Tuesday, August 27, 2013
I've just had my first orientation week at architecture school, and between all the Danish, the different school system and so many new people, my mind is feeling pretty boggled. It's all good stuff, it's just, you know, a lot. So back to simpler times, yes? In the beginning of July, Mark and I spent a week hiking and camping in Norway. I was a bit nervous, to be honest, since I'd never gone on more than a day hike and the mountains of Norway can be pretty rugged and it's, well, cold and stuff. I can't say I was a total trooper the whole time (I'm not a morning person, and even less so when I'm camping), but it ended up being such a great trip. The nature in Norway is pretty spectacular (obviously) and there is something about having everything you need on your back. Just having so much time and space to think and to talk, and not having to be running around or checking our phones constantly was such a nice change of pace. We split the week up by taking a road trip from Oslo around the fjords for the first few days and going on day hikes and camping wherever we ended up at night (in Norway it's legal to camp anywhere which is amazing). Then we drove to Hardangervidda, a national park, and spent a night in one of the adorable, not-changed-since-the-60's style lodges so we could have hot showers and a night in a real bed before starting our trek. The photo at the end is when we made it back to the lodge after four days of being out on our own (with our sheep buddies) in the relative wild. Celebratory waffles, ftw.