On a fine morning of last Saturday, I went out. I was in Våler back then, and there’s a really nice walking/cycling path to Haslemoen (and maybe further, I don’t know), so I said: why not. And I haven’t been on a lonely walk for a quite long time.
So today I have two quite big reasons to celebrate (read: drink definitely non-alcoholic liquids): it’s exactly one year since I’m in Norway and this post is the 100th.
If someone a few months before would say to me that I will go to Croatia, for one week vacation, I would just laugh. How that could be even possible? But life is like a box of chocolates and here I got the best one.
It’s no firework or Sun that makes a day brighter, it’s the smile that wasn’t given which makes it darker.
Sorry for not posting for a while. I’m currently in the process of moving out as well as organizing things, which made me not able to keep up with a schedule from July. Although I must say I’m quite proud of myself I stuck to the plan almost the whole month (I think one Saturday was without post), so at least that.
There are two blog posts coming this week, so stay tuned! And definitely one more next week, after that I will see.
Have a nice week guys!
Midnight Sun. Sunsets that lasts longer than a single quarter. No crickets, therefore silence covers every night (that’s not a night). People with way too big pieces of luggage filling up every train, no matter the direction. Summer in Norway.
Don’t get me wrong: I’m not lonely, but there were times, and still, sometimes there are when I feel like that. Everyone does.
We all do like or would like to have a comfortable life, with no worries. Sitting on a couch in afternoon, enjoying a cup of delicious coffee, while some drama is flashing on the TV screen. Imagine that every day. Isn’t that boring? We all need some challenge in life.
No, I won’t write in Spanish, although it would be nice to know this language on such level. However, you may ask, what does it mean? Simply: whatever will be, will be.
I was in Oslo a few times. Firstly, I believe, two or three years ago, a completely spontaneous trip with my friend, sleeping at some couch surfer’s place, trying to explore the whole city in two and a half days. Then another one, when I have been already living in Hamar, for a karaoke night with friends, then for a job interview, for a walk through main streets… but never went to Vigeland before. Now I ask myself, why?
So, around one month ago I went to Sweden, again. Technically just for shopping in Charlottenberg, as previously, but it turned out to be quite a spontaneous trip. And those are always the best ones!
Have you ever hoped to see a diary post here? Yes? Then it’s your lucky day. No? Then better just skip this one. I have plenty of other types of posts, don’t worry.
I mean not stopped playing at all. When I have done everything I wanted during the week, and it happens to rain and storm outside, I may put on some good ol’Sims 4. But usually in my life, especially this year, there are enough things to do. I mean, who will wash my dishes and wash my clothes, if not me?
Yes, that’s how much time has already passed here for me and you, readers. If, if there’s someone since the beginning of course – a glass of champagne for you! I don’t know how to feel about this, but I’m kinda proud of myself I still keep writing. I used to have such a slash in the pan for a lot of things, just start everything with tons of ambitions and next week throw it away as it doesn’t matter anymore.
Glad I stick out with this platform. It’s such a good thing to have your corner on the internet. And thanks to all my readers, those long-time ones and those fresh, hope my writing isn’t the worst! I always try to improve it.
Have a nice rest of the week! New post coming tomorrow.
A plain city, where every road heads to the North Sea (or just water). Kristiansand wasn’t necessary a place I had to visit, besides the fact that I knew that’s one of the cities that lies in the most south of South Norway, I didn’t know anything about it. For a small, seaside city, is it worth visiting though? Continue reading “One day in Kristiansand.”
When you think about Norway you usually see fjords. High mountains that quite harshly fall into a deep, dark and bendy river that goes miles into the land. Trolltunga and Preikestolen are two places most known for their view on this specific scenery and I was lucky enough to be able to experience Pulpit Rock. Let’s dive into the mysterious beauty of Lysefjorden pearl.
A colorful and summery city on the West coast of Norway, the beginning of Norway fjords (from the South direction). The main destination for those interested in the Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock) hike and Sverd i fjell (Swords in Rock). Long story short: a unique town. I spent more than two days here, but one of the days was almost entirely on the Preikestolen hike, so I didn’t count it.
Is there any reason to judge people by saying: that person is good, this person is bad? Should we do that? And what after all is good?
I’m back! Sorry for not posting for a while, but a lot of has happened, among others some traveling. Firstly I was in Våler and Elverum. Quite briefly, without any sightseeing plan, but I got some pictures.
It happens that recently I wrote two poems, in quite a wild act of nostalgia. They aren’t much – more like a description of a feeling you get on a sunny day. Besides the fact of their simplicity, I still wanted to share them.
So last weekend on Saturday I drove to Sweden, to a little town called Charlottenberg. Yes, I actually drove a car. If you want to know how possibly I didn’t die in a car crash, read more.
Some people say when you’re sad or stressed, go to sleep. I say: go for a walk.
What’s better for chill and slow little Sunday evening than few Norwegian poems? Let’s dive together into those beautifully composed art pieces in this fine, spring day (well at least I hope you guys having a lovely spring as well).
A young vocalist, poet, musician, and songwriter from Bergen, the most beautiful city in Norway. His music is marked by, quite common for people from the west region here, the burr (skarre-r in Norwegian). If you want to know what exactly is this burr, you need to check out his music.
Okay, I may not be a big fan of winter sports. Never went to the Alps for some skiing during winter holidays. The only “winter” sport I have enjoyed myself ever since is ice skating. But, thanks to my university, I know now, that there’s much more to enjoy.
No one ever wakes up and thinks: today is the day I will walk on a frozen lake. From the early childhood, we’re told that the frozen lake is the most dangerous thing in the world and you could die, drowning in the cold ass water. But I don’t really think Norwegians were told the same as me.
When you think about Easter, you usually see those fluffy rabbits, yellow chicks on green grass and hand-painted eggs in a wicker basket. Nevertheless, Easter includes much more than just symbols of spring, it’s packed with traditions etc. I gathered information from Norwegian website to make, at least, an overview of this holiday in Norway. Enjoy!
Continue reading “Easter in Norway.”
A poet of workers and life on the edge of Oslo. Despite his really precocious death, at the age of 28, he left us with three volume of poems. På stengrunn (On stony ground 1925), På gjensyn (On reunion 1926), and posthumously Hverdagen (Everyday).
Hi guys! This time something a little bit different, just a little note here. Today everyone around the world is celebrating the Earth Hour, an hour without any electricity. I courage you to take part in and turn off your lights at 8:30 pm at your local time. Let’s make a difference today. If you want to check also my post of ways to be more ecological, check this out: Ways you can be more ecological today..
You can read more about the Earth Hour on:
Tomorrow will be a normal post, so stay tuned. Hope you guys have a good weekend!
Recently I got a chance to visit Oslo again – this time for a job interview. However, since the tickets are so expensive, I decided to arrive a little bit earlier to visit some places. The day was cloudy and windy, but it wasn’t too cold, so I could walk around, take a bunch of photos and not freeze to death. Here’s the outcome!
When I was writing the post about minimalism, I was thinking a lot about its ecological side. As I wrote – you buy less, which therefore results off less waste etc. But what can you do to be more ecological in one day, rather than in long-range timeline, with choosing good quality products that last a long time?
My wishes may be one day too late, but better late than sorry – I wish you all happy women’s day, or in Norwegian: gratulerer med dagen, kvinner. But how was it celebrated in Hamar?
The author of The Birds (Fuglane) and The Ice Palace (Is-slottet) is mostly known for his novels. However, not only he wrote novels, but also multitude of poems, such us Regn i Hiroshima, and Det ror og ror, whereas I translated myself the first one.
Everyone usually has their philosophy – either generally on life, or more condensed, like on how to treat other or what to do in certain situations. Today, I will be sharing insight into my philosophy, which concerns most of the life aspects. Minimalism.
I know you have seen a lot of Hamar pictures from me already, however, this session is focused more on the coastline. And the weather was beyond beautiful (as always when it’s sunny during winter season). There’s something so refreshing in sunny day where everything is pure white because of snow.
Albertine i politilægens venteværelse
When you want to imagine how Norway looked under the poverty in the second part of 19th century, you must check on this amazing Norwegian artist, and one of the leaders of Oslo artistic Bohemia, Christian Krohg. He’s most famous for fellow Norwegians, which is a pity, and that’s why I want to bring closer his persona.
One thing is known about this beautiful country – it’s rough with its prices. Especially when you’re living as a student, on a really tight budget, counting every little coin twice. But how much exactly it’s for one month of living here?
As a huge deal as it seems to be, Valentine’s Day nowadays is more about buying and consuming things, than it was ever before. It can be set along events such as Halloween or Women’s Day when it comes to popularity. But is it so in far North?
Remeber when I wrote about finding the weird statue or stone thing on little island in Hamar? If you haven’t read that, here’s link. As I promised, I will put the translation of the poem that’s on it, and all the information that I could gather about it. Enjoy!
Usually when you move into another country, you have those assumptions and stereotypes in your head, which don’t really come out to be exactly true after few months of living there. Here’s what I came to, after six months of residing in Hamar (as a student).
Yesterday was so beautiful, wintery, magical and after all really sunny, that I thought – why not go out and take some nice pictures. I don’t have any specific equipment, but I took some nice ones, just with my phone. It only proves one thing – you don’t need much to do much. So, enjoy my pictures from Hamar.
Born in Oslo after the Second World War, inspired by André Breton, famous french writer and the leader of surrealistic movement. He created a whole world himself, just before he decided to end his life. Because life is sometimes too much to handle. But before he did this gruesome decision, he was the most influential modernist poet in ’80s and ’90s. His works are short, meaningful and for someone who’s not used to poetry – can be quite weird. His poetry isn’t called the background noise of the universe (David Winters at Full Stop) for no reason. Here are some of his poems that I’ve picked (and those who had english translation). Continue reading “Tor Ulven – the tragic poet.”
When it comes to my hobbies and passions, I’m always trying to find time for them, even if just for few minutes during the day (because I believe in slow progress – Rome wasn’t built in a day). And having such tool as working internet and laptop is sometimes all you need to explore and improve your interests. But unfortunately, when it comes to travelling, there’re many other tools you need in order to proceed. Continue reading “Why I don’t travel as much as I used to.”
To be completely honest, I have never considered myself an organised person, especially when it comes to plan my day. I always remember the big dates, such as exams or invitations, but I used to be simply mess with all the small responsibilties and tasks during a day or a week. I used to be really lazy person with so developed procrastination skills, that I always did all the learning day or two before quite big exams. But here I am, New Year, new me. Or something similar.
Photo - By Grywnn - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0
There’s this Norwegian band that not only provides us with good music generally and technically, but also takes listener to the old, Norse culture, that has its roots in the whole vikings aspect. Wadruna uses, as well, old, traditional instruments, which only few people still actually play on – among others: kraviklyra, tagelharpe, goat horn, hardanger fiddle or lur.
When one’s interested in Norway or just simply living in this country, one may wonder: where’re any Norwegian bands? When you play the NRK radio, you can hear some Norwegian music, but they’re usually the popular songs or the international productions, that are popular at the moment. If you want clear Norwegian vocals with nice instrumental work, or you simply want a band to perfect your language understanding, you need to dig deeper.