If Oslo were a human being, it’s definitely one of a kind!

With regards to every single aspect to rank this city: economic, social and sightseeing, human index, I could imagine Oslo would be one of the most tempting destination for adventurers. Moreover, it could also be of the most desirable place to live on earth.  Having set foot on this city, I was so excited that my imagination had gone wild. Honestly, it could be the case that I had such a high expectation; thereof, first impression frankly was a bit disenchanting, not like “the city is not so eye-catching compared to Venice or delighted as Stockholm. ( sorry I can’t help benchmarking, it’s somehow in my gene 😉 )DSC_2121_Fotor

Nevertheless, continuing to the fjord, opera house plus the second-to-none crystal high sky, I was downright hit on. I started appreciating every single moment I would be spending on in this so-called heaven on earth.

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Frankly, my information of Oslo had been out of date, so I did keep in mind that Oslo was the most expensive city in the world. Nevertheless, it was quite positive to update that since March 2016, the Economist announced Oslo has ranked 13th worldwide regarding high price of goods and service; even after Copenhagen (8th)- the most expensive city in Nordic countries.

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Hence, supermarket or convenient store could be a better solution than a restaurant. Transportation is unavoidably high price, yet the experience of sitting on Norwegian tram or train was pretty enjoyable. You could see the city in another perspective. I still can’t bear laughing by the way M. Booth described Oslo: ” This is the only city I have visited where the drivers of its public transport apologise to you for the fares:” Sorry, this is Norway.””

 

Wandering around this city, I could say it felt like heaven on the earth except for the fact that nowadays there are some beggars along the streets, which inevitably happens in big cities mostly. Visiting Peace city – Oslo has been one of the most pleasurable experience ever.

 

One of the perks of travelling alone is that I have never been hesitant to ask the direction when I am not sure about what’s on the map. some would argue that it seems likeI I trust people or the locals a bit much; however, I would say it is one of the way you could culturally experience how the locals interact.  It could be quite biased, however, you never know what an unique experience you will be embarking upon.
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Furthermore, maximizing human interaction when you are travelling alone is never a bad idea. Travelling alone can dramatically increase your independence, plus obviously, you usually deal with thousand of thoughts in your mind already, it’s perfect to get out for a while 😉 the Norwegian are just so happy to help me with my direction, even a small talk, but funnily noted down that in a moment, they were incredibly helpful and cheerfully talkative, the next moment when goodbye has just been said, they disappeared immediately within a blink. I was astonishingly wondered “have they just evaporated?” lol
According to the Danes, Norwegian seems like singing when they are speaking, however this language is just so attractive to me, perhaps due to the reason that I usually listen to Alexandre Rybak.  Despite the fact that some of his songs are even not in English, I don’t mind listening to Norwegian at all 😀 I could understand now how the Danes and Norwegian could have a talk to one another. Fortuitously my experience in Scandinavia of Denmark, Sweden and Norway have been vastly genial. Now I can get why they are called the almost perfect people on the earth.DSC_1830.JPG
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Vitamins for a hangover soul

Have you ever been in some ridiculous moments that you have asked yourself : “what on earth am I doing here?” ? ? It does feel like after an over-drunk night, which was fun at a few first hours then in the morning,  you perhaps would not remember anything ironically bonus the never-ever-wanted headache. Plus, it seems like everything standstill or it isn’t moving fast enough as you would wish.  It feels so suffocated to be in those inevitably unwanted moments. It would have been okay or just fine if you talked it through; nevertheless, it seemed like no-one could ever understand it. That’s when your soul was getting drunk, then of course the hangover came consequently. I call it a soul-hangover moment.

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Are you ready to vitaminize your soul?  It could be “prevention is better than cure” as well 😉
  1. Firstly, it’s extraordinarily benevolent to pay a visit as a traveller in the city you have lived in, look at everything as if it was totally invisible before. Definitely these scenes surprised you in the most exciting way as if you never knew what life has in store for just you. Astonishingly, I have just recognised that a harbour might be my front yard and a spectacular valley could be be  my backyard (frankly, reality is that the former is about 500 m and the latter is approximately 1km away from my actual place, which is totally awesome enough :D)DSC_2082_Fotor_Collage_Fotor.jpg
  1. Secondly,  I did a little experiment that it does cause no harm but good to bake or just make some healthy smoothies as a cheer-up gift which appealingly sets up to prepare in advance for the next step.
  1. Thirdly, Energise yourself: put on your headphone your favourite Spotify  or interesting podcast, then go for a run around, needn’t to achieve any specific km. Just run for your own sake and enjoy the surrounding, fresh air, like “ you and nature”.

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  1. Finally, you can rest on your laurel for a little while with soul-nurturing book and enjoy your cake with green-magic smoothies 😀
 I hope your soul is enthusiastically alive again and you will have love abundance and kindness  just to give to everyone with your genuine smile.
p.s1: if Monday was a soul-hangover-day after a “long weekend”, Tuesday would be always perfect day to “vitaminize” your soul.
p.s2: “Tuesdays with Morrie” of Mitch Albom is the book I implied as soul-nurturing pill, you can’t miss reading it. Never had I ever been so intrugued in a book like this, it does answer all my doubts in my early 20s. it’s a life lesson to grow as a better human being.
p.s3: all the quotes I have put on the photos are from ” ” Tuesdays with Morrie”
Bonus: my favourite video for Tuesdays 😀 from MarieTV
Happy Tuesday!

Why is Denmark the best at brand marketing?

Denmark had its firm reputation as the happiest country in the world thanks to the Satisfaction with Life Index in 2013, 2014. Although it had dropped out a bit from the number one in 2015, undeniably it has been still among top 5 perhaps due to its free healthcare,  education and strong socially bonding communities.

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It is also becoming more reasonable for me with the idea of paying the highest tax on the globe. This year 2016 Denmark has proudly won back its happiness crown in the World’s Happiness Report from United Nation. Probably it is more than common here in Denmark people would give you someone : ” what do you want in life?” and you will receive a can-not-be-more- avant-garde-reply: “to be happy”

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one of my most favourite Danish vocabularies, just slightly change pronunciation of the middle “a” to blur “ea”, and hopefully it sounds like Danish 😀

Assumedly, these events have led Denmark to be one of the most desirable brand in the light of customer’s perspective. Why?  Simply because if Steve Jobs-Apple has sold dreams from America to other parts of the world, Denmark would just fill every bit of happiness into its products by just being Danish. Literally, from the supermarkets to the shop on the street, you can find very Danish goods, and you can say it from its names. For example, they have literally Dansk kød (Danes meat) , Danske gulerod (Danes carrot), Danske apple ( Danes apple, luckily written the same apple in English :D), Danske Kartoffel (patato), Danske honning (honey), Danske vand (water),  Danske kaffe(coffee),  Danske mælke (milk), Danske chokolade ( chocolate), Dansk cage (cake), surprisingly “Dansk is” ( guess what?! Danes ice-cream 😛 )  even Danske Bank, Post Danmark ( Danish Post company) and unnecessarily speechless Dansk begravelse ( Danes funeral)

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Having tried to actually live and immerse myself to the Danish life rather than just being a wanderer, I could notice how Danes successfully market themselves. Perhaps I should postulate “Daneselves” as a new discovery word for modern dictionary :D.

Although I am not pretty sure if they are tremendously typical Danish merchandise or however outstandingly different they are compare to other kinds of meat or carrot or potatos and so on, they do appeal me into actually believing in its message : ” be happy as the Danes”. Moreover, I have myself found actually happy as if the happiness’s concept “Jeg er glad” had been ingrained into me. Thereof, it is hardly the case that Danish oversell their brand ever 😉

 

 

 

 

Splendid Sweden!!

Sweden would be my most amazingly spontaneous journey so far! Train tickets were easy bought with the most sincere ticket sellers ever, hostels were easily paid just when you got there. It would be a heaven peace-of-mind. I was lucky enough to have non-complainable weather with glorious sunshine and crystal clear sky in the end of February ( tips I had just checked the weather in advance before decided to go on my journey :D) during day time.

Gothenburg  was the first piece of Swedish land I have first stepped in. Actually it did seem like walk up to the hills with most of the streets, since I have been used to with the flatness of the Netherlands and Denmark perhaps :P.  It hadn’t impressed me much with response to outstanding scenery but its kindest Swedish ever. The old couple not only amicably showed me the way to my hostel’s address but also walked along and talked to me. The locals were willing to explain where to get the most typical Swedish dishes in Gothenburg without hesitance. I was just plainly appreciative how sweet the Swedes can be 😀

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With the train heading to Stockholm was an unexpectedly eye-comforting scenery of tranquilly typical Swedish cottage in the middle of the end of February snowy field. I was not aware of the fact that I had a big crush on Sweden until arrival in Stockholm. It is totally one of the world’s most worth living cities. Stockholm gradually plus gently attracts you by its sophisticated beauty between the tactical serenity and the bustle of a modern capital in the central point of Scandinavia, where the Baltic sea happens to meet the third-largest Lake Mälaren. Stockholm offers the fulfilment of whatever you are looking. Being well-known for its feminism, Sweden is called one of the best country to be a women, you probably would see lots of female statues 😀 ( I didn’t mean my selfies here lol)

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Kalmar was one of the most peaceful city ever I have been. If you noticed my current page’s header image, it was taken there.  Frankly, I still haven’t satisfied with any other picture besides it.Finally, Malmo was obviously so appealing in a sense that it is only half an hour way from copenhagen by train, famously connected by Oresund bridge. Spectacular harmoniously blended ambience between Swedish and Danish I reckoned, which confused me a bit in the light of which country would I be more in favour.  Apparently, comparison would not be so impartial, due to different context between the living and traveling country.

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