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i normally do not enjoy museums. they are spaces where i often feel awkward and out of place. museums can be intimidating and unwelcoming with their crowds of visitors and don’t-touch-anything policies. when i travel, i almost never go to museums. i prefer to just ramble the streets, enter shops and cafes and do people-watching. if i am familiar with a place, however, things are different.

last year, i stayed in oslo for five months. with my friend one day, we went on our regular walk through the city and discovered what i could call one of the best museums i have ever been to: the oslo-school museum. we both were so impressed that we returned a month later with a camera. the museum tells the story of schools in oslo through recreating actual classrooms and school spaces from 1900, 1950 and 1970. you can sit behind desks, leaf through students’ note-books and teachers’ journals, play the dentist, or learn a thing or two about wood-working and patch-making. all the objects are real artifacts, not mock-ups, which lends an atmosphere of unadulterated realness. it is as if you’ve stepped into a classroom after the students have just left for recess or lunch. it is that moment that the museum so cleverly captures.

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i haven’t been to crete in a few years now. it is at its most beautiful in winter, when it rains. the island turns green, the skies are dramatic, and there is no dust. and almost no vacationers…

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