The Scream | Oslo Part 3

If you haven’t read parts one and two yet, please go check those out!

Part 1:

Part 2:

Day 5

Shoutout to the Norwegian weather for being incredibly unpredictable. Two days ago it was raining and yesterday was sunny, I didn’t wear a coat. Now snow? In March?

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The National Gallery

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National Theater

…and a dirty pile of snow


Oslo City Hall


Nobel Peace Center

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Back at the train station after a long day.


Day 6



This was my first time having Starbucks in Norway.

My first Starbucks in Europe was in Kiel, Germany a few weeks ago!

It’s well known that Oslo, Norway has the most expensive Starbucks coffee. A grande latte is just over $11.

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And the trip back to Lofoten began!

Gates 19 A-F at Gardermoen are, literally, off in another world. I may have complained about this in my blog about Germany because I almost missed my flight then, not this time though!


Found American candy!

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And, sadly, this is where this blog ends.

I had an amazing time in Oslo with Jessica.

Again, don’t forget to read the first two parts of this blog!

Part 1:

Part 2:

I mentioned my trip to Germany a couple times in this post. I recently blogged about that as well.

Germany Blog:

Check out Jessica’s blog here:


The Frozen Castle | Oslo Part 2

If you haven’t read part one of this blog yet, go check it out! Lots of great things happened on my first day in the capital city.

Day 1 blog:

Day 2

We began with more coffee at Cafe Fedora.



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Aker Brygge

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Akershus Fortress

The castle in the movie Frozen is (very) loosely based on the Akershus castle.

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Opera House

It was rainy and cold, that’s my excuse for the second picture!

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Day 3


Cafe Fedora

Root beer is my favorite, no question, but it’s not common in Norway.


Oslo Cathedral


Friday night in Oslo.

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Day 4



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University of Oslo School of Law


Karl Johans Gate


Royal Palace

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Hard Rock Cafe

I always order Norwegian salmon when I’m at Hard Rock in the US. So, naturally, I had to order it in Norway!

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That’s all for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Part 3, about my last full day in Oslo and the trip home, will be posted shortly after this.

Don’t forget to read part one and three of this blog!

Part 1:

Part 3:

Check out Jessica’s blog!

Angry Baby | Oslo Part 1

Bodø → Oslo


Oslo Airport, Gardermoen → Oslo Sentralstasjon


Met Jessica, another American AFSer, at Oslo S.

We wandered around the city, which is gorgeous at night, and ate kebab, for the first time!


Day 1

Karl Johans Gate

Norway and Latvia flags lined the road because of an event with a Latvian official.

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University of Oslo School of Law


Royal Palace, Oslo

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Embassy of the United States

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Frogner, Oslo

I love the architecture in this part of the city.

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Café Fedora

This is where Jessica worked for the work week required by AFS in January.

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Royal Palace

On the way back to the train station at the end of the day, we watched very nicely dressed men and women take down the flags that had been up during the day. Kinda. It was rather amusing to see.

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Day one in Oslo ended with salads and a train ride home.

Stay tuned for part 2 of my trip to Oslo!

Check out Jessica’s blog!

Trip to Germany | Winter Break

Friday, February 20th

I flew from Lofoten to Hamburg via Bodø and Oslo. This journey took about 7 hours but most of that time was spent sitting at airports.

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Raining while boarding in Bodø

After landing in Oslo, I found my way to the international terminal at Gardermoen. Easy!


Gate 42 – Hamburg!

[Irrelevant fact: Copenhagen, Denmark is København]

I had a little over two hours to chill, I ended up eating a kale salad and talking to my dad. Shoutout to this salad for being the best but most over priced thing I’ve ever eaten.





Germany bound!


Oslo at night


Welcome to Hamburg!

I really have no complaints about the adventure from Lofoten to Germany. It all went very smoothly and I’m thankful for that, that’s not something many people say about air travel.

I found my friend I was staying with and met his host family, he’s also an exchange student. Then we drove about an hour north to where they live.

Saturday, February 21st

We drove to the Ostsee (that’s German. Baltic Sea in English and Østersjøen in Norwegian) and walked around a little.


Timmendorfer Strand

These Asian style buildings are super controversial! Some people really like them, some don’t because they’re in a rather traditional German area.


That’s a restaurant at the end of the pier.

A little bookstore

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Saturday night we played Monopoly Deutschland. I’m terrible at the original Monopoly, so you can only imagine how I did playing in a different language. So much fun but what a challenge!

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Sunday, February 22nd

We wandered around the beautiful city I was staying in for most of the day on Sunday.

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The building in the middle is their town hall.


Take a moment to admire the cobblestone roads.

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Monday, February 23rd

On Monday morning we took the train to Lübeck. I love how easy and convenient it is to take trains in Germany.

Train station in Lübeck

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I took a million pictures but tried to narrow it down.


All exchange students have “tourist moments”


This picture makes me want to go to The Netherlands.

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Again, the cobblestone streets and cool buildings.

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Lübeck Cathedral

Wednesday, February 25th

Lübeck round 2 (I didn’t take many pictures this day)


We ate dinner at a Scandinavian restaurant, figures! Then did a little shopping.


Friday, February 27th

Friday evening we drove to Fehmarn, an island in northern Germany.

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Somewhere out there is Denmark

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Saturday, February 28th

We spent Saturday in Kiel, just wandering.

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Leave it to the American kids to track down a Starbucks coffee shop. This was my first Starbucks while I’ve been in Europe, so over 6 months.


German soft pretzel

For some reason, I was really excited about eating a pretzel in Germany!


Made sure to stock up on (my favorite) German chocolate!

Sunday, March 1st

I feel like this blog just came to a sudden, random end.

On Sunday, I travelled back to Norway.

It was super sad leaving Germany because I had such a great time.


Taking off in Bodø


Landing on Vestvågøy – home!

70° North | Tromsø

Last weekend we took a trip to Tromsø, in northern Norway, to visit my host brother and to see the city. 

We arrived late on Friday evening after traveling for around 8 hours. 


[Our view. Midnight in Tromsø]


[Downtown Tromsø decorated for Christmas] 

Saturday was very foggy, so that added an extra element of difficulty to photograph things once it started getting dark.

We visited the Arctic Cathedral, which was on my bucket list.

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[Front of the cathedral]

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[Side of the cathedral]

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[Stained glass on the back of the cathedral]


[Inside of the cathedral]

Next on the agenda was a trip up the mountain lift to see the view of Tromsø. 

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I took hundreds of pictures of the view but here a few of my favorites.

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[View over Tromsø]

Before we left and headed back to Lofoten, we went to my first handball game! 

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Please check out my photography blog. Many people want to see more pictures than I am posting on my blogs.

To see more pictures of Tromsø…

Halloween 2014 in Norway

I cannot believe that October is over and winter is almost here.

We woke up with a light dusting of snow on Friday morning, Halloween! So naturally, I was excited and had to take a ton of pictures, like the touristy exchange student that I am.

Friday was cold, but not the coldest it has been, and was the first day we have had much snow. 


On a side note, it’s dark a lot. We don’t see the sun before 8:30 and it has set and is gone by 3:15, every day.

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[Took this picture when I discovered that it had snowed]

Then it snowed some more!


[After 10 or 15 minutes of snow]


[Front yard and sandbox, my favorite]

And here I am, enjoying the Halloween snow!


This is, definitely, the first time I have seen it snow this early in the winter. We sometimes have snow in mid-November in Washington. 



Now for the Halloween story.


[Snapchat picture]

Pappa kjøpt gresskar = Dad bought pumpkin


[My pumpkin, pre-carving]

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[Pumpkin insides]


[Clean pumpkin]


[Looking for pumpkin face inspiration]

Pinterest is my personal favorite when it comes to inspiration for food/fashion/holidays. 


This is the face that I came up with, very basic but I definitely struggle carving teeth and anything that makes a pumpkin exotic!


[Freshly carved pumpkin] 


[Added a candle] 


Here is the pumpkin carving crew! That picture doesn’t even do the mess justice, we had pumpkin everywhere. 

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This picture must be included. Major credit to my wonderful host dad for taking this after I fell asleep. 

Once we finished carving our pumpkins, we roasted the pumpkin seeds! This was brave for me because, it’s no secret, I cannot cook. 


[Fresh pumpkin seeds] 


[After the first 30 minutes in the oven]


[After baking for 20 more minutes and with our added spices] 


Here is a link to the recipe that I used!

*300 degrees Fahrenheit is 148 degrees Celcius

Our spices of choice were; salt, cinnamon and sugar, curry, and paprika. I, personally, think cinnamon and sugar was the best. They turned out 100% perfect, and I couldn’t be happier about that.

This was a lot for one day and a lot for one blog!

Get To Know Me | 50 Questions

  1. How tall are you? 5’8″ (172 cm)
  2. Any tattoos? None
  3. Any piercings? Only ears; 2 on my left, 6 on my right. 
  4. Natural hair color? Dark blonde/light brown
  5. Last show you watched? Skal vi danse? 
  6. Favorite bands? OneRepublic and The Script
  7. Favorite song? Prayer in C by Lilly Wood and The Prick
  8. Something you miss? Driving
  9. Zodiac sign? Taurus
  10. Birthstone? Emerald
  11. Nickname? Dani
  12. Favorite movie? The Proposal
  13. Favorite actor/actress? Ryan Reynolds and SANDRA BULLOCK 
  14. Favorite color? Mint green, coral, royal blue, purple
  15. Last game you played? Skip-Bo
  16. Where do you go when you’re sad? Go running/workout
  17. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? 30 minutes-1 hour
  18. What time do you usually wake up? 6:00
  19. What is your usual bedtime? 9:30-10:00
  20. Are you afraid of heights? No, I’m afraid of falling
  21. What is the last book you read? In My Skin by Brittney Griner
  22. Last person you talked to? Hanna
  23. Last person you sent a Snapchat to? Marita
  24. Who is the last person you sent a Facebook message? Eva, my roommate from orientation in Oslo
  25. Favorite food? Norwegian food 
  26. Last thing you had to drink? Water
  27. Last food that you ate? Taco
  28. Place you want to visit? Everywhere but more specifically; Greece and Iceland
  29. What instruments do you play? Saxophone
  30. What’s the last sporting event you watched? Last Sunday, Seahawks vs Broncos 
  31. What were you doing at 12AM last night? Not sleeping, Instagram
  32. Favorite animal? Red panda
  33. Were you an honor roll student in school? Only in middle school
  34. Coke or Pepsi? Coke
  35. Last ‘Share a Coke with’ name? Jørn
  36. Nike or Adidas? Nike shoes, otherwise I like both
  37. Do you have freckles? People think I do
  38. Are you lazy? Probably
  39. Last Halloween costume? Wenda, the female version of Where’s Waldo. (Hvor er Willy? in Norway) 
  40. How many languages can you speak? Three (kinda)
  41. Do you sing in the car? Yes, when I’m alone
  42. Last concert? Native Summer! One Republic, The Script and The American Authors
  43. Who would you like to see in concert? OneRepublic, again
  44. Tea or coffee? Both
  45. Favorite place to buy coffee? In the US, Dutch Bros and Outlaw. In Norway, Huset. 
  46. Favorite season? Winter
  47. Sugar cookies or snicker doodles? Snicker doodles
  48. Favorite pie? Cherry, apple, my aunt’s pumpkin pie… 
  49. What do you dip a chicken nugget in? Ranch
  50. Who else should answer these questions? The other exchange students in Norway!