NTNU campus photowalk

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The NTNU or Norwegian University of Science and Technology is located in Trondheim and is the alma mater of most of my Norwegian friends. The campus area is very nice, with lots of parky green areas and beautiful old buildings. Some of the newer architecture is pretty cool too! 🙂

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NTNU eli Norjan teknis-tieteellinen yliopisto sijaitsee Trondheimissa, ja suurin osa norjalaisista kavereistani opiskeli (tai opiskelee) siellĂ€. Kampusalue on aika kiva puistomaisine viheralueineen ja vanhoine rakennuksineen. Osa uudemmistakin on aika hienoja! 🙂

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Trondheim memories

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Trondheim has been a home away from home to me, but now my boyfriend is moving to Ålesund for an unknown amount of time. I’m happy for the new opportunities (scuba is amazing over there!), but also sort of wistful. Trondheim is a beautiful city and a big hub of our norwegian friends! Of course, Ålesund is supposed to be very pretty as well, the friends will still be here, and it’s not long until the next visit in september! 🙂

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Trondheim on ollut mulle toinen koti, mutta nyt poikaystĂ€vĂ€ni muuttaa Ålesundiin mÀÀrittĂ€mĂ€ttömĂ€ksi ajaksi. Tietysti olen onnellinen uusista mahdollisuuksista (sukeltaminen on huippua siellĂ€!), mutta myös vĂ€hĂ€n kaihoisa. Trondheim on kaunis kaupunki ja koti isolle osalle norjalaisista kavereistamme. No, Ålesundikin kuuluu olevan tosi nĂ€tti, kaverit asuvat tietysti edelleen tÀÀllĂ€, eikĂ€ seuraavaan visiittiinkÀÀn ole pitkĂ€ aika, se kun on syyskuussa! 🙂

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borosilikaattipÀivÀ!

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Ah, the sun is finally out! 🙂 I went for a nice walk around Trondheim and visited some “bruktbutikk” like they call them here. And what did I spy with my little eye in one of them? A “Miranda” cake tray by Heikki Orvola! It was priced considerably lower than I would pay for one in Finland – oh, how I love Trondheim’s bruktbutikks! 😀

The pillowcase and doily under the Miranda are also recent finds, and yes, it would’ve been better to iron them before taking photos. It’s funny how much “more” you see in photos, when your eye is not distracted by the elements outside the photo!

Then I stumbled on a pristine set of Bodum Hot Pot bowls complete with the cork trays for peanuts. Score! And finally, the Erlenmeyer flasks. They’re made of a borosilicate glass (f.e. Pyrex, Duran, Schott) that’s very heat resistant and can be used in cooking! Hmm. The Bodum Hot Pots are also borosilicate. I think I had a theme today! 🙂

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Aurinko paistaa viimeinkin! 🙂 KĂ€vin mukavalla kĂ€velyllĂ€ Trondheimin keskustassa ja kurkkasin lĂ€pi paikalliset kirpparit, eli “bruktbutikkit”. Ja mitĂ€ löysinkÀÀn? Heikki Orvolan Miranda-kakkutarjottimen! Maksoin siitĂ€ aika paljon vĂ€hemmĂ€n kuin olisin maksanut Suomessa. Trondheim on suomalaisen lasin ystĂ€vĂ€lle ihana kirpparikaupunki! 😀

Tyynyliina ja reikĂ€pitsinen alusliina ovat kanssa viimeaikaisia löytöjĂ€. Ne olisi toki voinut silittÀÀ ennen kuvan ottamista… On hassua kuinka paljon enemmĂ€n yksityiskohtia erottaa kuvista, kun silmĂ€ ei harhaudu kaikkeen “ylimÀÀrĂ€iseen” kuvan rajausalueen ulkopuolella!

Seuraavaksi törmĂ€sin priimakuntoiseen Bodumin Hot Pot -settiin pikkurahalla. Löytö! Ja lopuksi nappasin mukaani kaksi Erlenmeyer-pulloa. Ne ovat borosilikaattilasia (esim. Pyrex, Duran tai Schott), joka kestÀÀ kuumuutta hyvin, joten ne sopivat ruuanlaittoon. Itseasiassa myös Bodumit ovat borosilikaattia. Taisi olla pĂ€ivĂ€n teema! 🙂

Nordkapp

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After visiting Kirkenes we got on our way towards Trondheim. There’s a lot of interesting places in the north, so we were prepared to take quite a few stops on the way. One of these was the North Cape, which is famous for being Europe’s northernmost place, although that’s based on a misunderstanding. But it was a great place to visit nonetheless! 🙂

The cliffs are 300 meters high. They and the rain showers around the cape on the open sea were a fierce combination!

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Kirkkoniemen visiitin jĂ€lkeen lĂ€hdettiin valumaan kohti Trondheimia. Koska matkan varrella on paljon mielenkiintoista nĂ€htĂ€vÀÀ, oltiin valmistauduttu pysĂ€htelemÀÀn siellĂ€ tÀÀllĂ€. Yksi pysĂ€hdyspaikka oli Nordkapp, joka tunnetaan Euroopan pohjoisimpana kolkkana. Oikeasti Kinnaroddenin niemi on pohjoisempana, mutta Nordkapin maisemat ovat paremmat ja sinne menee tie. Kelpasi kyllĂ€ kĂ€ydĂ€! 🙂

JyrkÀnteet ovat 300 metriÀ korkeat, ja ne sekÀ ympÀröivÀllÀ aavalla nÀkyvÀt sadekuurot olivat jylhÀ yhdistelmÀ!

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The road up to the cape is also stunning! The landscape switches between very rugged and open highlands, steep hills and curved or spiky cliffs next to the fjords… We hiked up and down to the Kirkeporten (“church door”), a natural opening in the stone cliffs. The stone is worn down by the elements. The layers twist and bend in ways that remind me of some of GaudĂ­’s creations… But then, he’s known for getting inspiration from the nature! 🙂

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Tie Nordkappiin on valtavan hieno! Maisemat vaihtelevat karun, avoimen ylĂ€maan, jyrkkien vuorenseinĂ€mien ja vuononreunojen kaarevien tai terĂ€vien jyrkĂ€nteiden vĂ€lillĂ€… Me kĂ€veltiin katsomaan Kirkeporten (“kirkon ovi”), joka on luonnonmuovaama aukko kivijyrkĂ€nteessĂ€. Kivi on luonnonvoimien hiertĂ€mÀÀ, ja sen kerrokset kiertyvĂ€t ja vÀÀntyvĂ€t ihmeellisiin muotoihin. Mulle tuli mieleen jotkut GaudĂ­n rakennukset, mutta hĂ€nhĂ€n onkin tunnettu luonnosta ammentamastaan inspiraatiosta!

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The road up in Finnmark is sometimes open for kilometers in every direction… We had a very American Road Movie -feeling! 🙂

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Baana on Finnmarkissa paikoin avoin kilometrejĂ€ joka suuntaan. VĂ€lillĂ€ tuntui kuin olis ajettu JenkkilĂ€n keskilĂ€nnessĂ€! 🙂

deadliest catch

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While visiting friends at Kirkenes in Norway we went for a walk along the harbor. Phew, there’s a lot of crab traps! Feeling a bit like we’re walking in the Deadliest Catch… 🙂

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Vieraillessamme kavereiden luona KirkkoniemellĂ€ kĂ€ytiin kĂ€velyllĂ€ satamassa. Huhheijaa noita rapumertoja oli paljon! Kevyt “Deadliest Catch” -fiilis niitĂ€ tsiigatessa… 🙂

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See how big the crates are for realsies?! Dang! Having seen those, I was expecting the king crabs to be HUGE!

We had the opportunity to do a scuba dive at Kirkenes, where there’s lots of King crabs in the water. I was pretty antsy before the dive!! But no worries, the ones we found where big, but not huge. Maybe 1 m from the tips of the legs across… totally catchable! And so, so delicious 😉 If you get a chance to catch or eat the king crabs, I seriously recommend you do. It was awesome! 🙂

There was also some weird action happening underwater. Flounders are usually pretty timid fish, especially the small ones, but here they were following us around. Yeah. Flounders, following divers. Whoah! I didn’t believe my eyes at first, but when we caught the first king crab their behavior became clear: they were waiting to be served a meal!

You kill a king crab by putting a knife through the back plate and then take the legs, leaving the body behind. The flounders were fighting to get to eat the carcasses! 🙂 It was so weird, at the most there were 5 handsized flounders just trailing behind us… Fish can be pretty smart, way smarter than they tend to get credit for! 🙂

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Merrat on aiva tajuttoman kokoisia! KÀÀk! Noi nĂ€htyĂ€ni odotin kuningasrapujen olevan aivan JÄRKYTTÄVÄN isoja!

PÀÀsimme sukeltamaan KirkkoniemellĂ€ paikassa, jossa on paljon kuningasrapuja. JĂ€nnĂ€sin aika lailla!! Mutta ei hĂ€tÀÀ, sillĂ€ vaikka ravut oli isoja, ne ei olleen mitenkÀÀn jĂ€rkyttĂ€vĂ€n kokoisia. Ne oli ehkĂ€ metrin mittaisia varpaasta toiseen… Ihan metsĂ€stettĂ€viĂ€! Ja mmm, miten hyviĂ€! 😉 Jos vaan saat mahiksen sukeltaa rapuja tai maistaa niitĂ€, suosittelen ehdottomasti!

MeidÀn sukelluskohteessa on metsÀstetty kuningasrapuja jo vuosia, ja sen huomasi. YleensÀ pienet kampelat on hyvin arkoja ja lÀhtevÀt liukkaasti pakoon sukeltajaa, mutta tuolla ne seurasi meitÀ. Siis joo. Kampelat, seurasi sukeltajia. Hupsis! En tahtonu uskoa silmiÀni aluksi, mutta kun nappasimme ekan kuningasravun, tajusin mistÀ oli kyse: ne odotti safkaa!

Kuningasrapuja metsĂ€stetÀÀn sukeltaessa puukolla. Puukko pistetÀÀn kuoresta lĂ€pi jotta rapu kuolee, ja sitten sen jalat otetaan mukaan. Keskiosassa ei ole juurikaan syötĂ€vÀÀ ihmisille, ja se jĂ€tetÀÀn mereen. Kampelat odotti kunnes keskiosa putosi pohjalle ja alkoivat tapella herkkuateriasta! KĂ€sittĂ€mĂ€töntĂ€, mutta meillĂ€ oli parhaimmillaan viis kĂ€denkokoista kampelaa perĂ€ssĂ€… Kalat voi olla aika fiksuja, paljon fiksumpia kuin yleensĂ€ uskotaan! 🙂

Berg studentby in Trondheim

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The Berg Studentby is a student housing village in Trondheim completed in 2010. The photos on top are from when it was newly opened, and below are some more recent ones from yesterday’s sightseeing trip. It’s an unbelievably attractive place! The small houses remind me of the British town houses, right next to each other, and yet the architecture is very fresh and current. And the colors! The wooden paneling is a modern take on a very traditional wall treatment, but the doors are delightful pops of bright yellow, neon green and deep fuchsia…

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There’s tons of attractive activity space around: green areas for picnics and lounging, and even a beach volley field!

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Recycling is enabled smoothly with these underground bins. And a dedicated bin for disposable grills so the embers won’t start a fire!

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I wish I was a student again so that I could move in here… I see this a a great alternative to small apartments in high rises and wish they’d start building something similar in Finland! How do you like it? 🙂