30 December 2010

Skiing Queen light

During the Christmas weekend I got the chance to put my skis on for a little trip in the sunny, but cold weather (approx. -16C). 

It is not bad when you can just walk out the door, put the skis on and off-we-go!

Ok, I wasn't born with the skis on as some Norwegian are (poor mothers). 
I did grow up with a lot of skiing, but the few skills I had disappeared after moving to town and not practicing it anymore. 
Anyway, it is good fun to test it out, but must admit I get more and more chicken as the years goes by.

Luckily, I had my camera with me so took some photos for you to enjoy.

17 December 2010

A weekend in Oslo

Last weekend my friend N. and I went to Oslo to visit my friend J.
This has been planned for weeks and guess who was looking forward to a weekend of indulgence in shops, restaurants and a late morning in the hotel.
We did!
We arrived Oslo on Saturday noon to icy roads and a lovely lunch at Bølgen and Moi, known for its very delicious food and I must say interior as well. After our blood sugar levels were back on track, we went to the hotel to put our bags into storage - and then it was straight into shopping heaven.
The selection of shops in Oslo are great and it is fun to have a look around. Not that we bought a lot. Shocking, I know, but I think we were a bit overwhelmed from the selection of brands.
Nevermind. We had a good time anyway. 
Ahhh...the lovely food at Olivia. I have to check the address, cause everyone who is visiting Oslo, should go to this lovely place.

On Sunday we visited Vigelandsparken. For those of you who have been there, will probably only remember all the naked sculptures. Actually 212 of them. This is the biggest sculpture park in the world where the sculptures are made of only one artist. His name is Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943). He was also designing the park itself and the park was finished between 1939 and 1949. Isn't it lovely and peaceful?

The most popular sculpture is "Sinnataggen" (the angry boy). You can see him in the background of the picture of my dear friends N. and J.

Thank you Ms. J for being a fabulous guide!
Ms. N and Ms. J - a lot happier than Sinnataggen

10 December 2010

King Winter has arrived!

King Winter has arrived. No doubt about it.
I had a trip out after work the other night and hoped it would be enough daylight to take some photos.
The days doesn't last long these days - it is dark when I go to work and almost dark when I get back at 4 p.m. Big differences from the summer when it is daylight until 11 p.m. or even 24 hours a day up north.
It has its positive side though - hibernation, chocolate and wolly socks....
Wake me up when it is summer again!

7 December 2010

Santa "train" in the forest

If you had a chance to visit Jegersberg in Kristiansand this weekend, this is what you would have seen.
About 100 small children with fire logs walking in the forest. This is a yearly tradition arranged by the local Tourist Association (web page in Norwegian only).

I am sure this is a nice break from all the hustle and bustle before Christmas.
Aren't they cute?

Candle holder made of snow

6 December 2010

A little taste of Auckland

I came by this beautiful presentation of Auckland on my search for medication for my travel bug.
Isn't it great?
A good mix of beaches, sea life, sailing, city life & restaurants and magnificent nature.
Where's my ticket?

All made by Tourism Auckland

I think you may be able to handle this one as well...

Great Barrier Island is a remote, tranquil and untouched paradise 90km north east of central Auckland. Located at the edge of the Hauraki Gulf, Great Barrier Island is one of the most unspoilt places you'll ever find. From tramping through native forest, to sea kayaking around coves and inlets, there are endless ways to explore this stunning adventurer's paradise.

Also featuring a look at the Medlands Fishing and Longboard Surfing Competitions on Great Barrier Island.

4 December 2010

Coldplay - Christmas Lights

Coldplay's (my favorite!) new single is out - even a Christmas song!
It can be downloaded from your local iTunes Store, just click here
Have a nice weekend!