Thursday, November 20, 2014
In Ferguson, a little town, there is a recent case of a white policeman fatally shooting a young black man in August. And then it became international news.
Looters took advantage of the situation, breaking into some stores, since the police were busy with the protests.
This mobile store and some other stores in and around Ferguson are boarding up as they are afraid of possibly more rioting.
Some said if the case was a black police officer, or a white youth, the same race, it wouldn't be an issue..
Ah.. it is 21st century. Do people still remain focused on skin color?
No matter what color, every race has their 'good' and 'bad' people!
I think we should be aware of our own self, being conscientiously aware.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
English translation in verse form by Adam Taylor:
"The winter may go, and the spring disappear,
Next summer too, may fade, and the whole long year,
But you will be returning, in true, I know,
And I will wait for you as I promised long ago."
Seemed that's sadness.
In life's journey, you may feel touched if you know someone has promised to wait for you, because that means someone cares about you. On the other hand, it's sad because that means now you are separated and how long the time until you meet again?
For me, I don't want to have or make the promise of waiting. I rather we are together in our life journey, because every step is going to fulfill myself.
Another Chinese translation in verse form by Y. Qiao 翻譯成中文：
Saturday, November 1, 2014
This is the metal cover drain on the street in Bergen. It seems to be of a landmarks in the city.
We saw different designs in two other cities in Norway.
We bought a 48 hour card, NOK260 per person (24 hour card NOK200), at the information center.
With the card, you travel free on Light Rail and buses in the city and the Region. It also grants free or discounted admission to museums, attractions, cultural events, sightseeing tours, restaurants and parking.
Bryggen - Bergen is a designated UNESCO World Heritage City.
The Fish Market. Will the fish really say "Fish me?"
Floibanen Funicular (NOK85, but free with the card from Oct 1-Apr 30). I like their funicular,with glass, even on the top windows.
It took us to Mount Floyen. A sign: DON'T INSULT THE WITCH.
There was a lake along one of the trails, where we saw parents/teachers and kids doing various activities.
It seemed a good place for the student camp.
Another sign warning about the local witches.
Haakon's Hall (NOK60 but free with the card) - 13th century Royal Ceremonial Hall.
An original Enigma decoder from WWII in the Bergenhus Fortress Museum.
Bryggens Museum/Meeting Point Bryggen (NOK70 but free with the card) - archaeological museum.
Korskirken - 17th century church.
The Theater - from 1909.
Nordnes - a park near Bergen Aquarium.
Nykirken - early 18th century church.
The next morning, we went on a 3 hour Fjord cruise to Mostraumen (NOK400 discounted with the card), it was the only cruise they have during the off-season months.
That day was raining, so the tour was not so impressive compared to the other fjords we saw on cruises a few days before.
After back from the cruise, we walked around some others place in the city.
Johanneskirken - St. John's Church.
VilVite - Bergen Science Center (NOK160 but free with the card from Aug 18-Jun 22).
Our mixture image, is it funny?
We booked a travel package tour NOK1550 per person from Bergen to Oslo at the information center.
The journey starts with a train at Bergen railway to Voss, the world's most beautiful train ride. We got advised to sit on the left side.
Then take a bus to Gudvangen. We had about 40 mins wandering around this small village.
Then take a boat to Flam.
Along the cruise, we can see Naeroyfjord. "It is the narrowest and best known of the many arms of the Sognefjord. With its steep mountainsides, hanging valleys, towering peaks, snowfield, waterfalls and small hamlets, this fjord is perhaps the most outstanding natural attraction in Norway. The Naeroyfjord is 20 km long, only 250 meters across at it narrowest and a mere 12 at its shallowest. The surrounding mountains reach heights of 1,660 meters. UNESCO has included in its famous World Heritage List."
The cruise turned to Aurlandsfjord, after a 2 hour boat journey, we arrived at Flam. We went in the tourism center, and we noticed a traveler storing his luggage in a room at the ticket counter. So we did the same because we had 3 hours to wander around this village.
We had a short walk to Kleivastien 690 m trail.
We found this on the trail, I translate it from Chinese to English: Discover your footsteps all over the world!
Then take a scenic train to Myrdal - not this train, this train became a cafe.
Here is the train.
It stops at Kjosfossen, allowing tourist to look at the waterfall.
I waved at Steve to come to see it as he likes waterfalls, he didn't. I think he wanted to guard our luggage, he always worried to leave bags in an open area.
About 1 hour after arriving at Myrdal, we changed to a NSB train departing at 5.57pm.
I saw several ladies like to knit when they are traveling on a long journey.
The train journey is 6 hours to Oslo. There snow cover at about 2000 m. height.
We couldn't see most of the views along the route because it was getting dark.
At the end of our trip, this poem was on the walkway in Oslo airport. I translate:
Perhaps winter already end and spring is decayed there
Another summer again. The time got one year round again.
I just strongly believe you will come back one day eventually
Keep my promise, will wait for you.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
We went on the Hurtigruten cruise (which stopped at Svolvaer) and checked in with an inside cabin for 2 nights to Trondheim, NOK746 x 2 persons x 2 nights = NOK2984. And the breakfast is NOK150 per person.
I was ready to hunt the Aurora.
We saw the lights again on the coastal cruise from Lofoten islands to Bodo. The lights were just white color, and one of them moved in fast waves.
The cruise sailed out of the Arctic Circle. Just off of the Helgeland coast, there is a beautiful mountain range - The Seven Sisters.
While I was taking scenic pictures, a traveler seemed interested to take a picture of my footwear. When I turned back to him, he put away his big camera immediately.
Haha... I am not sure if he got it or not, but I should take a picture for myself.
The cruise stopped at Bronnoysund for 1.25 hours. We had a little walk along the coast.
Beautiful corals and sea plants growing around...
After departing again, we passed Torghatten mountain on Torget island in Bronnoy municipality in Nordland county.
"According to legend, the hole was made by the troll Hestmannen while he was chasing the beautiful girl Lekamøya. As the troll realized he would not get the girl, he released an arrow to kill her, but the troll-king of Sømna threw his hat into the arrow's path to save her. The hat turned into the mountain with a hole in the middle.
The tunnel is 160 metres (520 ft) long, 35 metres (115 ft) wide, and 20 metres (66 ft) high. It was formed during the Scandinavian ice age. Ice and water eroded the looser rocks, while the harder ones in the mountain top have resisted erosion."
When the ship stopped at Rorvik for a half hour, our southbound ship met one of their northbound ships. They allowed the guests to visit each other's ship.
Oh well, we need to go search for it again in another place next time.
We walked to the hotel, not far from the cruise stop in Trondheim.
I found many places have full and half flush toilets, this one has a big button that means full flush and small button means half flush.
Save water, save money, save earth.
I told Steve to install this in our house toilet months ago, but he still hasn't done it yet.
We did a little sightseeing, though many places were closed on Sunday, including the tourist information office where we had hoped to get sightseeing and travel information for the next part of our trip. We decided book a last minute flight to Bergen for the next day.
I like this house set up, from the picture I just noticed the little basket hanging on the door.
Nidarosdomen - "Nidaros Cathedral, Norway's national shrine, was built as a grave church for St. Olav. The Cathedral is the most important landmark in Trondheim, and has influenced its development through centuries. It took around 250 years to complete the cathedral."
Riksregaliene - The Crown Regalia
Erkebispegarden - The Archbishop's Palace Museum is situated next to the Cathedral.
Trondheim Kunstmuseum, exhibitions of contemporary art and collection.
Gamle Bybro - Old Town Bridge.
We walked to a steep path, where there is a free bicycle lift for those biking to encourage more people to use bikes instead of cars. The rider firmly places one foot on a small step on the track on the curb, then pushes a button. The step then moves up the hill, pushing the rider & bike. After watching 2 tourists trying to use it with their bikes, it seems to be much harder than it looks.
To the Kristiansten festning, the Fortress is located on a hill east of the city.
Stiftsgarden - The Royal Residence.
Vitensenteret - Science Museum.
Trondheim Sjofartsmuseum. World War II museums are easily identifiable, as they all seem to have a mine sitting in front of them.
Next day, we walked to Var Frue Kirke - Church.
Munkholmen - The Monks Island. I zoomed in with my camera to take this picture while we were at the beach side.
Then we went back to the hotel to take our luggage. Took a Flybussen shuttle NOK130 per person to the airport.