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I did it! Walked all the way from my home in Hvalvík to my boyfriend’s family in Fuglafjorður. It took me 6 hours – and even though it was tougher than I expected, I feel good. Apperantly, I’m in good shape.

To get there, I had to cross two passes (up and down again!) the first was 2132 feet (650 meters) high, and after walking down the mountain side, crossing a beautiful valley, I headed for the next one, that was 2296 feet (700 meters).

On the second pass, I even considered climbing a mountain – but it looked too dangerous, because it was very steep, and I’d had to avoid a huge gorge. And at this point I was tired, so I said to the mountain “some other time”

Except the fantastic view, I enjoyed the fresh mountain streams – I had nearly forgotten how refreshing, cool, and clean those streams are. Simply the best beverage under the sun!

Pictures? I did take some – but now I’m too lazy to upload them and comment on them 😆 That will have to wait, now I’ll just enjoy the evening sun that lasts until 11 pm (favourite time of the year!) and relax. I hope all of you enjoy your weekend 😉

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I’m looking SO much forward to this weekend – I’m going to do a few things that should be fun. Hiking and fishing, and visiting family – maybe even a BBQ party

BUT first.. the boring part. Cleaning up the house. For some reason, it seems that everything inside my house live its own life. I already cleaned and organized some parts of it (the living room and kitchen), and while doing that, I found a few lost items. For example, I found my “Famous last words” album again, that had been gone for some moths. Yay! Nice listening to that again, especially while exploring every corner of the house, finding even more lost items – cat toys, books, pencils under the sofa (my cats LOVE playing with them) ect.

Anyway, once finished, I plan going fishing. I planned doing that the other day, but then the weather turned really, really bad. Ah, now I recognise the Faroes again! Actually, it has been sunny for nearly a month, so many streams were drying up. It’s not a big problem, actually, it’s just unusual.

Tomorrow, Saturday, is going to be a day for hiking. I plan my longest hike ever, or – well. Not the longest, but the toughest. Simply walking from my house in Hvalvík (whale bay) to my boyfriend’s family’s house in Fuglafjördur (Bird firth)- It will take a lot of ups and downs (lol) and even climbing. So my next blog posts will probably be about sore muscels 😆 But there’s nothing I love more, than walking by my own in the mountains, enjoying the beauty of mother nature. When I lived in Denmark, I took long walks at the beach or in the forests, now it’s in the mountains of the Faroe Islands – but walking in those peaceful spots gives me so much peace in my mind. And when it comes to climbing/walking in mountains – it’s a much better way of exercising, than in fitness centres! I remember my first hikes in the Faroes too well – I thought I was in good shape.. but on the top of that mountain, I felt like calling for a helicopter to bring me down again. And my Faroese friends were already on their way down the mountain.

Anyway, when I finally come to Fuglafjördur Saturday evening, we’ll – if the weather is good (forecasts are ok) -have a bbq party, with family and friends. That should be a nice way of recovering from a long hike.

But first; cleaning up the house.  It’s already 10 am, Friday, and I’m wasting my time blogging! The sooner I finish cleaning, the sooner I can go fishing for cod, flounders and saithe. I still find it amazing – that I can go to the beach, and fish in the North atlantic, not even needing a boat, or needing to wade into the water. Just wearing jeans and a woolen sweater, and I can get myself a wonderful dinner. I do love this country a lot 😉 

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First, let me tell you a joke – I heard it a few weeks ago, and I came to think of it last Monday.

– Two men were sitting on a bench, when a German tourist approached them, and asked them about something – none of the two men understood German, and the tourist then tried asking the same question in French. None of them understood French either. So the tourist tried in Spanish – but the two men just shook their heads, and the tourist gave up and walked away.

“Well” one of them said. “maybe one should learn some languages”.
“Why?” the other replies – “that man spoke three languages, and what did he get out of that??”

I had exactly the same feeling, when I sailed back to the Faroe Islands. There were many tourists on the ship, among them a guy from Switzerland, and two Hungarians who were my “neighbours” during the trip.

The guy from Switzerland sat next to me on the sun deck, and asked me – in German – where I came from, and where I was going. I replied in English that I live in the Faroe Islands, and that I was on my way home. He didn’t speak much English, so I had to use those few words I know in German. Not only that – he was very, very hard to understand. Well, I must have been hard to understand too. “Ich wohne in..err..die Färöer…err..ich bin on my way nach hause…”
“Ah, die Färöer Inseln? Ja ja, ich verstehe” And then we agreed that “wetter ist schön” (weather is good).

Then I met those very kind Hungarian people. They asked me if I spoke German, and I could only reply “not much”, but he spoke a little English. I never found out if I spoke more German than he spoke English – and his wife basically only spoke Hungarian, but understood a bit English. So again, communicating was a bit hard, but again – we managed to communicate somehow. At some point, I was sure we had made up a brand new language, mixing German, English, Hungarian and Danish. But the matter was, we understood one another with this nonsense-language 😆

The funny thing was, that when I arrived in the Faroes, I went for a looong walk in the wonderful weather – and then I met those Hungarians again. They had 6 hours in the Faroe Islands before the ship continued to Iceland. They asked for suggestions for what to see. What is “I recommend you a walk along the coastline for good pictures, or the museums for learning about the islands” called in German/Hungarian? They had a map with them, and I tried to point at the spots that I could recommend them, but I never found out if they understood it. But I met them in the most boring part of Thorshavn, and I just tried to show them a way to a more beautiful spot.

I wasn’t the only one that day, who were challenged in languages – my boyfriend told me that he had met an Italian tourist (also from the ship), who only spoke Italian. My boyfriend speaks a tiny little bit of Italian, and with a few words he tried to tell the Italian fellow the way to a museum. “Capisco! capisco” he said (I understand I understand), and walked in the wrong direction.

So that was why I came to think of that joke. I speak and understand Danish, English, Norweigan, Swedish, Faroese and that tiny bit of German. That is 5½ languages, but what did it help me?

So, I have to do something about it very soon – learn German and maybe some Spanish, Italian and French. Then I would be the perfect tourist guide 😆

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Beautiful days

I can’t believe it. When I woke up at 6 am, the sun was shining and there were no winds at all. The Faroes really look like picture I have as a top banner these days. Green and blue – and yellow because of all the buttercups you see everywhere.

What woke me up, was two oystercatchers – there are so many of them in the valley where I live – that was sitting on a rooftop, having an argument.

Actually, I didn’t sleep much – we don’t have any curtains in our bedroom (there are no neighbours to that side of the house anyway), and that is a problem at this time of the year. At 11-12 pm, it’s almost daylight! Not strange, when thinking of the latitude where the Faroes are located. As I can see on my little “widget” on my blog page, it says

Sunrise: 4.04 am
Sunset: 10.49 pm

And after a long and dark winter, it’s just refreshing with all that light – even if it means that I don’t sleep as tight as I do on dark winter nights.

So. I’m up early, and I have many plans for today.
1. Clean house. All of it! I’ve been away for a long time, and my boyfriend is not a..well.. he wouldn’t do well as a housekeeper, to put it so 😉

2. Laundry – it’s good when weather is so warm and sunny, so clothings ect. can dry outside.

3. Fishing. I’ll see if I can catch a cod or a flounder for dinner – there are many of those here, so they’re easy to catch. Strange country. No vegetables or fruits grow here, but there are plenty of fish. But I’m not complaining.

4. Organize things – my office is a real mess. I have to do something about it now, before it’s too late! 😆

So – enough writing. Guess I have to get started now.
Have a nice week everyone 😉

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If just there was a way to describe how happy I am right now! – It’s impossible, because what does a person feel, when being away from home for a long time, and then going back home? And not only that – the sun is shining, it’s warm, and the mountains are green and beautiful.

I have really missed “my” islands. So I am so happy, that I could kiss every mountain and every hill!

I “took the long way home” (sorry, I can’t help it 😆 ) by ship, and I woke up at 4 am already, and instead of sleeping one more hour, I got up, and went out on the sun deck.. the sun was rising, and the weather was fantastic. And the sunlight turned everything golden! Usually, the ocean is blue – I call it “when does ocean stop and sky begin?-blue”. This morning, it was “when does ocean stop and sky begin-golden!” And in the horizon, the green islands rised up of the ocean, reaching the golden sky. And the closer we got, the happier I was.

My boyfriend picked me up, and after driving around a bit, we went for a long walk, hand in hand. Ah. That’s life! And now, my boyfriend is at work, while I’m sitting here at a library in Thorshavn, wondering if I should take a bus the rest of my way home, or if I should just wait and drive with him back home.

It’s already 11 am (well almost), and I think I’ll just hang out here at the library and drive with my boyfriend back home around 4 pm. Maybe I’ll spend the time taking another long walk – I have to get back in shape for long hikes in the mountains, and I do feel that’s it’s awhile ago – I already have sore muscels 😆

 Oh dear. I could ramble on about my happiness, but I’ll stop for now, and just enjoy that I am home again 😀

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Commercials. I hate commercials! Just as you’re watching a movie or a TV show, they pop up and you (at least I do) forget what I was watching.

But some of those commercials are worth blogging about – because they’re fun! I remember a TV show, that showed funny commercials from all over the world….that show, of course was also interrupted by commercials *duh* – but apart from that, it used to be my favourite show! 

Now I watched some of them again (thanks again, youtube!), and I wondered why the Danish ones always have to do with either beer or sex? Are Danes really this naughty (or simple) that the most hilarious stuff has to do with those things? I don’t know, but I admit – I laugh everytime I watch these 🙄

The first clip I’m going to show you, hasn’t anything to do with beer or sex though, but it’s still my all time favourite – I still remember those days, where people tried to learn English by using a walkman and a tape.. hilarious! 😀

So – enjoy!

And..good ol’ Internet addiction..:

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Arrrrrrghhh! Just as I was looking forward to sailing back to the Faroe Islands tomorrow, Saturday, and to arrive Monday at 6 AM… I find out that I’ll have to stay another week in Denmark 😦 Not that I mind being in Denmark, but I miss my boyfriend and his lovely family, I miss my cats, my house, hiking in the mountains…well, I miss everything! I start suffering from island madness, but not in that way you usually understand the word, but from actually NOT being on one of them. But there’s a couple of things I have to do, before I can go home.

When I miss the Faroe Islands, I use to listen to Faroese music or look at pictures from the place… or both. Right now I listen to Kári Sverrisson, who sings the song in this video – translation will have to wait, but the footage is beautiful, almost like being home again. Btw, I live not so far from the bridge at 2:02-2:07 😉

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I heard this piece of music when I was a little girl, 8-9 years old (about the same age, as when I was introduced to Supertramp), and since then, it has popped up in my head once in awhile…but I never knew the band’s name, or the name of this piece of music – until yesterday, when my mother played it for me again.

It was, of course, Renaissance – and the song on my mind was “A Trip To the Fair”. Whatever happenened to them? They made three albums and called that a day… a pity, they were great!

I remember listening to a trip to the fair, and I closed my eyes and imagined that I was singing it… guess I was a young daydreamer.

Today I just wonder: why was all the great music (especially progressive rock) made years before I was born? This album/song is from 1975, 7 years before I was born. I could only find this rather boring video on youtube, that only shows the album cover – but it is easier for me to post in a blog, than to install a mp3 player ect. I’m just happy to listen to this piece of music again, and I felt like sharing it 😉

Does anyone (especially you who were around at that time) remember this? To me, it’s just childhood memories – and now I’ve finally found out what it was I was listening to!

I took a trip down to look at the fair
When I arrived I found nobody there
It seemed I was all alone
Must be that they’ve all gone home

Chorus:

A trip to the fair but nobody was there
A trip to the fair but nobody was there

Voices of yesterday make not a sound
Even the roundabout stopped going round
I wonder just what it means
Is everything how it seems?

Chorus

A creak as the dodgems came onto the scene
Wheels began turning I started to scream
A carousel swung around
My head spun and hit the ground

Chorus

I close my eyes to disguise the fear from inside
Trembling within my own mind I find no place to hide
Stars of tomorrow shine through the grey mist that has gone
I wish that this trip to the fair had never begun

Suddenly thousands of faces I see
Everyone seemed to be staring at me
Clowns laughed in the penny arcade
What was this game my mind played?

I took a trip down to look at the fair
When I arrived I found nobody there
It seemed I was all alone
Must be that they’ve all gone home

A trip to the fair but nobody was there, but nobody was there
A trip to the fair but nobody was there, but nobody was there

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These tests are so simple – answer a few questions, an learn a lot about yourself 😆 I admit it – I find those tests a bit lame, but they’re fun! Thanks Kathy for this one.

 


The Keys to Your Life

Anything good in your life comes from your vision and clarity.You’re able to see above all the small things in life and wisely understand the big picture.

Anything bad in your life comes from fooling yourself or clinging to illusions.
Be strong enough to see the world clearly. Learn from your mistakes.
 

 

 

 

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Sunny days and sunburnt skin

First, I have one question that anyone with an IQ higher than 15 should be able to answer:
– What happens, when you stay outside under the burning sun, just wearing shorts and a t-shirt, without sun lotion on the skin, after you have spent several month in “darkness” (dark time of the year and after having the skin covered with clothes)?

Apperantly I’m not smart enough to answer that, since I have to learn it instead of using brain capacity on it. So now my skin is red, and it hurts. It really hurts. I even have small yellow blisters on my right cheek.

So now there’s nothing else for me to do than to stay inside and recover.

The strange thing is, that I’ve never done this before – it happens to many people, who wants this “sexy suntan” – they spend countless hours stretched out in their bikinies at high noon, trying to tan their bodies, because they think they look so much better. The skin cancer boom can’t surprise anyone 😦

In my case, I was actually just sitting outside with a friend for a couple of hours, and first then I came to think of sun lotion. And it’s not good for my skin – because my skin is really light. Almost pale. I use to say, that if I wear black shorts, people will have to wear sunglasses to protect their eyes from being blinded 😆

What do I want to say with this blog anyway? Other than: enjoy the sun, but remember to take care of yourself – you really don’t want to be sunburnt. It hurts, it’s stupid and very unhealthy.

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