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The year of 2012……

The year of 2012 is getting closer to an end, and another year of my life has been written. People say that you write your own book, but sometimes i feel that someone else wrote it, and that i just read it.

So since i said i was going to try to write some more on my blog, this gives me a good opportunity to write a “quick” post about 2012. For those of you that know me, this post may be a little boring, or maybe not, if you find out i have done many things that i did not tell you,,, (maybe you are not as close a friend as you first though). Any way to all you people who read, i mean my family members and friends who read it to be nice……Enjoy!

I started the year with a trip to visit some friends in Barcelona. Little did i know that this trip would have an innpact on the next 8-9 months of my life! Everything was going great, and we were out side in the streets watching a Christmas parade with the 3 kings. So, you know me, i always got some “good” ideas of what to do. So, i told my friend to sit on my shoulders  to see over the crowd, and to take some good photos. At first this seemed like an excellent idea and it was a good one until i had to put here back on the ground. It all went really fast, and when i sat down to let here off, we feel forward. My shoes were stuck on the ground and all my weight was put on my little toe. I have to admit it hurt like h***, but i pretended to be tough and said, its ok, i’l be fine… A few minuts later it started hurting more. So i told my friends maybe we should go back to the apartment and put some ice on or something. When we came to the apartment, it had already grown a few sizes but i could walk with a limp (trying to be cool). So, we iced it a little bit and went clubbing (not a smart idea). I tried to make some dance moves with a one foot twist, but i am not a good dancer so i am guessing it looked even worse on one foot. The next day, my little toe was bigger than the big toe, and it was blue and purple…. So we decided to go to the ER. After 3-4 hours of waiting, it turned out i had a fracture and had to tape the toe and sit still for about 3-4 weeks. “GREAT NEWS” when i had just arrived in Barcelona and was going to stay there for about 10 days! Any way, the rest of the trip was awesome, I did not Exactly sit still, but it was deff worth it! (had i known what would happen later, maybe i would have listened more to the nurse). Any way, we did get some good pictures 🙂

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So, before i knew it i was back on the school bench ready for another semester at the University of Oslo. There was a lot to do, but it was pretty interesting. In on of the subjects (psy) i ended up writing about a a kids fairy tale named “the three billy goats gruff” (De 3 bukkene bruse). I looked at one of the original versions and one of the modern versions and compared the language and the use of special words in the two books. Not to brag, but i actually got a B on this assignment so i was pretty proud of my self (especially since i have dyslexia).

In February i also took a Climbing course at “Klatreverket” in oslo. My Mother gave me and my brothers a climbing courser as a Christmas gift so we were all there to “Try” to learn something. If you don’t know what to give your kids for Christmas next year, i would say that this was one of the best gifts i have ever had. Its fun, you can gather the whole family, its and activity, and you learn something! It’s kinda like a Kinder egg. So, even tough i probably should not have taken this course considering my toe, i went, had a blast and past the security test!

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In April a lot of things happened and  my grandfather past away. (R.I.P Grandpa). He actually turned 91, and lived a long interesting life. It was a nice funeral and it was good to hear about all the things he had done in his life and it made me think about my life. It made me think about the things i want to do in my life, and what i can look back at when i am old and gray.

In may, my toe was not really any better, so i decided it was about time to go see the doctor again…. it turned out that the toe was still broke/fractured, and that it had not grown back together! So they told me to sit completely still for 4 weeks and not do anything (Easy for them to say). Luckily i had exams at this time, so i was actually sitting still (atleast more than normal).  So in June i went back for some new photos, and it turned out it had not changed much, but after talking a long time, we agreed to wait another 4 weeks to see, because some of the swelling had gone down. Finaly in August i took another photo, and it seemed like the toe had started to grow! So by the end of August, beginning of September i could start to do some small activities again! 8-9 months with a broken/fractured toe was not really funnnn…. so if i had known that i would have been more careful in february, mars and april!

During the summer i worked a little bit at Elixia and relaxed with my friends and family. In August it was back to the school bench at the University. This was going to be my 3 semester at the University, and i was looking forward to learning something new. Right at the beginning there was a lot to do and we had to write some complicated assignments. There was a lot of stress and it truly affected me. I started to become really worried about the school work and i could feel the stress. After having a broken/fractured toe for 8 months and not getting to work out like i usually do it was hard not to have the same good balance. I think that for me (and for many other people) its really important to stay active and exercise to keep the stress down and to have a good health. Any way, because of all the school work, this semester was really stressful and i did not really do anything adventurous and fun, I was more worried about school work than having fun. Even though it was not a fun semester i passed all my Exams  and learned a lot, which made me truly happy! This semester has been one of the most demanding in my life i think, but looking back at it now, i have learned a lot about life that i hope will make me grow (hopefully to a become a better/stronger person).

After i finished my Exams i was really ready to relax and get the true Christmas spirit! I must admit that I love this time of the year. Not because of the fancy gifts, but because of the time i get to spend with my family and my friends (yeh right…. thats what they all say…). Believe it or not but, this year i made a gingerbread house with my mum, we made cacao and watched christmas movies, i made a snow cave with my brother, i went sleeding with my friends, i went cross cuntry skiing with my family, and i ate a toons of good food everyday! For me that is almost a better gift than some of the gifts under the Christmastree. Many people are all alone on Christmas, or have bad memories from their childhood, so i am really glad for all the good memories i have from this Christmas and the once before.

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So, the year is coming to and end, and there is just a few days left of 2012. To be honest 2012 has had some positive moments and some really hard and sad once. But i guess that is how we learn….

This is of course not all the things that has happened in my life this year, but its a quick update. I am sure i have forgotten a lot of things but this was suppose to be a quick blog and i see that its not really a quick one any more……..  Here are some things that also happened that i did not talk about.. A really good friend of mine from Barcelona came to Norway in Mars to learn Norwegian and to try to get a job here, i went to the end of the World (verdens ende), i went go carting, I started painting,  i went on a cabbin trip with some really good friends, I went to sweeden, i tried snowboard again after 10 years, i meet some cool people (some of you know who you are), I meet my brothers wife’s family from Ukraine  +++++ And i built many Snowmen! .jul og ski2 018

This is starting to become a lot longer than what i had planed. Maybe its time to say enough is enough, and start thinking about all the things that can happen in 2013!! You never know what will happen and a new year gives you a whole year of new opportunities.

If there is any one left reading now at the end, i hope you had/have a wonderful Christmas and that you Enjoy the last days of 2012!! Make sure you Enjoy them now, because they will never come back! 😉

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!

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Free will, or just an “illusion”?

Do you ever wonder about the choices you make/made? Did you know what to do, how did you find out? did you have another option?
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According to the British philosopher Martin Hollis book ” Models of Man” there are to main based theories about the human, depending on whether the human nature is perceived as passive or active.  If the Human nature is passive, the persons actions tendencies is controlled characterized and formed by the congenital biological or psychological factors, or by environmental impact. On the other hand if the human is perceived as active, they assume that by the help of their own sense, and their own initiative, they have the ability to control their congenital and social delivered inclinations (Hollis 1977).
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If we look at how he explain the passive human it gives us the though that we don’d decide what we do.  It shows that to understand the human, you have to look at the society where it belongs. The society you grow up in gives you a certain way of living, it gives you the first norm’s and values that you learn to understand, they are printed in your head from your birth.  Even dough we think and feel like free human beings, maybe its just an illusion? Maybe we don’t make our own decisions, maybe they are already put out for us. It could be that some of the choices we perceive to be free, actually are decided by prior biological, psychological or social causes. Even movies like the Matrix, make us wonder about the world and how it exists, and there is especially one thing i remember. I will always remember when the old lady says something to Neo about breaking the vase, and right after he breaks it. Then she says something similar to, did you break it because i told you about it, or because it was already determined to happen? When you were young and went to the store to by clothes, did you by the jeans you wanted, or the jeans that everybody had? When the miss sixty jeans came or the dr martins, did you ever think about why you bought it? Look at the society today, do you walk around how you want, or how the society wants? Do you wear clothes because you decided to, or because it would be wired if you decided to go nude?  If you look at the human being as a passive creature, it means that our actions not derive from personal priorities, but from the environment and society you are a part of.
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Another person that also make you wonder about this is Emile Durkheim.  He has a famous study about suicides. Normally we think of suicides as something individual and something that uttermost is personal, and something you decide on your own. When you read Emile Durkheim’s work you start wondering if this is actually true. In his study he looks at how the integration of the people in the society affects the suicide rates. Why do people commit suicides? How much impact did the society have on this decision? Why do some countries have higher suicides rates than others if its all personal?
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So, now you can really wonder, do you make your own choices or not? If you decide to behave a certain way, maybe it was already determined by your biological factors that you would do this.
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Well this is of course pulled to the utter limit and can not be looked upon as totally true, but it gives you an idea, that somethings are not always what you perceive them to be, and sometimes you think you have the ability to choose when in your nature there is no choice.
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So do we have free Will at all times or maybe just sometime, or is it just and Illusion?
kristi

“Impulsive”

Crazy? Yes. Funny? Yes. A little wild? Yes. Good Experience? Yes.

I Saw “Yes Man” with Jim Carry last year and it actually gave me heads up for life. You only have as much fun as you want, desire and seek, you decide what you want to do. I don’t know how you are, but I am always open for something new, different and exciting, no matter what time it is. Yes, I am crazy and sometimes wild, but in return I have fun and I get a whole lot of extremely cool experiences.

The reason to why I named this post “Impulsive” is because i just did an impulsive act. I love the adrenaline and the kick of doing something that is not expected. This Morning I woke up, and looked up some tickets on the internet from Oslo to Barcelona. A few days ago we had just gotten the message that we did not have class the following Monday, so I figured why not see if i could leave tomorrow and stay til Monday! And Guess what? It turns out I COULD! So, I made some calls and had a bus driver bring my Passport from my local city to the Capitol, and before I knew it i had bought air plane tickets to Barcelona for the next day!  A little stress, getting all the things together, still have to print out the boarding tickets, but so far so good! If everything goes as planed I should be in Barcelona tomorrow night at 23:45. For me, the ability to be impulsive is a big deal, it gives me a good feeling, and a great pleasure of life.  Are you Impulsive? Do you plan your summer trips half a year ahead? Do you make monthly and weekly dates? or do you take the day as it comes?

Worried? What about school? What about money? what about family? what about………………. you will always find something to make you wanna stay at home….. In my case, school has not really started yet(Better to go now than in 3-4 weeks), I worked my ass off last year so I had some extra money( not really, more thanks to Ryan-air that is super cheap) and  last but not least, my mum and dad are just like me so they understand why I am going 😉

Well, tomorrow I am going to Barcelona, and I am sure I will have a great time! 🙂

Enjoy and have some fun the next few days, I KNOW I WILL!

Kristi 😉


“Back to School”

I guess I am not “To Cool for School yet”. Last Monday we had our first meeting at the University of Oslo, following a week filled with School parties, the well known “fadderuka”. If you dont allready know, I am starting a bachelor at the University in Culture and Communication. This is a degree with 4 main topics; sociology, socialanthropologi, pshycologi and communication. Since I could not settle down with one, i figured what the heack, why not take all 4!

I have always liked to study people, and I think this will be perfect! I guess you are not supose to tell people that you like to observe them, but I do. I find people interesting. Why do you think the way you do? What makes you act the way you do? Why do you have your values? What is norms and culture to you? What gives you Energy? We are all so different, but at the same time, we are so much alike! What makes YOU, you?

Well, I got my own room in a little apartment in Oslo, So far so good! I am now a so called city girl. I am really excited about starting at the University. I have to admit I am scared. Making new friends, beeing excepted, trying to be smart, putting of time to read, passing classes and beeing social, and ofcourse having time to exercise! LIFE IS EXCITING!

Well, I guess this was a short update, and hopefully i’l get back to writting again.

What Could happend today?

Kristi 😉

 

 


“Thanks for a Great Adventure Barcelona”

I could not sleep. I was staring out in the dark, waiting for the alarm clock to go off. It was sunday morning and my last day in Barcelona. I was laying in bed thinking about how you start a new adventure, and how they all unfortunately come to an end. I started my adventure in Barcelona 27 of February, and today 26 of June, this adventure has come to the end.

I wanted to go to Barcelona to learn spanish, meet new people, learn about culture, explore the city and overall have a great experience that would make me grow as a person. I left the country hoping for a valuable experience that I would never forget. When you start a new adventure, you never know whats coming. I don’t know about you, but for me some of the joy in the adventure, is not knowing what will happen. When you wake up, you can ask yourself  “What could possibly happen today?”.

 

During my time here in Barcelona I have met some wonderful people, I have seen things I thought was illegal, I have learned some more spanish, I was offered “space Cockies”, I saw the police shoot air bullets and I have done things I never thought I would do.  The last 4 months that I have spent here has been a great adventure and I am thankful for all the things that has made me grow.  I have to admit that I fell in love with Barcelona, the city itself is wonderful. Coming from a small farm going to the big city, I fell in love with the freedom and the liberty of being able to “go wherever, when ever”.

Meeting new people and making new friends is always a great adventure, the only problem is when you are going back home. I was so lucky to meet some truly wonderful people during my stay in Barcelona. I am so thankful for the people who entered my life, but it also makes the end more difficult. It’s hard to leave someone not knowing when you will se them again, especially if you are good friends. people always complain about Facebook but one thing is sure! Thanks to Facebook it’s so much easier to keep contact with new friends, and if you miss them you can just look at their pictures. You know who you are, and I just wanted you to know that because of you guys, my last few months in Barcelona became a wonderful experience that I will never forget!  And…………………………………..Just so you know, don’t worry, I will come back and visit!!  Miss you guys allready……………….

Now I am back in Norway, thinking about what I learned and how fast 4 months go by! It’s still a little wired to think that I have lived 4 months in Barcelona, so I guess I just need to give it some time. I really liked Barcelona so there is a big change I will come back to study or to work. “Time Will show”

Now I have to plan a new Adventure! If you have any good ideas, let me know 🙂

 

Kristi   ( Thanks for everything Barcelona! You have changed me for ever, you made me grow! )


“Stop complaining about what you don’t have, and start using what you HAVE”

 

Some people have no options, they take what ever they can find and make a living out of it. Did you ever stop and think, that your LAMP, could get you about 60€ a day?  When I saw this guy sitting in the street playing on his lamp, I was touched.  It gave me a great amount of inspiration. Life is a journey that is different for all of us, but in the end it all comes down to you. 

The last few weeks here in Barcelona has been a Blast!  I have met some new people, done things I did not think I would do and I have seen things I did not think was LEGAL!  ( No, I did not do anything criminal!).  The last few weeks I have gotten to know some really cool people that live here in Spain. Well technically two are Catalan, one is from Mexico and one is from Venezuela! I really like hanging out with them, they are super nice and I get to practise my spanish.  (Yes, i am saying they are nice because i know they read my blog, the truth is they are horrible!) 😉 “JEJE” Spanish way of saying Haha, because they don’t say H, but Their J is the Sound of H!!

The other day I actually caught my self in staring. I know, you are not supposed to stare at people, but some people are just so fascinating! I find the “Human being” very interesting and I am fascinated by different kinds of people!  The other day on the Metro there were an old couple with the exact same shoes, it was so cute.  Do you stare, and do you admit it?? 

After easter I have had a lot of visitors; Catherine and here boy friend, Synne and here cool friend Ruud, Kristina and here boyfriend Frank, and last but not least my Dad and his girlfriend.  We went to so many different places, we have drawn on tables, played pool, drank cheap beer, tanned at the beach, danced, ate Expensive food and all in all had fun!  I think I have said this before, but just so you know, BARCELONA  is GREAT! 

Tomorrow is the big DAY and Man U will play BARCA! Right now its all about the game, it’s the daily topic! Who will win, what do you think, who do you want to win +++++++ Time will show!

Until next time, Treat your self with life, do what you want to do!

kristi


“Exam/Beach/game”

Why is it that when you are suppose to study, there is always something special going on?

Today we went to the beach to study for a little bit. Going to the beach to study, is probably not the best idea, but we did actually study for a little bit. Well, Easter break and the beach did not help, and the game that was on tonight did not exactly help either! What can you do when Barcelona is playing Madrid! You don’t have a choice, you have to watch! Luckely Barcelona won! Thanks to Messi, they won 2-0. Right now i am in level b1, so we are learning all the different times. Spanish grammatic is a little different from norwegian and its hard to remember all the forms!  Here is an Example,

Comer/spise. Gerundio; Comiendo/spiser. Participio; Comido/spist

presente: Preterito imperfecto: Preterito Indefinido: Preterito Perfecto: Futuro: Imperativo (Afirmativo) (Negativo)

como               comia                           comi                                 he comido                 comeré                             come            no comas

comes              comias                         comiste                           has comido               comeras                         coma              no coma

come                comia                           comio                               ha comido                comera                                        

comemos        comiamos                  comimos                         hamos comido        comeremos

comeis             comiais                       comisteis                         habeis comido          comereis                      comed             no comais

comen            comian                         comieron                          han comido               comeran                       coman             no coman 

So, here I am, sitting with the book in my lap thinking about what I should have read. It’s actually a waste of time, because whats done is done,  it’s not like i can turn back time and start over again. I’m not to worried about tomorrow, if i pass that is good, if not i will just have to repeat the level and actually learn some of the grammatic.  Do you speak Spanish? Well if you do, maybe you can explain some of it in english to me 😉

Tomorrow, a friend of mine from Norway will come for a visit, so I am super excited to se here again!

Good night, sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite!

Kristi


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