I don't think it will be a surprise that I'm writing a text about my thoughts... Seems to be quite a topic here in the blog. This time it's not only about thoughts but actions. The question is:
What are YOU doing to reduce problems with Climate Change?
When I was back in Rio, I must be honest that I don't feel I did much, in some cases because the solution doesn't work as well, and in other because maybe I couldn't be bothered. But here I've noticed that a lot of these actions are actually related to the Norwegian culture too. After all, Norwegians are very proud and love contact with nature. "Gå på tur!"
Here is my to do list, which I'll include things I haven't been doing very well, but I'm trying to get better. Based on the classic 3Rs:
Take backpacks or other bags to the supermarket. I always try to do that, not only because they charge for the supermarket bags here, ok?
Have a mug and a glass at the office, then you don't use as many paper and plastic cups. Just started with that recently.
Bike and walk if you can, if not, use public transportation. Much more efficient to the world. Works for me better in Oslo than Rio for several reasons.. But I did take the bus a lot back home.
Try to find out how to reduce your junk mail. I still have to find out where I get the "Ingen uadressert reklamen takk" sticker for my mailbox...
Make the most out of the bags you actually need. When I do get a supermarket, duty-free or whatever bag, in the worst case scenario I'll use them again as trash bags. In the best, I'll use them of everything else before that.
Be creative. Find new uses to "old things" At my house, I like using coke and wine bottles for flowers, every so often. (Tip that I got from Maren)
Flea markets, book sharing, etc. Those are very good examples on how to reuse something that you don't want any more. "One man's trash is another man's treasure." Btw, that's how I got a lot of things for my house...
Find out how the recycling system works where you live. I have to learn about some things like plastic for example...
If you don't have a system where you live, start one! I'm sure there is some way of doing things in your city.
Don't be lazy. Separate things and throw them out accordingly. It's easier than you think...
Let's try to make things better, I don't wanna keep wondering where I should visit next hoping it's still going be there, before we get our world, and our future (or current) kids worst than we have so far.
Don't forget to make your contribution to the Blog Action Day too.
This is not about Rio, not about Oslo, but it is about Rio and about Oslo, and everywhere else in the world. I'm taking part of the Blog Action Day tomorrow. Interested? You should join. Let's help get more people thinking about things and hopefully acting too. A simple gesture can go a long way.
Wanna join? Wanna know more? Check the link below.
I don't know if any of you know, but we are just about approaching Mid-Summer night here in Norway (celebrated on June 23rd), it's just around the summer solstice which means the longest day of the year (actually on June 21st). So I guess this is the right timing to talk about it.
My "celebration" of this event was actually a very cool thing, because it reflected quite a bit of my experience here in Norway.. A simple quick camping trip showed me that.
Good friends make all the difference - When you have people who have the same kind of wave lenght and follow your adventures, that always makes things better. So when I said that it would be cool to go camping in Normarka, we arranged things to go on the next opportunity.
Unexpected/Spontaneous events- Since I arrived here in Oslo - to be honest, since the end of 2007 - I started following the idea of "Why not?". So in a lot of opportunities I just take chances. We actually left the house at about 9:30pm to be back at 1pm the next day. But still, why not go on a campoing trip... Maybe the bad weather?
God is really awesome - In all my trips, whenever needed, the weather has always been on my side. And that, addeed to several other things that happened for me make it clear: HE is awesome and gives me more than I deserve, no doubts about it. During saturday, it was raining quite a bit. But when we went out there, the weather was absolutely amazing!
Some things only Oslo can offer - How many capitals in the world let you get on the subway and go to the forest for a night camping? And where you get a "Flintstone pork steak at the supermarket? Where you also take your disposable grill for the barbeque? And that you can do all of that feeling very safe always?
I think that's about it... But there's a video I thought I should share...
I have been here for 8 months now (completed yesterday) and as I've mentioned, I've fallen in love with Oslo. But I guess it's just a glance at what Norway offers me. So I decided that I'll be exploring Norway (at least some of it) in June and July. I've done a tiny bit so far, but during summer I'll try to make the most out of it.
Would anyone like to join?
If you need more reasons for that, enjoy this:
There should be plenty of hanstands coming from here...
So maybe yesterday can be considered a looooonnnggggg day and I'll still have kept my promise... =P
I know I've been talking a lot about the weather, but I guess I'm going to have to keep commenting on that subject 'cause I has been working quite well, at least on weekends.
The last 2 weekends were really great, specially because within all the programming the sun was always there to join us. And what did we do? Well, several things... Went on the party boat to Denmark, to the Opera House, to Akershus, to Vigeland park (listened in a guided tour in Spanish.. hehe) and went out on Saturday night for a couple of drinks too. This weekend included a visit to the Ski Jump, a Latin Festival (where we tried to have a bbq), cool party at Chateau Neuf (considerations on that later on...), getting a tan reading a book by the palace and a BBQ in Sognsvann.
I guess that was quite a lot... And here are two pictures that show that the weather was good!
Being European!!! Sun tan at the park reading "The Catcher in the Rye"... (thanks La Teesha!!!)
The Frozen Latin Guys after swimming in Sognsvann...
Update on yesterday. I left the office with my city bike and the weather was getting bad... At one point I left my bike at one of the stations (I had just felt some massive drops) and got my umbrella. Brilliant timing!!! Just in time not to get drenched...
Then later on I went to the karaoke and that was lots of fun!! Sang "La Bamba", "Mr. Jones", "Do You Want To?"(Fanny!!!!!!!)... But guess what happened on the way out?? LOTS OF RAIN!!! And where was my umbrella??? No where to be seen... I lost it somewhere... So long story short I wasn't very dry when I got home... But I survived.
But today the sun is out. Not too many clouds in the sky... And the forecast is good weather for tomorrow!!! So let's hope!!! Maybe a BBQ, Pic-nic, tribal dances to the Sun god..
I think it was Gautam who said that "you become Norwegian when you start missing the Sun". So I guess I'm a true Norwegian by now. When the sun is on vacation, I call that everyday. Now when the sun actually decides to come back from Brazil and pay a visit, it's a great reason for a party, a barbecue in a local park, getting naked on the streets (just kidding... =P ) or anything like that.
But to be fair, right now we're having a beautiful day (I said right now, because weather also changes quite quickly here) so I guess today I'll try my best to make the most of this kind of weather. =D
And btw, here is are 2 moments worth ilustrating the post.
From the Party Boat
I guess winter will be kind of hard but I'll learn how to live without the sun.... I guess...
So here I am again! And I've seen some of you are in MyOpera now! That's cool! You'll see there're quiite a few very cool things around there.
Right now I'm actually getting ready for my first weekend trip to Denmark! Ok we just staying for like 2 hours in Denmark, it's actually about the party on the boat, now the destination, but we it still counts as the first trip right? But let me get back to what happened during my first weekend in Oslo.
On Friday I went to the Norway Cup which was really cool. Specially thinking of the entertainment and sports marketing part of the event. Really cool to see a huge competition for kids from around the world and of course, how so many brands help out and are integrated with the event. On the other hand as I told several of you I know two teams that could win this... MPRM and RSF. =D We would have crushed them!!! =P
Here is Audrey and I after the Cup (she was the one who has to hear me saying that my teams back home could win the Norway Cup easily.. hehe) Btw, check out my new hat. =D
After that we went around the Aker Bygge where we chilled out by the port and from their to the Akershus Slott (the fortress close by) where we met by chance the rest of the crowd (Joyce, Edith, Julio, Putri, Daniel, Hugo, Hugo's bike... hehe). We had a picnic enjoyed a beautiful sunset and then went out for a beer.
Edith, Julio and Audrey
Joyce, Daniel and Putri
Homenagem ao Victor! "Rider (ou havaianas).. Dê ferias para os seus pés"
Putri, Stephane and Joyce
And that was the end of the beautiful warm days for quite a while...
After 4 years of AIESEC... after travelling in Mexico, Brazil and some of the European countries... after severals national and international AIESEC conferences... after hundreds of people from different nationalities that I have met... I finally dec