Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Guest blogging!

As readers of this blog know last week I travelled to Finland to participate in the Nordic Sustainable Campus Network seminar. I was asked to write up a blog post for the Grønt UiO blog... so if you are interested check it out.

Also, over the past few months I have written up a couple short articles/interviews for the Norwegian Latin American Network (NorLARNet) blog. These can be found here.

That´s all for now!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Baltic Adventure part 2: Tallinn

After things wrapped up at the NSCN seminar in Espoo I made my way to the docks in Helsinki to catch the boat to Tallinn. The boat was quite decent and really quite fast... which of course was nice. Tallinn is really charming and is a interesting mix of medieval and soviet influences. The city was damaged quite heavily during the second world war, but they have really done a good job of fixing it up and bringing Estonia's capital back to its former glory. I had quite a nice time walking around the city taking photos, however the one major downside was the weather which was quite cold indeed. One of the nicest things about Tallinn is how cheap it is, especially when you compare it to Helsinki or Oslo. Even in the most touristy parts of the old city it is not that hard to get yourself a decent meal and beer for around 8 euro... so yeah, loved that! Anyway I hope you enjoy the photos.

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Baltic Adventure part 1: Helsinki and Espoo

This week I made my way to Altoo University (thanks to a grant from Grønt UiO) in Espoo Finland to participate in a two day seminar hosted by the Nordic Sustainable Campus Network. The seminar brought together representatives from several Nordic universities concerned with promoting green issues on and off campus. While efforts such as setting up on-campus recycling programs and making it easier for students to bike to class are positive in of themselves, the most important role these kind of university organizations fulfill is that of providing an example to the rest of society. Needless to say the seminars where very interesting and I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to attend and meet so many wonderful people. Anyway after the conference was done I decided to poke around Helsinki a bit and then head over to Tallinn for a couple days (which I will cover in tomorrows post). Finland was really quite beautiful... though it was incredibly cold; when I arrived the thermostat marked a chilly -22 Celsius. It was however really pleasant and I really enjoyed trekking around the campus snapping photos and then making my way in to those world famous Finish saunas. I have to confess that I thought the whole sauna thing was just a stereotype... well it turns out its not, saunas are everywhere... in most apartments, in student housing dorms, in hotels, community centres, you name it! Being Yucateco the idea of making yourself that hot on purpose (upwards of 80c.) seemed rather counter intuitive... but I have to admit that I came to really enjoy it! Anyway I hope you enjoy the pictures and that you come back tomorrow for the Estonia pics!

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Beer run to Denmark

Last week I took an over night cruise to the northern Danish city of Frederikshavn to pick up some groceries and beer in what seems to be turning in to a yearly tradition for me. Though prices are quite a bit lower in Denmark than they are here in Norway, the shopping was really just an excuse to take advantage of the free trip the cruise lines offer during the winter... presumably because they realize it is way to cold for any sensible person to want to travel. The cruise company makes back the revenue by selling over priced food and trinkets in the on-board shops. Yes the food is mediocre, yes its over priced... and yes the selection is not that great, but the prices (and much of the selection) are still better than in Norway so once those shop doors open people just flood through. The the town of Frederikshavn itself is small but fairly nice... however cruise passengers don't really get to see to much of it since only a couple of hours are afforded to exploration and off the boat shopping before the ship is Norway bound once again.In any case here are the pics!