Thinking of Norway

Travel is always on my mind.

Recently, I started looking back at photos from previous travels. When I'm not physically traveling, I just reminisce while looking through all of the photos I've taken. I was reminded of my trip to Scandinavia in 2010. It was a study abroad trip I took with 20 other students in architecture school. This trip was such an amazing experience and I wish I could go back and do it all over again. During this one month summer trip, I visited Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Russia, and Finland. My classmates and I studied the historical, technical, and materialistic elements that define Scandinavian architecture. Since I can't hop on a plane and experience the beauty of Scandinavia once again (oh how I wish I could!), I thought I'd relive it through a blog series that will feature the photos I captured during my time there. I hope you all enjoy it!

Solvorn, Norway

After sitting on a ferry and taking in the gorgeous fjords that surrounded us, we stepped foot in Solvorn. Solvorn is a small village in Norway and I absolutely loved spending time there. Our time there was short, but it was really serene. During all the hustle and bustle of our trip, being in Solvorn is just what I needed. There was a little fog surrounding the village as we explored small shops and lovely views. My friend and I grabbed some tea from a small cafe. It was a little chilly and the birds were chirping softly. I couldn't stop smiling as we walked around the paths around the village. It was just perfect.

Singapore's Masjid Sultan

Masjid Sultan kept showing up in blogs and guidebooks for Singapore, so Afroz and I decided to check it out. It was also time for the afternoon prayer while we were there, so it was convenient to stop and pray there as well. The mosque was built in 1928 and is one of Singapore's most important and well-known mosques. The mosque is very prominent from the outside, with its large dome and tall minarets. The interior is filled with golden floral motifs and Quranic verses. We were able to take a few photos while we were there: