Volcanoes, scenery and a run

April 19, 2010


Once again I have not posted in a while.

But it’s been an eventful week! Remember how I was so excited to go to Paris?  Well, thanks to the stupid volcano on Iceland, I was instead stuck spending 18 of 36 hours on the train in no-man’s land between Stavanger and Oslo.   Faaaaaack.  But at least I made it to my exam, and it went well. This is where I spent waaaay too much time:

One of my best friends’ co-workers was supposed to go to a Bachelor Party Weekend in Berlin.  Yeahh… Only one guy made it. And had one hell of a trip home.

But now that my exam is over, I have my freedom, and am inspired to exercise! I had the most amazing run today – not because  I felt like I was in good shape (I didn’t) but because I just discovered the most amazing path a mere kilometer from my apartment.

Seriously. It’s stunning.

I can’t believe I’ve lived here for a year, and haven’t been here before!!

This is definitely going to be my new go-to place for running (and BBQs. and picnics. and taking my camera out).

I don’t like volcanoes

April 15, 2010


I have an exam in Oslo, a 35 min flight from here in less than 24 hours. I’m supposed to fly from Oslo to Paris in 29 hours.

Due to the volcano on Iceland erupting, all airspace in Norway is closed!

So now I’ve booked a 9 hour night train – and am crossing fingers, toes and everything else, hoping that I still get to go to Gay Paree!

The trip is Jman’s work’s “Christmas Party” – basically all expenses paid, and we’re supposed to be staying at the Ritz!

How bleak if this falls through…

Since last time

April 15, 2010

Haven’t been very productive lately – exam tomorrow and Paris onFriday so haven’t given exercise the priority I should have. But I’ve started cycling to work!

Some pictures:

1) Moods of Norway boat is in town!
2) I’m loving this weather (still fuh-reezing, but I love me some sunshine)
3) New dress for daytime Paris!


April 3, 2010

Just ran 9km! That’s the furthest I’ve ran yet. (yes, photo was taken in the elevator. I’m lazy, I admit it.)


April 3, 2010

Wear a helmet! I just read Kelly’s story and it’s a real eye-opener.

I’m cycling Nordsjørittet on June 12th this summer.  It’s a 90 km offroad/onroad bike race that goes along the coast between Sandnes and Egersund – super scenic.  Helmets are mandatory, obviously.  Growing up, I was very casual with my helmet use. It’s awful. My parents were really strict about it and would never let me take out my bike without a helmet, but I remember clearly actually hangning my helmet on the handlebars of my bike if I knew that my parents weren’t goint to see me. Idiotic to say the least.

Even at age 23, when I was working in London, I rode my bike to the office every day from Camden Town to Fleet St. No more than 5-6 km, but in heavy  London traffic. Double decker drivers are aggressive, and don’t always respect the bike lane. And yet, there I was, without a helmet. I’m an idiot.

I knew I was an idiot. I know full well the dangers of cycling without a helmet – hell, my brother’s middle school teacher was out of commission for 3 months for a head injury (she wiped out on her bike and wasn’t wearing a helmet).  A woman at the bank where I work now died after getting hit by a car on her bike. No helmet.

Yet, somehow I kept riding my bike sans helmet, because it made my hair flat, and I thought it was too hot and uncomfortable. Weak.

The turning point?

On my way to work one day, biking down Pentonville Road towards the office, I saw that Penton Rise was blocked by police cars, there was an ambulance – lots of people, the works. A woman was lying on the ground, her bicycle demolished next to her.  I couldn’t tell if she was wearing a helmet or not – to be honest I’m not even sure if it would have made a difference. But it made me realise how “la la la, nothing bad’s ever going to happen to me” I was. That could have been me – I found out later she had been cut off by a bus who simply didn’t see her.  She’d been hit 15 minutes before I got there.

So from then on I always wear a helmet. And you should, too.


April 3, 2010

So happy with these spring signs!