October 2014 - Vikingess Voyages

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Thoughts on the Malala Nobel Peace Prize

12:13:00 PM
As a girl growing up in a developed country I often took my opportunity to go to school for granted. Although I had periods where I studied really hard there were also times when I unfortunately got influenced by the attitude of other classmates who were just "too cool for school". As many of you also might have experienced, being a hard-working student didn't really equal to popularity or admiration among the other kids.

I guess it was after I started traveling abroad that I truly began to realize how lucky I was that I could get a proper education. Without having an education I would never have got to experience all the things I have to this date, which includes being a student and even a full-time employee in a foreign country. And this is just the beginning.

But there are so many girls out there who never get the chance to have the education they deserve. This year's Nobel Peace Prize is a reminder to all of us of the importance that girls (and boys) everywhere get the chance to learn and to grow, that they get the key to follow their own dreams. I believe education is the key not only to build a brighter future for individuals, but also for the society as a whole.

Malala is the youngest person ever to receive the Peace Prize, and she is truly an inspiration to all of us. She reminds us not only why education is worth fighting for, but to those of us who already have the privilege to get educated it is a reminder about how lucky we are to be able to go to school without having to fear for our lives.

To wrap it up, here are some of my favorite Malala quotes:
“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” 
“Education is education. We should learn everything and then choose which path to follow." Education is neither Eastern nor Western, it is human.”  
“I raise my voice not so that i can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard”  

Malala shares the prize with the Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi. Together the two laureates take a strong stance in the "struggle against the suppression of children and young people", to quote the Nobel Committee. You can read more about this year's Peace Prize here

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Visit Yokohama: Entertainment Gourmet City

7:33:00 PM
Yokohama's Minato Mirai
The city of Yokohama has been collaborating with Rakuten Travel to create a Yokohama 特集 (feature) to promote Yokohama abroad! The result is a number of good hotel deals in the Yokohama area, and you can find both hotel deals and additional tourist information on this page.

Yokohama Chinatown
From the page:
"Yokohama is a prominent city in eastern Japan and Japan's most populous municipality, boasting rich economic development second only to Tokyo. Yokohama is easily accessible in about a 30-minute train ride from Tokyo or via Shinkansen from Osaka, Kyoto, or Kobe to Shin-Yokohama Station. A convenient direct bus to Yokohama from Haneda Airport is also available.

 One of Japan's leading port cities, Yokohama is full of noteworthy experiences, from the city's somewhat mysterious and exotic atmosphere, evident of Yokohama's unique history, to a multitude of culinary points of interest. It is a city where to say that everything started here would be no exaggeration.

Wide, open, and free--and yet cozy and intimate at the same time--no matter when you visit, there is a profound and characteristic comfortableness in Yokohama which cannot be easily found in neighbouring Tokyo. An elegance both old and new pervades every pore of the city, where it is easy to get caught up in moments of bliss and tranquillity.

Lose track of time in a cozy cafe or enjoy refined cuisine along with scenic views; there is a seemingly endless list of places to explore and discover. Furthermore, the essence of Yokohama style can be found concentrated in retro-modern shopping districts that have remained unchanged through the times.

Visit Yokohama and treat both your heart and your taste buds with a special deliciousness that exists nowhere else."

Thank you for reading! Please feel free to leave any comments or questions below

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

50 Fictional Destinations You Can Actually Visit

9:51:00 PM
In recent years it has become increasingly popular to visit destinations that have been introduced through different media such as dramas and movies. The following info-graphic shows 50 inspirational destinations that have been introduced through famous fictional stories (I've actually written about Norway and the Disney film Frozen here).! Perhaps this infographic can help you discover a destination for your next adventure?

                                   Thanks to Just The Flight for the infographic!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Norway - A Time-Lapse Adventure

11:24:00 PM
If there's one thing Norway is known for (besides salmon) it must be beautiful nature. I recently stumbled across this video showing some of the amazing landscape that Norway has to offer, and decided to share it here on my blog. Details about the movie can be found below!

Please watch in HD with good speakers for the optimal experience. 
You can watch it in 4K here: youtube.com/watch?v=Scxs7L0vhZ4

This is a time-lapse video resulting from a 15,000 km (almost 10,000 miles) long road trip and tens of thousands of images taken along the way over the last 5 months. The journey has covered all of Norway’s 19 counties, from the far south to the Russian border in the Northeast.
The aim of this 5 minute short film is to show the variety of Norway, everything from the deep fjords in the Southwest, to the moon landscape in the North, the Aurora Borealis (Nothern Lights) and the settlements and cities around the country, both in summer and wintertime. The video shows some of the most scenic places in Norway, such as Lofoten, Senja, Helgelandskysten, Geirangerfjorden, Nærøyfjorden and Preikestolen.
If you are interested in reading the tales, seeing behind-the-scenes photos from the journey and a map of the route driven, head over to rustadmedia.com
The soundtrack is custom-made for this film by the very talented fellow Norwegian Jogeir Daae Mæland.
You can buy the song on iTunes: bit.ly/1pCQSLd
Listen to more of his music here: soundcloud.com/j-daae-maeland
All the locations in the video is to be found at rustadmedia.com/locations
The project is supported with gear from Syrp syrp.co.nz
Special thanks to:
Ole Rustad - for great DIY gear
Jogeir Daae Mæland - for the soundtrack and critics along the way
Sunniva Husby Høyning - for, as always, being my most honest and best critic.

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