Russian language (and cursive) in university / Русский язык (и почерк) в университете!

To be honest, I don't think the meteorite post is that interesting, and I want to blog more about Russia, and my studies - if you are interested in seeing the meteorite post (a meteorite crater on the road back to Oslo), I can post it later, just leave me a comment about it. The last 3 weeks, however, many things have happened... I've been studying every day, and there has been ALOT to do, very intense studies... and would like to share some of my early experiences in the studies with you! :)

I'll blog about my thoughts and experiences of the Russian studies (language, history, politics, everything we are studying), future travels, and if all goes well - I will also blog about my stay in Russia next year, as I am possibly going to live there during some of my studies. :)  So welcome to a new chapter of my blog!

Russian studies at the University

This is what I received on my first day at the university. :)))

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Tourist in my own country, Norway - Part 5 / Турист в своей стране, Норвегия - Часть 5

Last big post of the series about my Norway trip! After our visit in Flåm, we travelled to Stahlheim to enjoy the view, as recommended by my family living in Flåm. After our visit to Stahlheim, we drove down a crazy typical "Norwegian" road (shown in a video below), and drove through Hemsedal (ski resort) on our way home. We stopped at the mountain before arriving at Hemsedal, because I wanted to take some photos for you guys, to show you the mountain road up there, as well as Hemsedal, and a meteorite crash site (I'll make a small post soon about the meteorite site).. and after that, we were safely home. :) Hope you enjoy the photos and video, there's a timelapse in each!



That's me to the right, watching two chinese tourists taking photos, waiting for my turn to take photos :D

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Tourist in my own country, Norway - Part 4 / Турист в своей стране, Норвегия - Часть 4

Hey again, dear readers :)

The last two weeks have been crazy - I started university and that obviously means a lot of partying, getting to know people studying the same as me, etc. I've decided to blog about my experiences in studying Russia at the university, and my struggles of trying to master Russian in the next time to come... So this blog will be more focused on Russia in the future. I also attended Midgardsblot festival, which I may talk a bit about if you are interested - but sadly, due to many circumstances, I did not take a lot of photos here, I didn't even bring my camera which I normally use for this blog. But I might make a short little post about it for those of you interested in this Norwegian festival, viking culture and how we keep it alive here in Norway, as well as METAL concerts. :) Not to mention, folk music...

BUT to focus on this post! It is finally time to write about Ægir bryggeri (local Flåm brewery) and show you photos of Stahlheim.. as I promised 2 (!!!) weeks ago.

Ægir brewery in Flåm

Outside Ægir brewery, which is in a cool viking-style, in the centre of Flåm.

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Tourist in my own country, Norway - Part 3 / Турист в своей стране, Норвегия - Часть 3

Okay, finally time for Flåm, you guys have waited too long now. Sometimes I write often, sometimes I take a looong time between each post, I apologise for the randomness :D Will try to be more regular with my posts ;) Now it is finally time to show you Flåm and tell you a little about what I did there. This post will be in English, because there is a bit more information and story-telling than the other posts. So, after the beautiful crazy tunnel I showed you in my last post, we finally arrived in Flåm;

Finally in Flåm  /  Наконец в Фламе

Photos, local Flåm storytelling, must-see places, and my family's farm, it's all here! :D

This was the first view we saw when leaving the big blue crazy tunnel.

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Tourist in my own country, Norway - Part 2 / Турист в своей стране, Норвегия - Часть 2

Hey guys! Today I want to share more photos of the trip to Flåm! I will show you Borgund stave church, and some nice locations closer to Flåm! :)

Русский: Привет! Сегодня я хочу поделиться больше фото по дороге во Флам! Я буду показать вам Borgund церковь, и красивые места недалеко от Флам! :) К сожалению, этот пост будет по-английски, я не знаю точно как объяснять все на русском в этом посте, есть много сложных слов.

Borgund stave church

Borgund stave church (Borgund Stavkyrkje) in the village Borgund, in the Lærdal municipality (область Sogn og Fjordane)

Borgund is the best preserved stave church in Norway, closest to its original state from the early middle ages - it was built somewhere around 1150-1200, exact dates are unknown. The stave church wasn't really being used for religious purposes after 1868, as a new church was built next to it. Since then it has been a tourist attraction and today it is a museum... Sadly the tourism is slowly wearing this church out, and it wont last forever in this condition, which is the case for most stave churches in Norway. :( I recommend visiting them before it is too late and they are closed off for tourists.
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Tourist in my own country, Norway - Part 1 / Турист в своей стране, Норвегия - Часть 1

Hey all! I drove by car to Flåm, it's a famous place in western Norway. It takes about 4-6 hours to reach Flåm, depending on how many times you want to pull over, in order to see or take photos of places on the way... You probably know about the fjords in Norway, Norwegian nature, and beauitiful Norwegian mountains and waterfalls? Well, I'll show you where my family lives in the west of Norway, about my experience in this place, and what my Polish friends thought about Norway. My friends from Poland have never been to Norway before, and at first they came to Oslo, close to where I currently live. I showed them the city and the centre of Oslo. Unfortunately, I was busy at work when they first arrived, therefore I couldn't join them in the museums on the first day. But in the evening we drank beer in the pub, and yes... My friends were in shock when they saw the prices of beer and alcohol in Norway. Even I myself am in shock when I see the prices in Norway sometimes... :)  PS! I'll write in Russian as an introduction to this trip!

Русский: Привет всем! Я ездила на машине в Flåm, это известное место на западе Норвегии. Это занимает примерно 4-6 часов доехать Flåm, зависит от того сколько раз ты хочешь остановиться, чтобы увидеть или фотографировать места... Вы наверное знаете о фьордах в Норвегии, норвежской природе, красивых норвежских горах и водопадых? Ну, вот, я покажу вам где моя семья живут на западе, о моем опыте в этом месте, и о чем мои друзья из Польши думали о Норвегии. Друзья из Польши никогда не были в Норвегии, и они вначале приехали в Осло. Я показала ими город и центр Осло. Я, к сожалению, была занята по работе когда они приехали, поэтому я не была вместе с ними в музеях в первый день. Но вечером мы пили пиво в пабе, и да, мои друзья конечно были в шоке, когда они увидели цены на пиво и алкоголь. Даже я иногда в шоке когда я вижу цены здесь в Норвегии... :)  Кстати! Я пишу на русском в этом посте, надеюсь что все будет понятно вам 100 %.

The most important places which I recommended to them (and my favourite museums in Oslo), was the viking museum (you may see the Oseberg ship, an authentic viking ship) and many other things, for example the weapons the vikings used (all authentic of course), and so on. I have photos of this museum, I can show you guys and explain a little about it later. I also recommended Akershus Fortress, and the Norwegian museum of Cultural History (Norsk Folkemuseum). If you want to read a post about these museums, write in the comments below, and I'll write a post, where I will recommend places to see in Oslo. Friends visited all the places that I recommended to them, and loved these museums!

Русский: Самые гланые места которые я рекомендовала им (и мои любимые музеи в Осло) - это музей викингов (ты можешь увидеть корабль Oseberg, (аутентичный корабль викингов) и много вещей, например оружие викингов, и т.д. У меня фото музея, я могу показать вам и объяснять немного об этом позже. Я тоже рекомендовала Akershus fortress, и Норвежский музей истории культуры (the norwegian museum of cultural history / Norsk folkemuseum). Если вы хотите читать пост об этих музеях, напишите в комментариях, и я напишу пост, где я могу рекомендовать где побывать в Осло. Друзья посетили все которые я рекомендовала, и очень сильно обожали эти музеи!

Travelling to Flåm /  Путешествие во Флам

I'll show you some photos I took on the way to Flåm. We drove through many different terrains and varied landscapes - from t he east to the west of southern Norway. Next post will be of the actual places we visited.

Русский: Я покажу вам фото которые я сделала по дороге во Флам. Мы ехали мимо очень разных пейзажей, и природных ландшафтов - с востока на запад всей Южной Норвегии. 4-6 часов по дороге :)) Следующий пост будет о местах, где мы жили и посетили.

What is quite interesting is that the terrain changed drastically, even after 10km, the nature looks completely different - which is very typical Norway. Next posts: Some nice locations we visited, and stories! ;)

Fjord near Hønefoss (small city 1 hour away from Oslo)    /     Фьюрд близко к Hønefoss (маленький город недалеко от Осло)
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Update/news + photos of Åsgårdstrand, Norway / Новости и фото Асгардстранда, Норвегия!

I'm going to study Russian at University!

Wow, already 2 weeks gone by... Been working full-time, as my boss is on vacation, but on the brighter side, I received lots of awesome news. I got accepted into the degree at university I've been dreaming about for the past years!!! And that involves a lot of travelling and exciting opportunities... including spending some time living in Russia! Yes, that's right, I will study Russian language, Russian culture, politics, history, everything that has anything to do with Russia! I am so excited about this!! I've previously had some projects going on in Russia, but now I want to work with it full-time, and devote my life to Russian! I hope to blog about my studies for the next years, and my travels and experiences connected to it, so the blog will be even more focused on Russia in the future. ;)

Going to the famous Norwegian fjords tomorrow!

Now, I have a couple Polish friends visiting Oslo, and I'll be going on a roadtrip with them tomorrow morning to western Norway, to show them the fjords, in a very specific place that I'll show you photos of when I come back from my trip... A part of my family has lived here for many, many years, they were the administrators/leaders of the main hotel in this fjord for several years, and I have visited them in the past, but it's been many years since last time now. ANYWAY! FJORDS! NORWAY! NORWEGIAN FJORDS! Western coast! WOOOOO! And plenty of Japanese and American tourists coming in on their fancy cruiseships! Haha, I'll take as many photos as possible for you guys, and even lots of videos. I'm bringing a gopro, my camera, and everything, so let's get this trip started!!! :D I am so excited!

Photos of Åsgårdstrand, Norway

And remember that medieval festival in Tønsberg a few weeks ago? Yeah, I promised to show you photos of the Norwegian cities in that area too. Tønsberg and Åsgårdstrand. I'll start with showing you some random photos I took while in Åsgårdstrand. My mum has a house there (it's like a summer house, норвежская дача), and this city's name is quite interesting, as it means "beach in Åsgård" (Asgard, as in Norse mythology, viking name). The city itself is quite old, and considered a tourist town. Why? Because of the idyllic, romantic atmosphere... the beautiful old-fashioned houses from 18th century, the friendly local people (it's a very small town so everybody knows everybody here). There is also, as the city name kind of hints at, a beautiful sand-beach along the entire coast of the Oslo fjord (it goes all the way from Oslo and goes through Åsgårdstrand as well). Some famous Norwegians lived in Åsgårdstrand, an example is the internationally famous painter Edward Munch, who had a summerhouse here, only a 2 min walk from my mother's house. So here are some photos of this beautiful little town;

Almost each house in Åsgårdstrand looks like this one. Every house is painted in white and red, and on a rare occasion - yellow. You are not allowed to paint your house any other colour, to keep this atmosphere of the town, which is famous for its white houses mostly, and the occasional red and yellow one.

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Borre Viking Festival (viking burial sites) / Борре Викинг Фестиваль (места захоронения викингов)

I was at the viking festival finally last weekend, and of course I took plenty of photos to share with you all, I hope you enjoy them! The first photos are of the area called Borre, near the city of Horten. At Borre, there is a viking museum (that is bigger and has more information than the Oslo Viking museum), there is Gildehallen (replica of authentic viking longhouse where vikings feasted - I will show you this one in August), and of course - the yearly viking-market festival AND Midgardsblot festival! I gladly bought a ticket to the market as well, and put on my viking costume, and off I went! Until the guards told me; "Vikings enter for free!" because I was wearing viking clothes... Damn it! At least I supported the festival, but now I know I have free entry to these festivals! :D

Important thing to note is that this area where the viking festivals are located, are REAL viking burial sites. I'll start with showing the entrance to the festival, as well as some photos of the beautiful nature surrounding the festival and museum... Sadly the photos do not show half of the beauty of this area, with viking burial sites and graves spread around the entire place, all the "hills" you see in the photos are in fact old viking graves, where they buried ships. 100 % authentic, this is the place vikings in Norway lived and settled down, and the atmosphere in this area is so mysterious... I absolutely love this place.

I have my own viking outfit like most of the people in the photos below, I'll make an update and show you my outfit later - I am not 100 % finished with it, some important details are missing... so have a look at the vikingfestival in the meantime;

Photos of the area near the festival (Borre)

The entrance to the festival, "Borrekaupangen" sort of means, the market at Borre, it is a place where people trade goods.
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Tønsberg Medieval Festival / Tønsberg Средневековый фестиваль (видео включено)

So making a new and promised post about Tønsberg medieval festival has taken me more days than I expected, especially since I have been away celebrating my birthday which was yesterday... but here is the promised post ;) Tønsberg festival was more impressive than the Oslo one, mostly because I think Tønsberg and Vestfold county (область) generally takes such festivals more seriously than in Oslo - but also because the location was PERFECT for this kind of festival! Tønsberg is Norway's oldest town/city, and the festival took place just underneath Slottsfjell (I will explain what this is further down in this post), basically isolated from the modern city itself - nature was all you saw around you, and the festival was like stepping into medieval times. Everyone working and selling at the markets in the festival were dressed appropiately, and medieval clothes could be rented to visitors, for a small fee.

Not everyone dress up in medieval clothes, but the fact they offer to rent such clothes out to visitors is a big plus, and makes the immersion easier and more "authentic" for all visitors and participants. The market was bigger as well, and every seller at the markets, who was at the Oslo medieval festival, also participated in the Tønsberg medieval festival - even the singers and folk bands from the Oslo festival were also at Tønsberg festival! Generally, I was more impressed by the Tønsberg festival, lots more entertainment, much better location, and generally speaking the entire experience was much more immersive. There was even beer-tasting, and full medieval party in the evenings, with mead and lots of dancing and singing... it felt like it was straight out of a movie set in medieval times!

Midgardsblot also sold discounted tickets (which I of course purchased INSTANTLY), to Midgardsblot festival (18-21st of August) which will take place at Borre, near Horten city, in the county of Vestfold. If you are into viking culture, festivals, metal music, or even folk music, I highly recommend anyone interested in it to take a look at "Midgardsblot", bands like Wardruna, Skuggsjá, Enslaved, Folket Bortafor Nordavinden, and many other bands will be playing - and I even spoke to some of the organizers myself to get to know a bit more about their concept of this festival! I will make a post explaining a bit more about this festival, and of course I will try my best to document the festival myself when I go!

But now the focus is on Tønsberg medieval festival, so I wanted to share some photos I took of the event to you guys;

"Welcome to the middleages!" in Norwegian :) Entrance to the festival.

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Oslo Medieval Festival (videos included) / Осло Средневековый фестиваль (видео включено)

Each summer a medieval festival is organized in Oslo. This year it was at the end of May, and I usually visit this festival every year, or almost every year. The first time I attended was in 2006, and it has come a long way since then, with an even bigger market, more festives, and even more entertainment.

The week after the Oslo festival, I visited Tønsberg medieval festival, to compare the two festivals, simply because I LOVE medieval and viking festivals. I've always been interested in history, ancient cultures and culture in general, and spent most of my teenage years attending such festivals and reading literature (shakespeare, viking sagas, medieval literature) and going to theatres. Next post I will share photos and some experiences from the medieval festival in Tønsberg, and I also visited some small towns and villages further south in Norway, which will make it to yet another post.

The medieval festival celebrates everything medieval, with some hints of the viking age (as we are in Norway after all, you can't escape our love for our traditions and ancient culture!). There were markets with jewellery, armour, souvenirs, hand-made ornaments and decorations for the house (in a traditional style), and many more things. The festival also included medieval food, beer, and lots of different entertainment. As I think the photos are pretty self-explanatory, I will share some of the photos (and videos of musical groups!) I took of the Oslo medieval festival with you, with some descriptions - hope you will find it interesting, as I surely did;

PS! All photos and video is taken by me!

Oslo Middelalderfestival (Oslo medieval festival)

Mjolnir hammers and other viking-inspired jewellery on display - for a cheap price!

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