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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.

A mess of pictures and revision

Published May 7, 2014 by iwouldlikeacupoftea

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street performers and musicians in York! It makes the city so much more interesting, and most of them are incredibly talented.

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Leggings from Primark, Blazer and purse from New Look, top from Asos and I have no idea where my necklace or shoes are from.

Nice weather means a happy, although not completely prepared, me. It was so hot! Also I dyed my hair purple, which you can’t see because of the lighting, but it is. I needed a change, and it had been a while since I tried purple.

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I had taken lots of nice pictures with my new camera, but there was something on my lens so yeah, you can imagine the outcome. Awesome. As if that wasn’t enough, I accidentally deleted all the pictures off my phone. Don’t ask.

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Since the weather has actually been decent, It’s made going out for walks with Odie even nicer. I heard it snowed in Norway. Too bad. Well, I might say that, but it’s currently raining here. If it’s still raining tomorrow it’s gonna be awful when I cycle, so I guess I shouldn’t be laughing about snow.

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I always focus way better when I work at coffeeshops, because I don’t get distracted as easily. Which might be strange, but it works for me.

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This is a summary of the past week. I’ve been revising more than I ever have, desperately trying to cram (mostly useless) information in my head. I think I’m covered on most topics of the first unit in Sociology, but don’t get me started on English Literature. Let’s just say that if I pass, it needs celebrating. Also, as a person who can’t handle the slightest amount of stress, this is not good for me. So far, It’s not taken a big toll on me, apart from one breakdown and loss of sleep. I love making mind maps though. They might not be very useful, but it looks great. I’m trying, and miserably failing, to stay positive when it comes to exams. 7 days to go.

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I can’t study without having a break, and Monday means a new Game of thrones episode for me. You might think I don’t get as excited when a new episode comes out because I’ve read the books, but trust me. It’s the highlight of my week. Is that sad? Probably.

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Also, if I don’t update much for these next two weeks I’m sorry, but I have to focus on exams. Expect lots of blogging after that though!

 

Pink jacket and museum garden

Published March 15, 2014 by iwouldlikeacupoftea

As I mentioned before, I wanted to take some pictures while the sun was out. Guess what? Once I had the time, the weather wasn’t too good. Annoying!

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Kaja and I. Look at my heels sinking into the ground, the struggle.

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Amalie and Kaja

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Outfit picture because I’m cool. And because my pink blazer is so bright it makes any day about 10 times better.
Blazer: New Look
Skirt: New look
Shoes: Primark
Jewelry: Large.nl

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I have yet to find an outfit which isn’t instantly improved by my Evenstar necklace. I probably wear it too much, but it looks good with everything and it’s so pretty. I had been wanting it for so long, but never quite wanted to spend so much on a piece of merchandise. I got it for Christmas last year, and the silver/crystals still look flawless. To the unskilled eye it might just be an incredibly gorgeous necklace, but in reality It’s lord of the rings merchandise.

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I love these bracelets, but have been unsure of how to wear them. I really like them with pink, as it adds even more color.

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Look at the bright flowers!

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I had never been to the York Museum gardens, but wanted to go just to take some outfit pictures. It’s really pretty there, and I can imagine it’s even better in a few weeks. Unfortunately it was windy (Good thing I wore shorts underneath my skirt) and cold, and I wasn’t clever enough to bring a coat. Maybe I was just optimistic.

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A touch of spring

Published March 12, 2014 by iwouldlikeacupoftea

Since the weather has been so lovely for the past few days and I have been stuck inside doing homework, I decided to put aside some time to take pictures. I went for a lovely walk in the sunshine, and of course brought my camera along. Nothing makes me happier than good weather and it’s probably not gonna last, so I better enjoy it.

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It’s so hot considering it’s March. It’s nice to be able to walk around without a jacket! Maybe I’ll be able to get a tan, or is that too much to hope for?
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Despite my good camera, I’m incapable of taking pictures, hence the medium quality.

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I brought Odie with me as I thought he would like it, but he was very distracted by his surroundings. I mean, why pose for pictures when you can run off and play with other dogs? That’s why you’ll have to excuse the leash, as pictures with him loose just turned out blurry because he ran off in a second.

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Nothing says spring more than flowers. I hope the weather stays this way over the weekend, so I can go into town and take some pictures of York. Otherwise the upcoming weeks will be quite uneventful, apart from the rare concert and such. I changed my plans for the Easter break as well, and I’m going to visit my bestfriend in Aberdeen, Scotland. I already bought bus tickets, and its a 10 hour journey. One way, that is. That’s gonna be very boring, but oh well. Its worth it!
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Ice skating

Published December 11, 2013 by iwouldlikeacupoftea

I decided to go back to my true nationality and go Ice skating. I’m not sure if it’s actually a dutch thing, but I used to do it when I was a kid. I’m sure I was amazing back then, but it’s been a while.

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Since we had some free time before it was our turn to go ice skating, we went to the designer outlet. We just walked around for a while, nothing too interesting.

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I had been silently (or not so silently) praying we wouldn’t get skates like these, and get the dancing ones. You know which I mean. I have a pair of them and although they are pretty much unused, I find that they are a lot easier to use. And they are adorable. But no, we had to get these ones.
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I’m the clumsiest person ever. I don’t own balance or elegance. The only time I achieve those things are when I’m on a horse, but then I don’t rely on my own legs to support me. I think I should stick with riding horses. Luckily I could grab onto a friend when I was about to fall, which I did a few times. I’m sure she appreciated it. I only fell over once and that’s good considering I’m clumsy.

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It was a lot of fun though and once I got used to it, it wasn’t that hard. I’m not saying I looked like a graceful professional, but I stayed on my feet. Quite the achievement. Some of my friends thought it was fun to skate past me and grab my hand, dragging me along and going really fast. It was terrifying and it happened too many times. I was sure that it was the way I was going to die. I survived, and it was kinda funny now that I look back on it, haha.

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My friends and I

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Spooky!

Christmas shopping and Revision

Published December 8, 2013 by iwouldlikeacupoftea

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I’ve almost done all of my Christmas shopping, and I’m just missing a few things now. Of course, I can’t buy presents without buying myself some things too.

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10th Doctor Phone case, isn’t this awesome? Cost me a fair amount, but totally worth it.

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You can never have enough books, nor are you ever too old for horse books.

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I don’t really like baking, but I couldn’t say no to Doctor Who cookie cutters.

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Disney store

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I wish I had something more exciting to show you, but this has been my weekend and this will be the upcoming days. The joy of college.
I’m so far from done with my revision notes in Sociology that its sad. I will get there, I will.

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Luckily, I’m going ice skating on Wednesday and have a concert coming up the day after. On Sunday I’m making my way to Leeds for a Nerdfighter meeting, which should be great!

The Arrival of December

Published December 4, 2013 by iwouldlikeacupoftea

Where has November gone? Well, it’s December soon which means Christmas. I’m not one of those super festive person, but I’m just happy there isn’t a meter of snow and low temperatures as there would be in Norway. Positivity. York looks so pretty now that the Christmas decorations are up!

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It’s been really busy in town lately because of the market. Everyone is doing their Christmas shopping. I would love to say I have done all of mine, but I still have some gifts left to buy.
There are fairy lights everywhere and it’s cute!

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I was in town with the sweetest Kaja last weekend. Because of the crowd we didn’t feel like going to the market or shopping, so we went around looking at prom dresses way out of our price range. It was certainly a good way to spend a Saturday!

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The fact that it’s December and there is no snow is very strange to me, as that just doesn’t happen in Norway. I’m not complaining though. The weather still says it’s fall. It’s been nice taking long walks with the dog despite the cold!

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