Falling into autumn

Autumn in Norway means increasing darkness and decreasing temperatures. The Norwegian word, høst, literally translates to the main activity of this season: harvest. Though agriculture is no longer as dominant as it once was in Norway, there are still remnants of its influence in the culture and lifestyles of many Norwegians.

Østbanehallen Oslo

This weekend, Østbanehallen offered a taste of autumn with guided tours of the newly refurbished hall and its assortment of restaurants. Conveniently situated by the Opera House and Karl Johans gate, Østbanehallen is the oldest part of Oslo Central Station and offers a glimpse into Oslo’s history and how rapidly the city has adapted to a changing world.

Fjøla Restaurant serves up samples of Norwegian classics

A selection of chocolate goods sold at Dropsen

A variety of snacks offered by Bella Bambina

View of Ostbanehallen

Whether you are in the mood for traditional Norwegian food or an American burger, you are bound to find restaurants to suit your tastes at Østbanehallen!

XOXO HONG PHUC

On top of the world

View of Manhattan from the One World Observatory

On 29 May, 2015, the One World Observatory officially opened its doors to the public, allowing visitors to gaze at the glory of New York City from the top of the tallest building in the Western hemisphere. This summer, I finally experienced the breathtaking views and interesting displays offered from the top of One World Trade Center, colloquially known as the “Freedom Tower”.

The Freedom Tower is a spectacular monument to the intellectual height of humanity. Constructed in the vicinity of Ground Zero, the building is a defiant testimony of how America stands resolutely for liberty despite challenges to her ideals.

View of the Statue of Liberty from the One World Observatory

View of the Statue of Liberty from the One World Observatory

The One World Observatory experience begins with a journey through the foundation of the building, leading to an elevator ride that shows a time-lapse video of New York City transforming from barren lands to a forest of skyscrapers. Then, you can take in a panoramic view of the landscape below and wonder at the feats of greatness achieved by humanity to this day.

 

Even if you cannot make it to the Observatory, the Freedom Tower itself is a sublime sight to behold, both day and night.

The Freedom Tower, day and night

If you are ever in NYC, seeing the Freedom Tower and visiting the One World Observatory is truly “an experience above”.

XOXO HONG PHUC