On… 17th of May in Norway

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It felt like a day dedicated to many many colourful balloons!

Festivity and lots of people out and about for Norway’s Constitution day. Highly overcast skies but temperature was at a comfortable 20 or so degrees.

So what is the skinny on this 17th of May? It is Norway’s official national day :] So, according to a classmate’s husband, Norway had it’s constitution a century or so before it was given it’s ‘true’ independence. Being handed off from the Danes to the Swedes for an extra 100 or so years of ruling couldn’t have been all that fun for this fish loving, nature walking, rain attracting awesome country. So 17th of May is where all the Norwegians dress up in their fineries or their bunads – traditional rural wear turned proper festive wear, different colours and embellishments dependent on which area of Norway the mother is hailed from … or made up ones –Β  and have a lovely, crowded and fun family and friends day with a good helping of hot dogs and icecream :]

Here’s what I was able to snap amongst the festivities, enjoy!

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I shall leave you with the annual soft is 17th of May with a random stranger’s winnie the pooh balloon. What a good mate πŸ™‚ Read more on 17th of May here and bunads here.
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The rainy, snowy and windy London

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Hei hei!

Was just out in London last week, having a quick wander and catch up with my buddy whom we (as in myself and my SO) met back in 2010 in HK. $150 (730kr approx?) return… well add a bit more for a blunder on dates XD but… wow… in Australia… that’s the price of a ticket from Sydney to Melbourne one-way… return if you are lucky!

So living in Norway, where everything is way expensive, sometimes a girl has got to hop to the next country, this time England –Β  London to get some essentials for the home. London was way tempermental, drizzling, gusting winds about and just snowing some real wet snow when it felt like it. A snowflake actually hit me in the eye… and the feeling was just as painful as the time i was cycling down to FlΓ₯m and a bug got me in the eye. Both times i thought sunglasses would really be needed! Though that didn’t stop us from getting a tad bit of sightseeing done, on top of stuffing ourselves silly in Chinatown. The tower of London and the blue bridge were pretty cool, the sweet sweet smell of caramelised nuts wafting from theΒ  small overpriced carts always get me! I, ofcourse, could not walk away from buying a serving… 2 pounds for a tiny plastic cup of caramelised peanuts! What a ridiculous price… but it was so nice and warm to hold onto whilst London drizzled and lashed out with some strong chilly wind. We got our photos quickly and wandered back to the tube to Oxford Circus for more window shopping.

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There were happy days and nights filled with window shoppingΒ  and some proper good company. Our buddy took us to an awesome Bogan Bingo night on the Thursday, absolute gold for terrible bogan humour and 80s throw back XD I haven’t played bingo since i was a kid, associating it with nice old ladies and gentle chaps at the local RSL getting their game on. I didn’t even know how a bingo pen looked like until that night … you gotta be in it to win it, real serious XD Didn’t come out a winner, but being a sore loser was never more accepted than on this night, many a good profanities coming from this very merry crowd πŸ™‚

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We pretty much stayed between Oxford Circus and Chinatown for our whole trip. Sadly no photos on the foodage… too busy gobbling them down XD I love asian bakeries and i realllly love pineapple buns! I even have set myself a recipe for pineapple buns to try when i’m game!

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At the end of the trip, our loot was not too bad and we also did not break the bank with a crazy shopping spree (even though i really wanted to XDDD ) πŸ™‚ The trench coat on my list to-buys never made it but we did get:
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Mountain walking shoes
Scarves and Tops
Art supplies
Steamer

I’ll leave you guys withs a phone box photo!
Happy Easter everyone!

The London phone box

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Road trip Norway – stage 1

So after eating many cakes and stuffing our faces silly… we had our road trip to the farmhouse in the north to plan!

E quickly got a rough plan going with a great detour to get glimpses of a few glaciers, waterfalls, rock formations, hike some mountains and check out some old lighthouses whilst also seeing more of the scenics in this scenic country. The plan was around a week or so. See the action in the next few posts πŸ™‚

Here’s a shot of soft ice smothered in chocolate powder and a two scoop (cappuccino and some flavour with little caramel pieces in it) wafer cone in front of the Bergen harbour. We had just finished wandering around the newly opened tourist information building hence the booklets…Well when I say newly opened I mean that it was still under construction when I was last in Bergen which was end of January.

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Bergen, Norway!

Bergen again πŸ™‚

This is the third time I’ve been to Bergen and every time I’ve headed into bergen it was some sort of festive time, be it birthday celebrations, Christmas and new years or in this current case 30th year marriage anniversary!

First off, at Oslo arrivals, I had to wait for a particular Mr Wold to land his ass (Istanbul to Oslo). The plane was highly delayed but good thing I had magazines on my iPad as well as a nice custard pastry to keep me company. By the time he arrived, we only had 2 hours left til the Oslo to Bergen flight departs. We got ourselves checked-in; bought a sandwich and an Oreo ice cream; got comfy on some airport chairs and; lazed. Once landed, Bergen side was breezy since we just grabbed our luggage and hopped on a taxi towards fooooood πŸ™‚

Annnnnnd cake! Can’t forget the cakes, a 3 layered sponge cake with vanilla filling decorated with piped whipped cream on the outside and topped with lots and lots of yummy norwegian strawberries bought from a place 5-7 hours drive east. The cake tasted lightly sweet, refreshing from the strawberries, soft and moist. The second cake was made by their daughter, a 2 layered sponge with cream filling, shaped into a heart, decorated with smooth marshmallow fondant topped with little silver sugar pearls and a wedding topper.

However… I forgot to take photos of them yumminess… I was too tired . It was such a long day and due to the midnight sun… eyes are deceived and confused as to the time to head to bed!

Oh well I’ll leave you with a photo I had taken another day:

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Until next time! πŸ™‚

Last morning in Oslo

Last morning in oslo was spent soooooo very effectively even I was proud of myself with such achievement XD

I was pretty jet-lagged so I was up around 3.30am… Got myself back to sleep til the alarm went off at 6.30am. Showered, got dressed, packed my gears back into my pink carry-on rollie bag, armed myself with my current crappy Experia mini pro and headed out to be absolutely touristy!

Here’s my results of the day:

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Oslo one day touring by foot

The first full day I was in Oslo I was feeling really under the weather, so I stayed in the hotel the whole day trying to sleep off my nagging headache but it did not leave. Plus it was quite a rainy day so being a tourist and wandering about didn’t seem all that enticing.

However, I knew I was going to have dinner out… And I wanted some yummy Vietnamese noodle soup πŸ™‚ I searched for a vietnamese restaurant near the hotel and tripadvisor recommended quite a few in the grunelokker area. I ended up at hai cafe which is the same restaurant my bf went to when he stopped by Oslo.

I ordered a pho and an iced coffee…which I don’t have photos for but! I was very satisfied with the meal πŸ™‚

Fuel for the next morning of early touring before flyng to Bergen!

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So, I had stopped by Doha airport for a 3 hr transit then off to Oslo – the capital of Norway – for a quick 2 day roam. The buses are replacing the trains as the tracks are being fixed. The cool thing was that the bus from the airport to the city was relatively easy to find and if you are a student the price is only 80kr. Also… There’s free wifi on the SAS flybussen so that arrangements for pick up or just to update your blog on the 40 minute ride.

When I got to the bus terminal I was a little confused and needed a nice Oslo citizen to guide me on my way. The lady I chanced by at the bus stop was waiting for her sister and was heading towards the big shopping centre for the big sale bargains which happened to be in the direction of Anker hotel – the destination of my 2 nights stay- so I had a walking buddy until I reached my street.

I was pretty beat by the time I got to check-in to my hotel, dragging my rollie bag through uneven footpaths is not my idea of fun XD The staff were helpful and I also found out that I was upgraded from a single bed to a double – score! I got settled then loitered around the hotel thinking about whether to head out or not. Eventually I got myself to go out around 7pm… Oh land of the midnight sun and summer… it was still so nice, bright and sunny. I opted to head out to the fortress and the opera house with my iPad in tow – yes I’m the silly person taking photos on the iPad. In my opinion, it’s really better to just take the low quality photo on the phone at 5mpx which is the same as the iPad camera then transfer via dropbox for processing on the iPad, but if you are lazy and can’t be bothered… like me… then iPad it is! Here’s the results:

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Until tomorrow~!