Sleep underneath the stars

Published april 6th, 2008 by

Have you ever slept outside in the wild? Without a tent or a roof to cover you, all you senses are sharpened, every little sound becomes important. It is a peculiar feeling, worth remembering. Here is my list over all the times I have slept underneath the stars.
Starry Night

1. In an orange grove in Greece with Silje. It was too hot inside our tiny tent. When we woke up the next morning there where oranges on the ground all around us, fallen from the trees during the night. Fresh and free orange Juice, Yum! Strange that none of the oranges fell on us.

2. Under a tree outside the railway station in the middle of Ancona, Italy, with a knife in reach under my curled up jacket. Scary place.

3. On snow on a reindeer pelt outside Mo i Rana. Drunk. Just wanted to try. Had to give up after 4 hours. Freezing!

4. On a beach with Silje in Saint-Sean-de-luz, France, because we couldn’t find a place to stay, but after stuffing ourselves with a ton of seafood and white wine!

5. On a mountaintop with four friends connecting all out sleeping bags together. The summers in Norway are amazing, no night, daylight 24/7.

6. Under a pine on a camping site in Lagos (or perhaps Sagres?), Portugal, feeling a little self conscious (it was, after all, a camping ground). But long haired brethren all around, so no stress.

7. On the lava rocks just outside Cascais, close to Lisboa, Portugal, with two cool germans I met, waking up to the sound of waves crashing and to a blistering day of swimming and being foolish, jumping from cliffs.

8. In the woodland behind my parents garage in my teens, passed out on stolen homemade wine and green something from my fathers bar cabinet, waking at noon not knowing where I was.

Orignally posted on 43things.com

Posted in Personal, Travel

I heart New York!

Published desember 30th, 2007 by

Girl on Staten Island Ferry (Photo: Morten Skogly)

I only had four days there, in 2006, but it is still one of my favorite cities, mostly because of the people, who are really friendly and talkative, but in a very peculiar and almost hostile way! I would love to go back, especially if I could visit someone who live there, someone who could tell me where the best delis are :) Yum!
I was there for a FlashForward conference, but only had time for a little touristy things, like the Empire State building, the Staten Island Ferry (see image), the New York Public library, Guggenheim, etc, but what I like best is just walking around gawking at high buildings and walking into streetlights like an idiot. Some of my favorite momemts where getting caught in a sudden rainstorm in Chinatown, and taking refuge in a small fishstore with lots of other people, watching people wading through the ancle deep water and improvising umbrellas with soggy newspapers. I have never seen so much rainfall, it was simply stunning, and wonderful, everyone smiling and watching the havoc in the street outside, the garbage bags floating away like flotsam.

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Another moment was on the Staten Island ferry. I can’t remember if it was the same day, but the horison was dark, and as we where nearing shore on the return trip a wind started to blow, and this girl took a few steps out on the deck, out of the shelter, and played with the wind, beautiful, looking like a galleon figurehead, daring the wind to knock her over. I took a few pictures, and looked back at the people waiting for the ferry to dock, everyone smiling and watching her, not the statue of liberty.

My Flickr photo set from New York City

Manhattan Skyline  (Photo: Morten Skogly)

Posted in Personal, Photography, Travel

Daniel Johnson Mural

Published november 19th, 2007 by

Daniel Johnson Mural, originally uploaded by mskogly.

This is so strange, I took this picture in Austin, in 2006, and today while reading about Daniel Johnson I figured out that this is his work. You can read about him and the story behind it over at wikipedia.

Posted in Found, Travel

Roadside America – Guide to Uniquely Odd Tourist Attractions

Published april 30th, 2005 by

I’m in love with Roadside America – Guide to Uniquely Odd Tourist Attractions, home of the most bizarry roadside attractions in the US. When I’m old and grey I will rent an RV and take a long roadtrip and visit some of these gems.

2-story outhouse

Shoe Trees

White Squirrels

Tiny Churches

Mystery Spots

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