Happy Birthday

May 17th in Karl Johans gate - Oslo - Norwegian national day
17th in Karl Johans gate – Oslo

May 17th is Norwegian constitution day. Everyone say ‘happy birthday’ to each other and eat sausages and ice cream. The royal family waves from the balcony of the royal palace (the yellow building in the background of the picture) and people suit up. Check out the folk costumes in the crowd (and if you wish to know more about the traditional Norwegian clothing, click the following link: BUNAD >>)

Nice day!

Hunting Colours in the Rain

Rainy day in Oslo - graffiti

I’ve been carrying my camera around with me the last couple of days, as I always do, but I haven’t shot a single picture. The world isn’t very inspiring these days, so I decided to change that. I gave myself a mission…

I got home dripping wet, and not entirely happy with the day. But not entirely unhappy either… After all, I found these guys:

colourful graffiti oslo
colourful monsters say ‘hello’

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Back to the life

Port Au Prince Cathedral, ruins, Haiti

The hangover earned the night before 1st of May finally went away (with some jet-lag) to bother someone else, and today was spent organizing…planning, unpacking. No exciting photo material of that, I’m afraid.

So instead…

I also went on a job interview and unfroze my membership at Elixia’s training studios (a Norwegian training centre chain with awesome group classes and pink wardrobes). I got myself another external hard drive, because I woke up one day in Haiti to discover the one I had totally empty all of the sudden. 999 GB free. Yippi… I had to hand it back to the store today (and I struggled to not throw it in someone’s head – my faith in technology is broken once again). Back to the new hard drive: I can finally start working on the last photo batch from Haiti, DR and Cuba 😀

It’s weird to be back. I own a crazy amount of clothes, which I can’t really remember buying anymore, and uncountable perfumes and lotion bottles! And shoes! Purses! The choices I have to make every morning!

shoes, sale

Then there’s the driver licence – I need to get one! And I must finish (begin) writing my report from Haiti. While my Mom is moving (taking Milli-therapy with her) to 15 minutes further away from me by train. All the stress!

A neighborhood in Norway

I think this post’s beginning to look a lot like teenage diary entry. … Time to say ‘good night’!

There’s a city by the sea…

It’s a place called Jérémie!

In the south beyond the many mountains
In the south beyond the many mountains

There’s city with a western feeling, as in old western, but without the cowboys, or maybe they just don’t have the hats…

Sinking boat in the sea
But there’s concrete a boat there, that’s been sinking since last year
a narrow street in jeremie (haiti) with ocean view
And the narrow streets with ocean view
And the pretty sights in sunset

Byenveni!

(the road to get there is another chapter – you arrive in a milkshake-like state)

 

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Faces of Haiti

Haitian smiling school girl
Sunshine girl

My sweet, sweet blog. I cry when I realize how much I’ve neglected you lately. Eeeh.. So!

Beautiful Haitian womam
Another beauty

There were some days without Internet, and other days I’ve been too tired. Fainting into my bed sheets is what I do best here in Haiti, although I wake up many times during a night. It because of the mosquito net tent. That stupid thing I was advised to buy prior to coming here. I even paid a small fortune for it, since it’s impregnated (chemically treated). There are however no more mosquitos here than in Norway during summer, and despite of the stupid net I have several red spots. Never trust your doctor!

Beautiful Haitian woman
while this is a trustworthy face

I’ve been in Haiti for two weeks now, and I’m quite surprised to discover that I love it. I’m asked for money and my phone number several times a day, but that happens quite often in Oslo too. The people are poor (except for those really rich ones, I’ve visited a palace home or two), but they still have smiles to offer. And when dark and light eyes meet and genuine smiles are exchanged, it feels quite wonderful.

Haitian smiles
Haitian smiles

There are a lot of staring to, and the children have this little chant ‘blan, blan, blan’ (foreigner) that they sing when Caroline & I pass by. I can’t really complain about that though. I do my own share of staring, and I take pictures on top of that. Some Haitians don’t want their picture taken, and I respect that, while others love modelling. They line up and wait for turn, and demand to see the photo after. I’ll look into if I can find a printing studio here, to send some pictures to the schools I’ve been visiting. The photos presented in this post were shot while visiting a school built by LWF in a remote mountain area.

Haitian face
Great character

In other words; I’m very much alive and enjoying the adventure!

So forget me not 😉

Smiling Woman in Haiti - Palmes region

Creole 102:

Mwen soti nan Nòvèj – I’m from Norway

Mwen kontan rankontre ou – I’m pleased to meet you

N a wè ou pita – See you later

Orevwa – Goodbye

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fanm an Ayiti
Until next time!

And if you like faces, I also recommend ‘Faces from different places’ on one of my favourite blogs 😉