Bymarka 2.0

Because Alix and I traveled so much during the week, we decided to take this past weekend a bit slower. In traditional Norwegian fashion, we decided to go on a Sunday hike. So this past Sunday, we along with several other families piled onto the tram to go to Bymarka.

The last time I went to Bymarka was in September, but I was quite happy to go again because Bymarka is a fairly large city forest. It is 80 square kilometers (just over 30 square miles) and contains 200 kilometers (124 miles) of hiking trails, which means that there was still much we could explore. Unfortunately, because it was mid-October and we’ve experienced rain the last few weeks, most of the trails were fairly muddy. On the plus side, Alix has gone to Bymarka more often than I have and she was able to direct us around the many bogs that have formed in the park.

I have been told by people who love me that some of them really just like the pictures I post, so here are a few for you to look at. Unfortunately, our trip to the Lofotens has spoiled us a bit, and Alix and I were definitely less appreciative of the landscape since it couldn’t really compared to what we had just seen up North.

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Winter Is Coming

Unfortunately I will not be talking about Game of Thrones in this post, just the fact that winter is slowly but surely arriving in Trondheim. When I first came to Trondheim in August, the weather was unseasonably warm at around 26°C (80°F). By around mid-September, temperatures hovered around 12°C (53°F), and now they have sunk to 6°C (42°F). I have officially abandoned any and all attempts to look stylish and have now settled for bundling myself in layers and puffy garments. Sadly, the weather statistics on Trondheim tell me that the temperature still has a ways to drop. In January, temperatures reach their lowest at around -16°C (3°F).

When I vaguely protested the state of the weather to one of my European cousins I was called a pansy (to be honest, I was more surprised at the fact that pansy is still considered a modern day insult than the fact that he was poking fun at me). So, in an effort to recognize that winter is in fact considered a normal season, I’ve now decided to try and put my Californian habits aside and suffer in silence. At the end of the day I’ve lived through -16 degree weather so it’s more a matter of resigning myself to the cold.

On a related note, the amount of daylight is also starting to change. Trondheim loses the vast majority of its daylight in October so things are slowly but surely starting to transform. I lose just over 6 minutes of sunlight every day, or an hour about every week and a half. While I lose an equal amount of sunlight in the morning and in the evening, it feels as though I’m losing the majority of the sunlight in the morning. This is largely because sunset used to occur so late. Instead of seeing the sun set at around 11 pm, sunset now seems much more reasonable at around 6 o’clock. In contrast to this, having sunrise at 8 am instead of 5am is a bit more disconcerting.

Although Trondheim loses most of its daylight in October, I still have plenty of daylight left to lose even after October has come and gone. Trondheim gets its lowest amount of daylight towards the end of December, when I’ll get around a mere four and a half hours of sunlight. If you’re interested in learning more about the changes in daylight you can check out this website.