Skiing!!! Val di Gardena

Skiing!!! Val di Gardena

Lovely weekend in Val di Gardena with my sister-in-law and her friends. They all came from Norway on Saturday afternoon, so I went up there, skied on my own on Saturday and then skied with them on Sunday. OMG the weather was amazing, the pists were great and the company were world- class.

 

Look at this bouquet of women!
Up on the mountain ready for the day

 

Shoes of the day…
LOOK at this!

 

Gotta have some pizza
After ski in Selva

 

Happy me!
Happy campers! Sent this to my mom, she was so happy
I mean.. LOOK at at this!!!

Skiiiiing- finally!!ย 

Skiiiiing- finally!!ย 

Spent Saturday skiing in Switzerland- Splรผgen- and OH MY GOD, I am soooo happy about it!! The weather was insane, good company and good conditions in the slopes.

Happy me!!

Happy friend!

Mid- skiing beer…;)
The light was beautiful on our way back home
And then to Milan for after- ski… Capirina FTW (does anyone say that anymore…?)
Sushi โค

Amazing day with both skiing in the mountains and the city life of Milan ๐Ÿ™‚

Saturday Milan’ing

Decided to go to dinner in Milan yesterday and eat at a so called ‘Churrascaria’ where the concept is that you buy a menu, get as much sides as you want from a buffet and then they walk around with meat… delicious meat!! And I’m not normally a fan of meat, but this one… O.M.G โค !

Before that we had a drink in Corso Como at a bar called ‘Chinese box’ which I love!!

I want these chairs! I am obsessed with chairs!!
Looking down at the bar

 


The restaurant
They put these on the table and when you are ready to eat you put the green up and they come offering you meat, once you are done/have a break you put the red one up
Some of the sides from the buffet!
Went to a bar afterwords in Varese, just liked the idea.

When I went to….

When I went to….

Windsor

As the fourth day of our trip around Europe last week we went to our offices in Wexham, which is very close to Windsor… Where Her Majesty the Queen of England has (one of) Her residence. Super British countryside, some super- nice cars were also spotted!

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When we arrived at the airport at 8.30 in the morning one of the hostesses of the airport was making Champagne ready, and I of course had to ask who in the lords name drank Champagne at 8.30 in the morning, the answer; a group going to Ibiza… what a life?!

I really, really regret not taking a picture of it, but they had the coolest coffee machine there also (at the airport, realizing this post is more about the airport than of Windsor- ups). You had an iPad on the side of a tap where you chose the coffee you wanted, and then could choose the strength of the coffee, if you wanted milk etc by sliding on the iPad- so cool, and the coffee was really good!

 

When I went to…

When I went to…

Berlin

We went on a five day trip last week with work, Antwerp (or outside of Antwerp), Berlin, Paris, London (Windsor, so outside) and Barcelona. Since there was nothing to report from Antwerp as I was staying at the hotel and conference the entire time, I shall bring you back to Berlin- the city I have not been back to since I lived there for three months two years ago.

Some lovely snaps from around Berlin, the city really is a big city!

How cute is this floor in a Nudie store, it gives you steps to decide whether you should wash your jeans or not- love it ๐Ÿ™‚

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And well… we traveled in style- lucky us- there just is no turning back to commercial flying now! (yes, there is- my money tells me there is..)

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When I went to…

Climb Kilimanjaro

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Can you see her in the background there, the great Kilimanjaro- Uhuru Peak

It all started with my mother wanting to go, so to support her we gave a slice of the trip as a 60th birthday present. Needless to say a lot of my family were not sure if this was something she wanted… I knew better. I will come back to the awesomeness of my mother another day.

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Check out this bouquet of women I climbed with, mom on the left, then Irene, then Cathrine โค

My mom decided to go with one of her colleagues and one of her friends. I wasn’t that excited about it, but at the end I didn’t have a job (I was in the processes), so I had the time and though it would be a great experience with my mom as well as the last continent in the world I had not been to- Africa.

So off we went, to Tanzania for a weeks hike in the highest freestanding mountain in the world- Kilimanjaro.

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Her Majesty

We had two days before we started trekking up, and met the Danish crew that went with us, in addition to one English girl- all really great people!

 

For five days we hiked up, up, up and a little down again, to see how we could handle the altitude. Above 4000 meter there are no helicopters who can get you, so the sherpas have to bring you down if something happens. I felt it at 4200 meter where we had lunch one day, and believe me- that is an uncomfortable feeling!

My mother had brought with her small portions of oatmeal- a genius stroke on her part! The food was great, they really did all they could for us. It was a week of getting up at 6AM for sunrise, no sanitary luxuries, no showering (only washing), walking slowly, slowly to not exhaust yourself and force altitude sickness. Every day, the same- and at 9 ‘lights were out.

We got there in the end, after the last day which was grueling. Up at 6 AM to walk up to 4200 meters, got there at 12AM and then we ate some and were supposed to sleep from around 3PM until 11PM when we were supposed to start our last trek up to Uhuru peak through Stella Point.

We were warned that it would be very cold, so I layered on with two ski pants, one dune jacket and one ski jacket over…. it was waaaaay too much clothes, being from the north of Norway our perception of very cold is a bit different from the rest of the world…;)

Anyway, we succeeded, at 5895 meters above sea level the altitude sickness was fierce, but if I have a tangible goal… I get there!

 

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Here I was literally dying, which is what makes altitude sickness so scary- it just makes you not realize…

 

 

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Happy ladies on top of a mountain!

SUCH an experience, watching the stars walking up there- insane! Watching the sun rise on the top- insane, the landscape- insane.

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The traveling crew, with our guides- such a gang! Me in the middle, like a boss with my arms crossed- hehe:)

When I went to… Positano

I love Italy, that is pretty clear. It has it all, beach, city, food, fashion, mountains, and an odd nice person here and there (just kidding- Italians are the best… except from Norwegians;) ). So when I got the chance to go to one of the Pearls of Italy- I was in!

Positano

 

Me and two of the ones I studied with in Milan went to visit a third one who has a house there. While I only went for the weekend, they stayed for almost a week- lucky ladies trippin’!

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LOOK at this crystal clear water!

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Amalfi

Greta brought with her Patos, our yellow friend, he totally took too much space on our boat- trip, I think the Dutch couple who was on their รปber- romantic honeymoon was not as amused as we were…

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Patos the dude!

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EVERYONE, literally everyone needs a Spritz sometimes!

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Anyway, Patos (which means duck in Spanish, I was told) needed to be blown up, and so we went- this is where all my cardio came in handy- FINALLY!

We had a day on a boat where we visited Amalfi, and had the most amazing pastries in the world- I tell you!

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Me and Greta, Patos’ mother…

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Me, standing in an alleyway

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Amalfi, everything is beautiful there!

You just cannot beat a view like this, insane evenings, and the food… to DIE FOR!!

We agreed to make it an annual thing…;) โค โค โค โค Love them to death and beyond!