I am finally done with my studies. I delivered my thesis on music and indigenous identity and had an oral defense. And I graduated. Yes! Done with MPhil in Indigenous Studies. Yay! 😊 I will be getting back to the blog with something new soon. Stay tuned.
Here are some pictures of sunny beautiful Tromsø I took from the plane some time ago while I was flying down to Oslo.
A little hiatus for this blog as the deadline to submit my thesis is coming near.
But here are some pictures from my recent walks in the Norwegian wood. Days are getting more light. And soon summer will be here. I can’t wait. 😊
Last week’s rainy days had taken away most of the snow and people were complaining about global warming. But the snow and the winter vibe came back. It snowed so much the last two days that Tromsø turned into a Winter Wonderland one more time. Oh! You won’t believe how happy the skiers are!
University looked lovely with the white veil this afternoon.
I had a nice time keeping him company while he was smoking, at my favorite ‘breather’ space.
We went to Lyfjord after two months. If you have been reading my blog, then you know how much I love this place. It was a delightful break from the stressful studies and work life.
The house where we stay, stands by the sea and is further away from all the other houses in Lyfjord center. The nearest neighboring house is 5 mins walk away. There is a barn, an outside toilet, a boathouse and a storage room along with a two story main house. It’s an old Norwegian house so, there is no running water in the tap. However, the most fun part of living here is to fetch water from the nearby river.
Thankfully, there is an electric stovetop/oven and firewood oven to make food. Heating system works fine in the ground floor rooms. There is also an old TV with national channel NRK that we love to watch. I personally love listening to the old radio in the kitchen. Since there is no bathrooms in the house, we don’t shower when we are there. That’s the typical Norwegian cabin life: outside toilet and no shower. 😉
Nevertheless, I find living in Lyfjord very calming and rejuvenating. On this trip, I realized how much I actually enjoy baking. We baked ginger cookies and bollers.
And the bonus point, of course was the amazing dance by my favorite green lady. The whole sky was lighted up by powerful green aurora.
It snowed so much last night. We were gonna take the bus and it was a hell of a walk to the bus stop through the snow. We are now back to our student housing but I am already missing Lyfjord and the stress free life there.
I am gonna flood this blog with sun pictures from now on. I am pretty sure you will enjoy because the landscape and color of Tromsø with sunlight is something special.
Here are some pictures from this afternoon.
I had a chance to witness an amazing morning light. Thanks to my supervisor for arranging an early morning meeting.
The most beautiful thing about polar nights is the hint of sunlight in the horizon that makes the whole sky spread in the shades of pink! Oh! It was breathtaking!!
Chasing the sun in the arctic north! Again!! 😊
New year is here. I must say 2016 was very low key. I definitely went through a lot of tiny changes but mainly it was related to mental wellbeing. I am particularly happy with my Project Happiness 365. Even though I don’t have milestone to show off, I am very satisfied with the year.
Although I am not that much of a new year resolution person, I am quite excited about 2017. I have some plans. Some major changes are gonna happen in my life. My thesis is gonna be submitted. I have a new motivation for PhD. I hope things will work out fine. I have new reading goals as well. I have started reading everyday. I want to make 2017 a reading year. Currently, I am still reading The book thief by Markus Zusak and few text books related to my thesis mostly on animism, Indigenous identity and music. But I am quite determined about this and I feel happy.
I have also started doing some yoga. 2017 will also be a year where I will focus on my health.
I read a post on reddit where this redditor talked about his years long journey exploring music from different era. He posted that there is a music archive on Wikipedia featuring music from different time period. I think that should also be on my list. It seems like a very interesting idea.
And the top of my bucketlist is the Radiohead’s concert in Oslo in June. It is my all time favourite band and especially after revisiting their music on my favourite series: Black Mirror and Westworld, I have fallen in love with Radiohead all over again. So, we are planning to go to their concert. I am so looking forward to it.
I think 2017 is gonna be exciting. What do you think? What are your plans for 2017?
I realized today that I have stopped stressing out over things. I don’t claim that I am easy going and chill but something changed. I don’t overthink about little stuffs that used to bother me a lot before for example, replaying past mistakes and feeling guilty. I am just a human and I have done things that I am not proud of, I just accept them as a part of life lessons. If it wasn’t for those mistakes, I would never be this person here now.
Loving and accepting yourself sounds overrated but it is the most important favour you can do to yourself and others. It took me so many years to realise and understand this simple fact. But at least I realized, that is important!
Meanwhile, it’s quite dark and cold here in Tromsø and I long for a sunny day like this.