Thursday, 30 June 2011

Cabin evenings

Yesterday was pretty hot so after Henrik came home from work we took a trip to the cabin planning to eat some ribs on the bbq,have a quick swim, hang out with his folks and then drive back home, but come 11pm we had a few too many glasses of wine so crashed out in the cabin for the night (where I had a horrid nights sleep dreaming I had giant ants crawling on me!) We woke super early expecting to get stuck in rush hour traffic but managed to get home for 6.32am (only 32 mins!) So nice to just escape there mid week. This is the reason we moved out of London!

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

A bit more of Denmark

As I mentioned in yesterdays post, I loved Denmark. I also love Norway.
I seem to have offended a few people with some of my opinions of Norway/norwegians.
Whenever you move to a new country you see/hear/experience things that are different to your own country/culture and they take a while to get used to. This is my blog, a space where I can rant/rave and express my opinions on my new life in Norway. It's one thing to visit a country on holiday and think the people/place are wonderful but once you move there and experience real life it can be a whole other story. I write about my experiences here, nobody elses. I do not claim that all norwegians are rude. They are not. They just do things differently and it's taken me 10 months living here and 5 months of language learning to realise this. The politeness in this country is hidden! (but if you dig deep you find it- eventually!)

Monday, 27 June 2011

I ♥ Denmark

We have had the most fantastic three days in Denmark! This included:
-Not driving on motorways so we got to see the real Denmark (the landscape really reminded me of England)
-Eating amazing food, including wonderful Danish bread (unlike Norway the food revolution has hit Denmark!)
-Visiting beautiful white sandy beaches (who knew Denmark had such beautiful clean beaches? -not me!)
-Lots of cheap shopping which we took full advantage of!
-Friendly,chatty people (lovely,lovely Danes who are not at all suspicious of outsiders unlike another Nordic country I shall not mention!)
-cheap alcohol (which of course we also took full advantage of, including packing up the car with a fair bit of it!)
-Visiting a museum full of tanks (not my idea of a good time but Henrik had a ball, esp because you were allowed to climb into them!)
-Fleamarkets dotted all over the countryside in big barns,strawberry picking and honesty boxes selling local honey,logs,plants etc

I really loved our trip to Denmark♥

Thursday, 23 June 2011

We are taking a little trip to Denmark tomorrow from Larvik to Hirtshals on the fast ferry (3 1/2 hours compared to the usual 8 hours on the slow ferry. Perfect for a sufferer of seasickness i.e me!) I'm now finished with norsk lessons til the end of August but I must self study throughout the summer otherwise I'm pretty certain I'll lose my new found language skills!
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Bestått= passed

I passed the speaking part of norsk prøve 2 and I feel fantastic!
Such a good feeling!

Monday, 20 June 2011

The weekend

The weather has been pretty crappy here recently but every time we venture to the cabin the sun seems to come out (I hope I'm not going to jinx this by mentioning it!) Still not warm enough in the water for anything other than a quick dip though, but soon hopefully!
My norsk course finishes on Wednesday for the summer and the fleamarket season is over til September (which Henrik is pleased about as he gets stressed about all the crap I buy!) We will take a little trip to Denmark on Friday for 3 days which I'm really looking to. Have a good week folks!
p.s Have you noticed how I'm not moaning about Norway so much these days? I seem to be getting used to this funny little country!

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

The cabin(2)

We discovered many new beaches/cafes/ice cream spots this weekend whilst wandering in the car, including a cute little beach with imported white sand and crystal blue water. The water temps are still pretty cold which is not suprising when you think back to the frozen fjord just 2 months ago. I'm loving our cabin and escaping there every weekend and I'm really enjoying no internet & tv (although we have cheated a bit with series one of True blood on dvd on the laptop!)

Monday, 13 June 2011

The cabin

It's been a long holiday weekend here in Norway and we just returned from the cabin feeling relaxed,sunburned and windswept! You just cant beat summertime here. This is the reason we moved away from London (not the other 6 months of frigid temps and snow!)
I'm now ready to start the week (and count the 4 days til we can be back at the cottage!)