Life, norway

Norway: Sunny Hiking and Deep Sea Fishing

Good afternoon ya’ll!

The last little  text post from our Northern Norway Mini Adventure is here!  I might do a Roundup post and I will of course be posting the Youtube Video I’m working on with clips from our trip, but other than that this little adventure is over for now. I might do a Norway Q&A at some point however if I get enough questions so if you have any please leave them in the comment section or tweet them at me!

Kjære met my family for the first time on this trip and towards the end of the trip he finally got to meet my Mamma. She made whale steak (a first for him the poor man haha) in a red wine sauce and yum! I’m not usually one for whale meat, but this was good! And Kjære approved too, which came as a surprise to both me and my Mum. He’s liked or approved of almost everything he has been introduced to, including Pinnekjøtt, which leads me to believe he will probably thrive in Sweden with Scandinavian cuisine 🙂

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We had a lovely night of introductions and over the next few days we spent time with some rabbits, some sheep, some ghosts in a 300 year old haunted shed/house and a lot of flies while hiking. We were determined to do another hike since the weather interfered with our plans earlier in the week and when the sun peaked out we put on our gear and started trekking up Øksnesheia, a 470 something meter high mountain-ish mountain. The heat took it’s toll, but the views from the top were spectacular.

We also went out fishing the very same day  and had a lot of fun wheeling in pollock after a pollock. Kjære even caught three decent sized cods in one go, proclaiming it “feels like a little one” when it was in fact three big ones that took us all by delightful surprise! I haven’t been deep sea fishing in years and I had forgotten how fun it was and how good the fish tastes when you’ve caught it yourself. We cooked some in the evening, but left gutting the rest of it (we caught quite a lot) for the next day. Gutting fish involves removing the head and the intestines which is not for people prone to gagging at disgusting things. I won’t go into more detail than I already have, but trust me when I say it’s not a pretty sight. The sunset we were treated to while fishing was however stunning beyond words.

We had a wonderful few days visiting my Mamma and I couldn’t have asked for a better holiday in my home region. Getting to spend time with loved ones and getting to see my country and my hometown through SwedCars eyes was also grand. It’s easy to stop appreciating the views and the food and the opportunities for activities we have when it’s so accessible. These two weeks have been just what I needed to get my spirits back up for this last month of work before uni starts again. Thank you to everyone that helped make it happen, but especially my Pappa, Mamma, Farmor and Kjære.

Next up on the blog is my to Paris in March 2015 and London in February 2015! Xxx

Europe, norway, Travel

And so the local adventure begins…

Kjære is  here! And the exploring has begun!

We spent the day recuperating after a long couple of days for the both of us, then headed out in the afternoon to explore my little hometown. I live in a quiet little town called Sortland on Norways biggest island, Hinnøya, close to the sea. Sortland wants to become the Blue City by the Sea and because of this we have an above average number of blue buildings.(A lot of which can be seen on an Instagram account I created a couple of years ago https://instagram.com/blaabyenmin/, feel free to check it out for more photos from the town as I won’t be including many photos here.)

Street Art  and poems in Norwegian adorn the blue walls and the smell of the ocean lingers in every corner of the city. Town? City? I guess technically we are a city, but the city centre only has 3000 people in it, and the entire municipality has a  whopping 10 000 people in it on good days, less than 10 000 on bad days. Kjære thought the city was even smaller than he imagined, but the weather was brilliant and I’d deem it  successful day, silly photos included 😛

The photos in the gallery are by SwedCar9592 (Blog & Twitter), as I’m mostly filming bits and clips for our home video (yes, people still do that) and the Youtube travel vlog I will be making out of all of our adventures these next few weeks. Updates of our Northern Norway adventures will follow! Ps: We had to assemble the tent we are going to be using when we go camping to air it out and you can see a photo of that in the gallery above.  Thats a wilderness tent. In our garden. We may or may not be thinking about sleeping in there tonight like the absolute children we are haha xxx

Life, norway, Travel

Planning Our Northern Norway Mini Adventure

Today is the day! My English from-the-city Kjære is flying up here to visit Northern Norway for the first time and get a glimpse of the distinctive rural area I come from and the quirky Northern Norwegian culture. I’m beyond excited to see him again after 5 weeks and I can’t wait to show him where I’m from and let him see just how small my home town is 😛 He’s here for over two weeks and to fill the time I’ve planned a number of smaller day trips ans well as some overnight trips to other towns. Him visiting is allowing me to be a tourist in my own city and in my own region, letting me see the place I come from with new eyes.

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I’ve been making lists of possible activities, booked some things, planned a sort of day-to-day itinirary and trying to figure out how to schedule in movienights and cooking together with long hiking trips and teaching him how to gut a fish (sounds brutal, but we need to eat what we catch, yo!). This map shows some of the places we will be going, though how we are getting there and what we are doing will be a secret until I post my daily-ish travelogues. Camping, fishing, hiking, boating, swimming and safari-ing are some key words… lets go adventuring! Xxx

Ps: I’m a 21 year old with a serious girl crush on Demi Lovato. YOU GO GIRL!