  much of a waterfall had been frozen completely over, with the water making a new river in and under this new ice-“landscape”.

It was hard to capture just how cool this looked on camera, but if it does not come across, I am pretty sure that you could safely walk over that ridge. Not a risk I would be willing to take, but still.

At the end of the walk we stopped at a food hall, where I ate a delicious chicken-leg burger, before we later met up with our friend again, at her apartment, where she had cooked some wonderful summer rolls.

I really over-ate that day.

 

All in all it was a great little mini-vacation, and I really needed that after not traveling anywhere last year.

It made my participation in The Time Travel Blogathon slightly harder, since that took place at the same time, but it all worked out quite well.

Looking forward to our next trip already, wherever it may be!

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I Made A Weird Video

When I was a teen, I made YouTube videos.

They were mostly badly acted sketches and fan-tributes to Doctor Who, using music and footage that I did not own.

 

I have recently been thinking about getting back into it, but this time I want to make completely original stuff, using content I am allowed to.

 

The video above is the first I have made in years.

It may not be very good, and the absurdist humor may not be for everyone, but making this video was a necessity to move on.

 

I had to learn a new editing system, familiarise myself with all

the changes YouTube has made

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Writing Inspiration #3 – Nature

In my last post I told you about how the Hamilton-song “Non Stop” shames me into writing. This time I want to write about the beauty and horror you can find in nature, when taking a hike.

 

Walking in nature is great for your creativity!

Even the glacier-hike I mentioned here before set my mind ablaze with ideas about the troll-kingdoms “probably” living under those mountains.

 

The nature part is the most important.

Nature can seem random

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Glacier Hike

I’m continuing with my project of curating my own facebook photos.

We are still in 2008, but this time the subject is a mountain hiking vacation I spent with my mother’s side of my family in the Norwegian mountain-range Jotunheimen.

My grandmother loves walking in the mountains, so it was there she wanted to celebrate her birthday in ’08.

We stayed at the hotel Leirvassbu. That location had been used to film the 2006 Norwegian horror movie Cold Prey just two years prior, and we watched that there one night.

One day I, my uncle, his dog and my cousin joined up with a group that were going on a hike far up in the mountains, to a glacier.

This was just prior to my year in the military, and I must have been at the most unhealthy spot I have ever been this far in my life. I weighed almost 100 kg.

But I felt I could not miss that experience, so I joined up.

The climb was steep, but I got some really cool pictures.

 

Just a little before we reached the top of the mountain we were hiking up, I just could not keep going any further.

I was too cold and tired to keep climbing, so I let the rest of the group continue while I rested there for 20 minutes.

I may not have reached the tippy-top of the mountain, but coming down I still felt great for having managed what I did.

And now, writing this, I feel even more great.

Because I know that if this were this year, I would absolutely get to the top!

 

 

Here’s the entire album 🙂

Hiking in Jotunheimen 2008

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