This summer

In the middle of master thesises (is that really the plural?), moving, travelling and not having my own coputer, I have realized that I never actually posted pictures. I have therefore decided that I will have some regular updates with real (and good) photoes.

As I might have said this summer, I was, for the first time, the fastest of the four of us. That meant that I had time to stop and photograph on every hill top. So here is a selection of (mostlyl) close up nature.

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Orkney islands

We have been cycling the Orkney Islands for two days now. Started in Kirkwall yesterday and ended up in Stomness today. And for my Norwegian readers; yes, all names of places were made by vikings and resemble Norwegian words still.

We have cycled for 6 days and finally my thighs are starting to get sore. We had one half day of cycling (Saturday) when we spent the other half at the Shetland Museum (very good exhibition and food) and about the town and the whole of Monday we spent first in Scalloway (another castle and museum) and then on the ferry to the Orkneys.

Tomorrow we will cycle to the south eastern tip of the East Mainland and on Friday we’ll just get back to Kirkwall. Saturday I will fly to Bergen and spend the night and finally Sunday I’ll be back home. It’s always like that at the end of a cycling trip. You’re just over half way and you can’t wait to go home.

I only have a few pictures on my phone because I keep forgetting to bring it along…


Species in Shetland that are uncommon other places (from the Shetland Museum)


The wonderful hotel we stayed in in Scatness, the south tip of Shetland. (everything on these islands are 500 or 4000 years old. The hotel was 500)


The shetlanders are known for their nitting and for their patterns. I couldn’t help myself and bought one wonderful, brightly colored, hand nitted sweater. I love it.


I fought with barbed wire fences yesterday and was vounded (this is the back of my left thigh), but I won and I got all our gear (including our bikes) over those fences. Now I’m just hoping it won’t be infected…

Summer holiday is really good for me, but it’s cold here and I miss Erik, so I am very exited to go home as well. There is still a lot of summer left.

More Shetland

The view from my window this morning


Mum is wearing a battered old woolen shirt and red toe nails


Today it has been enough sun to cycle in t-shirts and so cold and rainy that we needed full gore tex. There has been even more scones and tea and evidently the best fish and chips in Scotland. We are staying in a huge house and have had dinner (and whisky) at the local pub. Tomorrow we will arrive at Lerwick and be tourists for å day.

Soon we will be all finished with Shetland and then we will do the Orkneys. I wonder if they will be different.

Soon finished with the first book as well. Summer holidays!

On our way

Right now I’m at Bergen airport waiting for the time to pass so we can check in on our next flight. As you know, I’m on my way to Shetland to cycle.

I now know that we will cycle Shetland North to South for three days. Then we will take the ferry to the Orkney Islands and do a round of the island in four days. There will also be sightseeing and a lot of pictures taken.

Unfortunately I will also have to write more job applications, there is no time to rest when you are unemployed…