… or anywhere else! In the last issue of The List we investigated what are the best methods of spending free time and you know what? The best is to spend it outdoors!Bymarka, the closest touch of pure wild nature just behind your door, might be sometimes underestimated by those who value demanding hikes into the woods. However, it does not seem to disappoint those who, like me, have just started their outdoor adventures or prefer strolling around in nature rather than challenging themselves in harsh conditions.
As a newcomer to town, I’m enjoying not only getting to know the city itself but also investigating the Norwegian soul. There are quite a few things that amazed me so far. Interestingly enough they are all somehow connected to nature. On the top of them are Sunday trips – a genius concept! Whatever the weather, the Norwegian woods get literally crowded on Sundays. No matter the age, Norwegians leave home and spend this day outdoors. They might struggle with “leaving their phone at home” but pretty much half of population of Trondheim “hike in Bymarka” at the weekends. The beauty of Bymarka boils down to the simple fact that you barely need any preparation. However, it is, without a doubt, advisable to do it the Norwegian way: good hiking shoes and clothes fitting to the weather as in Norway “there is no bad weather but only bad clothing”. Gulabuddin Sukhanwar has been investigating the Norwegian nature longer than me and finds it so relaxing and refreshing that he even got inspired to write down a poem about it. I recommend you find it in the last issue of The List, it’s definitely worth the attention.
He points out that disconnecting from the Internet and a phone is sometimes not only a good idea but in fact a necessary thing to do in order to listen to yourself and not get lost in busy stressful life. Sometimes all you need is just to immerse in nature, take a deep breath, close your eyes and let yourself indulge in the silence of a forest.
Photos by Tine Blomsøy
Words by Kasia Gąsiorek