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.
It’s Nepali New Year today. Happy Nepali New Year. We are in 2074 now. We are way ahead in time, no? 😝
But this is not the only new year we celebrate. We have celebration on other new years like Tibetan/Sherpa, Newari, Tamang, Western as well. I feel so privileged and grateful that I grew up in such a harmonious and open minded society where we learn to be receptive, tolerant and respectful towards other cultures and ways of lives.
Here are some pictures I took from the walk this afternoon. The weather in Tromsø has been so beautiful the past few days.
Meanwhile, it’s Easter as well so, Happy Easter. God Påske as Norwegians say it!
It is so difficult for me to find inspiration, motivation and enthusiasm to write my thesis. I just feel so lame. I question my ability to present my arguments and I find it so futile this attempt to tell this story. I don’t know when I started losing my interest to write my thesis. I have less than one and a half month to finish and deliver the thesis but I find it almost impossible to sit down and work every day. I kinda miss writing Project Happiness 365. It gave me so much happiness and also provided me with feeling of accomplishment.
I was reading a book on writing for scholars and the author makes it pretty clear that writing is a rigorous process that needs time and energy. Without really putting words on paper, one can’t really know where s/he stands with his project.
The struggle is still on though. Meanwhile, there is sun in Tromsø now giving me warmth and hope to get through this test. ☀
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.
Last week we were lucky to have beautiful sunny days. It gave me lots of energy to wake up early and go out for a lunch at my new hangout ‘Dragøy’ in Kysten Hus. The place has amazing view and you also have a chance to meet and talk to some interesting people.
I also went for a walk around the city and took some pictures. Just have a look!
If you have not visited this amazing Norwegian city also known as the Paris of the North, then you should. Plan your trip, trust me you won’t be disappointed. 😊
3 more days and the sun comes back. We’re blessed with the view like this lately.
Oh! Isn’t it exciting? It’s been two months since I have seen the sun and I am going crazy now. Hahaha! That was an exaggeration because this year it hasn’t been that difficult. I have enjoyed the polar nights. It’s been very cozy.
It’s been snowing so much today. But Tromsø looks very beautiful with it’s white veil. Tromsø cathedral (Tromsø domkirke) looked particularly spectacular with the snow on light projection.
Going down south soon. Will post more pictures!
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?