Christmas feels is here! I’m so happy to have finally visited the Christmas Market in Bergen. It’s very beautiful because of the lights, decors and the people who are having a good time at the market with their love ones. This Christmas market is not that big compared to other Christmas markets in other parts of Europe (or the world) but you can find good stuff and good food here. There are also tivoli rides for the young ones and for the young at hearts.
And because I got busy with food, I only took few shots.
Whenever I’m not at work, home and travelling, I’m definitely busy with my studies. Yes, I’m studying again. This time, it is relevant to my job experience (in health sector) and I can say that I’m thriving in this program. Thriving because when people ask me why I chose to take this course, I cannot help but talk about it with enthusiasm. Also, as I’ve mentioned above, this is relevant to my work as an assistant at the home nursing job that I have.
I’m studying Bachelor of Science Major in Radiography at the University College of Bergen (Høgskolen på Vestlandet). I just started this fall and I’m so glad that I’ve chosen this program.
Before I continue, let me tell you what a radiographer is, because most of the people I know thought that I’m going to be a spesialist in X ray imaging or AKA radiologist.
A radiographer is someone who takes X ray images of patients. In addition to that, they also perform CT scan examination and MRI examinations to diagnose for example, an injury. Depending on what country the radiographer is working at, the scope of work task is different. Like for example, here in Norway, the radiographers are very hands on to their patients and they administer medicines and etc. Unlike in the other countries, the radiographer’s only task is to take X rays and report to the radiologist.
A radiologist on the other hand is a medical doctor (a physician) and is a specialist in using medical images to diagnose and treat a disease.
In order to be a good radiographer, it is important that you know your anatomy, radiological physics and radiographic positioning. The photo above, is a photo of Bontrager’s handbook.
This is the school’s X ray lab. I love how we can come here anytime to practice what we’ve learned in the classroom and to master the art of conventional X ray. Don’t worry, we only practice on phantoms and not on each other!
And because we are training to be a professional radiographer and health worker, discipline in the field is a must. Hence, the uniform.
Some of the reasons why I chose to study radiography is that the idea that I’ll get to work with high-tech equipments, work with patients and work with research. A radiographer is not limited by x ray/CT/MRI machine alone, but he/she also do research. Because the health sector is constantly changing.
The Bachelor program at the University College of Vestlandet is 3 years to complete and has 180 units. On the job training is included. All of the lectures and exams are in Norwegian, except for one of the subjects in the last semester (I think).
Wow. I have been living in Bergen for nine months now. Who would have thought that I am going to survive here? Did I become so Bergensk now that I become used to the rain?
At first, I was really optimistic about the weather even though I know that it rains a lot here in Bergen. Then I was surprised to have witnessed and experienced the amount and the duration of rain. So the saying “When it rains, it pours.” is applicable here because it can rain up to 14 days continuously. Stavanger is nothing compared to Bergen when it comes to the amount of rain.
I once asked a colleague at work about how she feels about summer in Bergen this year. She said that she misses the sun but the rain is pretty normal this time of the year. Haha! Typical Bergensk! They do not complain about the rain!
I admit that I get depressed sometimes with this gloomy weather. Who does not? But there are things that I do to keep my sanity like workout indoors, play video games, hang out with friends, hike and take photos. Speaking of photos, here are the shots that I took in Sandviken last week. It was raining here I swear!
At the beginning of this year Fjordline has started offering domestic travels between Bergen and Stavanger. For your info the cruiseship that goes from Bergen to Stavanger is the same as the one going to Hirthsals Denmark. It’s just that before it was not possible to only take the boat on short distance routes like Bergen-Stavanger. I guess the management thought that by accepting passengers who are traveling to and from the two cities would earn them extra income. And besides the ship docks in Tananger, Stavanger to pick up passengers traveling to Denmark.
I find this way better than taking the bus, because you can relax the whole journey, eat at the cafe, drink wine or just enjoy the view and plus a one way ticket would only costs you 200 NOK regardless when you book your ticket! Good deal, right? Unlike the bus (Kystbussen), it would costs you at least 540 NOK and that’s if you book the ticket two days ahead of your travel date. The travel time is almost the same as taking the bus but the comfort is much better than taking the bus. However, the ship docks at Tananger and not in Stavanger center. You will need to book a bus if you want to proceed to the town proper. Fjordline’s bus fair costs 75 NOK. But still the total fair is cheaper.
Since this route is a short distance one, I am not allowed to buy anything from the tax free shop. If you want to shop tax free then you should be traveling for at least 24 hours abroad. But don’t worry. The prices on board are not bad!
So what are you waiting for? Book your trip now! 🙂
Because it’s Earth Day yesterday, I’m sharing one of my favorite nature shots. This shot was taken two weeks ago during one of my hikes with Zorro at Åsane Norway. It’s not our first time in this place, but for me this is an achievement because I reached the place without a guide. The hike is not hard but I’m glad I did it on my own. I’m finally learning to trust my instincts and conquer my fear of getting lost.