It’s all downhill from here

It's all downhill from here.
Went for a walk.

After walking up and down from Gaustatoppen (the Gausta Peak) with my wife, I discovered some muscles I didn’t even know I had. Apparently, the down hill trip came as a surprise to them too.

Driving up to the Stavsro Café took about 2.5 hours from home, and we started our hike from the parking area there at approx. 1130 m elevation, and went to the plateau by the tower at approx. 1831 m. The aerial straight line distance is about 3.7 km (2.3 miles), but the path makes some twists and turns, for sure.

Onwards and upwards.

The first part is a well trodden path with a lot of stumbling opportunities, before a relatively steep ridge that leads to what is best described as several millennia worth of stone rubble tossed at random.

A relatively clear path upwards.
Footpath, what footpath?
Hint: Follow the red T’s.

So, needless to say – good footwear is essential if you want to catch the view.

The sun setting behind the peak.

Time used? Well, we were for sure the last people off the mountain that night. We did have enough clothing, water and food, which was a good thing, because the temperature dropped from 23°C to around 11°C as the sun went down and the wind picked up.

The day after.

Instead of driving home, we called the nearby Gaustablikk Høyfjellshotell and asked if they had a spare room. Fortunately, they did, and it included breakfast, so it was a no-brainer. We arrived and checked in and were told that “the room is at the end of that corridor, and two stairs down”. My wife and I looked at each other and groaned. More downhill from there was the last thing we wanted! But, we made it 🙂

I’ve got a new favorite city! Liverpool is a really great place to visit for things to see, things to do, things to…

I’ve got a new favorite city! Liverpool is a really great place to visit for things to see, things to do, things to shop, stuff to eat and drink, and generally having a good time.

The average Scouser turned out to be far more friendly, helpful and hospitable than rumor would have it. It takes some time to attune your ear to the scouse dialect, but I have to say that I now officially love it 🙂 The Liverpudlians are genuinely friendly and helpful, and a pleasure to be about. I’ve been to London many times, but I have never been greeted like we were in Liverpool. A fantastic experience! Perhaps they were reflecting my happiness, but if they were – it was because I had a really great stay in their city 🙂

Even if you aren’t a huge Beatles fan or Football aficionado, Liverpool has much to offer. If you stay away from the handful of posh/touristy traps, living and eating/drinking really is quite affordable. Accommodation can be very reasonably priced in the summer months, if you f.x. find one of the student apartments that are available for renting during the summer, or take in on one of the many other apartment hotels. It seems that late July was the end of the summer sales, and I went home with far more stuff in the luggage than I planned to 🙂

We stayed at CARO Short Stay Parker Street (https://www.booking.com/hotel/gb/parker-street-caro-short-stay-ltd.en-gb.html) and was very happy with that, as it is dab smack in the middle of “downtown”, with shops/restaurants/bars all around, including a large grocery shop next door that was open until midnight.

I am already thinking about another visit to this lovely city!

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