Preparing for trekking in Bhutan at Dronningberget

When I woke up this morning I felt that today is the most splendid day to start the preparation for our journey to India and Bhutan in october. This journey will be a combination of trekking at high altitude, and hard core tourist sight seeing.
As I consider my self to be an expert in sight seeing (have at least a master degree),there is no need to prepare for that, not at the moment at least. But I need to improve my trekking abilities. So to get a feeling of how my back will feel like after 5-6 hours trekking at high altitude. I filled my back pack with some heavy books (books from my psychology study ) and my camera gear.
The weather conditions was fine and I met a lot of people, presumably not with the same purpose as me.
Anyhow, in the absence of mountains, I aimed for Dronningberget – “The Queen’s hill”, which had to do as mountain substitute.
This little hill’s forest is created in inspiration of the english parks from the 19th century.
At the foot of the hill there is a bust of Count Wedel Jarlsberg, with the grieving national lion, and at “the summit”, a “mountain lodge”. The path to the “mountain lodge” goes through an old hazel and linden forest. The lodge, which now serve as a café, has been renovated and is now sparkling in its utmost beauty.

Well, for me this was the end of todays hard work out.  Still, this was not at all a challenging trek, I admit that I could feel a mild pain after carrying my books on my back for 3 hours. So the little trip, was not in vain…

Sensing spring!

After the coldest spring ever, we finally got some warmth. And after visiting a photo exhibition at The Nobel’s peace centre, I wandered around at the square in front of the Town Hall and shot some photos. It was great walking around and feel the warmth and see all the smiling people… spring is here now, at least at mid day. Because early this morning I wanted to try my new racing bike. Unfortunately I didn’t take into consideration that winter still rules at night. Therefor I almost froze off my toes, which were squeezed into tight cycling shoes, and they were not prepared for temperatures around 0. They had to be thawed when I got home, quite painful!
🙂 🙂

On ski in Oslo

Take the tram for 10 minutes from the city center, and you can go skiing for hours in the big forrests surrounding Oslo. Norwegians love to ski, and on sunny days as today, you will have company of young and old…

Ullevålsseter

… But if you go a little further, you will be all by your self and that is what Norwegians strive for – the tranquility of the forest, a forest that is in its deep winter sleep. The only sounds you will hear, is your skis gliding over the crispy snow.

Nordmarka