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Cool’n crazy sights in Norway Nr 6. Cats Knotts Nature

Cool’n crazy sights in Norway Nr 6. Cats Knotts Nature

I am a fan of nature.

Wait, Tomek just overlooked my starting sentence and is smiling brightly. Great, he’s showing an intensified reaction. He is frowning and laughing at the same time. Love of my life.

All right. Maybe I should start over. Norway is for nature lovers, which I am, UNLESS I am given the tempting choice to do city sights. Nature and city life unfortunately don’t mingle too well.

However, when I do get the chance to come across nature, I love it. Like in Norway, where nature is stunning… where I truthfully enjoyed undisturbed countryside. I happily took paths up a hill, down a rock, across a fjord, near a waterfall. Moss and rock is BEAUTIFUL. The fact, that I got new trainers in pink for the hike, has little to do with it. I think.

You don’t believe me. I was prepared for that. Here is proof. Amazing pictures from Preikestolen and the county of Sogn og Fjordane:

Troll valley.

View from Preikestolen cliff Norway

 

Norwegian paradise beach in lake form.

lake Preikestolen Norway

 

Hobbits’ world.

Preikestolen path

 

Work of elves.

hinterland Norway Stone pile Noray

 

Swamps, despite being hideous murderers, are beautiful.

Preikestolen swamp

 

I am hugging troll.

Square rock Preikestolen

 

Remember troll mythology, when rocking Norway.

Rocks Norway

 

Welcome to troll spa ‘Thunderous Showers’.

Waterfall Norway

 

Wow-waterfalls between Grøndalsvatnet lake and Støytsvatnet lake.

Waterfall Norway Waterfall Norway

 

Go with the flow.

Waterfall Norway

 

Some waterfalls come with drinking wells.

Waterfall Norway Driking well Norway

 

Lakelets and woodland are pixie playgrounds.

Lakelet Norway Shrubbery Norway

 

Enter the capital of pixie land.

Wooden sign Norway moss and rocks Norway

 

This is when humans take over pixie land.

Tyre and nature Norway roof tiles and nature Norway

 

I experienced what it is like to walk into an office calender with panorama landscapes.

landscape Norway

 

I took part in strenuous mountain group expeditions.

Florø hill Norway

 

I watched trolls play.

Troll play Norway

 

I saw weird moss trees and strange troll behaviour.

moss tree Norway Trolls by the fjord Norway

 

The thing I love most about nature is this.

Nature love

 

Did you notice, how I am assimilating with the native Norwegian? I exchanged my city look for a functional Norwegian outdoor outfit. I have sneakers on my feet! Last time I wore sneakers, I was a teenager in a gym but my colour choice was less flashy. In Norway money started to matter, which meant that there was little room for fastidiousness in the shoe department, which in the end meant silver or pink sneaks. I think I chose wisely. Now I know that 350 NOK for cross-trainers is a bargain, because yesterday we paid the exact equivalent for our five hour parking ticket in Oslo.

pink sneakers in Norway Casual sports wear Norway

 

My new Norwegian style raincoat. A present of wind-proof mercy from our rich Norwegian friends.

Norwegian outdoor outfit

 

Norway is not only known for its opulent landscapes and superb outdoor gear. No. Everyone knows about the legendary MISSING CATS. Every town, every village, every street in Norway has got its missing cat. And I am talking DOG. Norwegian cats  make Garfield look like an microscopic kitty. Norwegian cats come dog-sized with the tail of a grown fox. That’s what I am talking about:

Norwegian cat

 

They come up close and do all the tricks, to get the most out of your fridge.

Norwegian cat

 

Look out for missing cats or play ‘who has counted the most missing notes’. It’s also brain gymnastics – by all means, do not collect those missing-notes!

Missing cat Norway

 

Now on to the Norwegian ANIMAL that SUCKS the most, literally. It sucks blood and is not a mosquito. Nor a vampire, nor zombie. It’s a KNOTT. A mini fly that lives on our most precious body fluid. I have been living on this planet for over thirty HAPPY years, because of my oblivion to those blood suckers. Now that I have encountered them, my view of the world has changed. Flies are by no means harmless. They feed on us. Knotts make your arms and legs itch so bad, you will demand immediate amputation. Mosquitoes are not the worst enemies. That’s shocking.

Knotts come in swarms. They are also called ‘black flie’s or masters of stealth. They are tiny and blood thirsty. Just after sundown they will ruin your day, when crossing their habitat, which is everywhere: grassland, bushes, hills and riverbanks.

Knotts laugh at mosquito repellent and you need this to keep them away:

For every problem, there is a solution. No. See? Um.

knott black fly net

 

Now let’s see, what am I going to wear tomorrow. Oh, we are not yet finished with the knott? I did find pictures. But I am not going to show you Tomek’s calves. It has been a week since the knott attack. Just think big crusts and scars. Knotts’ bites swell up massively and take days to heal because, instead of having a clean cut case of syringe affair like mosquitoes, the black flies chew their way through skin, leaving a raw spot, when they are done.

Don’t be fooled by their miniature bodies. Could it be? Maybe it’s NOT THE KNOTT? Yes it is! Do NOT underestimate the KNOTT!

knott black fly

 

Have a nice day.

Black fly

 

Nature is HORRIBLE. Hey, you know what I love about nature?

Dasza

 

I know.

Tomek

 

Yee-haw!

deer riding

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