What goes into my hand luggage?

Since I just acquired a new shoulder bag that I will use for travelling I decided to see if it can actually fit all the things I usually bring in my hand luggage. So here is everything laid out on my living room table.


Click on read more to get a list of these things and see if all of this fits in my shoulder bag:

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The big travel tip write-up

I see that I really don’t give this blog as much attention as I would like to, there’s always something else on my mind that keeps me busy. Since my last blog posts I have done six trips to five different countries (France, Poland, Netherlands Latvia and Serbia and France again). I don’t think I will write anything about those trips any time soon, so instead I thought it could be a good idea to share what I have learnt in all these travels, and what I try to remember before travelling, during the travel and when I have arrived to my destination.

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St. Petersburg

This post is very long overdue since it should have been written right after my trip to St. Petersburg in April. But I always thought about writing it, and finally here it is.

Getting there

To get into Russia is not to hard if you plan ahead and get your visa in good time before you travel. I did not. Since I travelled for a geography congress, the congress organisers had sent a invitation letter that I should use to get a visa. But it didn’t come in time, so I couldn’t wait any more and had to order a tourist visa. To get a visa you have to go to the embassy, and the nearest Russian embassy is in Oslo (I live in Trondheim). So to avoid a travel to Oslo I paid someone from a visa service office to go to the embassy for me. I paid them well, and I also paid a small fortune to get my passport back with overnight shipping. It came at 8.30 in the morning on the 18th of April, and I left with the night train the same day. Coincidently, my invitation letter also came on the day I left. With all the paperwork done I finished packing my huge suitcase and left for Russia.

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Two weeks ago, me and some friends visited Helsinki and the geography students there. Since I only was there for 4       days, I didn’t have time to see much, but I still got a good impression of the city and the Finnish people.

Click on the images to come to the image galleries. Gallery 2 is only from the botanical garden.

When we came the first day we was picked up at the airport by our hosts. After a really good lunch we visited the Department of Geosciences and Geography in Kumpala campus. In the evening the first day we had a fun bar game. Day 2: We had a city tour, later we tried some luging and we ended the day in a hot sauna. Day 3: We visited the botanical garden in Kaisaniemi, and then we had half a day of free time. I used my free time to visit the Design Museum because I was interested in seeing some Finnish design. When I was there the museum had an exposition about Korea and another about Marimekko. I also walked a lot in the streets of Helsinki and did some shopping. I the evening we did something called Sitsit (click the link to read more about it). Basically it’s a party where you sit around a table and eat, drink and sing a lot. Day 4: Since I had to leave one day earlier than the other ones this was my last day in Helsinki. we used the day to visit Saurasaari, a small half-island outside Helsinki. This place has a lot of old houses and was like a big museum. In the evening before I had to leave we visited Pihlajamäki, which was the suburb where I lived.

I really liked Helsinki. I hope to visit the city again soon and also see more of Finland. The people there are nice and helpful. The way of living is “Scandinavian”, so for a Norwegian like me it wasn’t a very big change to be in Helsinki. I also understand and can read Swedish, so it was easy for me to understand the road signs which was in both Finnish and Swedish. The hardest part of the trip must be the sauna, because it was a lot warmer than I’m used to.

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Busy times (again)

I feel a bit guilty for not writing here as often as I want to, but now I have something to do almost every day, so I don’t get much time for blogging. I have school work to deliver each week, lectures every day (even lectures at the same time) and driving lessons once a week. On the evenings I have meetings with the photo club or the student association of geography and in April the sailing and orienteering season starts again. If that’s not enough, I’m also travelling again soon. I can’t complain since I love to travel, but it means I have less time for other things like writing here. Next week I will travel to Helsinki for 5 days. Two days after that trip I have an obligatory field trip with my class that will last three days. And in the eastern holiday (end of April) I will travel to St Petersburg in Russia for another geography congress. But it’s fun to live the life, explore the world and do things instead of doing nothing.

Now I have some big projects that I’m working on. The first ones are school projects which is a bit complicated to explain here. Another project is to backup all my pictures to my smugmug page. Now I’m soon finished with all my pictures from 2010, then I will upload all the pictures from 2004 – 2009, and at the end the pictures from 2011. I’m taking one month at the time, and since I have to look through all the pictures and delete the bad ones before uploading it takes a lot of time. Since the internet line at my home is really slow I also only do uploading at the campus. That means only some hours of uploading every week. But I plan to have all my pictures on the web in some months.

Here’s some pictures from a Datarock concert in September last year taken on black and white film. Click on “close” in the upper right coner to see the rest of the pictures.

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Various things

I wrote last blog post on the first of November, but I actually was in Romania at the end of September. So a lot of things has happened since that trip.
in October I went to a Halloween-party. The costume I made was of Bender from Futurama. To make it I used a lot of cardboard, duct tape and metallic plastic foil. Here are three pictures of it:

The first picture is a close up of the head. The head is the part I’m most happy with of the costume (and it also took the longest time to make). The second is of me wearing the costume and the third picture is of the “interior”. Since I had to fit into the costume body it’s only 10cm deep, but it was still enough for a lot of chocolate. In that picture you also can see the chocolate medal I got for the best outfit of the party. But it got even more fun later in the evening when we all went out to “Samfundet” (the student building). I couldn’t walk 10 meters without being stopped by someone who wanted to take a picture of me or telling me that the costume was great. But now it only stand in my living room and uses a lot of space.

In November I was some days in Amsterdam and had a lot of fun with other geography students from across Europe. I visited the Van Gogh museum, the Rijksmuseum (museum of art and history) and biked or walked a lot around in the city. I also learned a lot about the city. I really liked being there and will definitely go back sometime. Since that trip I’ve had some exams. But between the reading and the exams I have found some interesting things on the web. I’m a fan of Daft Punk, but I didn’t know there was a Daft Punk movie until I learned about Interstella 5555. The movie is based on the album Discovery and consists of animated music videos put together to a one-hour movie. It’s possible to see it here or below:

Then I found this video of a Daft Punk helmet: You can read more about this helmet on the website of the maker or at this forum. I really want to make a helmet like this even if it never would be this nice. Maybe I’ll do it for next Halloween. And soon I will see the new Tron movie with soundtrack made by Daft Punk.

Today I borrowed the radio dramatization of  “The Hichhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy”  made by BBC at the library and listened to the first cd. And then as a coincidence I found out today that something like the guide in the book has been made and is possible to buy. It’s a device called the Openmoko wikireader which allows you to read a downloaded version of wikipedia, so it can be used in places without a network connection or paying for the cell phone network. Something I find nice is that it can run for a year on two aaa batteries. Now I only have one exam left before a long Christmas holiday. So then I will (hopefully) have some more time to write. And during the holiday I will put all my pictures on my online photo album. So then I will write about that process and put links  to the best pictures here.

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It’s been a long time since my last blog post, but first I went to Romania and after that trip I had some busy weeks with a lot of school work. But now I finally have some time to write more. And I will start with writing about my trip to Romania.

Before I went to Romania I read in two different travel books about the country and the currency, the trains, the traditions I everything else. But since I didn’t know anything else than what I had read it was exiting to go there and see a new country. I only had some ideas about what to expect, but they turned out to be wrong. I expected a lot of poverty, pickpockets and old grey buildings. But Romania is a lot more than that. Maybe the capital Bucharest is more like that, but I didn’t have time to visit Bucharest. First I was two days in a city called Cluj-Napoca (commonly known as Cluj) since I would take a bus from that city to the congress place. Cluj is a nice city which has a lot of old and colourful buildings. It also has Romanias biggest university and therefore it’s the academic centre in Romania. The place where I stayed was a hostel named Transylvania Hostel. The staff there was the nicest people in the world and they wanted to do everything for me to make my stay the best possible. At the hostel I met some people that was members in the same organisation as me and was going to the same congress. We had a great party the day before the congress started with really cheap beer. And unlike Norway the clubs don’t close at 02.00, but sometime early in the morning.

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I’m travelling soon

In some days (on Sunday) I will travel to Romania and be there for a week. In Romania I will participate at a congress organised by EGEA (European Geographers Association). It’s an organisations with local groups and members all over Europe. Each year EGEA organise a big congress that last for a week where students from every part of Europe meet and learn, go on trips and have fun together. This year the annual congress is in Transylvania (Dracula land) in the northern Romania. It’s the first time I travel to Romania, so it will be fun to see a new country. so now I am packing for the trip and doing all the school assignments for this week and next week since I won’t have much time for that at the congress.

For the trip I have bought a GoPro HD action camera so I can capture the nature and the fun in hd. I have made some test footage with it, and it looks really nice. Tomorrow I will put the camera on my bike helmet and do a more serious test of it. If I get time I will put my helmet movie out here. And I will make some films of Romania when I get home. In two weeks I should have some more hd footage to show. In the meantime you can go to the manufacturers website (link higher up) or youtube and see what this small camera can do. Under is a picture of my camera and a surf movie made with a GoPro camera.

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Bildet over er utsikten fra kaféen på skianlegget Vangslia i Oppdal. Denne uka var jeg 5 dager på skiferie i Oppdal. Vi bodde på Oppdal Alpintun på Stølen (noen km utenfor Oppdal sentrum). Leilighetene vi hadde var 200 m fra skianlegget på Stølen, og derfra gikk det løyper til de andre skianleggene. Vi hadde kjøpt en pakke med både leilighet og heiskort i fem dager til en god pris. Det geniale er at heiskortet kan brukes i de fire skianleggene (Stølen, Sletvold, Hovden og Vangslia) i Oppdal, så det til sammen blir som et stort skianlegg. Jeg leide slalomski på Stølen der vi bodde, og sto i bakkene i Vangslia der de andre jeg reiste med også var. Derfra gikk det skibuss hver dag tilbake til Stølen når skianlegget stengte for dagen, så vi slapp å bruke lang tid på å stå på ski eller gå mellom anleggene. Jeg var nybegynner på slalomski, men ble brukbart god rimelig fort. jeg lærte meg også å bruke skiheis. Nå vil jeg tilbake til Oppdal, og kan anbefale skianlegget der til alle som liker snø og nedoverbakker.

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Panorama av VossMitt beste bildet av bygda Voss (Klikk på bildet for større versjon)

For to uker siden var jeg på Voss fhs igjen i en helg på elevstemnet. Det var veldig morsomt å se igjen gode venner, lærerne, skolen og bygda. Der ble det allsang, korsang, laurdagsgrøt og annen moro. Etter opplegget på lørdagskvelden gikk jeg og noen andre til Voss sentrum på det eneste utestedet vi fant med 18-årsgrense som het diskoteket. Hvis vi ser bort ifra typer som var litt nærgående var det morsomt der. Etterpå gikk vi til Fleischer Apartments der noen andre bodde og festet. Så avsluttet jeg kvelden med å sitte i tv-stua sammen med to venner. Vi satt våken mye av natta, og sov vel ikke mer enn en og halv time i løpet av natten. Det var veldig koselig. Desverre måtte jeg reise hjem søndag formiddag, så tida på Voss ble litt knapp. Jeg skulle gjerne vært der mer og fått mer tid sammen med de gode vennene fra folkehøyskolen. Jeg savner dere alle og gleder meg til neste gang vi treffes. (Vi må få til å møtes før neste elevstemne. Hva med å møtes på Vossajazz?)

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