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Barack Obama.

December 15, 2009

I got convinced to go to the centre to see Barack Obama… something to tell the Grandkid’s I guess?!

This photo was taken by my American friend, Ben – he clearly had a better place in the crowd and better camera than I did, as all I took were photos of Barack Obama’s arm…

First Lady & President Obama, Oslo 2009 (Photo: Ben Colton)

First Lady & President Obama, Oslo 2009 (Photo: Ben Colton)

This boy has a habit of taking exceptional photographs… check out his blog documenting his travels around Europe, though I’m not sure how up to date it is: Ben Colton

Here is the video I took of Barack Obama – you can see his arm waving to the crowd:

This was the crowd outside the “Grand Hotel” – Obama took the entire building, and you could see the security at the top of buildings in the surrounding area. You can see the bullet proof glass in front of the doors too…

Security surrounding the 'Grand Hotel' in Oslo 10/12/2009

Security surrounding the 'Grand Hotel' in Oslo 10/12/2009

Crowd waiting to see Obama 10/12/2009

Crowd waiting to see Obama 10/12/2009

Crowd waiting to see Obama (2) 10/12/2009

Crowd waiting to see Obama (2) 10/12/2009

So, the Obama’s came to the door and waved for a few minutes. Afterwards, whilst trying to leave, we realised that there was only one way to exit the area, yet as we turned around we were met by the many demonstrations being staged due to the visit by the US President. Without meaning to, we became part of a number of them marching down the road. Here are photos:

Protests in Oslo 10/12/2009

Protests in Oslo 10/12/2009

Anti-war protesters in Oslo 12/10/2009

Anti-war protesters in Oslo 12/10/2009

Obama 'Change' banner, Oslo 10/12/2009

Obama 'Change' banner, Oslo 10/12/2009

Sorry that the photo is the wrong way around, when I have more time I will sort it out.

Oslo lockdown.

December 10, 2009

Obama is here. Oslo has gone crazy – I’ve never seen so many police, so many barricades with metal detectors etc, nor have I seen a helicopter fly so low, let alone three of them. I’m tempted to go in to Olso today, but I’m also really not. The chance of seeing Obama are slight – ok, let’s be honest – the chances of none existent. I can hear helicopters from Kringsja – and I’m 20 minutes away by TUBE. I’m nowhere NEAR the centre and I can hear helicopters? I think I’ll stay in Kringsja… (also, the fact that I’m ill and feel like crap means I want to stay here too). There’s a protest on the 12th about climate change, which I might attend. I’ve had so many opportunities to head to CPH again and protest there – it’s only 8 hours by coach, but this is my last weekend in Oslo (next weekend I will be in Tromso) so I want to spend it here with my friends. I will post photos of the posters that I have for the protest when I can upload them…

Working hard…

December 9, 2009

…on some Christmas presents!

The look of concentration... 09/12/2009

The look of concentration... 09/12/2009

It was touch and go as to whether I would be able to afford Christmas presents… only slightly joking! Why not put my creative ‘talent’ to some use? Hopefully those of you who will receive presents will also like them… I’m crossing my fingers…

Night out to celebrate Linea’s birthday!

December 9, 2009

We went out to have a party for Linea’s birthday – because we took so long looking around CPH there wasn’t enough time to get back and change (I desperately needed to wash my hair…), so we went straight to the bar to eat some food and get some drinks in! Lots of people came along and it was a really good night!

Waiting for food & more guests! 14/11/2009

Waiting for food & more guests! 14/11/2009

Mikkel and Linea's brother 14/11/2009

Mikkel and Linea's brother 14/11/2009

Linea & I waiting for tequila 14/11/2009

Linea & I waiting for tequila 14/11/2009

Tequila & apple juice chaser! 14/11/2009

Tequila & apple juice chaser! 14/11/2009

We took up one whole side of the bar... 14/11/2009

We took up one whole side of the bar... 14/11/2009

Something was obviously very funny? 14/11/2009

Something was obviously very funny? 14/11/2009

Linea looking gorgeous! 14/11/2009

Linea looking gorgeous! 14/11/2009

I think this was taken whilst I was down the other end having a sing-a-long with some of her Danish friends…

Linea and her friends 14/11/2009

Linea and her friends 14/11/2009

Morten with the cocktail umbrella 14/11/2009

Morten with the cocktail umbrella 14/11/2009

SMILE! 14/11/2009

SMILE! 14/11/2009

A Saturday in CPH

December 9, 2009

I figured I’d split up my weekend in CPH into  a number of posts, it’s far too long to just be ONE – plus I have so many photos to upload and I want  to have  life whilst I try to explain everything to you…

This was us over breakfast:

The morning after... breakfast time! 13/11/2009

The morning after... breakfast time! 13/11/2009

I think it’s quite obvious that we were all a little worse for wear. This was ‘breakfast’ at around 12/1pm on the Saturday. Getting Spanish people out of a flat will take you A LONG TIME – if there is one thing I have learnt whilst being in Oslo, it is that the Spanish have NO CONCEPT OF TIME. NONE. I know, you’re wondering how I manage to know this, considering I am in Norway… well, I live with Emi & the Spanish have a habit of finding each other and forming a group, so Linea and I are kind of ‘honorary’ Spanish. I have also found out that the Spanish women are very possessive of ‘their’ Spanish men… interesting & rather sad.

CPH - Climate Change campaign globe 14/11/2009

CPH - Climate Change campaign globe 14/11/2009

In case you have been on another planet for a while… there is a climate change conference going on in CPH as I write (9/12/2009) and all over CPH were interesting installments and information to advertise the conference and raise awareness on climate change. This was one of MANY globes around the city that show the effect of climate change on the world. There were a large number all together in the square, but we happened to be on the other side so I couldn’t take a photograph.

Alejandro, Linea and myself trying the different beers at the market 14/11/2009

Alejandro, Linea and myself trying the different beers at the market 14/11/2009

There was a market by the river, with live music and small tasters of different types of beer – I think it was different types of Christmas beer? I’m not sure… The atmosphere was great and walking along the market was so much fun. The boys had to try on hats… you can see Alejandro below! Hahaha!

Alejandro at the market in CPH 14/11/2009

Alejandro at the market in CPH 14/11/2009

We then had a boat tour around CPH, which was so interesting – we saw the Opera House & the Little Mermaid; Hans Christian Anderson was Danish and lived on the same street as the market in the above photo.

All of us on the boat at CPH 14/11/2009

All of us on the boat at CPH 14/11/2009

CPH Opera House 14/11/2009

CPH Opera House 14/11/2009

Skuespilhuset CPH 14/11/2009

Skuespilhuset CPH 14/11/2009

Chinese tourists surround the Little Mermaid status CPH 14/11/2009

Chinese tourists surround the Little Mermaid status CPH 14/11/2009

Chinese tourists in abundance… anyone surprised?

Iceberg scaffolding CPH waterfront 14/11/2009

Iceberg scaffolding CPH waterfront 14/11/2009

The iceberg image on this scaffolding is a copy-cat of ‘The Iceberg’ building at CPH’s Mini Manhattan – I will post something later to show the architecture around there.

Church of our Saviour CPH 14/11/2009

Church of our Saviour CPH 14/11/2009

Church of our Saviour – no, I haven’t suddenly gone all religious… The church spire is a spiral staircase – but it goes anti-clockwise. It was complete in 1752 by a different architect than the rest of the building. His name was Lauritz de Thurah and there is an urban myth that he commited suicide when he realised that the spiral staircase went the wrong way. You might wonder why it is the wrong way – basically, if you are dueling someone on the stairs, walking backwards up stairs anti-clockwise does not give you the upper hand, I think, unless you are left handed… Well, I could be completely wrong, but if you want to know more, GOOGLE it.

Floor advertisement CPH 14/11/2009

Floor advertisement CPH 14/11/2009

I love this. Basically – later that night I was sat with one of Linea’s friends (I will post about the night out in a little while) and we were looking through my photographs. He read this and what you do is send an text saying ‘KBH 51’ to ‘1231’ and wait for a response. You are telling them where you are in CPH and then they reply with places nearby that would be interesting to see – including general tourist spots along with current events that are happening over the next few days. It’s such a clever idea and these are all over CPH. This idea should be adopted by any large town/city…

Right, so after the boat tour we went to Christiania – something of a ‘Little Amsterdam’. You aren’t allowed to take photographs once you are inside because Police started to go in undercover as tourists so that they could get photographic evidence of the sale of drugs. There is street art everywhere and the buildings have this hippy/run down feel to them. There’s market stalls everywhere. It’s so, so cool. Here are a few photos before we entered:

Approaching Christiania CPH 14/11/2009

Approaching Christiania CPH 14/11/2009

Linea & Mikkel at the Christiania sign CPH 14/11/2009

Linea & Mikkel at the Christiania sign CPH 14/11/2009

The sign as you exit Christiania CPH 14/11/2009

The sign as you exit Christiania CPH 14/11/2009

Mikkel, Emi, Alejandro & Linea @ Christiania CPH 14/11/2009

Mikkel, Emi, Alejandro & Linea @ Christiania CPH 14/11/2009

CPH

December 8, 2009

So, after visiting the UK I flew straight to Copenhagen, Denmark. Here are a few photos:

Alejandro, Linea, Emiliano, Myself & Mikkel, CPH November 09

Alejandro, Linea, Emiliano, Myself & Mikkel, CPH November 09

The weekend we were in CPH was to celebrate Linea’s birthday! This photo was taken outside her parents house on the outskirts of the city. We met her family and had lunch there, and then had a trip to what is called Copenhagen’s ‘mini Manhatten’ – I will post photos later. It’s an amazing place architecturally.

Mikkel & Linea with my welcome sign, CPH airport 13/11/2009

Mikkel & Linea with my welcome sign, CPH airport 13/11/2009

After collecting my from the airport, we went to meet Linea’s brother at his university, the IT university (I think). It was incredible! The building was huge and had flags showing all the countries hanging in the central hall – it also had boxes on the walls that had the time and dates scrolling across – I can’t explain this too well… hopefully you’ll see what I mean from the photos below.

The central foyer of the IT University building, CPH 13/11/2009

The central foyer of the IT University building, CPH 13/11/2009

The digital clocks, IT university building, CPH 13/11/2009

The digital clocks, IT university building, CPH 13/11/2009

Just to explain how geeky this IT University was – there was a specific room called ‘GAMES ROOM’ – a room filled with macs for the sole purpose of online gaming… I’m sorry, what?!

Myself & Emiliano, CPH 11/13/2009

Myself & Emiliano, CPH 11/13/2009

Myself & Emi messing around 13/11/2009

Myself & Emi messing around 13/11/2009

Danish Christmas beer, CPH 13/11/2009

Danish Christmas beer, CPH 13/11/2009

There is ‘Christmas’ beer served in Denmark… probably in Norway too. I don’t know that we have anything like that in England? Can’t say it tasted much different to normal beer…

Drinking games in CPH 13/11/2009

Drinking games in CPH 13/11/2009

Did I ever mention I suck at drinking games? Here is proof, though I’m not sure if you are able to view this video.

Gefarlich Bar, CPH 13/11/2009

Gefarlich Bar, CPH 13/11/2009

This is the entrance to the bar we went to on the Friday night. I just liked how people had put stickers all over it & that the logo was lit. “Gefarlich” means “Dangerous”. Below I have shown the back of the employee t-shirts – it really had me laughing!

Gefarlich employee t-shirt design November 2009

Gefarlich employee t-shirt design November 2009

Alejandro and Linea 31/11/2009

Alejandro and Linea 31/11/2009

Morten and Linea 11/13/2009

Morten and Linea 11/13/2009

Emi & Me 11/13/2009

Emi & Me 11/13/2009

We went to a few bars and met some of Linea’s friends (you can see Morten in one of the photos). It was really fun and when we got back to their place, we were so drunk and so tired! Linea and Emi had taken the night bus to CPH earlier that day, and had arrived at 6am (met by Mikkel) after having zero sleep on the coach. Alejandro arrived later that day, after the 8 hour coach ride. And I had been in the UK and partying with those of you in B’town, so I had also had little sleep! This was us the next morning:

The morning after...

The morning after...

SIXTEEN/16/SEKSTEN.

December 7, 2009

So, I have 16 days left in Norway. It’s true what they say, time flies when you are having fun! I’m not ready to leave. I don’t want to leave. Although, due to things going on at home, I am ready to go home and want to be home – I’ve also found somewhere I consider another home? I will definitely be leaving a large part of my heart in Oslo.

I was wondering what to do with my blog once I have returned to the UK – obviously, there will be a lot that I will post on here once I have left, as there is still so much to say… but do I then leave it at that? Well, I’ve decided no. This is not the last that I will see of Norway – if I have my way, I will be here in the future, visits first and then to live (hopefully). Also, Scandinavian design is interesting, so this will be somewhere to post my findings re: Scandinavian design whilst I am back home.

My relationship with Walter…

December 6, 2009

My relationship with Walter is getting out of hand.

Before you wonder about my Norwegian relationships, you should perhaps have a look at the photograph below:

Walters Mandler

Walters Mandler

I have THE biggest sweet tooth of anyone I know – it’s ridiculous. I am going to have to start watching how much sugar I consume… but I love ‘Walters Mandler’! I’m going to miss it so much when I leave! :( I will have to have it sent to me…

What lead to this post was the fact that I managed to consume a large bar of ‘Walters Mandler’ in ONE EVENING, without the aid of anyone else…

‘Walters Mandler’ translates to ‘Walters Almonds’. But: Hvem er Walter? (Who is Walter?)

According to the packaging Walter has been an employee of Freia, the main Norwegian chocolate brand, since 1971. He is known to come up with exciting things to do with chocolate, with ‘Walters Mandler’ being is his latest masterpiece – a concoction of milk chocolate with salted, roasted, caramelized almonds.

For those of you who wonder if Norwegian chocolate is any good – I will tell you: It is. I also love Krokanrull too. Nomnomnom. Freia are the manufacturers of ‘Daim’ bars too – most of you will know what these are, if not, go buy them in Tesco… ‘Daim’ bars are available anywhere in the UK.

Freia have a sign in the centre of Oslo, down Karl Johans Gate – the main shopping street. It’s my favourite sign in the whole of Oslo (I will try to video it soon, so you can see it…) as it lights up continuously. Here’s a photo:

Freia sign, Karl Johans Gate, Oslo August 09

Freia sign, Karl Johans Gate, Oslo August 09

I walked on a frozen lake.

December 5, 2009

So, I walked up to Sognsvann yesterday with Marina and Linea – my flatmates. The snow was falling and it was white everywhere! There is an ice field for skating! Not that I plan on going anywhere near it… it would really be a fitting end to this semester should I injure myself!! We walked on the lake – I was quite surprised it was frozen, if I’m honest – I wouldn’t have thought it cold enough, but apparently so! We didn’t walk far onto it, if the ice had cracked, we would have merely been up to our knees – it needs longer to freeze, I think, though that is not to say that I will be going further onto the ice when that happens… I’m happy near the edge!! Anyway, her are some photos:

Snow falling thick and fast before the walk to Sognsvann 04/12/09

Snow falling thick and fast before the walk to Sognsvann 04/12/09

The snow outside my block at Kringsja 04/12/2009

The snow outside my block at Kringsja 04/12/2009

Kringsja 04/12/2009

Kringsja 04/12/2009

Marina on the ice field, Kringsja 04/12/2009

Marina on the ice field, Kringsja 04/12/2009

Myself & Marina with fluffy snow @ Kringsja 04/12/2009

Myself & Marina with fluffy snow @ Kringsja 04/12/2009

Linea, Myself, Marina 04/12/2009

Linea, Myself, Marina 04/12/2009

Tree @ Kringsja 04/12/2009

Tree @ Kringsja 04/12/2009

Athletics track, Kringsja 04/12/2009

Athletics track, Kringsja 04/12/2009

Woodland trail @ Sognsvann 04/12/2009

Woodland trail @ Sognsvann 04/12/2009

The above photo makes me think of Narnia… yes, I used to watch the BBC versions as a child! The whole surrounding area of the lake is SO magical covered in snow – the light is ethereal too. It’s so unbelievably beautiful – I can’t even begin to capture quite how beautiful it is in these photos!

Linea and Marina on the frozen lake, Sognsvann 04/12/2009

Linea and Marina on the frozen lake, Sognsvann 04/12/2009

Myself and Linea stood on the frozen lake, Sognsvann 04/12/2009

Myself and Linea stood on the frozen lake, Sognsvann 04/12/2009

Snow covered trees @ Sognsvann 04/12/2009

Snow covered trees @ Sognsvann 04/12/2009

Later that evening, I watched from my window as SIX ambulances drove along toward the lake. The road past Kringsja leads directly to Sognsvann and as the second ambulance appeared to have a canoe or boat attached to the back, I can only presume that someone fell through the ice. This makes me feel queasy, especially as I didn’t see an ambulance travel back along the road – let alone with blue lights flashing. I think what makes me feel so uneasy about it is that I know a number of international students who have never seen snow, let alone been able to imagine a lake being frozen or the dangers it can entail…

Snow update.

December 4, 2009

It’s now snowing heavily. I’m completely mesmerized by the flakes floating down outside my window… they really do float. It’s amazing to watch the wind affect their direction – up down, side to side. You’d think I’d never seen snow before, it’s a little ridiculous… Funny thing is, I have met people from countries where they have never had snow – so they, in turn, have never seen snow?

Snow falling at Kringsja 04/12/2009

Snow falling at Kringsja 04/12/2009

Also, there is a hell of a lot of ice about – I nearly slid on my behind whilst leaving KHiO the other day, which I found incredibly funny. I don’t think I would have found it quite so funny had my butt connected with concrete…

Snow snow snow.

December 4, 2009

This is the view from my window, right now:

Kringsja snow 04/12/2009

Kringsja snow 04/12/2009

It has just started snowing again – though I have been told it is due to rain over the next few days. Hopefully because we’re higher up than Oslo, we will miss the rain. The snow shown in the picture fell at the weekend, and much of it still looks fresh because the temperature has been so low. It’s getting really, really cold here now. I’m really starting to wrap up warm!!

Climate Change Project.

December 3, 2009

So, as I’m sure many of you may know by now – on the 7th December, world leaders will meet to discuss how to effectively tackle the serious issue of climate change. A few weeks ago, with a project based loosely around Bellona – the worlds leading NGO that formulates solutions to combat climate change, we worked on producing a campaign that would raise awareness and increase political pressure to inform change. Below is a link to a website detailing our final presentations of our projects and I will take photographs of my final pieces so that you can see how they really work. I hope you like the work!

Climate Change Projects

Norwegian Talent.

December 2, 2009

I don’t know why I haven’t posted this sooner…

Esra Roise, a classmate of mine, is a ridiculously talented illustrator. She works freelance and has an incredible list of clients. Check out her website and portfolio here.

Oslo City Origami

December 1, 2009

Oslo City is a large shopping centre. Their new Christmas themed advertisements include Origami figures of Nativity characters, created by using the paper notes of the Norwegian currency (Kr).

 

What I also find astounding is that there are PDF files available from their website that allow customers to create their own Nativity origami figurines! I have downloaded them and they are available below:

Engel PDF

Prest PDF

De tre vise menn PDF

Obviously, if you’re from anywhere other than Norway, these PDF’s will not apply – but I think it’s interesting to see how they have created the origami figures. I doubt I will have the chance to try to create them myself, I rarely carry cash on me… but then again, it might be worth a go…

 

LOGORAMA

November 27, 2009

This fantastic short film was created by the French graphic design group H5 and took four years to complete (according to Boingboing.net) Here are some stills I have also taken from the site:

 

Logorama - LA View

Logorama - LA View

Logorama - Metro Goldwyn Meyer Lion

Logorama - Metro Goldwyn Meyer Lion

The story of the animation includes characters, such as Ronald McDonald, the Michelin man, the Pringles man, the Haribo kid, Big Boy and the Green Giant. You often see Bentley logos flying around, or the MSN butterfly logo. The IBM logo ‘building’ collapses at one stage. LA is created by using a variety of logos from all over the world – my Danish friend claimed she saw two Danish company logos within the film.

It is an AMAZING film and should be seen by any who have the chance! Entertaining throughout, though it lasts only 15 minutes, it is incredibly interesting and can be interpreted in a variety of ways…

 

Put your thinking caps on…

November 26, 2009

So, during one project, which all of us found incredibly frustrating – we decided to gather round and throw ideas about… with the aid of some funky hats…

Visual Communication with a few 'thinking hats'

Visual Communication with a few 'thinking hats'

Group Project.

November 25, 2009

So, I meant to post this a while ago… but hey, none of this blog is in order…

The week beginning the 7th September – so shortly after I had just started here, we were put into groups divided between the entire faculty, so that included MA Graphics, BA Interior Architecture/furniture design, BA Fashion and, obviously, BA Visual Communication.

The brief was to create a cube (60cm x 60cm) that represented things you LIKED. So, collectively, we tried to find something we all liked. Quite quickly, we settled down to think about how we like to THINK relating to our creative studies and we decided we liked to think OUTSIDE the box. So we set about deciding how to show this… we decided we wanted to depict breaking out of the restrictions of a box – and initially we thought of using paint and having it explode from the box. This then turned out to be near impossible… so, with the help of a few contacts – we managed to get a hold of something even better.

Take a look at our final result – completely untested!

The video was filmed by Kristine Skarphol, a girl from my group who is an Interior Architecture and Furniture design student at KHiO. She managed to find us a ‘confetti bomb’, which is used in the movie industry. We didn’t have the chance to test it, as we only bought one – so we had no idea how loud or powerful the explosion would be. There were pieces of confetti stuck to the ceiling, so it was quite powerful considering it went through a sheet of thin paper too!!

Below is a photograph of the box after the explosion. There was golden pieces of confetti EVERYWHERE around the building…!

Photo taken by Ingvild Abrahamsen

Group Project, KHiO (Sept 2009)

All photos posted were taken by Ingvild Abrahamsen, who was also in my group and studies BA Fashion at KHiO. There was an incredible range of boxes on show, everyone was really creative.

I even got to sit in one!!

Mirrored Cube, Group Projects KHiO (Sept 2009)

Mirrored Cube, Group Projects KHiO (Sept 2009)

Giant Rubix Cube, Group Projects KHiO (Sept 2009)

Giant Rubix Cube, Group Projects KHiO (Sept 2009)

Hanging Light Cube, Group Projects KHiO (Sept 2009)

Hanging Light Cube, Group Projects KHiO (Sept 2009)

Gameboard Cube, Group Projects KHiO (Sept 2009)

Gameboard Cube, Group Projects KHiO (Sept 2009)

Mysterious Voices, Group Projects KHiO (Sept 2009)

Mysterious Voices, Group Projects KHiO (Sept 2009)

Faces Cube, Group Projects KHiO (Sept 2009)

Faces Cube, Group Projects KHiO (Sept 2009)

Free Speech/Offensive?

November 25, 2009

Is there a difference? Will what you say always offend someone? Where do we draw the line?

This project has snowballed – it began with a rough stencil of a Burkha that I wanted to use to portray the idea of community, through highlighting the word ALL within Allah. I will go through the process and designs that have lead to where I am now, but I am so torn between thinking my work is really cleverly illustrated – to believing it to be so offensive? I don’t actually know that I could post it on here, I would feel bad?

As a project, it has made me push boundaries – and I believe I really have started to think and develop my ideas into radical/politically charged posters – but it has also made me produce designs that promote a message I don’t agree with and would never have promoted before?

Where do we draw the line? The work I have created will, no doubt, match the opinion of someone somewhere – but will not doubt offend countless others? As designers, if someone came to us with a brief that went against our opinions – would we be willing to create work?? Because I had always assumed that I would not be able to create work effectively enough, should I not agree with or believe in it – but some of the work I have produced is possible better than work I have produced related to issues I feel strongly about? Does anyone have any answers?!

Controversial Project?

November 24, 2009

So, I WILL upload images of my final work on the CLIMATE CHANGE CAMPAIGN, however, I thought I would inform you of my new project. Sigur, my tutor for this project on ‘Strategisk design’ has set the task of creating a selection of three politically charged posters, each from a different sender to a different receiver.

The topic of the posters is “God is dead, Allah is alive.”

The world today is so PC about everything and initially, as a class, we had some doubt about this project – especially as he was wanting the work to be fit for our portfolios? I couldn’t imagine placing a piece of work related to this topic in my portfolio… but we shall see.

Whilst sketching in my book, I created a line drawing of a Burkha – the clothing worn by Muslim women. When I attempted to transfer the image into Illustrator, I noticed that it also resembled a Nun’s habit – so whilst the work isn’t quite on target with the set topic statement, it is thought provoking in a more positive way.

There’s more work to be done on this piece, so I will upload final work when it is completed.

I should also probably state, that it is not my intention to offend anyone in any way and I apologise if I do so. I’m working to a brief that is set out by my teacher to help us to learn to push boundaries and create effective, strategical design – however against our beliefs it may be. It is not going to be possible to always create design that we agree with, in the industry you are working for the CLIENT and it is the client’s message that you must portray. In any case, with any design – you cannot please everyone.

Art & Copy

November 24, 2009

Last night I went to see ‘Art & Copy’ – which was fantastic, I would recommend you see it. It was about the advertising industry and included many wonderful facts, and designers from a wide range of successful companies, including Doyle Dane Berbach and TBWAChiatDay. Here’s the trailer for that film:

Here is the synopsis, taken from their website www.artandcopyfilm.com:

ART & COPY is a powerful new film about advertising and inspiration. Directed by Doug Pray (SURFWISE, SCRATCH, HYPE!), it reveals the work and wisdom of some of the most influential advertising creatives of our time — people who’ve profoundly impacted our culture, yet are virtually unknown outside their industry. Exploding forth from advertising’s “creative revolution” of the 1960s, these artists and writers all brought a surprisingly rebellious spirit to their work in a business more often associated with mediocrity or manipulation: George Lois, Mary Wells, Dan Wieden, Lee Clow, Hal Riney and others featured in ART & COPY were responsible for “Just Do It,” “I Love NY,” “Where’s the Beef?,” “Got Milk,” “Think Different,” and brilliant campaigns for everything from cars to presidents. They managed to grab the attention of millions and truly move them. Visually interwoven with their stories, TV satellites are launched, billboards are erected, and the social and cultural impact of their ads are brought to light in this dynamic exploration of art, commerce, and human emotion.”

Oslo International Film Festival 2009

November 24, 2009

I managed to miss the beginning of the festival, including the premiere of ‘Precious’ – a film I have been dying to see. However, the rest of the festival looks incredible and I cannot wait to see many of the movies! Here is the trailer:

Hello Alex, where have you been hiding?

October 16, 2009

Finally, today I found my old self again. I’ve been searching for the drive that I had two years ago during my foundation course and suddenly, the project that I had been stressing over made SENSE and had a DIRECTION. Ahhhh! I’m so excited about the project – and at finding myself inspired enough to put in EFFORT.

I won’t say too much about the project right now, I want to get some visuals done first – but the basis of my project has been derived from my history working with the Student Stop AIDS Campaign. Knowing how a campaign works, and what makes it work well is crucial. There is due to be a lot of human interaction, getting people involved – and a LOT of hard work. I want this project to actually achieve what it is meant to – not just be handed in on the 6th November as something that ‘could’ be used for this purpose.

Ah! Excited! Here’s a great animation that really made me laugh a lot! Watch it twice because you’ll no doubt miss bits whilst you laugh!

Climate Change Project.

October 15, 2009

So, I realise that I have a lot more than two weeks to update… and I am planning on getting round to it, but things have been HECTIC, if not slightly CRAZY in Oslo!

I received our new brief on Monday – it is on climate change, with specific reference to the conference that will be occurring in Copenhagen, Denmark on the 7th December. If you don’t know anything about this conference, type it in to Google – this is your planet, and it is important that you do everything you can to save it from the devastation that we have caused.

This project, due in on the 6th November, is focussing on creating an advertising campaign to raise awareness and pressure politicians into action. Atleast, that seems to be what I have gathered from the brief, that is written in not-perfect Norwegian, by a Swiss teacher, who doesn’t speak English…… interesting.

Here is a video that I have found to be quite interesting. Created by ‘youth producer, John Cooney’ this anmination was Winner in the 5th Annual Media That Matters Film Festival and is titled ‘Neglected Sky’.

I know, I know…

September 16, 2009

I have TWO weeks to update. Wow, that will take some time and I apologise that it won’t be in chronological order… but working back from my most recent memories is probably a better idea!

At the moment, I am in class working on my new project. We have to design 3 typographic book covers for the literatary novels Robinson Crusoe, 1001 Nights and Uncle Tom’s Cabin. They have to appear to possibly be part of a larger series of literary books – or allow the possibility of extending the series. I like the idea of this project – Kai, my tutor, is really managing to inspire me with my work. (I can actually wikipedia him, though it is in Norwegian…) His work is very hand based graphics – yet he has managed to be incredibly successful and is still sought after by magazines etc. In a world where we are pushed to use digital technologies, he inspires me to stay hand based, which is what I prefer and enjoy.

Right this second, I am currently working out what typeface I could use – and whether or not I want it to be hand-drawn. Whilst I do this, I will try to work out what Oslo stories to share with you…

A few things I forgot to mention…

August 29, 2009

I think there have been a few details I forgot about in previous posts, so here’s a quick update – though no doubt, I will forget to include everything in this post!!

I am still living in the hotel – I have been here for almost two weeks now. Earlier this week I received an email informing me that there are rooms available at Bjolsen Studentby, and it would be possible to change my contract from Krinsgja to Bjolsen. I decided against moving to Bjolsen, for a number of reasons, including that I have friends in Kringja, Sognsvann lake is beautiful, the T-Bane station is closer to Kringsja, Bjolsen is more expensive and, the all important decider, SIO Accommodation are currently paying for my hotel room, which is in the perfect location of the centre of Oslo. Why would I move and begin to pay for a room when I’m not obliged to?! Also, Su (my chinese room mate) managed to get her room in Sogn Studentby on Thursday, so she has now moved out & I have a hotel room all to myself! Fantastic!!

Adrian, the third year student I have been speaking with this past week, adores Russell Brand! His English accent is almost perfect – there is hardly a hint of any foreign accent, and he is so fluent it’s like talking with an English person. I don’t even have to speak slowly or repeat myself, and he has a vocabulary range that is astounding. In truth, all Norwegians are completely fluent – definitely the best English speaking country I have heard, it really is remarkable. I have heard very little Nor-English – this only occurs from the teachers, if I’m honest. I think it’s possibly because they may not have learnt English from such a young age? Nowadays, it really is the Universal language.

I can’t remember if I mentioned this in my video – but Agnes is studying Costume, Eva is studying Interior Architecture and Furniture, whilst Alicia and myself are on the BA Visual Communication. I have yet to see the Norwegian exchange student in one of our classes, which baffles me slightly?

I am due to begin Norwegian lessons in a few weeks time. I’m disappointed that it’s taken so long to arrange because the longer I have little knowledge of the language, the more I look like the stereotype of the ‘ignorant English’. At least the other students are having to speak in a second tongue! I just look lazy. I intend to continue with Norwegian when I come back to England because it is so similar to the other Scandinavian languages – the difference between the languages is more based upon dialect, so alike the differences between Wales, Scotland, Ireland and England? I think there are 18 million people in Scandinavia? Knowing Norwegian would allow me to access 18 million people via my Graphic Design! Last night I learnt that ‘skål’ means cheers! It is pronounced ‘Sk-oh-l’

I have also heard from the Student Stop AIDS Society back in England, so there is more work for them to be done! I’m going to be collaborating with James Addison to create their Briefing booklet, along with posters for various campaigns and events! I love creating work that means something to me & has a real impact on life. There is quite a quick turnaround for this project, so I thought it better to collaborate – a problem shared is a problem halved, no? Not that this really classifies as a problem! James is so talented, it will be really great to work with him & the work will no doubt be truly fantastic. It’s all quite exciting! I will write more about this project on my regular blog: http://alexandraclarke.wordpress.com

I think that was everything for now…!

My Oslo social life.

August 29, 2009

So, I’ve introduced you to my educational week in Oslo, I though I’d explain a little bit about the times outside of class…

Earlier this week, on Monday, I met with an Australian student called Tom – he showed me Aker Brygge and around the docks. It’s really lovely there – the boats leave to go to the Fjords, there are numerous bars & restaurants, and there are also lots of new apartments. It reminded me of the work that is currently being done on the docks at Ipswich, England. Apparently Tom came to Oslo two years ago, whilst all the work around Aker Brygge was beginning. Some of it is still ongoing, but it’s a gorgeous area that buzzes with life late in to the night. As we walked past TGI Friday I noticed that the Liverpool v Aston Villa match was on in the bar, leading us to more drinking! I paid 100 kr for a Mojito – about £10, so a little bit more than I would pay in England. Most cocktails were about 100 kr, cider is around 70 kr but it’s too sweet?

On the Tuesday, I went to an ‘International Night’ held at the bar in Sogn Studentby. There I met a number of new people from all across the globe, it was a really good night. Sabine & I shared a bottle of wine, which cost 150 kr, about £15.

A group of us at International Student Night.

A group of us at International Student Night.

Later on that night, one of the International students I had met came into the centre of Oslo. His name is Ben and he is from the US – it’s nice to find students from English speaking countries because their knowledge of English allows for more humorous conversation? I laughed a lot during this night! We went and took photos of the Opera House, in the rain, until 3.30am! It was so spontaneous, great company & the photos are fantastic.

A photo of a section of Oslo Opera House.

A photo of a section of Oslo Opera House.

A photo of part of the Oslo Opera House.

A photo of part of the Oslo Opera House.

Making silhouettes against the Oslo Opera House.

Making silhouettes against the Oslo Opera House.

On Thursday, I was invited to have dinner by Janita – a Norwegian girl I met in ‘Devilles’ bar last week. She lives down Torgatta, about 5 minutes from my hotel. Janita, her flatmate Susanne and I ordered vegetable pizza & watched ‘Låt den rätte komma in’ – a Swedish vampire film, that I believe has received great critical acclaim. I really enjoyed it. I had a great evening with the two girls – they told me of many places in Oslo to visit, including underground clubs etc. They have also said they will take me to Denmark to buy cheap alcohol – apparently the trip across via boat is normally a really good laugh. I cannot wait! Whilst we were talking about drinking & I was mentioning how expensive alcohol is in Norway, they told about ‘home-brew’ (also known as MoonShine) which is an illegal drink that is 97% – it is possible to go blind, and also to die from drinking this stuff, though apparently only if it is not made correctly. 97% alcohol!? Woah.

Every Friday, KHiO has it’s own party – people from outside KHiO come along, and the proceeds go toward the second year Visual Communication trip to Japan. It’s held in the cafeteria, DJ’s perform and the drinks are cheap! It’s a really good atmosphere and also allow the new students to get to know each other. I had a really good night, I hung out with Adrian – a third year Vis Comm student that I get along really well with, and introduced him to a number of the 1st year Vis Comm students too. It ended at 2am, at which point I walked the 10 minutes back to my hotel – I think the last train to Kringsja is around 12.30am, so I won’t be able to stay until the end during most weeks unless I pay for a taxi, or look into getting a night bus.

Sarah & Myself - KHiO Party.

Sarah & Myself - KHiO Party.

Today, I am intending on working on my project – I want to have a good deal of progression & development to show on Monday. I have an idea that I really like, so I am going to finalise a few things and begin work later on… I also might head out to a flea market with Janita and Susanne, and then possibly head to Hovedøya – one of the Oslo Fjords. Eva, the exchange student from Belgium, has also invited me to her Studentby – she is at Bjølsen, to cook some dinner! What a busy day I have! I’m having the time of my life & I don’t intend to stop anytime soon!

My first week @ KHiO

August 29, 2009

I have officially survived a week at KHiO! I absolutely LOVE it here, I don’t think I’ve been this happy in a long time.

The second day at KHiO began with another welcoming ceremony – this time involving the entire academy. It was held at the new build, at Fossveien 24. At present they are still building there, though certain areas have been completed & so a few faculties – namely, the theatre and opera, I believe – have moved in. The build is due to be completed in time for next year, so I have arrived at KHiO at the end of an era! After this year, Ullevålsveien 5 will be no more!

The new KHiO build, Fossveien 24, Oslo.

The new KHiO build, Fossveien 24, Oslo.

Anyway, the opening ceremony  was in Norwegian, but it was really interesting. It was held in the ‘hall’ – which is more of an open space for people to meet, eat and relax? It’s not like an auditorium, where there are rows upon rows of seats. It gave the ceremony a really nice atmosphere. Some of the students performed as well – a Norwegian folk song opened the ceremony. They were fantastic, it was really nice to see a display of the talent at the school. Apparently we are allowed to go and watch the performances for free, if we register our names beforehand – I will definitely be doing that!

Afterwards, we had a meeting about the IT facilities and processes with logging on etc… a little bit boring, so I won’t go into detail! We also received our KHiO student cards! I am officially a KHiO student!

On Wednesday, we were briefed on our first project. It reads like a story & is very different to any brief from AUCB.

Map Design brief from KHiO

Map Design brief from KHiO

The basic story reads that I was an exchange student in Japan for one year & a Japanese family were very kind to me – taking me to many sights, such as Tokyo, Kyoto, etc… They have decided to come to Norway and want my help in advising them where to visit. They have a fair amount of money & plan to spend one month in the country, with at least one week spent in Oslo. The father is a history professor, the mother an architect, their daughter is an art grad student, whilst their son is 21, likes music and is interested in food or becoming a chef. They require two maps: one of Oslo, one of Norway. The maps have to be on PAPER and can only be ONE SIDED. They must also be able to be mailed to Japan.

I have until the 4th September to complete the project, when I will present it to the rest of my class. Unlike England, where there are criteria to guide me – Kai (the tutor) has given us this open brief & wants us to use our own style to create an visually interesting map. Kai has a collection of maps – alike many creative people, he hoards things!

I really like this brief – it’s very open, but there are limitations due to the fact that we are creating a map & there are quite obvious requirements of map design, such as legibility, transportation etc. It’s quite difficult to think of a way to create a unique and interesting map – the normal and most coherent communication in map design is the use of symbols, colours, numbers etc to signify specific areas of interest. I think that this is unavoidable and to try anything different could affect the communication of the message & possibly confuse the user. I have decided that the way to approach these designs is not to change the MAP, more the way it is presented on the page.

We are generally left to do our own research and designs, though we can ask the tutors for guidance and/or the other students. We are due to meet on Monday to discuss our progress so far.

My first day at KHiO.

August 29, 2009

So, here is a video I decided I would make to tell you about my day… big mistake. Not only did it cut out halfway through, it took so much effort to get it into a format that I can post for you to see! But finally, it works! SO, I’m going to type about the rest of my first day at KHiO. Watch the video below first, and then carry on reading! 

So, I began to tell you about the competition. The students entered work that was up against a number of Japanese students, many of whom were in their fourth year. The Norwegian students who submitted work were all from their 1st year & they received some praise for their designs. From what I gathered, the competition was about ‘Reflectors’ and the designs had to make fashionable items reflective. One student designed a selection of gloves that used reflective thread, another designed a collection of Tote bags with reflective designs. It was interesting to see the ideas behind the work.

Once the presentation was over, we went down to the cafeteria to have a chance to get to know each other. The third years didn’t come along – they have all been working together for a number of years, so they already know each other! Alicia, the exchange student from Barcelona, and I sat with the first year Visual Communication students. They all seem really nice & we had a really good time chatting with them. Being sat in the same working space as the third years, I don’t doubt that we will get to know them soon. It’s nice that we can get to know the other years too.

Edvard Munch Museet.

August 23, 2009

I have never considered myself very impressed by Edvard Munch. ‘The Scream’ is a classic painting – also very well reknowned (along with ‘Madonna’ for being stolen from this very museum) but I have never thought it as one of my favourite pieces of art.

After seeing the Edvard Munch Museum though, I have to change my opinion on the artist, and to some extent ‘The Scream’.

I was going to post a photo of ‘The Scream’, but after seeing it first hand it is apparent that none of the prints do the painting justice.

The museum gave a great insight into the life of Munch – losing both his mother and sister to TB at a young age, failed relationships and having his work ridiculed and opposed numerous times during his life. He suffered from a breakdown partway through his life & he spent the last years of his life in almost total solitude in Norway. He left all his works to the City of Oslo – leading to the incredible collection on display at the museum.

The variety of mediums he used in his work is incredible – oils on canvas, wood, charcoal, lithography… It is his less famous works that I prefer. They aren’t as well known, which is a shame because some of them are truly spectacular & support his status as an amazing artist. Below is ‘Madonna’, a version of one of his famous works. I really like that he would often do a number of versions of his works using different mediums, such as lithography.

Madonna (lithograph) Edvard Munch. 1895 - 1902. Available from: http://www.hunterian.gla.ac.uk/munch/images/gallery/800px/madonna.jpg

Madonna (lithograph) Edvard Munch. 1895 - 1902. Available from: http://www.hunterian.gla.ac.uk/munch/images/gallery/800px/madonna.jpg

Pre-Party Kringsja Style!

August 23, 2009

As promised, Roberto invited me to a pre-drinks at Kringsja. I had a really great time, meeting lots of people from all over the world. Many of them are studying at BI, the Management school in Oslo.

Roberto, Hilda, Igor & Myself at the Kringsja pre-party. Photo by Moritz Flunkert.

Roberto, Hilda, Igor & Myself at the Kringsja pre-party. Photo by Moritz Flunkert.

It was really great to meet people at Kringsja, but also great to meet people from such a variety of backgrounds & courses! It was a really interesting night. One thing I will say though, I have never found alcohol SO expensive! I bought SIX cans of CIDER and it cost me 200 kr i.e. £20 – TWENTY POUNDS!! How does cider manage to cost so much!? It’s unbelievable… They do have a system where you return your cans to the store and receive 1 kr per can back – 10pence, but it’s good that they have a recycling system in place.

I had taken my camera – minus the memory card. I was so annoyed…

After the pre-party, the majority of those at the party left to go into the centre of Oslo. I didn’t go with them – most of them were BI students from the same course, so it was more of a ‘course’ night out and I didn’t want to intrude. I helped Roberto clean up & got the 23.55 train back to Jernbanetorget.

The train was full of drunk students headed to Chateau Neuf or to another club, the name I do not know. Chateau Neuf appears to be like a Student Union? It is right next to the Music Academy.

When the train reached Blindern, a group of Norwegians got on & I began talking with them. They were headed to a rock bar and got off at Nationaltheatret station, two stops before my station. I decided to take a risk – and got off at Nationaltheatret too. The rock bar turned out to be just down the street from my hotel – quite why they got off two stops before Jernbanetorget, I’m not quite sure? The bar was quite small but filled with people. We got a couple of rounds of Heineken – 150 kr (£15) for a MASSIVE jug of Heineken, and three pint glasses to share it, though I didn’t end up paying for a round myself?! When it came to getting the third round, no one wanted another drink – which was great news for me, though I did feel bad!

I had a really good night talking with Christian and Jo – managing to meet Janita, as well as a girl studying Graphic Design at another art academy in Oslo. I switched details with Janita – we are planning on visiting the Botanical Museum at some point next week, and talked politics with the boys. I found it strange that I could talk about Politics, as it’s not something I have ever thought I was interested in – obviously I subconsciously take in much more information than I think!!

Listening to the cricket, time for an Oslo update…

August 23, 2009

It is Sunday & I have had a lazy day! I actually have not left the hotel. Originally, the plan was the visit the Vigelandsparken (sculpture park) and possibly the Viking Ship Museum, but after beginning to listen to the Ashes, I cannot tear myself away!! So, I have resolved to update my blog on every going on in Oslo so far.

I joined a Facebook group for people living at Kringsja Studentby and then wrote on the wall, hoping to meet some people at Kringsja whilst I am stuck in the centre of Oslo! A Brazilian called Roberto messaged me and said he would invite me to any parties that his apartment had. On Wednesday I went to see the lake at Kringsja – called Sognsvann, I believe. It is such a stunning view – I really cannot wait to live at Kringsja!

View of Kringsja Lake.

View of Kringsja Lake.

Earlier on Wednesday, before visiting the lake, I walked with Sabine to the Music Academy for her first day. It is about a half hour walk from the hotel, and we chose to walk past the Slottet – the Royal Palace, and through the Slottsparken.

The Royal Palace, Oslo.

The Royal Palace, Oslo.

Slottsparken, Oslo.

Slottsparken, Oslo.

After reaching her University, I decided to walk back in the general direction of the hotel – I didn’t go back the same route & I didn’t take out a map, until I wanted to really know where I was! I managed to find my way onto St Olavs Gate and on that road is the Museum of Applied Art. Ironically, the next road is Ullevalsveien 5 – where KHiO is. It was free to look at the exhibitions & it was really interesting. There was an visiting exhibition ‘Norway Says 10’ celebrating the tenth anniversary of a group of Norwegian designers who have gained international recognition for their work – Norway Says consist of Torbjorn Anderssen, Andreas Engesvik and Espen Voll. The exhibition showcased their furniture that has introduced the world to Norwegian design.

Kunstindustrimuseet, Oslo.

Kunstindustrimuseet, Oslo.

The Kunstindustrimuseet (Museum for Applied Arts) is a part of the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design – which has four buildings around Oslo; The National Museum of Architecture, The Museum of Contemporary Art, The Museum of Decorative Arts & Design (Applied Arts) & The National Gallery. For more information on The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design (the photo shown above was from their site) please visit: http://www.nationalmuseum.no

Before the adventure…

August 23, 2009

I forgot to mention that my family and I traveled to Heathrow on the Sunday night, to stay in a hotel because it would be easier than waking extremely early to drive to the airport. We still had to wake up at 5am though…

Anyway, the hotel – ‘Thistle’ something(?) was directly behind Terminal 5, where I was due to depart from the next day. The corridors were never ending, and reminded my sister of the Titanic…

The restaurant in the hotel wasn’t particularly good – the only thing really going for it was the view of Terminal 5! Amazing.

 

View of Terminal 5 from the restaurant.

View of Terminal 5 from the restaurant.

Life at Rica Oslo Hotel.

August 23, 2009

Living at a hotel is actually quite nice – after being told that SIO (the student accommodation company) would be paying for the room & I would also be allowed a free breakfast, along with free internet, not being allocated my room immediately seemed great! Not only is the Rico Oslo Hotel in the very centre of Oslo – directly by Oslo S, the main train station in the city but it is also surrounded, and within walking distance of all attractions. If I were to be living at Kringsja, it would require traveling on the T Bane to visit anywhere.

That’s not to say that I haven’t purchased or used the T Bane – which is actually very easy to understand and use, once you are used to the ticket machines. There are six train lines, which join the same track at the centre of the city. To see the map, look below or on the link: http://www.tbane.no/userfiles%5CLinjekart.pdf

T-Bane, Oslo. Available from: http://www.tbane.no/userfiles%5CLinjekart.pdf

T-Bane, Oslo. Available from: http://www.tbane.no/userfiles%5CLinjekart.pdf

A single adult ticket costs 25kr – about £2.50 for an hours travel. There is an option for a ‘Flexikort’ (180kr) which entitles the rider to 8 journeys (each journey with the limit of an hour) but you must remember to stamp your ticket in the yellow machines. Trains are fairly regular and, so far, they have been on time. My hotel is at Jernbanetorget, so to get to Kringsja I take the Green Line (3) in the direction of Sognsvann. These train comes through Jernbanetorget four times an hour for the majority of the day, with normally about a 15 minute wait between the arrival of the train to Sognsvann.

For those that don’t like how crowded the English Tube is – the T-Bane stations have much more space, are far less crowded and also not so far underground! Once outside the centre of the city, they are not underground anymore.

So, enough about the T-Bane. This is where I am living right now:

My room at the Rico Oslo Hotel.

My room at the Rico Oslo Hotel.

I have a room mate called Su, she is from China. She is studying for an MA in Businness at the BI Management university in Oslo. She will be here for two years & when she is allocated a room to live in, she will be a Sogn accommodation, which is a ten minute walk from Kringsja accommodation. Apparently she has already lived in Denmark for two years – though she cannot speak any Danish!! Her English is good, though she has quite a strong accent.

We have explored around the hotel – we are surrounded by shops, being only one road away from the main shopping street Karl Johans Gate. We bought some food from Kiwi – possibly one of the cheapest food shops to find in Oslo, definitely the most accessible – there are a great number of them around the capital. For this week I am going to be living off Ryvita, cheese, salami, plums & strawberry yoghurt! Yum.

I found out that a number of other student are living in the hotel too – so we asked for a list of the room numbers. We met two girls Sabine (Latvian) and Anna Lisa (German) who are really nice. Sabine is a composer, studying here for a year toward her MA at the Music Academy, whilst Anna Lisa is only here for the semester at NIO, the Sports Academy.

Sabine & I walked around Oslo – reaching the docks and having a quick look at the Akershus Fortress.

The view from the docks at Oslo.

The view from the docks at Oslo.

A building within the Akershus Fortress.

A building within the Akershus Fortress.

The Akershus Fortress surrounds the Castle, the Norwegian Resistance Museum, the Norwegian Armed Forces Museum and (I believe) the old Opera House. It is free to walk around the grounds between certain hours during the day, but there are entrance fees to the museums. Because it was quite late when Sabine & I reached the Fortress, we just walked around and admired the view of the harbour and the city from the Fortress.

View of the harbour from the Akershus Fortress, Oslo.

View of the harbour from the Akershus Fortress, Oslo.

Arriving in Oslo.

August 22, 2009

So, Monday the 17th August was the most hectic day ever.

After reading instructions from KHiO, I decided I should head there first to pick up all the relevant information that I needed, so after arriving in Oslo an hour late due to the wheel change, I got on a bus to the centre of the city. It cost 140 kr and took about 40 minutes. I arrived at the Bussterminalen and walked toward OsloCity – a shopping mall, where I then took the No. 37 bus. I got off at the Nordahl Bruns Gate stop, which is on the same street as KHiO.

The doors to KHiO were locked & there was no answer from reception. I walked around the building, asked people and eventually resorted to sitting by the steps waiting for someone to either go in or out. After a while, I managed to get in – at which point I was told that the lady I would need to speak with was on holiday. So, with the help of a Norwegian student, I went to the train station to go to Kringsja Studentby.

Buying a ticket to get on the train was hard work! In the end of bought a single ticket for 25kr & went to the platform for Train 3 to Sognsvann. When it didn’t arrive on time, I spoke with a Norwegian guy next to me. His accent confused me – it was a strange mixture that sounded very English! He also got onto the train & we talked about Oslo and Ipswich until he reached his station. I carried on to the penultimate stop; Kringsja.

Kringsja platform sign.

Kringsja platform sign.

Kringsja Studentby from the Train Station

Kringsja Studentby from the Train Station

I reached the Reception & sat for near an hour to be seen – I had a ticket with a number, alike the ones you find at meat counters! And the sound to signal an available attendant was like a surgery waiting room! I was so looking forward to having my own room & then I was told that they were FULL. So, I came out of Kringsja and on to the train again, headed back towards Oslo centre. I got off at Jernbanetorget – right by Oslo S (the main train station) and checked in at the Rico Oslo Hotel. The student accommodation are paying for my hotel room, which is a twin with another student. I also get free breakfast & internet – whilst also being in the very heart of Oslo, which is fantastic.

I arrived at the hotel at 4.30pm, very tired and very hungry! I went to get some food from Egon, which cost me 178kr – about £18 for a quesadilla and small coke! Oslo is expensive…! After eating, I came back to the hotel and fell fast asleep!!

Hello Oslo!

August 13, 2009

So, the day has finally arrived.

It has come around far too quickly – I don’t quite understand where the time has gone!! At present, I am sat at Gate A15 at Heathrow Airport, London waiting to board my flight – which has been delayed from 7.55am until 8.30am due to a wheel change. No matter, it allows me time to write my blog.

I forgot how unbelievably huge Heathrow is, I almost started hyper-ventilating when I saw that I would require 10 minutes to reach my gate from the security check ins! Luckily, being in Section A, it’s not that far!!

I’m sat by a sushi bar that has a giant neon butterfly as it’s logo.

 

'Itsu' Heathrow Airport, London.

'Itsu' Heathrow Airport, London.

 

 

Also, has anyone ever noticed how ugly the British Airways uniform is?? I wasn’t able to take a photo without appearing rude or strange, so type it in to Google and let me know what you think!