Saturday, January 30, 2010


so i've arrived in as, norway (pronounced oass) and it 's pretty good so far!

i have five roommates (two boys, three girls) and they were right when they said that
Norwegians are reserved! I'm slowly getting to know them and the Norwegian tv obsession
with Hell's Kitchen and The Biggest Loser!

Alot of people mistake me for American...which I am quick to correct them on - but they don't care. There's a pretty large hatred (maybe too strong a word?) for Americans here, so I don't want to be mistaken for one!

A few friends and I went into Oslo the other day and I really liked it! I needed to know that there was more to Norway than this little town- and there really is!

There is literally an H&M on every corner (its the Norwegian equivalent of Starbucks!)
and I obviously have ZERO problem with that.
I having bought anything yet because I'm nervous about spending too much money! I'm going to Helsinki in a couple weekends though - so I won't hold back there!

I also think that aside from the occasional duty free purchase... it's going to be a pretty dry semester. A 26 of liquor is equivalent of $40 CDN here! So I think I'll be relying on $5 tall cans
(yikes! muy caro!)

Here are some photos of the Oslo trip!

(i'm sorry this post is so sporratic...I'm supposed to be reading up on the anthropology of development!)

See you next time!

Friday, January 15, 2010

hola hola holaaa

i'm sorry i've been so mia!

update on the holidays: they were great. lots of family, friends... too much wine...
(is that possible?) YES!

(my sisters and i: gillian - left, emma -right)

some of my favorite gifts this year?
- a tight black norwegian wood skirt with a short lace overlay (VERY lisa turtle)

(photo from

- a black flutter sleeve top from club monaco with an open back
(i don't usually wear cmonaco, but my mom got it for
me and it's really lovely! much more graceful than anything i usually wear)

- miss dior cherie eau de parfum (i was debating between this and burberry
the beat - but i figure the beat will be cheaper at dutyfree!)

- FINALLY, my sister, as a joint xmas/bday present... IS TAKING ME TO COPENHAGEN, DENMARK!

i'm very excited.

as some of you may or may not know, i'm going to norway for exchange in (eep!) seven days!..
and so, at the urging of my friends alexandra and kohen (thanks guys!)
this haphazard 'blog' will be integrating some aspects of travel blogging.
i probably won't be talking to you before then, so wish me luck!