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. 

 

IMAGINE NOT BEING ABLE TO GO OUTSIDE

This is a post I actually posted yesterday, but the 5th of July was the day Margot Frank received a note  to report to a labor camp. They went into hiding on the 6th. Have no idea how I exchanged these two dates. 


Today it`s exactly 75 years ago since Anne Frank and her family went into hiding in “Achterhuis” in Prinsengracht. Four days ago, I was there myself.

Imagine not being able to go outside for more than two years. You`re locked inside day and night, in small rooms. Not only that – you`re helpless with fear every single day. “These people were in prison, a prison with locks on the inside”, Miep Gies (one of the helpers) said. Imagine living in fear of being discovered and taken away to somewhere, which reminds you of something like death. For nearly 25 months, Anne and her family hid in her Dad`s office, with hopes of survival and a great future ahead.

If you know her story, you`ll know she and six of those who hid with her, died. Thinking of that still makes me emotional. Not only because I look so much up to Anne Frank, but also because I think of the millions of humans who suffered and died.

When I was standing where she stood 75 years ago, I felt weird, but amazing and so inspired. I am so lucky to live in Norway and live the life I`m currently living. I have so many opportunities ahead of me, I`m studying whatever I want to and I can go out every day and breathe in some fresh air. Stand in the pouring rain. Meet people. I don`t have to be afraid at nights and lie wide awake due to bombing. Most of us in the West are so fortunate and lucky. We have everything and to me, many of our problems don`t really matter, in the very end. Life`s not always a dance on roses. We can do things kids in war can`t. Being in the “Achterhuis” has once again made me realise how important it is for me to be thankful and thank God for the journey I`m on. Anne`s sister, Margot, died at the age of 19. I`m 19 and I`m still alive. I can do everything she couldn`t and my future doesn`t seem so distant.

I`ve been through a lot in life. I have my mistakes and I`ve made myself proud many times. I`m grateful for that. No matter what I`ve been through and are going through, I need to remember that I`m alive and that one day, the hard times will come to an end. I consider myself blessed, since I can live on and continue to grow as a person and human being, and make the world a better place.

I can do and encounter everything people that lived before us and went through horrible times, couldn`t do.

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IT`S ABOUT TIME

I`VE GOT MY PASSPORT! Haha, Thank God. I was so worried, but my mum found it when she came home, as she kind of knew where it was. I could`ve got an emergency passport, but that wouldn`t have been fun. Anywho – I found the passport and everything`s alright, because I`m off to Amsterdam tomorrow. A dream come true, really. Those who really know me, know how fascinated I am of Anne Frank and how I`ve been wanting to visit the country and the city for such a long time. My time has finally come and I`m so happy. 🙂 I hope everyone out there gets the chance to fulfill their dreams, because it really is an amazing feeling. Doesn`t matter what it is – the feeling of being able to do and encounter something you`ve dreamt about, is pure amazing. It boosts your confidence and makes your life better. Never give up, guys. Dreams do come true and this is proof enough. 🙂

passs.jpgI`ve started packing, but haven`t finish as our flight is in the evening. The plan is to wake up early in the morning, finish the packing, do some things I need to do and spend some time getting ready. At this time tomorrow I`ll be on Dutch earth! That`s crazy and kind of unbelieveable, but it`s about time.

 

NEXT FRIDAY

Next Friday at this very time I`ll be on the plane. AH, GUYS! I`m SO excited. I still need to plan out everything, but it`s really a dream come true. I`ve been waiting for so long and all of a sudden my dream became true. Who thought that? 🙂 My brother`s off to Pakistan tomorrow and I and my mum are off to Amsterdam next week. This is for sure going to be the best summer vacation ever! 🙂

Nothing can describe how happy I am, but these gifs kind of describe my happiness… I literally can`t believe it, but I`m so fortunate and happy.

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What have you guys been doing today? I`ve been way too lazy (tell me something I don`t know..) and went out for a while, to do some shopping and get my new sunglasses. I went to get my eyes checked some days ago, and was adviced to get some sunglasses which suits me. So, I did. I`m not a fan of sunglasses as I want to see a colourful world, but today I got myself a new hobby: Staring at people without them knowing I`m staring at them. 😉

Blog ya later!

HAPPINESS LATELY

♥ First things first: THE FACT THAT I`LL BE IN AMSTERDAM IN ABOUT ONE WEEK!!! C-A-N-T W-A-I-T. It`s going to be AMAZING! A dream come true, really. 

♥ Last Thursday I met Sara and Thea. Ah, they`re so sweet! I just know they care about me. We were at Sara`s house and spent several hours talking and playing a game, till Thea had to drop me at home because of Iftari. Thank you, guys! Can`t wait for next time. 🙂

♥ My straight hair. Haha, let me explain – my natural hair isn`t straight at all. It`s something curly/wavy/messy. When I got my hair cut short in January (did I ever tell you guys about that?), the hair dresser straightened my hair because my messy hair isn`t that easy to handle for everybody. It was my first time and I looked good with straight hair.  Sara has a straightener, so she straightened my hair and I`ve been loving it ever since. Guess who hasn`t showered for a week because she doesn`t want to mess up her straight hair? HE-HE.

♥ Making milkshakes for Iftari every evening. I don`t know if it`s actually a milkshake, haha, but I like to call it milkshake. We`ve got a new blender and it`s so easy to make them now! Can`t wait to make some great milkshakes every morning, before school. 🙂

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♥ People who fight against bullying. Been too much lately, so it`s great to know there are people who actually care out there.

♥ When it`s time for Iftari. It`s great to come together and break the fast.

♥ The “Dubai-candies” need to be praised as well. I LOVE them and can`t get enough of them. And yeah, that`s what we call them, haha. They`re so easy to make and are so yummy. One day I`ll make maaaaanyyy of them and eat all of them on my own.

♥ Books. I have several books that I need to read. Unfortunately I haven`t read as much as I`ve wanted to, but from tonight of that needs to change. Reading is a great way to escape reality and visit better places.

♥ The weather. It`s been perfect some days. Not too sunny, not too cold. That`s how I like it.

♥ SKAM. Haha, does anyone of you watch SKAM? It`s become so popular. This season (4) is the first one`s I`m watching and I love it. Can`t wait to find out how it ends on Saturday! (If you don`t know what it is, it`s a TV-series about the daily life of Norwegian teenagers. Do look it up. 😉 )

♥ Writing. I write every day and I love it. I love expressing my thoughts and feelings – wrting is a great way to shake things off.

 


What has made you happy lately?