Trondheim is the third largest city in Norway. It’s not the capital, that’s Oslo. Nor is it the picturesque gateway to the fjords, Bergen. Trondheim is the one that comes after those two. Yet, for me, it was the first Scandinavian city I heard about. As a kid I learned that somewhere up there in northern Europe there was a city named Trondheim. Many years later I would have fallen in love with Norway and then even moved to Sweden, but back then my only knowledge of Scandinavia was that Trondheim was a city somewhere up there.
I like to say that with the Norwegian capital I’ve had a serious love affair. We first met in 2007, a bunch of sunny April days; Oslo was the destination of a spontaneous trip with my parents. We never take spontaneous trips in my family, but 2007 had not had a good start and a spontaneous trip somewhere new was what we all needed to heal our wounds. Oslo healed my wounds. I was young, I fell in love so desperately. Continue reading
Whenever asked what is the most beautiful place I’ve been there is no room for hesitation, the answer is only one: Lofoten. I know I’m biased when it comes to Norway, but I can’t help it. I like to say that I have a special connection with that country, but it doesn’t take all this love for Norway to come to appreciate the jaw-dropping beauty of the Lofoten archipelago. If spiky mountains rising straight from the sea and unexpected sandy beaches sound like something you’d love, you’ll probably agree with me about Lofoten.
I have a deep love for Norway and this is no secret. Everybody who knows me is aware of that. Norway is a beautiful land and I’ve had the pleasure to live in its capital city for six months in 2009 for an exchange semester at the university. There are so many things I love about that country that I can’t even name all of them. I love the air that is so clean. Tap water that runs so cold. The way the clouds scatter in the sky. The incredible colour of its sunsets. The feeling that you are at the same time on a mountain and by the sea. The beautiful Lofoten archipelago. The fancy Freia billboard on Karl Johans gate in Oslo. The way every time I walk the streets of Oslo I feel home. Continue reading