“harrytur” to sweden

Good day!

My mother, my older sister and I decided to take a short trip into Sweden today. It’s my older sisters birthday in two weeks, but we are celebrating it this weekend with family, and because Norway is really expensive (and Sweden not so much) we figured: why not?

We Norwegians like to call it a “Harrytur”, which means Harry’s trip. It doesn’t really make any sense, does it? Let me explain. As I mentioned earlier, Norway is pretty damn expensive when it comes to literary everything, and we Norwegians likes to save money on food, so we go to Sweden. A place where we can get things almost half the price (like example, a 1,5 L pepsi is about 30 norwegian kroners, but in Sweden it’s 15 kroners!)

But why is it “Harry”? It’s obviously a name, but in Norway, if someone says “that’s a little harry“, it’s like saying something is a weird, possibly tasteless. Although it sort of depends on the situation. And when we say we are going on a “harrytur” to Sweden, it just means that it’s a weird thing, I suppose. I have gone “harry shopping” SO MANY times in my 18 years of living.

After we dropped of my little sister at school early in the morning, we drove off to a store  (still in Norway) and bought some breakfast. I got a bottle of water and this massive loaf thing that tastes amazing! As always, I was dressed in very comfortable jeans and a hoodie. Why bother dress up when I’ll be sitting in a car for three hours total?

I actually enjoy sitting in a car, just listening to music and singing a long. (Except is someone drives to fast… Not a big fan of that!) All though I have to say I defiantly prefer to sit in a car when I’m the only one in the back or I can drive or sit in the front passenger seat. Which is one of the plus side of being the only one in my group of friends with a license, because I’ll always sit in a comfortable position!

Anyway, we arrived in Sweden after 1,5 hour (ish) and because it was so early in the day there wasn’t a lot of people in the store, which was very nice. We grabbed a cart and started putting food and drinks and whatever we needed in the trolley.

nI got some face masks because my face is a mess. (Not really, I’m actually really thankful for my skin) But I paid the same for two as I pay for one at home. I just wanted to try these out. I have tried from this brand before, and even though I am pretty sure there are a lot better ones out there, I decided to buy them anyway. Also, two of them are “heat therapy” so they warm up. Which I didn’t know was a thing before last week when me and my two best friends did a “spa night”, and my friend had a mask that warmed up when it touched wet skin. It was so confusing!

hWe have a tradition when it comes to going to Sweden shopping, and that is to buy donuts or berlinrolls(?), and this time we bought some donuts for the car ride home. My sister and mother (and myself) wanted to get some food, so we decided to order some french fries and chicken nuggets from McDonalds. We rarely buy stuff from McDonalds (except McFlurry every once in a while, aka often), so when we get it I always enjoy it at first, but want to stop eating it eventually because I eat too much of it at the same time. But thats ok!

The donuts were also good, but I didn’t eat them in the start because I was full after the food.

What did you do today?

thoughts about blogging

Good morning/day/evening!

It’s currently 21.04 as I start writing this post, and I honestly don’t really know where this blog post is going. I just wanted to sit down and write a blog post about something.

The last few days I have been sitting at home most of the time. My head has been hurting and to prevent it from turning into a migraine I have stayed home. I don’t really know why I have suddenly gotten headaches as much these past days – I have been doing really good in that area for months now. I suspect it has something to do with the fact that I have been out with friends since the 31st of May. (And by out, I mean not at home, but at my friends home) You see, one of my best friends came home from a year in USA (exchange student) and every since then me and my two best friends have been doing things every single day. Mostly just playing cards, so it’s not like we have been doing a lot of energy draining things. But it’s more than I have done the last few months!

adding some pictures so the post isn’t too boring. oslo trip

Anyway, one of the things that I wanted to write something about was what the hell I am planning on doing this summer/after summer is over. Because I’m not sure whats happening.

I wanted to specifically write about my thoughts when it comes to what I’m doing with my blog, because I have a few thoughts. For the two (almost three) years of having this blog I have figured that I absolutely love blogging. (All though, I have known this for more than three years, but I have never had a blog for more than 2 – 4 months) And I want to do something more about it.

I have been playing with the idea of getting an upgrade for the blog. And by that I mean getting my own domain so I wouldn’t have to have wordpress in the actual domain. And to have a bigger storage space because I’m almost full. The only problem with this is that it costs money and seeing that I don’t have a job, it’s sort of a problem. If the blog could pay for it self, that would have been perfect, but seeing as it doesn’t, and that I don’t have a job, it’s not something that can happen at the moment. But soon!

Another thing I want to do is to write longer blog posts. I have been reading a lot of ‘articles’ about how to get traffic to your blog, and one of the things that seems to be an overall tip is to have longer blog posts. Of course, it’s still fun to write a blog post without a lot of traffic, I can’t lie and say that it wouldn’t be even better with more people reading my blog and commenting. I love when people comment something, and I love interacting with other people (so feel free to comment anything) Anyway, and looking back on my other posts, I rarely have over 300 words. And I have read that writing blog posts between 2000 – 5000 is the best. And I’m far from it.

Yet another thing I want to do before the end of the year is to start using some sort of affiliate service. (Not that I think it’ll be used since I don’t have a lot of traffic on my blog) My dream job is to do something I love to do. And I love blogging, making videos, taking pictures and writing, and I feel like blogging is a perfect mix of that. I feel weird saying that my dream job is blogging (and youtube and author) because I feel like it’s something you can’t say that you want to be your job, that you can only go into it thinking it’s a hobby and not a job. Does that make sense? Probably not.

What I mean is that I’m “scared” saying that I want to be able to make money from blogging (and youtube) because I feel like you can’t say that. I’m “scared” people are going to think I’m only blogging because I want to make money. But I’m not. I love blogging and I have had SO MANY blogs through my 18 years of living. I can’t count how may blogs I have made by my self or with friends. If I in the future, could have blogging (and possibly youtube and author) as a job – only job – I would be so happy. Because I would be able to do something I love and make money from it, not just have a job that I’m ok with and not be happy. That’s one of my fears. To not be happy.

But I don’t think it’ll happen any day now at least. All I know is that after three+ years of feeling like shit (pardon my language), all I want to do is something I actually want to do. Not just because I have to, and because it1s the right thing to do according to society.

another walk:

So, if anyone got all the way to the bottom: what do you think? What’s your dream job?

healthy af

Not really, but sort of.

Even though I fail more than 50% of the time, I love trying new recipes. This week I have tried twice, and even though they are really simple, I really enjoyed them. As always, I took pictures of my food (actually thats a lie, I rarely take pictures of my food) and I wanted to share them.

Warning though, they don’t look amazing!

1The first one was a stir fry, and I love stir fries. This one was called Honey Garlic stir fry and this one was really good. (All though my favourite recipe I have tried from pinterest defiantly has to be Skinny Orange Chicken)

Anyway, I added spinach too, but only when I was serving it. I prefer my spinach cold!

42This was made today. It’s a “healthy” pizza. It has cheese and all of that, BUT, it has a squash/zucchini base! I know it sounds disgusting, but it’s actually good. You can’t even taste the zucchini (only when you eat only the dough)

I added tomato base, mozzarella cheese and ham and pepperoni!3Those were that. I will defiantly be making both of these again!

Have you tried any of these? And do you have any interesting recipes (healthy, preferably) that you think I should try?

Thank you for reading!

oslo

My friend and I decided to take the train into Oslo the other day. Mostly because I have a gift card at a book store and the one in Oslo is a lot bigger than the one where I live. But we also ended up going up to the Akershus Fortress.

IMG_0892I love going here. It’s absolutely stunning, plus, I love history and walking through this fortress is just a lot of fun.IMG_0895IMG_0898IMG_0900IMG_0916The Policehorse TorIMG_0923IMG_0937IMG_0941I love it!

Have you ever been here?

another walk

It’s officially summer here in Norway and I am not very happy. You might not know this but I am one of the few people who doesn’t like summer at all. Actually, I do like summer a little: I like reading my book or sitting outside in the evening when the sun isn’t overheating me and playing card games with my friends. And I love to swim in a pool (not a big fan of the ocean because I freak out whenever I see a fish). But I hate the heat. I hate with all my heart!

But, unless I move to a cold place in the summer, I guess I have to deal with it.

A few days ago a friend and I (and my dog) went for a little walk. I brought my camera and took some pictures (I also filmed, but I haven’t gotten around to editing it yet) and I wanted to share them!

Oh, and also, I’m currently on summer break! I finished all my exams and I am SO happy!

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Even though I don’t love summer, I can’t argue with the fact that it is very pretty!

Whats your favourite thing about summer?

Hello! I’m finally back to blogging more! May has been a complete stress month for me. It finally calmed down, and even though I still have to exams left, I am a lot less stressed about those – which is very nice!

I wanted to write a blog post today, but couldn’t think of anything to write about  or post, but then I was looking through my camera and realized I had some photos from a few weeks ago when me and my sister went for a little walk. Therefore, I wanted to share some of them today.

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I love going for walks with Diesel (my dog) because he absolutely loves running around and walking “freely”. I am too scared to not use the long leash because he would probably run away. All though he is quite good if we say “på plass” which means “in place”. But if there is another dog or person he would shut me out. Plus, there are always horse shoe marks where we walk and I don’t know how he would act if he met a horse.

Thank you for reading! Do you have a dog?

anniversary and exams

I was going to finally write a short blog post today after having three of my exams, and then I saw that it was my two year anniversary here on this blog, and it feels weird. I have had so many blogs through the years but this is the first blog I have actually used for more than a month! And I’m honestly really proud of myself!

This past have really been a good week for me. It has been really stressful but in the end it paid off. I have had three exams and ALL of them have gone surprisingly well. I still have three exams left but only one of them is oral (which I hate) and the two last ones are written which doesn’t stress me as much.

Today is “Frigjøringsdagen” or free day. Let me ask my trusted friend Google Translate because I don’t think I have translated the word right. Apparently it’s called Liberation day. Anyway, it’s the day Norway was liberated in 1945! Therefore I took this photo of the flag outside the school because I felt really happy and the Norwegian flag always makes me feel happy!

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Not the best quality because I didn’t want to get the school in the photo heheh!

Anyway, thank you for reading!! What have you done the last few weeks?

my 3 favourite world war 2 books

*No spoilers!

I literally wrote this blog post three weeks ago, but since then I have read another one (that is actually set in world war 2) and I decided that I had to redo it. The last two months I have been in the mood to read anything world war two related, and I have actually read almost three books. Two of them are non-fiction, but they are amazing.

But in this post I will show you my three favourite fictional books set during the war:

1. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

“Despite their differences, sisters Vianne and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Vianne is content with life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight and Vianne finds herself isolated so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her. 

As the war progresses, the sisters’ relationship and strength are tested. With life changing in unbelievably horrific ways, Vianne and Isabelle will find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions.”

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I absolutely love this book. It’s so well written and is heartbreaking. It is character driven but it was amazing. I loved seeing the relationship between the sisters during the hard few years. It was interesting and in the end of the book I felt like my heart was ripped apart.

I gave this a 5/5 stars on goodreads!

2. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

“Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they’ve known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin’s orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.

Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously–and at great risk–documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father’s prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives.”

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I don’t even know where to start with this book… It was interesting to read about this part of the war, because I had no prior knowledge about this. The characters were very, very well written, so was the story itself. This book made me cry so much, and so many times. I literally cried within the first fifty pages. Not necessarily just because of what was happening but also because it made me think. What if that had happened to me and my family, and other loved ones?

I also gave this 5/5 stars!

3. Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosney

“Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family’s apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.

Paris, May 2002: On Vel’ d’Hiv’s 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France’s past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl’s ordeal, from that terrible term in the Vel d’Hiv’, to the camps, and beyond. As she probes into Sarah’s past, she begins to question her own place in France, and to reevaluate her marriage and her life.”

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My aunt recommended this book to me sometime before Christmas (2016, obviously) and  I immidetly asked for it for Christmas, and I got it. I started reading this just after that, but I wasn’t in the right mood so I only read about thirty pages. Then, when the world war two mood came (sounds weird) I decided to give it another go, and god, it was a very good decision.

I loved seeing how the different families in different times eventually connected together in the story. It was heartbreaking and I was always on the edge of my seat, wondering what was going to happen next!

No surprise: 5/5 stars!

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Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

Please let me know if you have any suggestions for books, spesifically world war 2 fiction!

wednesday

Happy Wednesday! I hop you are having a great week so far!

Today was the second day of regular “work” days. (Monday was 2nd easter day, or whatever it is called) I feel very productive so far, and my stress level is surprisingly low. My exams starts in a few weeks, and even though I am very nervous, I’m ok with having them. I feel like I have surpassed the level of being stressed – I’m just calm all the time after years of stress!

Just kidding. I’m stilling stressing a little, but I’m serious when I say I’m surprised about my stress level.

I think one of the things that makes me ok with the fact that my exams are soon, is that I’m just excited for a few things I’m doing when they are over!

You see, whenever I have exams I have decided to award myself something. The last few times it’s been books, but this year it’s something else too! (I’m still planning on rewarding myself with some books, though! Don’t you worry!) I mentioned a museum I wanted to go to in the last blog post (which got the highest likes I have ever gotten – so thanks!) and I have decided that I’m going to go to that museum after I have finished my last exam!

My parents laughed a little at me when I told them my plan. hehehe But who cares? I’m a history geek, so why wouldn’t I reward myself with a museum trip when that’s something I want?

Anyway, that’s really all I wanted to say. There is nothing exciting happening right now. I was at a birthday party yesterday to my cousin and my cousin’s child. Other than that nothing really exciting is happening!

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Thank you for reading!

What have you done this week?

Norwegian Museum of Technology

A few days ago me and my family decided to take a trip to Oslo, and specifically the Norwegian museum of Science and Technology, or as it is called in Norwegian; Teknisk Museum.

It’s so much longer in English!!

It’s easter break here in Norway, and we felt like we had to do something this break, other than just sitting at home doing nothing exciting. This was my second time to the museum, but it wasn’t really a problem because it’s been years since I was there the last time. A lot of it had changed – at least as far as I can remember.

All though I was excited about this museum, I had another museum I wanted to go to. Both for pleasure and for work. I suppose. If you didn’t know, I like to write fiction. And since last year I have been working on a story, and going to that museum would be a sort of research for that story. #nospoilers BUT I think I’m going to reward myself a trip to that museum when I have finished all of my exams!

Anyway:

thumbnail_IMG_7799One thing that was both funny and «eye-opening» (if I can call it that), was that the first phone my older sister had, and possibly myself too, was in one of these boxes! Like, we are not that old! Our things shouldn’t be in a museum yet!

thumbnail_IMG_78031I’m a total history geek, and even though I’m not interested in how a paper machine works today, I find it very interesting to see how it worked back in the days!2You can’t really see it it this photo, but the airplane (the wing is in the left of the picture) had an opening underneath and in the back so you could see inside. It was cool, but it smelled old, hehe.345The first tram in Oslo/Norway!6This is the last photo I took, and it was of hundres of photos from the second world war, or around that time. I didn’t have time to look at ALL the pictures and read ALL the text in this part of the museum, but from what I gathered it was about forced labour of people in Norway during the war. Apparently 100 000 of thousands were forced, and nearly 20 000 people died…

What a positive note to end the post…. Obviously sarcasm.

Have you ever been to this museum? What’s your favourite type of museum?!

Thank you for taking time out of your day to read my blog! :D