Norway’s Trolltunga

Trolltunga or (the troll’s tongue) is Located in Beautiful Hardangerfjord , in the town of Odda , Norway and was the most spectacular hike we have ever done.Due to an unusually cold winter and spring the entire trail was in the snow. The trail from Skjeggedal to Trolltunga is long and hard. 13 miles and 3000 ft in elevation change situated about 3000 ft above above lake Ringedalsvatnet in Skjeggedal.

Sognefjord to Flåm. Norways scenic boat journey and railway

National Geographic named the Flam Railway one of the top 10 train journeys world and Lonely Planet named it the best train journey in the world in 2014. It is also one of the steepest train lines in the world on normal tracks.

The train runs through stunning nature, and the rallar road, steep mountains, incredible waterfalls and tunnels. We journeys from Sognefjord to the mountaintop at Myrdal mountain station. We had planned to bike down the rallar road but their was to much snow  due to the unseasonable cold winter/spring that processed our trip.

Sognefjord is Norway’s longest and deepest fjords.We split the fjord cruise and train ride up over a couple nights and backpacked through charming villages Flåm and Undredal.Once we were back on the road our journey took us through the world’s longest road tunnel 24.5km-long stretch of tunnel between Aurland and Laerdal en route to Bergen.

There’s a city or town for everyone, for me it’s Portland  

if you love nature,wildlife,sustainable cities,forward thinking people,farmers markets,happy children, art,museums,books,biking,hiking,good food,coffee,breweries,craft distilleries,hipsters and rainy days  … then it might be for you too.

My husband has the opportunity to work out of the Oregon or Arizona location,and we have been planning to transfer and move there permanently. 

Long before traveling to Israel, we routinely went up to Portland. That was the beginning of a fun and chaotic journey.

5 temporary year long corporate assignments in 10 years. 3 years in Oregon and 2 in Israel …noooo,we are are not crazy at all 😉 

I miss that city…we both fell in love with Portland, found happiness there ,we fit in and experienced a lot of personal growth. We made a lifetime of happy memories. 

everything is changing now …our two boys are growing up so fast ,it feels like it happened overnight. They are adjusting well to life at home after living abroad, finding direction and discovering passion. Caden is a junior in high school and works as a lifeguard/swimming instructor and he is on varsity cheer. Mason just started high school and is enrolled in a two year sports medicine program that earns dual college credit , looking forward to soccer tryouts, and playing goalkeeper with club soccer.

It’s exciting to see your children happy and interested. We have a good balance right now. Clearly this prefigures our decision to move them. I start back to school in the Fall …everything is falling into place here in AZ. 

Living in the Middle East for two years was an amazing way to have new experiences and grow more as a person, we all gained so much, it changes your perspective, and provided many opportunities to travel to Europe and Africa. Moving to Portland has began to lose its appeal , Eric has a sort-of a “been there done that” attitude about it. …I am sad to see my beloved Portland slip away.

On staying positive, he is frequently there on business, I will just tag along to get my fix of stumptown coffee and the incredible natural beauty of the Northwest!  

 … I loved being back in Oregon this week. We had a good visit with family and friends. Only a few tears for me #bittersweet  

{on to the next adventure }

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Haarlem for a day, Israel for a week, Paris for a night

Business trip for my husband and an unexpected trip for me.

Thanks to an invite from my wonderful hubby and what i would call extremely fortunate timing,like time off from school due to spring break … the kiddos are on break too , this means not a lot going on (school activities , sports etc.) this really means ——->this mamma is free to go.

Flights look great too! Right before Passover and Easter is an inexpensive time to travel to the Holy Land and you will avoid the crowds.

Craving delicious Middle Eastern food since we left 8 months ago and missing many friends, ,the beautiful Mediterranean Sea , Jerusalem, Tel Aviv , Jaffa and more…………………………

Despite Eric’s busy work schedule, we were able to plan some quality time together. Traveling along with your spouse on a business trip can be stressful, he has a full week of meetings and work and my sole objective is to pull him away and have fun. As happy as he was to see me, he is engrossed in his job.

OK, so I will declare my Independence!

Yalla!

*First connection Schiphol = day trip to Haarlem.  not to be confused with Harlem, New York,  Haarlem, Netherlands dates back to Gothic times with picturesque canals,cobblestone streets,old churches, hidden gardens and many dutch museums.  I am lucky I have a wonderful Dutch friends who recommended this itinerary 🙂 thanks Petra wish you were here! 

Traveling to and from Haarlem from Schiohol is easy

you change trains at Amsterdam Sloterdijk station. Or for a more direct route,which is what I did take Bus 300 called the Zuidtangent which runs every 10-15 minutes between Schiphol airport and Haarlem Central Station. The trip takes about 30-40 minutes. Buses are outside Schiphol airport, Zuidtangent is a big red bus with white writing on a grey background.

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Snowshoeing, snowboarding, and wine tasting …everybody was happy. Durango , Colorado

 Second day of snowboarding for the kiddos . We decided to book a Snowshoe & Wine Tasting tour with the resort http://winter.durangomountainresort.com/durango-mountain-resort/winter-activities1/. They take you up the chairlift and you hike back down after exploring the beautiful back country. The San Juan mountains are very scenic. We watched the sunset on the back side of the mountain. Our guides were knowledgeable, fun and the wine was absolutely delicious. While on our snowshoe trek we looked for native wildlife and animal tracks. The area is home to a wide range of species including moose, white tail deer, bear, coyote, lynx, bobcats, snowshoe hares, owls and fox.  After we returned from the tour we tasted 4 more superb wines and were served tapas. It was a great way to spend the day with my love.