Archive for August, 2012

This years trip over Besseggen is done. It was my second time climbing the beautiful mountain, but I really want to make a tradition to walk it once a year. Besseggen, is a mountain ridge in Vågå kommune in Oppland county. Besseggen lies east in Jotunheimen. The route over Besseggen starts at Memurubu, that you can take a ferry too. Walking up Besseggen, which is quite the climb to the highest point Veslfjellet 1,743m, and ends at Gjendesheim. You can also walk the trip the other way, but personally I wouldn’t recommend walking down the ridge. The trip is estimated to take about 5–8 hours to walk without rest stops. We used about 6 hours. From Besseggen there is a great view over Gjende and Bessvatnet. The green color of Gjende is the result from glacier runoff containing clay. There are also several giant rocks on the top of the mountains as a result of the glaciers that once lay there.

On the way down from Veslfjell we came over reindeer that was lying on the snow. They seemed pretty tame to not run away with all the people walking 500m away.


I had bought some new shoes that id only worn the day before. This of course resulted in my getting blisters on my heals.  Hopefully the blisters will heal properly before I leave for Africa next weekend to work with vets&wildlife.


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Last year I visited this Abattoir for a day and this year I got a job with the Norwegian Food agency ”mattilsynet” as a meat inspector.  The article I wrote about the whole slaughter process can be found at this link https://annettevet.wordpress.com/2011/09/17/nortura-steinkjer-abertoir/.

The first week I followed the vets or other meat technicians around and learned their ways or inspecting etc. It was interesting to see that they all had different ways of opening hearts, and I soon found my own way. As a meat inspector my job was to inspect organs: heart, lungs and liver. When I was at this station, I had to open all hearts to look for endocarditis, I inspected for pericarditis, different forms of acute pneumonia and differences in the livers. In the beginning we also checked that the tonsils were taken out whole, because there is a lot of bacteria in the tonsils that would have been spread to the rest of the body if not taken out properly, but because the abattoir had summer employers that hadn’t learned this properly, we cut down almost all the tongues. Thing cost the abattoir a lot of money, and they informed us that they would take care of it, with washing of the organs etc instead.  Compared to the UK I didn’t see any liver fluke during my stay at the abattoir, but I did find something I though looked like “milk spot” livers. The other station I had was inspecting the carcass. I would look for tail bite, abscesses and signs of severe bullying. If this was  the case we would check the lungs for abscesses, to see if they metastasised. Or if several spread abscesses the carcasses with organs was sent out on a side belt for the veterinarians to inspect if the meat was fit for consumption. A few days I was on the sow line. This meant that you inspected the sow as a whole, the organs, intestines, reproductive organs and carcass. The people working in the mattilsynet would check that all the knife sterilisators were a minimum of 87’c. If this wasn’t the case, they would stop the whole line until they were warm enough.  They would also take samples for antibiotic traces and salmonella on certain days.

One of the days I was though how to assess stomach ulcers. One of the sows we checked scored 8-9 on the scale 0-11. The oesophageal opening was constricted with ulcers and red inflammation. The second sow had between 7-8 on the scale, with less constriction on the oesophageal opening with red erosion in the whole area. Seeing anything above a 6 on the scale was considered painful, both the sows we tested has been though to have been in pain. According to the other vets its very uncommon to find a sow without some kind of stomach ulcers because of all the concentrates they are feed with the huge energy demands.

Intestinal emphysema was another condition we came over. This is a condition seen in swine, marked by gas cysts in the intestinal mucous membrane, sometimes causing intestinal obstruction. The bladder was also filled with these gas filled cysts. The pathogenesis and etiology of the condition is unknown, so only local cassation was done.

All in all I learned a lot of Pathology, knife technique, detecting acute & chronic pneumonia along with endocarditis seeing it several times each day with 1100 pigs slaughtered each day. The rest of the day I would read for my exams and run in the beautiful countryside of Følling, Norway. Hope to see all the amazing people I worked with again soon. I must say this is one of the most welcoming work placements I’ve been at.  They all seemed genuinely interested in what they were doing, helping me learn and we also had some laughter working together. Maybe ill come back next summer.



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The Statsraad Lehmkuhl is the worlds largest three-masted barque rigged sail training vessel owned and operated by the Statsraad Lehmkuhl Foundation. It is based in Bergen, Norway and contracted out for various purposes, including serving as a school ship for the Royal Norwegian Navy.It was built in 1914 as a school training ship for the German merchant marine. After the First World War the ship was taken as a prize by the United Kingdom and in 1921 the ship was bought by former cabinet minister Kristoffer Lehmkuhl (hence the name, which means ‘Cabinet Minister Lehmkuhl’). With the exception of the Second World War, when she was captured by German troops, the ship has belonged to Bergens Skoleskib until it was donated to the Foundation in 1978.

I was lucky enough to sail with the ship from the 25th of May to the 29th of May. We left Bergen at 12.00 and was assigned teams. I ended on the Blue team, which meant that we had to work from 8 in the morning until noon, and 20:00 to midnight.  On our way to Lerwick, Shetland we had no wind. The north sea was as calm as the waters by the harbour, which was very rare.

We reached Lerwich at 9 in the morning Sunday the 27th of May. Shetlands are located directly west from Bergen. The Shetland islands are made up of around 100 islands. The earliest Vikings settled down here in the 8th century and its been inhabited since then for over 6000 years. During the 2nd world war there was a military base for Norwegians in Scalloway, west of Lerwick. During our visit there was a lot of people that had Norwegian Flags up, and out Shetlander guide spoke Norwegian as well.



We visited one of the local pubs that night and came back to the massive ship to sleep in our hammocks. It was fun being part of the crew of the boat. The Crew stationed on the ship though us the ways to sail the ship. Everything from the different names of the sails and how to take these up and down, to different knots to secure the sails etc.

on the way home we had a small storm, and I unfortunately became seasick. I spent the day hurled up in my sleeping bag on deck. They had to put anti slip mats under me so I didn’t slide around when the boat went from side to side. All in all even though feeling pretty rough, the mood was on top and I got to see the large waves along with oil platforms in the middle of the north sea. The next day we reached Bergen at 18:00. A very nice trip, meet a lot of great people. Hope to sail on the ship again sometime. Maybe next year when they sail for the Faroe islands.



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