mandag 24. mars 2014

I love the countryside!

 What's not to love? I mean, walking through a magical forest in the morning is great. 
 A couple I know moved to a farm outside Oslo a while ago. They seem to love it- but they don't have a lot of neighbors, and I can imagine it gets a little bit lonely from time to time. That's why they love getting visitors!
 Some friends and I drove to their farm on Saturday and spent the weekend there
 Eidsfoss is a small village that used to produce iron. There is no industrial activity there now, but very slowly the number of inhabitants is increasing. 
Waking up to this view ain't so bad. 
 Fascinated by a bug
What do you feel about the countryside? Could you leave the city?

mandag 17. mars 2014

もうすぐ東京に行くだよ!

 So lately I've been watching my favorite Japanese movies: The hauntingly beautiful (but brutal) Norwegian Wood and the enchanting animated film Spirited away. (How magical the characters at the onsen!) 
It's been ten years since I've been to Japan, so it's fun repeating words and phrases from the movies, sensing how the language feels as it rolls off my tongue. Surprisingly, I do remember quite a bit of Japanese even though I was only seventeen when I lived in Nagoya for ten months as an exchange student. 
 So here they are, my favorite Japanese band Pizzicato five giving their very own welcome! Because guess what! I'm going to one of the absolutely coolest city in the world very soon: Tokyo. I am super excited! The best thing about an upcoming trip is to look forward to it.
 Ah! I am daydreaming of all the heavenly food I'll be stuffing my face with...and how I'm going to rent a bike and ride it around the streets of Tokyo. Getting lost in random narrow alleys. 

And if I'm lucky: I'll look up to the sky and a gust of wind will scatter pink, delicate cherry blossom petals on my face. 

onsdag 12. mars 2014

Winter wonderland

 Winter is still lingering on the heights of Oslo
 Gorgeous on a foggy day!
 Beautiful- yes! But I can't say I'm not looking forward to spring. 
It's nice to know warmer days are just around the corner!

fredag 7. mars 2014

A new friend

 Miss Mo's got a new friend at work. 
Say hi to Mr Pineapple. They are unseperable and work so well together! Sometimes Miss Mo will take notes while Mr P is on the phone. 
 Sometimes it's hard to make out what Mr Pineapple says. What? Has he been unfaithful?
Well, it depends. Do you think looking at internet porn is cheating?
Life is what you make it. If you like sitting by the window thinking about your non-existing love life, then go ahead! At least a pineapple friend in your arms will make life easier.

mandag 3. mars 2014

Home!

I got off work early on Friday and got on a plane. 45 minutes later I was in my beautiful hometown on the west coast: Bergen!
Ah! It's always nice to go home. And even though I only stayed two nights, it felt like I'd been on a small holiday when I got back to Oslo. 
 The first thing I did was to drink Hansa beer, the pride of Bergen- just to get that weekend feeling. 
 I met Ruben who unfortunately lives in Bergen. I wish we lived in the same city and could hang out more often. 
 I slept over at his place (I like that he has a fireplace). 
Back in Oslo: Miss Mo was back at work. She's been on tour with her band for three weeks (Yeah, she is in a real band, you can get their album on iTunes and shit!) in Portugal and Spain. That's her band right there in the picture. 
While it felt like spring in Bergen, it is still winter in Oslo. Especially if you head for the hills. Miss Mo got her drivers license recently, so whenever I need to go somewhere at work, I let her drive so she can practice. (Man, she drives sooooo slowly! Haha. But I'm the personification of patience though!) 
Check out Miss Mo's band here!

mandag 24. februar 2014

Where the dead people rest

One of the places that I've been to, that haunts my mind occasionally, is a very magical and poignant place in Berlin. I went there with my friend Ruben in June 2012. It was a warm summer's day, we wore t-shirts that would stick to our skin if we walked too fast. 

 We got off at Greifswalder straße station and walked for about 15-20 minutes before me arrived at the Weißensee Cemetery. It's an enormous cemetary in east Berlin. 
It was like arriving in another dimension. There was no city noise, and nearly completely deserted. It was eerily quiet, except for the sound of birds chirping away from the lush, green trees. What made this cemetary extraordinary though, was that it is Jewish. Knowing the turbulent and tragic history of the Jewish people in Germany, makes it very poignant to walk among the many graves. 
Many graves were in various states of disrepair. 
 But a few had been lovingly restored. Very recently by the looks of it. 
Most of the graves were humble 
While others were grand and elaborate, obviously a resting place for someone wealthy
You would think the nazis would have destroyed the cemetary completely, but lucily it is still here. 
So quiet and peaceful and sad. 
The cemetary was so huge, you could almost get lost walking around in there. 
 Not all the graves were old. 
 This monument was particularly poignant. An homage to the Jewish soldiers who died in the first world war fighting for Germany
 As I walked along the many graves, this one caught my eye. I liked the name: Noah Hopp. I wonder who this man was, his history. Was he from Berlin? What was his favorite food? Was he ever in love? By the time he died in 1937, the Jews in Germany had already been humilated and treated worse than second-rate citizens for a couple of years: 
 From Wikipedia: (…) on 7 April 1933, the Law for the Restoration of the Professional Civil Service was passed, which restricted employment in the civil service to "Aryans." This meant that Jews could not serve as teachersprofessorsjudges, or other government positions. Jewish government workers, including teachers in public schools and universities, were fired. Doctors followed closely behind. Jews were barred from claiming any rights as war-veterans (35,000 German Jews died in the First World War). In 1935, the Nazis passed the Nuremberg Laws, stripping all Jews of their German citizenship, regardless of where they were born.