Work + travel

summer internship

Summer is slowly coming towards the end and so is my internship with Equinor, so I can finally share some more details on what I have been doing this past two and a half months. I've been very fortunate to intern twice at the biggest company in Norway, last year working in Stavanger and this year closer to home, in Oslo. Both times working in HR and business/ brand communications.

My tasks were really varied and I have collaborated with a range of different people and disciplines, but my main priority however, has been in employer branding activities, specifically content marketing. It's been an amazing job because it has given me the opportunity to travel and meet new people all the time. The best part is that I get to combine my hobbies, creativity and business education into my career, while at the same time learn so much more about the company, the industry, and develop my professional network along the way. 

Bergen

This week I was on a business trip to Bergen to wrap up my final series of location videos that I have been producing throughout this summer. As a multinational company, Equinor aims to showcase more of its culture and different office locations around the world, and I'm excited that I've managed to kick-off this project not only in Norway and the UK, but also in Houston, Texas, and more pending locations such as Brazil, Singapore, Russia etc. It's been a lot of fun working with a project that has fed my wanderlust. 

With the camera with me at all times, I took the opportunity to film some short clips of Bergen during my visit this week. The video below is completely unrelated to work, but shows a little bit of my days exploring the city after work hours. Last year when I was there I stayed the weekend as well, but I didn't have time this time so here are some super brief snippets:

Despite being the second largest city in Norway, Bergen is famous for its small-town charm. It's picturesque mountain and fjords landscape, cobblestone alleyways and wooden houses, and of course, the delicious fresh seafood at the buzzing fish markets are reasons alone to visit. Last year I stayed at Hotel Scandic Strand with epic views of Brygga, while this year I stayed in the historic Villa Terminus in the city center. It was such a lovely experience, and I'd highly recommend it to anyone visiting Bergen. The food there was amazing too. I'd go to sleep early only to fast forward to breakfast.

And although the weather wasn't great this week, I still managed to hike up and down Mount Fløyen without getting soaked in the rain. The Fløibanen was definitly an option, but you don't get twice as good the view from there than if you were to do the hike. I'd rather save the cable car experience for Ulriken643, which is another great attraction in Bergen. You can read more about my previous trip to Bergen and Ulriken-experience here.

I hope you enjoyed my little update from Bergen. I still have one more week of work left and then I'm off to Croatia. So excited to explore a new country, reunite with the mister and get a proper beach vacation after working this whole summer. Until next time!

Exploring Bergen

My internship this summer sent me on a business trip to Bergen, so I took full advantage and set out to explore the city during the weekend off work. I stayed at Hotel Scandic Strand, situated only 200 meters away from the picturesque Bryggen and overlooking Mount Fløyen. I couldn't have asked for a more central location to maximise my four days of solo-exploration.

Bergen is known as the rainiest city in Norway. While I was there, it had been raining 138 out of 175 days. It rained every single day in the whole month of June! Surprisingly not my visit was no exception, but for some miraculous reason I managed to stay dry during my entire hike up to Mount Fløyen. I even got some sun as I reached the peak. On the way down I took the famous Fløibanen funicular for the sake of experiencing it, but I enjoyed the hike better - less crowded, and free.

Mount Ulriken was next on the itinerary. Ulriken643 Panorama Tour took me to the top of the mountain by cable car in 7 minutes, and the full view of Bergen from the top was just beautiful. Sea, fjords and hills in one scenery easily make Bergen one of the prettiest countries in Norway. 

I hiked all the way down instead of taking the cable car, which I realised half way wasn't the best decision this time. It was a long, tough route covered in slippery mud and it was pouring rain too - definitely not ideal when traveling alone after 6pm. In other words, these were the moments my mom always warned me about. Nevertheless I'm glad I was accompanied by two other hikers who made the experience feel a little bit safer.