I was going to write a little post about the excitement surrounding the coming of spring. But then I realised that it's still February and that people would probably not agree with or understand my enthusiasm. Additionally, it's been pretty lousy weather here in the UK which again wouldn't really correspond to my Springy post. So I decided to focus on this period. Yes, I can already hear you saying: "why would you focus on this period? It sucks! Let's just hope it ends soon and forget about it forever and ever."
Wherever I go and whoever I talk to, most people say the same thing. They complain about their life, about the world and about their mood in general. Most people are not very happy at the moment, including myself. So let's just take a second and reflect upon the nice things. After all, the news has a had a few glimpses of happiness.
So after all this commotion about Christmas it's finally over again. I won't lie to you, I always hate this period. I've been home with the family, eating whatever I want, doing whatever I want and felt pretty contend with myself. Now, I'm home in my dingy little room, nobody around me and worst of all, all the christmas lights and songs have disappeared for another year.
At least there's always one thing we can be happy about: the christmas presents we managed to collect throughout the festive period. Since I moved out this year, I asked for mostly practical things but I decided to do a separate post about it nonetheless.
In total I received the following items:
- pink bowl (Blokker: €7,00)
- Cheese slice (Blokker: €5,00)
- Cutting board (Xenos: €12,00)
- Gold leaf decoration (Xenos: €3,00)
- Chocolate (English supermarket)
- Cat statue (German Christmas Market €5,00)
In addition I also got:
- Big, fluffy blanket (Wohnwelt pallen: €5,00)
- Animal pillow (Wohnwelt pallen: €10,00)
- Maroon turtle neck jumper (outlet store €15,00)
This year was basically everything I needed for my room which is exactly what I wanted ;)
If there's one thing I love about my university, it's the fact that they have 'reflection weeks'. This means that I get one week of holidays every 7 weeks. The weeks were up, exams were completed and I had only one thing left to do... Visit my family! Autumn always manages to pick me up again. To smell the fresh air again, forget about my worries and snap some autumnal pictures, that's the goal right?
The weather is getting colder, wetter and more beautiful now, I suggest we all make the most of this situation and spend as much time as we can enjoying it.
Three weeks ago, I spent my first night in this new, strange place I'm going to have to call 'home' for the next three years. I must admit, it was strange, the walls were empty, the bed felt unfamiliar and the toilet was no longer just mine. It never felt like this was a mistake, or like I was doing something I shouldn't, it just felt a little odd. But as the walls were painted, the pictures were put up and the little bits and bobs were added around the room it started to feel more like a place I could live in. It's not finished, but I'm getting closer to an end result.
Making my own mistakes is scary, but also quite fun. I feel no pressure to do things right because the only person facing those consequences is myself. If the food isn't nice, I'm the only person who needs to eat it, if the washing turns out a different colour, it doesn't matter because it's my washing. It's just so relaxing knowing I don't need to ask somebody's permission to go out or money to buy clothes. All I need to do, is walk out the door and remember my keys (so far that hasn't gone wrong yet but it will definitely happen soon).
Since this is the first room I'm having to decorate, it's quite difficult to discover 'my style'. I think my room will be facing quite a few stages of development. The printout pictures hanging above the table were supposed to be temporary to cover up all the patches on the wall, but they're actually beginning to grow on me. I suppose I'll see where the room takes me. Perhaps I just need to do something and live with it for a few days. If I don't like, I can change it.
The overall vibe of the place so far is quite cosy. The beams make the ceiling quite low but chique and the kitchen is definitely a one person area. The blue wall is still quite bare, but once my inspiration comes, I'll have something to place there, I'm sure!
The room itself is very central. The marketplace is right outside my door making it ever so easy to nip to the shops. the alley is cute and (even though some may say it appears quite scary at night), I feel very comfortable in my little space. I realiset that this may seem like a bit of a 'useless' post, but the actual uni posts will come, no worries.
See you in the next post!
Norway, a rainy, mountainous, beautiful country... well, that was my experience anyway. We went to Norway for one week, stopped at all the famous spots, hiked a bit and went home very much satisfied at the end. My family and I decided that it would be cheapest for us to see Norway via cruise (don't worry, I'll get to that later). This meant that we saw most of the highlights but didn't have nearly enough time to truly experience each town. But I think we got as much out of it as we possibly could.
Oslo, a quiet little town the Norwegians like to call their capital. It's a shame that I felt pretty ill that day because it meant I couldn't enjoy most of the city. We visited the most important sites but personally, this was my least favourite place.
I'll admit that my expectations for Kristiansand were below zero. I'd googled the place a few times, looked at some pictures on pinterest, but the place just seemed uninteresting. However, once I actually visited the place, it was cosy, the people were friendly and it seemed to have character. It wasn't extroadinary but it was cute and I was very pleasantly surprised.
And now for the bucketlist section: Preikestolen. As soon as my mum told me that there was even the slightest possibility that we could make it up there in the time we were allowed ashore, I was sold. I was absolutely deteremind to run up the track if it meant that I could see this famous...rock.
We had 4 hours to do it, 4 hours to walk up the entire mountain, see the rock and walk all the way back down and we could have easily done it if it weren't for all the slow pokes we had to try and pass every step of the way.
We made it up in 1 hour and 30 minutes but we were scared it would take us longer to go back down seeing as all the other hikers would need to make it back down as well. This is where the cruise was relatively irritating. Due to our limited time and the questionable time we had left to make it back down, we spent a total amount of 2 minutes on the rock. TWO MINUTES! We raced back down and made it back again within 1 hour and 15 minutes meaning that we did the entire trip under 3 hours. Personally, I would have loved to have spent more time enjoying the view but there just wasn't enough time for it. But I'm still SO grateful I had the opportunity to see this beauty.
One of the the most beautiful train journeys in the world, the flam railway was a must. It was stunning and fulfilled my expectations, but I'm glad we got off the train to enjoy the actual scenery as well.
I know it will sound strange, but Flam was definitely my favourite destination, even more than Pulpit Rock. It was unforgetable, not because of the rain, but because there was something to see around every corner (hence the trillions of pictures).
Our Cruise Experience
And now for the luxurious aspect of the trip... I'm not much of a pamper person, so I was sceptical to say the least. But I was very pleasantly surprised by the whole experience. From all you can eat buffets to amazing evening entertainment, this ship had it all. I'm not sure it's the best for every trip, but for Norway, I saw a lot more than just one place. Cruises are expensive and sometimes a little too posh, but if you like the James Bond lifestyle (where you hike up mountains during the day and dress classy with fancy meals at night) then this is REALLY something for you ;)
If you ever have the chance, go to Norway. It's not cheap but it's worth it. Trust me.
Yes, I moved and yes, I moved with good reason. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed The Creative Explosion but it just didn't feel right anymore. I decided to jot down a few reasons, not only for others but also to clarify my need to leave for myself.
So here's to a new beginning! Let's hope it's a good one.
Hi and welcome to my little blog! My name is Charlotte, I'm 18 years old, love photography and music and I have this annoying habit of being incapable of making decisions. Don't let this stop you from looking around though!