26 May 2016

Bumming Around Bergen: Troldhaugen and the Edvard Grieg Museum

I have a soft spot for museums related to musical figures. After all, I was a musician in a past life. So when I was in Bergen, I checked out the Edvard Grieg Museum, located south of the city, easily reachable by tram. Troldhaugen is the name of his summer villa, a small house located near the water. The views are great, though I suppose it would be more wonderful if one visited later in the year when the trees are in full bloom.

24 May 2016

The Public and Religious Exceptionalism

If you have been following the news lately, you probably have encountered the phrase "Religious Liberty Laws" every now and then. Basically, these are laws in various different domains trying to "protect" people's liberties when it comes to religion. Alternatively, these are laws designed to institutionalize discrimination, so to speak. After all, religion and religious beliefs aren't the most egalitarian out there. Plenty of religions think that their own imaginary man in the heaven is better than the other person's imaginary man in heaven, and that if you don't switch allegiance to these imaginary men, then you're better off dead.

22 May 2016

Bumming Around Bergen: Bryggens Museum

After checking out Bryggen, I went around the block to check out the Bryggens Museum. This is a museum managed by the city, and it features very interesting things about the city. In fact, after visiting this place, I learned a lot about the city. It was definitely very informative.

20 May 2016

Probable Title: Zero Probability

It's been a while since I have been to the Hebbel am Ufer. This arts center is rather known for producing very avant-garde and new pieces, and last summer we saw one such performance. It took us a year to get back here, this time watching Probable Title: Zero Probability, by Hito Steyerl and Rabih Mroue.

18 May 2016

Bumming Around Bergen: Bryggen

The place that everyone ends up visiting in Bergen is Bryggen. This is the oldest part of the city, and if you see the structures, you'll definitely think that this is from a different era altogether.