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Finally here

And I’m starting to get settled in. My days are filled with things to do, and the little free time I have I spend cleaning up my room. My room is ok, a lot better now that I’ve got some pictures up on my wall and when i finally find out where I’m going to keep all my stuff it’ll be easier. So a bit of chaos at the moment, but I’m sure it will sort out soon enough.

So what have I been doing the last couple of days? We arrived Wednesday and my mom helped me unpack and we went for a short walk to get some groceries and look around. For dinner we ended up taking the bus in to Putney… We had to wait about 40 min for the bus though, since we just missed it when we first got to the bus-stop… And of course we landed in the biggest traffic jam ever! (not really) so what would’ve been a five min bus ride turned into 15-20. When we got to Putney we ate at a nice Italian restaurant and then we went back to my room and fell asleep.

Mom left early Thursday, and that was pretty tough since i really haven’t been living away from home yet, but we both made it through our goodbyes. After mom left it got pretty hectic, first I went to a welcome talk, then I got a tour of the uni and library (which is huge by the way!) and then we went shopping at ASDA. Of course I ended up buying way to much stuff and the plastic bags started ripping apart, so when I got to my school I had to stop and put all the stuff in a black plastic bag that someone was nice enough to give me. And I got a little help carrying all my stuff home. The next time I’m going shopping, I’m bringing a bag.

Last night started with a dinner and a quiz (that my team should have won btw), and then we ended up going to a bar in Putney with the embassadors. And that was pretty much my evening, met a bunch of nice people, got into a discussion about religion with an atheist and fell asleep exhausted.

Now I’m going to go to a fair that I’m already late for and ‘I’ll give you guys an update whenever I can.

-Cat

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Filed under: Life, London, Student

Leaving tomorrow

Still not nervous, and I’ve finished packing! But I sort off feel like I’ll miss home… I’ve had this song stuck on my mind the whole day, it pretty much sums up how I’m feeling right now:

Janis Joplin – Leaving On a Jetplane
All my bags are packed and I’m ready to go
I’m standing here outside your door
I hate to wake you up to say goodbye
but the dawn is breaking it’s early morn
the taxi’s waiting he’s blowing his horn
already I’m so lonesome i could die

So kiss me and smile for me
tell me that you’ll wait for me
hold me like you’ll never let me go
cause I’m leaving on a jet plane
don’t know if I’ll be back again
oh babe i hate to go

Ther’s so many times I let you down
so many times I’ve played around
but i tell you now they don’t mean a thing
every place I go I’ll think of you
every song I’ll sing I’ll sing for you
and when I come back I’ll wear your wedding ring

So kiss me and smile for me
tell me that you’ll wait for me
hold me like you’ll never let me go
cause I’m leaving on a jet plane
don’t know when I’ll be back again
oh babe I hate to go

Now the time has come to leave you
one more time now let me kiss you
close your eyes and I’ll be on my way
dream about the days to come
when I won’t have to leave alone
about the times that I won’t have to say….

Oh kiss me and smile for me
tell me that you’ll wait for me
hold me like you’ll never let me go
cause I’m leaving on a jet plane
don’t know when I’ll be back again
oh babe I hate to go

I’m leaving on a jet plane
don’t know when I’ll be back again
oh babe I hate to go

I’m leaving on a jet plane
don’t know when I’ll be back again
oh babe I hate to go”

I’ll definitely miss all my girls…
– Cat

Filed under: Life, Norway, Travel

Packing

Five days until I leave! And I don’t feel nervous at all, yet. I finally started packing, using my super long packing-list. It’s way to detailed, I’ll probably end up just pulling things out of my shelves and then check afterwards to see if I got everything. At the moment I’m just taking it slow, but my guess is that I’ll be super-stressed on Tuesday running around the house getting everything I’ve missed. And that will probably end up being a lot!

Things that bug me: Paying school tuition! It just doesn’t work for me! I guess I’ll just have to send a mail to my school explaining the situation. I have the money, the system just doesn’t work for me! Hopefully it will all work out before the deadline…

Me and my Manly eyeshadow palette

Things I’m happy about: I finally got the make-up palette I ordered from eBay today! And nothing was broken! That makes me happy, happy, happy!

Things I’m sad about: It’s 9/11 today… I can remember my mom running to the tv, and putting on CNN just before the second plane hit… It was terrible. My heart goes out to everyone affected by this tragedy.

– Cat

Filed under: Norway, Student, Travel

Hello World!

Wow, first blog post. Again. I feel like I’ve done this to many times before, but that’s just the way it is with me. I hardly finish anything I start. It sounds like a cliché, but that’s just the way it is with me…  At least with creative projects like this. I can’t count how many scrapbooks I’ve started but never finished.

Time passes by way to fast at the moment. My senior year in high school was gone in a second, but I had a lot of fun though! I remember how stressed I was just a year ago, about what I was going to do with my life, where I would go and what school I would go to… There was just to many options! How was a “little” girl, just 18, going to decide what she wanted to do with the rest of her life? Everyone kept telling me that it wasn’t the case, that I still had plenty of time, but that’s not how the real world works, is it? Once you’ve got a foot outside the door you’re dragged out in one direction and there is no way of turning back. But that’s my point of view, I’m sure other people see it differently, it seem like they always do.

But I finally decided, not that my parents seemed to be to pleased with it. I finally decided that I would go to London! Big change you say? I guess it is, but I needed a change, I needed to get out of Norway, see the world and experience things out of my comfort zone. Roehampton Uni just happened to have a BA in something that has always interested me, Classical Civilisation, and I could combine it with Religious Studies!? I was sold, could not get it out of my mind, I was going to London and no one could stop me.

So here I am, just six days until I leave, and I’m terribly exited! I can’t believe I’m not even nervous… Oh sure I have butterflies, but not nervous butterflies, just happy butterflies! Six days, and I haven’t even started packing! This is just so typical of me, always saving things for the last minute. My mother can’t understand how I handle it, I can’t either. I guess I just work best under pressure?…

Oh you might be wondering what I’ll be writing about here? I think we can call it my life as a London Student.

-Cat

Filed under: Life, London, Norway, Student, Travel

Hi, I'm Cat! I'm 19 and I used to live in Norway. Now I'm moving to London, and I'll be staying there for at least three years, if not five. I'll be taking a BA Combined Honours in Classical Civilisation and Theology & Religious Studies. Consider this blog as a travelers journal, London seen from the viewpoint of a student and a foreigner!

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