Jul 9, 2018

Weekend hike to Kobberhaugen

I see the point why many Norwegians are crazy about their outdoors. Norway is a very very beautiful country, with stunning mountains, fjords, lakes, rivers, falls, name it. And all are accessible by their super convenient transport system. Even elders and kids are very active here, especially on summer. That is why it's really a shame not to go på tur (go on a trip) if you're living in Norway. So last weekend, my husband and I decided to go on another weekend hike, this time to Kobberhaugen.

Kobberhaugen is located in Oslo, about 1 hour away from the central. If you plan to commute like we did, you can take bus Bus 32 (from Dokkveien) to Røa Kirke, then Bus 41 to Sørkendalen skole. And from there, you can start the hike. The 5km hike is Easy level, which means kids can do it too.

In Norway I noticed that hiking is made easy for beginners. You don't need to worry of getting lost. There are blue marks on the trees, which serve as a guide. You just have to be keen-eyed as some are in a tough spot.

The wire you see in the above photo is a cows fence. It is to keep the cows from going beyond that line. It is electric so be careful not to touch it (not high voltage though). The first time, we thought of crawling under like in the military training. But then we realised, you can just unhook the handle and cross over.

After an hour, we passed by a lake, a very nice one. We wanted to take a dip but then we noticed the river bed was very muddy so we decided not to and just continue walking.

After 1.5 hour, we reached Kobberhaughytta, a lodging/cabin for individuals or groups, open all year round. Well, except that time we were there, due to summer break. But we stopped by anyway to grab our packed lunch, thanks to their free tables and chairs.

After few minutes, we finally reached the peak. 

It wasn't that spectacular like the view at Mørkgonga and Gyrihaugen, but it was a pretty good hike.
It took us about 4 hours; 2 hours to the peak, plus 2 more hours back to the bus station. That includes breaks and taking photos.

Also along the way, I saw a lot of old trees, beautiful flowers and blue berries! I'm still amazed by how one can freshly pick blueberries in the mountains here and just munch them directly.
Well, my husband warned me as some dogs might have peed on it. Not sure if he's serious, but it was so cool I ate like 10.

As we traveled back, we stopped by at Sørkendalen Landhandel & Kafe for some refreshments, then hurried to the nearby bus station back home. A long day after all. 

What about you? Have you been to Kobberhaugen? Fee free to share us your hiking stories and/or tips. Or maybe other hiking destinations in Norway.  

Jun 27, 2018

My honeymoon vacation in the Philippines

If you moved to a country far away from your own, then you probably know the feeling of wanting to go back to your home country even just for a day. You crave for this particular food that can only be found in your home town. You long for that tropical beach with blue sky and powdery white sand you dreamed to visit again. You miss your family, friends and pets, despite the fact that they can be annoying sometimes. And yes, as strange as it may sound, even the noise and traffic jam are in the list of the things you miss. Well, you're not alone. I know exactly how it feels.

discovery primea, makati
Taking a morning dip at Discovery Primea Hotel in Makati

After almost a year in Norway, finally my husband and I had the chance for a 3-week vacation in the Philippines. It's also our honeymoon trip so I made sure we get the time to meet the whole family and relax all to ourselves.