Vallaura's Blog

"Writing is a way of talking without being interrupted."

Posts Tagged ‘hiking

Summer 2016. Road Trip in Norway.2

with 2 comments

Previous days here.

Day 4: Odda-Tyssedal-Trolltunga
We woke up really early. I had to take my multivitamins and mineral every night to get my body on shape for this trip. We arrived around around 9am, paid the parking fee for 200 NOK and started hiking in Trolltunga at 10am. The return hike trip was predicted to be around 10-12 h. And we had 12h or maybe 12.5h. We got back down around 9pm. It was CRAZY!

14188481_10210016507480469_8329019690473373423_o

Read the rest of this entry »

Advertisements

Summer 2016. Road Trip in Norway. 1

with 2 comments

In between, my summer job at the university and master thesis writing, I decided to join my friends to have a road trip to Norway. Unable to contribute a lot in the preparation, I trusted them to choose the cheapest options for the trip.


I came to Oslo two days before the road trip started. The reason is simple I need to get the cheapest return bus tickets from Copenhagen to Oslo. So, I slept over at my friend’s place in Stabekk at the outskirt of Oslo and had short sightseeing trip around Oslo. (below photo was taken in Oslo Vikings Museum)


Read the rest of this entry »

Kjeragbotn

with one comment

Mt. Bromo at Lebaran Holiday 2010

with 3 comments

[Phewww… Holiday almost over now, it’s time to spend some little time to write.]

How are you all doing? Hope the 2-week break gives you a fresh mind as the work will start in no more than two days left. I had the opportunity to enjoy a splendid holiday if i may say. Most of my friends are well taken care ;p as in I manage to set some time for most of them. Let me recount, PAKJers (checked), KTB UKI (checked), KTB Sahabat (checked), Sec Sch friends (checked), SFers (checked), family (Lusi’s, Yos’, and Daniel’s, all checked)..yep that’s about all. so happy to have a very productive holiday 😀

I also went to Malang. It’s a small city in suburb of East Java, Indonesia. I went there to visit the famous mountain, Mount Bromo (and all the mountain range, Mt. Bromo, Mt. Batok and Mt. Semeru)

at Mt. Bromo, East Java-Indonesia

at Mt. Bromo, East Java-Indonesia

That was my first experience visiting the mountain. And a comeback for a mountain hike 🙂

The temperature was so low. It was literally freezing for me. People spent lots of money and were willing to get up at 3AM to go up to see the sunrise. The sunrise itself was very magnificent. I was contemplating while waiting for the Sun to rise. It was so cold that we weren’t just waiting to see the beauty, but also the warmth that it brings.

Sunrise at Mt. Bromo seen from viewpoint

Sunrise at Mt. Bromo seen from viewpoint

I was then remembered CS. Lewis line: “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen-not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” Yes, it is indeed true. And in this very moment i grasped the truth within me, soaking the meaning in my head. Then we continued the journey to what so called “Padang Pasir Gunung Bromo”, we might say it as Mt. Bromo desert. The sand, some say will change its color depending on what season you went there. The color when I was there was dark gray. The local people there said that on summer time (which i don’t know when) the sand will turn into golden yellow, and when winds blow them up, it will make noise as if they whisper to your ear.

A temple on the dessert of Mt. Bromo

A temple on the dessert of Mt. Bromo

A very famous Indonesian artist took some film shoot here, and entitled the movie “Pasir Berbisik” or in English “Whispering Sand”. You can actually take a pony ride there, but i just couldn’t. By foot you can walk and climb some stairs to get to see the crater if Mt. Bromo. It was a very nice experience especially when you can see the whole mountain range surrounds you when you climb these stairs.

The crater of Mt. Bromo

The crater of Mt. Bromo

The view is marvelous but the smell is completely another thing. The sulfuric odor will suffocate you, especially after those “millions” stairs. I just took a picture of the crater and headed down to get some refreshments 🙂 After a last glance of the great and unforgettable view, we headed home because the next day will be another journey, Balekambang beach. Beach is another story…playing with waves, sand and salty water has their own charm. just love the nature so much!! It made me want to go to Bali in an instance 🙂

Oh well, enough for today, more story to come, hopefully with more spirit to write them all 🙂 enjoy your holiday friends. It’s God giving gift for you all who had worked hard for Him.

Written by vallaura

September 19, 2010 at 2:20 AM

%d bloggers like this: