Category Archives: studying abroad

Foggy way home

11dec_01

Hard working students on their way home~!

You can see it before going out, how it cling on to the widow. How it covers every moving light. How everything is more glorious. When that mystic eerie feeling lies heavy in the air. How it magnifies because of the frost smoke coming out of your mouth. And when you have someone to share it with! It’s moments like these I am waiting for, when keep taking my camera with me no matter what pays off.

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Christmas Shopping

I decided to take the saturday of and do some christmas gift shopping. I have a few presents that needs to be sent to Norway pretty quickly so it will reach their owners in time for christmas. So I went out the door…and something felt wrong.

No snow, no cold, no frost... and loads of sun.

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Still, there was a bunch of people doing their christmas shopping today.

At least it seemed like it. It was pretty chaotic in the centre. It might have been because it was saturday morning. The picture below doesn’t do the chaos any justice. The queue went far from the counters, curling around the accessorize selves. Which also was the place most people found interesting. So much prettiness!

08dec_02 08dec_03It is also the season for high-heeled party shoes, or christmas shoes. Depends how you look at it. As always I have to small and petite feet to fit any of these. Actually I thought going abroad to the UK would make it easier for me and my shoe size issue, but no. They got size 3 which is size 36. Then some internet stores got size 2 which is size 34….

where did size 2.5/35 disappear to?

Anyways, I got the christmas gift shopped and packed. They are ready to be sent to Norway tomorrow. So my main goal was achieved.

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Christmas decoration ~

Uni life just keep getting busier and busier, today its two weeks before hand in and I find myself feeling a little bit robotic. I just work, eat, sleep. Then get up to work some more. Still, somewhere inside that robotic girl there is passion. Maybe a bit frustration, but definitely lots of real passion.

Because why else would I accept drowning in this work?

But due to a lot of work and little time to look around and appreciate, it is hard to find that Christmas feeling and atmosphere. So I insisted on buying a pre-lit christmas tree rising 90 cm over the ground. I really insisted. And I got my wish and some red christmas bulbs and golden glitter! It has its charm where its standing in the living room greeting me good morning every morning when I eat my breakfast. Love it!

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Christmas tree and  my lovely school bag ;3

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Knitted over-knees on cold days are best <3

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Beautiful christmas tree with student "work" in the background!
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Last Christmas

Sitting here trying to find some motivation to work, and whats better than reliving last christmas and looking forward to this years christmas break. Because going home for christmas is really the best award I can get for finishing my work. Looking at it that way I feel I HAVE to work hard to finish.

Oh last christmas was so amazing~! But I am realizing how little pictures I took, and how little I edited. This year I a going to take loads of photo, post like crazy and memorize everything tight into my bone. This year is extra special because I am further away than normally. I am in a situation where I’m not only looking forward to go home, I am also looking forward to get back to Norway. I am also missing a lot of people this year, usually it’s just a few. And I miss someone really really dear to me, M. It makes the going-home-for-christmas-feeling extra strong.

So here's some pictures from last year christmas and new year~!

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Lights in Trondheim, so beautiful~

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Snow on the mountains, just barely~! (I hope there will be loads of 
snow this year!)

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Making gingerbread Gardvik style! There is no little christmas eve 
without :)

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Decorated gingerbread :)

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Kitten curious on the presents ~

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Lovely Christmas decoration.

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There's no Christmas break without visiting LeLe!

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New years eve, decoration has gone white :)

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Team Gardvik making circles :)

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Best family (Me, Mum, Dad & little brother, 
but my sister is missing, she was in France)

 

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Christmas Light Switch-on Show!

Well, I and one of the other norwegian girls was supposed to go to the christmas light switch-on show with a Romanian exchange student, but apparently I got the time wrong… At least we had reached the centum before the fireworks started.

 It was very different from the event in the park.

You could hear the loud bangs of the explosion, almost feel it, and all the people on the streets stopped to watch. It was really different. And the fireworks coming up from behind the building looked awesome!

Really love the pic above~!

santa on high bikes... and poor reindeers!

Christmas lights!

From underneath~!

Totally not like the Norwegian tradition of speeches, gingerbread and stuff. The parade went inside one of the shopping malls where the kinds got to sit on santa’s lap. In Norway you’re lucky if you see the santa, and really really lucky if you get sweets from him.

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Morning Visitors.

I don’t mind getting up early in the morning if it is to see cue squirrels playing around in the backyard. I think they fancied all the leaves lying around. I really enjoyed using 5 mins in the morning watching them play, and of course trying to take pictures of them.

After a while our stray cat, which is a regular guest here, thought it was funny to watch the squirrel couple too. But the squirrels clearly disagreed to having a hungry cat watching them, and thought standing totally still on the fence would protect them before they decided it was safer to run away.

Gotta love mornings like this~!

 

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We Heart Sushi~

We had been whining for a very long time how much we wanted sushi but couldn’t find sushi rice anywhere. We just hadn’t looked good enough, because suddenly it was there. Not daring to let it out of our sight again we dropped in our shopping basket and purchased all the ingredients. It was sushi sunday!

And gosh is was delicious to finally eat and taste it 
after so many weeks of longing~

 

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Explosion in the sky~!

 

Firework from last saturday, finally had time/remembered to edit and upload them:) I have to stop forgetting that I have a blog and that I have something to share. Today I’ve been telling myself “work for 4 hours, get an hour to blog!” It worked, so I have to keep doing that.

Today we are making home-made sushi for dinner, can't wait!

 

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.Creative Block.

To be creative is sometimes hard. When you set up barriers by negative thinking, it becomes a huge creativity block. I admit, I am very got at doing that. And doing my final year on my bachelor, I don’t have time for struggling with these barriers.

This is a very sensitive topic for me.

Because although I openly admit I’m shy, I really don’t want to be a unsure designer. So enough was enough for me, when I yesterday realized I have more or less shut of my creativity due to being unsure. I’m not enthusiastic because I’m to unsure.

So this morning I thought to myself, “what can I do about it?”. Well, I can’t change my personality, not much at least. But I can and will try to look at solution to my barrier problems, and stop doing nothing about it.

Because that is literally digging my own grave.

I have spent the day thinking on whats making my brain spin around, what is triggering my creative imagination. And here is the list.

  1. Music and being somewhere I can sing along
  2. Working out, believe it or not but I think a lot about my project during workout.
  3. Walking, same as above.
  4. YouTube, because watching vid’s of brave people makes me believe I can be something.
  5. Dressing up, because I love creating my own style
But that isn't much is it?

All it does it boosting my self-esteem and it gets me thinking. I need somethings that helps me putting creativity down on the paper. Different techniques. Like these:

  1. Read and article and come up with 10 design solutions of the problem discussed.
  2. See how long you can talk (and make sense!) without using a common word, like ‘and’,’but’, ‘the’ or ‘that’.
  3. Think for a half hour a day exclusively on one subject.
  4. Learn something new every day.

For more ideas check out this and this page. And one thing I really should work on, is positive thinking. Because I like interior design work, and I should focus on that. Not all of my worries. If thinking negatively makes you negative, then thinking positively surely must make you positive.

And at last, here is some links to pages/articles I’ve been reading this morning which I find really helpful.

– 7 habits of highly creative minds~

– Be creative!

3 biggest barriers of….~ 

– 9 ways to break the creative block~

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