Adventure around Devonport

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Today has been one of those days that makes me feel like I am 16 again. Being out with friends, in the sun, just enjoying each others company. Nowhere to be, nothing to worry about, just hanging out and having fun.

We went to meet Greg’s best friend James in the morning and spent the whole day out in the sun.

We were originally supposed to take the ferry to one of the little islands around here, but in the morning the weather seemed a bit unstable so we dropped those plans. Instead we went to wonder around Devonport and just do what we felt like without any specific plans in mind.

It turned into the best day, probably because we just did what we felt like and didn’t have a specific schedule to follow.

We climbed up Mount Victoria, one of the old extinct volcanoes at Devonport and took in the amazing view from up there. Looking out over the city from there almost looks unreal. As if a picture on a canvas is put down there. I am not normally one to gaze at a view, but since coming here I have just been amazed with them. I don’t know if it is me changing or if it is just because the views here are so spectacular that I cant help but admire them.

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After having a great lunch, we headed to the Maritime museum that is in Devonport. I love a bit of history and seeing the exhibits from different tours of the Navy, especially during the war always feels so special to me.

The museum also has these really cool “cabins” on display where you can go and get a feel of what it is to be on one of those boats. It made me really want to join the Navy being in there, trying on the uniform hats and hearing the stories of maritime history.

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Arholm reporting for duty

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Look at my handsome captain!

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How cool is it that you can have an interactive experience with the cabins like that? I think it would have been really fun being out at sea with your ship and sharing a cabin like that. Sign me up!

We later went down to the marina and spent a few hours sitting by the water and just having fun. We all went for a swim, me with my clothes on haha! When you don’t have a bikini with you what else is there to do?

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The boys both were super brave and got out on the beam, I on the other hand needed two tries before I even dared to step out on the thing
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That’s as far as I got…

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A little afternoon yam session at James’s house, Greg and I are pretending that we know what we are doing

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Now I am curled up on the bed at Greg’s parents place. Being out in the sun all day really takes your energy away, but it is a great way to feel tired!

Have a great evening,

Camilla

Christmas in New Zealand

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At last, I am here! If you read my previous post a few weeks ago, you will know that I was scheduled to fly to New Zealand the 12th of December to spend Christmas with my boyfriend Greg and his family. Well nothing went according to plan.

The day I was meant to travel I got a really bad infection and was strongly recommended by the doctors at the hospital to not fly long distance and stay admitted there until I got better to avoid complications later.
After a lot of back and forth and a few tears I decided at the last minute (literally right before heading to the airport) to not fly because I was too scared of something happening. So as the panic hit me, I cancelled my flight and booked myself onto one about a week after.

And after a week at home, i finally got myself successfully on my flight and made it to New Zealand just in time for Christmas.

And it is absolutely stunningly beautiful here!

Right after I arrived here, Greg was scheduled to go for a long weekend away with his friends. During that time I was able to spend some time alone with his family which was great! Greg’s mum is always so welcoming to me and took me all around Auckland to see everything from the Sky Tower to beaches while Greg was away  I even got to see some places here that Greg has not even seen yet. Here are some pictures:

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Other than celebrating Christmas here we have spent time with Greg’s friends, gone for long drives and gone to explore all the little bays and beaches around where we are here in Auckland. It is amazing how much diversity and landscape can be found around one single city. I feel as if we have seen ten different places in New Zealand, yet we are in the same area surrounding the city. So many beaches, some with huge waves and dramatic landscape and others with long flat sand reaching for miles and miles with still sea. In the country side, yet a short drive away is the big city.

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One of my first thoughts as I arrived from London was just how few people is around. Even on a beautiful day the streets are never overcrowded, nor is the beaches.

I have been constantly using the word colourful everyday since I came here, and it is the only word I can use to describe the beauty around here. At times it seems that I am standing looking at a huge big canvas, as if it is too beautiful to be real.

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It is a ball of emotions being here this time of year. It being Christmas and yet it being warm. Feeling blessed to be spending Christmas with Greg’s wonderful family. Spending Christmas with Greg. Being on an adventure and in nature. Being back after two years of living with Greg in London and feeling as if not a day has passed since I was last here. It being the same and yet so different. Seeing Greg so happy to be here and home, yet knowing we are going back to London again soon. Thinking of what was before and what is now.

It truly feels as though it was last week that I spent three months here with Greg, when we were newly in love and excited to move to London and in together. It feels strange that it feels like no time has passed, and yet two years has gone by and with that a lot has happened. It is a strange feeling – feeling everything is completely the same and yet so different.

 

I only have a few days left now, because already on the 1st of January I am heading back to London. Greg will stay for another two weeks – lucky bastard.

Tomorrow we are catching up with Greg’s best friend James and spending the day with him! It will be so nice!

Have a great day everyone, or night for those on this side of the world,

Camilla

Preparing for New Zealand!

I am now sitting at home with Gilmore girls on the TV, snacks on the table and myself planted on the sofa tucked in warm blanket. Not a crazy Saturday night, but with the cold weather outside it is the only thing I want to do tonight.

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Even with thick socks, a sweater, a fleece jacket, a good blanket AND heaters on I am still cold!

It is a strange evening home for me, because tonight Greg has travelled to New Zealand where I will travel to on Tuesday to spend Christmas with him and his family.

It is less than a week until I see him and just another two days at home before I leave but yet the house feels so empty without him! I am of course used to being home alone. Greg and I don’t spend every evening together, and  often he has to travel to other UK cities for work yet knowing that he is flying to far away makes it feel extra empty. Even though I will see him in no time.
It gives me a real butterfly feeling in my stomach knowing that the next text I get from him he will be far away in Malaysia and I wont talk to him until he is landed in New Zealand. It almost feels like I am the one flying – and in some way that probably is what it is. Knowing that our flights are so close together I feel much closer to my own flight date. The next time I see Greg I will also be in New Zealand, something that I planned for so long is finally happening.

I have so many things to sort out before I go, and I am starting to feel that I am running out of time. I need to finish the laundry for my whole trip in time for it to dry before I pack it. I have to pack, find some stuff for the trip such as a backpack etc. I need to go to uni and sort out a few things this Monday and get the house clean and tidy for us to get back to. In addition to that I am starting to come down with a hefty cold and it looks like I am getting my infection back so I have to go and get some antibiotics on Monday so I am ok for the long flight. I currently get a painful back just sitting on the sofa for an hour so two rounds of 12 hours on a plane will be awful unless I sort it out!

But mostly I am so excited!

I hope everyone is having a great Saturday wither you are out and about living it up or is at home, relaxing on the sofa like me today.

Camilla

Girls time in Manchester

Hello from Manchester!

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I am at the moment in Manchester City, visiting Rosie my old roommate and one of my very best friends.

I am only here for one night, and will be on the late coach back to London tonight to make it to my lecture tomorrow.
Before coming here I hadn’t seen Rosie for over a year since we live so far apart now, so it was amazing to see her again!
I had also never been to Manchester before, so it was about time after living for four years in the UK!

When I first arrived we looked around the city center for a while before heading back to her flat. We had some wine and food, chatted and watched a movie.
I cannot remember the last time I laughed so hard! I did not even realize how much I missed her before I saw her. I felt like my old self for the first time in a long time which was great!

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Rosie’s lille kitten

Today Rosie has been showing me all around Didsbury, the area of Manchester where she lives. We went to lunch with her sister and then walked around the canal and the parks.

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First time trying Egg’s Benedict’s – it was a success!  
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Now I am getting ready to pack my stuff up and take the coach back to London. It has been a short visit an hopefully it will be longer next time, but it was so worth it seeing Rosie and getting some good laughs!

I will catch up with you back in London!

– Camilla

Back on The Beach

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Today I woke up feeling great – finally! It was such a great feeling, feeling like my self again!

It was such a good day, the weather was great, I was feeling great and the beach was great!

After having spent most time indoors the last few days and minimum time at the beach it was amazing to have a day just laying in the sun.
We had our lunch at the beach and after I went on a little walk by the sea before just relaxing in the sun.dscf1662dscf1659dscf1653dscf1663dscf1669

I am craving taking the bus to one of the more quite beaches on the Island, I have heard there are some absolutely gorgeous white sanded beaches  further east and I hope to be able to convince my mum to come with me and take the bus to one of these places.

I really like the beach here in Agia Marina, and today I was thrilled that I was finally feeling fine to spend the day there. The only thing is that the beach is packed with tourists, and although it is very nice and convenient especially with so many places to grab a bite to eat or a cold drink, I also think it is nice to get away a bit on holiday to very peaceful places.

My mum and I are completely different when it comes to this. I love going to places with minimum of tourists, even very quiet places, such as villages with a small population. Where there is no stress or rush, just peaceful and quiet.
To my mum a good holiday is a place that is built for tourism, where she can meet both locals and other Norwegian people and where there is food and music places on every corner, and a lot of tourists and people.
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It is quite funny how we are so different, but each to their own.
I really like being here though, and if we do a few outings it is the perfect balance of both our wishes.

Anyways, we had a fantastic day today and I hope I got a bit more of a tan.
I even went for a full run after the beach and it felt wonderful.
Now I am about to get in the shower and get ready to go to dinner.

 

– Camilla

 

Make Over

What a day it has been!

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After finishing my blog post this morning I decided to go for a long run and try to get better to enjoy the rest of the day.
After about five minutes I was so sick and achy, I just had to stop and go straight home and go to bed.
I basically missed the whole day, which was one of the best of our holiday, but I was to sick. I only moved once during the day to sit on the sofa for a bit, but even then I only sat for a bit before going back to bed.

I stayed in bed until almost 9 pm, when I started to feel better. Still then both me and my mum felt to unwell to go out, so we got lamb take away and ate dinner inside today.

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I am so happy that I am feeling better though! Now the only problem is that I am far to awake to fall asleep. It is nearly 3 am and I am still wide awake. I think that I a good sign for tomorrow so I am not overly bothered. I just hope I wont have to spend tomorrow over tired when I am finally felling well!

I have used the time sitting here to give my blog a whole new look! I thought the old look was very dark and boring and not very clean at all.
I spent hours today looking through themes and customizing it, changing my mind about 8 times and starting again. But eventually I found a look I was happy with, and I hope I will stay pleased with it. And that you will like it too!

I hope you will find this look more clean and easier to navigate and read, basically that it is easy on the eye.

It was a great distraction when I could not do much else without feeling ill and at the same time feeling restless and bored.

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Now I have watched about every episode of the real housewives and have moved on to the real housewives of Melbourne.
I hopefully will start getting tires after a few more episodes, this show is so addictive that it might keep me up even longer than I need!

Have a great night!

– Camilla

Chania at Sunset

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Good Morning!

Today we have woken up to a warm day with a clear blue sky. It is the first day were it is not a bit nippy outside in a dress at 8 am. Sunny days!

Unfortunately I did not wake up in harmony with the weather, but with a sore throat, deep cough and aches absolutely e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e.
Just as I was super excited about beating my cold so fast, it turned around and knocked me out like ever before last night. I am pretty sure I jinxed it by saying how quickly it passed. I probably made sure I would come back in full gear by last night announcing that I knew I would wake up well and fresh this morning.
But oh well, today is such a lovely day and there is no way this cold is going to ruin that.

Last night my mum and I took the bus into Chania around 6 and spent the evening at the harbor there. We had been wanting to go in ever since we came, and yesterday we thought that if we dont do it now, we might leave it too late.

It was the first night of the holiday that I properly dresses up in a dress, and I was so excited to wear my blue dress that I never get a chance to wear at home.
It was a place worth dressing up for. It is such a beautiful place, with a wonderful atmosphere and I was happy that I had put in a bit extra effort this evening.

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All the streets around the harbor where small, cozy streets full of little shops and beautiful architecture. It was full of people out to see the sights and get some shopping done and full of life!

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Leading up to the harbor there is so many small Greek restaurants and coffee shops, and people out to enjoy themselves.
The buildings and stunning, and what makes it extra nice is all the artists setting up there, some sing lovely Greek songs, others paint or play an instrument.

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We went for dinner at a restaurant at the harbor itself, and got there just as it was starting to get dark and could see the sunset from there.

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It was perfect in every way, except for the fact that we both didn’t think to bring jackets.
We thought it was so warm when we left that we just did not need it. Of course it was clear day and sunny when we left, somehow I think we forgot that it does get dark at night – the sun actually goes away and it gets a little colder.
Having forgotten about that – and sitting right by the sea where it is windy, we got a little cold during dinner.
It didn’t help that I was coughing and starting to feel sick again and so did my mum. So after dinner we didn’t stay for as long as we would have wanted, but decided to go home and get warm.

But nevertheless, we had a wonderful evening in Chania, and I am so happy that we went. Even sitting freezing and slightly sick it was well worth it!

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Back at the hotel I was very happy to change out of my dress and getting some warm clothes on, before going to a place near us for coffee.

I do hope we get time to go to Chania once more on our holiday, more prepared this time. It really is beautiful, and I would love to get some more pictures!

Now I am sitting contemplating wither to go for a run, or just straight down to the pharmacy for some c vitamins and what else they got.

I will update more later today.
Have a great day!

– Camilla