Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A TOURIST IN TRONDHEIM

Last Thursday, bright and early I got up to take a plane to Trondheim.

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Note that the island on the bottom picture is actually the island I live on. Cool right? I was pretty sure we’d fly over this because most domestic flights go above our house.

When I landed I took the airport bus in to Trondheim where I met my honey ♥ We checked in to our hotel, which I must say we loved. Note to anyone travelling to Trondheim,  Comfort Hotel is the place to stay. So nice, and actually quite cheap. A double room with a queen sized bed (not two singles) cost 880 NOK a night including breakfast and free warm drinks. Most Norwegian hotels take payment per night, per person. Sick.

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Our first day was spent exploring the city…

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This mall was pretty much built on to the old shops. Very cool. That evening we ate at an all English (as in British) pub.

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Our hotel was right across the street from a movie theater, so on the first evening when we were kind of tired and just wanted to have a movie night in our hotel room – we could go down to the movies for popcorn.

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We went to Pirbadet, which from what I read is Norway’s biggest indoor swimming park. It would have been a cool place, expect there was about 1527475 million kids there. Note that in this picture, I think the wave machine was on in another pool because this wasn’t even 1/8 of the kids there.

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The second night we got reservations at this awesome bbq restaurant called Graffi. Again, if you are travelling to Trondheim – TRY THIS PLACE!

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Saturday, we went out again to explore more of the city. There were beautiful buildings and some statues that certain people thought were cool…

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Then we arrived at the famous Nidaros Cathedral. This church is so beautiful, unfortunately you were not allowed to take pictures inside. The outside is quite enjoyable though anyways..

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Nearby was this INTERESTING fence with some INTERESTING statues on it…

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On the way home we got some snacks……

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I would also like to take a moment to tell you guys about my favourite meal. The dinners of all dinners for me. Fried Rice. I love it, can’t get enough of it. So when we found this quaint little chinese restaurant I couldn’t help myself, I had to have some.

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By the way, did you know that you can stay in HELL HOTEL here in Norway? It’s right outside of the town, just by the airport.

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It was such a nice weekend, I loved spending all that time with my honey. Experiencing a new town with someone you love, totally worth it.

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-S.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

IT TAKES LESS THAN A YEAR

I remember some rumors I heard last fall about a new exchange student from America at our school. I remember the first time I talked to her she sounded disoriented and somewhat strange, but nice. I remember the second time I talked to her she was sitting alone at the busstop, and the funny way she tried to pronounce the place she was staying at.

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Less than a year has passed, and this girl has already made quite a mark on my heart and so many else’s here. She became one of my best friends, and the memories with her are some of the best one’s I have! Today she is going back home to America, and I’m sure there is a lot of us here that will miss her. I’m sure we’ll meet again, and I’m pretty sure we’ll stay friends forever. Have a safe trip Berit! I’ll miss you! ♥

PS: Tomorrow morning I’m leaving for a long weekend in Trondheim with my honey, so I’ll be back to blog next week! Stay tuned for many pics!

-S.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

HARRY POTTER AND A DÖNER KEBAB

So, there was something I intentionally forgot to mention to you guys about the whole “me-being-the-cook-this-week” thing. The reason for this was because my family was in Sweden on vacation and I was home alone (working). So most of you understand that when left home alone, don’t publish it on the web so everybody in the world knows – right?

Anyways, I’d been alone since last Saturday and the plan was they’d be coming home the following Saturday – today.

Then, last night as I got home from work, I saw empty dogpens as I drove into the driveway. My first thoughts were OMG, they are going to kill me! The dogs have gotten out! Oh no, oh no, oh no!!

Seconds passed as I started to open the garage door, when my mind suddenly flashed a single question: Is that a car parked where I’m supposed to park?

I didn’t even have time to register that question in my head before I heard shouting and loud cheering. All of a sudden my brother opens the car door and both he and my mom showered me with hugs.

They came home early! Yay! To be honest, I was bored to death after spending a week alone with dogs. I was tired of trying to think of dinners for myself and ways to spend my evenings before bedtime. All of a sudden there was my chatty family, homemade pizza and light! Oh, did I forget to mention that I’m such a lazy person that I usually just turned on one light in the house while being alone?

Anyways, they missed me as much as I missed them – so instead of them driving home today, we went to Hamar. There we ate döner kebab (YUMMY)

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Aw my happy family who weren’t too pleased with this photo to begin with♥

…and then we went to see the last Harry Potter movie afterwards!!

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I liked the movie, it answered so many of the questions I’d been wondering throughout the entire Harry Potter story. The only part I disliked, and I’m going to say this carefully incase you haven’t seen the movie, why didn’t they seem happier in the end?!

My parents didn’t like it much, but whatever – we who have grown up with Harry enjoyed it! I’ve never been a huge fan, but I remember when the very first movie came out I was desperately hoping I would get my invitation to Hogwarts soon after. It didn’t happen… Oh well! Thanks for some magical moments Harry Potter ♥

Enjoy your weekend guys!

-S.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

DINNER OF THE DAY + A WINNER!!

LOL, I’m slow – again. But here it is! Last nights dinner was a light one, because honestly – after that mac and cheese – I felt like anything fried or oozing of fat would make me sick. So I kept it simple…

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It was yummy and refreshing to have something light. However, I’m sugar addicted. So for dessert I picked up this little baby from the store…

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T’was gooooood.

Lol, you want to know something? At this point in the blog – I left for work and forgot that this was still unpublished. At this point I’m skipping dinner of the day for Thursday, I was hungry and I ate it before I took a picture. Haha too bad!

ANYHOOT, so I guess you guys are excited to know who won the giveaway right?? Well, I’ll tell you….

The winner iiiiiiiiiiiiiiissssssssssss……………

*DRUMROLL*

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SELINA from The Wolf and The Fox!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

I’m hoping you get a chance to see this asap Selina! Just send me your adress and the size of the ring you want (S/M or M/L) to sarkip@hotmail.com and I’ll send it as soon as I can!

For all you other awesome people who joined my giveaway – thanks! You all made this a real fun experience for me! I’m already looking forward to the next giveaway I’ll have!

Have a great evening!

-S.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

DINNER OF THE DAY–TUESDAY

I know this one is coming a bit late, but to my defence I had company last night. These two awesome girls I went to Hove with came over and we had a small girls night. And what is a girls night without a makeover? Those lovely ladies sure made me over:

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BEFORE

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AFTER

My hair is now a dark brown/red (depends on the lighting). I like it. Only one small problem, my eyebrows are naturally invisible. So when my hair goes dark, I have to try to make a small change to my eyebrows. I’ve been trying out my new eyebrow pencil, weird to see my brows for the first time.

Sooo, last nights dinner was a simple one. I thought about doing something fancy, but when I came across an old friend while I was in the grocery store and well.. you get the rest…

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I can’t help myself. I might try to be a grown up, but I’m still a kid at heart. Mac and Cheese is not a common thing in Norway, although it’s much easier to find it in stores now a days. It was good!

New dinner coming up tonight! Stay tuned!

-S.

Monday, July 11, 2011

THE DAILY DINNER–MONDAY

Today I got home late from work, so dinner was a quicky – but here it is:

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I know the sauce looks chunky, it’s because it happen to cook faster then I though and got a tad burnt. Doesn’t matter though, still tasted like a little piece of heaven! Tonights dish was boneless pork filet, rice and salad with a creamy sauce! ‘Twas goooooood!

Happy Monday bloggers and blogreaders!!

-S.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

FEAST YOUR EYES

We are getting close people! In FIVE days we’ll have a winner in my first GIVEAWAY! You can still enter, so come one and all! Tell your sisters and mothers, your best friends or the people next door! I got the prizes just the other day, and let me tell you – they are fab!

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I discovered a small problem though. I got the ring in two sizes: one S/M and one M/L. Now I have no idea what size fingers the winner has and neither do you, BUT – for that reason I think I will draw the winner Thursday evening (Norwegian time).

Now for an exciting (hopefully for you as well – not just me) update. I have the honor of deciding and making this coming weeks dinners, so for that reason I have decided to call this coming week DINNER DAYS! Just for fun, I’ll be sharing with you what I’ve made. I’m a creative soul and my mother has tought me well in the kitchen, so you won’t be seeing any pop-in-the-oven pizzas or such things. To kick off the week I thought I’d share with you todays dinner and dessert!

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On the menu tonight was homemade chicken nuggets (tasted more like KFC), ovenbaked potatoes and a nice broccoli/cauliflower mix! YUM!

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Then, for dessert, I made brownie cupcakes with bits of white chocolate in it and some freshly picked wild straw/blue-berries! I’m telling you people, if you like chocolate – you’ll love this!

If you’d like to make any of this the recipe for nuggets is here:

http://soupbelly.com/2010/09/23/homemade-chicken-nuggets/

and for the cupcakes:

http://passthesushi.com/good-deeds-gone-bad-brownie-cupcakes-with-peanut-butter-frosting

Have a great week everybody!

-S.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

BACK FROM THE FESTIVAL

Hi everybody! I’m back with TONS of pictures for you guys! The week was fun, but exhausting. I can’t remember feeling this tired last time. Maybe because the week was like this: Sunday party, Monday party, Tuesday 9 hours of work, Wednesday 9 hours of work, Thursday British Party (me and berit pretended to be British and people believed us), Friday party and we left (our bus left at 02.35 am). Amazingly though, the week went by in a flash and it almost seemed surreal that we had actually been there. Still, it was fun and a great experience! I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking…

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(OUR CAMP)

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(THE NORMAL CAMP)

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NOTE THAT THIS IS WRONG IN NORWAY

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All in all, a GREAT festival!! If any of those pictures left you wondering – what theee…? Then just ask, I’ll explain! And just a note for those of you who might react to the pictures above with beer, in Norway the drinking age is 18 and both me and Matilde are 18. But for the record, it tasted like crap.

Have a nice week everybody!

-S.

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