June Come and Gone

As we are in the last few hours of this day, we are leaving June behind and welcoming July. It is so strange to think that the first summer month is already over. Time really goes by so quickly, it feels as if we just started the year and here we are, already half way through it! Where does the time go? I guess it is a good sign though, it is said that time flies by when we have fun, so I am thinking that I must have a lot of fun. Or perhaps I am just too busy. I would say that it is probably a bit of both.

Now that June has come and gone I want to take the last hours of it to reflect back on the month and how it has been for me. I always enjoy reading these summaries on other blogs, so now I will make one here, of my own highlights of the month.

Best thing about this month: 
The best thing about June for me must have been that I have finally started (although slowly) to get in a healthy routine of exercise and eating. I have cut down a lot on sugar and started running in the park on my days of from work. On the days I have work I have walked at least one way to or from which is about two hours.
I can defiantly tell the difference just by having started, maybe not so much in the mirror, but I feel much happier and I have much more energy than before. I dont feel sick as much and in general I just feel much better than in the months before.

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Worst thing that happened this month:
The real downer about this month for me personally was the result of the EU referendum. I have written a post about this a few days ago. Of course we dont know what exactly what will happen in the time coming with this, and what the future will look like, but for me who is here as a Norwegian it has caused a bit of stress and worrying about my future and it has of course been on my mind a lot since Friday.

Surprise of the month:
I PASSED MY EXAMS!!!! You really should have seen my face when I found out I had passed. As a serious student I probably should not reveal that it came as a surprise but I had in planted in my head that I would fail and had prepared myself for re-sits for about a month when I found out, phhhht thank god!

Book of the month:
“The Blue Between Sky and Water”
This book made my week a little while ago and really got me excited for adventure and wishing to be able to make a difference. It is written by Susan Abulhawa, the autor of “Mornings in Jenin”. I will write a review on it with more detail soon, but if you are looking for a good book to read, buy this one!

With work and no social life this month that was all of my summary. But although it has not been a month with much to say, it has been a great month, spent between work and with my wonderful man. I could not ask for much more.

Now it is time to look forward and make the most out of July. I hope everyone has had a wonderful June and wishing you all the best for July.

– Camilla

 

Happy Birthday Mum!

Today, the 30th of June is my amazing Mother’s birthday.

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Last year, we had a great celebration for her with our whole family for her 60th.
I wish so much that I could be in Norway today for her celebration, but unfortunately this year I was unable to go back due to work.

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My mum is an amazing woman, and a great role model to me. When i grew up it was just me and my mum that made up our little family of two, and I think that is one of the reasons we are so close. Until this day we still go on holidays just the two of us and have an amazing time, sometimes many times a year. Whilst many of my friends just go with their friends since they turned 18, I prefer to go with my mum and we have at least as much fun as I do when going with my friends. This year I thing the trip will go to Greece and I am so excited!

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My mum took me on many adventures when I was young and I think that is what has made me so curious about the world and how other people live their lives.

Even as a single mum, my mum was never afraid of adventures, and to try new things and for this I am so grateful. When I was 14 we went to live in Cyprus for almost three months. We rented a flat where the locals lived, and became close friends with neighbors whom many of did not even speak English. I remember so well us having the children in the flat compartment in for tea everyday and sitting downstairs trying to make a conversation with their grandmother in very simple Greek.
We found some chicken eggs on our veranda in this apartment that was abandoned by their mum, and we took care of them until they came out and then until they where old enough to fly on their own.
The time there taught me to speak English and  even some Greek, but most of all it taught me of different ways to live in different cultures and that there is not necessarily a better or worse way of living, just different.

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My mum and I at The Blue Mosque in Istanbul last year

When I was feeling down in my teenage years we got a beautiful golden retriever called Bob Marley. My mum did not really need the extra work load, but she knew how good it would be for me, and it was and she agreed to it. And we ended up having the love and laughter of a dog in our home until he passed away in 2011.

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When I was 16 years old and my biggest dream was so go on exchange for one year to Australia, my mum supported me 100 percent and let me travel to the other side of the world for a year at only 16 years old. I am sure it was not easy, but again she knew how I wanted it and how good it would be for me to gain that experience and let me go.

I could list examples like this all day, but the most important thing she does for me is that she is always there for me. As a friend and as a mother, whenever I need support. She is such a fun and loving lady and looks amazing for her age. I am very proud and what better day to give credit to all that she does than on her birthday.

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Happy birthday mum, love you xxx

– Camilla

Deportation??

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As most of you probably know, yesterday Britain voted to leave the EU. I was just about to start my shift at work when I saw it on the BBC and it was pretty much what dominated all the conversions that day, both with the staff and residents.

Some were happy whilst others very sad and disappointed, and I think we were all very surprised when the prime minister David Cameron announced that he would resign. What is for sure is that it was a historic day.

I am not a big fan of writing about politics here on my blog, but because this event could potentially affect me directly I must say I was very disappointed and throughout the day started worrying about my own future. Since the UK is in the EU and Norway is a part of the EEA, I have been very spoiled since coming here. I dont have to worry about visas or my right to work or study, simply because it has already been fixed for me. I have not needed a visa or work permit, and I am realizing now how much I have taken that for granted. It probably sounds weird and even arrogant, but I have not really even considered myself a foreigner in London and over the years London has started to feel like my home. Yesterday it suddenly dawned upon me that I am actually a foreigner. The thought that I might one day have to leave here without wanting to has never really occurred to me until yesterday. This is not just the situation for me, but for thousands of people from all over the EU living in the UK. And of course I realize that there is many more from all over the world living in places they consider home but have an uncertain future and have to live in that limbo. I am here writing about the EU referendum because it is what has been on my mind the last two days.

As I woke up this morning I had gotten a little bit more used to the thought of these changes and started to relax a little bit. After all nothing is happening yet, and we do not know yet what the deal will be in the end as the UK is exiting the EU so until then I will go on with my life as usual and cross that bridge when I come to it. At least I will try to, after all I am a nervous Nellie who has not yet learned how to relax and stop worrying over anything unsettled.

Both Greg and I had a day of today, the first in a long time. Because he works Monday to Friday and I work 12 hours shifts that often land on a weekend it has been weeks since we had a day together just the two of us. Unfortunately it was raining and thundering most of the day but we decided to make the most of it.

We went out for lunch and had some amazing cheese burgers at a place in Westfield, Stratford called The Shake Shack. After having a very healthy week it was absolutely amazing to have a “cheat day” and eat some good old cheeseburgers and fries.

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After our lunch it was pouring down rain so we decided to take the tube around to some places we dont know to well to see if it is somewhere we might look for a place to rent. We are about to start house hunting for our own place to live. We currently live in one room in a house, were we have been living since February and now it is about time we get a place of our own. Better get it now before they deport me. Oof no hopefully not.

Well, now I am of to go wake up Greg from his nap, put out some sweets and enjoy the rest of my day of with my amazing man before work starts again tomorrow.

I hope you all have a great Saturday night, and we will talk again tomorrow.

– Camilla

Good morning from East London

Good morning beautiful people!

We are officially in summer and I am so happy about it.
For me that means that all exams are done and a full time student life is replaced with a full time work life for the next few months -hopefully with a little holiday at the end!

I have to say I do like studying full time more than I like working full time, but what I do like about the holidays is that I only have one thing to worry about.
During term time there are so many different assignments and readings to be done in our free time, and whilst working part time on the side of uni there can be many things to focus on. At least now I know I have work and that’s it.

I have decided to take advantage of that, and I have spent June trying to get in shape and eat better, and I am feeling so great! I am happier, have much more energy this month and I feel much better about my self. The visual results has yet to come, but that I feel healthier is for sure. In the end that is what really matters isn’t it?

Greg and I are in bed now, enjoying our morning coffee before he heads of to work and I go for a run.
I am anxiously awaiting to see if I passed my exams as the results come out today or tomorrow. Wish me luck!

Have a great day everyone!

– Camilla