Thursday, 22 May 2014

There's no place like...


I'm finally back in Norway after what felt like the longest flight ever (2 hours) accompanied by too much luggage, combined with excitement, happiness and a growing concern of something I know I forgot to do before I left. I still haven't been able to work out what that might be. Although I truly love Oxford, Brookes, and the student life, I'm not going to lie; it feels wonderful to be back. Two days after I got back home it was the Norwegian National Day and it was also the Norwegian constitution's 200 years anniversary so it was extra special this year. It's actually the worlds second oldest constitution, only "beaten" by the American one. 


As a student you don't have an awful lot of money, and to be able to survive you have to make some decisions such as not buying the most expensive bread or settle for the second (or fourth) best meat. When I came home, opened the fridge and saw so many things I've been craving for many months my heart was filled with joy. Sounds silly but to me my mum's fridge looks like a luxurious fridge containing delicious cheese, the best orange juice, and yoghurt. And tasty bread not falling apart on the plate when trying to eat it.

Another awesome part of being home is the fact that my dirty dishes magically disappear into the dishwasher and back to the cupboards. And the same with my laundry. Wonderful! And it also feels good not to worry about the electricity prices and planning when to charge my phone as the price usually is much lower at night. I can charge my phone whenever I want to! Student life is pretty much about saving as much money as possible on stuff you don't want to use too much money on, such as utility bills, so you can spend as much money as you want on fun stuff. I think I can get used to my parents taking care of me for some months. Especially the dinner making and grocery shopping. I don't have to plan my weekly grocery shopping for four months! It's just all these little things that make it extra awesome to be home for the summer, and just makes you appreciate things much more. Such as charging you phone. In the middle of the day. 

It has been such an amazing year, and I'm truly thankful for all the experiences and people I've met. My English skills are beyond what I imagined them to be, and I'm now for the first time in my life reading a quite long English crime novel without having to look up every other word, totally missing the author's point.As life in general it has been ups and downs, but all in all it has been a good year. The workload has been almost the same as in Norway except for the fact that a semester in Norway usually is five months vs 3-4 at Brookes, making it more intense, but I kind of like it. And when the summer holiday is four months long I don't mind working my ass off. The last month of this semester was a long, exhausting month with two exams in one day, one of them happening to be the one I felt most nervous about. But I think I did fine, I'll just have to wait and see. 

As of now I'm working hard on my tan after living in a country where the sun rarely shines. I have never been this pale in May, so I have a job to do! I have a couple of weeks left before my summer job starts, and I'm enjoying every second of it. 

To those of you still preparing for exams: my deepest heartfelt sympathy goes out to all of you, but now I'm going to enjoy an ice cream in the sun, not worrying about anything in the world. Except for my exam results. And whatever I forgot to do before I left. 

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