Oslo is the last segment of my spring break travels. Happy heart happy stomach…the city is very metropolitan and urban, a sharp contrast from the coziness of Stockholm. This modernity is especially reflected in the architecture. Scandinavian design/art/architecture is quite renowned, and I hope to research more about these things!
This (above) is the Oslo Opera House. The building is a collection of diagonals, with glass lining the facades. To the side, visitors can walk up the slope created by the slanted facade to a beautiful outlook of the water. On the slope, I spotted a child playing in the snow with his father. I had to capture this moment, in an attempt to remember the contagious happiness I felt from watching this kid. My friends and I all trekked up the slope, with only a few casualties on the slippery spots of the snow. As I got to the top, I was laughing and trying my best not to slip with my friends. It’s this simple moment that I remember the most.
I hadn’t stopped to fully appreciate this spring break trip with my friends until this point in time. I’m not sure I can fully describe it, but I was overcome with a feeling of thankfulness and simple lightness of the heart. Did that make any sense? What I mean is my heart felt full, and this arbitrary experience is one that is imbued with meaning and kinship for me…
Perhaps this is travel’s allure. I am fascinated by the way places on the map can carry specific, ineffable feelings and experiences. These locales have memory.
I am so thankful I got to experience this spring break in an eye-opening, heart-filling location with my friends! Until the next adventure.