Halloween (one of my favorite holidays) is unfortunately not celebrated here, so I have had to come to terms with the fact that I won't be dressing up, carving pumpkins, or giving out candy this year. (It wasn't pretty.)
I was wandering aimlessly at the grocery store yesterday, lamenting the lack of Halloween decorations, when there, in a crate, sandwiched between the purple grapes and the onions, were 4 pumpkins!!! It was one of those clouds parting, choir singing moments, when everything in the world just falls into place...sigh.
Anyways, I bought 3 immediately, and tonight was our carving night! It was a first for Anne and Ole Martin, and I think they had a good time! Well, Anne did. After scooping about 3 handfuls of pumpkin innards, Ole Martin called it quits. I took over the carving duties after he went to bed, so tomorrow he'll get to meet his new friend, Vegard. :)
As hard as this may be to believe, last night (with help from Grete), I baked my first apple cake...from scratch!! For those of you who don't know, I may or may not be slightly domestically challenged. And by slightly I mean severely. My sister, Tara, managed to snag the chef skills from our mother, so me and Chrissy are on our own. Needless to say, I was VERY nervous...to top it all off, Grete invited about 10 of her friends over to taste it, so the pressure was ON.
Grete made the apron mandatory.
the awesome Grete
Ready for the oven - 40 minutes at 175 degrees Celcius...conversion please?
The finished product! I got thumbs up all around - I can't wait to bring my newfound baking skills back to the US!
Hello all! Fall is officially here, and I'm LOVING it! SD, I do miss your sunshine and warm October days, but nothing can beat a true blue autumn. (Although - I hear of a major "storm" in CA? I use the quotations, because honestly CA, you don't know the first thing about storms.) Below are some snapshots of what I encountered today on the lovely streets of Norway.
Maybe it's because I'm a SoCal girl, and I don't see it too often, but I can't get over the changing of the leaves! So gorgeous!
Why yes, that is a cat in the middle of the road, oblivious of the field mouse directly in it's line of sight. Sorry cat lovers, but the only good reason I'll accept for having a cat is that it's an excellent rodent snatcher. This little guy does nothing for your cause.
Oh, and yes, that IS the head and upper body of a rather large stuffed deer chillin in the passenger seat of a Mercedes SUV. (Click the pic to enlarge.) I thought I had seen it all (well, maybe not ALL - but a lot)...apparently the universe had to put me in check.
DUBLIN. IS. AMAZING. Seriously though, I had such an awesome time there and meeting up with Chrissy was incredible - I've missed my family so much! This has definitely not been the last time that I visit the amazingness that is the Dubs. Enjoy!
Christina arrived earlier than I did, and was sitting in the common room of the hostel when I got to there. She was skyping with mom, and mom captured this shot right after we were reunited!
Chrissy had blown up 24 green balloons in celebration of my birthday! So sweet!
Our rooms were on the top floor, and we had skylights that were about 15 feet up. We were given this crazy looking 300-esque stick to close the windows at night...it was tricky.
Chrissy trying (and failing) to make things happen.
We missed you, T!
Christ Cathedral, Dublin
Genius! A straightener in the bathroom in the pub! Well, I thought it was genius, until Jill pointed out that it was a communal straightener...at a pub....oh well.
Celebrating my 24th!
And what better way than with a round of Jaigger blasters.
With two friends we made that night, Kamil and Remi.
On the top floor there was a bar, Gravity, that gave you a panoramic 360 view of Dublin. However, Tina wasn't too fond of the ride up.
Buuut we made it...
Unfortunately we couldn't even finish our complimentary pints...but they were delicious!
The view from the Ha' Penny Bridge
More of the Dubs
Last night in Dublin...Chrissy had left that day, and I met a few cool guys in my hostel. We joined a pub crawl to celebrate our last night in the Dubs....so much fun!!
Dave and Ed (from the pub crawl) were on my flight the next morning. Well, I guess you can tell we had a lot of fun the night before, haha.
Chrissy - we forgot to take a picture of Rick's Burgers!
As promised, I proudly present my blog to keep you updated on my year in Norway. I'm so excited to venture on this journey, and I'm happy to share my adventures and experiences with everyone. So sit back, relax, and enjoy Europe with me! :)