Last week, a terrorist attack rocked one of the world's most neutral and seemingly quiet nations. The attacks that took place in Norway left over 70 people dead and many wondering -- how did this happen and why Norway?
Last Friday night (Taiwan time), I remember casually glancing at Facebook updates on my iPhone when something caught my eye. I read it three times just to be sure - a fellow friend and TravBuddy, Liz (Quest), posted that Oslo had just been the site of a bomb explosion.
We instantly turned on the TV and watched CNN International, which was still only getting a few initial images and limited information at that moment. It brought back a flood of memories from 09/11 and watching the terror unfold live on television that morning. While the coverage on CNN International was pretty thorough, I learned from a friend and colleague back in the United States that the domestic feed of CNN was sporadic and limited to periodic updates interspersed throughout regular programming. While everything was unfolding during the second attack on the Youth Camp, Liz was online providing updates and reliable information from news sources back in Norway itself.
Since the tragic events of Friday, July 22nd, I've been searching for the right way to pay tribute to our TravBuddies in Norway and express our support during such a difficult and tragic time.
Today, I am going to let Liz, one of our more well-known Norwegian TravBuddies, have the floor.
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