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.
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.
Going up the rooftop of the Oslo Opera House.
Week 1: The first glimpse of Norway.
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.
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.
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.
Week 5: Exam preparation and International Cultural Evening
Week 6: Final exam and farewell