Sunday, June 20, 2010 12:18:39 AM
There is something I have been doing as frequent as (if not more than) eating is getting lost. I tend to think of it as born road-blindness, inability to read the map, or just highly disoriented personality. I feel helpless at the airport, even with all the signs and a speaker. Taxi is a best vehicle ever invented, which fulfills my confidence outside the "know-this-place zone", and if backpacking - then only when accompanying friends with maps, who know where they are going, and where the mobile signal is strong enough to send my cry for help.
And seems to me, that is what I have spent most of my free time doing in Oslo. Fair enough to say that it happens everytime I walk out of apartment door for a stroll in the city. But funny thing is - I like getting lost here!
[/IMG][/font]There is always an excitement in the air when it comes to exploration of a new place. Especially the place wrapped with green cover. About a week ago I was craving for a place where I could mindlessly be myself. It was quite a hard day, and it was only evening. I decided to take the bus and let it bring me somewhere ... quite. 30 minutes, and then it stopped at the place, that up till now still dazzles me. It was a high hill covered with grass and lined up with trees all around, like a protective border. Surprisingly, to a place beautiful and large like that, there were just few people enjoying the sun. A snake shape river was located just 20 minutes of walk away, flowing into most famous park in the city. The bridges (the were several) spanning the river remind me of those I used to cross in mountainous part in Sapa, Northern Vietnam. On the way back, many interesting things felt into my sigh. For instance, a tree with leaves so strange - it reminded me of Alice in Wonderland. The leaves looked like they have been painted - but when I checked, they turned out to be very real. Not only that one, but most of the trees here have held my breath. Maybe because it's been long since the last time I have been in Europe, or maybe because I don't have much green back home.
From that day, I try to come back as much as possible, with a book in my hand and a towel across my shoulder. Besides, I have found many other marvelous spots around. Here is the best that me and my lousy phone camera can capture at the other places, not the one mentioned above.
Hope someday soon I will step into Norwegian Woods. But without getting lost please
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 10:56:23 PM
So. I have finally moved to a new apartment!
For the first two and half weeks stayed at a friend's place, and, even though I felt really cozy and warm there (of course the heater was never off, but anyway), I do appreciate the comfortable feeling from unpacking stuff out of the suitcase. And the mind of a interior designer immediately goes wild: on which drawer to put a hairdryer, how to decorate the walls, should be room be elegantly tidy or unbearably messy (of course the second) and where the heck is the other sock. But then I had to give up. The room was nearly empty when I came. Thus the only thing I could decorate was the table. There are still some basic things missing like pillow, lamp, and the damn heater. I seriously begin to think that heater is an important component contributing to my confidence in life here. I can eat ice-cream, go T-shirt, and even sunbathe, but no. I. Can't. Live. Without. a. Heater. Especially when the temperature drops down from 20 degree in the afternoon to 10 at night. A really nice person promised to handover a spare one to me, hope he will do that, and as soon as possible
BEFORE and AFTER
My best friend Milu is coming over this weekend, and since I am born road-blind, it's very likely that we will spend all day finding the place, instead of attending it. Two weeks in Oslo, and the only places I know so far: Uelands gate (previous residence), supermarket in front of it, Opera office, bridge near Opera office, park near Opera office, "Tiger" - central station, and National Theater. That's a shame. So my first priorities are now:
- LEARN TO READ THE MAP .
- Get a heater.
- please don't put on weight
And finally, this is what keeps me going:
Thursday, May 27, 2010 9:39:31 PM
Funny that I still experience jetlag after so many days in Oslo. Maybe it is not jetlag. Maybe it's bubbly state. Surprises every day, all day long. Every time I look at the calendar or the clock. It's a daily formula:
Day n: Wow, it's already <insert the date today>!
Same thing with the time. Continuous shock for psyche Like first grade maths all over again.
Speaking of bubbly, this is a real bubble city! I went SHOPPING last weekend, and saw this :
It is a quite common scene to spot here, I have seen it twice, this time could not pass by without picturing it. The first time was somewhere near Police Station, the statue was peeing kid, also bubbles all around him. And nearby, a real small girl was washing hands in it. So banana ! I guess people get bored from time to time from their sports activities (Norwegians are huge sports fans. And they actually practice it , unlike Vietnamese) and decide to do something ... like that. Wonder what else will I see .
Oh yeah, SHOPPING ! I guess will also be the last one . Trying not to think about lack of it in near future. Will be a shop maniac by the time I invade Holland this summer
Got my Movenpick ice-cream, finally, but it was too big to handle. Haven't seen any cream that big before, should call it ice-bomb instead . I hope that in following pictures I still look young and cute like I was back home (flushing awfully )
And for the question: Is Norway that expensive?
There is a counter-question: Is the world that round?
Bonus picture, at the office: my own desk, property, kingdom and coffee table. I will go for a photo hunt tomorrow to get you some insights about mystery life at Opera Home.
Finally, sweet things that make my day complete: sunlight till 10 p.m., cool breeze from the street onto my window, joy from doing what I like for a living, and mid-night sms from the one far far away.
I miss home!