Escape to Norway 2016- Stavanger

We’ve finally arrived: the first day in Norway. We were all extremely excited because we had been looking forward to the fjords for ages. However, as we stepped out onto our balconies to breathe in the Norwegian air, our excitement quickly washed away: it was raining. That was the first taste we got of the true Norwegian weather. It was chilly. The sun was nowhere to be seen. The skies were full of dark, grey clouds. On top of that, the rain kept coming down. Surprisingly, many of you may not know this, but August is actually the best time to visit Norway. I was having a hard time believing it in that moment. But, we tried to remain hopeful, for we had a busy day ahead of us. We were booked on a Princess Cruises’ shore excursion for the day. We chose the Pulpit Rock Hike, as we had…

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Escape to Norway 2016- London Day 3

The last day in the city of Red (black and white in my camera lens, sometimes!). Oh, how I miss it to this day. No vacation is better spent than just wandering around a city, map and camera in hand. Especially a city as amazing and as full of culture as London. We were all extremely sad that this was the last day in this glorious city, but we were all looking forward to the cruise we were about to embark to the fjords of Norway! A bitter-sweet ending in London, you could say. We started the day off with a walk to the famous Trafalgar Square. Perhaps the most noticeable symbol of the square is the lion sculpture, as pictured below. Whether it’s on the news, in movies, or in print, it is highly likely that you have seen these famous felines before. Trafalgar Square is a public square…

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Escape to Norway 2016- London Day 2

Our second day in London was just as eventful as the first, maybe even more so. Once again, it was a long day of walking. We prefer to walk rather than use the “tube”, taxis or the bus because we get to see so many amazing sights on the way. After all, sometimes, it’s more about the journey than the final destination. You get to see all the little side streets, and the quaint antique shops lining those streets. You get to see the neighbourhoods of London, the small city parks, and the various restaurants and cafes reflecting the city’s culture. We started the day off with a walk to the famous British Museum. This involved a walk down Shaftesbury Avenue, which is a very busy street in London. Here, you can find many different theatres and it almost seems like the heart of London’s popular culture. It also marks…

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Escape to Norway 2016- London Day 1

And that’s officially a wrap to my London/Norwegian vacation for this summer! The fjords absolutely took my breath away and all the land exploring we did certainly didn’t disappoint either. What did disappoint was definitely the weather. The cruise made 9 stops in Norway and it rained for pretty much 7 of the ports of call. To make things worse, it wasn’t just a little drizzle; it was sheets of rain, and often times, we walked back to the cruise ship completely soaked. However, despite the bad weather and all, I got to experience the real Norway: rain, cloudy skies, and cold temperatures. Everything was so serene, and the peace of being in the fjords was such a refreshing breath of air from all the stress of our lives. I loved every minute of the trip and I would definitely be up for a journey back. 3 full days were spent touring…

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Oh hello, Mr. Sun

Sometimes, (or should I say most of the times), we are so swamped with work, daily responsibilities and chores, tasks, bills that need to be paid, homework and assignments that need to be done, floors that need to be cleaned- I think you’re getting the point. It clutters our minds to the point where we neglect everything else and focus solely on the next deadline or task that needs to be attended to. We’re so inundated with information, with chores, with everything. Reminders to do this, reminders to do that. Often times, we forget to really look up from our computers, our papers and our phones to appreciate the small things in life and really notice the details that typically go unseen. This short post that I have composed consists of just pictures of the sun. Literally. It’s shots of our glorious star that I have taken on vacation, in the…

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