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Integration Across Different Worlds

So much has happened since I moved to Hanoi last summer, so much that I find it hard to believe it was only 5 months ago. The last months have given me experiences that I will treasure for the rest...

Speaking of Normality

It's funny how fast you end up adapting to a new environment. Everything that felt like taken out of a movie from another world just two weeks ago has started to feel normal. At least I don't feel ...

Hanoi - The City On Wheels

It's been one week since I moved to Hanoi to start as a trainee at the Norwegian Embassy for 6 months, and the city has already managed to take a huge grip around my heart. The trip over here was t...

If You Never Try You'll Never Know

I am so happy to be able to be writing, after such a long time, while sitting in the kitchen of my old student shareflat in Oslo. This is thanks to my good friend Sigurd who always lets me borrow h...

A Different Shade of Beautiful

The Parisian summer was warm and beautiful, and I did get to enjoy it in between my search for a place to live. It's been a bit more than a month now since I moved into my new home; a small, but co...

Under the Parisian Sun

There it is; I have finally moved to Paris. To the city where street artists fill the air with nostalgic music that reminds you of one of those films you've seen where the girl gets the man she wan...

Flying from the distance

I guess it's not always true what people say, that love hits you in the face when you least expect it. Sometimes it comes flying from the distance like an unknown bird;you have a vague feeling abou...

The End is Only a New Beginning

Suddenly I'm standing there at the railway station. My belongings from the last 9 months are packed down in two heavy suitcases standing next to me. I remember how everything seemed so strange and ...

Pieces of the Whole

It feels so good to be back on track, after five long days staying at home. Thank you Alexandre for stepping by to check on me every day - you're the best. Now the flu is gone, I'm back at the gym,...

Travelling through East..eh Central Europe!

As I'm writing this I'm more or less isolated at home with my faithful Tiga, on my fifth day of having the flu. I'll give it two more days, can't waste time like this! Besides, it's a mystery how t...

"Take a look around before looking ahead"

Time to be a bit nostalgic. From time to time I get these rushes of memories hitting me in the stomac, reminding me of something that once was. Like the summer before I left Norway to move to Franc...

What's next?

Another birthday, another year has passed! This time I got to celebrate it in France, enjoying dinner with three of the people that are the most important to me here. Eventually, I ended up having ...

Then Winter Came Along

I have now experienced that no place is free of winter, not even the south of France. I had started to believe that spring had come early, after having experienced a week in January measuring 15 de...

Culturecrash, yes please!

As I'm sitting home, sipping to a glass of my new favourite wine, I thought it was a good occation to write some positive thoughts. And for the record, I just decided that it's completely ok to be ...

Some Merry Christmas Reflections..

Another Christmas and another holiday is (soon) over, and this one has left an extra strong impression on me. There is of course something wonderful with indulging to the Christmas spirit every yea...

PAR(ad)IS

Time has been going so fast lately! It feels like ages ago that I arrived in France, and yet it hasen't been more than about 3 months. Bizarre. When that is said, I've been feeling a bit strange la...

Nomatter where you are, it's your friends who make your world

Since last time I wrote, I would say that I've reached a turning point of my stay. And I've also gotten to understand much more about myself. To start with, I have to say that even though I might s...

Bordeaux - A Westside (Wine)Story

Since last time I wrote, the weather has gotten slightly different, and I have to admit that the "winter" is on it's way. So far, that means rain, and I guess it's fair enough, since it hasen't bee...

Chez moi!!

Oh la la, it has been quite a start of my stay in France, not really figuring out where to settle down. For those of you that didn't know it already, I can be pretty indecisive. I can be scared by ...

I'm Getting There

I thought it was about time to write a little something about my new life down here in Montpellier, as it's almost a month since I left Oslo and all my safety lines back home. I know I should've wr...

Moving on

These past two weeks has been full of emotions, and I've felt trapped between feelings of incomprehensibility and anger. Sorrow and compassion. Confusion and maybe most of all solidarity. As you al...

A housewife - without the house and the husband

I've been realizing something peculiar about myself the last year, and I thought why not share it with you. As my friends know, I'm a quite restless person, always up to something. Whether it is ca...

Sweet vacation

I have to admit that I've not priotitized writing my blog lately, cause there has just been so much going on. And maybe I've been a bit uninspired in the middle of exam stress and unsertanty about ...

Weekday Wonders

Now it's for sure about time to write some words about what's been going on lately. Cause the days just pass by so quickly, and I realize that soon it's summer!! The semester is almost finished, bu...

Change of season

This winter has been so long that I had almost lost faith in a new spring arriving. But now it seems like the waiting time is over. Finally!! I feel like I just woke up from a long, uncomfortable d...

World Ski Championship in Oslo - From Outside the Bubble

At the moment there seems to be a bubble surounding Norway. A bubble which makes all kinds of world events less important, less visible. Yes, because at the moment, the World Ski Championship happe...

With the sun shining through my window

With the sun shining through my window and a clear blue sky outside, my mood rises even though the temperature is still down to -10 degrees. It still is a wonderful feeling to wake up to a shiny ro...

Time management - I'm working on it!

Today was not like other Sundays. Almost, but not exactly. You see, as I'm used to go to work on Syndays, I put my alarm clock at 6.45am, as I normally do in order to avoid a stressful morning. But...

Hello spring??

At this time every year, I get the feeling that winter has just lasted for half an eternity. All I want is to wake up and find a non-slippery sidewalk and dripping roofs. Except last year, almost e...

Paris - je t'aime

Now it's clear, once and for all. I want to move to Paris. I spent four days there last week, in this city that has conquored my heart. I booked my flight some months ago, and now I finally got to ...

2010 - an Aftermath and New Year's Resolutions

This New Year's Eve was celebrated with some of my best friends in a lovely appartment in Oslo, including plenty of good food and a joyful spirit. It was just as I wanted to end 2010 - and just as ...

Photography - a taste of eternity

Over the past 12 months I've discovered one of my greatest passions - photography. It has become an exciting hobby, from which I've been experiencing a lot of fun. I've always been interested in cr...

Another year, another Christmas

I think 2010 moved on so fast! For me, Christmas time is a perfect way to end not only this year, but any year. For if not during Christmas, when do we really have time to really relax and at least...

Preparing for ball with the School of War

After getting rid of my Fin-lag, I've slowly (and relentlesly) realised that my exams are approaching way too fast. Like they do every year! It's just that this year I've been having my head and fe...

Mission Finland

Honestly, I think I overestimated a little bit, planning two trips abroad in the same week. But while London was plane holidays (or self declared holidays, I don't really have the time for it!) my ...

"So you haven't changed your name to Miss euro yet, huh?"

Day of departure! Finally it was time to board the plane to London, with quite a lot of excitement. I have actually never been to London, even though I do live in the "neighbourhood". So I was real...

Let it snow..?

The first snow has officially hit the ground in Oslo, and I am sure the whole population of Norway is thinking "already??". Now I also know what will be the topic of conversations for the next coup...

Same blog, different side of the world

Well, since I really enjoyed writing on my blog when I lived down under, I finally desided after 3 months of drought that I will keep on doing so! I also found out that even though I'm not on the o...

Goodbye Australia

I haven't been able to write in a while, and so much has happened. After, and partly before, finishing my exams, it has basicaly been fare-well parties and packing down here. So much had to be ...

Study, study, study..??

This is one of the days where I know I should be focused and not think of anything BUT studies. That's at least what I normally deside to do the last week before my exams. Well, first of all, n...

Fraser Island - Paradise on Earth?

I know I said that I was done with the travelling in the middle of the semester, but I just realized that I don't have so much time left at this wonderful continent.. So the last weeks I have b...

"Happy Norway Day!"

Jeg kan ikke huske ha vrt s spent fr en 17. mai feiring som jeg var i r. Jeg kjente det kriblet litt ekstra i magen da jeg vknet med et smil og kjente p forventningene jeg hadde til den sto...

Brissie, brekky, coldie, mozzie, prezzie, sunnies, rellies..

When I think about it, I can honestly say that I spent the last two weeks almost like I am used to in Norway. I have a pretty busy scedule at uni, and in addition to that, I have finally got my gym...

Melbourne - "the place to be"

I was very excited about going to Melbourne, since it is called the cultural capital of Australia. Flying to Melbourne from Brisbane takes about two hours, and the city is located far south, in the...

Moving..again!

Now it is really time for me to update you about what has been going on in Brissie the last couple of weeks. First of all, I have moved..again! As you may know, I lived in a more or less luxuary ap...

ROADTRIP DIARY

Travelling route: Brisbane to CairnsDistance: 1500 kmParticipants: Charlotte, Marie, Solene, "Maximum"/Max, de Marco, Bruno, Ji-ih and myselfExpectations: Unlimited adventures!Thursday 01.04.10Fina...

Running around!

Wow, this week has been extremely busy in every way! I definitely don't have to worry about not having enough to do anymore. But there is no doubt; I prefere having too much on my timetable, th...

Min nye hverdag

N er jeg inne i tredje uka p universitetet, og det begynner bli litt struktur i hverdagen. De to frste ukene kan jeg vel si at gikk forbi veldig bekymringslst og behagelig. Men etter ha sat...

Refleksjoner fra en nordmann

Jeg fikk plutselig lyst til dele noen tanker om hva som har sltt meg de siste ukene, og som jeg ikke var klar over da jeg befant meg p norsk jord med sn under fttene. De som kjenner meg godt ...

Back to uni!

Then my unbelievably long holiday has come to an end, and I have to face the fact that I am actually in Australia because of my education. After over two and a half month without any sort of academ...

Orientation week

N har jeg vrt i Brisbane i 3 uker, og det har faktisk begynt g opp for meg at jeg ikke er her p en kort ferie. Men jeg m innrmme at det fles som om jeg har vrt bortreist i dobbelt s lang...

Down to Byron Bay!

This time I decided to write my post in English, when I realised that my non-norwegian friends also are interested in what I am doing on the other side of the world. And I am of course very happy t...

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Nr man ikke har hverdagsrutinen inntakt enn, tenkte jeg og et norsk par jeg kjenner at vi kunne utforske det australske dyrelivet litt nrmere. Jeg har tydelig ftt beskjed om at det er liten sja...

Min frste edderkopp

Etter noen dager her nede har jeg begynt merke at jeg er vanvittig langt hjemmefra. Mest p grunn av den store tidsforskjellen; jeg er vken nr alle jeg kjenner hjemme i Norge sover. Da jeg i ti...

Ankomst Down Under

Etter en vanvittig lang reise fra Oslo-London-Singapore-Brisbane kunne jeg endelig sette fttene p australsk jord grytidlig den 5. februar. Gira og overtrtt var det rett ut utforske byen, og je...
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