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 Everywhere I've looked, it's been posted that I would receive my answer to my medicine application on the 20th. Well, for some odd reason I got my answer today. I GOT INTO MEDICINE. IN TRONDHEIM. I screamed. I actually screamed, and Thomas thought something was seriously wrong, but it was a happiness scream, because getting into medicine in Trondheim means that I can start my future and become a doctor and move into my awesome little pad in an awesome part of Trondheim and meet loads of new people and finally be a grown-up. This is it, peeps! Two years I have moved towards this moment! My mother cried. I felt like I'd been struck by lightning, twice. My brother screamed and hugged me. Ida raised a glass for me (she was out).

It's been a fantastic day all around. I spent the evening with fifteen of my closest friends, having a BBQ. I saw Sebastian again, and Georg, and Ida Cathrine was there, and Camilla, Jarl, Ida, Joakim, Anette, Simen (Anette's boyfriend), Martin, Chris (and his girlfriend) and Iselin who's home from New Zealand. 

Oh my God I'm so excited. And so scared. And so excited. And so friggin' scared.

Current Location: Langhus, Norway
What do I feel like: indescribable indescribable

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 Just a quick update to tell you all that I found a place to live in Trondheim. I got the keys to my new flat today. I can move in anytime I want. In the end I had to go up to Trondheim to go to some showings, as all the owners wanted to meet me before renting out a flat to me. 

I went to two showings, and completely fell for the first one. The building is from 1885, but was restored in 1986. The windows are new, and so is the isolation. My bed room is 12 m^2, white, wooden floors, has two windows and a bed loft with a ladder. The kitchen is quite small, but has a kitchen table, which is something I always missed in Wales. The location (Møllenberg) is really great too; 20 minute walk from St. Olav's Hospital (which is where I'm going to study), less on a bicycle (it's almost flat). Surroundings are beautiful; there's a bridge (Bakke bru), the river, and then Bakkelandet (old, wooden buildings and really cute cafés) right next door. I'm looking forward to live there. Having paid the first month's rent and having received the keys I will have to live there even if I don't get in to mediicne in Trondheim, lol. Let's hope and pray that I get into medicine now... I get the answer on Wednesday.

The other showing I went to wasn't great. Owner: single father with three little kids. In his thirties. Other tennants? Two 19-yearolds and a 21-yearold nursing student. I'd feel like an old lady. The flat itself wasn't great either; the room for rent was the same size as the other one, but oddly shaped, in an angle. The angle made it so that you would only have room for a tiny desk and a tiny bed there, nothing more. Kitchen wasn't big either, and the windows were really old. This place was nearer to the hospital (1,1 km, 13 minute walk according to my GPS), but further from everything else. It was in a quiet area, which was good. Still, the surroundings didn't really captivate me as they did the other place. 

So now I rent a flat in Trondheim. One less thing on my list. I was starting to worry about this, as I saw flats vanish off the websites every day. Everyone I've spoken to has warned me that once people get their final answers from the unis, there's nothing left. The flats just disappear by the second. This is a great little flat to start with. If I don't like living there, I'm free to get on the market a little earlier next year, while I'm living up there. A little bit easier to go to showings.

Oh, I nearly forgot, this is what it looks like.

My flight back to Oslo was at 16:15, and I had tickets to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 at 21:00. I went straight from the airport to Ski. In Ski I had dinner with Ida, and then we watched the film. Spoilers below:

 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part IICollapse )

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part IICollapse )


Anyway. It's 01:31 in the morning here, and I've got to be at work at 8 a.m. tomorrow. I've been up since 5:30 a.m., traveled something like 1800 km, found a place to live... This was a day of accomplishments. Tomorrow I'm working, then seeing my cousin and my grandmother, then seeing all my friends for a BBQ. Should be good.

What do I feel like: exhausted exhausted

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How many books read in 2009?
I think I may have reached 50, if you include all my school books and a few kids' books.

Fiction/Non-Fiction ratio?
Mostly fiction, but the non-fiction books were HUGE. That's got to count for something, right?

Male/Female authors?
I'll go with female 60, male 40. I tend to like the ones written by males better, I have realised.

Favourite book read?
"The stolen child" by Keith Donohue, "The shadow of the wind" by Carlos Ruíz Zafón.

Least favourite?
"The messenger" by Mark Zusak. I was so dissapointed. His previous work "The book thief" was one of the best books I've ever read.

Oldest book read?
Shakespeare's "Othello", maybe? Or the book I read about King Arthur and his knights. The book is obviously written not too long ago, but the stories got to count for something.

"The Gargoyle" by Andrew Davidson. Great book!

Longest book title?
"The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys" (I like short titles".

Shortest title?
"Bio 1" (biology book).

Best title?
"Random acts of heroic love" or "La sombra del viento" (I just like to say that out loud).

Book with best story
"The Gargoyle".

Most challenging book
Take your pick among my science text books.

Best tear-jerker

"The shadow of the wind" was surprisingly sad at times.

Most political book
Harper Lee's "How to kill a mockingbird"

Book that made you laugh
Anne Kat. Hærland, "Krig og fred og politikk og sånn" (satire from a Norwegian comedian).

Book that made you angry?
Maths text book. The author just waffles on without any form of structure whatsoever.

Best quote?
Oh, here we go. I read one book this year, which was so beautifully worded I could rewrite the entire book in my LJ, and it would be worth it. I am talking about "The shadow of the wind", and here are some of its best quotations:

"There are no second chances in life, except to feel remorse."

"Time goes faster the more hollow it is. Lives with no meaning go straight past you, like trains that don’t stop at your station."

"Once, in my father's bookshop, I heard a regular customer say that few things leave a deeper mark on a reader than the first book that finds its way into his heart. Those first images, the echo of words we think we have left behind, accompany us throughout our lives and sculpt a palace in our memory to which, sooner or later—no matter how many books we read, how many worlds we discover, or how much we learn or forget—we will return."

"Fools talk, cowards are silent, wise men listen."

"Bea says that the art of reading is slowly dying, that it's an intimate ritual, that a book is a mirror that offers us only what we already carry inside us, that when we read, we do it with all our heart and mind, and great readers are becoming more scarce by the day."

"Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you. "

"The moment you stop to think about whether you love someone, you've already stopped loving that person forever."

"People tend to complicate their own lives, as if living weren't already complicated enough."

"....that as long as we are being remembered, we remain alive."

"Destiny is usually just around the corner. Like a thief, a hooker, or a lottery vendor: its three most common personifications. But what destiny does not do is home visits. You have to go for it."

"Every book has a soul, the soul of the person who wrote it and the soul of those who read it and dream about it."

"Memories are worse than bullets."

"A secret's worth depends on the people from whom it must be kept."

"Coincidences are the scars of fate."

Ok, I'm done.

How many re-reads?
None. No wait, that's a lie. I found the entire collection of Animorphs books online, and read a couple of them, for old times' sake. It took me an hour to finish one whole book. 

Most books read by one author this year?
Carlos Ruíz Zafón, two books. I like experimenting with new authors. I also read two by Paulo Coelho. And I read two Narnia books for the kids in CdlN.

Any in translation?
Paulo Coelho (Portugese to Spanish), Carlos Ruíz Zafón (Spanish to English), Sue Monk Kidd (English to Norwegian). I think all the books I've read in Norwegian this year have been translations. I tend to read books in English.

And how many of this year’s books were from the library?
Some very few were from the Ciudad de los Niños library.

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I just saw "Avatar" in the cinema. I have to say, that is the most sublime piece of movie making I have EVER seen. I saw the 3D version, and it was such an experience, watching TV will never be the same.

Story was amazing.
Acting was great.
Script was great.
Effects were amazing.

It somehow escaped becoming one of those flicks that become all-brawn-no-brain, such as the Transformers films. It didn't drown in CGI. Everything about it complimented each other.

One of the best films I have ever seen.

What do I feel like: satisfied satisfied

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I have finally, in a desperate attempt to avoid revising for my gazillionth exam, finished my room. I started painting about 3 weeks ago, and now I'm finally completely moved in. Even though I'd love to have my very own apartment to play with, this will have to do for now. It's on the third floor, and has lots of windows and a nice view, so I love it so far. Take me to Facebook so I can see the pictures!

What do I feel like: content content

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Got a 6.

That was all.
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Just got home from having my oral Biology exam. In Norway, an oral exam is done like this:

1. They call your name.
2. You walk into a room together with your teacher and the man who is there to observe objectively, called a "sensor" in Norwegian.
3. You pick an exam paper from a desk.
4. The "sensor" walks you from the room, to a revision room.
5. You are allowed all your notes and your books for 30 minutes. In those 30 minutes you can write bulletpoints on a sheet of paper that you are allowed to look at during the exam.
6. The "sensor" comes to collect you after 30 minutes.
7. He takes you back to the first room.
8. You do the exam. Your teacher interacts with you, while the sensor observes.
9. After your oral exam, you're sent out of the room, and they come to collect you when they've decided what kind of mark they're giving you.

1. They called my name. Out of six people sitting outside the classroom, I was the first one to be called.
2. I shook hands with my teacher and the "sensor".
3. I picked my exam paper, and nearly cried. It bcame clear that I would have to dissect a tulip, explain the life cycle of a tulip, look at different parts of the tulip in the microscope and discuss how pollination works... and I'd never dissected a tulip before, as we forgot to do that during our lab course.
I would also have to explain the synapse of the nerves. This was the easy one, but the nervous system is still what I know the LEAST about, out of the entire Bio 1 course.
4. The "sensor" walked me to the revision room.
5. I sat for 30 minutes, full of adrenalin, nervous as hell, trying to remember how plant sex works.
6. He came to collect me.
7. We walked back.
8. I did the exam.
9. I got a 6 (A).

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Seeing pictures posted by the new volunteers in Ciudad de los Niños makes me sad. That is all.

What do I feel like: sad sad

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1. Today I've been in a relationship for 1 month.
2. I have a boyfriend who managed to get better than top of the scale in his oral biology test today. Teacher's comment: "If there was a mark higher than 6, he would have it in his hand right now. That was almost too good. He should be studying this in university." PROUD!
3. I have finished the first layer of paint in my soon-to-be new room.
4. I had my last lessons in Bio and Chemistry today. Exam period ON.

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What do I feel like: cold cold

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