Lofoten

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After a week in the U.S. where I have been walking for a completely minimal amount of time (car – office – car – restaurant – car – home), I woke up today and felt the urge to walk outside, no matter where I’d go. The weather was like during Northern Norway’s summer, cloudy, chilly and windy, around +12 Celsius, so I’ve all dressed up in a thermal underwear and stepped outside. I was so determined about my need to walk that my husband said he’s willing to go with me, though he wanted to stay on the sofa and watch TV.

The air however didn’t smell like Norway, so I couldn’t really imagine I am there (I wanted to, because I really missed the time we hiked in Lofoten, behind the Polar circle).

lofoten village
View on a Lofoten village, summer 2013
Bodo
Ready to start hiking in the harsh city of Bodo, Norway

 

This small intention of mine, just to walk, resulted in 20 (!) kilometres and 6 hours walk, 30.000 steps and 55 floor-building climbing.

Our 20 km hike
Our 20 km hike

 

At the end of our walk I was doing a little retrospective – how I was feeling today. And I’ve realised that:

1) walking was awesome

2) I didn’t want to go home

3) I was sad that the day had to be over

4) all I wanted is to stay outside, preferably up in the mountains, then make a fire and spend the night in the tent

And never never return to my computer again!!!

I am kidding of course, I would need it to see my parents and friends, but other than that I didn’t really want to open it!

During the whole last week in the U.S. I’ve hardly opened Facebook for 5 minutes, 1 minute to see the notifications and the rest to reply to a private message, that’s it.

I don’t like Facebook, I will never like Twitter, I don’t want to post pictures to Instagram.  All I need is just my closest people and nature, this is what really makes me happy. All pictures and videos I am taking I am sending to parents and friends, and sometimes posting to this blog, and that’s it.

And I wish I never needed to hold a computer in my hands for more than an hour daily. Unfortunately, now it has become a third hand and a second identity. Where there is no computer, there is no money. Or is there? Tell me if I am not right! Apart from 1% of people who earn a good living with acting, music playing or dancing.

 

 

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