Sunday, April 5, 2009

Lindesnes Fyr, Norway

Here  comes one of my world's favourite destinations, on an absolutely amazing postcard! With beautiful scenery and a lovely lighthouse!
Lindesnes is the end where the mainland sinks into the sea. It is a lighthousemuseum and a touristspot visited of thousands of tourists every year. It is the southernmost point of Norway and literally it means 'arching land peninsula'. If im right, fyr is actually the Norwegian word for a lighthouse...

If you have been coming around for a while, then you know how i feel about Norway and how much i would like to visit it one day and so on. Well, for the past few days ive been having some other ideas going thru my head. There is this agency here, you know, one of those 'work and travel' ones...well, they offer some opportunities to go to UK, US, Germany...and Norway! Right now the offer is to go to a family who lives on a farm and to help them with that...of course, they provide you accomodation, food and stuff like that, and you are obliged to work a particular number of hours for them. Ok, i think i might be very lousy with it, and all that farm work, though you can never tell something unless you try....and somehow i want to try. Well...i cant just leave NOW, since i have to work until the end of the semester and i still have no idea how all the procedures are...since there is the worst one, called, VISA approval...and if im not approved a visa to stay there, then i can just dream those cows and chickens and pigs...but, what im trying to say is that, im just willing to try it out....maybe in the summer, i dont know..maybe till then, some new opportunities will arise...like au-pair...i know there is this girl who is in Norway and is looking after some children, and they communicate in English, while she is studying Norwegian at some school...maybe i should get in touch with her and see whats the deal...I know there are loads of things that need to be taken in account, but for the starters, i have the desire for it...even though im a bit afraid...and i know i will miss my family a lot...but apart from them, i realized that not many other things are keeping me here...the things that matter to me, are miles and miles away, and it feels as my care is in vain...since it isnt mutual...i know that this going away somewhere, to a certain degree is like trying to run away from the problems....but sometimes you just have to do it, since where you are, you just keep spinning around the same point all over again....and i know that once i come back i will face the same old things again.....if i come back...

5 comments:

judamore said...

Hello! I'm judamore, from postcrossing :)

Оксана said...

I understand you very well... Of course, my situation is a bit different... But still, I'm also planning to go abroad for a longer period of time, to study in a university. It's my dream, but on the other hand, due to some circumstances that don't depend on me, I have nearly no choice, so it's not just that I want to go... I actually have to. I also need a visa for a long-term stay, but it's easy to get one and it's a country that I know well, so perhaps it's a bit easier in my case. But still, I'm afraid I wouldn't be approved at the university, I'm afraid my knowledge of some subjects isn't good enough... I'm afraid I could get disappointed after some time.. And I'm afraid of changes in general, but sometimes we just need them in our lives. I always say it's better doing something than to regret not doing it.
I think you should just follow your dreams and believe that each experience makes you a better person :)

Ana said...

if such decisions werent so hard to make...and if they only didnt involve a number of other things and circumstances...and if only i wasnt thinking so much about each and every tiny detail :)

i understand your fears...all i can do is keep fingers crossed for you...though, knowing you, im pretty sure you'll do well...and if you need any moral encouragement, we are here :)
Good Luck!
ps. is it Ukraine we are talking about, or Belgium?

Оксана said...

Thanks for your support, it's really important for me :)

I was talking about Ukraine... I've been to Belgium for many times, because he used to work there and he's married to a woman, who lives there. And of course I've visited many other West European countries, because everything is so close there :) I'm glad about it, because if I didn't have this experience, I would always wonder if it wasn't better to live in West Europe. There are many wonderful cities and towns, I've seen many places that I know from the history lessons... But no, West Europe isn't the right place for me. Average West Europeans are different than East Europeans, they seem to be more isolated and more depressed, even though they have less material/financial problems than we do. I could learn any language, I could get used to living there, but I would always feel that I'm a stranger, just because I have another mentality. The other problem is that immigrants from East Europe often don't get enough respect in West countries, there are many stupid jokes about us... And even if you try not to care, after some time you may start to think you're really worse. But that's just my opinion, everyone has some stereotypes and prejudices :)

I know it may be hard to live in Ukraine, especially now, when the whole country is in a very deep crisis. But, as long as I'll be studying, I don't have to worry that much about it and I hope in 5 years something would change. First I wanted to study Ukrainian philology in Poland, but later Imet some students and I realized that I wouldn't learn anything there, because after one year of studies they still had problems with the alphabet :) So I decided it would be better to become a specialist in politology, which interests me as well... and to learn Ukrainian on native level by studying in Ukraine. And I feel I have to try it :)
I'm sorry for writing so much... Actually, I would be glad to write you a letter, if you didn't mind having a penpal at my age ;)

Ana said...

a letter? would you believe me if i told you that i would be more than happy and glad to write letters with you? I really mean it! I would really LOVE to have you as my pen-pal! :)