We took a 2 week trip to Norway this past summer, and I was not fully prepared for the stunning grandeur of the Norwegian landscape. We flew into Oslo where we spent a few days. Then, we were on a cruise up the coast to the charming town of Trondheim. From there, we took a 6 hour train ride to Bergen, the capital of the Fjords, and then on to Flam. Finally, we took a ferry through the Fjords where sat open mouthed at jaw dropping waterways.
The Fjords were created by glaciers in the earth’s last ice age where they cut through the landscape creating steep valleys. It is like taking a boat through the history of the earth and you can’t help, but feel connected to nature in a way that is so intimate. I felt like Mother Nature was my grandmother telling me her secret stories. I felt honored.
Using cardboard and construction paper I made this cardboard collage that does absolutely no justice to the beauty of the country. However, in making it, I was taken back to our trip and the memories came alive, as I cut and painted and played. The practice of creating something while meditating on a memorable trip helped me to relive the beauty and now share it with you.
Go to this Instagram Reel to see the cardboard craft it in action!
Norway is the things that fantastical dreams are made of. If I believed in a majestic heaven with angels and fairies and rainbows, then Norway would definitely be it. Thank you beautiful country for your warm (well cold and rainy!) hospitality.
“Once a year go somewhere you have never been before.”—Dalai Lama
I feel gratitude for being able to take my son to places like Norway. As a child I always enjoyed family trips. My childhood trips involved mostly Disney World and Sanibel Island in home state of Florida peppered with a trip to Jamaica and New York City to visit my grandmother. Travel was a time to breathe out and explore, to feel new and different. I am grateful for that.