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Six months in Oslo—Life of a researcher in the capital of Norway

26 November 2012 at 3:00 in the morning. I was sitting on the bed of my bare room in Bergen, overwhelmed with fear and excitement, looking at my life packed into suitcases, backpacks, and boxes, and staring at my one-way ticket for the earliest morning flight to Oslo: “Will I like Oslo?”, “Will I enjoy my new life?”, “Will I miss Bergen?” Now, after six months in Oslo, I can finally answer these questions.
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A new beginning

Dear friends and colleagues,

I would like to thank you for these last five years in Bergen. They made me grow personally and professionally, and I will never forget them.

Now, however, it is time for me to move on. I have accepted a position as Research Scientist at SINTEF ICT in Oslo, and I am looking forward to starting.

My former supervisor Uwe once wrote me “Sometimes changes open unforeseen new perspectives.” This sentence has never seemed more appropriate.

See you in one month, Oslo.

7-fjellsturen 2010

For the third time, I took the so-called “7-fjellsturen”, the hike of the seven mountains of Bergen in one day. I am proud to say that I made in 10 hours and 40 minutes, 2 hours and 28 minutes less than my previous result.

Checkpoint 2008 2009 2010
Start 7-fjell (Gravdal ved Nutec) 8:47 00:00 8:28 00:00 8:55 00:00
Lyderhorn 10:14 01:27 10:06 01:38 9:45 00:50
Damsgårdsfjell 11:51 03:04 11:52 03:24 11:10 02:15
Løvstakken 13:40 04:53 13:37 05:09 12:41 03:46
Start 4-fjell (Årstad) 15:00 06:13 14:36 06:08 13:37 04:42
Ulriken 16:43 07:56 16:39 08:11 15:23 06:28
Fløyen 19:05 10:18 19:21 10:53 17:21 08:26
Rundemanen 20:27 11:40 20:07 11:39 18:24 09:29
Sandviksfjellet 20:56 12:09 20:48 12:20 18:51 09:56
Mål (Marken) 22:27 13:40 21:36 13:08 19:35 10:40

The hike was too long even for Sports Tracker, which crashed after 8 hours. This means that I only have incomplete and maybe corrupted data of my hike. 🙁 The developers of this app will for sure hear from me… 🙂

Special thanks to Synnøve, who shared with me all the editions. Without her, I would have never managed this result. 😉

Update 6 June

It looks like the Sports Tracker data of my hike is not corrupted. It is only incomplete since I started the tracking again half-hour after Sports Tracker crashed. 🙂

Screenshots:

7-fjellsturen 2010 Sports Tracker screenshot 1

7-fjellsturen 2010 Sports Tracker screenshot 2

7-fjellsturen 2010 Google Earth screenshot

7-fjellsturen 2009

Yes, I did it again. The seven mountains of Bergen in one day, 13 hours and 8 minutes to be precise. Despite the rain, I spent 36 minutes less than my first time.

Checkpoint 2008 2009
Start 7-fjell (Gravdal ved Nutec) 8:47 8:28
Lyderhorn 10:14 10:06
Damsgårdsfjell 11:51 11:52
Løvstakken 13:40 13:37
Start 4-fjell (Årstad) 15:00 14:36
Ulriken 16:43 16:39
Fløyen 19:05 19:21
Rundemanen 20:27 20:07
Sandviksfjellet 20:56 20:48
Mål (Marken) 22:27 21:36

Special thanks go to “min kjære” Synnøve, who shared with me in both editions, plus Antonio and Mikal who joined us this year.

7-fjellsturen

There is a town in the world where once every year almost 6000 people are waking up with only one desire: hike seven mountains before the day is over. The name of this town? Bergen.

I was one of those crazy people who managed to finish the so-called “7-fjellsturen“. My equipment was just a backpack with beverages and food, a rain jacket, and a camera. But what I needed the most was a lot of motivation and adrenaline.

I started at 9:00 and finished at 23:00, walking for about 35 km and going up for about 2400 m in total.

7-fjellsturen map

I am exhausted, stiff, and aching, but it was worth doing it. The weather was perfect, with clear sky and mild temperature. I have never enjoyed the nature that much, and at the end of the day, I felt part of it. Now I am left with a diploma, an exclusive t-shirt, and a lot of good memories…

I want to thank Synnøve, for being the best company I could desire for this trip, and Francesca, for giving me a chocolate bar when I needed sugars the most.

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