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Elbow Valley, Canada - 21st May 2016

By: smaug

Hi Mum,

We have been a bit quiet over the last few weeks, but today we convinced smaug to take us out :). Since we left the car the weather looked a tad misty :stare:,…

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…and as soon as we peeked out of the forest we got the suspicion that it was not going to be a good day for sightseeing :rolleyes:.

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Anyway, we still harboured some hope that we might gain enough elevation to eventually, maybe, come out above the clouds. As it happens, that was not the case.

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At least the humidity did not affect our supplies ;), so we managed to fill up with some sugars before heading back to the car.

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* Posted May 23, 2016, 11:35 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Calgary, Canada - 30th May 2016

By: smaug

Hi Mum,

Today smaug came home with a parcel, a TV sized parcel, so we got really excited :).

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As we managed to open it, a new guest appeared, Ulani, a nice sheep from Germany :). And she brought some lovely things with her :D. Of course we spent a very long evening muching on those sweets while listening about her travels ;).

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* Posted Jun 11, 2016, 9:57 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Elbow Valley, Canada - 3rd June 2016

By: smaug

Hi Mum,

Today smaug took us out for a bike ride after work :). Unfortunately he would not let us ride on the handlebar :rolleyes:, but we still managed to enjoy some nice views along the way :).

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* Posted Jun 11, 2016, 11:04 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Midnight Peak, Canada - 4th June 2016

By: smaug

Hi Mum,

Today we went for a nice little hike early in the morning :). The first bit was mostly in the trees, but soon the view improved.

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And it got better when we reached the summit :D.

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Disappointingly, smaug forgot to pack any chocolate :stare:, so, instead of having a nice time at the top, we insisted on getting back to the car quickly so that we could drive somewhere to gather some supplies :rolleyes:.

* Posted Jun 20, 2016, 1:58 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Powderface Ridge, Canada - 11th June 2016

By: smaug

Hi Mum,

Today we tried to go back to the trail where we were blinded by the fog a few weeks ago :rolleyes:, and right from the parking lot we had a feeling that it was going to be a much better day for taking photos :).

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And it was definitely the case. The wind was pretty much gale force and freezing cold :rolleyes:, but the view was great :D.

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On the way back down, when we were a bit more sheltered from the wind, we noticed that someone put a great effort in building a huge and stylish cairn :o, so we stopped taking a photo with it :).

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* Posted Jun 20, 2016, 2:41 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Calgary, Canada - 20th June 2016

By: smaug

Hi Mum,

Today we had a new guest arriving here in Calgary :). smaug came home with a TV-sized package and, as usual, he left to us the task of getting it open ;).

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As we managed to open the parcel, a TV came out, Rachel, a nice sheep from China :). And she brought some lovely gifts with her :D. Of course we spent the night listening to and telling travelling stories ;).

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* Posted Jul 23, 2016, 1:48 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Trento, Italy - 27th June 2016

By: smaug

Hi Mum,

After a rather surprising (well, at least for us since sammino didn’t mention anything in advance :rolleyes:), uneventful and long trip, this morning we woke up in Italy :stare:. And even better, we woke up in front of a lovely breakfast :D.

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It is actually very hot here, so I think we will spend a few days just chilling out ;) and recovering from the jet lag.

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* Posted Jul 23, 2016, 2:09 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Pizzo di Levico, Italy - 6th July 2016

By: smaug

Hi Mum,

smaug has been very lazy on this holiday :rolleyes:, but at last today he took us out for a little walk :). We started the day looking down at the green pastures around Passo Vezzena :)

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…and when we reached the highest point of the day, we had a lovely view over the lakes of Caldonazzo and Levico :D.

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As it happens the WWI front used to pass in this area :o, so we had a chance to do a bit of history tourism when we stumbled into this old Austrian fort :stare:.

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It did not look very comfortable :rolleyes:, and the years have clearly taken their toll, so we decided it was not worth exploring the inside and just stayed out an enjoyed the sun till it was time to go back home ;).

* Posted Aug 1, 2016, 3:07 am Last edited Aug 1, 2016, 3:13 am by smaug [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Calgary, Canada - 20th July 2016

By: smaug

Hi Mum,

Today we were, as usual, looking for food :rolleyes:. In this case we were attacking the last few supplies that we brought back with us from Italy ;) when we had a feeling that someone was looking at us :stare:.

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It was Landroval, one of smaug TVs who just arrived back home after visiting Japan :), and he brought some lovely presents too. :D.

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Of course, we ended up spending the evening listening to travel stories ;).

* Posted Aug 22, 2016, 1:46 am Last edited Aug 22, 2016, 3:32 am by smaug [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Mist Mountain, Canada - 23rd July 2016

By: smaug

Hi Mum,

Today smaug decided to take us to a lovely trip to the mountains :). What was less lovely is that, to avoid afternoon thunderstorms, he made us start at a very ungodly hour :rolleyes:. Nevertheless, after a bit we started having a nice view.

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For the first part of the morning we aimed for that lovely grassy col :)

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…and when we reached it the view improved further.

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Sadly, it looked like the trail was not going to be nice and grassy for much longer :rolleyes:

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…and soon we were in the middle of a fairly lunar landscape :o.

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Our destination looked deceiviously close…

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…but it was quite some time before smaug eventually carried us to the top, where the view was spectacular :D.

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Of course, true to the summit name, the weather was far from ideal, so smaug decided to quickly retreat down to an elevation where the odds of being smitten be lightning were a bit less discomforting :rolleyes:.

* Posted Aug 22, 2016, 3:35 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Opal Ridge, Canada - 13th August 2016

By: smaug

Hi Mum,

Today we had another day of decent weather so smaug took us again up to the mountains :). Early in the morning we were still in shadow but we started seeing our destination in the distance.

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On the other hand, we had a lovely view over Kananaskis Valley :)

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…and we could see the highway getting smaller and smaller beneath us.

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When we reached the ridge we were aiming for...

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...the view over the valley improved :)

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…and we could also see Kananaskis Lakes in the distance…

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…and Mount Evan-Thomas and Mount Packenham right in front of us :D.

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We also found a summit log and we all signed it. Of course you write way more interesting things while getting some sugars in the belly ;).

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* Posted Sep 5, 2016, 1:43 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Elbow Valley, Canada - 20th August 2016

By: smaug

Hi Mum,

Today we took advantage of the fair weather and went for a short and quick hike :). It was actually still a bit shadowy early on the trail…

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…but by the time we reached our destination it was a beautiful sunny morning :D.

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Recently smaug has been less forgetful than usual about our sugar needs :rolleyes:, and luckily today was no exception to that trend ;).

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* Posted Sep 12, 2016, 12:20 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Calgary, Canada - 26th August 2016

By: smaug

Hi Mum,

Today I said goodbye to my friends here in Calgary and got ready to start travelling to Norway :).

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As it happens, sammino lived almost a year in Trondheim, so over the last few days he helped me getting a head start by learning some basic Norwegian :).

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He also showed me a map so that I could get familiar with the town layout.

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I was a bit surprised that he had a paper map and asked how comes he didn’t just upload one on the phone. He explained that back when he was in Norway phones were still used only to make phone calls and they needed to be attached to the wall with a cable to work, can you believe it :stare:? I was about to ask more about these fascinating times :rolleyes: when we heard smaug in the other room talking about a tiger swimming to Norway, so I decided it was best to just shut up ;).
Eventually, before I jumped in my travelling quarters, sammino gave me a big hug and wished me a safe journey :).

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* Posted Sep 12, 2016, 1:12 am Last edited Sep 12, 2016, 1:13 am by smaug [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Trondheim, Norway - 2nd October 2016

By: goomymia

I finally arrived at my new home in Norway.  :)
Thanks again for my host family and all the friends I've met during the trip in North America, you made my life so beautiful!

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* Posted Oct 2, 2016, 12:25 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


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