ALL THESE EXPECTATIONS

OKAY, so I`ve been thinking about this for a while and I think it`s about time I write this.

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I`m a buddy this week. For those who don`t know what a buddy is, it`s an experienced students, who help new students. I`m a buddy for some of the international students. We have a schedule pretty much every day this week and I LOVE meeting and getting to know new people. It`s even more fun when they`re from different countries and have been living their lives there.

At evenings there are parties and I`m not saying that`s necessarily a bad thing. I`m not a party-person at all – I prefer a “cleaner” party, if that makes any sense? Alcohol-free parties. Therefore I feel like many people expect you to have a drink or two, whenever there`s a party. I don`t know about other countries, but here in Norway it`s so normal to grab a beer or two from the shops and bring them with you to the party and even to the park, if that`s where it`s all happening. Of course I`m going to let other people drink (even though I`m not any fond of alcohol), but why these expectations? I don`t feel pressurized, it`s just these expectations that are annoying. I`ve also encountered that some think of people who prefer to socialize without alcohol, as silly and weird. Or if you say no to a party, you`re a “party-bumper”. You`re not a fun person to hang out with. WHY`S THAT? Why these social norms and rules? I might be wrong and to be honest, I hope I am, but I experienced the same last year. I just wish these norms and expectations didn`t exist, and that it was completely okay to not be a party-person and to not drink alcohol. So many believe that we have to expect questions about why we choose to stay away from alcohol – why isn`t it the opposite?

Thank God there`s not going to be a party tonight – as far as I know, at least. We`re actually going on a Norwegian hike today, which I`m excited about. Norwegian nature is so beautiful and does me so good. I know today`s going to be a better day.

HAPPINESS RECENTLY

♥ FINALLY visiting The Netherlands and Amsterdam! I love the city – it`s a busy city, with harmony. A dream come true, really… Ah, I really can`t explain how happy being there made me.

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♥ Travelling. Meeting new people, new cultures and discovering new places do me so good. The world is a beautiful place and I definetely want to see more of it.

♥ Standing in the Anne Frank Museum. I read her diary when I was in sixth grade, and I`ve been wanting to visit the Secret Annex for so many years. I got tired, I got exhausted, I was sad BUT in the end I visited the hiding place and I`m so happy. It was definetely worth the waiting. And let`s not forget the sounds of the Wester Church. It made me feel so calm and good, and gave me 1930s vibes, haha.. ♥ I wish we had something like that where I live too.

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♥ Everything I bought in Amsterdam. A hoodie which says “I ♥ Amsterdam”, a huge book I bought in the Anne Frank Huis, the diary, some few clothes, school supplies ++. Each thing makes me so happy, as it reminds me of the journey I`ve been on and the fact that my dream has come true. Oh God, I wish you knew HOW HAPPY I am!

♥ Sleeping in a bed. I`m so thankful for the life I have, and for some reason lying in my bed last next felt a little extra good.

♥ Waking up to sunshine that`s getting through the window and birds playing around.

♥ Meeting cats that want to cuddle. Some days ago I met one on my way to my family, and it was so hard to leave it all alone.

♥ Sitting on the couch, watching a program on TV you enjoy.

♥ Writing. I LOVE writing and will never stop writing. No matter what.

♥ Reading books. I`ve been reading quite a lot about Anne Frank lately (what a surprise…). Otherwise I love reading books that give me something, and there are quite a lot of them.

♥ Ordering “Tales from the Secret Annex” by Anne Frank. I`ve been wanting to read the book for such a long time. I`ve borrowed a Norwegian version which includes a few of the stories, but I haven`t been satisfied by it so of course I`m excited.


I`m going to post about my trip to Amsterdam and share my experiences and photos from there tomorrow, so stay tuned! ♥

AFTER A MONTH

Not too long ago I read this blog, on which the blogger wrote that she`d consider unfollowing a blog, if the blogger hasn`t posted in a while” and well… Here I am after a month.

I decided to take a month off and  maybe I should`ve let you known, but I thought I wanted to be gone “just like that” for once. I`ve been reading, drawing, watching my serials, applying for jobs, going out for runs, visiting my family and chilling at home. I`ve been enjoying books about Anne Frank – I bought this huge book about her at the Museum in Amsterdam. I thought I knew pretty much everything I can know about her, but I was wrong. To be honest, that makes me glad, as I get so happy every time I discover new things about her and her story!

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As you perhaps can tell, there are no dramatical reasons behind my hiatus, I just wanted to not socialize with people online. Which means that I`ve been away from my Facebook account for about a month too and let`s just say it`s been great. Many of us spend too much time online, so it was about time I spent some time offline. I wasn`t completely off the internet, though. However, I recommend more people to go offline for some time. If you`re going on holidays soon, pick a hotel without WiFi or leave your electronical devices at home. I promise it`s going to do you good. Vacation is vacation, after all. 😉

Speaking of holidays… I need to tell you guys about my trip to Amsterdam! Ah, I`m so excited and hope you are too! Stay tuned! Hope everyone`s been having an amazing summer so far! I`m back now and hopefully you guys want to follow my journey. 

 

NOT TO BE MEAN, BUT…

About a month ago Salvador Sobral and Portugal won Eurovision Song Contest 2017. After the grand final, many people had opinions about his song, his music, his performance and him. You know mean people on the internet who just have to be rude and let everyone know what they think? Many of their comments begin with “not to be mean, but…” or “not hating, but…”. I`ve met so many internet trolls in my life. Many of them are grown-ups that troll around, believe they`re being nice and accuse everyone else for being mean. Anywho, I got so fed up by reading their comments after the final, that I`ve decided to publish some of them here and reply to them the way I want to. The comments are from Salvador Sobral`s and Eurovision`s official Instagram accounts. 


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My answer: How nice isn`t it, to call someone a weirdo? 🙂

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My answer: How kind of you to not want him to be “sick or something” and comment something so nice. And when did wanting your sister to share the stage with you, become arrogant? The news about him needing a new heart was not true, but that doesn`t mean he wasn`t sick. There`s a reason his sister did the rehearsals.

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My answer: (Not so) sorry to say this, but if Eurovision Song Contest was a hospital, don`t you think people who have cancer, cardiovascular, Ebola, AIDS, etc. would`ve joined the contest instead?0,4

Dude, do you English speak? Maybe you should go and learn some English first.

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My answer: Isn`t people`s health condition something private and something`s that up to people to share? Just in case you didn`t know, Salvador answered questions about his health, but else he didn`t talk about it. I bet you`re this rude, only because your favourite didn`t win. Maybe you should go and listen to Katy Perry, instead of spending your time, writing stupid comments online. 🙂

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My answer: If Portugal was to bribe, don`t you think it wouldn`t have taken then 49 times to finally win?

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My answer: I bet many of the viewers didn`t even know about his health conditions – I was one of them. 😉 It wasn`t like he said “Oh, I`m so sick, please vote for me before I die”. He already had his surgery and was happy about being able to share his music.

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My answer: Yeah, it`s veryyyyy nice to say “not to be mean or anything, but he looks pretty weird and it looks like he has an ilness”. Enough said.

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My answer: When did he say all the other songs are garbage? Why would he sing Belgium`s song, if he only considered it “garbage”? And why is it stupid to want your sister, who wrote the song for you, to share the stage with you? It only shows how humble he is. Learn from him. 😉

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My answer: Some people. You guys must have had a very bad day. 🙂

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My answer: Is telling people that your sister wrote the song and a little about your health condition “advertising”? Isn`t it amazing to appreciate the work someone has done, unlike you? Not everyone is as humble as him. 🙂

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My answer: Okay, so he`s not “a regular guy” because he, according to you, was weird? Wasn`t Jamala a “regular woman”? What about Alexander Rybak? Dima Bilan? Can`t we just appreciate all kind of music? If it was all about politics, then I bet Portugal would`ve won several years ago. 😉 0,20

My answer: Maybe you should be jealous of the fact that he most likely wouldn`t act the same was as you did. 🙂 How kind to hate someone you haven`t even met, by the way.

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My answer: Hahahaha, better to be asleep than to act like an troll online.0,15

My answer: Does one become a less of an idiot by being mean online? That`s new to me, thanks to you I learned something new today! Crazy how a person who`s had a surgery, can`t participate in a music contest without being called all kind of things.

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My answer: Most of the people who voted for him, didn`t even know about his illness. Dying or not – he won and there`s nothing you can do about it.

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My answer: Is he arrogant because he cares about refugees and wants to give some credits to his very own sister? If people like him are arrogant, I`d rather be arrogant than someone who. 🙂

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In the very end, I`d like all the internet trolls to read this. It`s nicely written, unlike many of the other comments. You don`t have to like Salvador or his song, but at least be nice towards him and everyone else.

IT`S A LITTLE MORE SPECIAL THIS YEAR

I wish I was in Amsterdam today, because it`s Anne Frank`s birthday. She would`ve been 88 years old.

You left a diary, which made you world-famous. You expressed your thoughts, feelings and dreams to your friend “Kitty”. Despite the circumstances, you dreamed about a future. You wanted to travel to Paris and London and study history. You loved history. You wanted to be a journalist and/or a writer. Let`s face it – you knew you could die, but you also knew you could survive and live on. Unfortunately you died, but Miep saved your diary and gave it to your lovely dad, whom chose to publish it, despite the criticism he received. So many years later, people still find your diary inspirational and motivational. I found out about you in sixth grade and you`ve been there ever since then.

Thank you for everything you`ve done for me and everyone else. You died too young, but you left your voice, you left a melody that`s still played all over the world. To me, you symbolize love, hope, courage and dreams. Thanks for never giving up and for refusing to die. Happy Birthday, Anne.

Your birthday has always been special to me, but this year it`s a little more special. I can`t wait to see your hiding place and be a little nearer you. 

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