Love the photo challenge this week – Converge!
I haven’t really presented this place properly, while seeing how many posts I’ve published from this exact spot – an introduction is long time due!
I used to live in one of the yellow buildings surrounding this backyard. Now, I live in Drammen, but I’m still hanging out here a lot. Not only because of the flowers.
Ah, Magnolia. How nice is that? There is the man who makes the flower magic happen:
Somehow, summer arrived Oslo in April this year. I’m not complaining! I’ve been feeling like on summer vacation for the last couple of days. I’ve been reading many books in my personal little park, yes 😀
Apart from those slightly paranoid thoughts, life is quite fantastic!
Shot from a helicopter between Port au Prince and Cap-Haïtien.
a small photo selection:
Do you remember Jalousie?
I was very intrigued by the colorful neighborhood last year, and I had to visit it now that I’m in Haiti again. Most people there were friendly, but very few wanted their picture taken, and some reveled in saying “No! Go!”
I guess having the power to say that is quite enjoyable if you own little else.
Jalousie is among many slums that have sprawled across the hills of the capital Port-au-Prince in recent decades because governments past and present have failed to provide affordable housing and basic services. … Amid its narrow corridors and steep steps, Jalousie has no traditional sewage system or electric grid. (The Huffington Post)
Jalousie does have the best view in Port-au-Prince though. And now colors.
Let’s hope the improvements don’t stop there.
Brrr, my fingers are ice cold. Winter is coming… no, actually it’s here, even though it’s only the beginning!
She knows it:
I bet it’s already been snowing in Ålesund. But this is pretty much what it looked like, on a Saturday, three weeks or so back.
Ålesund is quite famous for it’s architecture. The night of January 23th, almost 110 years ago (1904) the city burned down. (Wiki for more>) The town was then rebuilt in stone, brick, and mortar – in Jugendstil (Art Nouveau), the architectural style of the time. What’s that? Check the photos below 😉
I realized this morning that I would have to publish a spectacular post today because this notification ticked into my phone:
Ett år har gått siden denne bloggen ble opprettet. Litt mimring hører med!
Can you believe it? A year! Can one picture say it all? I don’ believe it can, this has been such an incredible year. I have decided that some reminiscing is in order.
This blog was born in Amsterdam where I was studying International Journalism. Oh, Amsterdam, I miss you so – crazy, beautiful city. One day I will return!
Then there was Christmas in Lille…
And before I knew it, I was back in Oslo.
But not for long, since I had to go abroad to write a feature story for my exam. I ended up in the most amazing and extraordinary place: Haiti.
(Stopping in Cuba on the way home…)
* TIME FOR FINAL EXAM *
😀 😀 😀 😀 A 😀 😀 😀 😀
And USA >>>>>>
Also, somewhere between writing my exam paper and planning my journey to USA, I managed to move to Drammen, the most cozy town. It rests by a river in a mountain valley and I have a view from my balcony, need I say more? My furry BFF likes her new place of residence very much too!
I’m still settling in, really, Drammen needs exploring! And I will be taking my camera and you with me. But that’s in the future, while this post is all about the year that has gone. And there one last important journey that needs to be mentioned – The Annual Russian Trip.
And thus a WordPress Year has passed. I’ve been a little depressed lately because I’m unemployed, bored and broke, but looking back at the amazing times I’ve had quite recently has helped me remember what a fortunate person I am. I will just sit tight, enjoy my freedom and wait to shine again. Thank you for staying with me!
Entering Year 2!