Dec 30, 2016

Dear 2016

Both me and The Dog love snow!
Dear 2016, 


It is with a heavy heart that I write these words. And I probably should do this face-to-face, but it is so much easier to get down all my thoughts in writing. If you read everything I have to say with an open mind, I hope you will understand.

Nov 8, 2016

A (very) short timelapse


About three weeks ago me and the dog spent 5 cold hours on a hilltop enjoying the beautiful northern lights that danced across the sky.

Well, I was enjoying the show.
The dog found the whole thing tedious, "Why are we just standing here with the boring camera and not running around having fun?"

The evening resulted in about 700 pictures, some of which I put together into a short timelapse. Sadly I moved the camera a few times, so I only had about 170 pictures that could be put together. But at least I'm starting to figure this timelapse thing out.

One thing I could not figure out, was the best way of converting the file from MP4 to avi format. So if any of you out there can recommend a safe program for this, it would be much appreciated.

My phone does not want to accept the MP4-file, so I figured I'd share Lady Aurora's dance with you here. Do note that the northern lights did not move this quickly. If you slow the video down to 1/2 speed, it gives you a better idea of how it is to see this natural beauty in real life :)

And as always, remember to follow me on Instagram (@i_couldlivehere) to see all my pictures. I normally post every other day.

Aug 31, 2016

Update - It's About Time

The northern lights dancing with the full mon - Picture taken Spring, 2016.


It has been far too long since I last made an update to this site. I'll try to keep this post nice and short, and I promise to update the page more frequently from now on.

I am much better at updating my Instagram account (@I_couldlivehere), so make sure you follow me there if you're interested in seeing pictures of the northern lights, the starry skies and some beautiful sunsets. And of the dog, of course.

Last time you heard from me, I had just started making my bucket list, and was hoping to summit Mount Kilimanjaro in September or early October this year. Those plans were put aside when I suddenly came across the perfect apartment. I decided to postpone all travel plans, and buy my dream home instead.

May 13, 2016

Bucket List



I decided to share my ever-evolving bucket list with you, making it easier for me to keep you updated. Feel free to share your bucket lists in the comments below. I am always looking for inspiration and exciting things to do. The world is filled with so many amazing things to see and do, and I want to be out there living life to its fullest.

General things I want to do:

  • Take a kayaking class and get a sea kayak
  • Take a river kayaking class
  • Start taking karate classes again
  • Learn how to ice climb
  • Keep sport climbing and evolve to trad climbing
  • Go rope swing bungee jumping (see video below)
  • Hike Machu Pichu
  • Take flying lessons, including night flying lessons
  • Run a half-marathon
  • Safari somewhere in Africa, maybe in Kenya? 
  • Skydive 
  • Hike in the Atlas Mountains 
  • More will come...

Mountains I want to Summit:

  • Kilimanjaro, Tanzania (5,895 meters)
  • Galdhøpiggen, Norway (2,469 meters)
  • Skåla, Norway (1,843 meters)
  • Gaustatoppen, Norway (1,883 meters)
  • Mount Blanc, France (4,810 meters)
  • Mount Elbrus, Russia (5,642 meters)
  • Kosciuszko, Australia (2,228 meters)
  • Toubkal, Morocco (4,164 meters)
  • Mount Damavand, Iran (5,610 meters)

The dream list:
  • Mount Everest (8,848 meters)
  • Aconcagua, Argentina (6,961 meters)
  • Denali, USA (6,194 meters)
  • Mount Vinson, Antarctica (4,892 meters)
  • Chimborazo (6,263 meters)
  • Mauna Kea (4,207 meters)

Travel destinations:

I pretty much want to see every corner of the world, but here are some of the destinations I'd like to see first.
  • Greenland
  • Svalbard, Norway 
  • Iceland
  • Marrakech, Marocco
  • Réunion
  • ...

Apr 18, 2016

Illness, Climbing and Bouldering


It's been a while since my previous post, but the headline pretty much sums up the last couple of months.

I was right on track with training for some serious mountain summits this summer when I got knocked out by the flu about 5 weeks ago. Since I didn't have the patience to sit around and wait, I started exercising far too early, resulting in the healing process to take forever. At least I'm finally able to start jogging again this week.

Over the past couple of weeks, I've had some amazing bouldering sessions with lots of improvements. And last week I did the first outdoor climbing of this year. We have some beautiful cags around the area where I live. Hopefully we'll get lots of nice weather this season, so that we can go enjoy them.


Lately we've had some spectacular northern lights too. Unfortunately the season is coming to an end now that the days are getting longer.

Wishing you all a wonderful week with lots of fun activities!

Mar 7, 2016

When the skies exploded!


Northern Lights - Aurora Borealis dance
“She looked directly up into the northern lights
and she wondered if those cold-burning spectres
might not draw her breath, her very soul,
out of her chest and into the stars.”
― Eowyn Ivey

Last night was without a doubt one of the best nights of my life. We had the most amazing northern lights (Wiki link for those that want to read more about them)I have ever seen, and watching nature putting on such a spectacular show simply left me speechless.

There's no way to describe the beauty of seeing the sky explode in green and purple. And none of my pictures does it justice.

But all in all I had an awesome week with three bouldering sessions and lots of hiking with the dog.

And I have pretty much decided on the dates for my trip to Kilimanjaro. Now it's just a matter of getting all the practical stuff in order, and make sure that I'm in excellent shape to do the hike.

I wish you all a wonderful week!

For me, tonight might be another night of hunting the gorgeous Aurora Borealis - something that should be considered an extreme sport as it involves a lot of hiking in the dark through forests and unknown paths in order to find the perfect spot.

And the rest of the week will be devoted to work, training and rock climbing.


Aurora Borealis - Northern Lights - Dancing

Feb 28, 2016

Into the woods...

Clouds reflection lake

“It would seem from this fact, that man is naturally a wild animal,
and that when taken from the woods,
he is never happy in his natural state,
'till he returns to them again.”
Benjamin Rush

As you walk through the forest, finding your own paths, you come to a small clearing looking out across a small lake.

You close your eyes, take a deep breath and just stand there, completely still for a few minutes. And your mind and body feels start to feel lighter, almost as though the nature around you is flowing through your veins, calming down your mind and decreasing your heart rate.

Feb 21, 2016

About

Who am I?

Just a human of the female variety who's in love with the mountains, the stars, and nature in general :)

Here you can follow my journeys and adventures, see some of the pictures I take along the way, ask questions, and if you want, share your stories and experiences from the beautiful outdoors.

Northern Lights - Aurora Borealis
My kind of "selfie",
sitting under the Northern Lights on a cold winter night.
You can also read more about my planned trips here. They are not set in stone but are more of long term goals. If I reach all of them, that's great! But if not, I'll still enjoy the journey. Because after all, the journey is what life is all about.