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My room

So I’ve been meaning to upload photos of my room and the common rooms, but I haven’t felt like everything has been in its right place, until now. Enjoy the show!

– Cat

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Filed under: Life, Student, View of everyday life

It’s been a month

I’ve been to uni for over a month now, and I’m finally settled in. Lectures has started and I can’t believe I find some of this interesting, I love it here! I am so glad I chose London over Bergen, we’ve even got a lot of sun, believe it or not.

Freshers week must be one of the most exhausting things I’ve ever been through, considering the fact that alcohol is so cheap here and that you can buy hard liquor from 18… You know where I’m going with this… Back to the exhausting part, I think it might have been worse than the senior prank weeks back in Norway, but the same amount of fun!

Our flat is finally filled up by six people now as well. We have; Vlad: The Romanian, Me: The Norwegian, Lydia: The Brit, Alex: The American, Amar: The other Norwegian and last but not least our wonderful flat-rep Hannah (oh and her boyfriend Sam: The craprep!).

I’ve made a ton of friends  and we are already a gang that have become close. We still love to meet new people though, and we usually do that @ the Bop on Fridays, which takes place at our Uni bar “The Union”. Theese nights all have different themes, so far we’ve had: Back to school, Cowboy/Indian, Traffic-light next one is Geek night and then we have Halloween.

We have already managed to put up Halloween decorations. This is what happens when you have an American and two other bored girls when the guys are out one night…

As I said school has started now and the workload is building up. Even now I should be writing a paper on internet-resources on Abrahamic Religions for my Introduction to Religious Studies class, but I needed a small break. Oh by the way, the paper is due tomorrow… You all know how much I love to postpone things…At least I’m over half way there, I just need to find one more web-page, shouldn’t take too long.

Even thought my flat usually goes out on Fridays, we’re a fairly quiet gang, we usually end up watching a movie on Saturdays, which is fine by me, that means I can stay in my PJ’s all day! Bet my mom would love to find that out… It’s when we start games of Hallway-ultimate-frisby, Hallway-rugby-football or a towel whipping contest we spend most of out energy, and it can get quite violent. I don’t give up easily and neither do the others, so we usually end up bruised and hurt all of us. But it’s still worth it because it is a lot of fun!

Our trips to ASDA (like Wall-Mart) is a lot of fun too. We always end up having to wait for the bus because of either traffic, or the fact that we just missed a bus. I always end up buying more than I can carry, thankfully the guys in our group of friends are gentlemen so they help me. My goal this Monday will be to carry all my groceries  on my own!

We also have a day a week when one of us in the flat makes dinner for everyone else, I made Norwegian meatballs, they turned out ok (…I think).

Guess I should get back to working on my paper now… I’ll try an update this blog more frequently from now on. Miss the people at home, will try to  stay on Skype more as well…

– Cat

Filed under: Life, London, school assigment, Student

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

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

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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