It’s not written down, but it’s in my head. I can’t show it to you in writing, but I can tell the things that are on it. I’m talking about my bucket list, things I want to do and places I want to go before I die. Most of mine are related to travel, whether it’s places to go or even modes of transportation. I’ve definitely caught the travel bug and I feed that bug all the time. This summer I was able to cross off one of the items off my bucket list when I spent an afternoon cruising around a fjord in Oslo, Norway.
I must admit that I am a hopeless romantic and find the cold, dark waters of the Nordic to be enchanting and almost mythical. It’s not the type of beach that I grew up with, with high-rises, beach parties and crowds. This is something so different with a mood that is melancholy, cozy and inspiring. The waters in the Nordic literally run all around the cities, plus through them. The landscapes seem to be always beckoning man to leave the land behind and dive deep into the waters where they belong. The call of the vikings is still heard in the sound of the waves and it calls us to explore and go into the unknown.
The fjords at Oslo create a natural dissonance, surrounding the town and bringing a deep sense of balance. While the city itself is alive and busy with world-class architecture, amazing infrastructure and renowned landmarks, the deep, dark waters are still being traversed by fishermen living a life that they have been living for hundreds of years. Pushing away from the land, the sounds of the city are quickly replaced by the gentle hum of the boat motor, the silence of the sea, and the reality that not too far beyond the islands and peninsulas is a big wide ocean waiting to be explored.
Where would you like to go? What are some of your “must sees”? What is it about that place that compels you to explore?
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photography by: Jack Fussell