RAMADAN AND READING

Ramadan destroyes my good routines. Today I woke up 09.15 AM, but somehow fell asleep again and woke up 12.30 PM. I don`t like waking up that late at all. Let`s just say thank God it`s summer and vacation. We have some of the longest fasts in the world, as we break our fast about 22.40 now. Since there`s not that much space between Iftari (when we break our fast) and Sehri (“pre-dawn meal, the meal we have before we start our next fast) I don`t sleep between these two meals, but stay up instead. I eat Sehri early and go to bed between 1.30 and 3 AM. Also, maybe it`s just me, but even though I fast for about 20 hours, I don`t feel that hungry when I break my fast. Some people think that`s insane, but I prefer to think I`m just not the kind of person to starve (at least not yet). 😉

Apart from fasting and sleeping I`ve been reading a book about Norwegian-Pakistanis, and yesterday I started a book about anorexia. The writer is a quite well-known journalist and social activist here in Norway. She had anorexia for several years, and she shares her story. I`ve just started it, so I can`t say that much about it, apart from that it`s an impressive book written by a strong person.

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EASTER AND FRIDAY

I don`t think I`ve mentioned this before, but after my grandmother died, I needed a change. And I found out that I wanted to have short hair. I`ve never really had that short hair, I`ve always had long hair and ever since I learned braiding last year, I`ve been obsessed about trying new hairstyles all the time. But, I cut my hair exactly one month after my grandmother died and on the day school started – and I love my hair! I was taken by surprise first time I ran my fingers – it was so short and my hair came to “an end” too fast, if that makes any sense. But, I love my short hair and I`m glad I`ve tried this out too! It`s so easy to wash, take care of and some hairstyles are easier and more practical now.

What`s up, this Friday? So far I`ve been way too lazy, but I guess it`s alright. It`s Easter, after all. I`m going to be a little more productive now, though. By the way – thank you so much for 60 follows, guys. I really appreciate it. 🙂 Happy Easter! Hope you`re having a great weekend. (And vacation, if you`re that lucky)

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A GREAT TIME

Today I realised how I haven`t updated you guys for quite a while. I`ve been in Germany as you know, and I wanted to spend my time with my family. But, now I`m back in Norway. Am I happy or sad? Both, I think. It`s nice to be back to everything I know, but I enjoyed my time in Germany and I miss my family. Not to mention the cheap prices, haha.. I started missing them the second I entered the shops at the airport here. I understand that people here earn quite a lot and that everything is priced according to the payments here, but Germany`s very cheap for us Norwegians and that`s perhaps why I did a lot of shopping. But that`s another story.

This is perhaps the longest I`ve been away from Norway, which was quite nice. We went out to Frankfurt once and did a lot of shopping there. I couldn`t wait to visit Primark, which we did. I don`t get why we don`t have that shop here in Norway?? I spent a lot of time with my cousins, joking around, playing Ludo (which has become a tradition now). This is the third time I`ve been there alone and I`ve always noticed how they live their lives there in Germany and how I have my own life here in Norway. They have their own ways of doing things and their own routines. For example: Here in Norway we don`t have to buy water – we get it straight from the tap, but my family in Germany has to buy water. To me that`s not normal, so each time I`ve been there, I`ve went straight to the tap to drink water, haha. This is a little thing, but there are several things that I could`ve mentioned.

Anywho, I had a really great time in Germany. Did a lot of shopping, spent time with my cousins which made me laugh all the time. When I was in bed every night, I told myself life`s weird. There I was, lying in my cousins` room. They made a lot of noise while getting ready for bed, which I enjoyed, haha. And now? I lie all alone in my room at night and it`s so peaceful. The contrasts. I miss Germany so much – I miss hugging my cousins and I miss them being annoying, because behind their crazy behaviour there was kindness and I guess that`s what you call love.

I came back this Friday and thought everything would go like usual. I was about to pick up my baggage, but it never showed up. I asked the workers at the airport about it and they told me some of the baggage hadn`t been transported on the scheduled time. I have no idea how that`s possible, but I had to wait for the next flight from Frankfurt which was arriving in about 2 and a half hours time. So I and this other girl waited together. Thank you for being my company, girl. I have no idea what I would`ve done there alone. My brother went home as I didn`t want him to wait for that long with me. I was so happy when I finally got my baggage, but I missed the train. So I had to wait about 25 minutes for the next train. I live on a hill, so I had to drag my baggage up and God, I was so frustrated and couldn`t wait to be home, but I was also so tired and I just wasn`t fast enough, haha.

But now I`m finally home. I wish I could go back, but I`m thankful for having the opportunity to visit my family and another country. It`s going to take some time for my mind to get back on track, as I  miss Germany (that`s me in a nutshell..), but at least I`m back on track here. I hope everyone`s been having an amazing summer!! Let`s make the days that are left amazing too. 🙂

YESTERDAY WAS A GREAT DAY

It`s summer! ♥

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A graduated Anne is blogging right now. Can you believe it? I can`t wrap my head around it. I know I graduated this Monday, but it`s still weird. Anyways. More about my graduation in another post!

Yesterday was a very great day. In the evening I went to Østmarka School to spend some time with lovely people. Going to the summer shutdown is always better, as the tenth graders graduate and it`s way more “personal” then. As it`s three years ago since my graduation, it was JK`s turn to say goodbye to his students. I loved his “speech” and I loved what the students had to say about the teachers. I hadn`t laughed as much as I did yesterday for quite a while – it was that hilarious. Thanks to all the people I met that made my day this good and thanks for all the nice comments. It`s nice to know people appreciate what I write and my voice.

This vacation started off very great and I`m excited to know what else it holds for me. Even though I can`t believe it`s summer already.