Last weekend me and Sigurd escaped the city for a couple of days, back to the Valley. My Mom was away, but we stayed at Sigurd's parents. Our excuse to go back? Plenty of space in the kitchen to make delicious homemade crisp bread. (Our not-so-secret recipe will come up on the blog soon). We also made pesto and arrabiata from scratch.
I have not talked much about the place I call "the Valley", and some of you have been wondering where exactly in Norway it is. The valley, or "my" valley as I like to say, is called Hallingdal. It's a place not far from Oslo. It's also a place where there isn't much more new to explore other than the beautiful nature and all that comes with it. Which, of course, is a lot.
The highlight of this weekend was probably when we went up the steepest hike I've ever done, and Sigurd decides to jump into a stream for cooling down. It's just one of those funny moments I'll remember forever.
S is such a good cook. It's a little bit embarrassing to say that I am the one that goes for the easy way out when deciding what to make for dinner. I am usally the one getting frozen burger patties, Sigurd is the one making a tomato sauce from scratch (and it's the real Italian stuff too!). Lately not a single day has gone by without some wonderful aromas filling the apartment - usually tomatoes cooking with garlic, chilies and wine. Last night we had bruschetta, today it's pasta.
And also: today we went for our very first rental viewing together. I am absolutely crazy about the apartment that we looked at, and I don't know what to do with myself if we don't get it. Unfortunately, that would be the rule rather than the exception in Oslo. There is so high competition for the best rentals, and I don't want to get my hopes up too much.
One thing is for sure. For the next apartment we are renting, we will make sure that it has lots of space in the kitchen and a little corner designated for Italian herbs. I can't wait until end of August!
Summer in Oslo is so lovely and warm this year and I really can't recall having a summer like this before. Today it is raining. Sigurd made some heavenly brushetta and we are having the laziest of Sundays in a long, long time.
My gorgeous friend and "sister-in-law", Karin agreed to model for me in evening light at the beach in Skagen. Looking at these pictures I realize that there are some people that are just have it - that effortless beauty.
It's a joy to photograph Karin. Especially when being so new to portrait photography. And I always love it when I ask people to model for me and the say "Yes!" without any doubt.
Right now I'm writing from my little room in Skagen, Denmark. We are situated right in the town center with cute, yellow brick houses and rose gardens on every corner. We haven't done much else than explore the area for now, and had some heavenly Skagen fish soup.
When I did a school trip to Skagen in upper middle school, the town didn't make much impression on me at all. I wasn't too much into photography then, and my head was too preoccupied with teenage girls' issues in order to enjoy the beautiful art made by artists that lived in Skagen throughout the centuries.
I'm so happy to have gotten a chance to come back here. More photos will follow.