Moving back home?

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December 12 I am moving back home. I should I say I am moving away from home. I have spent the last 3,5 years in Los Angeles. Its been ups and downs with crazy roommates, difficult classes, busy schedule, best friends, nice restaurants, great partylife, and tons of fun.

I have created a life for myself here and moving back to Norway in the middle of the winter is going to be an extreme contrast to what I am used to here.

I have been waking up in the middle of the night, unable to fall back into sleep, just thinking about whats going to happen when I graduate. I thought I would never move back. But now I am. And its scaring the shit out of me.

Why did I really move to the states?

I dont know. What made me wanna move all the way from little Norway to California to study? To be honest, it could have been NYC or Miami which was other places I was looking at. But I choose California cause my Brazilian friend Diego told me California was the ultimate college state. It was as simple as that.

But why USC? I came here when I was 16 to watch a USC football game and I remember driving pass the university and the row (the street where the fraternities and sororities are located) and it looked just like the movies. The college spirit was so visible that it gave me goosebumps and I got that insticitve feeling inside me telling me that this was right.

10155575_10152336945359605_1980129340386378334_nBut couldnt I just have stayed in Norway and gotten an education there? I was tired. Tired of cold winters, a life that was just always the same, and I honestly felt a bit different from everyone else. Everyone wanted to become lawyers and psychologists, and I choose something completely different like Communication and entrepenourship.

I needed something new in my life, and I also had an urging feeling of wanting to escape a bit of the past.

When you have had the same friends for several years it becomes difficult to change because they already have you in this tiny little box, which makes changing hard cause it will disrupt their image of you. But I felt the need to meet new people to discover myself again.

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Did it help? Yes. I did find new sides to myself. By traveling and moving here I have discovered that I am honest at heart, loyal, trustworthy, nice as a person, have a big and open heart, is an excelent small talker, can recognize peoples faces easily, that I am smart (honestly I spent almost 13 years of my life thinking I was stupid cause I am terrible with math and couldnt learn to read before I was 7.. )I also discovered that I am very unpatient and that my sarcasm is not a universal type of humor.

Traveling has allowed me to rediscover myself. It has let me see myself through the eyes of another culture, I have grown strong principles that I try my best to always stand by. It has made me better, and also made me into a more complete human being. Moving to the states has allowed me to grow and opened my eyes and soul. And that is the reason why I moved to the states: Cause I wanted to spire and grow.

chris

How to find cheap tickets

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Since I am a frequently traveler (I love traveling), I have become very good at finding cheap flight tickets. Here are some tips that I hope can help you on your way:

1: Kampanjer og nyhetsbrev: reiser du titt og often lønner det seg å melde seg inn i de ulike fly-og reiseselskapens kundeklubber. På denne måten sparer du opp litt poeng her og der, itillegg kan du få tilbud om gode kampanjer! New York tur-retur 2999 anyone?

2: Velg riktig utreise og hjemreise dag: Tirsdager er billig utreise, søndag er dyr hjemreise. Når de gjelder storbyene er often langhelgene dyre, da kan det lønne seg å heller reise midt-uke. Tillegg er tidlig morgenreiser ofte billigere enn ettermidagen.

Billige utreise:

– tirsdag, onsdag, torsdag, lørdag, søndag

Billige hjemreise:

– Mandag, lørdag, torsdag

3: Hvilken dag og tid du bestiller billetter: Visste du at flybilleter øker i pris i løpet av uken og at morgenen er billigere enn kvelden. Flyselskapene måler interesse ved å se på antal søk på ulike flyruter, og dermed regulerer de prisen. Bestill derfor alltid om morgenen og på dager slik som mandag, tirsdag og onsdag. På torsdag og fredag gleder man seg ofte til helgen og ferier og flere drømmer seg gjennom sydenturene på nett.

4: Antall dager før reisen: Skal du fly 1 August? bestill billett den 25 Juni. Det er en gyllen regel at desto tidligere du bestiller desto billigere er billetten, det er ikke alltid sånn dessverre. Flyselskapene legger ut såkalte prøvebilletter god tid i forveien for å se interessen, deretter regulerer de prisene og derfor kan noen billetter ofte være litt dyrere i forhold til interessen når de legges ut og det kan være en god ide og vente litt. Idealt og skal vi følge statestikken er de fleste flybilletter billigste 35 dager før avreise.

5: mot strømmen: London rett før jul? kanskje ikke en god ide når de kommer til pris. Som sagt billetter blir prissatt av interessen fra oss forbrukere, velg heller tyrkia i høstferien og Dubai i sommer (om du takler varmen).

6: Lett å lure oss nordmenn: Nordmenn er vandt til høyepriser og når de blir for billig da blir vi egentlig litt redde.. Mitt kanskje beste tips er å forandre søkesidene fra .no til .com og språk og valuta fra NOK til USC eller Euro. Av en eller annen merkelig grunn blir ofte prisene litt billigere når man går vekk fra NOK. Test det ut selv, og prøv på andre nettbutikker.

God tur!

I am moving to Paris

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For those who follow me on Instagram you already know this, but for those who dont: I am moving to Paris this summer.

I am attending Sciences Po in Paris to take a french language course to prepare for my masters which I hopefully will be taking in Paris. I am super excited!

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Classes start July 1st and goes on until the 27th. It is 76 hours a week (… more than a average working week) so this will be interesting and very intense, however, I hope I will learn some french and also be able to take a step into the Sciences Po system:)

Au Revoir,

Chris

Spørsmål: Drink i Cali

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Heisann:)
Bare ett random spm..
Hvor mye betaler man sånn ca for en drink i California?
Vet at det kan variere veldig, men sånn ca pris (på feks Sex on the beach og så der) på en helt vanlig bar, og ikke luksus:)
Tenkte jeg skulle ta en tur, finner bare ikke ut av cocktail prisene, må planlegge skikkelig vett:)

Jeg må dessverre skuffe deg og si at california ikke er noe partycruise på Aya Napa så blir dårlig med Sex on the Beach. Derimot så kan man få øl, vin, shots, Champagne de fleste stedene og vodka redbul og slike enkle drinker. Jeg vet faktisk ikke hva en drink koster for jeg har aldri betalt for drikke her selv. Som jente går man ut med promoters som sørger for gratis drikke. Eneste jeg vet er at en flaske vin på butikken koster alt fra 4 dollar og oppover. På barer henger jeg svært sjeden, men er da som oftest i selskap med venner som spanderer. Som jente I LA er utelivet en luksus siden amerikanske menn ser på det som en selvfølge og privilegium at de skal få betale. De liker å vise at de har penger og det gjør det ved å spandere på sine kvinnlige venner, uansett hvor kvalmt det høres ut for oss nordmenn. Jeg kjøpte et glass vin på Chataue Marmont i west hollywood, der kostet det 12 dollar, så altså norske priser der.

Lykke til med planleggingen.

How to survive a long distance flight

Before I would have told you that I love flying, but after moving to LA and therefore have to make at least 4 long distance flights each year I have come to the conclusion that I hate flying. But my new experience have also helped me to be better prepared:

here is what I pack with me and do during flights:

Flight Survial
1: despite an 11 hour flight from London/amsterdam/Paris people still like to open the window lides after the light in the cabin has been switched off. So bring a Sleepcover for your eyes. Earplugs also, because there will always be those who think that an 11 hour flight is the perfect place to start the vacation by drinking alcohol and chatting loudly. Washcloth: I use it to remove makeup and freshen up. It feels so nice to put cold water on your face after sitting in the dry plane air. Neckpillow: lifesaver! It looks ridicules, but its the best invention ever.
2: Sometimes you are lucky and other times you are not when it comes to plane food, but lets face it, it dosent really taste like anything. So bring a snack to eat in case the food gets too far below the standards of regular food.
3: Dress in layers, sometimes the plane is cold and other times its hot, therefor always dress both. Also always bring socks, it may sound stupid, but living in LA and often wearing sandales I have more than once forgot to put on or bring socks.. Plus, wearing socks can make you sleep better.
4: I know this is too much, but the plane air is so dry and always makes me break out. Bring a makeup remover and a facemask to clear your skin, and a eyecream and facial cream to keep it rehydrated. A BB cream is good since it provides coverage for your tired flight looking skin, plus hydration. Handcream and lipbalm is also necessary!
a bit extreme perhaps, but I hate flying and I always breakout after so these are the steps I have taken to survive.

the real meaning of life

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