I am writing this post 10 minutes before I am picked up to go to the airport, so bare with me!
Going to norway has made me more confident in myself, I have achieved so much in so little time, learning a language (even if it is elementary talk), connected with my family, and not to mention travel to a whole new country!
I want to thank my family for the wonderful vacation! I enjoyed spending the summer and really connecting! This trip has taught me more than you know, i have been through so many amazing experiences!
I've also learned so much Norwegian that last 6 weeks i have been here!
Who knows, maybe by next year I will be able to speak norwegian confidiently! (probably not though hehe)
I feel like this trip has been so amazing and so satisfying, that I can leave norway now, and be so grateful for my trip.
Through I am ready to leave- I will miss you (my norwegian family) so very much.
Jeg elsker deg!
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
I've been going to a school with lockers since 6th grade, but it wasn't till I changed schools that i was actually allowed to use a locker by the school. I never took full advantage of my locker during the year, but now, I know what I should keep in my locker.
Obviously, textbooks, paper and notebooks. This year, I have class after class after class that all require textbooks and notebooks, and carrying them all at once is OUT of the question.
Cardigan/tights- I though I usually have a jacket or sweater with me when I go to school, I am known for burrowing my friends jackets because I forget to bring mine! I cannot concentrate when I am cold, so it is important to have something to spare or repay my friends with something for them to burrow./The weather changes constantly in New Orleans, it can be sunny in the morning, and freezing in the afternoon! And for someone who usually wears a skirt to school, this can be miserable. I like to tights because of that reason.
T-shirt and shorts- often i am doing after school activities- tutoring, choir, plays, clubs- and my usual uniform is less than comfortable. I always keep a stare set of clothes to change into. This changes with season; i.e. sweat pants in winter
$5, keys, and flash drive- These are spare, in case i forget my house key or flash drive, which i need daily. $5, emergency cash.
Personal hygiene- I dont think i need to explain this, every girl should have this in my opinion. I love colgate wisps! They are great for after lunch or whenever you feel like you breath could use a 'pick me up.'
Umbrella, rain boots, and socks- like i said before, the weather in LA is unpredictable. And when it rains, it rains a lot. I hate wet, soggy shoes as much as the next person, so keep some extra socks as well.
Question:So, what do (did) you keep in your locker?
Saturday, July 24, 2010
The first place we went to visit was a city called Trondheim to visit my great Aunt and Uncle (is that the term for it?). Trondheim reminded me of New Orleans with it's cute boutiques, cafes, art and glass shops, and Cathedral. The place was beautiful and we we able to the roof of the church to see all of the city! (pardon any picture problems, my flickr filled up for the max ammount of space per month! for the moment i am using image shack & some flickr pictures. But remember, you can always click the images to see the full size)
...that is by climbing over 172 steps! It took half and hour to walk up, and it was narrow and dark! There were some parts that were so narrow, your arms would rub against the walls, but the view was well worth it.
After we went to eat... in a rotating restaurant! I couldn't really take pictures of it moving, because it didn't move fast, so it wouldn't be obvious in the pictures we moved.
After, my aunt and uncle bought me a beautiful necklace!
(cathedral with the word Trondheim underneath)
It obviously quite expensive, I almost felt guilty accepting such a gift!
After visiting my aunt and uncle, we went to an island off the coast of Norway called Håholmen. Though it was rainy and foggy, you could still see the beauty of the island. The water was so clear, and you could see HUGE jelly fish in the water.
And they had many birds.
Me with a beautiful swan.
We also went to see Trollstigen, a very steep mountain with a beautiful waterfall and dangerous road.
And a glacier on top of a mountain.
There were a lot of cows by the glacier, this one was very photogenic.
At the end of the day, I went walking by myself near the hotel we were staying at. The hotel was surrounded with beautiful mountains, I couldn't help but take a few pictures...
I made that mini rock formation.
The trip was AMAZING
The places we saw were AMAZING
And it was an AMAZING way to slowly finish this vacation.
Yes, I only have 7 days left till I return to the States.
The feeling is bittersweet.
I can't wait to get home to see my family and friends and my puppies again.
But leaving Norway will be heart wrenching, and I will probably cry on the plane ride home.
It has been a wonderful, beautiful, incredible experience, to say the least.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
This past week, I spent with my grandfather,
Interent was very unstable so blogging was very difficult.
We travled to Atnasjø where i saw a whole bunch of sheep walking around!
I love sheep. I used to work at Audubon zoo in the petting zoo area, which had sheep and goats and other farm animals of that sort.
Then we went to the 1994 Olympic Ski Jump in Norway where I rode on the chairlift.
I am not scared of heights, but it is a bit frightening to be to high up in the air, basically in an unstable floating swing, and the only thing protecting you is a small metal frame.
Look how cool this is!
Its a fence made of ski's!
Yestarday, I was asked by Foot Earth to add a picture I took onto there website.
I checked it out and it is actually a pretty cool website. Basically, it is a website that shows the world we step on, and people from all over the world have uploaded their pictures!
You can find mine by searching 'Norge' or 'Norway'. It will go to the country and once you zoom in, you can see little images of a photo. If you click the photo nearest to the white spot of land, you will find mine!
**Warning, if you have a foot phobia, this may not be the website for you.**
Jumping to fashion, I have been wanting to blog about this for awhile.
I dont even know what this is?!
What do they call it?
I had to search for 30 minutes to find this picture, and it's not even a good one!
"The snuggie generation 2! Now you can look more ridiculous than ever!"
Norwegian girls are wearing this, EVERY WHERE!
I don't know what the deal is! They come in pink, purple, red, every color in the rainbow, but it just makes it worse!
The best part about it, its 599 kr.
It is equivilant to about 100 USD.
If you where this, please don't take this offensivly, but you can buy a sweatshirt and sweat pants for about 80 dollars less...
And look better in it too.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
It's not that I want to go home. Hell, I wish I could stay here forever. But I miss my family and friends, I miss the Cajun food, and the hot summer heat.
I know it will pass, and for some reason, it hits always hits at the 3 weeks.
So here is a list of things I don't miss:
The oil spill
You may (or not) remember my post about the Prada Postcard sunglasses? I was hoping that similar styles would come out, and they have!
They can be found in H&M under the Divided collection.
I am so happy I found these. You will be seeing many picture with me wearing them!
By the way, I love Lillehammer.
I always like there it is cuch a cute little place.
It melts my heart.
That's all for today. I will be posting again soon.
Friday, July 2, 2010
(1)The southern hospitality.
If I smile at someone in the street they think
A.) I am crazy
B.) I am Drunk
C.) I am American
D.) All of the above
No cheap nail polish :(
But the other day, I saw the moon for the first time in Norway and it was beauitful.
I have never seen the moon to big in New Orleans! It cast such an awesome reflection over Mjøsa.
The sky was beautiful that day.
That was taken right before the moon came out.
Yestarday, I went to a theme park near Oslo called TusenFryd.
Now I love roller coasters, but I hate rides that spin. I am 16 and the first time I went on the spinning teacup rides was last year!
So, there is no possible way I would want to ride this, right?
I rode it- and crush my aunt's hand in the making. I don't know if you can tell, but in the picture you can see me holding her hand.
But I rode it, nearly scarred out of my mind, and had a great time.
And then we went on one of those flying carrousel's. Which i have never been on before.
Typical that my aunt and I were the oldest ones on the ride.
After many rides, we relaxed and got a brain cooler. Basically an Icee.
the day before we went to my great grandmother and had waffles and coffee.
Norwegian Waffles are the best.
Oh, look at these cute glasses from McDonalds.
In Norway, with any medium order, you get a free colored glass. They are actually really cute and have various designs on the, butterflies, tennis rackets, hearts, swirls, etc.
I did something unbelievable. I cut my long nails :(
I have tiny hands, and when my nails are short they look like they belong to an little girl, but my nails kept chipping and breaking, I had no choice. I just hope they grow back quickly!
Question of the day:
Before I go, I realize I am lacking a good blog name. What is your suggestion? Though right now my blog is focused on travel, it will be based on fashion and makeup.