I've only just unpacked my bags from the larpconvention I attend almost every year and now I'm packing again. This time to go to Bologna with my mom. We usually take a trip together every other year and this time we decided it'd be to a place with a bit more sun and heat than Norway (even though we're not complaining about the spring weather here, after all it is pretty awesome as well). In my head I'm already drinking coffee at a small sidewalk cafe and writing on my laptop. Which I think I'll bring. I didn't bring it to the convention and I bitterly regretted it, and I think I feel inspiration calling (or it could be the wine, I never can tell) so I might actually get some writing done even though it's my vacation.

So this is it folks *waves* See you next week!
Jeg har en venn som kommer til Norge for å være med på Knutepunkt og som har lyst til å se litt av landet i forbindelse med dette, men han har bare en eller to dager ekstra til å reise. Hvor burde han dra for å få sett sitat: "your beautiful fjords" og hvordan burde han reise for å få sett mest mulig for minst mulig penger?

All hjelp settes stor pris på!

Martine
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( Jul. 22nd, 2008 01:14 pm)
So, good things about Amsterdam:

- there are coffee shops, sex shops and everything else that makes sure this city can fully live up to its reputation.
-the hostel we live at seems more like a hotel in quality, they bumped us up to a double room (so we no longer have to share with two strangers) for no extra charge and no reason and there`s breakfast.
- the city is really pretty
-there`s free internet

Bad things about Amsterdam:

-people seem to be falling a lot...I think they`re all high all the time.
-people are seriously lacking in servicemindedness. Will give grueling examples at a later date.

But now, shopping!
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*waves to flist*

I'll be leaving for Amsterdam with [livejournal.com profile] aj_stalin tomorrow morning and I'm so looking forward to the awesome trip we're going on. We've planned it well as always by finding the plane tickets and the hostel and nothing else. So far, I know I wanna look at diamonds, go shopping for cocktail dresses and party. I'm sure [livejournal.com profile] aj_stalin has some things picked out too and together, well figure something out.

So long suckers! (See you all on Friday)
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( May. 10th, 2008 10:16 am)
Yes, well, good morning to you all.

I learned something about myself at the bottom of a bottle of gin that I think I would have been happier not to know: I am fairly responsible. Our bags were packed, we had actually gone out the door all the way down to Oslo central station, but when the station was closed (as well as all the bars in the city center) I realized that I didn't feel like I could leave the country on a drunken whim in the middle of my exams.

I'm not sure I like this part of me.
Me and [livejournal.com profile] aj_stalin have a running gag on what would happen if we were part of the Fellowship of the Rings. It's great fun to think about how we'd complain about how our shoes were wet and how tired we are. But yesterday, I got to test out how it would feel to climb Charadharas (you know, that mountain with all the snow on it), and well, not to put too fine a point on it, I would politely decline to join the Fellowship of the Rings. But the world is ending and if we cannot bring the ring to the fires of Mount Doom, we will lose, you might say. Tough, I'd answer. I'm still not gonna go. Let the world burn.

Now, I will tell you the story of how this decision was made. I will call it The Story of Hatred of 45hasle and his Idea of a Good Trip )
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pony trekking or camping, or just watching tv. Finland, Finland, Finland. It's the country for me.

So long sucker! I'll read my flist when I come back. In a week or so. Excessive drinking and saunas ahead. (Oh, yeah, and geekiness.) I'll miss you guys.

But I'll miss you the most [livejournal.com profile] aj_stalin. I love you!
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( Dec. 1st, 2007 04:03 pm)
And it was awesome! :D

We were home at about half past four, I slept the daylight away today and is still not sure where my cellphone is. Hopefully no one has tried to contact me today.

Now, I'm gonna try and muster the courage to actually clean the apartment before I go over to [livejournal.com profile] aj_stalin's. I think where're going to have a "girls night in" tonight. With fangirl squeeing and (hopefully) chocolate cake (if I can find the recipe and actually have all the ingredients and can be bothered to bake after cleaning the apartment. Seriously guys, this place looks like it's already been rummaged through by Mr Croup and Mr. Vandemaar looking for something important.)

Also, here are some pics from my travels in the US! I figured, now that we're closing in on christmas and I've yet to post them this will be as good a time as any.

pictures! )
I'm back in California everyone. For some strange reason it feels sorta like home. I like it here. I'm visiting chesire monkey and abigor, and I'm watching them play guitar hero right now. Nice people. I'm tired of travelling around, and part of me is really looking forward to coming home again.

I have to return your videos before I go home [livejournal.com profile] badgerbag, and it would be nice to see you guys again. And I think I might like to go up in the wine country before I leave this place.

(Og alle var enige om at det hadde vaert en fin tur)

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( Aug. 25th, 2007 03:34 pm)
that's where I am right now. To be more precise, I'm at the public library in Greeley Colorado and am taking advantage of the free internet. Even though it's getting kinda late, I think I'll be driving on today, away from this little piece of rightwing, narrowminded heaven. I know you're probably stopping now, going, huh? what did she just say? But yeah, that's right. Greeley and the people in it are amazingly nice people. To me. But they generally don't like illegal immigrants (well, who does, but at least we don't let them freeze to death in winter rather than turning on their electricity), muslims, dark-skinned people, or faggots. So yeah. For the first time in my life, I elegantly left out the fact that I was queer in any discussion, for fear that it would become very uncomfortable. I felt like a coward, but then again, they beat up a californian guy, wrote "faggot" on him and hung him up on a telephone post and let him freeze to death. And the guy charged with the murder defended himself by saying the faggot came on to him, and it worked!

In other freaky news, if you go off the highway, people beat up drivers with california license plates for being californian, aparently...I'll make sure I talk to everybody, letting them know I'm Norwegian. I don't want a bloody nose
just because the people from Wyoming and Colorado are strange and violent...

On the other hand, I've had a nice week talking to people, hiking in Estes Park, walking in the Rockies and watching lots of movies with a really nice girl named Morgan. And now I travel on to Salt Lake City Utah. I promise not to come home a mormon everyone! ;)

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Hi, I'm just logging in to say that I'm alive. New Orleans was hauntingly beautiful and I'm completely in love. But a weird need to be on the road again hit me after a few days and I decided to drive the 550 miles to St Louis in a day. (Yes, I admit it, I went to St Louis to see all the places described in Laurell K. Hamiltons books...I know, I'm still a fan, nomatter how much oogie sex she puts in those books, I still love Anita.)

St Louis was cool, though the places sounded more interesting in hte books than in real life. Just like in New Orleans, I walked around the town without bumping into any vampires, but I heard that N.O. has a rather large population of people who'd love to think that they were vampires. you know, crazies who have been known to kill tourists and drink their blood (serious, I have some great chilling not-quite-ghost-stories to tell you guys when I get home!).

I'm going to go drive through Kansas now. Some will say Dorothy, but I say Winchester brothers! So there!

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( Aug. 11th, 2007 11:29 am)
Bags are packed, sofa is de-bedified, map has been consulted. This means that as soon as [livejournal.com profile] sandchigger is back and tells me how to work that damned washer, I'll be off to New Orleans! Have the address of three hostels, know how to get there, is very excited. All in all I think this will be a success.

These last few days in Fort Worth have been relaxing and fun. Thank you so much for letting me use your living room as a bedroom chigger! You are excellent! And say hi to Cassandra for me! (she's still sleeping)

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So, I'm now in Fort Worth texas, living on [livejournal.com profile] sandchigger couch. He has seven cats, and his girlfriend has two dogs, and they're all currently sharing the living room with me. Intense, but fun.

Today I've been to a real American mall, bought a pair of shoes (I know I can't really afford it, but what the heck) and eaten a caramelized apple. Good old-fashioned American things! Tomorrow I will do the tourist thing and check out downtown Fort Worth. It will be awesome!

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( Aug. 4th, 2007 11:03 am)
So, I think it's finally laid out, my new plans for travel. I'm sure you're all wondering why I'm still in Roswell, I mean, it's not like the town has that many alien museums, you can mostly finish of the tourist thing in about a day. But, the motel I'm staying at has a few really nice people staying here. They're long term residents who live in the rooms next to mine, and they mostly spend their days going to the construction site and working and then coming back here to sit on the porch grilling meat and drinking burbon. And I got invited to hang out with them. So that's what I've been doing. Slacking, drinking and eating meat while talking to nice people. You'd be surprised how fast the time flies when you're doing nothing with nice people.

The cast of this little motel:

James - texan, complete with accent and with a hidden love for books.

Justin - the young georgian with the fioncee who's moving down here.

Ron - the 51 year old man from Kansas with a heart condition and a gun collection

Cody - the eminem wannabe with an 8 months pregnant girlfriend he got together with 3 weeks ago.

And me!

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After comicon, my big adventure of driving around from place to place without actually knowing anyone finally began. Know what I've found out? I like having people around me...I sorta miss having someone to talk to. But hey, I'm surviving. And having fun.

adventure begins! )

But my question to you is: were do I go from here? My original plan was to visit Sandchigger in texas, but now it seems that he might be too busy with work to actually have time to see me. I think it's poll time!

[Poll #1032399]

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( Aug. 2nd, 2007 01:17 pm)
Since I'm sure many people have already dazzeled you all with their detailed, yet clever reports from comicon, I will not bother to write down everything. Suffice to say, the hostel was really nice (hostel cat, go there if you're in the San Diego area), the panels were both fun and interesting and I got in on a press pass, meaning I got the conferance for free and could run up in front of the stage and take pictures without feeling bad.

I will however, give you the best quotes from the conferance and a few pictures.

(oh, and I just have to say this: Yes, I saw Jensen Ackles, yes he was about 3 feet from me, no I didn't get to talk to him, but I got to talk to Eric Kripke, and though he spent the entire time he wasn't talking posing for the pictures he knew people were taking, he was both funny and halfway intelligent when he spoke. I love that man!)

quotes and pics )

Oh, yeah, and I met [livejournal.com profile] chesire_monkey and [livejournal.com profile] abigor_60 again, and we hung out practically throughout the entire conferance. Which pretty much doubled the fun. thanks guys!

And I met a whole bunch of other lj-ers. It was nice to finally meet you [livejournal.com profile] brianrubin. thank you for helping me to the front of the line for Supernatural. and here I thought it would have been enough to just show up at 7.30 for a panel that started at 2.45. You knew better, and I am grateful! And you [livejournal.com profile] limminel even though we only talked for about 5 minutes. :)

I will now add all the other people I met who I've yet to friend. Excellent conferance! :)

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( Jul. 20th, 2007 01:15 pm)
So, yesterday I first went jogging (in the summer heat of California. Be impressed with me, I am) and then did some yoga (I am like the healthiest tourist ever *very proud*). Then, I bullied [livejournal.com profile] chesire_monkey into agreeing to have dinner with me just so I'd have an excuse to drive up to Sacramento (and to meet her, of course). And it was awesome! I just expected her to take a little bit of time off from work to hang out with me, but she took the entire evening off and we went out to a Mexican restaurant (ernesto's?), then she and her boyfriend/husband/lover??? took me to oldtown Sacramento which was this awesome old western-style part of the city with fortune tellers, candy stores and, for some strange reason, tattoo parlors. The evening ended at their place where I finally got to see the movie Pleasantville. All in all, a mighty fine trip.

This morning, [livejournal.com profile] chesire_monkey and I went out for breakfast and I got to try out the American speciality "pigs in a blanket", which turned out to be sausages wrapped in pancakes with butter and syrup. And it was yummy. And tonight I'm doing even more roleplaying with John and Liz. Too bad I forgot to bring my camera to Sacramento, or else you'd have gotten to see loads of pictures (especially since I got stuck in traffic on the way up there and thus had lots of time to admire the scenery.)

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So, I'll be leaving San Francisco tomorrow. I've wandered around it extremely much, taken an impressive amount of picutres of both the city and redwood, and done lots of cool stuff. I've been at Pier 39, at Coit tower, taken the cable cars, been to chinatown and walked through the entire financial district, North beach and the Castro (of course).

And now, I've leased a car from [livejournal.com profile] badgerbag's friend Lee. Which is awesome! So I'm now going to actually be able to drive around in the US! *so pleased* It's a Honda, and pretty, and silver, and it's an automatic (which I will hopefully learn to use) and very comfortable. I will show you pictures. I've already managed to get lost on the highway once in it, but I'll buy myself a map tomorrow before going off on my great driving adventure! This is going to be so great.

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American cinemas, I found, are much like Norwegian ones. the only difference is that American cinemas haven't got reserved seats so when John and I went to see HP 5, we entered the cinema a full half hour before the movie started. This gave us time to see quite a bit of commercials, but on the other hand we got excellent seats.

OOTP review )

This icon (awesomely enough) is called Harry Hair. And though I didn't mention this in the review, I have to say that his hair was awful. And the way they dressed the Weasley twins *shakes head* I will say no more...
( Jul. 13th, 2007 12:32 am)
I'm in the US, and already it has become evident that trying to travel around here is nearly impossible without a car. I mean, I have a few options, and I can definitely get around, but when I started adding up the different costs to go places that are outside big cities, it starts to add up at an alarming rate. Take Yosemite (a national park in California) for instance. I'd have to take the train to Merced (34 dollars), then take a bus to the park (25 dollars) then pay the entrance fee (apporximately 20dollars). That's 79 dollars. For one trip.

There are of course different options, and I'd like your opinion on them:

1. Rent a car: this will cost me 1600 dollars for my entire stay. The problem with a car though is that I would be driving everywhere, and thus not be able to enjoy the sites we drive by. Then again, it is the classic way of travelling across America, and I would not be burdened by bus routes. Also, no trouble with getting my luggage on and off buses.

2. Buy a used car. I've looked around, and it's possible to get a decent used car for about 7-900 dollars. The same pros and cons as point number one, but also there's the added risk of it breaking down on the way, plus the unknown price of a short term car insurance. On the other hand I've never actually owned a car before and when I think about it, my tummy tingles. So I really really want to buy a used car and drive around the US. In addition to this, I should be able to sell it before I leave and get a little bit of money back again.

3. Buy a 60 day Discovery pass on the Greyhound. this costs 645 dollars, and it has 3100 stops in the US. So I would be able to go practically anywhere, and relax on my way there. On the other hand, they might not go exactly where I want them to, so I'd have to add in the mystery amount of money it will cost me to get to the places where the Greyhound doesn't go. Also, I get queasy on buses so the added pleasure of being able to relax and enjoy the scenery might not appeal to me that much. But it's definitely an option.

4. Buying a 60 day ticket on the Amtrax train. 1000dollars. Though more enjoyable than riding a bus, the train costs more and goes less places. So I ruled this one out.

What do you think people? I need help! I need opinions! What would you do?

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