Last Friday, Norwegians celebrated their National Day. My friends and I tried to do the same. We started the day with a big delicious brunch.
After that we walked to the center of the city to see the parade, where people from every union in the city walked dressed up and had fun! It was interesting to see people celebrate their National Day with a totally different parade than the Greeks, not as strict, that allowed them to have fun and be playful.
Most of the ladies and some men wore their National Costumes. There are many different types depending on the part of the country you come from and even some that are not traditional and are not related to any specific part.
During that day, every kid is allowed to have as much ice-cream as he or she wishes, especially when the temperature is high. We tried to find a place to sit and enjoy our ice-creams.
Then some of us went for beers and some bread with sausage (traditional food of the day), while other ate more ice-cream and enjoyed the lovely and extremely warm (for Trondheim) evening. It was so refreshing to wear my dress without tights and my summer shoes. Plus look at that sky at half past 12 in the night. That was the end of a perfect Norway’s National Day celebration.
Do you have a National Day? How do you celebrate it?
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Posted by Joanna on May 21, 2013
…I spent all my time by the river, drinking beer and grilling. The weather was the best I’ve ever seen in Trondheim, something like summer in Greece. The temperature was almost 30 and I definitely wasn’t ready for it. The best part is that I didn’t have to go to work since Friday was Norway’s National Day and today is Whit Monday. So, have a lovely week. Meanwhile, I will be doing something like this!
Posted by Joanna on May 20, 2013
The house I live in has one closet around 100cm long (way too small for two people). In addition to that, it is very bad organized with large selves of clothes that look untidy the moment you try to pull one out. Please tell me you know what I mean. I’m sure you’ve seen that before.
Haven’t you? Trust me. I did not make that mess for the photo. I lived with it for many months before finding a solution. First of all, I had to move all the linens and the towels (they were hiding behind the clothes!). I believe that in order to have a tidy closet, you must have enough space to hang your clothes. In my case the closet had already had one clothes rail, but that was clearly not enough.
There seemed to be a place for a second clothes rail, but that was nowhere to be found. So I bought a rail from the hardware store and handsaw in order to cut it to the right length.
The rail was then secured to it’s place.
Ten minutes of work and I got a functional closet.
I later found out that Ikea sells adjustable clothes rails that could work with my closet. Well, too late.. So my advice to anyone of you trying to conquer an untidy closed would be this:
- First throw/donate all the clothes that you don’t need. The less you have to store, the easiest it will be.
- Then right down what you need. How many clothes would you like to hand? How much space you need for your bags? etc. Planning is essential if you want to end up with a closet that works for you. For example, I know that I like to hang most of my clothes, so I planned for a second rod.
- Reconfigure your existing closet to fit your need, or buy a new closet. It depends on your budget. Not all of us can afford a walking closet (although if I could I would take the same approach).
- Put all the clothes back in, live with it for a while, see how it works for you and make all necessary adjustments.
Is there anyone else who can ignore an untidy closet for months? I was so excited when I found clothes hidden in the back that I didn’t remember I had!
Posted by Joanna on May 16, 2013
Last Saturday I was in Oslo and I ran my first race, a relay. This race, called Holmenkollstafetten, is a famous one in Norway and there were more than 30000 people running. My own run was in the beginning of the race and when it was over I went to the finish line with some of the girls that I was running with. Then we all cheered for the girl who finished the race in our team. The same night we celebrated with a 3 course dinner at a nice Vietnamese restaurant in the center of Oslo.
I never would have thought running could be so much fun. I’m so happy that I got to feel the adrenaline rush when waiting for my turn and that I pushed myself to reach the finish line as fast as I could. I always though of races as something difficult or even painful and I’m happy that I overcame my fear. I am already planning my next race, probably a 5km in Trondheim in September. Have you ever ran a race? If not, then you should totally try it..
ps. You can check many more images from the race by searching for the #holmenkollstafetten tag in Instagram. In case, you find yourself wondering, yes, this guy ran dressed up like a condom. It was that fun!
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Posted by Joanna on May 15, 2013