One thing that we did this week was to visit an atelier with some of my dad´s friends. The art teacher was truly an artist, and so were his students. Everyone who was there really knew how to paint beautifully.
We also got the chance to try painting ourselves, but compared to the students we felt really, really bad. Anyhow, it was a cool experience, and I definitely admire artists and their passion for art and their talent.
We stood there for 2 hours straight, but when I first start on something, I can´t or don´t want to quit unless I am done, which I were not with my painting. Unfortunately we had to leave the atelier because my dad´s friend, the teacher, had to close it. I am sad I didn´t get to finish it. (For those who follow me on instagram know which picture I attempted to paint.)
To this island I encountered Paradise. We took the ferry from Kuala Terrenganu to the island. The downside about the ferry was that it only had three departure times, and due to bad planning, we had to wait three hours in KT which was a bit disappointing because that meant less time on the island. There is not much to do in KT, so the time waiting we spent eating. The people there however are really nice and hospitable, and helped us out and served us tasty local food.
When we finally arrived the island we were met by a very friendly and joyful staff that showed us the resort and the room we were staying in before going out to the big, turquoise ocean. The temperature and the atmosphere were perfect, and when the sun shone on the water it was see-through and clear, so beautiful.
The food on the island (and Malaysia in general) was really cheap, and even though we only had 300 RM for all the expenses of four people, we could have eaten two dinners!
We didn´t get the time snorkeling with an organized excursion group, but we found an area where we could snorkel on our own. The underwater world was an amazing, and I have never been in such awe for underwater creatures before. Swimming among fishes and mini sharks were extraordinary.
This island made me really happy and inspired again. Sitting under the clear sky watching the blinking stars and not sleeping just to see the sunrise made me really appreciate our planet and all its wonders.
It was a lot of fun on the island, and I wish we could have stayed for a few more days to really explore everything that was on it. I really wanted to go hiking on the mountains and diving, but unfortunately we didn’t get enough time. This means that I am kind of obliged to return to this island to discover the undiscovered!
Friday morning we departed from Norway and arrived China saturday morning chinese time. 12 hours on the plane usually feels like forever, but this time I watched movies which kept the time going. When we finally arrived, we got picked up at the airport by some friends and they drove us to our grandparents home who were really happy to see us!
We went out with them yum cha which was very nice, but we were all so tired and just wanted to sleep, so that´s what we did when we came home.
Day 2 we went shopping in China Plaza and Beijing Road which are the nearest shopping areas nearby our apartment. Otherwise, we have yum cha, eaten dinner and spent time with our grandparents. I love when grandpa buys us fruits, they are just so fresh and delicious here compared to Norway!
Today we have just chilled in the city, and later eaten dinner with some friends of my dad. A day superb.Tomorrow we´ll be leaving for Malaysia, so stay tuned!
Me and my class, we were all taking french, went on an exchange travel to Cherbourg in France (Normandy). After this trip I fell even more in love with La France.
We all stayed in different host families during our stay, and it was a bit scary in the beginning because none of us had done anything like that before. Luckily it went well for everyone!
We went to so many different places in Normandy, one of them being la maison de Christian Dior in Granville, which was my favorite. I loved, loved, loved and still love his house and creations. His work is beautiful, and his house complemented it.
We also went to Bayeux one day to look at the big cathedral and the little city where we found the sweetest and prettiest café of all time!
Of course we visited the memorials as well. We went to the American cemetery overlooking Omaha and Utah beach and Point du Hoc. Thinking about all those people who died in the war really teared me up. How cruel and horrible this world can be. The cemetery was beautifully made, and the atmosphere is indescribable.
Also the Mont Saint Michel was an amazing sight. This old city surrounded by water at high tide. How fantastic France must have been back in the middle age (still is)! This city stunned me, and I really enjoyed my visit.
All in all, the trip was a lot of fun, and after a short week down there it was time to return home to Norway and wait for our correspondents to be hosted by us.