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Or; Why I can't climb stairs today. Jesus Christ my legs are never going to work again.

Well, so yesterday I did my weekly hike up Fløyen and brought my camera along. Then I got lost and climbed another mountain, Blåmanen.



On my way I passed the world-famous Bryggen and was pleased to see that the old Fish and ______ shop was up and running.



It is to this date the only sea food I've eaten in the famous coastal city of Bergen.

But onward to Fløyen:



It's not a particularly taxing hike; The paths are well kept and you can choose different paths to the top.

This is the view from my favourite path:


I suppose this is about halfway to the top. Damn dead tree.



Man do I love the smell of spring. Warm, moist moss is has a lovely smell.



The main frustration with Fløyen might be that you never feel like you're particularly far away from the city.

So yesterday I did something I've never done before: I stepped away from the path and into the pine forest.




Yes, I have an unhealthy love for moss-covered boulders.

So what does one listen to while one explores nature and conquers mountains? Wagner? Norwegian folk music?



THE MONKEES! Note also my ingenious self-made plaster made from paper and tape. McGyver eat your heart out.

So at one point I stepped out of the forest and onto a path...

...and realized I had no clue where I was.

Bu I followed the path and -

BAM! SURPRISE CIVILIZATION! Or a soda shop to be precise. And the SURPRISE!MOUNTAIN is Blåmanen.

I took one look at it and thought, "Sure, I'll head on."

BAM! Soda shop from above!

Brought to you by Vertigo Vision! Ask me about confronting my own mortality some time!

Oh, and at this point I'm sweaty, starving, have one soaked foot ("Well hello there concealed bog!") and the camera's battery has run out.

But hey, I found some snow!



Oh yeah, and the view is great.



I didn't get to explore the whole area, but I was feeling rather accomplished by the end of my climb.

Date: 2009-04-20 08:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vesleskjor.livejournal.com
Aww, pretty. *Sigh!* lol

And at least you're not falling DOWN stairs again...:P

Date: 2009-04-21 07:32 am (UTC)
ext_130425: Will Eisner's The Spirit (Jon sporfle)
From: [identity profile] tilly-stratford.livejournal.com
Obviously stairs are not my friend. I'll stick to mountains from now on! :P

Date: 2009-04-20 09:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_grayswandir_/
Very pretty indeed. The moss is really neat. :) I haven't seen moss in years.

(Also, man, the more picspams I see from non-English-speaking countries, the more I worry that there are no non-English-speaking countries anymore. Not that there's much text in your photos, apart from the "Fish &" and your phone screen, but still. o_O)

Date: 2009-04-21 07:38 am (UTC)
ext_130425: Will Eisner's The Spirit (I say! Wooster)
From: [identity profile] tilly-stratford.livejournal.com
I worry that there are no non-English-speaking countries anymore

We're being told the same thing over here, but I don't think there's any reason to worry just yet. And I'm studying old Norse so for me it seems like we're just taking back a few words we were already using when we were vikings: Ask us where you got the words bag and window and knife and a couple of hundred words :P

Bryggen will always have English signs, I fear, for sake of the tourists. That's my main language pet peeve at the moment.

Date: 2009-04-20 09:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] requiemsreverie.livejournal.com
Wow, it's so so beautiful up there. Even prettier since the last time I was up on Fløyen.

Jeez I miss Bergen xD

Those pictures of the mossy boulders off the path are awesome ^^

Date: 2009-04-21 07:42 am (UTC)
ext_130425: Will Eisner's The Spirit (Bogie)
From: [identity profile] tilly-stratford.livejournal.com
It's too bad that you came here on one of the two occasions when it snowed here, Bergen was showing its worst side. If you plan another trip I recommend going for summer :)

And mossy boulders rock my socks :D

Date: 2009-04-21 09:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thilianeth.livejournal.com
Oh, det der var flott! Jeg håper jeg får tid til noe sånt noe når jeg (mest sannsynligvis) skal til Bergen til sommern! Mest sannsynligvis ikke dog, da jeg sikkert bare har en dag der eller tilogmed drar rett fra Flesland til øya kjæresten min kommer fra..

Date: 2009-04-21 02:19 pm (UTC)
ext_130425: Will Eisner's The Spirit (Default)
From: [identity profile] tilly-stratford.livejournal.com
Det er jo alltids en beroligende tanke at fjellene kommer til å stå der til man finner tid til ta turen. Jeg har noen vage planer om å komme meg opp på alle 7+ en dag.

Date: 2009-04-21 02:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tiny-cs.livejournal.com
What?!? Sunshine? No storm? Are you sure this is Bergen...? :P

Fantasticly-fantastic pictures!

Date: 2009-04-21 06:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fyrdrakken
I am envious. Largely, I think, that you're fit enough to climb a couple of mountains at all. All the walking I did on last summer's trip was horrendous because I didn't realize just how out of shape I've gotten until I was suddenly having to walk miles to get where we were going.

A gorgeous walk, especially when you struck out off the path.

Date: 2009-04-21 07:07 pm (UTC)
ext_130425: Will Eisner's The Spirit (Default)
From: [identity profile] tilly-stratford.livejournal.com
I'm by no means a fit person, I haven't been at this hiking thing for very long. Having such beautiful surroundings is certainly a key factor for me to muster the self-discipline to go out :)

Date: 2009-04-22 02:12 pm (UTC)
fyrdrakken: (Frodo)
From: [personal profile] fyrdrakken
Well, I am even less fit -- no way I could have gotten as far as you did, even with you being sore the next day. The time to exercise has completely disappeared from my schedule -- it's why I was so proud of myself for hauling myself to the gym last Saturday morning to go read a book on an exercise bike for forty minutes. (And I didn't have the resistance up that high on the bike, either. I need to go back. Often.)

Date: 2009-04-26 11:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scidae.livejournal.com
Very lovely entry! ♥

Date: 2009-04-26 11:29 am (UTC)

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