Being back to Tromsø was different, but very nice. The weather wasn’t so much. I first drove to University to meet Minna for lunch and after that home and started unpacking. The afternoon was lazy, catching up with stuff I missed, called my mum to see she arrived home safely and in the evening I met people in Driv. We all had a lot of news, so the evening was soon too short. I also met Laura, another international student who just arrived when I was gone and happened to be Eva’s roommate. I spent the whole Tuesday at the university, mostly lectures, but also delivering my new learning agreement. My home university is usually killing me with all of their deadlines and inflexibility, but this time they surprised me and sent it to me… Yeah, on the last day. Late in the afternoon a French CouchSurfer came, I showed him around a little, but then I was ready to go to sleep. I had Wednesday reserved for skiing with Nieves, so we were in Kroken at 10 sharp. Somehow I didn’t know they don’t open until 3 PM during the week. So we drove back to study in the morning and returned in the afternoon. Up and down, up and down until 7 PM was enough for us to feel our tights. After a shower we felt better and people started coming for our Svalbard meeting. We were 10, so a lot of food and talk, but we somehow also managed to make some plans. On Thursday morning Julien left for his 2-days Dogsledding trip and I was at the university again. Gym in the afternoon, answering emails after the shower and dinner at Mary’s place in the evening. Delicious lasagna – Italians, what else would you expect. On first Friday in February I afforded waking up late and my breakfast ware waffles at the International Coffee hour. We stayed until 1 PM chatting and afterwards did research about Svalbard – me and Minna decided we are going on a snowmobile trip for sure, no matter the costs and company. At 4 PM my last CSer came – Jim from Australia. We got to know each other and in the evening he joined us for Italian dinner in Mortensnes. But before going there Eva and I had picked up Carlos – Eva’s CSer from Madeira.
Saturday was one of the coldest days here. At least it seemed so when we went downtown to see the lasso finals at Sami festival. We were spread between competition area, coffee place, post office and competition area again. After we saw the winners in men and women’s categories it was already time for lunch and with both, Carlos and Jim, we chose a new place to eat – Knoll og Troll. They have amazing sandwiches and I really want kitchen with so many choices at all times. With stomachs full they decided to freeze a bit more and headed for cable car when I went home. I washed my hair in no time and already I was at Kathleen’s place. She was already sitting in the chair, getting fresh haircut, which I was also here for. Susann’s sister, Renate was the one doing us a favour. I thought I would go through the year without getting my hair cut, especially in Norway where this costs a small fortune, but since it got unbearable, I decided to try something new and got banks Happy with my new hairstyle I got home 3 hours later and after the dinner it was time to get ready for party. One of the French guys was celebrating his birthday in Mortensnes, so this meant our preparty is happening there. Party continued in Driv and finished in Ørndalen at 4 in the morning.
If I thought Saturday was the coldest day, Sunday assured me this wasn’t the case. Not enough sleep, a bit of hangover and minus temperatures outside made the last day of the week even colder. When we reached city centre, a nice guy stopped us, saying we needed to pay the entrance. 60 kroners per person changed into 50 for whole family of 6. Athletes on skis were pulled by reindeers from Main Square down the main street to Burger King where the Finish line was. Crazy ride!! I don’t know if I would dare try this with even half of the speed they had. Btw, this year’s champion comes from Finland. We warmed us up in the city hall, where there was a small reception and fashion show with a lot of Sami clothes from different regions. In the evening we returned back home and spent the evening in house 15, playing Jungle Speed and running out for northern lights.
On Monday it was time to be serious again – university and one of the most interesting topics to me – alternative medicine. At 4 in the afternoon my mind was exhausted from following interesting lectures in Norwegian for the whole day, so I decided to do the same to my body in gym. Shower, dinner, bed and the day was over. Tuesday was same old – university, gym and dinner, but afterwards we went out bowling with our Buddy programme and 3 hours of competitive bowling later everybody was ready to go home. 🙂
9th February was time to test Zumba classes in our gym. At least that’s what I and Nieves decided. So after the morning at the university, writing one of my blogs and answering to the emails, we ate our lunch in Bodega and then we were ready to dance. It seemed too easy at the beginning, but a wet shirt at the end was proof of successful training. I showered at home and then started with the most hated assignment – laundry. I put everything in the washing machines and drove to Mortensnes, where MariaGrazia was already waiting with suitcases. She was moving to our student place. I helped her pack the rest of the things and go through her cupboard and when we started our first ride to Ørndalen; Rudolf looked like a gipsy car. There probably wasn’t a thing you couldn’t find there. When we unloaded the car in front of her car, she went to her new neighbours for a cigarette and I ran to put the laundry from the washing machines to drying ones. It took another trip to Mortensnes, loading the car and driving to our final destination again. Somewhere in the middle it started snowing heavily, so having everything moved, made us feel even better. I for sure was ready for a tight sleep. Thursday offered interesting lectures about Sami medicine, so I was glued to my sit from 8 AM till 4 in the afternoon, when I really needed to move, so I visited my beloved gym. Step 2 became one of my favourite classes this semester – Aerobics with complicated step combinations motivate me more and I don’t think about working out so much. A looot of fun! I came home for a shower and since I was too lazy to make myself a dinner, I decided to just take the bus downtown where I was meeting Ulrik for a beer. I think we were supposed to go for a coffee, but ended up drinking couple of beers and me missing the bus. Next morning the beers from an evening before didn’t seem such a great idea anymore. Nice weather made it a bit easier to make it to the university, but no sun in the lecture’s hall wasn’t much of a support. Gym in the afternoon and I met Minna for a coffee and to give her Lonely Planet of Norway. In the evening we wanted to sing Karaoke, but no bar offered this on that evening, so we ended up in Driv playing board games. We got so competitive that our beers were in dangerous from time to time. Not bad at all. The beginning of the weekend was time to clean my room, but in the break I checked out some series. Later I prepared for the pirate party in Mortensnes and Eva made my vodka to pirate rum.
We caught the last bus to the centre and in Driv I danced my ass out. Next morning started at 11, when I had breakfast and then a coffee at Eva’s place. I took a bus to Mortensnes to get back my car and I just picked up my roommate Ingrid to go to Kraft for a Sunday class of Step interval. Hangover workout feels 3 times more difficult than it really is, but we got through. After the shower we met in the kitchen and prepared Mexican dinner for us two. 90 minutes later we figured out that our feeling of talking for hours wasn’t true, but still decided to call it a night. But since I was not ready to go to sleep yet, I went to a friend’s house to see The King’s Speech.
Monday was a usual day at the university with gym in the late afternoon, shower, dinner and a beer at Driv in the evening. Tuesday I was babysitting from 7 AM till 4 PM, sent a birthday card to Anja and worked out in the evening. Boring February 🙂 finished on Wednesday, when I was reading the book for the next course the whole day, went babysitting in the afternoon and went for Svalbard meeting/dinner in the evening. I didn’t want to cook anything this time, since it takes so much time, that’s why I bought 2 chocolate cakes the day before, unwrapped them and when the girls said: “Good job, it’s really delicious!” I only replied with a simple thank you. Sorry girls, but sometimes it works. 🙂 Well, I said that the boring part of February finished. It was so because at 9 in the evening I picked up Sabina from the airport. We know eaxch other from translation studies; since she had a month off from the university, she came up to the North.
The End (of the boring period)