Insomnia gaming festival

Published April 7, 2015 by iwouldlikeacupoftea

It’s been very quiet here for a while. I just felt it was right ending this blog with leaving England, as it started with going abroad. But now I was back in Coventry for 6 (technically 4) days for a gaming festival to meet the festival, and felt like writing about it and sharing the pictures. I started this blog to save memories, after all. I’m alive and well, terribly busy as graduation is so close, but here is a summary of my crazy weekend at i54.

Check out the Insomnia vlog with lots of footage from the event here: https://youtu.be/76ktHNBz9Vg
And my instagram/Twitter for pictures and clips: Erzaqrw
Day 1

We arrived in Coventry late on Tuesday, and basically all we did was destress (there was something wrong with our booking) and sleep. The next two days we went into the city centre and shopped and had coffee, as I do, and it was lovely.

Friday we got up early after only a few hours of sleep to leave for Ricoh Arena for i54. Surprisingly, we didnt mess up with buses and arrived there what we assumed was “early”. We were wrong, and ended up standing in a queue for about an hour in the rain. So much for looking on point.

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Friday was a lot of fun, despite queueing for a good 5 hours of the day. We originally planned to go to the meet and greet of Vikkstar123 and ZerkaaHD, but the line got cut off so we were moved to the next meet and greet which was Behzinga, Miniminter7 and Tbjzl. It was well worth the long wait!

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We just talked for a bit, and they took their time and it didn’t feel rushed, so you didn’t get pushed straight in and out again. And then I gave them norwegian chocolate and they bantered and I got all the hugs. It was actually lovely 🙂 And as usual, I have a talent of looking incredibly awkward and uncomfortable in pictures, but to my defense, my bag was in the way.

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At 5pm it was time for the sidemen show, which was a much needed opportunity to sit down and relax. First we watched part of the chat with the Insomnia crew and Syndicate, before the Sidemen came on. It was a live q&a and it was awesome to see the chemistry and banter they had on stage. It was fun and entertaining, and it ended with JJ performing Lamborghini, which totally isn’t my kind of music, but its so catchy. Everyone went craaazy and danced, and it was great!

Day 2

We arrived at Ricoh Arena a bit earlier than the previous day because we expected today to be busier since it was Saturday. We came at 10, and the queue was already insane. The line ran all the way into the foodcourt, which was far away. We wanted to get in the queue to wait for the meet and greet which was supposed to start at two, but it was closed and staff informed us that it was closed until at least 5. We decided not to stand in line for that long, and I’m glad we didn’t because it ended up getting cut several times and it was just chaotic. Apparently the event had been selling special tickets for the meet and greet that morning, which was frustrating for all parts involved, but I’m not gonna get into that. Let’s just say it consisted of a lot of camping by the sidemen booth, coffee and waiting. Lots and lots of waiting.

Anyways, the day started off with the opening ceremony and then the Sidemen show. In contrast to the rest of the day, the Sidemen show was better organized and even more fun to watch than the day before. The energy levels were high, the questions good and over all it was awesome!

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Even though Saturday was chaotic and poorly organized, all the youtubers did their best to meet as many people as possible. When they weren’t outside the booth taking pictures (they weren’t allowed to sign so it would go more smoothly), they could be seen running around meeting fans. You knew there was someone famous if there was a mob. Tobi ended up standing outside the Sidemen booth for hours, and we got to meet him again. Like the day before, he was super nice and lovely to chat to. I was so impressed with his dedication. He stood there taking pictures and signing until his meet and greet, and if that’s not dedication then I don’t know what is.

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I was frustrated not to go to the signing with Vik, Josh and Harry, but luckily Vik appeared outside the booth as well to take pictures. He wasn’t allowed to sign anything, but I got my poster signed anyways because I used the “I’m from Norway card” hehe.  Then we took the cutest selfie and I gave him Norwegian chocolate and tried very hard not to fangirl because I didn’t wanna be that person. I’m an adult after all. After having the nicest chat with him and getting mobbed by children and parents, Henri and I headed out of Ricoh Arena to go to Costa. I desperately needed my Gingerbread soy latte. Yes, I am that person. Don’t judge me. Anyways, turns out that my purse had fallen out of my bag while I was at the Sidemen booth. Long story short, an awesome security guard let us in the VIP entrance, I had a panic attack, tracked down my wallet and it was safely returned to me. All my cards (Did i mention my passport was in it?) and money was still there and I honestly have never been more relieved. It was a lot more stressful than it sounds.

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There is not much to say about the next few hours, because it literally consisted of nothing but waiting, waiting and more waiting. I also bought some sidemen merch, but then we spent most of our time just camping by the booth, waiting to meet the rest of the Sidemen. See, now we seem like annoying fans, but I swear we weren’t that bad. There were 4 others girls there who we ended up talking to (It was mostly complaining about the chaos) and befriending. Look at me, socializing through shared frustration. But they were super nice and definitely made the wait seem shorter! It ended up being worth it in the end though, as Calfreezy and Ethan (Behzinga) came out to take pictures and sign. Security stopped them from signing, and taking pictures with fans, but I’m pretty sure that caused them to leave the safety (well, we did get mobbed as soon as they got out) of the booth and go out into the hall.
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Unfortunately we were thrown out at 6, but we lingered in the hallway for a while. I’m glad we did, because most of the youtubers came out to meet the fans they had not met yet, and it was (for the most part) very casual and relaxed. Except for JJ (KSI), who couldn’t stand still for a second without getting mobbed. So yeah, he was the only one we didn’t get to meet. We saw him perform though, so I guess we’ll have to do with that.

I’m so glad we got to see 6 out of 7 sidemen, and as expected they were all cool and nice. I met Vik again and had a nice chat again, met hearing dogs (this is very important okay), met simon again and talked to him for a while, then met Josh, who showed me his Norwegian skills. Which were basically “Takk” (Thank you) and “Gratulerer med dagen” (Happy Birthday), but still, I’m impressed. We also caught Harry and then Calfreezy, who was very nice and very tall. Also, even though I don’t really watch Joe Weller, he wasn’t too mobbed when I saw him so I got a picture hehe.

Over all, it was such an amazing weekend and I was so glad I flew out from Norway to meet the sidemen. Even though I didn’t play as many games as I would like because of lack of time and queues, I still had a great time and met almost everyone I came to meet. Despite the unorganized mess on Saturday, the youtubers went out of their way to meet as many fans as possible, even though the situation was probably just as, if not more, frustrating for them.
Definitely a much needed weekend of fun, even though I’m seriously exhausted and didn’t sleep for two days straight. What we did before and after the event was also great, but I’m not gonna go into detail. I think this blogpost is long enough. I don’t wanna give anyone the impression that I’m actually breathing life into this blog for good again. But who knows, I might? I’m not sure though. Now I’m safely back home in Norway, desperately trying to process everything that has happened and trying to catch up on sleep. Mocks and exams are coming up, and then it’s time to graduate.
I’m very tempted to buy tickets for both Eurogamer and i55, but I’ll have to wait to see if the Sidemen announce they are going. I probably shouldn’t though, as I’ve started university. But that’s another crazy thought that I’m not gonna get into now.

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The end of an amazing year

Published June 19, 2014 by iwouldlikeacupoftea

This is gonna be incredibly cheesy, but It’s all true and I feel like I need to get this off my mind. I guess this is a typical thing people who Study abroad say, but I’ve truly had the most amazing year I could have imagined. 
I’m incredibly  lucky to have experienced this and for being here in the first place. A big thank you to my mum for sending me to England. It had been my dream for years, and to have it come true is unbelievable. 
Also, I was lucky enough to have an amazing host family! I remember I was absolutely terrified when I sat in the theater my first day in England, waiting until I would find my host family. They have been so kind and great this year, so a massive thanks to them for being awesome. 

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I came here, just like everyone else, scared and excited and worried and curious.  We all left a lot behind, but there is safety in the thought of knowing it will be there when we come back. A lot has changed, but all the things that matter are still there, patiently (or not so patiently) waiting for us to come home. But leaving now is different. Sure, we will go back and visit York again, but it’s not the same. This time, we are packing up everything and leaving behind what matters, for good. It wont be there when we get back. Everything will have moved on, because that’s what time does to precious memories. We will never again attend a class at College, or have trouble finding a table to eat at in restaurants because we are such a large group. We wont take another trip to town, which in the begin seemed like it would never end and eventually became a habit. Perhaps we will come back, but not as students and not as people who lived there, but as visitors. We will no longer say we will go home, without meaning Norway. And I will miss that. So much. I’ll miss all the small things and I’ll miss calling England “Home” and meaning it. 

 

I came here, hoping to make friends, but not expecting to meet some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met. I didn’t expect to make such good friends as I have here, let alone find a group of best friends who I knew I could count on, no matter what. Leaving them behind feels awful and wrong and uncomfortably strange, but I know we’ll all walk separate ways tomorrow. Luckily, I can still visit them, but it wont be the same as seeing them every day at college. It wont be easy to just meet up in town and grab a coffee or some lunch.
I’ve been able to be 100% myself this year, and I’ve gotten used to being comfortable with those around me. To think that I’m leaving these amazing people behind makes me sad, but we’ll keep in touch.
Its so strange, because it’s just a year, but one year can really make a difference. You create a whole new life somewhere else within that year, and I think there is something terrifying and beautiful and special about that.
I’ve grown so much, tried and failed and succeeded, I’ve learned new things and faced challenges, and made it out okay. 

I’m not gonna tell you I haven’t faced challenges that have made me doubt myself, consider turning back or wish I had someone to support me, but I’m here to tell you that I have learned to deal with these situations and don’t let fear stop me. I’ve come so far, and although I have yet so far to go, I’m proud. I’m proud of becoming independent and completing this year on my own. I’ve had support, but I stood on my own two feet and there is a very comforting thought in that. I did so much I never thought I would do. Both small things and big things. I mean, I moved far away from my family, where I couldn’t call my mum anymore as soon as I had a problem so she could come fix it. And I went out here and was forced to be independent, to be strong. I made it through the stress of college and exams, and life.
I have set up a completely new life here, and I’m leaving it all behind tomorrow. I’m not ready to leave, and If I could stay for another year, I would. But I do realize it’s time to go home now and finish college, before I’m off to University. I’m leaving so much behind, and I do not think words can express how much I will miss York. York is my home now, just like Norway is. I’ve grown to love this city so much, and the freedom that followed with being here.
I guess I wont just miss my friends and the city, but I’ll miss the person I’ve grown to be here. I’ll miss the person who I am now, in this wonderful city, and I realize I will never be that exact person again. Although I will always have the memories of this year, I’m leaving it behind. And how do you continue after that? I haven’t gotten that figured out yet, and I’m probably gonna feel very lost for a few days.
I guess this quote from Lord of the rings: the return of the King describes it perfectly. I’m sorry, you all know I love my quotes.

«We found ourselves looking upon a familiar sight. We were home. How do you pick up the threads of an old life? How do you go on… when in your heart you begin to understand… there is no going back?»

I have a lot to figure out and a lot of goodbye’s to say tomorrow. I want to thank Kaja, Camilla, Helene, Birte and so many more for being the best friends I could have ever imagined. I’m incredibly sad to leave, but I know it’s time to go home, if only for a year. Who knows where I will go next.

So, I guess this is the end of my Exchange year. It’s been a wonderful journey, and I’m so glad I went. To anyone considering or wishing to go abroad, wherever it is, go. It changes you in unexplainable ways. Don’t let fear stop you. Conquer it. Go abroad.

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Until next time, England.

Yorkshire Cosplay con – in Pictures

Published June 15, 2014 by iwouldlikeacupoftea

 

 

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I spent the 14th of June in Doncaster at Yorkshire Cosplay con with Camilla, which was awesome. There were so many amazing cosplays and you could really see how much time people put into it! I wish I had cosplayed myself, but exams stole all my time. Besides, getting a costume back to Norway would be impossible, so I’ll save all my ideas for future conventions.
I’m just gonna dump all the pictures here. If you are in them, feel free to use them. If you want me to take any down, message me saying which picture and I will! Enjoy the pictures.

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The last few weeks and The Fault in our stars

Published June 12, 2014 by iwouldlikeacupoftea

Sorry for the lack of blogging from me, I’m still alive. I’ve just been busy! I had my very last exam a few days ago, and have now officially survived and finished college. I’m so happy!  I can’t believe I’m leaving York in a week, I’m not ready to go. Let’s summarize the past few weeks!

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Making friends (lets pretend I wasn’t terrified) and sitting in poop. Just my luck.

My Grandfather and Uncle came and visited me for a few days, which was great! I had to be a tour guide and I was shamefully bad at it, but it was fun anyways.

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Unfortunately it rained most of the time.. Oh England. It was good to see my family again!

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Snapchat picture, sorry

Don’t worry, I didn’t get a new tattoo! I would love to, but now is not the right time haha. I got mine touched up, which lasted for about 1 minute but was incredibly painful. My apologies to Kaja, who held my hand.

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Camilla, Kaja and I got these things to plug in our phones, because we saw them and thought they were cute. And because we are cool.

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Went to see The Glass caves for the last time, which was… well.. The band were good, as usual. However, the crowd was awful. We stood at the front, but the people behind us were being crazy and jumping all over us/tackling us/whatever, I’m not sure what they were trying to achieve. It was hard to stand because we constantly got knocked down, and let’s just say it ended in a Panic attack from my side and my friends and I rushing outside. It wasn’t fun, and it’s a shame my last gig in England ended like this. Anyways, we stood in the back at the end and listened to a few songs, and that was nice.

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Been going for a fair few runs with Odie.

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Birte and I

I spent today in Museum gardens with Birte, Anine, Kaja, Helene and Vår, which was nice. Also bought traintickets for Saturday, but I’m stupid and bought them for Friday instead. Luckily my stress was for nothing and changing the date was easy! I need to stop worrying so much, oops.

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Did I need new shoes? No? Can I afford new shoes? No. Are these shoes wearable? Not really. Did I buy them? Yes. They are gorgeous though, just look at them. They are impossible to walk in and slightly too big, so I’ll have to find a solution to that. But otherwise, I love them. I wish myself good luck with getting them back home, I have so much stuff and only two suitcases.

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We were at the fan screening of The Fault in our stars, which is one of my all time favorite books. I have been excited for this so long, and I’m glad I got to see it with people who love it as much as I do. We got a pass and a poster, which I somehow have to bring home with me.

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Kaja and I after seeing TFIOS

I don’t want to spoil The Fault in our stars for anyone who hasn’t seen it, so all I’m gonna say is wow. I cried. and I laughed. And I smiled. And I cried some more. It was amazing and I loved it so much. Perfect acting and the actors were just like the characters I imagined when reading the book. It was everything I hoped it would be and more. I’m honestly so impressed with it, and couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. So proud of John Green for achieving this, being a Nerdfighter and all.

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Then we went out for dinner, since It’s probably the last time my group of friends is going out to eat together. That’s an awful thought, haha. We went to an Italian restaurant and I had this amazing pizza.
The next week is gonna be busy, but I’m taking my camera to Comic con so there will be a post about that, and then probably a post about the end of my stay.
I hope you all have a great weekend!

Little Comets in Newcastle

Published May 31, 2014 by iwouldlikeacupoftea

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Thursday the 27th of May Kaja and I went all the way to Newcastle to see a band called Little Comets. I hadn’t listened much to them before Kaja invited me to their acoustic gig, but they are awesome! And everything (well, almost everything) is better acoustic. Fact.
We got there at around 2, which meant we could walk around Newcastle for a few hours and it’s an awesome city. Not nearly as nice as York, of course.

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The first musician on was Matt Saxon from the band Grandfather Birds. Someone I hadn’t heard of before, but thoroughly enjoyed! His song lyrics were dreamy and soothing, and made your mind float away.  This man is talented and I bet you like them if you like calm, soft music that still has a little kick to it. I for one, am glad I discovered him!

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Mickey from Little Comets came and played with Matt, and it was awesome!

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The next band was Ajimal. All of the songs they played were related to Childhood, and it was cool how they had a theme for the night. Clever Lyrics with meaning behind them, amazing voices and good mastering of different instruments. What more could you ask for? The singer has a brilliant voice and puts so much emotion into each song. However, I felt they lacked chemistry as a band on stage, which was unfortunate. They seemed to play separately and not quite together in most songs. Apart from that, they were really good.

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And then it was time for little Comets!

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Little Comets played a mixture of old and new songs, upbeat and slow. It was varied and fun, and I surprised myself by singing along to quite a few songs. They also played my two (current) favorite songs, Women Women and Dancing Song.

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Everyone (apart from a few) went silent for the emotional songs and everyone danced like mad during “Dancing Song.” The audience was what surprised me most, especially the rows at the front. They were excited and passionate, danced and sang and had fun, to such an extend the band itself seemed surprised. Not only are Little Comets talented, they interact with the audience which always ups my liking for bands.

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What makes them so special, apart from their talent, is the way they play as a band. They are incredibly tight-knight and get along well on stage. They interact with each other without it being over the top, and play in perfect harmony. It surprised me!
You clearly notice they love what they do and are passionate about it, which transfers to their music. All the lyrics have meanings behind them that have or had an effect on the members of the band, and that shines through when they perform. They have beautiful lyrics and consist of amazing musicians. Worth going to New Castle for, and definitely worth checking out!

ImageIt wouldn’t be a gig without getting something signed, and two of the band members were by the merch stand so I grabbed my chance. They were both super nice! It was over far too soon (literally, before 12?) and got chased out of the venue. Our train left at 6 in the morning. Let’s just say Kaja and I aren’t the best planners and hadn’t thought of staying over night. It was a long night and I still struggle with getting my sleep pattern back. (which wasn’t great before, but staying up for 30 hours? nah). You see some weird things at McDonald’s at 4 am. That’s all I’m gonna say about that.

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I just want to thank Kaja for inviting me to this amazing Concert! I had the best time and it was a perfect way to celebrate the end of exams. Well, I still have English exams, but that’s nothing to stress about. There is so little time left and I have so much planned, and so little to do. There are two concerts coming up, and Yorkshire Comic con! So excited.

17th of May

Published May 21, 2014 by iwouldlikeacupoftea

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Since the 17th of May is Norwegian day, it had to be celebrated even though I’m in England. Some people from the University had planned an event and invited all the Norwegians from York College along to celebrate. They had ordered Norwegian sausages and candy, and made waffles which was great!

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We all gathered inside first to eat and talk, before heading outside to the sun. In my experience, it’s always either snowing this day, or it’s lovely like this time.

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Camilla and Kaja being lovely weirdos

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We all sat in a big circle in the grass until we had to move because we were disturbing students on campus. Oops, sorry. Once we moved, we had to move again. So much walking. (not really)

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We spent a lot of time picking daisies and braiding them into each others hair, because it’s May and sometimes you just have to do that. It looked adorable.

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Camilla with Norwegian flags

There is no 17th of May without Norwegian flags, and luckily some people were prepared. Helene brought two with her. I have no idea where people got them, but it was great.

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Of course, it’s tradition to have games on the 17th of May, and those who had organized this day had not forgotten that. There were “Potato runs” and “bag runs”, and people were really eager to win. It led to quite a few ripped bags.

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Kaja and I being weird because that’s what we do

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We sat here for about an hour, enjoying the sun and waiting until the 17th of May train/parade began to a pub nearby, where the celebration would continue. I do this thing where I always convince myself I never get sunburned (I used to be really tanned, but that’s quite a few years ago), but it turns out never to be true. I used sun block for my tattoo, but that’s it. My arms/shoulders are now a lovely shade of red, as well as my face.

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The parade was great and included a lot of walking around the giant University (seriously) and singing. A lot of singing. English people must think we were crazy, as there was a massive train of people singing in a foreign language and waving around flags. But that’s how we do it, and if you are gonna celebrate, you might as well do it properly.

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The parade ended in front of a pub, and after being there for a bit Camilla and I left on our (15 minute) adventure to find the bus stop. It proved to be hard for us because we walked in the wrong direction..

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It was a lovely day spent with amazing people, and I’m glad there was a planned event for this day so we could still celebrate, even though we’re all quite far from home.

Birthday celebration

Published May 18, 2014 by iwouldlikeacupoftea

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After having my English Literature Exam on the 16th of May, which went surprisingly.. okay, we celebrated Norwegian Day at college. We had Norwegian sausages and cake, and we sang the national anthem! There were Norwegian flags everywhere and loads of the Norwegians got flags painted in their faces, haha. It was great!

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A bunch of my friends and I went out for dinner at a restaurant called Byron for my friend Kaja’s birthday. I want to wish her a very Happy Birthday and I hope she had a nice day/evening 🙂 We gave he our gifts and I made her cry with mine, which I hope is a compliment.

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Food picture, because this burger was sooo nice.

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We went for a walk along the walls of York, which was fun. Not all the way around, as I was wearing heels and my feet were bleeding. Apart from that, it was a nice little adventure.

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Amalie and Kaja being cool

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And then it was an early(ish) night, because Saturday I had to get up early (with that I mean before 12) to meet up at York University to Celebrate the 17th of May, or Norwegian day. There will be a blog about it soon!