books i’m bringing on holiday + video

I’m leaving for a holiday to Spain with my family in a few days, and one of the things I have preplanned days, even weeks, before we actually leave is the list of books I’m bringing with me.

We were in Spain in 2015 too and that time I only brought three books, which isn’t a small amount, but for me, it wasn’t enough. All I do on these holidays is spending half of my time in the pool and the rest in the shadow with a book. So I have a lot of time to read books.

Therefore, I have learned from my mistakes, and I’m bringing five books this time. Maybe six, I’m not actually hundred precent sure yet. I’ll show you five books now, because I don’t know if I’m bringing a sixth, and which one might be my sixth book.

A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J. Maas

My sister bought this for me when she was on a summer trip to England a few weeks ago. I have wanted to read this one for a while, but have been a little hesitant, because this is (as far as my knowledge goes) a retelling of beauty and the beast, and I don’t think I’m a big fan of retellings. I might be though, but I don’t like the idea of it. I’m not sure why, though. But I’m willing to give it a shot. (I should warn you, I might be wrong.) Apparently this book is a little more mature then her Throne of Glass series, so I’m interested too see it.

EMPIRE OF STORMS by Sarah J. Maas

Can you tell I like Sarah J. Maas? Well, if not, I do. Every single time I read one of her books I have just fell in love with the story. I have only read the Throne of glass series, and this is the fifth one in the series. I won’t spoil the series obviously, so I’ll tell you what the first book is about: A female assassin is taken out of captivity and given an opportunity to fight in a tournament and be free. And it goes from there. Even though the books are just getting longer and longer, I fly through them. They are just so darn good!

ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr (mine is the norwegian version)

First off, can I just tell you one of my book pet peeves? When the effing stickers doesn’t go off!!! Anyways, this book is a historical fiction set during world war 2. It’s about a blind, french girl and an orphaned, german boy, and how their stories, somehow, intertwines. I have heard this book is amazing. And I have wanted to read this for so long and I have had the english edition for a while, but I wanted to read it in Norwegian, so now I’m excited to read this!

THE BOY WHO TRICKED GESTAPO by Harald Utter (Gutten som lurte Gestapo)

I would be surprised if this book actually exists in english, so I’m sorry about that. But this book is a non fiction book about a norwegian resistance man who was 16 years old when he started a resistance cell with his friends and a teacher. It sounds SO good, and I can’t wait to read this soon.

IMG_1239PARIS by Edward Rutherfurd

I just bought this book. It was on sale and it sounded very interesting. It follows seven families over the period of seven hundred years! Just that sounds so… I don’t know. All I know is that I couldn’t leave the store without this one, so it’s going with me to Spain! It’s a long one, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to read the entire thing!

My problem now is to chose which one I want to read first…..

Have you read any of these books? What books are you reading this summer?

Thank you for reading! xx

edit: I have missed filming book videos on youtube so I decided to film one yesterday, and I posted it today. I would love if you would go and watch it :D

“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?

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.

IMG_0746IMG_0751He always gets tangled in his long leash… The leash also gets tangled into bushes and everything so I always have to go back and loosen it… At least he is cuteIMG_0752IMG_0756IMG_0757There is a duck thereIMG_0760IMG_0761IMG_0764IMG_0766IMG_0767IMG_0770IMG_0775IMG_0776Those are all the decent pictures I took.

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?

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

easterbreak

Hello!

Today is the first day of easterbreak and it’s so nice to wake up on a Monday and feel relaxed! My family and I are not doing anything specific this week. We might go and do something, but as of now, we don’t know.

I should really be doing some schoolwork this week anyway, but I’m saving it for Wednesday. hehe

Last Friday was the start of Russetida. I am russ this year and even though I’m not doing the traditional things, I still think it’s a fun time. If you don’t know what a Russ is, let me explain:

The last year of high school, the graduating students wear red and blue (and black and green) trousers and a lot of people buy vans or buses with friends and paint them. There is a lot of partying happening. Russetida (the time of russ) starts sometime in april and ends on the 17th of May which is Norway’s constitution day.

I’m not really a party girl, so I’m really doing a lot of partying this time, but I’m still enjoying it!

Other than that, I have just been watching documentaries and movies and relaxing!

1Sandra and I went on a tiny road trip (1 hour back and forth) because we had nothing else to do!234This is how the trousers looks like. (One can wear a different type of trousers too). It’s actually rather comfortable.

#NorwayIsWeird

first picture i posted

I don’t have premium blog thing here on wordpress (obviously, since my url(?) has wordpress.com on the end) and because of that I don’t have endless storage for pictures, which means I have to delete pictures when it’s full.

That’s where I am at now.

I have 80% storage used, and all though I can still upload pictures I decided I would just start deleting photos right away, and not procrastinate. (I’m honestly surprised at my self)

A little side note: I read this tip somewhere that if there is something you can finish in five minutes you should do it right away, so I have been trying to do that lately.

Anyway, let’s look at the photo:

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(This is not actually the first photo I uploaded on my blog, but the first one was a boring text picture I used to use on the bottom of my posts)

Anyway. This photo was taken on a hike I went on with my mum, my older sister, my dog and a woman I have known for years (friend of my parents). And her dog, who is the same breed as my dog.

I fell on this trip and had to walk in a tiny river to get to the other side because we had failed. It was a very lovely trip, though and I wish I would do it more often!

 

Sunday Walk

I have wanted to take one last cross country skiing trip before the snow goes away. Sandra (friend) and I was planning on going skiing yesterday but decided against it since we didn’t know where to go and because I had somewhere to be at five.

So we decided to go for a nice walk instead. I wanted to get out and get some air so it was very nice! All though it was a very good feeling to be done because even though there was no snow, there was a lot of ice, and I tensed my legs a lot so I wouldn’t fall…

I have been watching a lot of world champion cross country and biathlon lately and every time I watch it I have had the urge to go out and ski. I WILL go skiing once more before it’s impossible! (Maybe I’ll buy roller skies?)

IMG_0667IMG_0668IMG_0669IMG_0672IMG_0676IMG_0678IMG_0681IMG_0683IMG_0686IMG_0689IMG_0690IMG_0694(not very flattering but who cares!)

Thank you for reading!