How WoW reminds me of my home

There is a new topic up on Z & Cinder’s Blog Challenge!

Which zone or area in WoW reminds you of your home?

I suggested this topic and I’ve written about it before, but I thought it would be fun to do it again because there are so many new bloggers out there who could take on the challenge. So I’m excited to see what everyone comes up with. Do you want to join or learn more about the blog challenges? You can find info about it here.

There are many beautiful zones and areas in WoW, but there have always been some that have felt special to me because they remind me of where I’m from. In my last post about this topic here I mentioned Storm Peaks, Howling Fjords, Grizzly Hills and Kun-Lai Summit. But now with the Broken Isles I have two new zones: Highmountain and Stormheim which both remind me a lot of Bergen and Norway.

Stormheim reminds me a lot of Norway because of the vrykuls, their names, houses, ships which are inspired by vikings. The nature with mountains, the sea that kind of looks like a fjord, pine trees and the forest with orange and yellow trees.

Even the name Stormheim sounds Norwegian because storm is the same in Norwegian and heim means home. Other names that are inspired by Norwegian is Haustvald which means fall violence, and Hafr Fjall, hafr is a name and fjall (fjell) is mountain. So I always think of Norway when I fly around in Stormheim.

This picture shows parts of the trail up to the mountain Rundemanen (568 m) in Bergen. 1 km of the trail goes along the side of the mountain, where the mountain goes straight down on one side. You can’t really see it in this picture. But the trail reminds me of the narrow hiking trails up the mountains in Highmountain and Stormheim. If you haven’t tried them yet, then you should get out your ground mount or just run without a mount because the trails are really narrow.

Highmountain has pine trees, waterfalls, moose and tall wind-blown snowcapped mountains which we also got here. Bergen is surrounded by mountains, but none as tall as Highmountain Summit. The tallest mountain in Bergen is Ulriken at 643 m. Here is a photo of Ulriken and the view of the city from Ulriken.

Every time I see a mountain either it be in real life or in-game I always think “I have to get up there”. If it’s in-game then I have to walk up if it’s possible, not use a flying mount. Sometimes I wish I could fly up on a mountain in real life, but I don’t have a helicopter, wings or even a mount so I have to use my legs.

I haven’t been to any very tall mountains but there are so many great hiking trails and mountains around here so I doubt I’ll ever get tired of living here.

Highmountain Summit has a beautiful and inspiring message on a weathered parchment at the top:

In honor of those who ascend to unimaginable heights. May your spirit continue through the dreams of others who follow…

So, which zone or area in WoW reminds you of your home?

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Happy Norwegian Constitution Day!

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17th of May is Norway’s National Day and an official national holiday. We call it Søttende mai which means Seventeenth May. 201 years ago the constitution was created at Eidsvoll and Norway became an independent kingdom after a 434 years union with Denmark. We Norwegians are proud to be independent and celebrate it with parades, flags, music, food and festivities.

I celebrated the day in Bergen with my boyfriend and his mother and stepfather who visited from Sweden. It was their first National Day celebration here in Norway and I think they enjoyed it. The city was so beautifully decorated with flags, flowers in the colors of the flag and everyone wore their best clothes like bunads or suit and dresses even though it rained quite a bit during the parade. We watched the parades, skydivers over the city, listened to the speeches and sang the National Anthem. Then we ate sushi for dinner and went to Starbucks for a coffee and dessert. Walked around in the city and looked at all the people and everything there was to see on this special day. Later in the evening there was a concert on Bryggen with great artists, all with a connection to Bergen, Sissel Kyrkjebø, Sondre Lerche, Charlie Siem, Bjarte Hjelmeland and Ylvis. Then the big new cruise ship Viking Star was christened and there were fireworks.

Happy Norwegian Constitution Day!

Gratulerer med dagen!

Day 01 – Introduce yourself

In WoW I’m a female troll balance druid named Syrco which has been my main since Ulduar. Before that my main was Syrcorax a male tauren warrior which also was my first character. But I love being a moonkin in both raids and PvP, and especially now with all the good moonkin changes which came with Cataclysm. I’m in a Scandinavian guild with amazing people, we have so much fun in-game and I love our guild parties, my guild is the best!

But am I supposed to write about WoW or real life? Hm, in real life I’m 21 years old and live in Copenhagen, Denmark, but I was born in Oslo, Norway and I grew up in Bergen, Norway. Been here in Denmark for almost two years now. I’m currently looking for a job while waiting to start my studies in August. My dream is to become a game designer, at Blizzard of course, but it’s a long way there and it will take a lot of work, and I haven’t started yet. My plan is to first get a bachelor degree in game design in Norway, then move to America and study more there.

Besides WoW, blogging and dreaming about my future I spent a lot of time listening to music and my favorite genre is metal and rock, but also love the World of Warcraft music. I go to all concerts and festivals I can afford, the latest concert I went to was Children of Bodom with support from Ensiferum and Machinae Supremacy in March, love those bands! Hope I one day can afford to visit the Wacken festival in Germany, and that Video Games Live visit Scandinavia.

Other important things in my life are my boyfriend and our two Maine Coon cats, Bonita and Morgan. What should I’ve done without them <3