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moved out of home

I moved out of home when I was 16 because of problems with my mother. I am 19 now and should have some sort of contact with my parents and that is why I sometimes speak to Dad. It is too personal to tell you what happened, but it will[…]

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moved out of home

rough transition

I had a rough transition from high school to adult life. I was a bit lost and not sure to do with my life. After a while I figured that IT was the future and started to tap into this creative side of myself that I did not know I[…]

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rough transition

The Mirror of Erised

I am a huge fan of Harry Potter. I guess it is a little nerdy at my age, but I don’t care, I collect everything from the series. There is a scene in one of the movies where Harry Potter looks into “The Mirror of Erised” (which will reflect your[…]

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The Mirror of Erised

ice cream parlour

My grandparents used to take me to Risør on their boat to buy ice cream. We stayed nearby so it was only a ten minute trip, but the whole reason we did it was to find the best ice cream parlour. We wanted to get the biggest ice cream scoops[…]

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ice cream parlour

back there

I moved to Norway from Palestine when I was 11 years old. My brother lives there so we go to visit him once a year which is nice. He lives in a trouble free area where people live peacefully. I do not know what it is, but being there makes[…]

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back there

self confidence

I got divorced recently. I could not be myself in the relationship, so unfortunately divorce was inevitable. Ending a marriage is not the same as ending a casual relationship. It was a very big decision to make. I am 34 and I can finally be who I want to be.[…]

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self confidence

home to me

It was always my dream to be a chef. When I was 18, I got a job offer which meant that I had to move to Oslo. The problem was that I had just started dating a guy I had been in love with for a long time. It was[…]

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home to me

Air Force training

We are two months into our training in the Air Force and really enjoy it. During our courses here in Kristiansand, we will be working on the engines of the F-16 fighters. It is not likely that we would be called to war during our time in the defence force,[…]

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Air Force training

Miss Norway competition

I am in the semi final for the Miss Norway competition that is taking place next week. There are 24 contestants from Norway and two from Kristiansand. It is very exciting. If I am fortunate enough to be chosen to be Miss Norway, I will also try for the Miss[…]

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Miss Norway competition

makeup assistant

Previously I worked for a local magazine and was fortunate enough to be a makeup assistant for the model Lillian Müller and her daughter while they were here in Kristiansand. My dream is to become a professional makeup artist and work in Los Angeles.

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makeup assistant

high fives

He has been with me at my hairdressing salon for the past two years. While I am cutting hair, he will walk around the salon socialising with the customers giving them “high fives” with his left foot.

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high fives

close-knit family

After my mother got cancer our whole family decided to be close to her because you never know what could happen. We want to be there for her and really appreciate every minute we all spend together. My husband and our two children turned my parents house into two apartments[…]

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close-knit family

medical school

For the past three years I have been trying to get into medical school here in Norway. It is really difficult, in fact I have done 22 exams but still no luck. Hopefully next year will be the year that I get accepted. It is my dream and I am[…]

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medical school

start a new journey

Today is my last shift at work and I am leaving for Paris next week. I have lived in a few different countries over the past seven years and want to experience a few more. So after being in Paris for a little while, I will start a new journey.

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start a new journey

chickenpox

Today my wife is home with two of our children who have chickenpox. It is nice to get it out of the way when they are young but one of them is only eight months old and I heard that if they get it before they are one, there is[…]

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chickenpox

fishing boats in Bergen

When I get good enough at Norwegian, I will be a fisherman here in Norway – just like I was back in Venezuela. I heard that there are many fishing boats in Bergen, so after I am finished with language school, I will head there to try and find a[…]

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fishing boats in Bergen

record stores

It is a real shame that all of the record stores in the city have closed down. It is almost impossible to buy a CD these days. Sadly, it is the end of an era. Sure it is easier to buy music and download it online, but where is the[…]

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record stores

dare to be different

This is the only hat I own. There are not too many people in Kristiansand that have one like this, so it is nice to do something that is a little unique. I think a lot of people want to dress in a “safe” way so that they don’t stand[…]

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dare to be different

Waterford in Ireland

In September I am going to Waterford in Ireland for a semester to study. I have had a girlfriend for the past four years so it will be really hard not to be able to see her, but she told me she will come to visit every now and then.[…]

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Waterford in Ireland

Svalbard

I lived in Svalbard for three and a half years. It is such an amazing and beautiful place. No-one is born in Svalbard, but people simply emigrate there. It has a special type of society where it is like one big family who look out for one another. The only[…]

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Svalbard

Strict school

I lived in Reno Nevada for a year as a student. It was a lot of fun but I could not believe how strict the school system was. They had a dress code and a couple of the stupid rules were; students could not wear a tee-shirt that exposed their[…]

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Strict school

made close friends

As hard as it was, many years ago I moved from Oslo to Kristiansand to get away from my friends who were going down the wrong path to the criminal life. When I got here, I joined a church group and made close friends that I will keep for the[…]

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made close friends

Hitchhiking

Me and a friend hitch hiked from Arendal to Oppdal which is about a 660 kilometre journey. It took three days and we ended up staying overnight at random people’s houses we met on the street or in the bars. It was so much fun. I think we had 15[…]

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Hitchhiking

youth politics

I am involved in youth politics because I want to help protect our environment, our wildlife and those minority groups that need support. I want to be with a team that has the courage to stand up and say what needs to be said regardless of what others might think.[…]

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youth politics

Size

I was bullied growing up because of my size. It was always “you’re not good enough” “you are too fat” or “you are too ugly” and as a kid you start to believe in what they say. So my sister and I sat down together and talked about it. We[…]

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Size