August 18, 2013 § 2 Comments
Sandwiched between a rainy Friday and a cloudy, drizzly Sunday was a warm and beautiful summer Saturday. Stian and I started the morning with fresh juice (using his awesome juice maker) and watched an episode titled Is There a Creator? from the series Through the Wormhole (narrated by Morgan Freeman). Stian shares the same love for science and documentaries that I do and we take no hesitation in indulging each other.
When the afternoon rolled around, we decided to take a walk through Aker Brygge and Tjuvholmen. There was a multicultural festival going on at Rådhusplassen, so we enjoyed walking through the crowd and experiencing the array of ecclectic food smells wafting through the air.
Aker Brygge and the newly expanded/developed Tjuvholmen are so amazing to walk through on a sunny day. Stian and I moseyed through, stopping for some gelato and people watching, and even checked out the view from the tower elevator.
We returned to the apartment about 3 hours later and settled into the couch to watch Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead (Stian’s trying to convert me to juicing 😉 ). Afterwards we took a sunset walk through Akershus Festning – a medieval castle built to protect Oslo. To close out the perfect summer Saturday, Stian made an amazing steak dinner while I skyped with my mama and stepdad. Dinner was enjoyed with red wine and good conversation and followed by watching Oblivion (with Tom Cruise).
July 10, 2013 § 11 Comments
It’s a beautiful day in Oslo and I am nestled in a little corner window table in the café in Stian’s building. It’s my last day here, the end of a very brief trip to visit my doctor and see some friends. Tomorrow morning I will be flying up to Bodø in northern Norway – the land of the midnight sun – where I will be spending the majority of the summer. I’d forgotten just how beautiful Oslo is in the summer. The trees and parks are vibrant green, flowers litter the streets and colorful buildings gleam in the sunlight.
My last days in Budapest were spent moving to our new apartment in Deák and hanging out with my brother. Skjalg left for Bodø last Sunday so that he could be there to start work Monday morning. He will be doing his nursing practice this summer. I wasn’t able to get a spot, unfortunately, but we have until 3rd year to fulfill that requirement. So my summer will be spent relaxing, reading and centering myself.
The move went smoothly and everything was settled within a matter of hours. A huge benefit of living in Budapest is that labor is very cheap. Because of this, we were able to do something that we never would have been able to do in Norway: hire movers AND cleaners. It worked perfectly, especially since we don’t have a car to move and there was no way I had the energy to do everything myself after this last exam period.
I snapped some shots of our old place, for those interested in what a student apartment in Budapest can look like. We paid 500 euro for rent plus 200 euro common cost each month. We lived about a 5 min walk from Blaha Lujza tér. The place fit us really well but after a while, we realized that we weren’t as happy with the location. To get to school we had to take the tram and then switch over to the metro, whereas now we can take the metro the whole way. In addition, Blaha is quite the hangout for junkies and drunks. It was never dangerous living there, but it wasn’t the nicest experience walking through there everyday to get to school.
Once we’d moved in and I’d turned in the old apartment, it was time to crash. The four days that followed were full of doing nothing of importance. Christian and I spent a couple mornings eating breakfast at Starbucks while looking out over the Basilica, but other than that, we slept and chatted about life, parallel universes and the future. A lot of time was spent standing on the balcony and observing the city.
By the time Saturday night had hit, I still hadn’t started packing or preparing the apartment for a summer without tenants. This resulted in my sleeping only from 2:30-3:00 am before getting up to head to the airport for my 6 o’clock flight. I arrived at Stian’s at around 2:00 in the afternoon. We spent an hour or so catching up and then headed out in search of sushi. Then it was back to his place, to enjoy our meal whilst looking out over Oslo from his rooftop terrace. There was a huge music festival going on (our poor ears) but it made for an enjoyable view.
Monday was spent catching up on sleep, a sushi date with Stian and Marie while looking out over the water down by Aker Brygge, and then coffee with a group of Stian’s friends in Bislett.
Yesterday I spent the day with Karolina, a fellow expat from New York. She is an amazing cook and spoiled me with homemade italian comfort food, champagne and conversation. After that, it was home to catch up on the latest True Blood episode with Stian.
It’s been a short, yet amazing little trip to Oslo. We’ll close out this last evening with a homemade dinner, which we’ll hopefully enjoy on the roof terrace. Then it’s early to bed and early to rise for my 8:00 am flight. I can’t wait to see my man! It’s been too long 🙂