03.04.2010 -7 °C
It is now more than 1/2 a year since I came home from my journey around Planet Earth. And just as long since the last time I was blogging. Its about time for a new entry.
This is about crossing Hardangervidda, in central, southern Norway. The mountains of Norway isn't excactly the highest you can find. But we have enourmous areas where you can walk/ski for days, with no roads and very little people. And snow does something to this mountains no artist or designer can copy. Walking into the seemingly endless white flats... It gives the necessary space to relax, log off and meditate.
We where 19 people in total, with 2 tour leaders. From Scotland, Holland, England, Australia, France, USA, and even some from Norway. It's something about meeting people this way. You don't talk that much about status, work, or how many wife's or cars you have had. Instead you talk about walks, mountain tops and.....blisters.
A little bit about what I've done since I came home: I started my new job the day after I came home. It is a 2-year project, where the aim is to find better and more effective ways to help people with drug problems and mental problems. I have fantastic collegues, and our clients are very satisfied with the new center we have opened. I got the job on a lousy telefon line from a hostel in Argentina, and so far I like it alot.
Before travelling I sold my last apartment, and I didn't have a place to live when i got home. After a couple of months living in friends apartments, and in a cottge, I found a flat in eastern, central Oslo. There is still a little bit of work that needs to be done to it, but I actually love my flat. In a building from the late 1800's, with high windows and 25 mins walk to work.
After spending 8-9 months travelling, it was great to be back in an aerea with a homely feel. The closeness to nature in Norway is something that is easy to take for granted. I live in central Oslo, and it takes me 25 mins from my flat to the forest where I can put my skis on. And just a few hours by train before I am in the mountains.