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always stay positive

My grandfather is 87 years old and he taught me that no matter what is happening in your life, always stay positive. It is a choice that we all have. You can choose to be happy or you can chose to be sad. But being sad does not get you[…]

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always stay positive

feel sorry for myself

Last year was the most depressing year of my life. I moved to Kristiansand to study but literally had no friends. I would go back to Sandefjord every weekend and just feel sorry for myself because I was so lonely. This year was a completely different story because I told[…]

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feel sorry for myself

Fatu Hiva island

This Saturday my dream will become a reality. I am going to the Fatu Hiva island in the Pacific Ocean to see how the culture has progressed after 400 years of French Colonialism. Fatu Hiva is like one of the last un-touched “outback” islands of the pacific and to get[…]

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Fatu Hiva island

Masters degree in Arts

We are all doing our Masters degree in Arts. It is a cool class because it is a very mixed group of students – musicians, artists and dancers. We all have positive input in the tasks we have to do, regardless of the subject. This varied mix always results in[…]

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Masters degree in Arts

He was a politician

My Grandfather was a very interesting man who had experienced many things in his time. He was a politician and once visited Iran in the 60s before the revolution. He wanted to see how Iran was performing as a “Westernised” state in the middle east. He was pleasantly surprised to[…]

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He was a politician

I visited two slums

Sometimes we all need to experience another country and its culture to really appreciate what we have and how lucky we are. While I was in Kenya, I visited two slums and met the most amazing people who were very friendly but extremely poor and had nothing but each other.[…]

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I visited two slums

difficulty breathing

I almost died when I was four years old. I have asthma and one day my grandmother was baby sitting me when I started to have difficulty breathing because of a build up of fluids. It got really bad and my gran did not know what to do. She panicked[…]

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difficulty breathing

store is going really well

I opened my clothing store about ten years ago, just before the economic crash. That made things really difficult but now ten years later, the store is going really well. We all have our ups and downs but if you are determined and don’t give up, you will be successful.

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store is going really well

long talks

I really enjoy the long talks I have with my grandfather because he has so much knowledge. One of my favourite quotes of his is: “If you go too fast, then you will go alone. But if you want to go far, then you need to go with someone.”

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long talks

we were evacuatedwe were evacuated

In 2006, l went to Lebanon with my parents to visit our relatives. While we were there, a war started between Israel and Hamas so we were evacuated. My uncle was in a taxi behind us but because there was so much traffic, we got separated. By the time we[…]

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we were evacuated

couchsharing

Whilst doing “couchsharing” I met a German girl and we both fell in love really quickly. Everything was perfect and a couple of months later she asked me to marry her. She said “Hey lets get married in May”. At the time it was March so I thought she was[…]

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couchsharing

Sweden to Denmark

I sailed on a large boat from Sweden to Denmark. At one stage of the trip in the middle of the night, it was my job to turn the boat and in order to do this, I had to go to the top of the highest mast which was about[…]

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Sweden to Denmark

our next lives

The happiest moment of my life was when I met my husband. I knew from the very first moment I saw him that he was my soul mate and that I would spend the rest of my life with him. He is tall, very handsome and brings out the best[…]

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our next lives

major operation

I had a major operation on my back when I was 17. My spinal cord was really twisted and so I went to the hospital for an operation. The doctors screwed in a 50cm long plate along my spine to keep it in place – which actually made me five[…]

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major operation

Crete

After a little trip to Greece this week, I thought I would share a story from a life guard that worked there (photo taken with my sons camera): The Greek economy is absolutely terrible. Even with a masters degree in education, I cannot find work in that field – well[…]

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Crete

Music is a hard gig

Music is the only thing l am good at but l am struggling financially. Like many musicians from Kristiansand, l will probably end up moving to Oslo where there is a better chance to make a living. If l can succeed with something l am passionate about, then l will[…]

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Music is a hard gig

Met a boy

A little update to the last story: here is the pretty little girl he met at the hospital. They are texting each other and are meeting up next week ☺ (picture taken by her mother as she was sending an sms to the boy)

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Met a boy

Met a girl

I broke my arm on the way to football training. I was riding my bike with no hands and fell onto the handle bars. When l went to the hospital l met a girl that had also broken her arm and we both laughed at what we had done. She[…]

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Met a girl

Plane crash

Ten years ago l came home from school and my sister told me that my father had been involved in a plane crash in Stord – which is in between Stavanger and Bergen. He was badly injured but that is all she knew. My mother went to the hospital and[…]

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Plane crash

Backpacking

Backpacking is the perfect way to find out a little more about yourself. You meet people from all walks of life and it really does change you. I used to suffer a bit from personal anxiety – you know trying to start up a conversation with a stranger but after[…]

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Backpacking

ferry to Denmark

I celebrated my 18th birthday on the ferry to Denmark. The boat left five hours before l was legally allowed to drink but luckily l didn’t have any problems. That beer l ordered at midnight tasted extra special. A couple of days later l got my drivers licence. That is[…]

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ferry to Denmark

Like a challenge

Successfully completing a difficult or impossible task is what I enjoy. When someone says it cannot be done – I make sure it can. An example is the local ski centre that I voluntarily manage. The winter seasons are very unpredictable and people are always telling me that I am[…]

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Like a challenge

nobody can be themselves

I am from a small town not far from Kristiansand where everybody is similar and nobody can be themselves without getting judged, called names or looked at strangely. So it was such a refreshing experience to study drama where you can have blue hair and no-one will notice. Tattoos, piercings,[…]

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nobody can be themselves