Norway, January, Veganism and Movies

Hello and Happy New Year to you all!
It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, but now that my vacation is over, it’s time for an update!

After two wonderful and utterly relaxing final’s weeks with four big exams and one theatre show, I went back to Norway to celebrate Christmas with my family.

(And oh, no, I’m not being sarcastic about the whole final’s week thing. Those last two weeks before Christmas were fantastic, and probably the two most relaxing weeks of the entire semester. I tried a new study technique this fall which helped me finish up everything three weeks before it was due, so while everyone else were pulling all-nighters and stressing about getting things done, I studied two hours a day and watched movies and went to the pool the rest of the time.)

Christmas in Norway was great! I don’t think I’ve ever looked as much forward to it as I did this time, and even though I only stayed for ten days, I tried to enjoy every second as much as possible.

Sisters

Best sis

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It’s not every day you get to meet two of Steven Spielberg’s creations: E.T and Gizmo (aka Gremlin) <3

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Father & Daughter time <3 Got a new microphone and he’s teaching me how to do audio for film

Naturally, I found it rather unpleasant to leave my family once the break was over — and it took me a couple of days to recover from the homesickness I felt when I first landed here in Sioux Falls. It’s so strange, that after one and a half years of living abroad, I still enter the security control at the airport crying. You would think that by the age of 22, and after six trips across the atlantic, it would get easier… but it doesn’t. However, once I get through the security, wipe my tears away and put in that intense effort to rescue the remaining parts of my mascara, I’m pretending that I’m the independent woman who’s about to travel to America again. Baah, I just love my family so much !!

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This January is the so-called “Interim” or “J-term” here at Augustana, which means you only take one single a class, with a full semester’s curriculum, during the course of one month. Pretty intense stuff, but I’m taking “Movie Aesthetics” so I basically spend 90% of my day either watching movies, studying movies, writing about movies or working on my own movie projects, so needless to say — I love it.

As far as new year resolutions, I actually don’t have any, because I think that the other 364 days of the year are just as suited for self-improvement as new years eve. However, I have one announcement to make: I’ve gone vegan!

Which means that I don’t eat any animal products whatsoever: no meat, fish, dairy, eggs, honey and yeah, you name it. However, Brittany and I are only doing this for a week, so just a couple of more days and we’ll probably go eat steak, yum.

But if you as a reader, for some reason, decide to make veganism your lifestyle, please do your homework first. Without meat or dairy, it may be hard to get sufficient amounts of for example vitamin B12, omega 3, protein etc, so make sure you know what you’re doing.

Oh wow, that sentence looks full-bred American, doesn’t it? I don’t wanna get sued for promoting diets that may cause deficiency diseases in my readers you know… And I used to make fun of all the diet and drug commercial disclaimers over here.. Oh gosh, I guess I’ve adapted to the system now, heh.

Bless you all,
Maria

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