25 September 2008

This week in Oslo

There's sun everyday. This is the view from our office:

Good to stay together, doing nothing, with who you love. The bad part is that I am usually alone, doing too much and she is far away.

Well, at least I can enjoy the theoretical possibility of seizing the spring-like weather.

16 September 2008

Peace Channel

An online channel with jornalism about peace (and that users may also upload their own): Peace Channel.

13 September 2008

Blå - feels just like home

In fact this happened almost 2 months ago, but anyway, that's when I felt in the mood, and had time, to write:

Espen, the president of the local committee I am coach, and also one of the funniest person you can cross in the world, told me about this place called Blå, in a district named Grünerløkka. Being a total stranger regarding to norwegian words and Oslo whereabouts and everything regarding to local knowledge, he could well have said something about a place called "Blergh" in "Bronerboca" and that would have made any difference to me.

In fact, that's probably what I understood, considering my very limited norwegian acent listening skills.

But then, we had a little less conversation and a little more action and he SHOWED me the place.

In fact, more than showed the destination, the jorney itself deserves some writting. He appeared at my office at the appointed time, the sun was shinning in this amazing summer day and, instead of using transportation, like metro, bus or tram, we walked. And the path was so amazing! You follow the river, passing through parks, woods and bridges, where, of course, there are people everywhere sunbathing, playing with dogs or just chilling out. Here are pictures of the way:

And that was "just" the path. Can you actually believe that this is the way to a highly cool trendy location, full of young people, pubs and cafes? Oh, yeah. Then, after all the way (15 minutes) walking through the pretty path, than we start to see the signs of the "urbanity" in Grünerløkka:

And, finally, Blå, the pub that we sat for some time to chat about life, the universe and everything (among a couple of 500ml beer, of course). The atmosphere is so relaxed, summer time, the pub s just by the river, in this very cool neighbourhood, it's just amazing! In fact, I felt just like "home", in a neighbourhood called Cidade Baixa, in Porto Alegre, Brazil, very similarly with lots of young people and pubs (and delicious meals). That made me feel home sick, but in a good way. I felt really that this was my place, the right place to be, just like home.

And yes, of course, just like Cidade Baixa, Blå is not alone and there are more pubs around. In fact, this is more or less what is around it (kind of 10-30 steps away):

Ah, summer time in Oslo, what a experience. :)

09 September 2008


Whatever it means (if it means something), leapsa is a game, that you receive, play and pass it forward. I received this leapsa from Dora. The idea is that you share your favorite wallpaper.

I don't think I have one favorite, but I have some go and come back wallpapers, depending on the mood.

This is the calm times, with inner peace or if I am concerned with something, but I just know I should let it go. There's something in this image that makes me feel cool about the world, whatever is happening with it:

Because sometimes I just feel like writing and the ideas flow in a way that even I can't understand until I have typed the words:

This is the one that, 3 or 4 days ago, I changed to. I am going to a somewhat tough moment regarding believing in my own abilities, in the power of dreams and in believing in hope, so I needed those words on my face to keep going: "Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows either victory nor defeat." - Theodore Roosevelt

Well, I know I should pass the game forward, but I am really concerned no one I know read my blog (at least the ones who have a blog) - or maybe they read and I don't know they have a blog. I know Dean reads it sometimes, but he has a serious blog about educational articles, so it's not that fit. Vedana might read, but I am not sure also, maybe he is not that interested and doesn't have the time to be also. So, to be really sincere, I am passing my ball to YOU, whoever you are, leave a comment and go on with the game.