December, 2017

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Posted by: | Posted on: December 24, 2017

My Trip to Norway

I visited Norway in the summertime. I was able to do some sightseeing in Oslo, the capital of Norway. Most people don’t know this, but Oslo is one of the most expensive cities in the world. Rent is expensive, food is expensive, and entertainment is expensive. That being said, the city seemed quite high quality to me.

Although the meals were expensive, they were some of the tastiest meals I’ve ever eaten. I remember one time eating at a restaurant for breakfast. It had an outdoor area, with some chair and tables. It was quite cold in the morning, even though it was summertime. However, the restaurant had very nice heaters to keep its patrons warm. Small things like this were commonplace throughout Oslo. Sure, general things were a bit more pricey, but the service met the cost, and I had a great time.

Most people don’t plan on seeing a movie while on vacation. But I did that! I thought to go to a local movie theater. When I arrived, it looked like a museum inside. How wonderful! The screen was large, and there was plenty of food and drinks for hungry and thirsty movie watchers. I had a great time there.

The souvenirs were another great part of my trip to Norway. As a matter of fact, souvenirs are probably one of my favorite parts of going on vacation. I love shopping for little bits of memories. Once I get back home, I can display my souvenirs in my bedroom and on my desk. I recommend every traveler to purchase a souvenir, even if it’s not expensive! After all, what really matters is the memory of the trip. Speaking of memories, don’t forget to take a lot of photos! You can even keep a small photo in your purse or wallet to remind yourself of your travels.

Posted by: | Posted on: December 16, 2017

Hobbies and Leisure

I love hobbies. Everyone loves hobbies! That’s because everyone has a hobby or multiple hobbies. Hobbies are most often talked about in terms of what pastimes people like to do. In my opinion, I also include in that category some pastimes I would like to do even in the future. For example, I want to paint.

Bob Ross, the famous painter, is making me want to take up the brush. Ross’s videos are all on Netflix and other streaming platforms. The great part about painters like Bob Ross is that they are also teachers. We can learn from them. Bob Ross died years ago, but his teachings live on. There is an official Bob Ross website, which sells DVDs, paintbrushes, paints, and other materials. I know that one day, I will make painting my hobby. And I will model my work on Bob Ross’s techniques.

Another hobby I want to take up is gardening. I’m more interested in eating what I grow, instead of only looking at plants or flowers. However, I would probably experiment with different things. I want to grow carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, and herbs. I’m sure, once I get started, I’ll want to grow additional things.

Hobbies are part of the joy of life. It’s recommended that everyone have a healthy hobby. There are numerous websites and magazines about hobbies. One might wonder what type of hobbies are out there. Well, I would tell them to go to the library! There are books there about hobbies most people don’t even know exist. I suppose leaning the existence of a certain hobby is the first step. The second would be to choose one that the person would like to try.

If we work hard we should play hard. Get a hobby and learn to enjoy some leisure time. It’s well deserved!

Posted by: | Posted on: December 7, 2017

My Experiences Traveling in Australia

Of all the beautiful and craved places on the earth, Australia is one that’s too good to be missed. Australia is an island continent present in the southern hemisphere and it also happens to be the world’s sixth largest country. It is officially known as The Commonwealth of Australia. Here are some things I learned about the country on my visit to Australia.

Lying between the Indian and Pacific oceans, Australia is one hell of a picturesque. The Australian continent is a combination of 3 countries, namely the country of Australia by the same name, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. Australia’s capital is Canberra and its largest urban area is Sydney which in other words can be said to be the most happening place in all of Australia.

Like many countries in the world, it also claims English to be its national language. The citizens of Australia are called Australians or Aussie, which is kind of cool, isn’t it? Australia currently enjoys a prestigious second position in Human Development Index globally and it didn’t come as a surprise to me that this country ranks high in quality of life, health, education, economic freedom, civil liberties and political rights. That definitely makes this country a destination well fit for both touring and living.

Australia has always been in the limelight for its friendly ties with the United States of America because both of them agree on the importance of individual freedom of citizens in ensuring a sound future for the country. Even the people of the former share certain attributes with that of the later like indulging in mirth and blissful activities and of course, cracking a chilled beer whenever you get a chance.

Yet differences exist, like Americans are more patriotic by nature whereas Australians show more commitment towards their mates. Americans believe and show confidence in their political institutions whereas Australians revert to skepticism when it comes to supporting their political leaders.

Although Australia is now a home of the happy, its history has not been a pleasant one. When the British first arrived and claimed the land, riots broke out between the British and the indigenous people who were native to Australia and this resulted in killings of thousands of the indigenous which heart was shattering.

Even now, the people of Australia find it difficult to comprehend their history, let alone celebrate it. And they can’t be blamed for any of it. Overcoming that horrifying past and still ending up as an independent powerful nation is a stunt in itself which needs to be acknowledged and appreciated.

Australia’s own natural resources and tourism have a lion’s share in strengthening its economy. It has beautiful tourist destinations like the Great Barrier Reef, the iconic Sydney Opera House, a befitting combination of the blue sky and the Blue Mountains and many more of these than meets the eye.

Since the 20th century, American popular culture has helped shape a distinctive Australian culture through their TV shows and cinemas. It is undoubtedly rich in art, especially rock art. It may not be an ideal country for many of you but its journey from a land of bloodshed to that of a beautiful one distills it from the rest of the world.

Posted by: | Posted on: December 7, 2017

Take a Break

Life can get busy at times. The busiest period is arguably when someone is in their 30s and 40s. This is due to a number of circumstances.

One is that many people tend to get married during these years. Marriage, most times, brings children. With children, a large number of responsibilities are added to the daily schedule. This is true for both the father and the mother. Extra laundry, cooking extra food, and shopping for extra things take time.

Another reason people are busiest during these years is career progression. During these years, the worker moves towards their greatest potential. That means they will be busier perhaps than when they were in their early 20s.

Take these two circumstances together. What you will find are many responsibilities and duties. There is one thing which will be difficult to find. That would be time! But how can one find time with such a busy life? The only way to find time is to make it.

I literally have to use a calendar to make time for activities and leisure. But I’m happy because it works. I know that what activity I have on any certain day. And I won’t plan anything else during that time.

I use my calendar on my iPhone. The great thing about it is that it reminds me of whatever I have planned. It chimes! I’m sure there are many calendar apps out there. However, I’m happy with the standard one that is basic with the phone.

So, if one has a busy life, the key is to simply make time. If it sounds too good to be true, know that it’s as easy as it sounds. The important part is to stick with the plan. If something comes up, and the activity needs to be moved to another day, be sure to actually move it!