søndag 28. desember 2008
Christmas day we got up around nine and went out in the livingroom to open presents as the first thing we did that day (Crazy to open presents in the morning but fun! Even though I really like waiting till the evening because then you have something to look forward to the entire day..). I got so many nice presents, and soo many more than I expected. I even got my very own Christmas stocking, filled with very nice gifts from Santa (To be honest I suspect they were from my wonderful hostparents). I got everything from jandals, books, beach chair and chocolate to a travel kit, PJs and notebooks. Then I got some very nice things that my family had sent me, and that meant a lot to me as well!
After the opening presents session we had a great breakfast. They said we would have a BBQ breakfast so I expected kebabs, steak and salad for breakfast haha, which was far from what we actually had. We ate hash browns, egg, bacon, mushrooms and tomatoes, only that they were cooked on the barbeque. YUM! And we also drank some bubbles. Very nice Christmas Day brekkie! Um then didnt do much before dinner, went to Phillips for a while which was nice and he gave me some very nice gifts as well. Christmas dinner was good, we had turkey and stuff which isnt the usual Kiwi (New Zealand) xmas dinner, but my hostmum is English. The kiwi xmas dinner is more like a BBQ. The day ended with watching "Ghost" on TV and eating some of the xmas cookies i'd made (Berlinerkranser and Silkekaker)..
So yep now its over but oh well its still holiday and it finally seems like the weather has settled so im spending heaps of time on the beach and in the sun. Its so nice! And tomorrow we're actually going on a helicopter ride over my town, thats gonna be craazy and scary haha.
tirsdag 23. desember 2008
So now I'm back in New Zealand, and wow its actually "lillejulaften" today which just feels totally wrong, but I dont mind because at the moment the weather is great. Sunny and warm. Perfect weather for the beach. However, we are going to try to get some x-mas spirit tomorrow (julaften), making gingerbread houses and men, while listening to Christmas music. After that Karoline, Henriette and I have planned to go out for tea (what they call dinner down here), and in that way celebrate x-mas eve. Since I came back I havent been up to much, done the last bit of Christmas shopping and just been to the beach. On saturday we went to a party, and the theme was christmas. That was fun! I love the fact that they have a theme at almost every party down here, because everyone makes an effort to really dress up!
This will be a weird christmas without my family, the snow and the darkness, but Im still looking forward to it. Its exciting because its so different, almost completely opposite from our celebration. We're gonna open the presents in the morning on the 25th, then have a BBQ-brunch, then do whatever we want and in the evening we'll have turkey. My hostmum is English so she knows what its like not to feel like its christmas. So we might have some English Christmas traditions as well, which will be nice. And of course, I LOVE summer so its great being able to go to the beach every day and stuff..
Hope everyone on the other side of the world are have a great Christmas with snow and everything!
BTW, sorry I cant comment under each photo, but theres something wrong with the computer.. Anyway the photos above are just from the past few days..
torsdag 18. desember 2008
Back from Aussie yesterday, and that was just awesome! Sooo good to meet Linnea again! And oh I just have to tell you about when I saw Kanye freakin West at the airport in Wellington, because it was just so crazy! First time I just walked past him and didnt really realise who it was because he was just walking there all by himself. Then I saw him like four times after that and I even had eyecontact with him once haha. He and his crew also went to Melbourne, but on another plane, however I stood next to him in the passport line, and managed to take a crap photo with my phone. After that I walked to get my luggage, and omg one of his crew guys actually talked to me, haha.
Oh well, enough about Kanye, more about Australia. I stayed with Linneas hostfamily, which was really nice. We got to do so much cool stuff. The first weekend we went to a wildlife park and got to see kangaroos, wombats, snakes, crocodiles, coalas and so much more. That was cool. Another highlight was when we went hot air ballooning. Most of the days we spent shopping either in the city or at shopping malls, which was great and I found a lot of nice things. The food in Melbourne is amazing, and they have so many nice cafes. One day we had lunch at Jamie Olivers restaurant Fifteen, yum! The second weekend we went to a place called Phillip Island and stayed at a beach house. Unfortunately it was pretty bad weather, but we still went surfing on the saturday and that was so much fun. Its kind of hard though but in the end I managed to stand uo almost every time, and once I was standing all the way in to the beach. Haha yea amateur much.
Now Im back in Nelson and its almost christmas. When I arrived the first thing I noticed was all the parcels on my bed. I have to say I have the best family and friends ever. And Karoline brought me so much nice stuff as well. Thank you so much! Yay, just look at the photo of all the things I've got. Presents, chocolate, smaagodt, gingerbread house and cookies and more. YUM! And thanks to those who sent me money to buy xmas presents, theres a photo of what I bought as well. Yesterday we decorated the tree so now I'm really looking forward to x-mas day.
mandag 1. desember 2008
First of all, just a little update on my life down here. Finally the summer has arrived, and now the holidays have started as well. The last couple of weeks at school we had a program for all internationals, making pavlova (traditional NZ dessert made of merengue, whipped cream and kiwi fruit. Some people claim it's originally from Aussie though), working on the yearbook and going on camps. We had one camp for all int. students and on that camp we had a x-mas meal, made x-mas cards and learned how to plait flax in the way Maoris used to do it (see photo).
Then a couple of days later I went on another outdoor education camp to Golden Bay. It's seriously such a wonderful place, all the beaches are just amazing. I slept on the beach under the stars, craaazy, it was just so cool. Then one of the days we went to like a river pool, and the water was freezing (almost as cold as in Tromsoe).
Last weekend I hanged out with Phillip on friday watching High School Musical yaay, then on saturday I went to Paige's Bday party and slept at Lily's afterwards. Sunday we slept in, and then we watched Mean Girls and just talked.
Yesterday I had a concert with my Hiphop group which was fun, both my hostfamily and boyfriend came and watched me. Today I'm just relaxing, and packing because tomorrow I'm going to AUSTRALIA to visit LINNEA, sooo looking forward to it!!!
lørdag 29. november 2008
1. Eat spaghetti out of tins, often in a toasted sandwich
2. Walk barefoot everywhere, at school, in town etc.
3. Live in a house with just one floor
4. Drive on the wrong side of the road
5. Love ginger (ginger beer, ginger nuts, ginger hair)
6. Say "thanks" or "cheers" to the bus driver
7. Be relaxed all the time and have "no worries" because it's "all good"
8. Do not have a bell on your door or your bike
fredag 14. november 2008
At my school its about 92 international students, so Im far from the only one. They are from all over the world, but the majority seems to be asians and germans. The good thing about being so many internationals is that the school really knows how to deal with us, and have a really good program for us. Something that isnt very good is that some of the internationals seems to stick with people from their own country, which of course is understandable because its easier and feels safer, but then they miss out on one of the reasons you go on an exchange, which is making friends from a different culture than your own. In that way Im pretty happy that we're only three Norwegians here.
Next week we start the two week internationals program, and then we'll learn NZ cooking, about Maori culture,health issues and so on. Im one of the editors of the international yearbook as well, so we'll be working on that as well. But then, its finally summer holiday, and Im going to Aussie to visit Linnéa. Thats gonna be so awesome!!
mandag 10. november 2008
On Nayland College they have something once a year called prizegiving, in which all the people who have done very well in subjects or co curricular activities gets an award. It is a good thing because if you do very well you get aknowledged by the entire school, and it shows that the school really appreciate your effort. They have 4 different prizegivings, one for sport, one for cultural things, one for those who were second best in a subject and one for those who got excellence (best) in their subject. The ceremony is pretty boring though, and I actually got an award for being second best in social studies level 2 (which made me very happy, yay) so I had to go to three different practises and stuff because it is pretty formal. Anyway I thought I'd just say something about the prizegiving because its a really good thing to motivate students, so maybe something Norway should follow? Something thats not very good though is that sooo many students drop out really early, some even before they are 16, and its very common. I guess its because its quite easy to get a job here, even if you havent finished college.
Other than that I dont have much to say really, but I only have one more day of normal school left before the other students get exam leave and we start our two week international program with cambridge english everyday (bah) and learning Maori haka and stuff, so hopefully that'll be fun!
Take care peeps
fredag 31. oktober 2008
Wow, I must say Im not very impressed with my blogging lately. Sorry that Ive been sooo slow, but yea there has happened quite a lot. My closest friend down here, Karoline, went home to Norway last weekend but luckily shes coming back again in a month or so. Well that was very sad and its weird here without her...
Anyway, the last three days I spent on a camp in Abel Tasman national park, which is where all the golden beaches are. Oh man, that was soo amazing! It started wednesday, and I was the only girl, along with two teachers and six year 13 boys, haha so that was fun. It was a sea kayaking camp, and the first day we were kayaking for 6 hours. I thought it would be a lot harder than it actually was, as this was my first time sea kayaking ever. But it was hard, no doubt about that. Luckily I was in a tandem kayak with another person. We went past so many amazing beaches, saw many seals (there was just like 1meter between us and the seals, and one went under our kayak), and then on the beach which we stayed the night we saw a dolphin, it was only 2 meters from us. SO COOL! The weather was great, really warm and sunny.
Then on the next day we did some more kayaking and met the two other groups which had been mountain biking and rock climbing. The last day I spent rockclimbing which was a lot of fun but I was also very tired and had sore hands from the kayaking.
Well its raining here, again.. Not much to do about that. And then there was halloween yesterday so I went dressed up as a devil, haha. That was fun!
BTW, thank you so much to everyone who has written me letters, postcards and sent Norwegian milkchocolate, you guys are amazing!!!
Take care peeps
lørdag 18. oktober 2008
I know I havent written anything in like two or three weeks and Im sorry, but Ive actually been away for 2 weeks. So yea, I have a lot to tell u guys about now! Well anyways, I just got off the phone with mum, dad and Birk. I really, really miss them, so it was so nice to talk to them again.. Its not like Im really homesick but I do miss Norway, Tromso and the life-style I have at home. But Im alright, I guess its maybe because the holidays are over and Im back, but not really back home..
Yeye, over to my amazing trip. We started off the tuesday after the holiday started. We were going to drive in a bus around the South Island. I think we were maybe 28 people, Karoline (Norwegian girl), one italian girl, me and the rest of them were Germans. I dont mind Germans but when its a big group of them they tend to speak German only, which was annoying. They were very nice when they spoke English though.
First destination was Greymouth, which was as you maybe guessed from the name of it, kind of grey and boring because I didnt have any activities there. We stayed at a backpacker which was quite shabby but also an experience because there was some um, ecentric people staying there as well. This guy seemed to know everything, and told us he had been to Norway, Sweden, Then Africa, England and so on. So it was interesting to talk to him, but I doubt all he said was true.
Next day we drove to Franz Josef, and I dont have anything exciting to say about that place. We also stopped at the Pancake Rocks, which was really cool. As you can see from the photo, the rocks look like many pancakes on top of each other. Another really cool rock formation was the Mouraki Boulders. It kind of looked like something aliens could have brought here, haha. Completely round rocks that just came out from the earth (see photo).
The good thing about driving in a bus was that we got to see so much of the country and the nature. That was very interesting because the nature changed a lot from day to day. The east coast was nice with beaches and rocks, then we moved more up in towards the middle of the South Island and there the nature was more like rain forest. Down towards Queenstown the landscape got really similar to Norway, with mountains and fjords. And of course when Im mentioning Queenstown I have to say something about the activities I did there. You see Queenstown is actually the adventure capital of the world, so it has many extremesports to offer. I experienced a really cool jetboat trip in a canyon, where they drove the boat in a way that we almost crashed into the rocks all the time. Scary but sooo exciting. However I did something even better as well. Bungy jumping is one of the best things Ive ever done. The most scary part was to actually jump of the bridge and the 3 first seconds you dont feel that youre attached to anything so its just a free fall, but then suddenly the bungy pulls you up again and you just hang there for a while. Afterwards I felt great, and proud of myself haha. I really recommend it!!
When we were in Christchurch (one of the bigger cities on the South Island) we did some shopping and in the evening we went to a Maori Heritage Village. That was so interesting and just amazing! They had made everything into a roleplay, and you were kind of a part of it so in that way we learned a lot about the Maori history and what happened when the settlers came. The actors were so good and definately scary when they were supposed to be maori warriors! After the roleplay we got traditional maori food, a hangi, which is food cooked in a hole in the ground with leaves and stuff on top of it. YUM!
The rest of the trip was also a lot of fun but I definately think Ive said enough for this time. Hope everyone is good back home and in the more northern parts of the world.
Kyss og klem
fredag 26. september 2008
YEEY!! My group actually won the lipsync-competition. It was so much fun. First we got to the finals with 9 other groups and had to do one more performance for the entire school. Afterwards everyone had to go on stage and all the groups got different prizes, like for instance best costume and so on. We were the last group to receive something, so I was thinking that we might not get anything. Then suddenly our principle announced that 2008 Lipsync-champs was us, "I hate mondays" (If I manage to upload the video you'll understand why we were called that, haha). Well anyway, its so good that they do these kind of things at school, its really something Norwegian schools can learn from, because its so social and fun. And last night we had a party to celebrate, which was really fun! Now Im just sitting here doing nothing, but I should probably start packing because Im going on holiday in a few days. Yippi, looking forward to that!! So yea I probably wont blogg for maybe 2 weeks, take care everyone.
onsdag 24. september 2008
Hey everyone up north!!
Sunday at 3PM we took off in some really shabby school-buses, all ready for our snow-camp. I was thinking finally, as it had already been postponed three times. We drove for about one and a half hour, and then we started walking. The first evening we were walking for two hours, uphill all the way. We managed to get to the hut just in time before it got dark.
The hut was really crowded because it was already another family there, as well as maybe six guys from the Nelson Boys College. Anyway, everyone made food (We had a risotto that tasted really bad, and I am not even fussy). Then we had to go to bed, but that was sort of impossible because there was this little boy who kept on laughing and farting and laughing again, all night. It made me crazy..haha. Well anyway, we had to get up at 5AM and get going as soon as possible.
We spent the day walking with crampons and learning different techniques with ice-axes. Then later on we started making snow-caves. That was so much fun because it reminded me of when I used to do it as a child, and the teacher was very impressed with my snow-cave making skills, haha. However, sleeping in the snow-cave was more like torture. Even though I almost froze to death (not litterary)it was too warm, so that the cave-ceiling started to melt, and it was dripping all night. I was terrified that the snow would just collapse on us, and I had to have another bag on the outside of my sleeping-bag, which I sort of had to sleep inside that as well and that was really claustrophobic. Didn't sleep much that night, and then luckily we just packed our stuff and went home the next day. I can't remeber last time I slept as well as I did last night, in a real bed that was dry and comfortable. Anyway, the camp was fun, and a real experience.
And then I am really happy at the moment because I got most of my exams back today. In social studies I got two Es (excellence, the best grade), and the teacher actually read my answers out loud because she was so impressed (imbarrasing yeap). And then I got an E in english unfamiliar text, and M+ (merit+, the next best grade+) on my essay. I did not expect it at all, so I now I am really happy. YEY!
By the way, we did the lipsync-thing today and it was so much fun. But I'll tell you more about that next time because I want to try to upload a video as well..
tirsdag 16. september 2008
I'm going to write in english for once (this one is for you Simon, and the rest of the 4.1 billion people:)).. First of all, SORRY for being a lousy blogger lately. But hey, I have an excuse: This week was exam week so I've been kind of busy. Yesterday I had an exam in english, which was OK. Then I had two exams today, first in cambridge english and then in social studies. So yeap, I'm tired now. The cambridge one was kind of easy, but the social studies exam was harder. I had to write about the conflict between Israel and Palestine. It is a really interesting topic, but you have to remember a lot of quotes, names and figures. Anyway I did my best, and it was the only exams I have to take during my stay down here. So no more exams, finito, yeey!
Other then that it hasnt happened much. Im going to be in a lipsync competition next week, haha. Thats going to be fun, and I'll see if I can upload a video afterwards. On saturday I went on my first rugby-match and that was really fun. Didn't understand much of the rules though, but all the people were crazy, shouting and stuff, so that was cool. They have some really good supporters down here, and the rugby-matches are very social. Yes and then I think Im going to start playing touch rugby, which is quite similar to rugby but without the tackles. At the moment my life is ordinary, but I was on the beach yesterday.. The weather has been really bad for a long time, but yesterday it was sun for a change. So we went to the beach after the exam, and then I tried something called skim-boarding... Kind of hard to explain what its like, sliding on the sand.. Um and then I'm finally going on the snow-camp this sunday, and then next week its holiday for two weeks. So I have a lot to look forward to. And yea by the way, its actually two whole months since I came here..Man, the time goes fast.
Yea well, hope everyone's all good and sweet as (New Zealand expressions)..
Um and yea, I have some problems uploading photos but the first one is from a lipsync-practice (haha), and then the other ones are just from saturday with walking and rugby..
fredag 5. september 2008
På kvelden dro vi en tur på enda en garasje-fest til ho Janele, og det va kjempeartig! Så sov vi hos ho Jaya, og fredagen tilbringte in town på Starbucks og en anna kafé som har verdens beste cheese-scones og smoothies.. Fredagskveld dro vi på kino og så "Taken". En film som handla om en pappa som måtte finne dattera si som va blidd kidnappa. Den va råbra! Kjempespennanes.. Og idag har vært en kjempeherlig dag. Sov lenge, og når æ våkna oppdaga æ at det endelig va sol! Så æ og ho Karoline dro på supermarkedet og kjøpte oreos og litt av hvert, og deretter gikk vi i sånn over 1 time for å komme til stranda. Vi gikk oss en smule bort på veien da.. Uansett, tilslutt kom vi frem til stranda også bada vi. Det va mye varmere enn æ trudde, men ganske kaldt i begynnelsen. Også va det veldig artig fordi for folk her nede e det enda vinter så folk så ganske rart på oss, men æ syns vannet va mye varmere enn i Tromsø når det e sommer. Etterpå satt vi på the beach-café også kom han Alex, Jules, Jodie og ho Megan. Så æ har så langt hadd ei kjempebra helg!!
onsdag 3. september 2008
Tenkte æ kanskje skulle fortelle litt om planan fremover. I dag og i mårra har vi mid-term break, altså to daga fri. Så det e ganske herlig. Vet ikke helt ka æ skal gjøre i den her langhelga, ettersom været e skikkelig trasig og vi egentlig hadde planlagt piknik på stranda, men vi får se. Kanskje sola titte frem tilslutt. Neste uke begynner exam-week (uææ), men æ skal heldigvis bare ta eksamen i engelsk og social studies. Det kan bli ganske vanskelig fordeom, ettersom vi bare har vært på skolen i to mnd, mens alle andre har lært ting helt siden februar. Men æ skal no prøve å gjøre mitt beste. Det blir en opplevelse værtfall, fordi eksamenan som e her nede e ganske annerledes fra dem i Norge. Etter exam-week drar æ endelig på den utsatte snow-campen.. Og så e det nesten ny ferie allerede. Da får vi ferie i to uke, før neste og siste termin starte. I den ferie skal æ reise på en south-island trip, som går rundt store dela av sør-øya og æ får sedd og opplevd masse artig. Det blir f.eks mulighet til å svømme med delfina, gå på isbree, kjøre jet-boat, prøve bungy-jumping og paragliding. Det glede æ mæ skikkelig til!!