Sometimes you just need to go outside and start walking, and some of those times you might end up with a view like this. One of the things I like about walking around in Norway is that suddenly there’ll be an opening with a view. Sometimes it is trees in the way, sometimes it’s buildings or mountains, but most of the time a viewing point isn’t too far away.
The picture was taken up in the mountains in Sirdal in the easter of 2016.
A few years ago, I was out walking after it had snowed. One of the things about snow in Stavanger and Sandnes is that it usually disappears pretty quickly again. It might melt away or rain away, but we get a few days of “oh, it’s snowing!” and public transport chaos. At least it looks pretty while the snow falls.
The picture was taken on a parking lot in Sandnes in January 2012, but the area has later been changed from a parking lot to a building with a nursing home, apartments, a few stores and restaurants, and underground parking spaces.
This was taken late November 2015 in Kristiansand, when they had turned on the lights for the large Christmas tree in the city centre.
One of the things I like about December is how the streets fill up with lights, and the darkness that has been increasingly sneaking up on us is slightly decorated. The darkness that fills the streets and town, that you might not notice that well until the lights are lit. We don’t seem to notice how dark the outside gets, or how dark it gets for ourselves before something breaks or a light is lit. So, as we move away from 2017, a long year that kept going really quickly, and move into 2018 I hope you’ll try to keep the lights lit, and that 2018 will be one of your best years so far. Happy holidays, happy new year, and good luck with 2018!
Last year I visited a Christmas marked on Grim in Kristiansand. In one of the streets they had decorated for Christmas, and there were booths that sold anything you could connect to Christmas (and more). It was really magical walking around, looking at the decorations and trying different kinds of jam.
This picture was taken in December 2016, and I really liked how they had decorated the house and the garden. It was Christmassy, but not too much. Hope you’re having a peaceful time wherever you are, and that there will be more peaceful times ahead for us all.
Bohus Fortress can be found in the town of Kungälv, a twenty-minute drive from Gothenburg. The town holds a lot of history in the Nordic heritage site, has a cracker factory, and a lot of Pokémon stops (a fun fact we took use of).
This picture was taken in late July 2016, when we stopped at a nearby hotel for a night and got to see the fortress. We ended up stopping at a grocery store in town and had a picnic near the fortress.
Every year, one of the trees surrounding Breiavannet in the center of Stavanger are filled with hanging heart lights. And every year I see it and sigh as if things are right in the world. While other trees are also decorated, they are decorated with more common lights, making this tree extra special.
This picture was taken in mid-December 2009, but the lights are back this year as well, looking as heart-filled and -shaped as ever. I’ve posted pictures of the tree before, but it’s one of the things that gets me ready for the Holidays.
Møns Klint can be found in the south-east of Denmark, and one can visit chalk cliffs previously mentioned here. To get from the centre and parking space, there are steps to get down to the beach.
But be warned, it’s mentioned at the top that it takes 15 min. In case you didn’t make the connection, that’s a lot of steps, so when you get back up the stairs, you might want to stop by the center to have some ice cream or a different treat.
When we visited in late June 2012, they sold ice cream made on the island of Møn, and it was truly delicious. (I’m not sponsored by them, though I definitely wish I could have the ice cream again).
Street art covers a piece of a wall or a box and adds something to it, without it being in the way for the use of the thing. As with this box in Kristiansand, the code can still be read, but the box adds a bit color and charm to the place.
I took the picture in early May 2017, but by then the piece of art had been there a while. It seems to be part of something called Panther project and there are a few other places around in Kristiansand that also has some sort of street art by the same artist. What I’ve seen from the Panther project seems like a simple piece that adds something to a blank space, and it gives it something special.
I’m born and raised in Europe, and that’s meant that for me, Disneyland Paris has been Disneyland. And since I was born in the month and year it opened (April 1992), I’ve always felt a bit close to it. My first visit was when I was 5 years old, and so was the park. The other visits have been when I was 8 and 18, so no real celebration. I wondered about going back when I was 20 or 25, but money and time got away. It would be fun going back as an adult, and spend the time around the park with no other obligations. Preferably in april, so I could celebrate my birthday and the park opening. Maybe I’ll get to do it one day.
This picture was taken late June 2010. Have you been to Disneyland Paris, or any of the other parks?
One of the weird things about fall turning into winter is how the parts of nature that seem to have been dying the last few months suddenly are covered with frost and snow, and the world seems slightly more alive again. Gone are the brown leaves on the ground, and suddenly the world is colder yet cozier. I really like fall, with the trees going yellow and red, the wind blowing (more than usual), and the temperatures falling, but not enough for snow yet, just time to find scarves and a coat.
Even if I’m from Norway, I’m not used to the snow staying for longer periods of time around where I live, so the times it happens, I try to adapt to what’s happening around me. And I’m still trying to find a way that will keep me warm, but not have me looking as though I’m on my way to a kindergarten.
This picture is from Jegersberg, which is an area in Kristiansand where one can go for a walk or a hike, swim or bike, and it was taken at the end of November 2015. The strangest part of taking this photo was that on my side of the road it was frost and on the other side there was no frost at all.