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.

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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.

The Danish Zebras

This picture was also taken in the Lion park in Denmark in early June. Over the years I’ve learned (along with a lot of people) that Zoos and any place involving animals as an attraction can be a tricky situation. There are places that ignore the animals welfare for the sake of earning money and entertaining people, and there are the places where the animal welfare is considered the key thing. The thing is to be aware that it’s happening, such as many ongoing issues in the world, and support the places that make a home for the animals or the organizations that support the wild life where it lives.

There are places that ignore the animals welfare for the sake of earning money and entertaining people, and there are the places where the animal welfare is considered the key thing. The thing is to be aware that it’s happening, such as many ongoing issues in the world, and support the places that make a home for the animals or the organizations that support the wild life where it lives.

As far as I could tell, the animals at Givskud Zoo had a lot of space and places to hide if they felt like it. And it seems like they’ve worked to make sure the animals like the area and the fellow animals.

Crossing borders

Crossing borders can be a strange thing. I’ve grown up in a Europe post the Schengen Agreement (at least the part of my life I remember), so the crossing of borders has often been “OK, according to the signs, we’ve passed the border now”. Lately, the borders have been more enforced, but to a varying degree.

Last year we went in a car with Norwegian plates between Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and back to Norway again, and there was some variation. Norway to Denmark was getting off a boat, and no checking of passports. Going from Denmark to Sweden it seemed like it was enough to be white and female in a Norwegian car. And from Sweden to Norway we started to hand them our passports, but seeing the outside seemed to be enough.

This year, between Norway, Denmark, and Germany, there was also not much checking. But it seems noticeable in a different way than when I was a kid. Mostly because of the media and the ferry company telling us to remember our passports, because they’ll check, but also because

But it seems noticeable in a different way than when I was a kid. Mostly because of the media and the ferry company telling us to remember our passports, because they might check them, but also because I pay attention to it in a different way as an adult. Are the borders noticeable if you cross them where you live? And do the people and affairs surrounding the borders affect how you feel when you cross them (if you can)?

Are the borders noticeable if you cross them where you live? And do the people and affairs surrounding the borders affect how you feel when you cross them (if you can)?

This picture was taken as we entered Norway driving north on E6 through Sweden in late July 2017.