Category Archives: Norway

September Challenge – how did it go?

As I wrote earlier, I set myself a challenge to read more books in Norwegian. So, how did my challenge go? How many books in Norwegian did I manage to read?

1. Hålke, written by Helene Uri

I was fortunate enough to win a ARC of Helene Uri’s new book, Hålke. It was published early in September, and is a book on an elderly couple who early in January don’t get to leave their flat due to it being icy outside. With only a little food to get by on, and the coffee running out, we get to know this elderly people. What’s their marriage built on? Why do they still keep together after over 40 years, in spite of unfaithfulness (her) and violence (him)? It was a really interesting read, and I really enjoyed it.

2. Odinsbarn, written by Siri Pettersen

This was actually a reread. I first read Odinsbarn (meaning Odin’s Child in English) shortly after it came out, and it’s the first book in the Ravneringene (meaning “The Raven Rings”) trilogy. I love this trilogy, and thought Odinsbarn was even better the second time around.

3. Et norsk hus, written by Vigdis Hjorth

This was my first book Vigdis Hjorth, and I borrowed it from the library’s ebook app. I enjoyed reading about this middle aged textile artist who rented out a part of her house to a Polish family and the conflict between them. And even though this lady is a weird woman with many faults, I grew to love her… I am definitely going to read more books by her!

4. Forbannet, written by Tonje Tornes

This was the second book in the Kire series, and it has been a while since I read hulder, the first book in the series. I am loving this series, and I liked the second book even more than the first – it’s darker and there’s more magic! I can’t wait for the third book, even though I have no idea when it will be published.

So, I ended up with four Norwegian books in September, which wasn’t so bad. I also read On Writing by Stephen King, which is also a very good read. I think my conclusion is that this challenge was good for me, even though one of the books was a reread. I will try to read even more Norwegian books, and am hoping to get some more read this year.

Did you succeed with your September challenge?

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Photo: Hidden in a Book © 2016

Travelling east…

People who know me, know that I am vegan. I have been fully vegan since January, and I haven’t eaten meat for over 20 years. Though things have gotten a lot better, especially the last couple of years, travelling can still turn out to be a challenge. Especially at Norwegian airports.

One of the airports I travel from the most is Stavanger airport. I often go there right after work, and pretty much every time I wish there was a place at the airport where I, as a vegan, could get a hot meal.

To be honest, I don’t get why they can’t have, for example, a simple pasta dish with a simple tomato sauce of tomatoes and herbs. I would have been thrilled! It’s easy and cheap to make, and I think even kids would be happy to eat it… There’s so many people travelling, I am sure many would buy it, vegans, vegetarians, and meat eaters alike.

Os there something that bothers you when you’re at an airport?

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Busy airport…
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Bergen, we were in you!

So, having my first week off work this summer, my girlfriend and I went to Bergen. On the morning of Tuesday 1 July we hopped on the bus, and headed north. The bus trips usually takes about 5 – 5 1/2 hours, but it isn’t so bad, as there are two ferry trips included. It breaks it up, and makes it more varied.

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My girlfriend and I on the first ferry.
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After checking into the hotel, we went to Bergen public library, where we walked around, and I borrowed a couple of Neil Gaiman books I hadn’t read. It’s a nice library, and I am planning on an entry for that all by itself.

We had dinner at Hot Wok, and the food was fresh and nice. Needless to say, going for a walk after dinner was a great plan, we even walked along the harbour, and had a nice view of Bryggen.

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Bryggen
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Saturday we had agreed to meet up with a friend of mine, so after breakfast we first walked around a bit before heading for Det lille kaffekompaniet, which in my opinion, is the best coffee place in Bergen. I must admit I was so thrilled about the good coffee there, I had three hot beverages! My friend met us there, and after he had had some coffee too, we headed for Fløyen.

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Inside Det lille kaffekompaniet.
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The hike up to Fløyen was really nice. It was nice to have a bit of a feel of the “woods”, which I don’t get very often where I live, and we had also some stops where we could enjoy the view over Bergen. At the top there’s a café/restaurant, where we just had a break eating ice creams, before walking back down to the centre of Bergen again.

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Bergen seen from Fløyen.
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After the hike, it was nice to relax with a cold beverage at a café. We found a book café called Krok og krinkel, after the recommendations from someone I know online, and had a bit of a rest there before we Went to have some pizza for dinner. After dinner, we said goodbye to my friend, and then headed back to the hotel.

Our main plan for Wednesday was to visit Bergen Aquarium. I’m a huge fan of penguins, and was very excited to see some live again.

The aquarium also had a sea lion show, that was much fun! It was so fun we decided to watch it twice! The penguin feeding was fun too. They had two chickens, the youngest beig only a couple of days old, the chicken of the same sex couple. Yes, the Bergen Aquarium has a same sex penguin couple! The seals were in mating season, so they were just occupied with eachother, than putting up a show for us. Which, of course, is totaly understandable. The aquarium has lots of other animals too, turtles, fish, reptiles of different kinds, and so on. Lots to watch!

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Lionfish
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Proud penguin parent with the oldest chicken.
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Sealion kiss.
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In the afternoon we met up with my girlfriend’s friend for dinner and later something sweet. It had been an eventfull day indeed.

Friday was our last day in Bergen, and we mostly spent time at cafés or walked around. Walking down Bryggen was interesting, with lots of tourists. We ended up having diner at Pygmalion, which serves organic food. I think we agreed we had the tastiest meal of our Bergen trip.

In the afternoon it was time to hop back on the bus, and head back home.

Juleferien 2011

I år tok jeg tidlig juleferie. Jeg hadde siste arbeidsdag før ferien lørdag 17. desember, og 18. desember satte jeg kursen sørover.

Mandagen reiste jeg til Sandnes og Stavanger på dagstur. Først og fremst for å besøke den nye jobben jeg starter i 1. februar, men også for å finne sted å bo. På ettermiddagen dro jeg inn til Stavanger.

Deretter tibragte jeg noen dager i Oslo, før jeg dro til Gjøvik for å feire jul. Der ble jeg til julaften kvelden, for så å dra til Enebakk. 1. juledag var det tid for et lite familiebesøk på Fetsund, før jeg reiste tilbake til Hammerfest 2. juledag.

Her er en liten video jeg har laget av turen:

På besøk i Øksfjord

Helgen 18. – 20. november 2011 var jeg på besøk i Øksfjord. Øksfjord er kommunesenteret i Loppa kommune, som i følge SSB hadde et innbyggertall på 1 087 pr. 1. oktober 2011. Øksfjord ligger i havgapet, sør i Finnmark, og har veiforbindelse mot Alta. Skal man til Hammerfest, hvor jeg i skrivende stund bor, er det rasket å ta båt. Det går rutebåt som tar rundt to timer, samt at Hurtigruta også stopper her.

Jeg hadde en veldig koselig helg. Bland annet fikk jeg med meg lørdagens julemarked, arrangert av bygdas husflidslag. Der ble det solgt mye forskjellig. Selv endte jeg opp blant annet med et par tovede votter til meg selv, som jeg ønsket meg.

Her er noen bilder fra turen:

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På Loppa folkebibliotek.

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På julemarked.

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Foto (c) 2011 Elin Bekkebråten Sjølie