And the walking man walks

Trip Start Jan 05, 2011
Trip End May 18, 2011

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Flag of Norway  , Østfold,
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Hey Everybody!

    Sorry about not having an entry for a full week now. This last week has been pretty stressful since I had two big assignments due for my English classes. What with all the writing associated with that, I just wasn't in the mood for blogging. Please understand my predicament.

    But now my week is over, I don't have any big papers coming up for at least a couple weeks, so things are much less stressful now. Despite the homework, this last week has been a really good one. The weather continues to warm, and I've spent quite a bit of time walking about the area. Moss actually has a lot of walking paths that lead through forested areas and along the ocean. As the snow keeps melting, these places are becoming more and more beautiful.

    Lately, it seems like I've been going on one to two hour walks on a daily basis. It relaxing, and it sure beats sitting in the dorms all day. It's funny how much there is around here that I still haven't seen. I think we discover a new place of interest every day. (See pictures) It's fun to just follow a trial through the woods to see where it'll take you. I actually got lost on Friday, I think it was. I found an ancient wooden ski jump that looked to be unused in 30 years.

    On Saturday (and yesterday, with Stian), I walked around the southern tip of the island, along the sea. It was so peaceful away from the noise of the city. I would like to go there more often, but it's about a 3 hour round trip. If you look at the marker on the map today, you can see how far I walked to on the island. From that point, I walked south, around the tip, and along the sea back to ACN, which is probably about a mile from the island (it seems like more).

On Monday, Griffin and I found a hilltop not too far from the dorms that affords a good view of Moss and the surrounding area. Apparently we weren't the first people there, though. We found a fire pit, a tree swing, and what looked to be an abandoned makeshift tent. It'll be nice to go up there when the snow has gone away; by the time we got back from there, our shoes were full of snow.

    Today, Griff and I walked down to the beach after class got out. It would have been warm had the wind not been so strong. In fact, I think today was the windiest day I can remember since I got here. There were white caps in the bay area. As we walked out on the pier, you could smell the sea in the air, which for a North Dakota boy is a very foreign smell.

    So yeah, if you've been wondering what's going on with me lately, that's it. If I'm not doing homework, I'm out sightseeing, just enjoying what Moss has to offer. In the weeks since Dublin, I've come to realize that I am really going to miss this place. Sometimes, I think it would be nice to go home for the weekend, but I'm not ready to leave Europe yet. In addition to seeing the area around Moss, I am looking forward to our trips to Spain and Italy coming up in April. It's going to be a blast!

I'll try to keep the blog a little more updated now that I'm not so inundated with homework. I know how you guys hang on my every word to hear about my adventures! :)

From Norway with love,
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