Admiring the sunset a few weeks ago while walking back down into town after visiting Lysgårdsbakkene - the ski jump arena and site of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies from the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway.
Photo taken 31 August 2018 with Sony a6000
Catching up on a lot of fast travel recently from the end of August/beginning of September. One of the highlights for me was going up to Lillehammer, Norway a few weeks ago.
The 1994 Lillehammer Winter Games was one my favorite Olympics I watched while growing up.
In addition to enjoying watching the various competitions (I've always been a bit of a sports nut), one of the things I looked forward to the most out of the Olympic broadcasts in this, and every other year, was the background and human interest stories about the athletes, and about the host country/city.
I probably watched literally every single night during this Olympics, and while I don't really recall any of those background stories broadcast from these games 24 years ago offhand (except for the whole Nancy Kerrigan-Tonya Harding stuff), learning and absorbing stuff about Norway clearly left its mark on me in a, 'yea I would like to visit this country some day' sort of way.
Well, it took a while, but fast forward to today, and Norway has become one of my favorite places to visit (I've lost count how many times I've been there), and a few weeks ago was my first time in the town of Lillehammer - where my initial inspiration came from.
This photo here is from the top of the ski jump arena Lysgårdsbakken, which served as the venue for various ski jump and Nordic combined events, as well as the Opening and Closing Ceremonies during the Games.
You can get up to this point here via ski lift, or for a nice workout, you can walk the 936 steps to the top, as it seems many of the locals take advantage of.
Obviously it looks a little different without snow, but one can still practice their jumps here in summertime. ⛷️🇳🇴🌄
Ruta rett opp til Gaustatoppen var både fin, skummel, ulendt, ekkel på ein og same tur. Å velge startpunkt frå Svineroi er ingen lett tur. Du går i ulendt ur nesten frå første steg, og rett opp nord-Europas kanskje største grustak! Men altså, kjære Gaustatoppen etter å ha fått deg mitt på avstand så er du jo fin!