The former school on the Kings street

This is an old school building in the city centre of Kristiansand known as Kongensgate skole (the Kings street school). The building itself was built 1897-1899, and the architect was Richard Mauritz Tønnesen. As a fun fact about the building, you might see that there is a difference in the windows on the building. It was apparently meant to be that the different floors of the building had windows with a different shapes.

The building is no longer in use as a school, and has been used for multiple things the last couple of years, including plays and a place for beggars and others to spend the night in the winter. It is currently being discussed what is to be done with the place, and it seems it will be turned into apartments at some point.

This picture was taken in mid-February 2017, where the streets Kongens gate and Holbergs gate cross, and the building is situated.

Giraffes in Denmark?

In early June I went on a road trip to Denmark (with a quick stop in Germany as well), and one of the places we visited was Givskudd Zoo.

Givskudd Zoo started in 1969 with lions as only animal, and is therefore known as Løveparken (the lion park) for many. Now there are many more species, where giraffes are one of them. The zoo and safari park has large enclosures for the animals, and it’s possible to walk and drive around parts of the park.

The red boxes that aren’t busses

When visiting London as a tourist, you’ll focus on some of the red stuff to be found in the city. Whether it be the red busses or the phone boxes. Possibly because they stick out in the city, possibly because they’re obvious things telling you where you are without needing to be in the middle of a people-filled landmark, also it’s what book, tv-shows and movies show from London.

This picture was taken in mid-April 2016 in Bayswater in London. Walking around we passed these phone boxes when there weren’t that many around, so if felt like a nice time to capture them.

Ruten in Sandnes

Ruten in Sandnes is not the prettiest place, but it usually serves its purpose. It’s mostly a place-to-arrange-stuff/parking-space/etc. The picture was taken late July 2013, when they were getting ready for the yearly Blink-festival hosted in Sandnes. The Blink-festival is a Ski-festival held in the summer, without any snow. The skis are roller-skis, and usually at least parts of the Norwegian National teams in Cross-Country and Biathlon will compete with other great international athletes. You can read more about the event here.

Squirrel in the park

While it’s not an uncommon sight in the parks in London to see squirrels, it seems to be an eye-catching thing for tourists, including myself. In mid-April 2016, we hung around and walked through enough parks in London, to find more than enough squirrels running around and crawling up trees.

Duckies!

Now I’m probably panicking about finishing the semester, so here’s some duckies. These ducks were swimming around my legs as I popped my legs in the lake on our way back from a walk where I wore the wrong shoes. Let me tell you, the water felt great on my feet and the ducks were pretty cute. This was in May 2015.

Happy 17th of May!

Tomorrow is the 17th of May, which is a big deal in Norway. This picture was taken 17th of May 2016, when I watched the Peoples Parade in Stavanger.

One of my major pet peeves is people constantly “bending” further and further out in the street, and not caring that the people around you might also have people or parts of the parade they want to see. So if you’re ever in Norway on the 17th of May, you should definitely watch any parades in the area you are, and not do this.

I’ve written more about the 17th of May celebrations before, here, here and here.

The Øresund Bridge

In late July 2016 we were traveling around Skagerak and Kattegat, which meant driving across the Øresund bridge, that goes between Denmark and Sweden. Luckily, the weather wasn’t too bad this day, so we actually had a pretty good view of the area.

The tiny dude and the dangerous visit to a factory

Also known as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. In mid-April 2016 when we visited London, one of the things we wanted to do was go to a musical. And our choice ended up being Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which was pretty great. There were good music, fun effects, great actors, and all in all you could see that there had been put a lot of effort into making it as great as it was.

The West End run ended on the 7th of January 2016, but the musical runs on Broadway, and seems to have a UK-tour stating at some point in 2017.

Palads in Copenhagen

This is a theatre in Copenhagen. It lies on Axeltorv, and was painted the bright colors back in 1989. This picture was taken in mid-July 2016, when the theatre was a bright place to aim for to get to our hotel nearby.

It’s also near the Tivoli and Rådhuspladsen (City Hall Square), so pretty central if those are the things you’ve chosen a hotel or place to live from.

As far as I can understand, there might be plans for the theatre to be demolished, but I don’t think anything is set in stone yet. But if you want to see a movie there, maybe check before going.