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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.

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.

London Day 5

Published March 3, 2014 by iwouldlikeacupoftea

As our London trip came to an end, my friend and I decided to go back to Buckingham Palace and walk through Hyde park.

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The main reason we went was because I wanted to see the horses and the guards, but unfortunately neither were there. Disappointment of a lifetime. Just kidding.

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I did see two very pretty police horses, which I just had to take a picture of. A bit creepy, but it was worth it.

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We were there early, so there weren’t too many people yet.

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I’m obsessed with unicorns so I made it a goal to take pictures of everything that portrayed a unicorn. I swear I’m not secretely 6 years old. I just think unicorns are cool.

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I found two guards, yes!

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Since we had nothing else planned and we still had time left before we had to be back at Kings Cross, we walked through Hyde park.

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Camilla decided it was a good idea to feed the birds and ducks and soon became the bird whisperer. I found it quite scary, as we were swarmed by hungry birds.

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When I was trying to be brave and feed one of the doves out of my hand, it bit me. It was very scary and rude, I mean I was just trying to be nice.

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I Have never seen a park with more squirrels in it. They are so cute!

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After taking about 100 pictures of birds, I got pretty bored with it. We spent about 2 hours in Hyde park, feeding birds.

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We went to Picadilly circus and walked around there for a while. I wanted to go to Trafalgar square again, but I’m really bad at directions and that plan didn’t work very well. I give myself way too much credit when it comes to directions. I always tell myself I know the way or assure myself I’m great at reading maps, but in reality I’m quite bad at it.

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That concludes my London trip and I’m back at College now. Just a month until easter break, I can’t wait. This trip was a blast!

London Day 3 and 4

Published February 26, 2014 by iwouldlikeacupoftea

The third day it was time for shopping at Oxford street! We spent most of the day shopping and no one (except me) cares about what I bought, so I’ll do day 3 and 4 together. Warning, lots and lots of pictures.

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Outfit with my new shoes from Primark, they aren’t the most comfortable but they look adorable.

We were there quite early, so luckily it wasn’t too busy. Oxford street had a lot of good shops, and my friend and I popped into most of them. So much for my no shopping policy..

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That evening we went to chinatown with all the Norwegian students to have a meal together.

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We ate a good Chinese meal with chopsticks. Let’s just say it was both challenging and funny.

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Day 4 it was time to go to 221b baker street to see where Sherlock Holmes lived. As a big Sherlock fan I basically forced my friends to come with me (Just kidding, I do believe they wanted to come).

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Let’s just say we got lost. If you’ve been to 221b baker street, you would know it’s easy to find. I knew which station we had to go to and we did that part right. After that it’s pretty much a straight line and you will find it without a problem. We tried using a map to navigate, but I have to admit that my sense of direction is awful and reading maps isn’t my strength. I don’t even know what we were doing. We walked in circles and way off into the wrong direction several times. Some of our friends had already been there earlier that morning, so we called them for directions and finally found that.

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The queue was insane. If we had gotten there when we had meant to the queue probably would be less than half the size, but after almost 2 hours of hopelessly wandering around London a lot of people had gathered outside. The wait wasn’t too bad actually, even though it lasted for an hour and a half.

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When we finally got to go inside, we soon discovered it was worth the wait. It was awesome! unfortunately my camera decided to stop working and only took blurry pictures, so I had to use my phone. Most of them are still decent enough, but they aren’t in any particular order.

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I sat in both Sherlock and Watson’s chair and it was great. Also wearing the hat looks extremely stupid if you are wearing your hair up, just a warning so you don’t make the same mistake as I did. Still a good moment. Nerd life is the best life, I promise.

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Not the best picture, but some important Sherlock objects.

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There was a book where we got to sign our names, and I always love these things. It’s interesting to see how many people visit and where they come from.

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Sherlock Holmes portrayed in slightly (or extremely) creepy wax figures who seemed too real.

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The Sherlock Holmes Museum was very interesting and fun to see as a fan. It was worth the long line and there is plenty to look at!
It rained when we came back out again (trust me, we were in there for a long time), and the line outside had gotten even longer. That’s dedication.
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My friends and I went to Fashion street for a vintage fair/shops, and then had coffee to get some much needed rest. Of course we soon had to be off again, as we had a planned theater evening with the other students.

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I saw Woman in Black and although it absolutely terrified me, it was really good. The acting was great and the effects were awesome. I screamed a few times, but luckily I wasn’t the only one.