Monday, September 1, 2014

Jerusalem, before the rooster crows

Safely back from a wonderful trip to Israel. 
Half of our friends said we were crazy who would go to Israel in wartime. 
The rest of our friends would love to go with us! 
Quite honestly, we did not feel unsafe at any time. I know from my red alert app on the iPhone 
that rockets rained over Israel, but it was not around where we stayed. 
We had rocket alarm in Jerusalem once while we were there and the rocket was shot down by 
the Iron Dome. Aside from that, we heard a couple of times rockets or bombs far away. 
No damage (not even sunburned, despite over 40 degrees several days.) 
No food poisoning!
Not even once arguing with Mr. Spiderdan (miracle)

Jerusalem Hostel in Jaffa road 
The best thing about this hostel is the roof terrace. 
And if you are lucky you also get a private balcony.

Left: View from the roof 
Breakfast at Jerusalem Hostel is very "thin". 
However, you can find plenty of cafes along the Jaffa road,
Even Norwegian salad!
I hope it's good! I never eat laks outside Norway
There is something really wrong with the ingredients, can you guess? 
Pomegranate has never been in a Norwegian salad.

Every day there are artists who play or act in other ways in the large open space 
across the street from the hostel

From Jaffa road it's not a very long way walk to the old city.
I walked the streets of Jerusalem before the rooster crows 
With only small birds..

..and clothes out to dry as companies

The time of day when no one disturbs the mind..
It is possible also in Jerusalem 

I found the people at the Wailing Wall

I ate lunch while people celebrated Bar mitsva (I think)

View from the roof 
A day full of memories goes towards evening

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Dare not to sleep!

So much evil and people who are in deep shit all over the world.. 
we sit here on the safe fence close our eyes and do nothing..

Du mener, det kan ikke være sant,
så onde kan ikke mennesker være.
Der fins da vel skikkelig folk iblandt?
Bror, du har ennu meget å lære!

Du må ikke sitte trygt i ditt hjem
og si: Det er sørgelig, stakkars dem!
Du må ikke tåle så inderlig vel
den urett som ikke rammer dig selv!
Jeg roper med siste pust av min stemme:
Du har ikke lov til å gå der og glemme!


And then You defy: This dare not be true! 
That men can be utterly evil. 
There has to be some one with merits pure 
Oh, brother, you still have a great deal to learn 

You oughn’t abide, sitting calm in your home 
Saying: Dismal it is, poor they are, and alone 
You cannot permit it! You dare not, at all. 
Accepting that outrage on all else may fall! 
I cry with the final gasps of my breath: 
You dare not repose, nor stand and forget

Two verses from Arnulf Øverland's poem "Du må ikke sove"
(Dare not to sleep!) published in 1937.
It's about nazism and fascism gaining ground in Europe,
a warning of things to come.

Read the whole poem:

Sunday, August 3, 2014

A glimpse of dramatic sky

With thunderstorm outside, good reason to edit photos 

My first experience of Stavanger was from a picture much like this. 
My parents visited the town and came back with pictures of this fountain.
I think it was very beautiful

I visit Stavanger many times since then, 
but not many times without seeing a glimpse of dramatic sky

I met some kids

From the island Hundvåg 

Around 11 o'clock at night people bathing. 
It's not so easy to see, but there are some heads out there

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Favorites in the Holy Land

My thoughts and support are with Israel.
Here are some of my favorites. 

Tel Aviv
It looks unreal..

Ein Fara
Hiking, climbing, bible history, nature experience - all in one!

Mizpe Ramon - With desert in my back

Lonely chair in the Dead Sea salt
Sometimes when I feel that I shoot myself

A story of power, faith and surrender
Masada is not mentioned in the Bible (as far as I know), 
but when I see this place I think of Hannas prayer.

"My heart rejoices in the Lord;
My horn is exalted in the Lord.
I smile at my enemies,
Because I rejoice in Your salvation.
No one is holy like the Lord,
For there is none besides You,
Nor is there any rock like our God."
(1 Sam 2:1-2)

Heart Found in Jerusalem Hills

"Keep vigilant watch over your heart;
that's where life starts"
(Proverbs 4:23/Msg)

Jerusalem - just gotta love it!

"He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust."
(Psalm 91:1-2)

See more of my pictures from Israel

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Weather report

We have the hottest July ever! 
Norwegians always say that one should not complain about the weather
 ..especially when it's hot.., but now I think it's almost too much

I am unable to think clearly, so therefore I have done things I've never done before. 
Well, not quite big you might think, but I am tied up by neat routines 
and never do anything new until I've thought about it a few months..

I went to the beach before 8am in the morning! Ate breakfast and drinking coffee. 
After an hour I just found out.. in a short time it would be a beach full of tourists,
ie families with two or three kids each!

So I went home to my porch and looked at my flowers

The next 2 days after work I went to the beach (a secret beach) for a bath..
totally alone! It has never happened before..
I bathed in fact two times. And I guess it was about 24-25 degrees in the water. 
I was not even cooled! 

This picture is from today. I went to the beach with my kids 
I'm not allowed to photograph them anymore, so I put this lady in front of them

This weekend I will do something I've never done before. 
Take my kids on the train. It's about time they get to see a bit of 
little Norway from a train window.
(We will not travel that far, just 4 hours)

Timmy is still alive..
Happy weekend!:-)

Monday, July 7, 2014

Snow destination

Haukeli is a mountain village located in West Telemark just until Hardangervidda National Park. 
Haukelifjell is the main route between Haugesund and Oslo, 
and is the oldest winter open road between eastern and western Norway.

I passed Haukelifjell 2 times a week ago and I long so much for going back with kayaks and tents.

How beautiful!
Mountains, fresh air and snow always

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Beautiful spot

Hiking to Buerbreen (Buer glacier)

Starting point for this hike is located in Buer, 
a few kilometers from Odda in Hordaland.
Parking space is around here before the farm in the picture.

The trail is marked and it takes about 2 hours to walk up to the glacier.

Some parts of the route is steep and it is necessary to have good shoes

Buer glacier is an arm of Folgefonna


View from behind - Odda

Down in the Valley - me and a horse

Go there and visit! It is more beautiful than in these photos...

Monday, June 30, 2014

Breath of Norway #4

Trolltunga (Troll's Tongue)
Trolltunga sticking out about 700 feet above Ringedalsvatnet lake 1165m above sea level in Skjeggedal. It has a fantastic view of dramatic nature. Trolltunga is one of the most spectacular mountain formations in Norway.

From Odda drive to Tyssedal on route 13, then follow signs to Skjeggedal. The hike starts in Skjeggedal at the beginning of the funicular Mågelibanen. Since the path is not longer in operation, one can go "steps" in the path, or follow the path on the side. The hike takes 8-10 hours (22 kilometers)

At the beginning of the route.
Mågelibanen in background is 960 meters long 
and has a height difference of 430 meters.
Maybe 2000-2500 steps..

While walking here, 
you have the most amazing views in all directions!

The path is marked with kilometers and red T signs.
Height difference of the trip is up to 1000 meters

In June there is still snow some places, it is important to have good shoes. 
The weather is changing, warm clothes, food and drink are necessary.

After a few kilometers you will see the wonderful green water from melting snow

After 4-5 hours you are there! 
Home of the Troll and his tongue..

If you dare..
You can stand in line to be photographed on the tongue, as these monks from Asia

Sure I highly recommend this hike 
One of the most beautiful scenery in Norway!

View previous posts from Breath of Norway HERE 
Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock), Kjerag and Jotunheimen
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