The Countryside of Skipton

I love traveling when you have great weather. Don’t get me wrong, a rainstorm can be relaxing and make a good story, but there’s nothing like nice weather that permits you to walk around and stop wherever you feel like.

When I went to Skipton in June 2013, we had great weather the days we were there, so getting on a train to go to Leeds, while fun, felt slightly wrong when the weather was great outside. But we got to see Leeds in a nice weather as well as getting a nice view of the Yorkshire countryside from the train.

There’s something about traveling with a possibility to stop and view places and things you never knew of or planned on seeing that I really like.

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Flags, and not the Internet-kind

This picture is taken on the 17th of May 2016 in the city center of Stavanger. The 17th of May is the date Norway celebrates its constitution, and it’s one of the days when all public buildings and other places with a flagpole will put up the Norwegian flag.

It’s not common in Norway to hoist the flag every day. We have a set of days where one must hoist the flag (i.e. 17th of May, the birthdays of the royal family, some Christian holidays, and other days of historic importance for Norway – Wikipedia list), and otherwise it’s a bit more optional if you have a personal reason to put a flag up on the flagpole.

17th of May is always the day when you’ll find the most Norwegian flags around in the city. We’ll walk in parades and wave our flags, or watch others walk in a parade, and wave our flags at them. It’s a day we express our joy of the nation, the joy of being part of something bigger, and the joy of celebrating something together with family, friends, and total strangers that you’ll say hi or congratulations to at some point of the day.

The rest of the year, we’re mostly not that nationalistic. We’re not that celebratory. We won’t put our flag up for no reason. We know that as a nation and a people there is more to do to make the country a home for the people who live here, and the people who come to live here. We’ll criticise the government, and we’ll vote at the elections to earn the right to criticise it.

But every year on the 17th of May, without fail, we’ll put up our flags, sing our national anthem, and mostly criticise the weather or the woolen bunad-costumes we wear (that are heavy, and doesn’t really flatter anyone, yet looks good on pretty much everyone).

This post mainly comes from all the stuff that’s been going on lately, and me thinking about how flags are treated differently around the world. I’ll leave you with one last fun fact about the Norwegian flag: When the flag is getting worn or broken, one is to separate the flag into the different colored pieces, so it’s no longer recognizable as the Norwegian flag, and dispose of it or burn it.

 

More or less a bridge

Luckily I wasn’t planning on crossing this bridge when I was out for a walk in Jegersberg in early May 2016, but it’s not that uncommon to find bridges and other things that haven’t been fixed in a long time around in the nature in Norway.

But that is one of the great things in Norway, it’s usually not far to nature and places to go for a walk. That also means it’s pretty common to go for smaller walks often, than preparing for a longer hike less often. I used to live nearby Jegersberg, and it was nice being able to go outside and walk on gravel or dirt roads and see what nature has to offer. I used to do it a lot if I needed to clear my head and not think about all the pages I needed to read and write for my studies.

A Danish Church

When on a road-trip in Denmark, one will see Danish buildings and churches. This picture was taken in mid-June 2012, as we were passing a Danish church being renovated on the island of Møn.

This is Elmelunde Church, and according to the church’s Danish website (English Wikipedia-link), the oldest church on Møn. The building started around 1085 and was added to since on multiple occasions over the years.

We passed the church on our way to visit the cliffs of Møn, which I’ve written about before here, here and here.

The princesses in Disney and the girls of the real life

In the Disney-store in London, this quote is placed above the staircase down to the basement: “For every girl who Dreams Big, there’s a Princess to show her it’s possible”
Or at least they’re working on it.
This picture was taken when we visited in mid-April 2016, and while I know I’m not exactly the target audience for the store, there were a lot of cool things there.

A place I miss

I spent three years as a student living in Kristiansand, and two of the things I miss most (in addition to the people) is the weather and nature. I miss walking around and exploring the town and nature surrounding it, and I miss having the nice weather to do it. Kristiansand doesn’t have that many steep hills, so a Sunday walk can be pretty common in nice weather.

This picture was taken in mid-July 2016 from Christiansholm fortress in Kristiansand. The blue building to the left in the picture is the location of NRK Sørlandet, the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation in southern Norway.

The silent Ben

Last year, I went to London with a friend of mine for a weekend in mid-April. We had fun, were pretty lucky with the weather and got to see places like Emirates Stadium and Big Ben.

I’ve written about Big Ben (and the Elizabeth tower) before, but recently the clock was stopped, and this picture just jumped out at me. I always find it cool how well the tower comes out in a picture, and it just makes me go back and take more pictures of it.

The round tower in Copenhagen

In June 2012 I visited Denmark, and one of the places we stayed was in Copenhagen. My sister and I visited the tower, and inside most of the tower, this is how the way up looks. At the top, there is a staircase to get up to the last floor, and out on the platform to see Copenhagen from above.

We had pretty nice weather so we could see Copenhagen, but we wore dresses on a windy day, so we also spent time holding our dresses down.

Welcome to Skipton

In June 2013, I spent a few days in Skipton in the sunshine, and I’ve pretty much been wanting to go back since. (This is in no way sponsored, it was just that nice of a trip) I feel like Yorkshire has a reputation of not the best weather (pretty much like Rogaland in Norway), but when the weather is nice, it’s just a great place to relax a few days. If you’d like a place with green fields, cows, sheep, good food, a few places to visit, and a relaxing atmosphere, there are few reasons not to go to Skipton.

I’ve written about the trip before, in case you wanted to see a bit more of it. During the trip, we visited Skipton, Bangor in Wales, and Dublin in Ireland all in a bit less than two weeks.

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square can be a pretty busy place in London. This picture is from a visit in mid-April 2016, and it was a decent crowd for a day in the April sun. I remember visiting London in July 2011 and randomly coming across the premiere of the last Harry Potter movie. We knew it was happening while we were in London, but hadn’t quite registered how and where the event would take place. So a plan to meet up at Trafalgar Square turned into let’s meet at this book shop instead, we’ll see you when you get around the crowds.