Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Day One at the Cabin


The journey up to the cabin was long and surprisingly silent. Tom Ian was suffering from a bad hangover so slept most of the way and I was far too busy watching the amazing scenery go by to be bothered to wake him up and talk his ear off.
The drive went almost without a hitch, except for the slight traffic jam we encountered due to someone driving off of the road further up. Luckily Tom (Tom Ian's father) noticed other cars were driving around the jam and we decided to follow them. An excellent move, we skipped the traffic and drove on to Voss.
We didn't really stop in Voss, so I can't realistically strike it from my list, but we did briefly stop at the Rema1000 to stock up on supplies. Once we had them, it was back in the car and on to the cabin! Hooray!

Monday, 20 December 2010

Lists

This post shall probably not be all that interesting and for that i apologise, but my head is full of lists so i thought i would share them...


Things to do before Cabintimes:
  1. wrap presents
  2. clean apartment
  3. finish making sweet things (nam)
  4. buy veggie food
  5. wash/pack warm clothes
Things i am looking forward to over the christmas break:
  1. watching a ton of christmas classics
  2. staying in a cabin in the mountains ( i mean fuck yeah!)
  3. reading books for pleasure (thanks becky ;) and not just for school
  4. seasons 3 and 4 of dexter
  5. sleeping, lots and lots of sleeping! 
Things i shall miss this christmas:

  1. Christmas eve drinks with the girlies (and yon)
  2. Waking up waaay early on christmas morning (even before my little sister) because i am just that excited
  3. Chaotic house
  4. The family (obvious one)
  5. Late night shopping under the christmas lights of Leicester. 
Things you should look forward to on this blog:
  1. Christmas cabin blogging
  2. Roll and Rock post
  3. Sworn post (yep finally ticked another thing off my list)
  4. a massive amount of pictures taken by me while in Norway
  5. the usual general rambling (you know you love it)

so untill then i shall sign off from this fairly pointless blog post and bid you adieu

xxx 

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Pepperkakehus!


I går var jeg med Jeanette.
Yesterday i finally met up with Jeanette

Etter at vi traff hverandre på nesttun, drog vi på lagunen.
After we met each other at Nesttun we caught the bus to lagunen .
Hun kjøpte julegaver til venninene sine, og jeg fikk en liten ting også.
She bought christmas gifts for her friends and i got a little something also. 

Monday, 8 November 2010

Sleep Deprived!

I am a right stresshead at the moment which means my sleeping patterns have become far too eratic. pair that with far to many drunken advantures with Nicole, Corrine, Ida and many others and i am one sleep deprived kitten!
so at the moment i am trying to riide out the sleep train in order to re set my body clock at least untill the weekend. i really need to sort my life out because i have exams coming up in less than a month and i am really not ready :(


Things i have enjoyed over the past week or so;
  • halloween at hulen
  • seeing shining at hulen
  • moulin rouge party (essentially getting to dress up like a slut)
  • making a ton of new friends 
  • my new norwegian class! it is so much easier to follow
Things i am looking forward to in the coming weeks;
  • lunsj at Inside with Nicole
  • more hulen times
  • first evening working at hulen
  • adventures - fantoft stave church here we come ;)
Things i am not looking forward too;
  • a 5000 word take home exam! excuse me what now!? 5000 words!? that is almost as much as my bloody dissertation!
  • my bloody dissertation!
  • an oral literature exam for which i have read none of the required books :(
  • basically anything to do with exams!
THE THING I AM MOST EXCITED ABOUT! CHRISTMAS hells yeah! i cannot actually wait... so far it seems to be looking like it will consist of cabins! snow! gingerbread cities! amazing people!  how could it actually get better?

Thursday, 4 November 2010

s'mores!



På søndag nicole og jeg var snakker om mat vi savnet fra hjemme,så vi bestemte oss å lage s’mores!
Vi dro på buttiken og kjøpte, marshmallows, sjokolade og digestives.

omnomnom!
piled up in the oven!

de var bare i ovnen i 3 minutter men vi kunne knapte vente. de var yummy!




omnomnom!


Thursday, 21 October 2010

Hulen staff party and The first flakes of snø


Yesterday Nicole, Corrine and I attended our first Hulen staff party. The theme was the 1952 Oslo winter Olympics or for the slightly less adventurous just 1950’s.

People really went all out which was wonderful to see. People were dressed in snow suits, or even better in Norwegian flag thongs with mini skis on their arms! Nicole and I decided against the Olympics theme and went for the easier option.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Lefse


“Lefse is a traditional soft Norwegian flatbread. Tjukklefse or tykklefse (thick lefse) is thicker and often served with coffee as a cake. Lefse is made out of potato, milk or cream (or sometimes lard) and flour, and cooked on a griddle. Special tools are available for lefse baking, including long wooden turning sticks and special rolling pins with deep grooves.
There are significant regional variations in Norway in the way lefse is made and eaten, but it generally resembles a flatbread, although in many parts of Norway, especially Valdres, it is far thinner. In central Norway, a variation called tynnlefse (thin lefse) is made, which is rolled up with butter, sugar and cinnamon (or with butter and brown sugar).”

Monday, 18 October 2010

Høst i Bergen

So autumn is well and truly here in Bergen, the leaves are golden brown and crunchy underfoot, while the air is crisp and clear, or at least it was before the rain started!
I was going to make this post all about autumn and the things I have been doing but instead I got distracted thinking about all the things I am looking forward to over the coming months. So here are a few of them...

Sunday, 10 October 2010

I haven't forgotten you

Hello there my lovely blog, i haven't forgotten you i am just too damn lazy to write you these days, but i figured it is about time for a short update so here it is...


In the time i have been away i have finished level one of my norwegian class but still feel completely lost! luckily i have also obtained an amazing tutor who not only helps me with the language but also makes me laugh so hard i feel like what ever liquid i am currently drinking is going to come flying out of my nose, not only does this boy tutor me he has also provided me with a huuuge tv and an external cd drive for my computer along with a multitude of hugs. he is quite amazing really.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Day 1 of Orientation week. (16/08/10)

Sven, Kati, Punky Italian guy and I met at the Bybanen station at 8am! and let me tell you know amount of coffee will ever make me believe that this ia a valid time in the day!!!. After walking up the obligatory hills we arrived at the student center and recieved our individual welcome packs insert theatrical woooooo.
I was introduced to 'the other brit' Peter and we all made our way into the auditorium which was shaped like a huge egg and suspended above the reception. vair snazzy and space age for a lecture on important things to know in Norway.

here is what i leant about living in Norway;

Important meetings and our first night out in Bergen - 13th august 2010

I woke up at exactly 8am on the morning of my placement meeting. can you say super nervous!?
dressed pretty smartly in a grey dress with pink leather bag strap doubling as a waist belt, along with the addition of a light grey cardi and pearls i hoped to dazzle this, paul holden, into thinking i am a proper teacher!



Thursday, 12 August 2010

One fine day at Fantoft

I woke up this morning to see the sunshine streaming through my windows, the heat in my room made me feel like i was lying in a sauna! had i been transported to another country while i slept? No i was just experiencing one of the apparently rare hot days in Bergen.
Knowing full well that this could turn into a rain shower at any moment, i jumped out of bed and sent Corinne a text suggesting a picnic in the park opposite Fantoft. she agreed, so i packed a light lunch, grabbed my book and a blanket and then off we went.

A quiet day

Yesterday i woke up with an epic hangover, the kind that makes you see phil collins everywhere! don't understand what i'm talking about?

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Quest to buy Coffee...

Since arriving in Norway i have had a strong craving for coffee, ideally a starbucks caramel macchiato but as Norway doesnt have starbucks i am forced to find a cheap alternative.A very good friend of mine, Ørjan told me about a scheme that statoil petrol stations have here, where you buy a coffee cup more like a thermos for 145kr which you can then fill up for free for the rest of the year. this to me sounded like the perfect idea, and yes i hear you asking why don't i just buy a kettle, coffee, some milk and make it myself? well the answer to that is i am a cheap lazy student who cant afford that! so i asked Ørjan to help me search the internets for a statoil station near me, unfortunately there wasn't one within walking distance, but i was not discouraged. I figured i have a monthly buss/bybanen pass now which means i can travel for free so i might as well make use of it. I decided to find a statoil long the bybanen route, lo and behold there was one just a short walk according to googlemaps from the stop Danmarksplass , a mere 5 bybanen stops from me, it is also a 20min walk from danmarksplass to the university an early morning plan was forming! so off i go to find this statoil in the hopes that it will fulfil my coffee craving.

Bergen og Fantoft

this will be another long one probably with not too many pictures as i am lazy :P but i figured it would be best to catch up the blog so all of my post don't have to be soo long!

The airport buss flybussen, dropped me off outside of the busstation, but unfortunately in my sleep deprived state i could not work out where the entrance was so i decided to stealthily follow a group of studenty looking folk to see if they could guide me there. apparently not :/ i was following so stealthily that i lost them within minutes but had luckily found myself right near the trainstation. internally jumping for joy there must be a tourist information in here there wasnt! but i did see a sign for luggage lockers yay a chance to relive myself of 41kg of weight, more internal happydancing was had!. the only lockers left available were right at the top, waay out of my reaching range especially holding a 22kg bag above me but luckily a nice (possibly drunk) norwegian man took pity on me and helped me pile my bags into the lockers. free at last from the weight i decided it was time to find the student center.

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Reisen til Norge

(be warned this is probably a long one)

Final preparations for my trip to Bergen began on the 3rd August, i spent the whole morning packing and re packing my suitcases in the hope that they would not be too far over the weight limit - which meant i had to leave a fair amount of my things behind - sad times- i am far too materialistic for my own good :Pbut finally i managed to get packed and ready to leave.The first destination on my Journey was south london in order to say goodbye to my family and to avoid having to drive to the airport from Leicester at stupid o clock in the morning. Driving down to london was so fun especially watching my sister Alice mime along to the new eminiem song feat rihanna.when we got to London we headed straight to my aunts house so i could say goodbye to my beautiful cousins;

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Ticket Booked!

the title really says it all i have finally booked my plane ticket. I am officially moving to Bergen on August 4th 2010 and i am damn excited!

I decided to move in quite early as i thought it would be nice to get a chance to explore the city a little before all the introductory classes and lectures start.

So now all i really have to do is decide what im going to take with me, two 20kg suitcases really doesn't seem enough :/ where will all my shoes live!? although as i am losing weight at the moment chances are i will have to do some shopping before i go *le sigh* it's a hard life!

**in other news**
I have just gotten back from my camping holiday to camber sands in sussex and i am vair tanned which i am enjoying lots but now it is back to the drudgery of Leicester and work at least the sun is still shining :)

right i'm off to do some inventory of the huge pile of clothes and shoes on my floor most of which i am pretty sure i will never wear again ha!

kyss kyss beaches!

Saturday, 26 June 2010

Best letter ever!



Ok so possibly the title of this post is a slight exageration but it certainly felt like that when i opened up my post this morning to see my letter of acceptance from University of Bergen!!

Now that i am 100% sure that i am going i have sooo much to organise, luckily i have already sorted out housing which is one less worry!

39 days to go untill the big move and i am soo excited!

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Life Update

Ok so a few people have been nagging me about updating this blog so here i am updating!
the reason i haven't updated in a while is because this blog was meant to be about things i want to do when im IN Noway which i'm not at the moment, that will come in August, so untill then i will try and update it with my preparations for moving :)

expect some more posts soon!

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Try smoked salmon

I actually tried this a few weeks ago and the experience was erm strange. not horrible but very different to anything i have ever tried and quite salty.

The reason i decided to try fish is because the last time i was in Norway everyone seemed to think i was completely crazy for not eating meat or fish and it definitely restricted my options at meal times so i have decided to be a lot more open to trying new things including meat and fish...we shall see how it goes!

Monday, 1 March 2010

Listen

Here is the list as it stands at the moment, I'm sure i'm going to add to it loads as i think of more things i want to do or see:

  • see the northern lights.
  • try hjemmebrent (karsk).
  • read a whole book in norwegian.
  • visit Alta.
  • try lappe.
  • celebrate 17 mai in Norway.
  • go skiing.
  • have a picture taken in Hell.
  • try akevit.
  • visit preikestolen.
  • hold a whole conversation in norwegian.
  • get a tattoo.
  • see kaisers orchestra
  • swim in a fjord
  • try smoked salmon
  • take fløybanen
  • To run in the midnight sun marathon (probably 4.2 or 10k)
That's all i can think of off the top of my head.

kyss kyss

Selina

Sunday, 28 February 2010

en idé

My housemate Linda and I were in the kitchen today talking about general things, when we started talking about different types of food she had tried since moving to England; crumpets, flapjacks etc, which got us on to the topic of the things i am looking forward to trying during my Exchange to Norway (if it ever gets sorted)which is when i came up with the idea of writing a list!

The plan is to write a list of all the things i would like to try, see and do while i am in Norway (from the huge and amazing things such as seeing the northen lights to the much smaller things like trying lappe) and then each time i am able to tick something off the list i will write an entry of my blog about it!

The List isn't fully compiled yet so that will have to be my next entry.

kyss kuyss

Selina.