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Sonora Desert

One of the great things about being a scientist is that I get to travel. The last week I have spent in Tucson, Arizona. It is great to get away from Bergen in November and I did not hesitate to visit the Sonora Desert. The food is great (lot’s of Mexican food), there are giant cacti and desert with an neotropical touch (meaning a lot greener than what you would expect).

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Some days in heaven

I have been travelling  a lot (too much) in the last couple of month. And all I wanted was to stay at home for some time. So, when I packed my bags to go to Håvoll (6 hour drive north of Bergen) for a couple of days, I did not feel thrilled. But then, Håvoll is my second home, it’s a place to relax, to enjoy, to do nothing and everything, to think, eat and drink. It’s my favorite place in the world.

But then it was good to get away. Enjoying the colourful autumn, making a fire at the beach, fishing, watching the sun set, taking pictures, drinking coffee, being with loved once. And I caught the largest fish in my life!

 

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Back from China

I’m finally back from China. The good thing with traveling is that I always look forward to go home. The country I visit can be great and make me want to stay, but after a while, home is always calling.

I’m glad to be back  in my own flat, sleep in my own bed, cook my own food, have a normal toilette, people are not spitting everywhere and I can meet my friends again. But I have all these wonderful memories from Chengdu and Beijing. Thank you China!

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Second week in Chengdu

I like to explore new places and to figure out how things work in different parts of the world. But it can also be tiring. Even more I enjoy to come back to a place where I already know how things run.

I have been to Chengdu three times. And I start to get used to this lively Chinese life. I get used to the traffic and chaotic driving and how to safely cross a street. I learn how to communicate without understanding a single word (on both sides). I can accept that there are always people around me. But in the middle of all this noise, I have found quiet spots. A student took me to the Wenshu Monastery where we had lunch and enjoyed a tea ceremony. And I learn to write Chinese characters. I could have stayed there forever writing a language I will never be able to fully understand.

I have a bit more than a week before I will travel to Beijing for a couple of days, in the middle of the Chinese holiday. A new adventure, a new place to explore and find out how things work.

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Crater Lake

I have forgotten that Oregon can be really hot in summer. It is sunny and between 35 and 40°C everyday. We have traveled from Mt. Hood to Bend, Crater Lake and are spending 2 days in Ashland.

Bend reminds me of Voss, because it is an outdoor city. You can do all sorts of outdoor activity; hiking, biking, kayaking and skiing in winter. We went for a short hike in the heat and cooled down with iced coffee.

Today, we visited Crater Lake. When we were here in 2013, the park was closed due to the government shutdown. But this time we made it to the blue lake.

In the afternoon, we drove south to Ashland. On our last trip to Oregon we discovered Ashland by chance and liked this charming little town in the middle of the desert so much that we had to come back. Tonight, we are spending the night in a tent.

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Mt. Hood

I am back in Oregon for the ESA Conference in Portland. This is the third time I am visiting Oregon, but there is still a lot to discover. The nature is very diverse with coast, mountains, plains, and deserts. And I just love it.

Before the conference starts, Mr. K and me are travelling for a couple of days in Oregon and maybe Washington. We have started our trip at Mt. Hood. It’s very warm and dry but people were still skiing on Mt. Hood. We found the lovely Alpine Ski Haus to stay the night. And I even found some Norwegian bindings…