Happy 2018

Happy New Year to all of you out there! I hope that 2018 will be a great year for all of you.

I have been ending the year on a very good note by going on a very good date night with my better half yesterday. We first een t for a lovely meal. I had traditional lye fish and the man had a steak.  

“Lutefisk” lye fish, Norwegian dish with cod stored in lye


After that we went to our favourite cocktail place for a nice drink before we headed to the cinema to catch the latest Star Wars film.


Today we visited family to thank them for the year that passed and give them the best wishes for 2018. This evening we have decided to do a very low key celebrations with tapas bought at a lovely tapas place and good wine. At 24:00 We plan to go up on the terrace on the roof to treet the New Year by looking at the fireworks.  

All the best wishes to all of you for the New Year! Happy New Year. 

 

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2017 on the thoughts and life of me

2016 was not a very good year on my blog, mostly because there was so much going on at one point that I had to take a quite long break. 2017 has not been less busy, and I have struggled with posting as much as I would have liked. That being said this year has been marginally better in the stats. The things I miss when I am too busy is getting to read all your wonderful posts, an interacting with the wonderful people I have gotten to know in the blogosphere.  As ever I hope that the next year will provide me with more of all the things I love about blogging.

I want to thank everyone that has visited my blog and taken the time to read, like, comment and share my posts. You are what makes blogging enjoyable. I want you all to know that I greatly appreciate all of you.

My most popular blog posts in 2017 was:

  1. Vilnius part 2: Food
  2. October
  3. Glad Mat Festival
  4. A Me Day
  5. Galway in Winter
  6. Easter in Ireland 2017: Walking in Dublin
  7. Saturday Chill
  8. Almost Christmas
  9. Update
  10. Wedding in Sauda

My blogging goals for next year is that I will manage to be more active in taking part in the blogging community and that I get to share some nice posts with you, that some of you hopefully will enjoy. I hope I get to visit your blogs and read the great contributions that you provide for me to read.

I wish you all a good blogging year in 2018!

 

Almost Christmas

Last week there was a bit of snow

It’s almost Christmas again, and as some of you might know I am a big fan of Christmas. And I have a lot of things that I love doing in the month of December. This year I have, so far, not been able to do it all. This due to the fact that I came down with a really bad case of the flu at the beginning of the month. This still has me feeling off and I can’t really do too much before I get really tired.

But I was able to attend the lighting of the Christmas tree in town with my family. I have gone to this event every time I had the opportunity ever since I was a child and it always helps put me in the Christmas spirit. And I was lucky enough to be able to attend a lovely Christmas  concert that really put me in the Christmas spirit (it was a lovely concert, but some of the spirit might have come from the fever).

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Wonderful Christmas concert with Helene Bøksle at a church

I have also been able to join my family in our yearly tradition of baking Christmas cookies together. And I have gotten most of the Christmas presents when I went shopping one day with my mother and one with my brother. The two of us managed to buy 7 gifts in under an hour as we decided to go shopping just as the stores had opened, so it was before the biggest rush of people kicked in.

Today I’m getting together with members of my family to eat dinner, make marzipan and watch the finals of the Woman’s Handball World Championship where we hope Norway will win over France.

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Fudge Hot Chocolate is very nice on a cold winter day

Dublin in winter

Library of Trinity College

After we visited Galway we brought my mother to Dublin and got to be “first time tourists” with her. This included a visit to Trinity College to have a look at the book of Kells and the library where they filmed some scenes from the Harry Potter movies.

Library of Trinity College

Trinity College campus

Trinity College

It was quite cold and I didn’t take a lot of photos, but we walked around to see a lot and had a very enjoyable time.

St.Stephen’s Green shopping centre ready for Christmas

Mandatory beer in Temple Bar