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Gloppedalsura, Norway


Gloppedalsura in Rogaland, Norway is the biggest rockery in northern Europe. 10.000 years ago the glacier melted from Gloppedalen and left the moraine. Frost and thawing started a landslide from the mountain on the south side, which ended up as a 100 meters thick rockery atop the moraine. The mountanous frame around the rockery and lake makes it quite a dramatic scenery.

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Myth:

There was a farm in Gloppedalen, but the people there were godless; they drank and fought during the X-mas holidays. The mountain fell and buried the whole farm, not one person was spared. For 7 full years a rooster’s crow were heard from the rockery. It had sought refuge in the grain bin, where it remained trapped.

WW2:

After the German attack on Norway in 1940, Norwegian forces retreated to Gloppedalsura where the boulders formed a natural fortress for the Norwegian defence. On April 22nd, 1940 at 9am, German troops attacked, both on ground and in the air, and the battle went on until a massive German attack at 7pm. The Norwegian defence then retreated to Byrkjedal. One Norwegian soldier fell in the battle, on the German side it is reported from 12 to 44 fallen soldiers.

Gloppedalsura makes for a good outing, an hour’s drive from Stavanger. I recommend combining it with a lunch at Byrkjedalstunet.

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Quest

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Cozy Denmark


Sir Nerdalot and I are not City Slickers. We do enjoy the occasional visit to big cities, but for the most part we choose the opposite direction. Although way past the “crawling around in the dirt looking for the tent opening”-phase of our lives, we are still not at the “gazillion stars luxury hotel and spa”-phase. I guess we are somewhere in between, and in between is actually a good place to be. We don’t mind simplicity, as long as we don’t have to squat around a campfire. We prefer chairs. We prefer to have our meals at a table. Not to mention a bed that you don’t have to roll out and pump air into.

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When we moved to Denmark, it was with the intention of really exploring and discovering the country. Well, we haven’t really done that! I guess it has been put on the back burner a bit, as Denmark is not that exotic for us. It resembles Norway in many ways, and we have vacationed here many times before. We do that, Norwegians. Go to Denmark on holiday, I mean. This summer we intend to rectify the situation, by spending our vacation in Denmark. We will travel by car, and spend nights at cozy B&B’s and small hotels. Over on the blog A Day In The Life, I was introduced to the term Glamping, which describes our vaccy plans this year.

While Glamping, we hope to discover little gems like the one we found this weekend (and that shouldn’t be hard, as Denmark is full of these gems):

This weekend we decided to follow a sign that simply said “Café”. This place is not very far from our house, but it is in the middle of nowhere. Forests and small farms line the sides of the road, and then that sign, “Café”. We have passed the sign many times, but this Saturday we decided to follow it, as we were hungry and on a quest for brunch.

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Just a couple minutes’ drive off the main road, this cute, typical Danish, building appears. We have found Nina’s Natur Cafe (Nina’s Nature Café). We park our car and find us a table in the shade in the garden. All their food is local and organic, and just plain old yummy. Sir Nerdalot went for cured ham (of course) and I went for a cheese and tomato sandwich (of course). And freshly pressed juice of carrots, apple and a little bit of ginger. Super good!

I did notice that they have a huge cake buffet, so I will definitely be checking that out next time I’m there. Which will happen very soon! They also collaborate with local artists, and do both vernissages (there are no blank walls in here!) and small concerts, and even poetry reading. Or maybe you’d appreciate a ride in a horse drawn buggy?

Wether you are here for culture, arts or foods – or all of them – I am sure you will absolutely love it! I know I did! This place must have been Designed for me! 🙂

 
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Diet much?


1-13267843_10153958399826622_1089349608473338116_nAh, Saturday morning and time for another #WeekendCoffeeShare. This week I hope you have accepted my invitation and come over to my place.  You will be offered a selection of teas or coffees, perhaps licorice infused coffee suits your liking? Things are growing well in the garden as well, so I have made Rhubarb (the epitome of early summer food) Merengue Pie for us to enjoy.

As we sit there and enjoy our pie and coffees, I will tell you that for the last two months I have changed my diet, because I want to shed a couple kilos.

I have tried everything; I have changed my meatballs with steak, my baked potatoes with mashed potatoes. I have changed my gravy with béarnaise sauce, and my bread with rolls. I have even changed my daily piece of cake with pie!

I have not lost a gram, and I am feeling quite frustrated. I have one more thing to try before I give up the whole project; changing the meals around.

  • And that is why we have pie for breakfast.

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Danes are weird


FB_IMG_1459896122363… about licorice! Weird, I tell ya!

As part of my Expat experience I do make it a point to try out the local cuisine. The Danes have lots of yummy foods and dishes, and their pastry is to die for! But, and there is a big BUT (and I am really on the fence about it), they have a tendency to put licorice in, or on, everything. And I do mean everything!  If you can stick a fork or a spoon in it – there will be licorice.

Here is a list of all the foodstuffs I have found with licorice in (I am talking about both the sweet and the salty licorice):

 

  • Sweets (of course, as this is the way licorice is meant to be eaten)
  • Chocolate
  • Ice cream (both as flavoring and sprinkles on top)
  • Cakes (I dare you to find a cake without licorice!)
  • Beer (!!!)
  • Pickled Herring
  • Marinade for beef and other meets
  • 1-ketshup

    «Ketchup for grown ups with licorice»

    Ketchup and other tomato based sauces

  • Salad dressing
  • Boiled veggies, like cabbage
  • Cocktails
  • Salt (yes, they put licorice in the salt and sprinkle it on their dinner!)
  • Bread
  • Puddings (desserts)
  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Cured fish

Just… Weird!

 

 

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Arctic Camping


Have you ever wondered how Camping would be in the Arctic?

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Where is this photo from? Svalbard 

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When is this photo from? May 2005

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(Camping in the Arctic definatly require learning some survival skills)

Where’s my backpack? hosts a weekly Travel Theme Challenge. This week’s theme is: Camping. Join in the fun!
Against the Odds

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Gazpacho – perfect summerfood


(Norsk versjon: Gazpacho – perfekt sommermat )

1-13230346_10153954445111622_6827269961074337355_nI know my Nordic heat cannot compare to the heat you experience in other parts of the world, but when the sun is up and the temperature goes above 20 C – I shed my wool socks and consider it to be a heatwave. And when I get warm, I want cold foods. The cold vegetable soup Gazpacho (with roots from Spain) is my preferred choice. I make a big batch and keep it in the fridge and drink it all day.

There are many recipes for this soup, as a quick search on google will show you. Basically, you put in whatever you like, wazz it up and it’s done. Soooooooo simple. Soooooooo quick. Soooooo delicious! (Also a great way to get some vitamins and minerals in you, which is important on the warm days.)

As I said – I drink it all day – I make it a bit runny, pour it into a glass with a couple ice cubes and drink it. You can also make it thicker and serve it as lunch or supper with bread on the side, or in a shot glass as an amuse-bouche at a party.

1-13241357_10153954444956622_6440338033941951212_nHere is my version:

  • 2 tins of tomatoes
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 small onions
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 1 lemon (zest and juice)
  • 1 red paprika (or do you call it bell pepper?)
  • 3 celery sticks
  • 1 tablespoon tomato purée
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1-2 teaspoons salt (to taste)
  • 1 chili (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon powdered paprika (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper (to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar (apple cider or red/white wine – to taste)
  • 1 deciliter breadcrumbs

1-13237752_10153954444996622_8010815725352082056_n Coarsely chop the vegetables and put it in a blender with the tinned tomatoes, the tomato puree, lemon zest and wazz it up. (Or use the stick blender) Then add sugar, salt, spices, lemon juice and vinegar to taste.

If you prefer a thick soup, add breadcrumbs (don’t worry, it won’t get grainy.) If you want it runny, add ice cold water.

Let it sit for a couple of hours in the fridge for the flavors to really set.

Serve ice cold.

And it looks really good if you garnish with finely chopped paprika in a contrast color, fresh herbs, croutons or shrimp and a couple drops of good olive oil.

As the soup is fresh, you can only store it for a couple days in the fridge.

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Perfect Summer food!

 

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Gazpacho – perfekt sommermat


(English version: Gazpacho – perfect summerfood)

1-13230346_10153954445111622_6827269961074337355_nNå ser jeg værmeldingen lover at varmen og sommerværet er på vei til Norge. Her i Danmark har vi hatt det i et par dager allerede, og det ser ut til å skulle fortsette en stund. Når termometeret bikker noen-og-tjue grader, er det viktig å få i seg nok væske. Når man blir varm og svetter, er det også viktig å få i seg litt mineraler. Mange – som meg – liker kald mat på varme dager (reker, spekemat etc), men etter et par besøk i Spania fikk jeg helt dilla på den supersunne Gazpachoen. Det finnes utallige varianter av denne, noe et raskt søk på nettet viser. Det som er så greit er at man kan putte i akkurat det man ønsker og tilfeldigvis måtte ha i kjøleskapet.

Suppen er fin som forrett, lunsj en varm sommerdag, forfriskende mellommat, Amuse-bouche, eller frisk kveldsmat.

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  • 2 bokser tomat
  • 1 slangeagurk
  • 2 små løk
  • 3-4 fedd hvitløk
  • 2 store tomater
  • Revet skall og saft av 1 sitron
  • 1 rød paprika
  • 3 selleristenger
  • 1 ss tomatpure
  • 1 ss sukker
  • 1-2 ts salt (til smak)
  • 1 chili (til smak)
  • 1 ss paprikapulver (til smak)
  • 1 ts pepper (til smak)
  • 1 ss eplecidereddik, eller rødvinseddik (til smak)
  • Evt en skive tørr loff

 

1-13237752_10153954444996622_8010815725352082056_nGrovhakk alle grønnsakene og ha dem i en blender med kniv, sammen med hermetiske tomater, sitronskall og tomatpure. Kjør til suppekonsistens. Smak til med sitron og evt eddik, sukker og krydder. Dersom suppen blir tynn, tilsett litt tørt brød. Dersom suppen blir for tykk tilsett litt iskaldt vann. Sett den kaldt et par timer for at smakene skal få satt seg.

Serveres iskald.

Blir veldig pent om du garnerer med friske urter, finhakket paprika, brødkrutonger eller reker og et par dråper olivenolje.

Suppen kan stå et par dager i kjøleskapet.

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A scenic and cultural gem in southwest Norway


I am currently going through a phase of feeling homesick in my Expat experience in Denmark. The word “homesick” may have negative connotations for some, but not for me. I see it as a sign of still having a sense of belonging and warm feelings for my home country and that I have not burned any bridges to Norway.

21-Uten navnFeeling homesick led me to browse through some old photos from home, and I figured I’d share some with you.  Here are pictures from a visit we made to Obrestad Fyr (old lighthouse where you can rent a room) and Hå Gamle Prestegard (old Vicarage now housing art/cultural/handicraft events and exhibitions) a few years ago. It is a great venue for outings and to explore the coastline along southwest Norway.

If you are in the area – make sure you stop by. Enjoy!

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Graceful

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Technique against trolls and bullies


Last night I wrote about Internet Trolls in this post: Trolls from the Sagas to the internet, and in the comments I got the idea for this post by my dear Blogfriend Singledust (Go on, click her name and visit with her, you’ll have a good time I’m sure! I always enjoy my visits on her blog)

nettrollBeing trolled, bullied, harassed and generally badly treated can do great damage to your psyche, in some extreme cases the target ends his/her life. Every blog and article out there will tell you that the best way to handle trolls is by not feeding them, and I disagree. Because – the most extreme trolls will not stop even when not fed! And even if you quietly ignore them, they can still have a tremendous effect on your self-worth, your self-esteem, your psyche. BUT YOU CAN CHANGE THAT! (You might be so run down that you need professional help, and this post must under no circumstance be seen as a cure or as professional treatment at all. And if you are living in an abusive relationship; get out now! Get help! Get protection!)

As we all know, changing another person is impossible. But we can certainly change how we perceive that person. We can change what effect this person have on us! We can effectively stop the negative effect they have on us! And it’s not even hard. It’s quick. It’s free. And you can do it right now! This whole process will not take more than five minutes of your time, but you need to be somewhere where you can play sound, or put on a headset.

And no, this is not a holistic, homeopathic, supernatural, voodoo mumbo-jumbo thing, it is an effective psychological technique, and it cannot harm you in any way. In fact this is a Paul McKenna technique. OK, here goes:

  • Close your eyes, and envision your bully/troll/harasser, see them before your inner eye. If you have no image of this person, then just make up one in your mind, and make sure you associate it with the bully.

  • Take a quick stock on how this bully makes you feel.

  • Close your eyes again, and envision your bully once more while you listen to the following soundtrack (concentrate!):

  • Take a new stock on how this person makes you feel. I bet your perception of this person changed already.

  • This technique can also be used against annoying people, but I strongly advise against using this on your boss. Breaking out in full belly laugh every time you see your boss might turn out to be counterproductive in salary negotiations…

FB_IMG_1437030560112Depending on how deeply this person has affected you, you might have to repeat this technique. Just as it takes time to get run down, it also takes time to build yourself up again. What you are doing with this technique is to change the association you have in your mind of this person. It won’t stop them – but it will stop them from having any effect on YOU. When they no longer have an effect on you, you will finally be able to see just how ridiculous they are – and thus you enter a positive spiral. The more they troll, the more ridiculous you will perceive them. And the more ridiculous they are to you, the less of an impact they have on you. See what I mean?

FB_IMG_1435292714399Now to STOP a troll from trolling – that is harder. If you expose and ridicule, you might be perceived as a troll yourself, so if that is your chosen method, be very wary of your audience. Also dishing it back can be a double edged sword. One would think that a bully would be prepared to get a few stingers back, but the thing is – they are usually not! A boy that bullied me when I was a teen had the hurt written all over his face after I pointed out his slight speech impediment and told him to learn how to speak properly before ever speaking to me again. Was that mean of me? Undoubtedly. But it was effective. Years of bullying stopped by that one little sentence. All the teachers’ tactics about ignoring the bullies and turning the other cheek – that didn’t work. I say you hit them smart, you hit them good, and you hit them ONCE. Know your bully, learn their weak spot, and use it.

irritatedAnother method I have good experience with is flooding. In a facebook group we rounded up all the active, positive users and we had a good go at our regular Troll. Everything the Troll wrote was picked apart by 20 users, and everything the Troll said was ridiculed by 20 people all at once. The Troll was not able to keep up at all. We never attacked the troll PERSONALLY, but we did attack his utterings. It was quite entertaining to see that the Troll’s inputs became more and more desperate by every entry. After a communal effort of 30 minutes, the Troll lurked away with its tail tucked in between its legs. We never saw him again.

Yes, my methods might be mean, but in a world where people are bullied into suicide, I say it’s them or us. Make sure you seek help if you feel the troll is posing a real threat to you and/or your loved ones. There are some sick f***s out there, for sure!

I will also take the opportunity to point out that someone disagreeing with you does not make them a troll. It is when they go off topic and attack you personally, and dish out random crap they have dreamed up in their sad, lonely minds, they qualify to the Troll title.

I think the most important thing to say to everyone that are the target of bullies and trolls, is that it is not your fault! You do not deserve to be treated badly! The bully/troll will try to make you think that you brought this on yourself, but that is a lie! There is only one to blame here – and that is the bully/troll! Not you! You are awesome!

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