A Photographic Layover in Oslo

When I was booking my flight from New York to Amsterdam, I picked the one that gave me a seven-hour layover in Oslo. Because why not? Not only was it the cheapest option available, it also gave me the chance to see, however briefly, yet another new city in another new country. I have always been interested in Scandinavia, which is often referred to as having the best quality of life in the world. Plus, I can’t come across a single picture of Norway without lingering over it, marveling enviously in its raw natural beauty. What would its capital city be like? Continue reading

Catching You Up

I’ve already begun the second stage of my travels in 2015–I’m in the Netherlands now!–so instead of fretting about trying to catch up, which will only stress me out and make me more inclined to avoid posting, I will start off with this catch-up post, and proceed by alternating recent posts with posts about my previous Southeast Asia trip.

Really quickly, here is what I’ve been up to these past six weeks.

In early March, I returned to Taiwan from Thailand.

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For one week in mid-March, I was in Hong Kong, working installation and de-installation at an international art show. I spent most of my days (and some nights, hah) in the convention center, but on my days off I explored as much of Hong Kong’s easily reachable greenery as I could.

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View of Victoria Harbor from Victoria Peak, Hong Kong, March 2015.

 

After Hong Kong, I returned to Taiwan for a few more days, just enough time to celebrate my birthday and prepare… to return back to New Jersey for the first time since 2013!

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Bookworm confession time: it made me SO happy to be able to spend time with my books again.

 

It was nice to see family and hometown friends again after so long, and to be within easy access of BOOKS. But my three weeks at home weren’t all lazy relaxation, as I rushed to prepare for my upcoming Eurotrip and even go into New York City and down to Washington, D.C. to visit friends.

Central Park on beautiful Easter Sunday, 2015.

Central Park on beautiful Easter Sunday, 2015.

I was in DC in time to see the cherry blossoms bloom, which is something that, nature chaser as I am, I’ve only wanted to do since forever.

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Then, on April 14th, I boarded a plane at JFK Airport on my way to the Netherlands–but first with a seven-hour layover in Oslo, Norway, which I had built into my plans so I could explore another city new to me.

I am already in love with Europe. Thanks, classy architecture.

I am already in love with Europe. Thanks, classy architecture.

Okay, seriously, I WILL be back more regularly now.