“GATEAKADEMIET: Springboard or A Parachute”

“GATEAKADEMIET: Springboard or A Parachute”
“Life sometimes asks for springboard or a parachute.” A springboard to push you forward when you feel like you have been stuck in certain point in your life or you don't have any strength or motivations to move forward. Or you might need a parachute to just to relax and let your life slowly move forward, this might be very helpful for those who have been doing too much in their life or have a lot of expectation they feel like they need to fulfill in their life. The above two metaphor which exactly explains the students you meet at Gateakademiet and which is a place that can be both springboard or parachute for them depending upon what they need.
This can be traced back to 1998 when the group of youths in the city of Kristiansand came together to form a theater group called UGRESS. These were the same people who were trouble maker of the city and they needed a place to be and Ugress was that place for them. Most of the youths in this group als…


"What did you get for Christmas?". This might have been the question that probably many of you asked each other after the Christmas celebration or not.  But for the first time I got to spend Christmas outside of my country and it was a very good experience. To begin with I just want to explain in summary in brief how Christmas is celebrated in Nepal. There might be different ways of celebrating it depending on where you live in Nepal too. But for all this year I have been celebrating Christmas by “EK CHAK MITHO KHAYERA, EK JOR RAMRO LAGAYERA”, which if directly translated in English will be “Eating one plate of delicious dish, wearing one pair of nice clothes”. Also, in Nepal Christmas is celebrated on 25th where people gather at church and have a celebration whole day and night (in some places).
In contrast to it, Christmas celebration here was very different but good different. Christmas here is all about families and spending time together with them and lots of gifts (From m…

Waste management in Norway(RETURKRAFT)

RETURKRAFT: One of Scandinavia's most modern and efficient recycling plant located in Kristiansand

During my time at Mandal(I am in another city now, details to follow in next blog) along with my friends got chance to go to a waste management facility in a city called Kristiansand.
The facility was a waste management company called RETURKRAFT. We were given a chance to spend few hours inside the company where we learnt about waste management system in Norway and mostly about Returkraft itself.
The story of Returkraft started from long before when Norwegian Government decided to ban the landfill sites, for those of who don/t know land fill sites are the places where the waste are basically dumped.
The meaning of Returkraft is Return Energy and that is what this facility has been doing since it has been operational in 2010. Here the waste energy is transfered into electricity and also used to provide hot water for the city.
Here the household waste that cannot be recycled are broug…

Bhaat(rice) to Bread

N in both Nepal and Norway stands for Natural beauty both the countries have. As Nepal is quite famous for high Himalayas and all, Norway has it's own way to attract ones attention. Just few weeks in this country and I already realize how diverse within itself is  Norway. The country which is know for its vast "RICHNESS" has a lot of other things to offer too.

Arriving in Norway from Nepal has been good so far. Learning how to adjust in this new place has been exciting too.

Here in Hald everyday starts with a breakfast and a quite time and lecture followed by breaks every 45 minute which also include fruit break and a lunch and lecture again in afternoon. One thing I found interesting is that, here bread really is eaten a lot.  photo: bread used almost for every meal
My friends here are very friendly and kind. It is always good to know about other cultures and learn from them too.
Of course, transitioning always takes time but it is good to have a community who is there for y…