Tag Archive | travel

A plan for Stavanger

In a three week period, we are going to trek in the oil capital of Norway, Stavanger. The city does not only have oil but also great nature.

Our plan is to visit 

1) the Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen)
This rock formation is 604 meters over the Lysefjord. The hike is 3.8 km, height difference is 350 meters. Estimate hiking time is 2 hours one way. Read more.

2) Kjerag
Our activities continue to be around the Lysefjord. To hike to Kjerag will allow us to see the Lysefjord from another end (another end is at the Pulpit Rock). We will go on a marked path in the rugged and beautiful terrain from Øygardstøl into Kjerag. It takes about 5 hours back and forth. See the route.

3) the Lysefjord
This day we plan to spend time on the fjord itself, a kayak tour along the fjord. The starting point is around the spot where we hike to Kjerag, then kayak along the fjord, probably ends around where the Pulpit Rock stands. Read more.

A Holiday in Berlin

It has been some time that I didn’t update my blog because I was busy with a new job. It’s also a reason why I took only two days of this summer. With those two days we had four full days in Berlin.

We tried a new budget airline, Norwegian Air but it didn’t give good impression about flying budget. The flight was delayed for an hour and the plane didn’t have wifi. Not a big deal because then I could sleep for two hours and a half.

It might be a bad day for the captain, I could feel when the plane touched the ground it had too high speed. We arrived at Schönfeld airport late and I was tired and when I’m tired my mood is unstable. JJ said it would be fun if we got ourselves to a TV program where a couple competes with other couples in traveling. We will be fun to watch.

We stayed at Hilton. The hotel has very good location. An entrance to Stadtmitte station on U2 is just right in front of the hotel and across the street is Deutscher Dom.

Walking in Berlin is like walking in a 3D museum but with a 1:1 scale since lots of important building were rebuilt after WWII. I was lost in an ancient city, Pergamon at a temporary exhibition at the Pergamon Museum. The Pergamon model showed in the museum just showed how a heaven on earth looked like.

Day 1, we lose ourselves in museums on the Museum Island, climbed up the Berliner Dom, drank Berliner Pilsner and ate some Berlin food.

The Altes Museum (Old Museum)
The building is a work of Karl Freidrich Schinkel, a prominent Prussian architect.

Berliner Dom (from the Altes Museum)

Taken from Berliner Dom. Friedrichswerder Church on the bottom left, Deutscher Dom in the middle, Französischer Dom in the middle right and Captive Balloon Hi-Flyer at Checkpoint Charlie.

Lustgarten from Berliner Dom

A map of Berlin

Spree River

Angels on the roof of Berliner Dom

Angels on the roof of Berliner Dom