Tuesday, 16 September 2014
Monday, 15 September 2014
Saturday, 13 September 2014
Friday, 12 September 2014
Thursday, 11 September 2014
And right now, when I had so many interesting updates - finally, to share with and all! No, truths, my computer has been acting kinda badly for a while. It's been shutting off all of a sudden by itself, overheating and in general prved to be a pain in the ass. It's not old either, not even two years, but for some reason it's suicidal. So i had a 3 year deal with the place I bought it from that I can deliver it there to get it cleaned. I also bought an external hard drive that I will move most of my stuff to soon. So Simo and I delivered the computer to Gigantti last week for a little health check. Luckily, I must say, both of us got sick right after, so the seperation anxiety hasn't been too bad...whenever I wanted to surf I've been using my iPad which i rarely so, since I "only" use it as my art portfolio and tool. So anyway, that is the reason why the last few updates is without any pictures. I haven't firgured out how to add them here with my iPad yet Tomorrow i will pick up my computer, and then I have some nice things toshare with you.
So the big day of the IELTS test had arrived! I am normally so nervous to get too late to things like thiso I got up early and arrived at the school it was helt at in good time. Of course then you have to wait for a while too, but that's worth it. The test started at 10.00 and there were lots of nervous people waiting. We had to leave all our belongings (they were super strict) in a locked room before waiting to go in to the class rooms. We were then plit into two groups and let it where the test was held. Very formal. First was the listening test. Easy at first, but to the end of it quite difficult. I heard later on that many people had trouvle with this one. We had to listen to a conversation and answer questions about it. They were speaking so fast that it was difficult to keep up. Let's see how that went. That's the one I'm most worried about. Then was the reading test. Kinda the same; we read a text and had to answer questionns. Some of them felt like trick questions, but I think that one went well. At the end was the writing test. We got two topics that we needed tl write about. The topics in itself sas not really things I knew about, but since that's not really the point, but the spelling, I rambled on. I think that went well. I've practised rambling on in here. ;)
The day after I came back from London I had a English test that all International students have to go through if they get into a University in England. I was lucky to find out that the part of the test that was speaking sas on a different day as the rest as I didn't know that before just a few days before going to London. So I went to the Finnbrit office in Helsinki to take the test. Since I've spoken English as my main language for the last 11 years now, I wasn't very nervous, but I got a little surprised by the questions the interviewer asked me. She opened the interview with just normal questions about me and asked me if there was something that I do ib life that is good for me, like a hobby or something. I said the gym, and she asked ne a buch of questions about health, health in politics, what shoes I wear etc. It was a bit odd, but actually also really fun! I felt like the speaking test went really well. Let's see about the rest the day after...
...of the eare of while I'll live in in London for 3 years now. I'm very happy (and lucky) with the appartment, and I just love the area! We spent the last day here with walking it a bit more, checking out some stores and things. Found a really nice organic restaurant and some cool galleries, as well aswhat will be my local gym and cinema just around the corner. I feel a bit more ready to start my new studies here now.
I hoped to be able to check out my school while we were in London, but alas - there was no time for the people there as it's in the end of the year for the Masters students. So we decided to use our days sightseeing instrad, which I don't really mind. Mammy and I went to the British Museum, something I have always dreamt of as I am a huge museum geek! I was a bit disappointed though, because they were saying that they had 8 mummies on display. I am also a huge ancient Egypt geek and was of course thriller to see some dead corpsesn display. To my great sadness though, they were all wrapped and I couldn't see their beautiful faces. Wedidn't stay so long as we were both really hungry. We went on a restaurant hunt around the area and ended up in a really noisy place that was supposed to be Spanish, but served mostly pasta. Mammy was unfortunate to get a glimpse of the disgusting kitchen while going to the barhroom (yes it was directly and smelly on the other side of it) and OFF WE WENT, to search for another place. After a bit of searching we found a really nice Chinese restaurant that was clean and inviting. And lots of Asian people! That must be a good sign! Full and content, we decided to go wherever the road would take us and ended inside another museum: The National Portrait Museum. Really cool. When it closed we took in the architecture and art all around us and found...BIG BEN! I didn't care about the huge blister I had on my foot (the other side of the SAME foot that had a broken toe), I just had to take some pictures and walk around the area a bit. After realizing it was time to get back home we hit the metro and ended a nice evening with some indian left overs.
Monday, 8 September 2014
So last Monday Mammy (my granmother) and I went to London to check out a potential appartment for my year of studying art. I have only been in London once before - in 2006 when Hege and I went to see The World Music Awards and gor do lucky as to meet Michael Jackson twice! We arrived at Gatwick airport, me, limping on one crutch...getting all the benefitsof being...well, severely injured. The customs and all wnet quick and I was delighted to have the chance to explain to my granmother what they were doing to her luggage after watching hours of airport security reality shows while painting. We arrived to the appartment after a trainride from the airport that wasn't too complicated at all. The appartment was perfect; 12 minutes from the school and on the other side of a big grocery store, cinema and gym. Lots of nice restaurants too, like Indian which we got to experience that evening. And although it's expenisive to live in London, the food is pretty cheap. At least for a Norwegian.