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Zurich+Hamburg


Posters in the streets of Zurich


Birds by the lake in Zurich


“Food angels” in a restaurant in downtown Zurich


The old part of Zurich


Hamburg, with its grandiose city hall in the background


The warehouse district in Hamburg


In the Miniatur Wonderland in Hamburg

lily in Travel on December 18 2012 » 0 comments

Norwegian fjord

From the recent short trip to the west coast of Norway.


The one day of the year they take pictures for the travel brochures


Starting point of the glacier walk


Glacier lake


Another glacier walking team


Norwegian national dish – smalahove (sheep’s head)


Green


Norwegian fjord

lily in Photography,Travel on June 16 2012 » 0 comments

Copenhagen, Denmark

Historical city with castles, churches, and stunning architecture, some dating back to the 12th century. Other features include strong wind, lots of bikers, and good pastries.


Rosenborg Castle, which houses most Danish royal treasures


Bikers at the square outside Christiansborg Castle


Reflection of National Museum


A 16th-century house in the historical town of Helsingør


Helsingør Castle


Little Mermaid by the sea


Copenhagen castles, churches, and rooftops


The Church of Our Saviour

lily in Photography,Travel on August 21 2011 » 1 comment

Bergen

Where fishermen from Northern Norway traded dried fish with the rest of Europe for hundreds of years …

Where art fills the air …

And where the wharf keeps all the sweet and bitter dreams of the thousand-year-old city …

lily in Photography,Travel on July 10 2011 » 0 comments

A very Norwegian Easter


Geir’s grandma’s cabin, built in the traditional Norwegian style with grass rooftop. Many farmhouses have grass rooftops where goats graze in the summer.


Skiing on the mountain – a typical Easter activity in Norway.


All around us, it was just endless mountaintops and silence.

Resting with the family by a “sunwall” (a literally translated Norwegian word, meaning “the one outer wall with direct sunlight on it”).

lily in Photography,Travel on May 19 2011 » 0 comments

Weekend in Quebec City

Geir and I had the privilege of being shown around in Quebec City by some local friends. With the battles between the English and the French in the 18th century to capture this important site, one can truly say that Canada started here.


Quebec City on the shore of St. Lawrence River, its tides reminding us the occupation of the colonists.


The citadel built to defend against the American revolutionaries in the early 19th century, who never attacked Quebec City.


A soldier’s wedding. The building in the background was constructed to defend any uprising from the citizens of Quebec and was never actually used for that purpose.


Old Quebec, with its landmark of Chateau Frontenac.


The lower section of the wall curved inward to facilitate the turning of horse carriages.


Montmorency Falls, 30 metres higher than Niagara Falls.

lily in Photography,Travel on September 09 2010 » 0 comments

Summer in Norway

An old Chinese adage says: Viewing the scenery is not as good as hearing about it. Before I went to Norway this summer, I had set my expectation fairly high despite of my knowledge of the adage.  But it was a completely different matter seeing it in person. Since I have procrastinated for so long in making a post, I shall make a concise summary of the six and a half weeks I was in Norway, with a lot of pictures to entertain you.

Week 0: Orienting to the continental Europe timezone.


From the top of a hill, seeing the village where Geir’s family lives in and where I will be staying for the next six weeks.


An artistically wrecked bridge near the University of Oslo, where I would be studying Norwegian for the next six weeks. Norwegian is one of the many subjects offered at the International Summer School (ISS).


Vigeland Park, one of the attractions in the Oslo sightseeing tour organized by the ISS.


Some of the statues at Vigeland Park.


Going up the rooftop of the Oslo Opera House.


The Opera House against the sea.

Week 1: The first glimpse of Norway.


One of my first sessions at the Elementary Norwegian course.


Norwegian folk dance performance in front of the student dormitory.


At a lake by the Royal Prince’s cabin.

Week 2: Routine established: Study on weekdays, other things on weekends, unless falling behind in class was acceptable.


Travelling to Flåm on the weekend. On the way there, the train stops at Finse, the highest point in the Norwegian railway system, at 1222m above sea level.


Nearing Flåm in western Norway. A little village in the same valley as Flåm.


Kjosfossen, the most famous site near Flåm.


Down at the fjord.

Week 3: Routine continued: Travelling to Stockholm on a long weekend.


Visiting Vasa Museum and Vasa, the magnificent ship that sank on its maiden voyage.


The Swedish royal castle. The inside is more breathtaking, but cameras were not allowed.


The world’s narrowest street, Mårten Trotzigs Gränd, only 0.9 metres.


Typical Scandinavian architecture.


Stockholm from the sea.

Week 4: More travelling.


At the Folk Museum, visiting the stave church which was built during the viking era and was made entirely of wood.


A typical old Norwegian farmhouse with a grass rooftop, built in the 18th century.


An old shop and traditional Norwegian costumes.


Visiting a bear park, the first stop of an ISS-organized trip to Hallingdal, a valley region northwest of Oslo.


A house from the 13th century in the Hallingdal Folk Museum that survived the black plague in Europe.


Traditional Norwegian interior decoration, Rosemaling.


Sheep on the roadside.


View from the lake near the lodge where we stayed overnight.


Boarding an old steam engine train, Krøderbanen.

Week 5: Exam preparation and International Cultural Evening


Stands – India and Indonesia.


Pakistan, the Philippines, and Poland.


African students’ group dance.

Week 6: Final exam and farewell


Dinner at Faysal’s


Norwegian Level I, Section B

lily in Photography,Travel on August 14 2010 » 0 comments

It’s a good home

With fresh snow on the ground, we went up the hill in Geir’s hometown in Norway.

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As we came down the hill, something Marcus Aurelius said in the movie Gladiator seemed to be more appropriate to say than anything else, “It’s a good home, worth fighting for.”

lily in Photography,Travel on January 02 2010 » 1 comment

First day of fall

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lily in Photography,Travel on September 23 2009 » 0 comments

Banff National Park

Closer and closer, I am drawn to their majestic beauty.  It’s unmistakable now – these must be the Rocky Mountains.  As I come near, they ready to surround me, to devour me.  I have no choice but to worship them, to submit to them.

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Then they smile at me, presenting me their most precious treasure.

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One of them invites me to climb onto her shoulder, looking down at the gem in her palm.

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Another is topped with 325 square kilometres of glacier.

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But she is weakened, by the disasters my own fellow beings have caused, the ice at her feet retreating 10 metres a year.  I sit close to her, listening to her silently moan.

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I wish I could remain, in this endless dream.

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lily in Photography,Travel on September 07 2009 » 0 comments