Veierland

This lovely little island in the southern part of the Oslo fjord used to be home to whalers. As the whaling now is just for scientific purposes, It is only 150 permanent residents left and most of the houses are transferred into summer residence for rich people from nearby cities. Jens Bjørnebo, a famous Norwegian author,  resided on the island about a year before he hang himself…

When I walked around the small farms and gardens, I was put back to my childhood and my grandmother’s garden with buzzing bumblebees, currant, blackcurrant and apples. I could  almost see my grandmother on the front door stairs with a tray of homemade lemonade. The lemonade went down in big gulps, while a loving hand strokes the fringe away from one’s eyes … Norwegian summer memories!

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Even though I  just had two days, I manage to be social with my friends, and wander around and soak up the new and old architecture.  Which in a strange way collide in perfect harmony in this former divided city, with its sad and odd history.

Ps. To visite the Reichstag (Parliament) you must fill in an application form at least 3-4 days ahead of your visit. Don’t be disappoint if  you cannot get access, it is really popular. It might be easier if you go alone, as I did. 

Sailing

Last weekend I was invited to come sailing with some friends and we had the most splendid weekend.  The tranquility and the feeling of being in touch with the elements, makes sailing one these activities one cannot get enough of .
I also came across a well hidden secrete, or it is a secret thus one knows about it yet. On one of the islands of Bolærne were we landed,  I felt an attraction towards a beautiful old house. The woman whom met us at the door step was warm and welcoming, she served us waffles and we felt at home instantly.   She could tell us that the house had been own by a pilot and his wife. Today the house is for rent if one would like to stay a weekend or even a week. So why not get away from a stress at an island in the Oslo-fjord…

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Holy places

Religions are important to us, and to some extend it describes your personality or how you want others to perceive you. Generalized, the essence of religions are for us to behave good, and if one do so,  his afterlife will be good. In reverence of our gods, we erect buildings or constructions, and make sacrifices.  Here are selection of the thousands of holy places I have visited. I tried not to put them into order, as religions now mix together as people move to new countries and settle down. Communism do not recognize any religions, yet people in communist regimes tend to look upon their leaders as they have divine power.

I’m a little crazy, because I love Italy!!!

NRK (Norway’s major tv channel) was making the comedy show of Rønning and Bye. One of the sketches is about a small group of Italian loving people that never have been to Italy. But simply cannot get enough of the country. They drink Italian wine, with names they cannot pronounce, eat Pizza, not the common cheap one but the exclusive expensive frozen pizza from the local super market. They love opera, but as Pavarotti died they found a replacement in their neighborhood. And that’s where I come in, and act as the opera star. A great honor, I mean they could have had Pavarotti!!!! And for me the combination of opera a travel, couldn’t be better! 😉

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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!
🙂 🙂

Yearning towards summer

Yesterday we had snow!  It seems that the spring and eventually summer have other things to do, than give us smooth and warm southerly winds. And in my longing for summer, I ended up looking at pictures of some of our hikes in the mountains…

…before I went out and bought myself a new racing bicycle, now I definitely need warmer weather! 😕

In a hot air balloon

I always dreamt of flying. Seeing the world from above, well not that I haven’t been up in the sky, but flying an airplane is not the same as flying a hot air balloon.

If you haven’t done it, put it on the list and get up there as soon as possible. The feeling when you take off is incredible, slowly you climb higher and higher. You can touch the trees, and the feeling when you hang just 10-15 meters above the ground, drifting slowly with the wind, I don’t have words. The dense forrest of balloons reminded me of swimming among jellyfish, as they also just “hang” there in the water…

I did shoot too many photos, but as this was my dream come through I just could not stop my self.

The Barcode in Oslo

The Barcode, they named the buildings which will be Oslo new business and residential area in Bjørvika. But this name is so burdened, that authorities had to change the name of the area to The Opera Quarter. The criticism from Oslo’s residents have been that it closes the view to the bay, and fjord view is important for the naval Norwegians. But those buying apartments in The Barcode facing the sea, will of course be able to enjoy their morning coffee on the terrace overlooking the Opera House, the bay and the islands. Those that earlier enjoyed this view might instead enjoy a good view of The Barcodes architecture!

A curiosity is that the flats have mobile shields, to either shade for the sun or to prevent office people to stare into your bedroom. But if you buy a flat in a barcode, one should not be surprised to find one self an exhibit object, the spaces between the buildings are narrow….Looking forward to see it all finished, and how the citizens will adopt these “newcomers”.