Backyard Flower Spring Tradition

It has indeed become a tradition. I’m back in Oslo. Bumblebees are humming in the air. My favourite backyard smells like spring. I photograph the flowers. Just like last year >>

I’ve officially returned from Haiti. Back in business.

The adventure never ends.   –that’s what I tell myself

easter lily in my backyard

Some flowers are still waiting to bloom

Ah, spring

Exploring Jalousie

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.

More from Haiti >>

jalousie, port-au-prince, haiti 2014

1 Year? Year?!

Something magnificent

I realized this morning that I would have to publish a spectacular post today because this notification ticked into my phone:

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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.

Seen at Science Center NEMO in Amsterdam
Seen at Science Center NEMO – about a year ago – Amsterdam

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

My birthday…

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 *

*dread*

*more dread*

😀 😀 😀 😀        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!

Dancers behind the scenes

The longest journey

outside the train window

Russian railroads are quite famous, especially the one that goes across Sibir. I didn’t travel quite that far; it takes 23 hours to travel St. Petersburg-Lipetsk, not really the longest journey at all. Although it does feel like it when all the lights go off at 22.30, making reading impossible. Apart from that, train is my favourite way of travelling. It’s like a large moving sleeping hall. The ridiculously overpriced candy wagon drives by sometimes, and there are some few opportunities to go off the train for ice cream and beer at longer stops, but otherwise it’s a quiet and monotonous ride. With no internet. Precious time to read, think and write while the landscape flows by outside the window.

Noen bilder fra toget mellom St. Petersburg og Lipetsk.

on the railroad seen from train window
a stop in yelets

Some Changes

 

I worry that I’m not using my Norwegian enough. What if I one day wake up to find it rusty? I’ll try to make a sentence, try and describe something, but it will come crooked and clumsy. Ops, that’s already happening. So from now I’ll be writing in Norwegian too. It will be especially important now, since I’m quite sure that Milli, the star of this blog this week, doesn’t master English very well. Ah, I’m so fortunate to have her now that summer has finally arrived Norway. Milli forces me to enjoy the weather at least three times a day. Thank you, my furry BFF.

Milli in action

Today, we’ve been exploring Drammen.

Det er vakkert å ha hund i Drammen, spesielt i disse dager (heldige meg som får leke hundeeier i nettopp denne tiden!). Sommeren er endelig her, og jeg har en liten Jack Russell som tvinger meg til å nyte finværet minst tre ganger om dagen. I dag har vi utforsket Drammen by.

More about Drammen >>

More about Milli >>

Last Stop

St. Pete Florida car mirror view

On the road trip through Florida, one place especially, turned out to be a wonderful treat. I didn’t have any expectations when I insisted on a visit to St. Pete, I just wanted to make a quick stop in the city that has the same name as the one where I was born.

It was great! I ate the best Indian food EVER (@MoonUnderTheWater) after strolling the beautiful avenues and visiting the Salvador Dali Museum.

Ah!

And some Dali quotes:

Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.
The only difference between me and a madman is that I’m not mad.
 Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
 

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Alone under the skies, There’s a city by the sea, Å(aa)lesund, Miami 4.7

Another blogger Dillied and I Dali-ed in St. Pete >>

Yess, I Have a Wand!

Disney World is not the only famous attraction in Orlando. There are Universal Studios too, and I visited Universal’s Isles of Adventure! The park was very beautiful and fun, but missing some of the charm Disney characters bring. I met Spiderman though, and he was super-funny! And the rides in Isles of Adventure was more exhilarating than Disney’s. While it’s ridiculous that they don’t have Fast Track. It was raining though, so the lines took no time at all.

Except for in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Sooo many people!!! D-: The line outside Olivander’s (where the wand picks you) was never-ending! I still got my wand though! It picked me without Olivander’s help 😉

My Magic Wand
My Magic Wand – Shalalala

Disney World Orlando

Disney World Orlando Cinderella's Castle
Magic Kingdom – Disney World Orlando

Four parks in two days! We’re talking blisters, rain and a lot of fun. I wish I could do it all over again! There were lines, of course, but the rain must have kept the masses down. The only places with unbearably long waiting time were the nice restaurants – eatable food is hard to find in Disney World. Luckily it’s possible to run on Disney Magic fuel for while.

I wish I had taken more pictures, but I was busy acting like a five year old. Unfortunately ‘Transform to a Disney Princess’ was only available for the small kids between 3-12. I couldn’t fool the castle guard. :-/

Animal Kingdom

Epcot

Hollywood Studios

Magic Kingdom