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In the Land of Giants - Norway
The barren, rocky landscape of Jotunheimen (English: The Home of the Giants) is a stark contrast to Norway's many lush forests; a contrast intensified when you fall asleep on the bus, surrounded by tree-covered hills, and wake up to see only grass, rocks, shrubs, and rugged mountains, rising out of the earth like waking giants. It was like waking up on an entirely different world. As a part of the excursion, we hiked to the top of one of those mountains — Bitihorn. It is from there, exhausted and sore from the rough 2000 ft. ascent, that I captured this picture. Even though I was surrounded by many of my fellow international students, the extensive Norwegian landscape and immense sky made me feel incredibly small and insignificant until I realized that, as a member of the international community, I can break down mountains — mountains that still separate many countries of the world — through friendship, peace, and an open-mind.
That Aha Moment
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