Today I was testing out my new hiking shoes. I had initially thought about taking a walk around Maridalsvannet, but since it has only been 2 weeks since my cast came off (I broke my ankle on the 28th of May in a paintball-war) I decided to take a shorter trip. Sognsvann is a scenic little lake in Oslo. One thing that I really love about Oslo is that most of the city's territory is actually forests and lakes. So, yes,...whe are still within the capital of Norway...
So, I've been enjoying a sunny afternoon. Afterwards I met up with friends and family and had a picnic inn Slottsparken.
I'm feeling fine and my ankle I think is healing nicely, although it is a bit frustrating that I can only walk at a slow pace...but a slow pace is excellent for enjoying nature on a bright sunshiny day!
These are some photos that I took walking in downtown Oslo earlier today.
The Henrik Ibsen statue outside the Ibsen Museum
Outside the Town Hall
...and in most buildings flowers are put into every nook and cranny...
Oslo Domkirke Youngstorget
Flower in the Crannied Wall
Alfred Lord Tennyson, (1809-1892)
Flower in the crannied wall, I pluck you out of the crannies, I hold you here, root and all, in my hand, Little flower -but if I could understand What you are, root and all, and all in all, I should know what God and man is.
I had been in the area where Anders Behring Breivik set of a bomb in downtown Oslo about half an hour before it exploded. I thought that it might rain so I decided to make my way homewards. A lucky decision.
I was near Solli Plass when the bomb went off.So I was outside the blast-range. Initially I just thought that it was a lightning strike or thunder. I could not comprehend that a terrorist attack had been launched on my beloved Oslo. It took some time for it to dawn on me.
It's been 2 days since the cowardly attack and all I feel is a mixture of anger and sadness.
Sadness for all those who died or were harmed and their families and loved ones. Extreme anger at the vicious hatemonger who so coldy could walk around and shoot young teens at a summer camp.
I'm really looking forward to filming some of my hiking trips and vacations. The camera is light and easy to bring along and the carrying case can be made rainproof by taking out the enclosed covering. All in all quite excellent for my modest film-making needs.
You are the Aristocrat, the embodiment of steampunk elegance and poise. For you, dressing steampunk is first and foremost about simply looking good, with accessories and details to follow. However, this does not mean that you ignore the demands of creating a “steampunk look.” Your outfits weave together a balance between technology and style, and between period accuracy and beautiful anachronism. While your fashion inspiration may come from anywhere across the Victorian social spectrum, you always find a way to make your outfit beautiful. You will probably be found in the clothes of the steam age elite simply because of the greater elegance available to them. Chances are you dress this way because you like it, and you would still dress in this manner even if steampunk was not a popular interest.
Yes I celebrate Yule and do not sanction the Christians (by calling it "christmas") and their thieving ways in which they tried to eliminate the northern heathen celebration of the Winter Solstice nor their destruction of the Roman Saturnalia celebration. December 25th is not the birthday of Jesus, but of Mithra. The Christians failed to root out other religious practices by the force of arms and the threat of violence sanctioned by legisliation and laws forbidding competitive religious practices so they tried to give new meaning to old practices and that is the vicious origins of "Christmas". So if your a christian and you absolutely have to celebrate Jesus, do it sometime in August and leave the winter solstice alone.
More on the meaning of Yule and the winter Solstice in Scandinavia in the Viking Age can be found here! (It's written in Norwegian). (English summary here!)
For you, there's nothing worse than having to get up and moving early.
In fact, you probably don't hit your peak until well after the sun has set.
So if your struggling to make it on a normal schedule, realize it's not your fault.
You just weren't meant to do anything during the day!
Well, I've been working the nightshift for a few years now so the answer to that was pretty obvious.
I'm off to work in a few hours - and yes I'll be up all night
What Your Sleeping Position Says
You are calm and rational person with a good deal of balance in your life.
Friends consider you to be kind, caring, and truly loyal.
You are easy going and trusting. However, you are too sensible to fall for mind games.
Open to the world, you are not afraid to be yourself.
If you don't get enough sleep, you are: Able to cope
It's hard to sleep next to you because: You're a bed hog
You live your life with generosity. You feel like your life is abundant, and you are very giving toward those around you.
You judge all your interactions through the lens of harmony. You figure you have something to learn from everyone, and you listen well.
You face challenges with a persistent attitude. You can see the prize at the end of the road, and you have the strength to get there.
You see love as the utmost expression of self-esteem. You have to love yourself before you can truly love someone else.
At your worst, you are greedy and selfish. You love money more than you'd like to admit.
You are happiest when you are in nature. You appreciate the feeling of balance that being outdoors brings you.
Pretty bang on, except for the negative evaluation of selfishness and
money. A point best answered by the famous Money speech in Atlas
"Until and unless you discover that money is the root of all good, you
ask for your own destruction."From Fransico's Money Speech,Atlas Shrugged written by Ayn Rand
A photo I took this summer in Sykkylven (on the west coast of Norway) on a misty hike. There might be a financial crisis going on, but I'm feeling quite calm. To me this picture expresses that serenity. There is a certain beauty in a misty landscape. That might be why I enjoy the paintings of Caspar David Friederich
A fun quiz. And I'm posting because I'm bored and have very little else to do. Although even if I could survive 360 days cooped up in my apartment, with nobody to talk to and no access to the outside world. I would before the 360 days were up most definitely use my sami-knife, pick-axe and a rope and risk abseiling down the outside of the building. Otherwise I think I might go quite insane.
My own Sami-knife is a 9" Strømeng. Which I'm quite happy with. Excellent to bring along when going out on a nature hike.
About 2-3% of the U.S. population possesses the combination of traits that make up this personality type.
Being an INTJ means that you can be a real intellectual powerhouse. Chances are that your mind is almost constantly engaged by one fantastic thought or another. Because you're the kind who is highly creative, keeping up with you can be like riding an intellectual roller coaster. But your zest for life usually goes beyond your own big ideas and endeavors. You can take real pleasure in helping others to reach their dreams as well. As a result, INTJs like you can be wonderful coaches to help people attain their goals. You seem to know how to bring out the best in people. In relationships, your type is known for deeply valuing your commitments. Not the kind to be an open book, you're often hesitant to share your feelings with others - especially in the early stages of a relationship. You may take a long time to admit the depth of your feelings for someone. It may also take some coaxing to get you to share personal details about your life.
Compared to most years, last year was definitely great.
Overall, you're living a much better life than you were twelve months ago.
And nothing is a better mark of a good year.
Here's to hoping next year is even better!
If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. These seem to be the words that best sum up an ambitious and driven individual like you. Even if you're not the best at everything — although you probably are at some things — you certainly give every effort your best shot and set a stellar example while you do it.
A go-getter, you're not afraid to step up to a challenge, whether it's spearheading a new project at work, coaching the kids' soccer team, or cooking for a big group. After all, someone needs to lead the charge. It might as well be you. Especially since it'll bring you success. Keep it up!