Bergen Julemarked I've always been a fan of the little Christmas Markets. I love looking around the different stalls, buying gifts, sampling some delicious food and enjoying a mulled wine or two. So when I found out they were finally launching one here in Bergen, I was thrilled! I wasn't quite sure what to expect … Continue reading Jul i Bergen
Yorkshire formerly known as the County of York and "York" comes from the Viking name for the city, Jórvík It's no surprise that Old Norse has influenced the English language; particularly in the North where the Vikings dominated for many years! When I started to learn Norwegian a few years ago, I found some similarities to Yorkshire words and places … Continue reading Old Norse in the North
Earlier this month, my mum came to spend some time with us in Bergen again. The first time she came to visit was the last weekend of August in 2015. In true Bergen style, it rained a lot! So this time, I told her to come around the start of May, and promised her a weekend of … Continue reading Mum’s (2nd) visit to Norway
Whisky and Beer; two of my favourite things! ❤ The event was open for 5 hours on the Friday and 6 the following day, so we decided to try Whisky on Friday and Beer on Saturday. Ireland Jameson Caskmates * Jameson Black Barrel Select Reserve * Teeling Whiskey Single Grain * Scotland Scallywag Speyside Blended Malt … Continue reading Bergen Whisky and Beer Festival
Every summer, Bjørnar and I head to Fjørtoft; the beautiful island he grew up on in Sunnmøre. In the past, we have taken the bus from Bergen to Ålesund, and then another bus, before getting on the final ferry to the island. This usually takes around 12 hours and is very draining! So this year, … Continue reading Road Trip to Fjørtoft
On this day last week, Bjørnar and I were sitting in the airport, waiting anxiously to board our plane to Oslo after seeing a small propellor plane parked at our gate. (For those of you that don't know us very well, we are both nervous flyers and have always insisted that we would never travel … Continue reading A Weekend in Oslo
A few weeks ago, Bjørnar and I were lucky enough to have some professional photographs taken by two wonderful British photographers. Jamie, who I met a year ago when he was the photographer at my cousin's wedding in England, had made arrangements to travel to Bergen and do a styled shoot with some models, and asked … Continue reading Couples Shoot
The 17th May, also known as Norwegian Constitution Day, is an official national holiday that is celebrated all over the country. The Constitution was signed in 1814 and declared Norway to be an independent kingdom. Despite me being in Bergen for almost 3 years, this was my first time celebrating it here so I was … Continue reading 17. Mai – Gratulerer med dagen!
After living in Bergen for almost 3 years, (wow, has it really been that long?!) I've started searching for new places to explore since I've seen the majority of the tourist hotspots here; museums, the mountains, art galleries etc. The great thing about Bergen is that it's fairly easy to get around thanks to the bybane and bus services, … Continue reading Skogsøy
Last night was like most nights here. It got dark, and my phone notified me that it was kp6 outside. (For those of you that don't know what this means, basically the kp number system is a scale of geomagnetic activity aka northern lights forecast) Usually, there's nothing much to see here in Bergen, and … Continue reading Nordlys
Last week, Bjørnar and I traveled to Fjørtoft; the island he grew up on and an already favourite location of mine. We began our journey from Bergen to Ålesund via coach and was a little sceptical after being told it would take ten hours. I have endured many long, dreadful coach journeys in England; usually … Continue reading Fjørtoft
My time in Norway so far has been a rollercoaster ride filled with highs and lows, but it's one that I'm thoroughly enjoying. After all, nobody said it was going to be easy moving to a new country but I'm really liking it here in Bergen. One thing I am rather fond of, is the … Continue reading Nytt Liv i Norge
This time last week, I was on my flight to Norway, preparing for landing at Bergen airport. One week later and my back still hasn't quite forgiven me for the trauma I put it through earlier that morning... The day prior to my journey involved me frantically walking into town twice to buy two new … Continue reading Departure Day
Earlier this month, B came to visit me for a few days. I discovered this was a perfect opportunity for me to share my new love for cheese and biscuits with him. So much so that I am actually sick of the stuff now, I think we ate it everyday when he visited. On the … Continue reading B’s Back in Town!
One of the benefits of working in a school is that I am able to enjoy half term and termly breaks when the school is closed for students and teachers. This allowed me to return to the wonderful north on the 25th May to visit my family and friends before I leave for Norway later this … Continue reading Leaving Shenanigans
So yesterday was Norway's National Day in which I have already started feeling patriotic towards. I had the fantastic opportunity to celebrate this day last year on Fjørtoft with Bjørnar and his family, participating in a march on the island whilst waving a flag, listening to the amazing band outside of the church, taking part … Continue reading 17th May
It's official! My one way ticket to Bergen is finally booked and paid for, and the best thing about it is that it cost me £35! I will need to pay for my cases but that will only be an additional £14... Cheap and cheerful, and the best airline that I have ever travelled with! … Continue reading One Way Ticket
Last night, we went to see the Norwegian band Big Bang play at USF Verftet. This was definitely a great end to my visit in Bergen. It was a fantastic experience and I was in awe at how amazing the guitarist was! Before heading into the concert, I took a few snaps outside of … Continue reading Out With a Bang!
Before my arrival, I was struck with an unfortunate case of flu. This meant the first two days of my visit were spent resting in bed with a fever, which cut my visit even shorter and interfered with some of our initial plans. However, by Thursday night I was feeling much better and even managed … Continue reading Finally in Bergen!
So tomorrow I am heading to Bergen for five days to see B! Unfortunately, it can only be a short visit as I have other commitments next week here in England but despite this, I am sure it will be an amazing visit as we have lots planned. This will be my first time visiting … Continue reading All Packed and Ready to Go